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  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; Gmc Tcr Cr edition (July 2006)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0738709506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738709505
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 3 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I had read about this particular variety of Tarot card but had no successful in sourcing them from conventional channels.
My cards arrived, almost miraculously, on the promised day.
The cards are of a very high quality and.I look forward to useing them regularly.
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This particular variant of the "Tarot of Marseille" is very good. I collect this type and have a 'few' sets. But this one is the best. Its balance of colour, Shading, is all very pleasing.
(I must add this: I only collect Tarot. I don't 'use' them)
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Had a few packs of tarot now, but i really like these. The size is good, like the size of a deck of playing cards, nice traditional artwork and a good feel to the cards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a pip ... 16 Aug. 2006
By clikdawg - Published on Amazon.com
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"Pip" decks are those where the minor cards are NOT pictorially interpreted for you -- the Ten of Cups, for example, will remind you of a modern-day Ten of Hearts, with the addition of miscellaneous vines, fleurs de lis, etc. which act in combination with the pattern formed by the Cups, Wands, Swords, and Coins to suggest to yourself what you are thinking.

Sound complicated? It's not, really; read on.

The Marseille Tarot is the Grand Daddy of 'em all -- designed and executed by an artist unknown 'way back in the 15th century for use as a card-game-playing deck, it is composed of basic, instantly-recognizable archetypal images. Some folks suspect these images were created to pass along knowledge forbidden by the church of that time in such way that even illiterate persons could tell at a glance what was being discussed. Not "occult" knowledge, that came later, after the early occultists found that the images in this deck corresponded with certain notions of their own and began adapting the cards to present their own unique visions of life.

The Rider tradition added pictures to the minors that are not, strictly speaking, archetypal; but which make the job of imparting a more-or-less complete philosophy rather easier -- WE will interpret those "pips" for you, thank you very much! The Crowley traditon maintains the "pip" idea. but here, too, the import of the number and suit is dramatized and dogmatized to support Crowley's own theories.

The Marseille has none of this. You turn up a Seven of Wands, well ... how does that strike you today? Do the vines seem to form brackets to indicate that the cards on either side have something to do with today's interpretation? Or are they just vines this time? Is Seven a lucky number today, or a warning that you're about to get in over your head? Much more of a "self-Rorschach" experience, and, since you know better than Crowley or Waite could possibly know just how you're feeling today, of very great value for those who want to invest in a little extra self-examination.

This particular rendition is a restoration based on a Swiss version of the classic Marseille (which was virtually unchanges for hundreds of years -- THAT'S how on target its images are!) created in 1751 by Claude Burdel. The original line work has been preserved, but the colors have been revivified -- the look is clean, light, and bright, and so the cards lend themselves to hopeful, optimistic readings as befits the mind-set of the just-barely-pre-Renaissance era that inspired them; one's own mood, however, can provide all the darkness required for a really scary reading, if that's what you need and want.

The Majors are unparalleled. Stripped down and to the very essence, with humor, wisdom, insight, and just the right amount of vagueness to make the meaning change creatively from day to day: Is that Knight smirking, smiling, or grimacing? You make the call -- that's what makes an archetype an archtype! Is that lightening (or something stranger) striking the crown of The Tower, or is it a hot cloud of who-knows-what escaping from The Tower's too-narrow confines?

A lot more interactive than Rider or Crowley cards, by me, and a lot more personally meaningful.

The Little White Book which comes along for the ride is small but magnificent -- Tarot scholar Lee Bursten provides basic interpretations of the Majors as they would have been understood by those first viewing them 'way back then; Suits are quickly defined by the same method, as are the numbers 1 - 10. Court Cards are likewise reduced to the essential ranking: Knave = Learning; Knight = Focusing; Queen = Encouraging; and King = Controlling. The goal in this simplicity is to return the cards to the magic of their original conception:

The magic you yourself bring to them when reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Claude Burdel 1751, recoloured by Lee Bursten 23 April 2008
By Mike L - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of three Marseille tarot decks produced by Lo Scarabeo in Italy. This one is a recoloured version of the deck drawn by Claude Burdel in 1751. This makes it one of the oldest available Marseille decks, much older than the versions of Grimaud (1898) or Paul Marteau (1930), but not as old as the decks by Jean Noblet (1650) or Jean Dodal (1701-1713).

If you want one of those older decks: Cartamundi have produced a recoloured version of the Dodal deck, but the recolouring is not very sympathetic - if you were going for an older deck, then the colouring would be important to you. In this case, you have to go to the hand-coloured works of Jean-Claude Flornoy.

This deck also appears under the ISBN 0738710415: Universal Tarot Marseille Kit.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give them a try! 8 Sept. 2009
By Richard K. - Published on Amazon.com
I have been fascinated by Marseille decks since I started collecting tarot decks some 20 years ago. This edition is perhaps the finest edition I have found. Lee Bursten has done a wonderful job with coloring them. Each suite is color coded, which makes it easy to sort. These images are wonderfully familiar, even to those who have never seen them before. This is the style of tarot that is used in Europe, especially France. They are difficult to use for a beginner, as the minors are not illustrated. The well trained reader can use traditional meanings from later esoteric decks. It is a stretch for a beginner. I must admit, I generally set these aside in the beginning.

Now comes this modern update that has a great LWB and very elegant backs. Now that tarot is becoming common place in America, this is the deck that can ease the reader back into this classic achetype. Marseille decks are not easy to find in the USA. This one belongs in every collectors library. The meanings were never associated to them until now. Yes, Mr. Bursten assigns them according to the modern esoteric tradition. That is good, since the original artist never left any meanings. In fact, they were just used as playing cards at the time. It wasnt until the following centuries that mystics started giving meanings to the cards. If you just have a passion for the tarot, then by all means, get a copy of this beauty!
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This deck is not recommended to accompany Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Way of the Tarot" 9 Oct. 2014
By Nichole H - Published on Amazon.com
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This deck is not recommended to accompany Alejandro Jodorowsky's "The Way of the Tarot". Each card lacks key symbols that Jodorowsky's book refers to.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic 25 Jan. 2011
By Niketa - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice Tarot especially because it is of the older version and is not subject to Kabala interpretations but truly hermetic. There are few mistakes in the positions and numbers of the cards but in my opinion intentionaly done by the old masters just to make understanding the cards more dificult. Mistakes has been later copied to the oder tarot decks so we are today very far from the real meanings.
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