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The Marseilles Tarot Deck

This Tarot of Marseilles is a reproduction of the Dodal images which date back to 1701, printed in strong reds, blues, deep greens, and golden yellows.

"There are numerous varieties of the Tarot of Marseilles pack owned by museums and collectors. The Tarot of Marseilles packs, wherever they were produced in Europe, generally bore the titles of the Major Arcana cards in French and continued to use single-headed figures on the trumps and court cards rather than the double-headed figures of the Piedmontese Italian packs."

Per A Wicked Pack of Cards, the traditional version of tarot available to the early French occultists in France and Switzerland has been known as the Tarot of Marseilles from 1930 onwards.

The Tarot of Marseilles is accessible today in a few distinct forms. Some more established readers learned on this deck since it was one of only a handful few easily accessible. I have read that a few collectors feel that this deck is the "valid" tarot, with all that came subsequent to being adulterated modifications. A portion of the further developed tarot books utilizes the Marseilles for illustrative purposes referring to the virtue of the imagery. 

US Games publishes several Marseilles decks: Tarot of Marseilles, and my favorite, the colorized Fournier's Tarot of Marseilles. I recommend this deck for collectors and those who are interested in Tarot history. As one starts reading more advanced tarot texts, it is good to have a copy of this deck handy to refer to.


Name: Tarot of Marseilles

Cards: 78

Major Arcana: 22

Minor Arcana: 56

Card Dimensions: 123mm x 65mm

Image of The Marseilles Tarot Deck