Universal Marseille Tarot

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The Universal Marseille Tarot (Tarot de Marseille) … by Llwellyn

RM 70.00

The Universal Marseille Tarot is based on the 1751 deck by the Swiss Claude Burdel. His original woodblock outlines have been kept, the colors are new. This is from an ongoing series at Lo Scarabeo, which has reprinted and/or revived many pre-20th century tarot decks. The highly sought-after deck by Claude Burdel (1727-1799), originally rich with divinatory suggestion, has been beautifully restored-giving new energy to the ancient images and amplifying their symbolic meaning.


The Marseille cards look more like ordinary playing cards. It is popular in Europe, and several editions are produced today. Many use them for recreational purposes while some rely on them in making decisions that may be related to career, love, business or choosing the right life insurance coverage and other simple things.The name Tarot de Marseille is not of particularly ancient vintage; it was coined at least as early as 1889 by the French occultist Papus (Gérard Encausse) in Chapter XI of his book le Tarot des bohémiens (Tarot of the Bohemians), and was popularized in the 1930s by the French cartomancer Paul Marteau, who used this collective name to refer to a variety of closely related designs that were being made in the city of Marseille in the south of France, a city that was a centre of playing card manufacture, and were (in earlier, contemporaneous, and later times) also made in other cities in France. The Tarot de Marseille is one of the standards from which many tarot decks of the nineteenth century and later are derived.

The Marseille deck, rather than being used primarily for divination, found its primary use for card-playing, both in gambling halls and in private homes. The Marseille decks were printed from woodblocks, and retained a plain, unassuming art form. Bursten posits that when occult scholars of the eighteenth century discovered their idea being reflected back at them from the images in a lowly deck of playing cards, that it was the Marseille deck they were looking at. Thus, the deck pattern that held such popularity in game-playing also became the focus of occultists.

Bursten points out that the images that were perfectly comprehensible to the average fifteenth-century card player were mysterious to the eighteenth and nineteenth-century occultists. Mysterious, yet strangely familiar. Thus the Marseille Tarot was part of everyday life (gaming), as well as an object of philosophical and spiritual study. When used for divinatory purposes, the Marseille deck allows us to access the commonplace and the spiritual - the root of Tarot as we know it.

This beautiful set was imported from US. The set includes 1 deck of the Universal Marseille Tarot and a pocket booklet by Lee Buster.

Information from this page is populated from Llewellyn.com and Wikipedia.





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