Tarot-Heritage Tenth Anniversary Roundup: Tarot de Marseille Books
Celebrating my website’s tenth anniversary: 174 blog articles and 42 website pages on tarot history, reading with non-scenic pips, and decks of historic significance. Throughout the summer, I’m going to group the most useful articles by topic and send out links in a series of blog posts.
Today, I’m listing my reviews of the essential books on reading with the Tarot de Marseille.
Tarot: The Open reading by Yoav Ben-Dov
Reading the Marseille Tarot by Jean-Michel David
The Way of Tarot by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Marianne Costa
Marseille Tarot: Towards the Art of Reading by Camelia Elias
Note: Camelia published her magnum opus on the TdM in early 2021 which I haven’t reviewed here but highly recommend: Read Like the Devil: The Essential Course in Reading the Marseille Tarot.
Tarot de Marseille Books in English: The Big Four is a brief comparison of the books listed above. It would have been the “Big Five” if Matthews’ book had been published when I wrote the article.
Untold Tarot by Caitlín Matthews
Mystical Origins of the Tarot by Paul Huson. A very accessible and useful book on tarot history. The list of divinatory meanings for each card from a variety of traditions through the centuries is a priceless resource.
My congratulations with 10 years of your marvelous website. Your website became a reference for everyone interested in the history of this great magical art object called the Tarot. You’re reviews of restored decks are a reference for anyone looking for a historical deck on the Internet. Please go on and on and on with all your beautiful articles full of positive energy.
Thank you so much, Iolon, for your lovely words of encouragement. I plan on keeping on for at least another ten years – until I get an award for being the oldest tarot blogger on the planet.