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.