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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.

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  1. 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.

    July 22, 2021
    • 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.

      July 22, 2021

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