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The Arcanas Gallery

  • One way to impart the history of the Tarot is to see the cards. Here, in the Arcanas Gallery, you will find some decks that are considered as historical milestones and some others that are pure source of inspiration and beauty.

Universal Tarot of Marseille
Lo Scarabeo Editions

Based on the Swiss Claude Burdel's Tarot deck

Message from the Gallery

Universal Tarot of Marseille

Most writings on the Universal Tarot of Marseille link it to Burdel's woodcuts from 1751. This is obviously in controversy with the Tarot Classic displayed here in the Arcanas Gallery. It belongs to the Marseille Tradition as of its style and iconography.

The term "universal" itself has been associated to other decks and in particular to the Rider-Waite, which is viewed as the first "modern" Tarot deck. (It will be added to the Arcanas Gallery in the future.)

As for all Tarot decks displayed in the Arcanas Gallery, you can open several cards at once et move them around on your computer screen.

You can also see a Commented Version of this gallery where the arcanas are accompanied by their positive and negative attributes.
However, these few keywords do not reflect all the possible reading levels for each arcana and they do not offer a synthesis of their interconnectedness either. These commentaries do not take into consideration the variations that exist between the Tarot decks presented in the Arcanas Gallery. Those variations can bring the interpreter into various directions and sometime they could be radically different.

The images of the Tarot within the Gallery are here as a source of visual inspiration and for your information. If you wish, you can find on this page links that will provide you with practical information regarding where to buy some of these Tarot decks.