Our Tarot of Marseilles deck is a modern re-imagining of one of the earliest tarot decks. Created and used for the card game Tarocchi in the 15th century, this deck is the great ancestor of modern decks. We have improved the graphics, enriched the colors, and changed the order of the Strength card and Justice card to line up with the sequence of current decks. In the original deck, the number 8 card is Justice and 11 is Strength, but in our deck number 8 is Strength and 11 is Justice.
The Deck in History
The Tarot of Marseilles, which is still reproduced or modified today, is a typical 78-card pack of tarot cards with Italian origins (from the 15th century) that was popular in France during the 17th and 18th centuries for use in tarot card games. Before spreading to a large portion of France, and Switzerland, it was probably invented in northern Italy in the 15th century and introduced into southern France when the French conquered Milan and the Piedmont in 1499.
Printed on thick, luxury art paper, these cards have gorgeous finishes, with curved edges and rich colors. We have kept the integrity of the cards and have enhanced them to provide you with crisper, high-definition images. We have amplified the colors and graphics to provide you with a modern take on this classical deck. The quality of the card stock will hold up in professional, repeated use, and the standard size of the cards makes them easy to shuffle.
||4.75 x 2.75 in (120 x 70 mm)|
|Paper||Linen finish 350gsm art paper|
|Weight||9 oz (255 gm)|
|Number of cards||78|