7 keys to unlock the Tarot de Marseille
News , Tarot , Tarot de Marseille , Theme: TdM / 28 September 2016

Say you’ve just ventured your first few steps onto the Tarot de Marseille path. Perhaps you’re coveting one of those Top 9 decks or an Ancient Italian. But how to read Tarot de Marseille? Specially for The Queen’s Sword Paul Richard – worth decades of tarot & Marseille knowledge – shares his secrets on how to become a TdM-expert in 7 ways!

Tarot Triumphs | Bookreview
Books , Tarot , Tarot de Marseille , Theme: TdM / 24 September 2016

What is better for a Tarot de Marseille month than being able to review a book dedicated to reading with the tarot trumps of the Marseille: old-school divination style? The book Tarot Triumphs by Cherry Gilchrist uses the Marseille tarot trumps ‘for Divination and Inspiration’ and introduces a new way to read with only the Major Arcana. Gilchrist’s publication comes in a thick paperback in the French flag’s…

Court Games Tarot | Free Ancient Italian
Decks , Review , Tarot , Tarot de Marseille , Theme: TdM / 16 September 2016

This must be the most out of the ordinary deck review I’ve written up-to-date. The Court Games Tarot is all kinds of special: the designer wants to remain anonymous and goes by “M” and the deck itself: it is for free. Yep, a free Tarot deck. So if you have been thinking of stepping into the world of Tarot de Marseille but want to start slow (which usually means a deck closer to the Ancient Italians) and…

Top 9 Tarot de Marseille decks

Unlike RWS-readers, Tarot de Marseille lovers have a limited amount of decks to work with and aren’t treated to exciting deck reviews very often. All the more reason for The Queen’s Sword to ask TdM experts & professionals*: Which TdM decks that are already out there *should* you collect or read with. Here’s their Top 9 Tarot de Marseille decks:   #9 Pierre Madenie Several Tarot de Marseille (TdM) decks got the same number of votes but coming in on a joint last place (therefore 8&9) are the Pierre Madenie TdM (c1709) and Le Veritable Hadar TdM. These two decks reflect the differences between TdM decks; a facsimile copy of the original deck or a reproduced modernized version. The Madenie is one of the oldest TdM’s in existence and usually called ‘the most beautiful’. Sherryl Smith (from the multimedia tip) prefers the Paul Madenie TdM “because of the faces, because it’s a photo-repro and not restored and diddled with …” Yves Reynaud and Wilifried Houdouin made their reproduction based on copy in the Swiss National Museum. The Reynaud/Houdouin Madenie will be available again in fall 2016. A redrawn version of the Madenie is also available from Mary Packard.   #8 Le Veritable Hadar…

Traditional Tarot Treasure | Tarot Heritage

If you’re about to travel the road to traditional tarot like Marseille…or Ancient Italy (or have done so years ago) and don’t have the $/€ to spend on books, Tarot Heritage is certainly the way to go. Hell, even if you *are* spending wads of cash, this is a must-see site. Tarot Heritage is the brain-child of Sherryl E. Smith and completely dedicated to Tarot decks between the 15th and early 19th century. In other words: Tarot de Marseille & Ancient Italian decks galore! There’s a history menu, an amazing Cartomancy…