The Tarot of Marseille

The Tarot of Marseilles is undoubtedly an emblem of the divinatory arts and it is an essential tool for all people who wish to practice divination. But it is also much more than that, and it would be reductive to sum it up to a mere clairvoyant accessory. The Tarot is a true spiritual guide whose message is perceived through the symbolism of his cards. In this dossier, we propose to address both the initiatory aspect of the Tarot de Marseille and its use for divination.

Start with the Tarot

To begin, one must get a game, and already, things get complicated: it is estimated that there are over 200 variants of the Tarot de Marseille. In this respect, there are purists who use a “historical” Tarot and those who do not hesitate to use tarot cards with modern iconography. In order to understand the questions raised by the choice of a Tarot, it may be interesting to make a brief historical overview.

The symbolism of the Tarot of Marseille

As we have already said, the Tarot de Marseille is a symbolic tool, it is based on an iconography that speaks directly to intuition rather than to the intellect. But we live in a modern era where we have often forgotten the value of symbols. This is why it is best to acquire some basics that will allow you to connect to an ancestral initiation tradition.

The Major Arcana

To the number of 22, the major arcana are the essential figures of the Tarot, each of them is a true tool of knowledge. Here we present each of the arcana individually to allow you to permeate it. Know that it is by deeply assimilating the symbolic value of major arcana that the Tarot will reveal its secrets to you.

I. The Bateleur
II. The Papacy
III. The Empress
IV. The emperor
V. The Pope
VI. The lover
VII. Carriage
VIII. Justice
IX. The Hermite
X. The Wheel of Fortune
XI. Strength
XII. The hanged man
XIII. The Arcane without Name
XIV. Temperence
XV. The devil
XVI. The house of God
XVII. The star
XVIII. The moon
XVIIII. The sun
XX. The jugement
XXI. The world
The Mat

The Minor Arcana

Many people only use major arcana to make their prints, it remains a personal choice. Nevertheless, minor arcana is an additional tool that can help you refine your interpretations. Whether you decide to use them or not, the study of minor arcana remains in any case a great way to deepen your personal relationship with the Tarot.

The Swords
The Sticks
The Deniers

The Tarot de Marseille draw

Choosing a drawing mode is no small matter, as there are different ways to draw the Tarot. There is no question here of proposing to you an exhaustive list, which would not have much interest. We have chosen to present you some of the most widely used prints, as well as our tips for making your prints in the best conditions and in the spirit that suits the use of the Tarot.

Make your prints in the best conditions
Three drawings of the Tarot de Marseille
Tarot of Marseille: the cross prints
The draw of the Astrological Wheel

In conclusion :

The Tarot de Marseille remains a tool of inner knowledge. To be understood, the Tarot must be part of your life, you must integrate it into your existence, as you would with an expensive friend. The object of this file is to give you the basics to get to know the Tarot de Marseille, but the biggest part of the work is yours to make a spiritual ally that will accompany you on the way of life.

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