Tarot Classic                                              Review by Michele Jackson

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This deck is a reproduction of a Marseilles style deck. The little booklet that accompanies the deck states that "The Tarot Classic deck is based on original ancient woodcuts." However, we are not told which deck the woodcuts originally printed. The deck is colored in red, blue, yellow, green and pink for flesh color. The colors are fairly intense, unlike some versions of the Marseilles. The cards measure 2 1/4" X 4 1/4" and are coated with a semi-gloss finish. The Fool is not numbered, and Death has it's title written along the right edge of the card, vice in the bottom border. Justice is VII and Strength is XI. This deck is more attractive than the deck currently being issued as the Marseilles by US Games, so if you are looking for a Marseilles deck, you might want to check it out.

The little booklet that comes with the deck provides a brief introduction and history, short divinatory meanings for the major Arcana and even shorter, key-word type interpretations for the Minor Arcana. There is a separate book written for this deck by Stuart Kaplan. This book provides a much more robust history of Tarot discussing the origins of the cards, occultists such as Levi, Papus, Etteilla, Waite and Crowley and the Qabala. Several cards from old decks are provided as illustrations and even though Kaplan lists Count de Gebelin's theory among "...some of the more plausible explanations as to the origin of regular playing cards and esoteric tarot cards.", this book was one of the few books available in the early seventies which provided factual historic information. The introductory material in this book is a pre-cursor to the introductory material later seen in Kaplan's first encyclopedia. The bibliography was quite extensive for a book of this length and even provided a short synopsis of each book or document listed.

There is not much more to be said about this deck. It is a Marseilles clone and should be investigated by those looking for a Marseilles deck that is fairly pleasing to the eye. The book is still in print and available from US Games.

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Tarot Classic Deck
ISBN: 0-913866-54-7
Distributed by US Games Systems, 179 Ludlow St., Stamford CT 06902, (800)523-2637, Fax (203)353-8431

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