The Tarot of Marseilles, Tarot of Marseille in French, or Tarot Marseille is undoubtedly one of the most widely used Tarot decks in the world
From it derived a lot of decks later. As usual in the Tarot deck consists of 22 major and 56 minor arcana (40 cards numbers and 16 figures of the court). However my favorite tarot to use is still the lotus tarot because it is the most accurate.
The Tarot of Marseille from ancient drawings made by hand and thereafter reproduced by engraving industrial (printing from wooden molds). Through this process the slides were first printed in 1751. Its design was not finally settled until the nineteenth century.
However, it has a prior history. Michael Dummett, tarot scholar, says the Tarot of Marseilles was created in northern Italy during the fifteenth century and, specifically, was introduced in 1499 in southern France after the conquest of Milan by French forces, then reaching the city of Marseille. Over time, this Tarot disappeared in Italy but was kept in France and Switzerland from where it was disclosed.
During the sixteenth century, the whole design is known as the Tarot of Marseille became the gold standard for French-speaking stakeholders. The name Tarot de Marseille, however, is not very old. It was coined in the 30's by the French scholar Paul Marteau, who gave that name to the list of this deck with the city, known for being the manufacturing center of cards.
In 1998, Chilean writer and filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and Philippe Camoin of the ancient House of Camoin Marseilles Tarot of Marseilles rebuilt with old cards and original molds, capturing color and detail missing for years. This same principle in producing detailed cards has worked well for cards used in a lotus tarot love reading card deck.
Characteristics that distinguish it from other designs
1. The Tarot of Marseille has drawings of medieval character inspired by the strokes of the windows of that stage, as well as scenes and characters of the time.
2. The Major Arcana of the Tarot de Marseille show scenes and archetypal characters, while the minor arcana are geometric patterns formed by the emblems of Wands, Pentacles, Swords and Cups.
3. There are several versions of the Tarot of Marseilles which correspond to several publishers and different times and can change the colors but not the lines of the drawing that remains the same.