Wednesday, January 15, 2020
My Favorite Tarot de Marseille Deck
During 2019 as I went deep with a focused study of the Tarot de Marseille, I purchased a lot of TdM decks, some of which I liked and some I didn't. I've given away some, and I have a few top faves, but the Tarot de Marsella Robledo Edicion MMXVI by Pablo Robledo is my top favorite. It's a limited edition deck, so it's not always in stock, so when it was last available I actually purchased two copies, one that was opened but virtually unused from eBay and a new, unopened one from Collect Tarot which I've squirreled away in my safe. If it becomes available again, I plan to get one more copy to have on reserve since I do actually use this as both a personal and a working deck. But I do also take really good care of my decks, so these two should last me a good, long time.
I love the aged look of this deck with a modern feel. It looks like it's been sitting in an ancient tavern for a couple of hundred years just waiting to be found, and yet the rounded edges and modern high quality card stock give it an ageless but contemporary feel. It has what appears to be a UV coating, but it's got rather a matte finish to it with a slight texture, and slides very nicely. This deck just feels really good in the hands!
Although the fronts and backs are aged, the edges are just white and rather glare, so in order to make the coloring more uniform and really give it that aged look, I edged using Antique Linen from the Tim Holtz Distress Ink collection. I buy the 4 packs of smaller ink pads because I find those work better for deck edging than the larger ones, but try it and see what works for you because I have to admit, I have a whole slew of extra colors that I've never used. However, I buy them at Michael's with 50% off coupons and have them for other uses in the future because I intend to get a lot more crafty after we move to NH and open our shop.
Anyway, if you read with, or are learning to read with, the Tarot de Marseille this is one deck I highly recommend if you can get a copy. If you're on Facebook, you can get in touch and request that Pablo prints another run of it, maybe with enough requests he'll do so. ;)
If you order a reading from me and want me to use this deck specifically, please feel free to request it!