TWO NEW AREAS OF INTEREST have been added to the menu of this website: Triadic Tarot QUESTIONS and MYSTERIES. I hope you will visit them often. Email me to ask questions and share your knowledge with other Tarot enthusiasts.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS NOTEBOOK  Special Covid-19 offer continues in 2021. (Scroll down.)

An INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR  Neuroscience based performance coach, Dan Johnson, interviews the author here: https//    Connect with Dan and to listen to other interesting interviews with teaching professionals.

See EXTENSIVE REVIEWS by beloved Tarot enthusiast and author, Sherryl E. Smith. Both the book,The Tarot: A Strange and Wondrous Thing, and the deck, The Triadic Tarot of 2017 are covered including a sample reading of her own. Sherryl specializes in Tarot history and historic reproduction decks. Visit her site:  Click Blog and then Tarot Books. Under Tarot Decks, scroll down to The Triadic Tarot.

TAROT AND COVID-19   This is a great time to learn about historic Tarots. If you have a Marseilles-type Tarot, perhaps one of these,  you can learn to read it. There is no need to buy a new deck—practice with the one you have. The little tan book shown below, is available for just a double-stamped self-addressed envelop. It will get you started, and even teach you to read those mysterious non-scenic pips.

How to Read The Tarot de Marseille

For the cost of just your self-addressed, stamped envelope, ArcanaPress will send you its little tan book—20 pages packed with information for reading ANY non-scenic pip Tarot. It teaches an updated version of the triadic reading method first published by Papus in 1896. Americans have shied away from fascinating historic Tarots for far too long. Let’s give the Marseilles it’s day!

At 4 x 5-3/8,” this booklet fits into a standard card or business envelope. Print your address CLEARLY and affix two Forever Stamps. Fold and place that envelope in another addressed to:  ArcanaPress, LLC.  /   P.O. Box 244   /   Genoa, Ohio 43430   ORDER WHILE THEY LAST!

Marseilles Minis

Marseilles Minis (see the site menu) are short exercises that teach you to interpret Marseilles-style cards. It is illustrated with the Triadic Tarot, but interpretations apply to any non-scenic pip deck.


If you just haven’t committed to ordering The Tarot: A Strange and Wondrous Thing,(scroll  3 sections below), now is a great time, because when you order, you will receive a free copy of First Impressions. This notebook is designed for use in IN-PERSON workshops. Since Covid-19 continues to be a problem, we still can’t have these events; so I will continue pairing this notebook (as long as they last) at no additional cost with every book ordered—until further notice.

This 100-page illustrated notebook was designed with exercises to help the user develop a deep understanding of the Major Arcana. It is illustrated with the Triadic Tarot of 2017, but it can be used with any Marseilles-type Deck—the difference being that standard rectangular cards have just upright and reversed meanings, while Square Triadic cards can be read in four orientations.

Old European Tarots  (90 min.) 


For a limited time, I offer a FREE 90-minute lecture on the old common Tarots of Europe to anyone who would like to host such an event within a 2-hour drive radius of Toledo, Ohio. This is a fascinating topic for your library, bookclub, social group or metaphysical meet-up. More and more charming historic reproduction decks are becoming available, but few books in the United States teach European reading traditions. Learning to read the Tarot in this more intuitive way, and especially learning to read those mysterious non-scenic pips, will open the door to your enjoyment of the Tarot legacy. To learn about lectures, call 419-855-3307 or email: (Lecture includes screen presentation and handouts.)


The Triadic Tarot of 2017

This deck is the perfect gift for the Tarot enthusiast who loves the look of traditional European Tarots but cannot figure out how to read their non-scenic pips. In the Triadic method, pips are divided into three groups that describe the progression of any issue or endeavor. The way these groups are presented in The Triadic Tarot of 2017 and explained in its 60-page “Little White Book” makes this system especially easy to learn and remember. See this deck under CARDS in the menu. To order, use “Order Form” in the menu. $37.00 + Shipping.

Marseilles Minis, (in the site menu) are short exercises that teach you to interpret Marseilles-style cards. It is illustrated with this deck, The Triadic Tarot.

The Tarot: A Strange and Wondrous Thing

FINALLY—A book about the Tarot de Marseille! This 388-page wire-bound book is the one Tarot lovers have long searched for—an in-depth book about the old common Tarots of Europe. Tarot de Marseille enthusiasts will not only learn to read its non-scenic pips, they will learn much more: Tarot philosophy, symbolism, color, spreads, and spread analysis are discussed. There are charts, graphs and illustrations, and book and deck reviews. (Color throughout) See BOOKS on this website to read 7 pages of excerpts.    $74.00 + Shipping.

Cards and Books are very limited 1st Editions and sold separately. See the special offer above that describes the little notebook you will receive at no additional cost (while they last) when you order this book. Questions? Email

Sherryl E. Smith is a long-time Tarot enthusiast and beloved writer and reviewer of countless decks, but what is really special about her, is that she writes about the many historic deck reproductions and recreations that are now available. She has been most kind in reviewing both the cards and book extensively–even including a card layout. I am deeply honored by her thoughtful analysis. Find the Triadic review in her blog under “decks“. She is also on Facebook so, for an outside opinion, visit  but visit it often for updates and reviews.

Books on European Tarots written in English are rare; only a few written by Europeans have been translated into English. Newest among them is:

Seeing the World: Tarot Signposts on the Path to Perception by the late Jean-Claude Flornoy and translated into English by David Vine. Jean-Claude was a man who dedicated the better part of his adult life to the study of Marseilles-style Tarots, and he was the first to my knowledge to do accurate recreations of historic decks. His understanding of the images was informed by a life steeped in French culture and richly flavored by its traditions—fascinating! Visit:

♦ FACSIMILES & RESTORED TAROTS   RECREATED TAROTS   CONTEMPORARY TAROTS. All are non-scenic pip Decks. Not all are new publications—just newly acquired by me.


NEW REVIEW Tarot Jean-Pierre Laurent 1735 is one of two new reproduction decks I purchased from Yves Reynaud. There is no one who surpasses Yves when it comes to making high-quality reproductions of historic Tarots available to the public, and much to my delight, they keep on coming! The presentation is always beautiful. This particular deck is said to be of the “Besançon” type since it has the Jupiter and Juno” cards, but it also has the Popess an the Pope. The cards are clean and bright with the green and dark blue pigments having the rich yet translucent intensity that today we would associate with Phthalo green and blue. A Marseilles-style Tarot with Juno and Jupiter added.

NEW REVIEW Tarot Jacob Joerger 1801 is a delightful version of the Tarot more fully in the “Besançon” category. It has many quirky departures from the usual images giving the deck a charmingly primitive personality. You’ll see the front-facing Moon with no rising droplets, the less-common zig-zag wall on the Sun card, and a judgment card with both the pointed rays and descending droplets. The World wreath is divided with flower motifs. Here again, the colors are again clean and bright with the same brilliant green and blue described above. This is a fascinating deck.

Tarot Francois Heri 1730 is another wonderful reproduction by Yves Reynaud. The small cards bear a close resemblance to the French Jean Noblet Tarot of 1650/59?) and yet there are differences: Juno and Jupiter replace the Priestess and Priest and still other surprises await one who compares these cards with those of the Noblet restoration by Peterson, or the beautiful recreation by the late Jean-Claude Flornoy. This Heri deck has the richness of its own German-Swiss tradition. It is a deck that would remain unknown to most of us were it not for the indefatigable dedication of Yves Raynaud. Like all of Yves reproductions, this deck comes in an attractive sturdy box.

Tarot Francois Gassmann 1840, also by Yves Reynaud follows a German-Swiss folk style.The colors are light, bright and translucent in nature with the exception of the deep indigo blue which acts as an accent. The festive nature of the decorative motifs follow in the Claude Burdel style. The more usual Papesse (Priestess) and Le Pape (Priest) do appear in this deck. The cards are in the common Tarot size and proportion. This is a lovely deck that would not be available to most collectors save the efforts of Yves Reynaud.

Tarot Claude Rochias 1754  by Yves Reynaud. Excellent work as always. Fresh exuberant colors / lovely fleur-de-lis pattern backs / an attractive and sturdy box.

Tarot Madenié 1709 by Yves Reynaud (2nd Edition, 2016) A high quality TdM, oldest surviving of the Type II category. Colors are adjusted slightly lighter, brightening the mood and making its detailed linework more visible. Lovely satin finish.

Tarot Jean-Pierre Payen 1713  by Yves Reynaud, a beautifully made reproduction of a Type I TdM similar to the Dodal Tarot of 1701. Soft yellow overtones give this deck a warm sunny vibe. Beautiful satin finish. Visit:


Le Tarot de Marseille 1760 by Dal Negro (Accademia Dei Tarocchi / Carlo Bozzelli). A cleanly rendered version of the Conver TdM with pleasant colors arranged according to extant versions of the historic deck. The small 2-3/16 x 4-1/16″ deck is easy to hold. Card backs have a double-sun motif. An attractive deck.


Tarot de Maria Celia by Lynyrd-Jym Narciso published by U.S. Games. This deck is a stylistic take on the Tarot de Marseille. Its images are imaginatively drawn and beautifully colored in the varying hues of watercolor techniques. The cards are small, 2-1/4 x 3-1/2,” and fit well in hand. Card-backs have lovely floral motifs reversed out of a terra-cotta field. Both sides have a mottled aged look. A charming deck. www.usgamesinc

Endless Skys Minchiate Tarot by Pennie McCraken is a creatively rendered version of a 97-card Italian Minchiate c. 1860-1890. The lively character of its linework combined with a limited palette of beautifully variegated color makes this deck a stand-out presentation. The deck I chose is called the golden version, but 2 other choices are available. There is a large array of card-back designs, but my favorite is an all-over pattern created from the background of the card images. See more of her decks at

NOTE: I am not compensated for book or deck reviews. The items are either purchased or personally examined by me, and reflect my own preferences, but I cannot purchase, or even know about every publication available. Decks reviewed here are of the Marseilles-type (having non-scenic pips); sometimes they are called Continental Tarots.     Questions? Email me