Review of: The Triadic Tarot by Sherryl E. Smith

Sherryl 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. Visit her website and blog: for a well-organized wealth of information on these wonderful vintage decks. You can find the Triadic review under “decks“ in her blog. She is also on Facebook.

Review of: The Tarot A Strange and Wondrous Thing by Sherryl Smith

This wonderful review is also by Sherryl E. Smith on her website and blog, She has been most kind in reviewing both the cards and this book extensively–even including a card layout. I am deeply honored by her thoughtful analysis. So if you want an outside opinion on both these items from ArcanaPress, please do visit her website and blog, but visit it often for she is always adding much appreciated updates and reviews.

Lecture: Old European Tarots

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 Genoa, 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 of the Tarot de Marseille, will open the door to your enjoyment of this wonderful legacy from the past. To learn more, call 419-855-3307 or email: (Lecture includes slide presentation and handouts.)

Marseilles Minis

Marseilles Minis, a new menu option above, provides little exercises to teach interpretation of Marseilles-style cards. It is illustrated with the Triadic Tarot, but interpretations apply to any non-scenic pip deck.  ###   Posted 4•29•19

Marseille — Marseille — Marseille!

Do you have a Tarot you have never been able to figure out how to “read”?   It might look like one of these—a Marseilles-style non-scenic pip deck.

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 4-1/4 x 5,” this booklet fits into a standard card envelope or business envelope. Print your address CLEARLY and affix two Forever Stamps. Fold and place that envelope in another envelope addressed to:

ArcanaPress, LLC.  /   P.O. Box 244   /   Genoa, Ohio 43430 ORDER WHILE THEY LAST!    ###   Posted 4•6•19

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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 this method, pips 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 the system easy to learn and remember. See this deck under CARDS in the menu. To order, use “Order Form” in the menu. $37.00 + Shipping.

The Tarot: A Strange and Wondrous Thing

This 388-page wire-bound book is the ideal gift for anyone who has searched in vain for a book about the old common Tarots of Europe. Many exist, but few have been translated into English. With this book, Tarot de Marseille enthusiasts will finally learn to read the non-scenic pips of the many historic reproduction decks now available. 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 1st Editions and sold separately.     ###      Posted 11•14•18

Books on Non-Scenic Pip (NSP) Tarots written in English are rare.The Tarot: A Strange and Wondrous Thing (pictured above) features book reviews of some exceptions. Each one is unique in its approach. A few books will be added below; newest among them is:

Seeing the World: Tarot Signposts on the Path to Perception written in French 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:

Additions, by category, to those in the links at right. Not all are new publications—just newly acquired by me. All are non-scenic pip Tarots.


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. My deck is called the golden version, but 2 others choices are available. One may choose from 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)