Tarot and Covid-19

If you are a Tarot enthusiast sequestered at home, this is the perfect time to learn to read those historic Tarots now so desirable. Their non-scenic pips are not so hard to read once you understand them. Look below under Special Offers. If you have one of the decks shown in a row, 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 you see there will get you started.

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!

Do the old Marseilles-type Tarots really intrigue you?

Maybe you’ve seen the large blue book below and just haven’t committed to order it yet. Now is a great time because when you order The Tarot: A Strange and Wondrous Thing, you will receive a free copy of First Impressions—a notebook that was designed for use in IN-PERSON workshops. We can’t have workshops during the Covid pandemic, so I have decided to pair them (as long as they last) at no additional cost with every book ordered during the next six months—the remainder of 2020.

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 is Square Triadic cards can be read in four orientations, whereas standard rectangular cards, have just upright and reversed meanings.

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 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: Annette@ArcanaPress.net. (Lecture includes screen presentation and handouts.) 

Marseilles Minis

Marseilles Minis, in the menu at the top of this website, provides 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.

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 the 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.

The Tarot: A Strange and Wondrous Thing

This 388-page wire-bound book is the one Tarot lovers have searched in vain for— an in-depth book about the old common Tarots of Europe. Tarot de Marseille enthusiasts will not only learn to read the non-scenic pips of historic reproduction decks, they will also 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 during the remainder of 2020. Questions? Email Annette@ArcanaPress.net

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. 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 under “decks“ in her blog. She is also on Facebook so, for an outside opinion, visit Tarot-heritage.com but visit it often for updates and reviews. 



Books on Non-Scenic Pip (NSP) Tarots written in English are rare, and only a few have been translated.The few that I find may be reviewed below—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:  tarot-history.com


Additions, by category, to those in the links at top 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-de-marseille-heritage.com

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-de-marseille-heritage.com

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:  tarot-de-marseille-heritage.com


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. www.tarocchi.net


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 endlessskys.ca

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    Annette@ArcanaPress.net