Back to Tarot’s Roots: Discovering the Marseille Deck w/ Tarot Scholar Timothy Liu
Most people interested in the Tarot are familiar with the Rider Waite and its adaptations that first appeared in the early 20th century, but Tarot’s original deck remains the Tarot de Marseille. In fact, the first Marseille deck preceded the Rider-Waite-Smith and Crowley’s Thoth by more than 250 years. It’s the mother of all decks – not flashy or whimsical mind you – but the foundation of all interpretations that followed, and the Marseille decks are definitely experiencing a resurgence. Join Mirabai Tarot/I Ching reader Timothy Liu as he delves into the power of Marseille-style decks, which have recently become his cards of choice for their uncanny amplitude. The Marseille Tarot doesn’t pussyfoot around: it’s grounded, no nonsense and gets straight to the point. This workshop will look at the history of Marseille decks from 1650 to the present, observing how their wondrous differences evolved, paying particular attention to decks by Noblet (1650), Conver (1760), Jodorowsky (1997) and Reynaud (2017). While some readers only use the Marseille’s Major Arcana, many incorporate the 56 pip/royal cards from the Minor Arcana, and we will learn how to read the pip cards in terms of their suits and numerological yin/yang. Can you get by without ever experiencing the Marseille? Maybe, but understanding the seminal roots of the Tarot will certainly enhance and strengthen your reading abilities, just as a grounding in classical music has helped shape the work of many contemporary musical artists. All experience levels are welcome.
Bio: Timothy Liu is a reader of occult esoterica, giving tarot and I Ching readings at Mirabai of Woodstock and the Omega Institute (Rhinebeck, NY). He has also published twelve books of poems, garnering awards from PEN America, the Poetry Society of America, and Publishers Weekly. He divides his time between Manhattan and Woodstock, NY.
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