MARSEILLE CAT TAROT REVIEW
The Marseille Cat Tarot light-heartedly merges the ancient French Tarot tradition with the anthropomorphic cat, featuring a variety of felines with fur in place of human characters that appear on cards. The deck is designed by strong primary colors, however, the artwork is more sophisticated as opposed to the traditional woodcut designs.
MARSEILLE CAT TAROT CARD DETAILS
Minor Arcana cards also feature tiny feline images amidst the pip. They also have small feline images. Minor Arcana cards have colour backgrounds that match the category: pink for cups, a red colour for cups blue for swords lighter cream for pentacles, and turquoise for Wands. This makes it much easier to identify the different suits, and also swords are clearly distinguished from wands. This is very helpful when you consider the way the similarities (and confusing) both suits are depicted in the early Marseille decks. Small additions, like that of the images that are associated with materials in the middle of every pentacle help to understand the different suits. For instance, that the number 6 on Pentacles includes the symbol of balance, while the 9 of Pentacles includes a hooded falcon located in the middle of every pentacle within the deck.The arrangement that is geometrically designed of elements in each suit are exactly as the classic Marseille style, which includes the floral and leaf decorations but with a few minor modifications.
The deck may take concepts from the Rider Waite Smith deck and then, in a way puts them in the Minor Arcana by cat interactions. The deck is much less intimidating and much accessible as opposed to the original. The drawback to this method and it’s an important one – is that it reduces an interpretation of specific card to the exact significance of the card that’s described within the Rider Waite Smith deck. This can be seen, for instance when we look at cards like The 6 of Swords, where there are 3 cats in the boat in the center of this card.