CIro Marchetti had given up on tarot and moved on to other types of oracle decks. Then he attended a lecture by Russell Sturgess who suggested that the Tarot de Marseille was created by the Cathars, a Christian Gnostic movement dating back to the 12th century. Sturgess surmised that the symbolism in the Major Arcana was code that contained Cathar doctrine, hidden in plain sight.
Marchetti’s own research eventually led him to seamlessly meld the Tarot de Marseille imagery with that of the more familiar Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth decks and then expand on it. The further incorporation of Art Deco styling renders this new deck a standout from one of the most outstanding tarot artists. Buy it for the fabulous illustrations and then see what you discover within them. There’s a wealth of symbolism to explore.
—Anna Jedrziewski, TarotWise.com