Ciro Marchetti’s digital artwork has become a standout in the world of metaphysical illustration. He pulls details from a myriad of visual sources, then merges them flawlessly, adding his own “personal twists” along the way. The result is a very polished finished product that maintains the vague sense of mystery necessary to convey esoteric information. For this deck, he draws on the traditional forms of tarot, especially Pamela Colman Smith and the Tarot de Marseilles. He takes flight, however, from that substantial foundation and makes his way through the growing complexity of tarot imagery. The result is a visually lush deck of cards which remain thought-provoking despite their exquisite finished form.
This is a deck that experienced tarot readers won’t want to miss. Novices will find the inclusive images inviting, and Marchetti’s tarot insight will certainly point them in the right direction for further exploration.
Tarot Grand Luxe is my favorite Ciro Marchetti deck, and I am overjoyed to report that U.S. Games has produced a genuine tribute to the out-of-print original limited edition. This is a gorgeous mass-market publication—almost a twin to its self-published sibling.The thing I’ve loved best about reading with the Tarot Grand Luxe is the way the cards interact—symbols meet one another across cards to create wonderful aha moments. I began discovering these symbolic connections by turning over pairs. My process is to go through the deck fairly quickly, not stopping to meditate. I just take a good look at each pair, reshuffle and start over—the stories reveal themselves.
At times, I've also found that the colors and patterns in Ciro Marchetti’s artwork suggest something surprising—an answer or message originating outside the traditional parameters of the card’s meaning. And while this observation could be applied to most tarot decks, I’ve found that the Tarot Grand Luxe is especially rich and evocative compared to many other decks in my collection.
—Madame Squee, Amazon customer