Untold Tarot: The Lost Art of Reading Ancient Tarot


Noted tarot author Caitlín Matthews presents a book which helps make the classic Tarot de Marseilles more approachable for a modern audience.  

Discover forgotten divinatory skills, and learn to read the Tarot with confidence. Not just another Tarot book, Untold Tarot presents historic styles of reading little known in the modern era. It teaches traditional ways of reading used for pre-twentieth-century decks, drawing upon older cartomantic arts such as blending and pairing cards, reading lines, and following "line of sight" to piece together untold stories according to the direction in which the characters are facing. The time to rediscover these lost skills is ripe, and the practical and personal approach presented here empowers you to read in your own fluid style and develop a full palette of skills. The book also includes a selection of card spreads drawn from traditional French and Italian sources, plus methods of reading cards based on the author's own extensive research.


Matthews' book is jam-packed with information on reading the Marseilles deck, especially the Minor Arcana. Matthews goes in-depth into several ways of reading pip cards (e.g non-illustrated Minor Arcana), giving us a wealth of options for learning an aspect of tarot that can frustrate many newcomers. Matthews also goes in-depth into a fascinating array of spreads and techniques for working with the Marseille deck, with ample examples and instructions. An added bonus is Matthews' extensive use of card images from a wide variety of Marseilles tarot decks, from modern interpretations to traditional variants. A must-have for both those who are new to the Tarot de Marseilles, and Marseilles tarot aficionados.
-- Justin