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1JJ Swiss Tarot

The 1JJ Swiss Tarot is an older style of tarot deck, a Marseilles variant. The cards are reprints of early woodcut designs, printed in black and coloured with blocks of red, blue, green and yellow. Titles are in French.

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Created by Stuart Kaplan
Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - US Games 1970


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1JJ Swiss Tarot review by Steve Gustafson

This was my first Tarot deck. It was not my last. Early on, I became somewhat uncomfortable with it, because of things I was reading. I bought it at a Spencer Gifts or some such purveyor of enlightenment. This would have been in 1975 or so. I would have been around fifteen.

First, most of the books assumed that you owned a Rider-Waite-Smith deck. I found it less than adequate because the RWS deck had all the extra pictures and mystic symbols and this one did not. Then I checked out some library book that said that the Marseille cards had all of this arcane lore connected to the colours and shapes of the original Marseille. And this isn't one of them, either.

But I stuck with it, learning to read it by studying the RWS images in the book and ...
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Theme: Marseilles
Creator: Tarot Classic by Stuart Kaplan

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Name: 1JJ Swiss Tarot
Creators: Stuart Kaplan
Publisher: US Games 1970
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Cards: 78
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Marseilles
Minor Arcana Style: Marseilles-Style Pips
Suits: Coupes, Deniers, Epees, Batons
Court Cards: Roi, Reine, Chevalier, Valet
The Fool is 0
Strength is 11
Justice is 8

Card Size: 2.37 x 4.37 in. = 6.03cm x 11.11cm
Card Language: French
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: Ruddy-coloured check pattern.

Companion Material: The separate companion book written by Stuart R. Kaplan has been published a few times. First in 1970 as Tarot cards for Fun and Fortune Telling by US Games. Then it was first published in the UK by the Aquarian Press as Tarot Cards for Fun and Fortune Telling in 1978. The next edition was published in 1995 by Diamond Books and is called Fortune Telling with Tarot Cards.


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