The Marshmallow Marseille

I never envisioned myself desiring a Marseille deck. Not because I don’t want to learn to read with pips, nor because I do not recognize the historical value of this style of deck, but simply bc the aesthetics of most of these decks (the  Tarocco Soprafino of F. Gumppenberg notwithstanding) do not appeal to me.

Then along came the Marshmallow Marseille. 

the marshmallow marseille is a creamy confection of a deck – think of it as the sweet and stylish pastel macaron of the tarot world.

Like most independently produced tarot decks of this modern age, The Marshmallow Marseille comes with a fairly sizeable price tag. Finding my practice revitalized thru participating in the Tarot Rebels March of the Pips Challenge, I was smitten enough to cough up the coin and bring this pretty pastel puppy home with me.

 

I shuffled the deck and asked it to present the cards it wanted to show off – clearly it is proud of its face cards!

 

The deck arrived quickly enough for me to use it for the remainder of this month’s challenge. Unfortunately, it also arrived dishevelled, with the tuck box open, and the cards spilled out roaming loose in the padded shipping envelope. Fortunately, none of the cards were damaged, but colour me unimpressed with the sloppy delivery. From what I have read online, this is not a unique experience.

 

The deck comes in a cute pink tuck box, which proved totally ineffectual at keeping the cards contained during shipping.

 

The cards themselves are a tad wider and taller than the advertised playing card size. No matter, it’s the first tarot deck that I can comfortably shuffle in its entirety! Printed in the USA, the quality is not as high as decks printed by MakePlayingCards in China – the cut edges have a punched feeling to them rather than being smooth, with the harsher edge being on the illustrated side of the card. While the cards don’t have a linen finish, the deck itself is slick, and shuffles like a dream.

the artwork is cute, even friendly, and is what attracted me to the deck in the first place.

I decided to test it’s reading mettle on the #marchofthepips keyword for March 16th – Detachment. Not to get too heavy on you on our first date or anything, Marshmallow Marseille, but riddle me this:

 

First read with The Marshmallow Marseille… Me likey!

 

How can I gracefully release patterns which hold me back from finding my true fulfillment?

To release ourselves from patterns requires accepting the risk that we shall be throwing ourselves into turmoil. Breaking down foundations to rebuild anew and follow our heart’s desire is both frightening and painful. It takes a lot of faith to follow that heart centered impulse that what we have created is no longer serving us, and to recognize where there are patterns of value that support us in that cause. We all need a solid foundation, and the discernment to prioritize what really needs to be placed at the top of the heap.

Basically, it’s never going to happen if I’m too chickenshit to take the risk. The grace lies in accepting that risk, having faith to follow my heart’s desire, and simplifying/prioritizing which patterns remain in order to assist and support the new ones being put into place.

Well played, MM. Well played.

The Nitty-Gritty:

Shipping issues, slight misrepresentation of size, and being rather pricey for what you get aside, The Marshmallow Marseille is a cute, fun, and unique deck that is sure to appeal to others who aren’t into the harsh primary colour blocks of many Marseille style decks. It’s the very first smaller sized deck I’ve added to my collection, and I figure it will become a friendly travelling deck due to its diminutive size. It will certainly grace a table set for a high tea tarot reading quite sweetly!