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From a Judaic perspective there are four stages of Tarot:


Stage 1:  Italian ‘Trifoni’ cards pre-1650 have no noticeable Judaic content.


Stage 2:  The Jean Noblet Tarot of 1650, the oldest known example of the Tarot de Marseille, contains intentionally placed Hebrew letters, Torah stories. Jewish holy days and Judaic ritual objects.  The Jean Noblet Tarot is markedly different from the earlier Italian cards.  An artist re-invented the template of the older cards for a different purpose.


Stage 3:  Other versions of the Tarot de Marseille, produced post 1650, contain only echoes and shadows of the intentional Judaic content of the Jean Noblet.  We can surmise that the later decks were primarily created by artists who were not aware of the earlier cards' intentional Judaic content.


Stage 4:  The 20th century Rider-Waite Smith deck was inspired by the Tarot de Marseille, but largely, with some noteworthy exceptions, the original intentional Judaic content of the Jean Noblet is no longer present.   

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