The Spirit of the Tarot
The Search for God's Picturebook

Tarot de Marseille, Restoration of oldest deck, Jean Noblet, Paris, 1659, by Joseph H. Peterson, Twilit Grotto, 2016

To the basic game are added 21 + 1 cards which the Italians called TRIOMPHES and the French ATOUTS or “trumps”. Numbered from 1 to 21, with an unnumbered 22nd called the Excuse, Fool or Mat, these trumps dominate all the others and guarantee victory. []