Tarocchino Arlecchino is a 64-card “little tarot” (based on the Tarocco Bolognese) dedicated to the mischievous Arlecchino, a.k.a Harlequin, a.k.a. Erl-King. To complete the project, the cards include divinatory meanings based on the Etteilla system. This pseudo-historic deck combines a few of my loves, and I hope you enjoy seeing it!
This page gives an overview of the deck. If you’d like to read about individual cards and see lists of meanings, visit the guidebook.
All of the cards in Tarocchino Arlecchino are based closely on the 62-card Tarocco Bolognese. This gaming deck is an abbreviation of the 78-card tarot: the numbers 2 through 5 are removed from each minor suit, while all 22 trumps remain.
But there are differences between the popular Marseille pattern of trumps and this tarot. It has its own ordering and numbering, and many of the traditional cards have their own unusual compositions. You can view my reference at BnF Gallica, and keep scrolling to see my Harlequins!
I have arranged some collages of the trumps without their borders below, if you wish to see the larger image sizes.
The Minor Arcana
Each of the four minor suits consists of four court cards, an Ace, and numbers six through ten. In the ordering of these cards, I follow the Etteilla decks.
I ran a Kickstarter campaign to try and fund printing. While the campaign did not meet its goal, I am very grateful to all backers! You can see the campaign below, where I am posting updates on the deck.