This unique deck was first produced in 1978 by leading Spanish maker Fournier to mark the 600th anniversary of the appearance of cards in Europe.
Created by Maritxu Guler and with orginial illustrations designed by artist Luis Pena Longa, this 78-card set opens the door to the most ancient and esoteric roots of tarot.
From a young age Guler, who was born in Roncal, at the foot of the Pyrenees, knew she had a gift for perceiving that which others could not.
She spent a lifetime travelling in pursuit of a deeper understanding of the extra-sensorial, going on to gain a fabled reputation for her calirevoyance. This tarot is the fruit of that labour.
While at first glance it shares similarities with the classic Marseilles family, a closer look at El Gran Esoterico reveals a far deeper, richer and mysterious history.
Astrological sigils - or magical symbols - on the Major and Minor Arcanas suggest references to an ancient form of astro-alphanumeric correspondences that date back to the ancient Hebrew era and even earlier.
The distinctive drawing style brought to the cards by Pena Longa's brightly-coloured and loaded illustrations combined with Guler's unrivalled knowledge of tarot's esoteric origins make this unusual set a must-have for anyone serious about deepening their knowledge of tarot.