I Recently started to work with the Gilded Tarot Royale by Ciro Marchetti.
It is a lovely deck and I like that it is small and easy to shuffle.
It is borderless, which in my opinion is a plus. In the presence of a border I feel like I am looking at the image from the outside. Without it I feel like I am right in it.
I also like the back of the deck, which is pretty, not too busy, and it can work with reversals too.
I also own the Gilded Tarot deck and I find the Royale to be somewhat familiar, but not entirely.
Many of the Gilded Tarot Royale cards are completely different and those that remain true to the Gilded Tarot have also been revisited.
The images are beautiful. The colours are vibrant and there are lots of details.
I like the court cards. They are not traditional, but their associations to the elements are still clear and the figures are relatable.
I am a big fan of Ciro Marchetti and I own several of his Tarot decks.
I am not a collector. I use my decks all the time and I am enjoying getting to know the latest addition to my tool box.
I would not recommend the Gilded Tarot Royale to a beginner, because some of the cards do not contain the well associated symbols found in the RWS deck that most Tarot books refer to.
The Emperor, for example, is depicted standing and missing his cubic throne.
The Hierophant is by himself.
The Lovers shows no angel, trees or snake.
The four of Pentacles is totally different. It shows a lady standing and holding a box or tray in her hands.
I believe that most people familiar with the RWS deck will have no problem reading with this beautiful deck.
To absolute beginners I would suggest to learn with a more traditional deck, and then move on to this one if they like.
Last but not least, the deck comes in a small box with a very basic little white book, containing two Tarot spreads.
I am testing the Daily spread, which requires five cards and I like it.