Tarot is more than a means of fortune telling: by telling an allegorical story of our quest in life, it provides valuable insight into where we are on our path and how we can arrive at a better place. "The Authentic Tarot" stays faithful to the cards' true spirit, using this ancient technique as a tool for self-realization and heightened awareness. Thomas Saunders decodes what may be the oldest known complete deck, the Ancien Tarot de Marseille, which retains the greatest integrity for its original function. He explains the symbolism of each card and the relationships between them, and offers enlightening interpretations of both the Major Arcana and the 56 minor cards. Easy-to-consult charts help decipher a 21 card spread.