First issued in 1910, the Rider-Waite Tarot is almost certainly the most widely used tarot card deck in the world. There are 78 tarot cards, divided into the Major and Minor Arcanas, designed by Pamela Colman Smith in accordance with A. E Waite's instructions. An instructional booklet by A. E. Waite is included, explaining the tarot card meanings and how to use the cards for divination, with an introduction by Stuart R. Kaplan.
The famous Rider-Waite Tarot card deck, complete with tarot reading instruction booklet
This Tarot Deck is a piece of History. It is also the most popular with teachers, courses and nearly ever second book is written about them. One book I found very useful was The Only Book Tarot Book You'll Ever Need by Skye Alexander. You can also purchase this Fishpond for good price. They are best deck to learn with to get back to basics. There are so many clone decks out there that they have lost the true meaning of what the Rider Waite Tarot means. Such has the two face girl on the 6 of cups. The skull cup on the 7 of cups and not to forget the extra wiggle of sun ray line drawn right of the roman numeral on the sun card. There are also a lot of quizzes on tarots. One thing I didn't like about this tarot is design, especially for older people with weary eyes the pictures take a lot to make out and very gloomy.
This deck was first printed in 1909- that's a century ago! This edition seeks to recapture the 'feeling' of the original cards. They do look like a special old deck with a history- a treasure uncovered in a dusty old attic perhaps- but they are not a reproduction of the original as the title would suggest. The colours are much more subdued than the standard edition. They also have a tinge that is a greenish brown. I like the effect it gives but it's not to everyone's taste. If you aren't keen on the standard then this is an option you might consider. (There are other re-colourings available also.) The cardstock is of high quality and stands the test of time. As it is meant to look vintage, it actually looks better the more you handle and shuffle it. The back is a blue and white "rose and lilies" design which in my opinion looks much nicer than the blue plaid of the standard US Games edition. In summary, not an authentic reproduction of the original, which many will find disappointing, but the classic artwork by Pamela Colman Smith is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago, which makes it an excellent choice.
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