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Giant Rider-Waite Tarot Deck: Complete 78-Card Deck Cards – March 5, 2012
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From 1998 to 2007 not one stinking review here gives the actual size of the cards! which is what makes this particular deck so special.
So, here it is-- SIZE OF CARDS:
3 3/4 INCHES WIDE by 6 1/2 INCHES TALL, or,
approximately 9 1/2 CENTIMETERS WIDE by 16 1/2 CENTIMETERS TALL.
The Outer Box the cards come in is: 4 INCHES WIDE by 7 INCHES TALL, or 10 CENTIMETERS WIDE by 17 1/2 CENTIMETERS TALL.
See? it wasn't so hard to give this vital information after all.
As for the reviewer who stated, "very basic, typical 'cookie cutter tarot'", all I can say is:
HUH? You must be joking.
The Rider-Waite, now called the Rider-Waite-Smith, or RWS for short, in respect for artist Pamela Coleman Smith, (Rider was the Publisher; Waite was Arthur Edward Waite the Designer of the deck; and Pamela, the artist, who brought Waite's vision to life), is not a typical cookie-cutter tarot. It is, rather, 'THE MOLD' for all the other cookie-cutter tarots out there.
First published in 1909, the vast, VAST majority of tarot on the market today is a clone of the Rider-Waite-Smith. This, of course, does not include all the Marseilles- or Thoth-type decks out there.
Yes, there are more beautifully-artistic RWS-clones. But in all my Collecting, I have yet to find even one other that incorporates all the symbology in the RWS. Indeed, many, MANY tarot artists don't even read tarot; they've just taken the theme and applied their artistry.Read more ›
But for those who are thinking of using it to read fortunes for customers, you will find this deck rather "clumsy"; get the normal size deck instead.
_I only use the Rider-Waite deck for a very good reason. Arthur Waite saw that there had been considerable "drift" in the symbolism of the cards over the years. He took it upon himself as one of the preeminent scholars of the occult of modern times to rectify and restore the deepest archetypical meaning to the deck (including the colors.) After all, that is the meaning of the cards- it is also how they work. These are instruments that resonate with the highest archetypes in the realm of the Forms. This is also why they require contemplation- you have to internalize the deepest traditional meanings. You have to "feel" the cards through deep inner focus on what you have both read and lived. If the cards mean nothing to you, or if you are ignorant of the old meanings, then they simply won't "work." You have to establish a connection- "As above, so below." Skeptics will laugh at this, because to them these are simply pieces of card stock with no "mechanism" to them. The mechanism is in the underlying structure and currents of the cosmos.
_On a mundane note, these cards will last for decades with respectful use. I've even cleaned mine with alcohol and Windex without doing damage to the surface (I had a fool apply scotch tape to one of my decks once...)
They're absolutely beautiful. I honestly don't put much faith into divination; I just like using them to have a different perspective on my day. It's so relaxing to do a reading and have some quiet time to myself. The colors are so bright and the drawing style is very classic and emotive.
They're tricky to shuffle. I shuffle them vertically. It's still a bit difficult, but it gets the job done.
The biggest problem I have with these cards is they're cheaply made in China. They're printed on basic cardstock. They're not coated or laminated or anything. I can already tell they're going to be very susceptible to scratches and grime. For $17 they should be of much, much higher quality. Also, the geniuses at US Games put the copyright info right on the card. If it was that necessary, they could've hid it in the back. Why does it need to be right next to the art? It makes the experience feel so novel and cheap. I highly doubt Waite and Smith would appreciate that.
Other than that, I'm in love with these cards and they're going to get a lot of use. Don't listen to people who say they're not good for readings; they're fantastic for readings! You might just have to do it on the floor. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Aside from amazon doing a horrible job packaging this item properly for this seller as a fulfillment order...cards were beautiful! A bit bigger than I realized which is okay. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jensen
I LOVE this giant Rider deck. I also have the smaller, more common size deck, but when I found they made an over sized one, I had to have it. I love how big the cards are. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Willow
What a big and clean look!
Great for giving a reading.
A classic must-have for every reader. Read more
I have the regular size Rider deck and I love the artwork. I bought these to frame individually as room decor. They are much bigger and will fit this purpose nicely. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AshleyLVT
I love big cards this was the major reason I ordered them there standard images... great for teaching tarot to studentsPublished 4 months ago by Kiki
Love the cards, big enough that I could write the meanings on each one (helps a lot!) but they are hard to shuffle due to them being so largePublished 4 months ago by Heather