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Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot Cards – October 1, 2003
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I'm very happy with this rendition. From what I can tell, every bit of the standard symbolism is in place, and the new coloring job is wonderful. While not photo-realistic by any stretch (nor should it be, in my opinion), the images now have shading, depth, and subtlety to the palette. This makes reading the cards a more enjoyable experience overall.
Also, the back of the cards is nice in an understated sort of way: small yellow stars on a navy background. This is much better than my original Waite deck, with a rather horrible blue and black pinstripe-plaid motif against a white background. It looked rather akin to a really bad tablecloth at an Italian restaurant. The new star field, if a bit new-age-trendy, is much easier on the eyes. Its subtlety insures that the face-down deck won't distract from the spread you're reading.
From a readability standpoint, it's roughly the same as standard Waite, since all of the symbolism is identical. For experienced readers, you'll feel right at home. Newcomers will pick it up in no time, though I'd advise getting a second book to teach you the standard meanings until you get on your feet. The accompanying book isn't bad, but is a quick-and-dirty version and hardly exhaustive.
The 5-star review is basing this deck on what it's supposed to be: a rendition of a classic. As such, it serves its purpose admirably.Read more ›
I love it and use it frequently. The deck is standard Tarot size, same size as the Universal and regular Rider Waite. The Back of the cards is a very nice Night Sky Blue filled with yellow stars. The colors of the images are not really radiant, in the harsh sense of the word, but more vibrant. If you look close, you can tell that the original images have been retouched, as many facial features have a slight difference. The deck shuffles well, a little slippery, and the corners are smooth. The card stock is flexible, but made to last; this deck will last many usages.
There is one minor setback. The smell of the cards, at times is to over whelming. I have tried everything to get that factory smell out of them. I have spoken to a few others who own the deck and they have the same problem. Hopefully after many usages this weird aroma will leave.
But beside that the deck is really good, it is defiantly my favorite of all the Rider Waite Clones. I recommend it to all beginners and advanced tarot readers or collectors. Nice deck for those who are just starting out. The images on this deck are familiar and comforting. Plus almost all books dealing with learning Tarot use Pamela Smith's images. So this deck would make a great gift for yourself or for your loved ones.
I know the original Rider-Waite images quite well because the "original Waite cards" by US Games Systems (1971) was one of my very first tarot decks and I've been using it for more than 30 years. Having received the Radiant deck and looked through it card by card, I find myself agreeing with Wren's opinion. The cards are very well made and easy to handle. The colors are vibrant. The problem is the faces. They look plastic and non-human, kind of like creepy faces of manikins or the creatures that took over human bodies in the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Just look at the Page of Swords who looks like he's wearing a nylon stocking over his head the way band robbers do in some B-rated movies.
In addition, the eyes are oddly drawn so that some figures look like they have a paranoid stare, and the devil looks cross-eyed. The subtlety and detail of Colman-Smith's original drawings has been sacrificed for vivid color. The nude figures, for example, have had their genitals obliterated. The 5 of Pentacles is particularly distorted. With the new coloring, the destitute individuals look like they are wearing gaily colored designer clothes and the scene of desolation outside the church looks like a cheerful setting in which to freeze and starve to death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful cards and incredibly similar in imaging to original Rider-Waite, but more colorful. The back of the cards are even beautiful.Published 2 months ago by Snaplo
The colors are brighter than the standard Rider-Waite cards. Otherwise they are just the same.Published 2 months ago by Virginia O'Mara
These cards are vibrant. All the bright yellow makes me want to keep looking at them more and more.Published 2 months ago by Young Spirit
Amazing easy to understand deck that my spirit resonates with. Readings are always on point!Published 3 months ago by Theresa Burke