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Albano-Waite Tarot Deck Cards – July 1, 1996

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  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc. (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880794666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880794664
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 3 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the more serious eoteric user of the Tarot, the Albano-Waite deck is a deck of cards which uses the drawings of the Waite/Colman Smith/Rider deck, but with colours which conform more closely to esoteric tradition. It is almost like a Waite Deck with some of the hidden or more personal choices made by AE Waite brought back to esoteric tradition. A case in point: Key 14 (Temperance) traditionally has a rainbow associated with Sagittarius in its symbolism. Waite/Smith used irises. The Albano-Waite deck has all of Waite's elements, but adds the rainbow once more. See the book by PF Case on the Tarot for the more traditional symbols and colours. This book, originally written for the Rider deck, has been rewritten for the BOTA deck, and includes comparisons between the two decks. The Albano deck to a large extent fits the BOTA colours to the Waite drawings. The colours have meanings in meditation and contemplation, and are not meant to be "natural", hence one has yellow skies rather than blue in The Fool, etc.
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Most of us learn Tarot reading and symbolism from the classic Rider-Waite deck. At the same time, however, some find the traditional Waite Deck's colors somewhat drab and wanting. Well this deck is the answer to that problem. The colors on the Albano Waite deck are stunning. At the same time it uses what seems to be exactly the same artwork on the traditional Rider-Waite. All the symbols are there and all the details. But the colors are much more intense. If you like Waite symbolism but want better colors this is probably the deck for you. If you could never get into Waite decks because their "bland images" never spoke to you, you must look at this deck! If you are just learning Tarot from books and materials that refer to the Waite deck, this is an ideal version of the deck to start with. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!
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The colours used in this deck are beautifull. Although one reviewer had negative feelings about the sky being colours other than blue (?) I think it adds to the ethrealness that the tarot should have. After all, that is what it represents, correct? Being an artist myself, I loved the bold lines and tertiary colours used. Other types of tarot may come and go, but I believe that the rider deck will continue to be the staple.
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I have had this deck now for about three years and it's the one I continue to go to for readings. I used to own bothe the Rider Waite and Universal Waite decks but I like this one much more than those. The Rider Waite tarot is very bland in its coloring and the black outlines on the cards stands out more than the images. In the Universal Waite deck the colors are softer, not bland, but almost too soft. It has a better feel to it than the Rider version but still something is missing. Finally a little over three years ago I had the oppertunity to take a tarot class and we needed one of these Waite decks. I decided to buy the Albano Waite tarot and was thrilled. Many people have tropble with the colors describing them as being sort of technicolored but I feel the colors help the reader understand more than just the surface picture, they seem to help one channel the information more clearly. Of course every reader is different and this is just what works for me. I hope you will consider this particular version of a long standing deck when you are looking for one that works for you.
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Perhaps I'm too tired to be writing a review but I simply love this deck. I've been using it almost exclusively since I received it. I feared that after paying $57 for a deck that would normally only cost $12 (if not out-of-print) I would be disappointed in it, but that wasn't the case! If anything, it exceeded my expectations several times over.

I can't quite put my finger on why. Maybe it's the diminutive size, maybe it's the unusual vintage colors or the charming card backs, or some other thing, but I love it. It's probably a combination of all of the above.

As a tarot fan I have quite a few decks and several mini decks. For those folks out there who enjoy mini size decks and who also love vintage colors or unusual colors, I think you'll appreciate this deck.

For readers who don't use the LWB (most of us) then you won't care that the LWB sucks for this one. My more traditional Rider-Waite Mini has a very nice LWB, but again I rarely look at it so it doesn't matter.

I love this deck and I'm glad I got it, steep price tag or no. I hope it gets re-printed and sold for a reasonable price so that more folks can enjoy it.

Please have a look at the images I uploaded into the customer images area for this item for some visual examples.

Love Lots,
Hannah
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5 STARS for the Albano's artwork and 5 STARS for Amazon customer service but...

PROS:

The deck is truly gorgeous. 25 years ago when I was new to Tarot, the Albano deck was bothering to me and I even considered it a pure profanity to the original artwork by Pamela Colman-Smith;) As many tarotists discover, our taste matures with time. Now, among others, I use the centennial PMS which I value for its charming sepia-like faded coloring, and Albano-Waite which I find vivid, vibrant and energetic. The first one is more introspective, the latter one is extremely articulate and outspoken. The deck I choose depends on the Querent and their vibes.

Cardstock is very nice: the cards are flexible and sleek, easy to shuffle and spread.

CONS:

1 STAR for images quality

Printing quality... And this is where my heart sank. Several cards have coloring out of lines, images look distorted. When I ordered the first copy I thought it was just one "faulty" deck. Amazon immediately shipped me a replacement and ...the defects were exactly the same...on the same cards. Especially King of Pentacles has a digital "scratch" at the top (please see the pictures and please disregard the flash). Same issues with two different copies. I guess it must have been a bad batch of those decks.

Summary: I hope you will receive a perfect copy of this deck and if not... hey, no one is perfect. Neither us readers nor our Querents. And a Tarot deck like everything else in life can be just a reflection of...ourselves;) Smile and happy readings!
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