- Cards: 56 pages
- Publisher: Arthur Edward Waite; 1/30/03 edition (January 1, 1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 091386613X
- ISBN-13: 978-0913866139
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.9 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,198 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rider Tarot Deck Cards – January 1, 1971
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Rider-Waite was named one of the Top Ten Tarot Decks of All Time by Aeclectic
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In 1909, artist Pamela Colman Smith’s involvement with the Order of the Golden Dawn led to a commission from Arthur Edward Waite to create a 78-card tarot deck. Originally known as the Rider deck, it was the first to include full pictorial scenes for the Minor Arcana pips. Pamela’s varied mystical influences are evident throughout the deck. Once considered revolutionary, The Rider-Waite deck has set the standard for hundreds of other decks and has inspired a myriad of different versions available from U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
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I mainly purchased the official deck because I was having trouble with my readings and felt like the original artwork would be the easiest for me to understand and hold the most power. Well, some of the interpretations sort of conflict with what I have learned so far. This should be the most accurate deck out there.
I had a rider waite before just like this with the original art but it was slightly different version or remastered.. I remember that book not leaving so much to be desired... The interpretations in the book don't seem to coincide with ones from my other tarot or information online. A lot of it is also too specific.
Here is one example.. the two of pentacles: "But it is also read as news and messages in writing such as, obstacles, agitation, trouble, and embroilment."
I thought this was a positive card about balancing the day to day duties in one's life successfully or adapting to change.. Reversed it states it has to do with handwriting and exchange of letters. I don't see what that has to do with the card. I am not an expert myself, but I still couldn't help but feel like the book was lacking. Half the fun to me is reading the book that came with it.
The major arcana, usually the most interesting cards or the ones that indicate the most change are very basic... Meanings just state a bunch of adjectives seperated by commas..
I purchased this deck because I read it was the deck that most everyone uses.
The pictures are vibrant and beautiful. You can see so many stories being told on just one card.
The cards are glossy and heavy but still easy to shuffle and carry around.
I made a pouch to put the cards in. If you're wanting to really get serious about reading the cards, you'll need a dark colored cloth or pouch and a box to store them in. This is to keep negative energy out and your energy in. Although, my pouch sometimes plays tricks on me and hides itself in places.