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The Rider Tarot Deck Cards – January 1, 1971
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Generally speaking the coloring on the standard Rider-Waite from U.S. Games has always been a bit garish, but not offensively so, and you get used to it. You might even come to prefer it (I did), which is why I decided to buy this deck.
Stupidly, I did not heed the warnings of the other one-star reviews with regards to the coloration of the current printing of the standard Rider Waite. This edition or whatever you want to call it is really, truly, fantastically horrible. The blues are particularly, offensively bright, distracting, and artificial. These cards are so ugly and weird-looking I can't even begin to contemplate trying to work with them. The woman in the Star trump looks like the old timey wrestler Dusty Rhodes, with his albino-blonde hair and orange spray tan. Just Plain Wrong.
When I opened the shipping box the outer box the cards came in had no plastic on it, and had obviously already been opened, although the cards inside were shrink-wrapped in plastic. And to be clear, I did have to take the plastic off the actual deck to get to the true weirdness and ugliness inside, because the top card that shows through the deck shrink-wrap (The Magician) has only very little blue in it and none of the other truly odd coloring. That card (and that card alone) is relatively normal-looking. So when I took the deck out of the box, before opening the shrink-wrap and looking at the other cards, I assumed I'd gotten a satisfactory deck and the one-star reviews were probably aberrations. Not so!
Bottom line: do yourself a favor and don't buy these, unless you want to pay five bucks return shipping for the privilege of abusing your retinas.
A good alternative is the regular size Smith-Waite Centennial deck, although the coloring isn't as clear for beginners. Watch out for size, though...the Centennials that come in a tin are the same size as playing cards, so if you want a bigger "standard size" tarot deck get the Centennial without a tin.
Another good learning tool is the Giant Rider-Waite. They're very big, almost too big to work with, but they're fun and good for studying the cards. I also rebought a jumbo deck and the coloring on those is fine. The good old standard.
Whatever alternative you choose, just please do yourself a favor and stay away from these! I wish I'd heeded those other one-star reviews. Now I'm out five buck for return shipping. And maybe some eyedrops for retina abrasion.
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.