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Universal Waite Tarot Deck and Book Set Cards – May 1, 1992
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This set also comes with a 340 page book called "The Pictorial Key to the Tarot" by Arthur Edward Waite. ISBN#: 0913866083. This book is very nice. I like introduction it gives for each card as well as a picture of the card itself.
Lastly, a nice poster of the 10 card Celtic spread is included. This was published by US Games. The poster shows the layout as well as the postion meaning. It also displays the lay down order for each card.
I also noted that the black/gold box shown was not what I received. My box was a blue/red combination that I will upload.
What I did not like, however, was the fact that the expressions on the faces of the court cards were changed! Case in point - the Queen of Wands.
Overall I like the re-coloring done in the cards. They have become more green and lovely.
The deck itself is sturdy and quite lovely. The artwork is beautiful on the fronts and the backs have a field of gold stars on a navy blue background. The only probem I have is that the cards are quite glossy and tend to stick together during shuffling but that could be because it's a brand new deck. Perhaps it will get better with more use.
The book that comes with the deck is interesting but a little boring. I have not been able to get very far into it yet. There seems to be a lot of good information in there, if you're dedicated enough.
The deck also comes with a small instruction booklet that fits inside the card box. It contains a list of all the cards and a brief description of each card's meaning. Also, at the end is a guide for using the ten card spread. I've found this to be a great quick reference tool when doing my readings. The problem is that it's very easy to rely on the booklet, so it can become a crutch.
Also included is a foldable "map" to aid when using the 10 card spread.
This deck, the "Universal Waite" deck, is my personal favorite of the three. The original illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith have been retouched and recolored, so it is not the deck for "purists" but the colors are brighter and the details clearer than either of the other editions I have. This deck is available sold separately from the book; the book included in the book and deck set is the same text found in the "Original Rider" deck box set, and seemed like an unnecessary inclusion with the deck. A beginner will be better served by other books on tarot, and an expert probably already has a copy of this book. The set did include a fold-out paper "mat" describing the celtic cross spread which was rather nice and possibly useful to a beginner but overall I found myself wishing I'd just bought the deck by itself.
This is the deck featured on the cover design of "Tarot for Beginners" by Joan Bunning.
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Much more color depth and range of values than my old cards from the 70's!!Published 1 month ago by J. Sokol
Bought the set for my granddaughter's 15th birthday! She loved it. No other choice, had to get her the same set I use!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Curly Sue
I had this deck as a young person and I was very happy to get to revisit the Tarot and its insights. I highly recommend 78 Degress of Wisdom as reading material for these cards.Published 5 months ago by SavyShopperSarah
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great price and the deck is excellent, the set is nice and the product shipped fast, too. I am very pleased with my order and am enjoying the beautiful cards! Love it!Published 6 months ago by LisaLisaLisa
Deck was gorgeous, colors more vibrant then the original. The book is not that great, still helpful in the history of Tarot.Published 10 months ago by Marina Simmons