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Universal Waite Tarot Deck Cards – March 5, 2012
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Overall, nothing special, just a good, reliable deck great for anyone from beginners to pros.
On another note, I think Amazon needs to start looking at some more efficient packaging. Compared to the deck of cards, the shipping box was HUGE! Quit killing so many trees guys, use envelopes maybe?
This is a wonderful Tarot deck, and I'm so happy to have it in my collection. It's amazing what a colour palette update can do! I really appreciate Pamela Coleman-Smith's drawings and deep symbolism for the first time. The back of the deck is lovely, the size of the cards is average, and the cardstock is glossy and not too thin or thick. I use this deck as my current go-to divinatory deck, especially if I'm doing a Celtic Cross spread. I've still toyed with the idea of getting an actual RWS deck - more for the sake of tradition than anything else - but owning this deck is, for me personally, even better because I actually like and connect with the imagery, and that is due 100% to the updated colouring of the cards. I am extremely happy that I purchased these cards, and I would instantly recommend them to any beginner student of Tarot. They may not be as exciting as some decks, but they have helped me immensely on my quest to learn the Tarot. The vivid and artistic colours make all the difference.
I have the Rider Tarot, which I purchased in 2016. The deck I used since 2005 has been the Mythic Tarot, but I wanted to venture down the path of Waite. At the time of browsing, I initially wanted the Universal Waite, but decided to go with the OG of tarot cards instead.
Both the Rider and UW decks are wonderful for beginners. In my experience, it is good to choose cards based on what you feel drawn towards. There are traditional and non-traditional and all have symbolism that can awaken your intuition and spark it in ways that you can only find out through personal experience with them.
I like that there is definition in the Universal Waite that differs from other Rider/Waite decks, so Mary Hanson-Roberts’ recoloring is quite nice. I do agree with a reviewer who said that it looked like it was done over with colored pencil, but I take no issue with that, it’s actually interesting to my eye. I thought the back of the cards would be brighter; having seen many tarot card readers use them in videos I thought the stars would be a vibrant gold against a navy background, but the back of the cards are a bit subdued and dull. They are lovely cards though. I couldn’t pass up the price of $8.61 with free shipping - a whopping 61% off.
If you want to purchase these as a beginner, collector, or advanced reader then you have my okay. I really like these so far and plan to use them frequently.