78 cards

small booklet included


There are several versions of the quintessential Rider Waite Tarot deck, created in 1909 by Arthur Edward Waite using the images created by Pamela Colman Smith, and this is one of them. 


The Rider Waite 78 card deck, with its familiar archetypal images, is the one most widely associated with Tarot reading.  Many Tarot books and online resources use these card names and images, and it is therefore a very good deck to begin with.  Other decks have re-worked the images but have stuck with the orginal suits and Major Arcana characters, so a familiarity with the Rider Waite deck is useful when using other decks too.  It's also amongst the most reasonably priced decks around.


Having said that, it's a pretty fabulous deck and that's probably why it has remained so popular and has been re-printed so often.  There is a lot of symbolism present in each card, and the choice of how far to go in familiarising yourself with every aspect of every card is up to each reader.  There are some who read using intuition alone, and the detail in each card facilitates this.  The deck also lends itself to deeper study, for which there's a wealth of material out there if you are so inclined.


If you are interested in Tarot cards, and the Rider Waite in particular, a little research will reveal that there are many preferences and opinions as to which version of the Rider Waite cards is truest to the cards first printed in 1909.  The truth is that there were differences between even the first 4 reprints, produced between 1909 and around 1940, leading to variations in colour and line, which meant that there were slight differences in, for example, facial expression.  And there have been a great many re-prints since.  


The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck



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