Rider-Waite Tarot Deck by Pamela Colman SmithRider-Waite Tarot Deck by Pamela Colman Smith

Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

byPamela Colman Smith, Arthur Edward Waite

Other | July 15, 1998

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In 1909, artist Pamela Coleman Smith, under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite, created an innovative 78-card tarot deck that would come to be recognized as revolutionary. With descriptive pictures on the 56 Minor Arcana cards, the Rider- Waite deck digressed from the tradition of tarot deck used for centuries and set the standard for nearly every tarot deck published.
Title:Rider-Waite Tarot DeckFormat:OtherDimensions:4.94 × 2.96 × 1.22 inPublished:July 15, 1998Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:091386613X

ISBN - 13:9780913866139


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The grand-daddy of modern decks. This is my workhorse deck. The symbolism is well known, the cards well drawn and invoke a emotional response fitting to the numerology of the card. Everything about these cards are right, old school but accurate and easy to use, every reader should have this deck in their collection. Sure there is a bit of a yawn factor here, but the usability factor out-weighs it tenfold. Buy this deck to learn on, and over time as you collect "beautiful decks" and then get tired of the flash of many of these new decks... you will eventually return to this classic deck. It is STILL the best just not the prettiest.
Date published: 2007-05-22

From Our Editors

Some people call it the Waite Tarot Deck. Other people call it the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck. But for now, we’ll call it The Rider Tarot Deck. This handsome collection of mystical cards is the only authorized edition of the famous 78 card Tarot Deck designed by Pamela Colman Smith. This wondrous deck of cards has been reissued in collaboration with Sybil Waite and Rider and Company, London and comes with an instruction booklet by Arthur Edward Waite. Stuart R. Kaplan provides a foreword.