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The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck Cards – 10 Jun 1999


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  • Cards: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Rider (10 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712670572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712670579
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 3.6 x 12.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The famous Rider-Waite Tarot card deck, complete with tarot reading instruction booklet

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A.E. Waite was a celebrated writer on occult topics who first created his tarot pack in 1910, with cards designed by Pamela Colman according to his instructions. The 78-card deck is now almost certainly the most widely used in the world, and it remains as popular as ever. The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck and the book The Key to the Tarot can also be purchased separately, and if you browse under "Tarot" you will find several other related Rider publications.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By THE D HAMMER on 6 Mar. 2014
Format: Cards
Looking at the box people think (as I did) that they are getting the Original images by Pamela Coalman Smith from 1909 - they are not. The images on these cards are from an inferior artist who copied them for a 1930's edition. Whoever exactly copied these is unknown but they are only a poor approximation of the work by PCS with most of the fine details either missing or badly copied.

Having said that the card quality is good and robust with a plastic coating to stop the ink running. I love using these but only give them Three Stars because of the misleading sales pitch by the creator of this Tarot card set.
If you are looking for a more faithful set then the R.W Giant Size Edition is a much better approximation.
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Penhaligon VINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2007
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I just bought a pack of these today and I love them already. Everyone must know about the Rider-Waite cards by now so I won't bore you with details of the pictures, you can see cards from this deck on Aecletic Tarot.com.

The cards themselves are laminated and therefore really glossy, thick and feel delightful to the touch. It also makes them quite slippery to shuffle sometimes. The cards are a nice size and fit in the hand comfortably.

A lot of people have criticised this edition of the Rider Waite collection citing mute brownes and sepia's and lacklustre nature of the pictures - for a time even I thought they were plain ugly, however, on a closer inspection, I really started to appreciate the beauty behind the images. Ok, so there are an infinite number of more aesthetically appealing decks available, and the artwork on these cards sometimes leaves something to be desired, however, I think if you give these cards a chance and take a really good look at them, you will start to find the charm and classic beauty behind them as I did. Even though I've only had them for one afternoon, just looking at each one, I already feel immensely connected to this particular deck. This is now the 6th deck in my collection but I can see it will prob be one of my trusted favourites.

Overall, I think the browns and sepias work well, they are easy on the eye, I don't feel that they are dull or muted but then again, art is a highly personal thing. The cards are easy for beginners to connect to - you can look at a card and immediately start to intuit what the meanings are and most books on the Tarot work with, or are immediately applicable to the Rider Waites.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Koriel Tannhauser TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 July 2012
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Well, not much to add to the other reviews. This is simply the Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck. The 78-card deck is now almost certainly the most widely used in the world, and it remains as popular as ever. While the images are basic and simple (drawing is almost crude in some places), the details and backgrounds hold a wealth of symbolism (almost occult like, full of mystical meanings). I can almost agree with some people who are saying that those basic pictures and symbols make connection with one's subconscious mind.

Personally I like that - the more basic cards, the better. The colours are not very bright and lively but then again, those cards are not just about lovely colours and I would say that this deck is also a good starting point for somebody like me - almost a complete beginner (the other set I have is from "Easy Tarot" by Josephine Ellershaw - which is also quite good as a starting point).

But bear in mind that all of this is very personal and not very objective - as everybody has different preferences here, and searching for a perfect tarot deck could actually take long time in some cases. And as the Josephine Ellershaw was saying in her book, "your cards should provoke an instant inner response, regardless whether you understand it". And I think the Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck is doing exactly that (for me) - something is there in those cards, you don't exactly know what is it and you can really verbalise it, but the "feeling" is there for sure.

About cards: The size of the cards: 12cm by 7cm (4.7" by 2.5"). I agree with some other reviews that the cards look slightly smudged and are very dark coloured - but this is not a negative point for me and doesn't bother me that much (it maybe for you though).
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Wigwagwiggy on 19 May 2001
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I have had a pack of these for some years but only just bought a book on how to use them. I then found out I could use them anyway just by looking at the pictures and guessing what they meant. They are not the most beautiful cards about although there are some variations on the original flat colours used such as the 'universal waite' cards which are brighter, but they are excellent for beginners to learn on because they form a story so that it is easy to remember the meanings of the cards. If you want a book to go with them I recommend the Idiots guide to Tarot and Fortune Telling.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By martin on 17 Feb. 2012
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I ordered a set of these cards to learn more about the tarot. The print was so heavy in this edition that it obscured some of the details, looked smudged and was overall very dark coloured. The plus side was that the cardstock was quite thick, the whole pack handled nicely and would stand up to a fair bit of use. I returned these and ordered the Universal to use as a learning tool instead.
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