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The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack [Box set] [Cards]

Arthur Edward Waite
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10 Jun 1999
First issued in 1910, this pack contains almost certainly the most widely used tarot card deck in the world, along with an invaluable instructional book, THE KEY TO THE TAROT, which explains the history and usage of the tarot cards of which there are 78 divided into the Major and Minor Arcanas. The book can be used in conjunction with any set of tarot cards, but it was written in particular to accompany the 78-card Rider-Waite tarot deck which was designed by Pamela Colman Smith in accordance with A. E Waite's instructions. THE KEY TO THE TAROT explains the history and symbolism of the cards and gives instructions on how to use them for purposes of divination. This edition includes a specially commissioned foreword by Liz Greene.

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  • Cards: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Rider (10 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071267067X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712670678
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,158 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. --This text refers to an alternate Cards edition.

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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic 14 Jun 2007
By Lilly Penhaligon VINE VOICE
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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
This is a tarot deck for all. The definition of the western tarot canon, it stands out as being one of the first decks to have a different picture for every card, even the Minor Arcana's numbered cards. The pictures are rich in symbolism and allegory: some may be simple, but that basic imagery can be all the more disturbing.

Disturbing? I say disturbing because that is what I love most about this deck. It is not joyful. It is not lighthearted. It is always serious. The scenes are played out on barren landscapes; the small frame of view does not render an entire world to the imagination. One perceives nothingness, beyond the bare outlay of symbols and characters.

And so, that old chestnut, the colouring, is resolved. The muted sincerity is entirely appropriate to the subject matter. Furthermore, the reduced contrast inspires closer inspection of the cards, a more thoughtful consideration. This deck is quite simply the best for uncomplicated and yet deep tarot reading.

P.S. I should note here that I am not a mystic tarot user. To me, a rationalist and a skeptic (also an atheist), the tarot is a way of finding creative solutions to problems through the use of a random visual stimulus. It focuses your mind on a problem, and by attempting to perceive meaning in the cards, one finds a new way of looking at the problem.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'comfy slippers' deck 15 Nov 2008
Why is this deck a classic? It's not so much that THIS version IS a classic - the colours are certainly a bit dull, but I feel that this does lend this particular Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) version a certain charm of it's own.

This deck is my 'comfy slippers' deck because it was the first deck that I learned to read with, and I always slip back to using it - just like a pair of comfy old slippers! Why did I learn with this deck? Because the RWS deck (regardless of colouring issues) has classic symbolism and imagery that has spawned a host of clone decks. So, if you understand the RWS, you will be able to safely step into many other new decks with confidence.

I would also suggest that most training groups (unless designed to run with a specific deck) favour the RWS as their training deck, for this very reason.

The basics: 78-card deck with accompanying Little White Book (LWB). As with any other deck, don't depend on the LWB for your sole repertoire of interpretations.

Back is blue/white grid type pattern that lends itself to reversals.

Traditional 22 Majors, with Strength is VIII, Justice is XI. The elements associated with the Minor Arcana are Wands/Fire; Swords/Air; Cups/Water; Pentacles/Earth. These are the standard formats that *most* subsequent Tarot decks follow.

It's a fully illustrated pip deck - in other words, there are pictures on EVERY card, not just the 22 Major Arcana. Having pix on all the cards makes it easy to build up your interpretations.

Again, these are reasons why the RWS decks continue to be so popular.

My advice is that if you don't like the muted colours, pick another deck. Whatever version, be confident that choosing a Rider Waite Smith deck is a first rate beginner's option and it will never let you down.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great visionry cards and easy for beginners 19 May 2001
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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