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Rider Waite Tarot Deck: Giant Size [Cards]

Arthur Edward Waite , Pamela Colman Smith
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  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: U.S. Games; Crds edition (2 Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880794747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880794749
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack Facsimile edition of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck originally printed from plates that were destroyed during the bombing of London during World War II. The Deck and book set comes with the rider-Waite Tarot deck by Pamela Colman Smith with original Tudor Rose back design, Celtic Cross divinatory chart, and "The Key to the Tarot by Arthur Edward Waite. Full description

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for working with the Tarot 1 Nov 1999
By A Customer
The Rider Waite deck is my personal favourite. I was delighted to see that I had made a good decision in ordering them. They are not as 'giant' as you think. I am learning the Tarot for personal development. At present I choose a card a day and keep it where I can see it (on the mantlepiece). Everytime I catch a glimpse of it it reminds me what I am focusing on that day. I don't have a problem with my eye-sight, but I am amazed how much extra detail has been revealed through the larger picture. I wouldn't part with these for anything.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I have had the giant sized cards for several years now, and as a classical scholar of Waite's interpretations, I have found that the large size cards allows one enough room to write the interpretations given by Waite at the top and bottom of each card. A great way to learn.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger is definitely better! 3 Aug 2007
By Lilly Penhaligon VINE VOICE
When I first received these, I could not stop laughing - they're HUGE!!!! But they were also my beloved Rider Waites and the only thing I am disappointed about is that I didn't get them sooner.
These cards are not much different (apart from size obviously) than the Original Riders which is why I love them so much. They have used medium card stock, and in US Games fashion, they are heavily heavily laminated which makes them durable. They also stink of plastic so need a bit of airing first.

So what are the benefits of having this size, is it just a gimmick? Definitely not. The images are much clearer because they are bigger, even my dreaded King of Pentacles - so dark in teh small cards, becomes clearer in these ones. The size of the image means that even on a brief glance - things that you've not noticed before will literally jump out at you leaving you wondering why you didn't notice that before. These are excellent for spreads like the Celtic Cross and others where the cards overlap, because they are not obscured by the crossing card. This avoids a lot of faffing around taht you sometimes get with the standard size cards. The only drawback to the cards is shuffling which for me, and I don't have small hands, can only really be done by putting them on the cloth and swishing them round in a big pool.

The images are clearer and the colours appear sharper on these cards - the 'gold' wash that is on teh standard size seems to have been corrected and you get to see the intended true yellow that they are meant to be.

These cards are brilliant for studying purposes, meditation and for reading (although you will need plenty of space), you will not be disappointed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What the...?!*! 7 April 2008
By DBS72
Now, I'm only a beginner in tarot reading and I ordered this deck mainly because I have a couple of books in which there are some really beautiful reproductions of the Rider-Waite. I admired the details and the delicacy of colours and lines appearing in those reproductions. Well, the deck I received, and now I suspect it's not the same the other reviewers are talking about, is awful! All the colours of the original have vanished into a basic juxtaposition of rough blue-red-yellow for most of the cards, with some 'delightful' unshaded black and grey in others. Not the slightest nuance, plus if I compare the reproductions on the two books (identical with each other) and the same figure on the giant size they are in some cases quite different. It looks like they made them out of photocopies of photocopies of photocopies. If you have any hint of artistic sensibility stay clear of this awful reproduction. I am still longing to find a proper Rider-Waite, quite discouraged though as the Giant ones are vile, while the reviews of the Original say they are too dark and with dull colours. If anyone can help with suggestions on where to search, please message or comment, thanks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for rider-waite fans 29 Dec 2007
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I bought these cards after having bought the normal size original rider-waite cards. They are gorgeous! The colours contain the blues, missing from the 'original' pack.I think this giant pack is a giant version of the 'rider-waite' cards (as opposed to 'original rider-waite').

The pictures are the same line drawings as presented in Waites' book 'the pictorial key to the tarot', which I prefer over those on the 'original' cards e.g. faces on some cards do differ markedly. The size does make shuffling difficult, but that is a minor draw-back; shuffling will have to be on the table which still works.Do buy them, they come with a great little booklet and some notes on Pamela Coleman-smith. These are really great value for money.
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