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Universal Waite Tarot Cards [Cards]

Pamela Colman Smith , Mary Hanson-Roberts
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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31 Dec 1992
The iconic drawings of Pamela Colman Smith have been beautifully re-colored by artist Mary Hanson-Roberts. The original meanings and rich symbolism of the Rider-Waite artwork come though with greater clarity and fresh, new details. The enhanced imagery make the Universal Waite Tarot deck more accessible to newcomers and more appealing to seasoned tarot readers. Hanson-Roberts serene colors also make the Universal Waite deck as perfect for meditation as it is for divination.

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  • Cards: 78 pages
  • Publisher: US Games; Cards edition (31 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880794968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880794961
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 7.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A More Revealing Look at the Images 21 Mar 1999
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As a tarot reader & instructor, I have used several decks, favoring the Rider-Waite deck for over 10 years. However, the more eye-pleasing coloring of the Universal Waite Tarot has brought out a lot of details that were much more difficult to see in the original deck. I use the deck now in my on-line and in-person tarot workshops and find that the improved clarity of the images translates into improved clarity of students' tarot readings. The rich symbolism of this deck makes it easy to interpret intuitively without prior study yet, still offers a wealth of deep, esoteric knowledge for advanced readers.
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb 11 Feb 2003
These are simply the finest Tarot Cards ever created. The depth of image is a credit to the artist who has given life to the otherwise flat original Waite Tarot. Especially useful are the subject’s faces, all of which now have an expression, greatly aiding all readings. If you are a beginner, buy this deck. Your speed of learning will increase. If you are experienced, buy this deck. Your understanding will deepen. Simon.
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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special - For Divination and Meditation 9 July 2003
By A Customer
Having studied tarot for many-a-year with an occult society I can honsetly say that these cards are extra-special.
The Rider Waite cards are full of deep meaning and symbology and are, according to Paul F. Case, "A very close approximation to the esoteric deck". The author - Arthur Edward Waite - was a high adept of the original Golden Dawn society and was initiated into the mysteries of not only ceremonal magic, but also of the Tarot Keys, and he pumped his tremendous knowledge and expertiese into this pack - making it highly suitable for meditation and divination.
Now, the classic Rider-Waite pack has been re-coloured and it makes the deck stand out from the crowd. It's crisp and clear; nice and bright. It's a pleasure to browse through the deck and let the symbols soak into consciosness.
Why buy a "new-agey" deck with images which mean absolutely nothing, when you can get your hands on probably the most esoteric deck you can find?!?
These Tarot Keys are especially coded to the Tree of Life. They expound the mysteries of the Qabalah. Yet some people say they are "only for beginners"!!! Tell me, then, what deck is for the "advanced" practitioner? Which other deck - barr the Book of Thoth - can look upon and reveal the deeper aspects of Self, of life in it's aspects of past, present and future?
Don't be put off by sour reviews of this deck. It is not a "childish" deck. It was not put together to show off the artists talents. Rather, it was created to both conceal and reveal great mysteries. Take the time to *look* at the beautiful keys and see yourself - and your clients - change for the better.
For a *very* deep analysis of the Rider-Waite Tarot Keys you should consider buying "The Key to it All - Book 2" (or is it now called,"The Western Mysteries"?).
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy for beginners and pleasing to the eye. 19 May 2001
These cards are much easier to interpret and learn than the original rider waite because the colours are brighter and clearer (better for meditation) and the detail on the cards are clearer. The deck itself is easier for beginners because the cards tell a story and are easier to learn but if you want a good book to go with this particular deck try the 'Idiots guide to Tarot and Fortune Telling' I learnt to read the cards in a week with this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Colourful but loses the line of the Original 12 Jun 2012
I have not been studying Tarot long, but I have been an artist for very very long....
These cards are immediately very pretty and bright and the card backs are adorned with a delightful gold on lapis blue starry design.
The images on the cards themselves are derived from Pamela Coleman Smith's orginals and appear to have been redrawn (traced?)with a much finer line and then coloured in ( and I use that term advisedly!) with coloured pencils.
I found pencil an odd medium when a watercolour painted effect would have been far more attractive than the exhaustively crayony look of these.
'Oh dear', you may think, but then again there is something to be learned from these images which show some of the passages in the original designs anew. However, I was disappointed with some of the cards. I love PCS's design for The Sun. In this deck the baby looks sideways as though he is falling off his horse.
The sun is not the marvellous flaming arcane symbol of the Original; in the Universal RW,he a rather bland faced celestial being.
Similarly, the hand lettering on these is naively calligraphed and crude compared to the Original pack.
Strangely, Mary Hanson Roberts has included Pamela Coleman- Smith's signature on each card. Hmm.
I found this deck a naive but jolly and clear interpretation of the Original designs. I am yet to see a satisfactory re-rendering of the PCS designs. I think they do need to be re-rendered because the original artwork is lost and subsequent reprintings are a little crude, but I would like to see a fantastic esotericist and artist like Robert Place do it. He is great at line ,colour and is an erudite master of Tarot meaning.
The card stock of these is slippery and a little thin but they feel nice in the hand and are easy to shuffle.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 20 May 2009
Wow! These cards are amazing. I have the original Rider-Waite deck but decided to get this deck after seeing some pictures of it on the interweb.

These cards have alot more depth to them and subtle symbols and meanings that aren't easily noticable on the original deck are instantly recognisable. The difference is like going from a normal television to a 52" high definition television. It's as though a veil has been lifted and you can see much further into them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excited
I gave the cards 5 stars because I'm satisfied with the quality of the cards, and can't wait to begin using them.
Published 2 months ago by Amoremio66
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading reviews
I bought these rather than an original pack because of the glowing reviews and wasted my money. The colours are weak, washed-out looking and far too big to handle easily. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Howells
1.0 out of 5 stars you pay extra money only for a disposable box
Very very disappointed with this product, this premier edition is exactly the same as normal edition except it comes in an extra cardboard box which is not good for any use at all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kenshin
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SET
was looking for a simple set of tarot cards, These cards are colourful, bright and an easy way to learn tarot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. D. V. Burrage
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality cards
Good quality set of cards. The images are clear and the colours used are good. Would recommend this set of cards.
Published 5 months ago by JC123
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and well made
I can across these cards as I was looking at The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck as an option for cards. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Monkey Say, Monkey Do
5.0 out of 5 stars I like the new colours
You get all the traditional meanings which come with this deck but in lovely bright colours which in some cases make the imagery clearer.
Published 10 months ago by K. Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality cards
Was asked to purchase these cards as this is the deck they will be using at a tarot teaching workshop I'll be doing soon and although the style maybe insn't to my taste the cards... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Miss Susan Gilvear
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