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A beautiful deck, but the colours are appalling,
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This review is from: The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck (Cards)
I have owned several Rider-Waite decks over the many years that I have been reading Tarot. Rider-Waite is definately my own preffered deck, mostly because of the colourful illustrations which are remeniscent of fairy-tale/dream imagery. They capture a sense of wonder and magic and mystery which is infectious! The minor arcana in this deck also feature illustrations which relate to their divinatory meanings - a great boon for divinatory work. HOWEVER, this particular edition is not the best that I have ever owned. My previous (lost - sob!) set had crystal clear colours - this deck is dark and mottled - looking like an 'old' deck, but the artwork cannot be clearly seen on this edition of the deck on every card - they are just so dark!! I miss being able to actually SEE the fine details on the wonderful artwork. Likewise, the major arana's names are printed in different colours on the different cards (some are lighter or darker shades of the same colour). I am happy with this deck for divination, but dissapointed with the print standard and colour definition - which borders on being APPALLING!! And I say that as someone who LOVES the Rider-Waite deck! I only hope that this inferior edition does not dissuade people from using this deck, which can be a wondeful and beautiful experience. Having said that, this is still an excellent value deck, and ideal for casual divination. But what on EARTH went wrong with the printing of this edition??