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The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack Cards – Box set, 10 Jun 1999
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The renowned Original Rider Waite Tarot card deck, complete with an instruction guide called The Key to the Tarot
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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.See all Product description
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What fascinates me is the fact nobody has said that ‘original’ fortune telling cards had 52 cards and ’Tarot’ was actually a very complex card game that used the 78 cards [hence their numbering of the Major Arcana] to score points. In reality, the fortune telling came in because they looked prettier and had more cards so seemed more mystical, especially if you know the mythos that goes with cartomancy.
The pack has a very small 30 page instruction manual that gives a brief description on the ’meaning’ of each card and an example on how they should be used. This pack is great for those who want to dabble, or are new to it as it’s all very simple with inoffensive interpretations and quite ‘tame’ cards as Waite had it all toned down for Edwardian sensibilities [unlike my Grand Ettellia which has four really ’bad’ cards other than death!! -which by the way simply means the ending of something] and wanted something ‘arty’.
The problem with this set is that the cards ARE badly reproduced [the printing is fine] having lost much of their colour to a muddy blandness due to overuse of cyan in the printing process, but it is cheap. If it’s a first set you want this is a good starter choice or checkout the Tarot of Marseilles which is more wood-carving in style. Seasoned uses may prefer something more weighty [forgive the pun] but it’s all down to how you interpret your pack and how they draw you in –you don’t know until you’ve used them and if you’re ‘in tune’ with your pack you’ll soon develop your own interpretations rather than the bland supplied ones or drivel found in most books, but I found this pack easy to gain control of [again experienced uses should understand the comment], just make sure they don’t control you!
they have served me as a great tool to learn with. They are without doubt the easiest tarot to read, the most accurately portrayed and the most descriptive I have seen.
To those saying you can't read a tarot card because of the colours, you're doing it wrong. The colours are fine. They may not be the original, but for this price these are a steal. I have many other decks but the most accurate and favoured I own has to be the industry bulk standard. Frankly put, there's a reason why this is one of the most commonly used decks.
If you want to learn or read tarot. Buy it.
These are one of the most Iconic tarot decks to ever have been produced and provide excellent readings as there is so much literature and videos out there for those who are learning Tarot.
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