Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot Deck Cards – 1 Jan 2005
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A vibrant recolored version of the original Rider-Waite(R) Tarot deck. This fully illustrated 78-car....
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The Radiant puts an end to all this. At last the drawings seem to have the veil lifted from them and you can see teh finer details, which are integral to understanding the cards clearly. The colours used are vibrant and the lines of the drawings are very clear.
The only drawback with these cards is that the drawings are not the original ones done by Pamela Coleman Smith. They are heavily based and almost identical to them but they are not quite the same. Now. This does lead to a couple of changes in the cards, for example the purple curtain behind the High Priestess is fully covering the scene behind the throne. In the Original cards, a corner of the curtain is raised showing us a glimpse of a river/pool of water behind her. This is crucial to the card's meaning and yet is lost in the Radiant version. In the World card, the dancer is pictured with 2 white wands in her hands but in teh traditional cards there's one black wand - another crucial detail.
I really wished they had applied these colours to the Originals and left the drawings in their original form.
These cards are excellent for studying the tarot because the colours, another integral part of the meanings, can be seen clearly.Read more ›
But i have a problem, i can only buy things that appeal to me, and the vast majority of Tarot decks didnt appeal to me at all...i find them somewhat ugly :).
Then i searched and searched and i found this deck. For me its one of the best because the Rider-Waite deck is one of the most well known decks, because its "very easy" to learn with it in the internet since most of the learning tutorials are made for this deck, and if you want to learn from a real teacher normally this is the deck they teach with.
But this isnt the best part :) the best part are the amazing colors of the deck, really really beautiful, really bright, really colorful, amazing energy coming from the cards!
I have to tell you that i dont read Tarot anymore, but sometimes i open the cards just to look at them because they are so beautiful...its a pleasure just looking at them and using them in a reading also.
Taking the 'fool' card as an example, the distance of the mountains in the background, both the large ones, and the much smaller one underneath the precipice, are clearly defined to give a greater sense of proportion, where in the original deck, that sense of proportion is not really as clear, and those below the precipice are not even clear they are mountains. The fool's hands and face have far more detail. The white rose he is holding is alive, not with black leaves and the colour of the sky is clearly given by the sun, a radiance all around the fool, where the original deck just seems to have a yellow sky.
Likewise with the rest of the deck, the details are emphasised providing ease of intuitive reading. (Intuitive reading is where you use the images directly to provide the meaning(s), and not use the standard book meanings - highly recommended method).
Of course it is reader preference, but for me I find this deck much easier to use than the standard Rider Waite. if you are learning and have been recommended a Rider Waite, then for a beginner I'd suggest this deck. Advanced readers will find this deck more in keeping with other colourful decks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a replacement pack and this deck was a bit less shiny but still great quality and easier to shuffle.Published 5 days ago by sophie
very pleased with tarot cards, beautiful bright coloursPublished 1 month ago by Kate Santos Riveira
Great deck for beginners (and also experienced card readers!)..the colours are much more vibrant than the original Rider-Waite deck,the box was very flimsy and poor quality.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful quality. Comes with a small booklet to interpret the cards meanings.Published 1 month ago by Diane Coles
The star graphics on the back of the cards give away if they are upright or reversed.Published 2 months ago by Jamie
I bought the cards and the deck. No regrets whatsoever. Highly recommendedPublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth