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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 August 2015
This set was originally published in 1910 when offset lithography was the trend the day, thus these are designed to fit with that printing technique, hence they are basic, using large swathes of colour ‘blocks’ much like Toulouse Lautrec posters. Most of the designs are simplified versions of the stunning [and ridiculously expensive] Sola Busca Tarot and Tarot of Marseilles. The cards measure approximately 73mm x 123mm and are plastic coated and printed on stiff card so should last if you look after them.
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!
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on 11 January 2016
It took me awhile to write this review, because i wanted to use them before i gave my option on these cards. I was happy when i received them. The delivery was fast and the images on these cards are breathtaking, and it as a macabre feel to it, that i love. I also brought an engraved wooden tarot box made from mahogany to keep them in. I do a weekly reading on myself, and i must say its a eerily accurate and i have gained insight to my past, current and future situation. The only flaw that i can see is that the instructions and the symbols meaning is thin, it doesn't delved into the cards many meanings and subtext. I had to go online to get a better understanding. However, because i use them so often i am getting to know each 78 cards and its many meanings. Its exciting for i love leaning new things. One of my best buys.
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on 11 May 2017
Bought this with an interest in learning how to read tarot with absolutely no experience, great set of cards, nice size with clear drawings and lovely colours, would definately recommend this deck along with Joan Bunning's book 'learning the tarot' great together!
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on 3 November 2017
Really disappointing, these cards have a terrible print job - dull colours and fuzzy over-contrasted lines. Blue skies are a murky green brown. It's very difficult with cards like "Death" to make out the details. Turns out these are printed in China while the previous 1971 edition (the famous yellow box) were made in Italy. If you can find a set of those still, they are vastly superior. It's a shame because the card itself is a nice quality and the card backs are more stylish than the older ones but the images are truly unacceptable.
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on 2 March 2018
Great tarot cards, these look fantastic, are a great size and are not the least bit flimsy. They also come with a lovely paper booklet which explains the history behind and meanings of the cards. Would recommend.
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on 3 March 2017
This is my first Tarot deck and I am very happy that these are as original and beautiful as they are!!! VERY happy! And they arrived earlier then expected!!!
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on 13 June 2017
Arrived promtly, my Nan had a set exactly like this and i wish i knew where they went. Well packaged. Thank you so much! Very original. Brilliant.
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on 5 May 2017
Great price, well packaged and delivered fast. No complaints.
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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on 12 November 2016
The devil whispered into my ear "You can't weather the storm".

I purchased this and whispered back "I am the storm".

Thanks Tarot.
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on 3 August 2015
Of course, these cards do exactly what they say on the box. They are Rider Waite Tarot cards so there's no surprise there.. The quality is acceptable but the thickness of the cards and the colouring has deteriorated over the years. These cards are part of the tools of my trade as I have been a psychic consultant for over 25 years now. They will last a couple of years as I work them hard. However, the price is to be commended and acknowledged as I have seen them retailed at twice as much! Good value.
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