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How to like the Rider Waite if you don't
on 12 November 2014
I'm a hardcore Thoth reader (Hey Erik, how about a Thoth remake at some point? *evil suggestions before being stoned to death*), and I've always had a hard time accepting Pamela Coleman Smith's artworks. Not that I don't appreciate Waite's deck as a whole, but the drawings have always been a huge drawback for me. Then I discovered this deck and my love story with Waite's world finally began. I first bought the kit edition, and was astounded by it: lush colors, Kim's book, opulent design, Kim's book, details everywhere, Kim's book, exotic, inspired characters, Kim's book, gorgeous lighting... Did I mention Kim freaking Huggens' book? The girl is amazing, and provided us with a wonderful companion book to Erik's imagery (unfortunately, if you want the full version of it, you'll have to buy the ebook, but trust me if I tell you it's worth every penny: it is litterally stuffed with tarot goodness).
Quite unluckily, I have been cursed by mother Nature with only avarage hands, so that those huge, overly thick, heavily gilt-edged cards have ended up almost unused -at least as far as tarot reading is concerned.
BUT, standard version to the rescue! This new edition is a tad smaller, thinner and darker, and trust me, that's ok. The kit version is a work of art in every single aspect, but using it is like shuffling 78 paintings by Michelangelo: you don't want to do that, especially if you don't have windmill blades instead of hands. As for the "darker" part, it simply brings out tons of additional details that were hard to see in the kit version due to its shiny finish. It also has very thin, classy black boarders, but I've never had a trimming/boarderless cards fetish, especially since this time Lo Scarabeo has spared us its usually horrible multi-language boarders.
In a word: get this deck.
+ It takes Waite's ideas and makes them finally pleasant to look at
+ Impressively classy in every single way
+ But not just a clone (The Prince/Princess thing brings this deck closer to Waite's and the Golden Dawn's true ideas regarding court cards, other than adding a bit more of gender equality)
+ From a practical point of view, better than the Kit edition
- Doesn't come with Kim's book, but you can remedy this by getting the full ebook version