Rider-Waite Tarot Cards
"A unique feature of the Rider-Waite deck, and one of the of the principal reasons for its enduring popularity, is that all of the cards, including the Minor Arcana, depict full scenes with figures and symbols. Prior to the Rider-Waite Tarot, the pip cards of almost all tarot decks were marked only with the arrangement of the suit signs -- swords, wands, cups, and coins, or pentacles. The pictorial images on all the cards allow interpretations without the need to repeatedly consult explanatory text. The innovative Minor Arcana, and Pamela Colman Smith's ability to capture the subtleties of emotion and experience have made the Rider-Waite Tarot a model for the designs of many tarot packs." -- (from The Encyclopedia of Tarot, Volume III)
Rider-Waite Tarot was named one of the Top Ten Tarot Decks of All Time by Aeclectic Tarot.
Pamela Colman Smith
Born February 16, 1878, in Middlesex, England to American parents, Smith's childhood years were spent between London, New York, and Kingston, Jamaica. During her teens, she traveled throughout England with the theatre company of Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. Thereafter, she began formal art training at Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, graduating in 1897.
Smith returned to England, where she became a theatrical designer for miniature theatre, and an illustrator -- mainly of books, pamphlets and posters. Around 1903, she joined the Order of the Golden Dawn. In 1909, under the guidance of Arthur Edward Waite, she undertook a series of seventy-eight allegorical paintings described by Waite as a rectified tarot pack. The designs, published in the same year by William Rider and Son, exemplify the mysticism, ritual, imagination, fantasy, and deep emotions of the artist.
Arthur Edward Waite
Born in America in 1857, Waite was raised and educated as a Catholic in England. Beginning at the age of 21, Waite pursued research and writing on psychical and esoteric matters. Soon after joining the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, he became the Grand Master, and redirected the focus of the order from magic to mysticism. The Golden Order, whose structural hierarchy was based on the Kabbalah, is considered the single greatest 20th century influence on the occult. Waite was a prolific author of occult texts, works on the Holy Grail, and the body of mystical knowledge, which comprises the basis of modern Tarot. He is best known as the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck and author of its companion volume The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, first published in 1910.
Author: Pamela Colman Smith
Artist: Pamela Colman Smith
Dimensions: Cards measure 2.75" x 4.75"
What is the difference between Tarot, Oracle, and Lenormand?
Tarot decks are the oldest and most well-known type of divination decks. They consist of 78 cards, divided into the Major Arcana (22 cards) and the Minor Arcana (56 cards), and are used to provide insight into the past, present, and future. Each card has a unique image and symbolism, and readers use their intuition, knowledge of the cards, and other divination techniques to interpret the meaning of the cards.
Oracle decks, on the other hand, are a more modern type of divination deck that does not follow a specific structure or format. They can vary widely in terms of the number of cards and the images and symbols used. Oracle decks can be designed around specific themes, such as angels, animals, or chakras, and are often used to provide inspiration and guidance for personal growth and spiritual development.
Lenormand decks are a specific type of divination deck that originated in Germany in the 19th century. They consist of 36 cards, each with a simple image and meaning. Lenormand decks are used to provide practical guidance for everyday situations, such as work, love, and health, and are often used in combination with other divination techniques, such as tarot or astrology.
Rider-Waite Tarot Cards
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