Original Rider Waite Tarot

Also known as The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack

The Original Rider-Waite Tarot differs from the Rider-Waite Tarot, as it has less saturated colours and a brownish hue, titles as drawn by Pamela Colman-Smith, and a more decorative back pattern.

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Created by A. E. Waite, Pamela Colman-Smith
Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - US Games 1999

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Original Rider Waite Tarot review by Christopher Butler

One of the first decks I owned was the standard Rider Waite, published by U.S. Games/AGM Muller. Indeed, this is the deck that everyone is familiar with. As you learn more about the tarot, you quickly begin to discover that the Rider Waite has been ‘cloned’ on countless occasions, the black and white drawings being clothed by many artists in sometimes tasteful, often outrageous colours.

Most people would be very surprised to learn that the US Games edition is also a ‘clone’ and not the original. The print plates for the Rider Waite were destroyed during the London Blitz. Rider and Co did not put out another edition until the seventies when they re-packaged what was in effect the US Games edition, manufactured by AGM Muller. ... read more reviews or write a review.

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More About These Cards

Name: Original Rider Waite Tarot
Alternate Names: The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack
Creators: A. E. Waite, Pamela Colman-Smith
Publisher: US Games 1999
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Cards: 78
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Rider-Waite-Smith
Minor Arcana Style: RWS-Based Scenes
Suits: Cups, Swords, Wands, Pentacles
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King
The Fool is 0
Strength is 8
Justice is 11

Card Size: 2.75 x 3.75 in. = 6.99cm x 9.53cm
Card Language: English
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: Alternating blue and white rose and lily grid pattern

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