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Rider-Waite Clones Decks


Tarot cards and decks have recoloured or closely redrawn Pamela Colman-Smith's drawings, originally used in the Rider-Waite Tarot.

8-Bit Tarot

The 8-bit Tarot was started as an homage to the video games the artist grew up with, imagining the Rider-Waite tarot as if it were designed by a video game graphics artist. The characters on the cards are rounded and cartoony, the colors bright, the art fully pixellated, and the images drawn directly using the Rider-Waite as a guide.





Alabaster Tarot

The Alabaster Tarot was originally started as a project to practice Photoshop skills, by creating freehand drawings in the software that were based upon the Rider-Waite imagery. It's very much a clone, though the faces of the people were left blank in this deck, to make them more universal.





Albano-Waite Tarot

Another of the several re-coloured versions of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Pamela Colman-Smith's artwork is copied exactly and re-coloured. There are several similar tarot decks, but the Albano-Waite Tarot is loudly coloured, sometimes garishly so.





Angel Tarot

A strongly coloured, very pretty recreation of the Rider-Waite tarot scenes. The Angel Tarot cards are reasonably lifelike and have a slight Disney feel. Now available in a laminated, limited-edition version.





Aquatic Tarot

The artist has repainted Pamela Colman-Smith's drawings in watercolours. The images are very soft and quite lovely. The Aquatic Tarot is definitely my favourite of the Rider-Waite clone decks, but unfortunately it is unpublished and not available in print.





Ator Tarot

A light-hearted and simplified re-creation of Coleman-Smith's designs for the Rider-Waite. The Ator Tarot is suitable for children, beginners and experienced readers alike.





Centenary Special Rider-Waite Tarot

The edition of the Rider-Waite Tarot has been published in honour of the centennial anniversary of the original Waite-Smith deck. This special edition has been published by Lo Scarabeo and has their typical multi-lingual borders surrounding the familiar images by Pamela Colman-Smith.





Colman-Smith Tarot

In the Colman-Smith Tarot, Pamela Colman-Smith's line drawings as originally used in the Rider-Waite Tarot, have been psychedically enhanced with a fluorescent colour scheme.





Diamond Tarot

A reworked Rider-Waite type tarot, featuring Pamela Colman-Smith's original drawings but in slightly more psychedelic colours. The Diamond Tarot cards are inset into thick, almost tunnel-like, kaleidoscopic borders.





Giant Rider-Waite Tarot

The Giant Rider-Waite Tarot is just that -- huge. The 78 cards have the same images as the regular Rider-Waite Tarot, but are 3.75 by 6.5 inches in size. A bit too big for use in a reading, the cards are ideal for teaching, classes, meditation and close symbolic study.





Golden Rider Tarot

The Golden Rider Tarot is a clone of the original Rider-Waite cards, repainted here in rich oils by Francois Tapernoux. His images have a softer blend of colours, but have blurred expressions and lack the line detail of the originals.





Golden Universal Tarot

The Golden Universal Tarot is a re-printing of the Universal Tarot by Roberto de Angelis, a redrawn and more dynamic version of the Rider-Waite. This edition has selected symbols and imagery decorated with gold foil on its 78 cards.





Hoi Polloi Tarot

What is known as the Hoi Polloi Tarot is a Rider-Waite Tarot clone from 1973 intended for games and finding out about yourself and the future. The deck has been redrawn psychedelic colours and is without some background and finer details, but sticks closely to the original images. Also the last RWS clone published before U.S. Games began enforcing their copyright.





Illuminated Tarot

The Illuminated Tarot deck is another recoloured version of the Rider-Waite... but these are no ordinary colours. Every part of the scene glows with luminous brilliance. The cards live up to their name.





International Icon Tarot

The International Icon Tarot is a reworking of the Rider-Waite images, applicable to a universal audience by using simple iconic signs with neutral, faceless figures without sex or race. A modern classic (with the addition of The Happy Squirrel card).





Original Rider Waite Tarot

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.





Pocket Rider Waite Tarot

The Pocket Rider Waite Tarot is a handy smaller sized version of the standard Rider-Waite deck. It's roughly the size of a pack of playing cards, making it ideal as a travel deck.





Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot

In the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot, Poshkus has re-illustrated and updated Pamela Colman-Smith's famous images used in the Rider-Waite Tarot. Compared to the original, these cards are much more luminously coloured and three-dimensional.





Rider-Waite Tarot

The Rider-Waite Tarot is a classic Tarot deck, perhaps the most well-known in the Western world. It is often called the first modern Tarot deck, as the cards drawn by Pamela Colman-Smith and commissioned by Waite were the first to use detailed pictures on the minor arcana cards.





Rider-Waite Tarot (1971)

This edition of the Rider-Waite Tarot was released by US Games in 1971, and has paler images than the current edition. The cards have the handwritten titles by Pamela Colman-Smith and do not feature the US Games copyright notice.





Rider-Waite Tarot (University Books)

This version of the Rider-Waite Tarot was published by University Books beginning in 1959. Its colours are more vivid than later editions - the blues and purples are almost electric - and the backs have a different design.





Simply Tarot

'Simply Tarot' is an inexpensive packaged set for beginners that includes a deck of 78 cards, an instruction book, and a DVD. The cards are a clone of the Rider-Waite, except the imagery is photographic rather than illustrated.





Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck

The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, and is a faithful reproduction of the original deck published in 1909. The commemorative set includes the deck of 78 cards, postcards, and two books, Waite's Pictorial Key to the Tarot and Kaplan's The Artwork and Times of Pamela Colman Smith.





Tarot Kit for Beginners

The Tarot Kit for Beginners includes the 78-card Universal Tarot deck, along with a guidebook written by tarot reader Janet Berres, called Your Guide to the Tarot. It's a solid set with which to start your tarot journey.





Tarot Kit for Teens

Maria Shaw's Tarot Kit for Teens is a youth-oriented set designed for teens who want to discover their psychic abilities. The set includes the Universal Tarot deck, and a basic book by Maria Shaw that introduces that cards, how to read them, and various tarot spreads.





Tarot Nusantara

The Tarot Nusantara is an Indonesian published 78-card deck. The art has a South-East Asian flavour but sticks closely to the original Rider-Waite symbolism. The titles of the deck, and the companion book, are printed in Bahasa Indonesian.





Tiny Universal Waite Tarot

The Tiny Universal Waite Tarot is one of the smallest decks I've ever seen - with 78 cards that are just 2 x 3.5cm. They're a little too small to shuffle and are best drawn from a bag for a reading, or just used as tarot decorations.





Trusted Tarot

The Trusted Tarot is a redrawn and recoloured version of the original 1909 Rider-Waite deck featuring Pamela Colman-Smith's images. It's a crisp, clean reworking with all textual distractions removed from the images. Unfortunately not yet for sale.





Universal Tarot Grand Trumps

The Universal Tarot Grand Trumps are the third of Lo Scarabeo's Grand Trumps series, and has the 22 large-sized Rider-Waite style illustrations of the Universal Tarot major arcana.





Universal Waite Pocket Tarot

The Universal Waite Pocket Tarot is a smaller size version of the Rider-Waite images redrawn by Mary Hanson-Roberts. The cards are 3 1/2 by 2 1/4 inches in size.





Universal Waite Tarot

Imagine the Rider-Waite with artwork in the style of the Hanson-Roberts deck. The Universal Waite Tarot is quite a pretty version (or clone) of the Rider-Waite, with more appealing, softer artwork.






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