Rider-Waite Tarot

Also known as Rider Tarot, Waite Tarot, Waite-Smith 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.

Created by A. E. Waite, Pamela Colman-Smith
Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - US Games 1971
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Rider-Waite Tarot review by Christopher Butler

It's very difficult to review a deck such as this one for several reasons. Firstly the images are so well known as to almost be wallpaper. This is after all the most widely circulated tarot deck in the world so much the case that its vast sales have more or less formed the foundation stone of its modern day publisher, U.S. Games Inc.

The images go well beyond the consciousness of tarot enthusiasts. Mention tarot to many a layperson and chances are that these are the cards they will see in their minds eye, even if they dont know where they came from. Over the last year alone Ive seen the Rider Waite featured in two major advertising campaigns in the UK. Madonna even used giant projections of them as backdrops to her last tour.

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More About These Cards

Name: Rider-Waite Tarot
Alternate Names: Rider Tarot, Waite Tarot, Waite-Smith Tarot
Creators: A. E. Waite, Pamela Colman-Smith
Publisher: US Games 1971
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
Major Titles: Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, The World
The Fool is 0
Strength is 8
Justice is 11

Card Size: 2.75 x 4.63 in. = 6.99cm x 11.75cm
Card Language: English
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: Thin blue and black tartan stripes on white.

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