Rider-Waite-Inspired Tarot Decks
Tarot decks that are strongly based on or heavily inspired by the Rider-Waite symbolism and imagery.
The After Tarot shows what might have happened next in each scene in the 78 Rider-Waite cards. The illustrations are an a close reproduction of Pamela Colman-Smith's original artistic style. It's a very creative concept, and a companion deck to the Tarot of the New Vision.
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The Beginner's Guide To Tarot is an ideal kit for the novice tarot reader. There are a clearly and attractively illustrated set of 78 cards inspired by the Rider-Waite and Visconti-Sforza Tarot decks, and a 192-page book written by Juliet Sharman-Burke.
Color Your Tarot is a 22-card, black and white line art deck in the Rider-Waite tradition. It's been designed and printed to be coloured in, similar to the adult colouring books on the market.
The Fenestra Tarot is a pretty deck, with 78 soft, watercolour, almost sepia-toned cards. It roughly follows the Rider-Waite format in the tarot scenes, surrounding them with large, decorative borders. New from US Games.
A fun Rider-Waite-based Tarot deck in the theme of the American Halloween holiday. The Halloween Tarot is done in lots of black and orange, vampires, skeletons, bats and jack o' lanterns abound. Frankenstein makes an unusual Emperor.
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The Hanson-Roberts Tarot is the deck I learnt to read with.. it's an easy to understand one for beginners and has positive, slightly medieval artwork that was originally drawn in coloured pencil. Some of the humans look a little odd, but it grows on you.
The Herbal Tarot is another Rider-Waite style deck, except it pictures a different herb that corresponds with each card, such as garlic for the Tower, and a lotus in the Ace of Cups. Some herbal knowledge (or the companion book) would be necessary to read with this deck.
Llewellyn's Classic Tarot is a very readable fresh take on the Rider-Waite symbolism. It's been re-illustrated in a colourful, vivid and approachable style by Eugene Smith, where each card appears in a sharper focus and closer to real life than in the traditional deck.
The Pictorial Key Tarot is a modernisation of the Rider-Waite Tarot images, very similar in symbolism to the original but not quite a clone. Created in a computer-generated style, the 78 cards are detailed and reasonably lifelike, but have a slightly perfect, plastic look.
The Sacred Isle Tarot is a vivid and enchanting series of 78 paintings set in a mysterious and glamorous land. Previously only available in a majors-only set, the 78-card Rider-Waite style deck is now complete and available in a hand-made version, with the printed edition available for pre-order.
The Stickee Critters Tarot is a whimsical tarot deck based directly on the Rider-Waite Tarot, with characters that are animal stick figures. It was created on the request of the artist's son and is a cute deck suited for a younger audience.
Tarot Made Easy is an all-in-one introduction to tarot cards. The kit includes the Llewellyn Classic Tarot, and a comprehensive guidebook by tarot author, Barbara Moore.
Ever wondered what the Magician was looking at? The Tarot of the New Vision is based on the Rider-Waite, but with a fascinating 180 degree change of perspective which reveals new scenes, people and shades of meaning in the familiar images.
The Tarot of the White Cats is very much in the tradition of the Rider-Waite Tarot - except for the blue-eyed, white cats drawn in the cards, instead of people. The symbolism is standard and non-threatening enough for use for the Tarot beginner.
Tarot of White Cats Mini is the small-size version of the Tarot of White Cats, a miniature deck designed to fit in a pocket or purse. The 78 cards are based closely on the Rider-Waite deck but illustrated with white felines in a variety of positions.
The Thelema Tarot is a re-interpretation of the Rider-Waite Tarot (rather than a Golden Dawn-related deck). It has glossy fantasy-medieval artwork with a dreamy, wistful feel on its 78 cards.
The Timeless Tarot is an eclectic mix of classic paintings and vintage illustrations from the 14th to the 20th century, designed to align in symbolism and mood with the classic Rider-Waite. Self-published and available from the artist.
The Universal Tarot Mini is the small-size edition of Lo Scarabeo's re-illustration of the Rider-Waite Tarot, the Universal Tarot. The 78 miniature cards are a perfect size for a purse or for travelling.
The Witches Tarot overlays natural Pagan symbols on the traditional tarot structure to create a visually attractive deck. Created by practicing garden Witch and Llewellyn author, Ellen Dugan (who also wrote the excellent companion book) and digitally illustrated by Mark Evans.
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The Wizards Tarot is a tarot deck and a school of magic, where the majors feature the professors and the minors feature the students. Designed by Corinne Kenner and illustrated by John Blumen, it has photo-realistic digital art and a distinct Harry Potter feel.