The world's most popular tarot deck! This classic deck has long been
a favorite of beginners as well as tarot enthusiasts.
The cards were drawn in 1909 by Pamela Colman Smith under the direction
of Arthur Edward Waite. Smith's vibrant drawings transformed the standard tarot deck.
"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 Tarot Deck
Tarot cards are a form of divination, whereby various patterns, or spreads, one can ascertain different forms of information.
Typically, there are two major types of reading the cards:
- By utilizing the name of the card and the explanation of said card in relationship to the spread.
- By looking at the images and symbolism on the cards in the spread to gather information.
Most Tarot decks come with a book, discussing in detail the meaning behind the cards. We suggest a combination of the two basic methods, in doing so, the reading can seem both informative and personal.
For more information on Tarot decks, their uses and their application please contact Altar Egos!
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