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Albano-Waite Tarot Deck

Reprint of the 78-card tarot deck published in 1968 and based on Pamela Colman Smith’s designs.

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3 comments on “Albano-Waite Tarot Deck

  1. A Waite deck that has true esoteric colours and designs For the more serious eoteric user of the Tarot, the Albano-Waite deck is a deck of cards which uses the drawings of the Waite/Colman Smith/Rider deck, but with colours which conform more closely to esoteric tradition. It is almost like a Waite Deck with some of the hidden or more personal choices made by AE Waite brought back to esoteric tradition. A case in point: Key 14 (Temperance) traditionally has a rainbow associated with Sagittarius in its symbolism. Waite/Smith used irises. The Albano-Waite deck has all of Waite’s elements, but adds the rainbow once more. See the book by PF Case on the Tarot for the more traditional symbols and colours. This book, originally written for the Rider deck, has been rewritten for the BOTA deck, and includes comparisons between the two decks. The Albano deck to a large extent fits the BOTA colours to the Waite drawings. The colours have meanings in meditation and contemplation, and are not meant to be “natural”, hence one has yellow skies rather than blue in The Fool, etc.

  2. The IMPROVED Waite Deck!!! Most of us learn Tarot reading and symbolism from the classic Rider-Waite deck. At the same time, however, some find the traditional Waite Deck’s colors somewhat drab and wanting. Well this deck is the answer to that problem. The colors on the Albano Waite deck are stunning. At the same time it uses what seems to be exactly the same artwork on the traditional Rider-Waite. All the symbols are there and all the details. But the colors are much more intense. If you like Waite symbolism but want better colors this is probably the deck for you. If you could never get into Waite decks because their “bland images” never spoke to you, you must look at this deck! If you are just learning Tarot from books and materials that refer to the Waite deck, this is an ideal version of the deck to start with. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!

  3. Beautifull deck! The colours used in this deck are beautifull. Although one reviewer had negative feelings about the sky being colours other than blue (?) I think it adds to the ethrealness that the tarot should have. After all, that is what it represents, correct? Being an artist myself, I loved the bold lines and tertiary colours used. Other types of tarot may come and go, but I believe that the rider deck will continue to be the staple.

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