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Giant Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

Giant-sized version of the world’s most popular tarot deck!

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  1. SIZE – SIZE – SIZE Why am I continually surprised that people who write reviews don’t know how to write reviews? You’d think I’d be used to it by now, *sigh*From 1998 to 2007 not one stinking review here gives the actual size of the cards! which is what makes this particular deck so special.So, here it is– SIZE OF CARDS:3 3/4 INCHES WIDE by 6 1/2 INCHES TALL, or,approximately 9 1/2 CENTIMETERS WIDE by 16 1/2 CENTIMETERS TALL.The Outer Box the cards come in is: 4 INCHES WIDE by 7 INCHES TALL, or 10 CENTIMETERS WIDE by 17 1/2 CENTIMETERS TALL.See? it wasn’t so hard to give this vital information after all.As for the reviewer who stated, “very basic, typical ‘cookie cutter tarot’”, all I can say is:HUH? You must be joking.The Rider-Waite, now called the Rider-Waite-Smith, or RWS for short, in respect for artist Pamela Coleman Smith, (Rider was the Publisher; Waite was Arthur Edward Waite the Designer of the deck; and Pamela, the artist, who brought Waite’s vision to life), is not a typical cookie-cutter tarot. It is, rather, ‘THE MOLD’ for all the other cookie-cutter tarots out there.First published in 1909, the vast, VAST majority of tarot on the market today is a clone of the Rider-Waite-Smith. This, of course, does not include all the Marseilles- or Thoth-type decks out there.Yes, there are more beautifully-artistic RWS-clones. But in all my Collecting, I have yet to find even one other that incorporates all the symbology in the RWS. Indeed, many, MANY tarot artists don’t even read tarot; they’ve just taken the theme and applied their artistry. Their artwork is stunning, no doubt, but they miss so much of the symbology in the RWS, assuming that it’s just ‘prettiness’ or ‘artistic license’ on the part of Pamela Coleman Smith. And nothing could be further from the truth. There is not one single element in the RWS that does not have a symbological meaning; from the number of flowers on a character’s tunic to whether or not a belt is knotted or just wrapped around.No, the RWS is not a ‘cookie-cutter’ tarot. It is ‘THE COOKIE’ itself. Hence, why everyone copies it, and fails miserably in their execution.This GIANT-sized RWS is a perfect start for beginning students of tarot as all the symbological details are easily seen. It is also perfect, as others have said, for meditation and for teaching purposes.There are many tarot-readers now who call themselves ‘intuitive readers’. They pull cards from any deck and say what they see, or what happens to pop into their head. This is all well and good, I guess. But for the serious student who desires to understand ‘WHY’ they see what they see or what pops into their head, you cannot get any better than the RWS. It’s all there, nothing is missing. One can wade into deep water with the RWS and, years later, will find themselves going deeper still.

  2. Bigger is Better Rider-Waite is the Tarot standard. Combine it with the sheer size of these jumbo cards and you get a higher impact reading. Holding and placing these cards becomes an act that is larger than life. I’ve found that clients touching these larger cards are more likely to say they feel a special sensation. If the table isn’t big enough use the floor. In fact, for nervous first-time clients it’s a great ice-breaker.

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