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The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

The world’s most popular tarot deck! This classic deck has long been a favorite of beginners as well as tarot enthusiasts.

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  1. 185 of 189 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the 5 best decks in the world., June 18, 2000
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    Uri Raz (Israel) –
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    This was my first tarot deck, and even though I have over 25 decks today it’s still my favourite.

    Waite’s deck is good for both beginners and seasoned readers – it’s easy enough to start with, but deep and complex enough for those who dig deep to find more and more meanings in it.

    I’ll give examples to explain what I mean :

    [1] The Tarot de Marseilles is another excellent and popular deck, but has the drawback of having geometrical pips, which make it hard to read for beginners – unless the reader has a very good memory, she’ll have a hard time handling about half the deck.

    [2] Aleister Crowley’s Thoth deck is as popular and good a deck as Waite’s, and would certainly reward those who learn all the appropriate associations (e.g. astrology), but for someone who knows that material there’s only a small extra penalty in remembering the associations for the Waite deck on account of the missing symbols.

    [3] The Conolly deck is based on Waite’s and is friendly to both the new reader and the readee, but is ‘dumbed down’ and doesnt have the symbolical depth of the Rider, so an experienced reader would most probably leave the Conolly deck in favour of the Rider-Waite or Thoth decks.

    The Rider-Waite deck is very christian in it’s symbology, with some Judaistic symbols (e.g. Cabbala) in it [as is the Thoth deck] so people who want a deck with a symbology coming from a different culture might want to opt for some other deck (e.g. the Haindl tarot, the Osho Zen tarot, etc).

    Some of the deck’s advantages are not directly related to it’s images – it’s popularity means there are many books about it to learn from, it’s cheap and widely available (if you lost your copy and want to buy a new one or want to buy someone a deck as a present), etc.

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  2. 148 of 153 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    the Alpha and the Omega, March 21, 2001
    By 
    Chess Heart “paxbear” (Canton, OH) –
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    Things that are deeply touch people are the things that survive the test of time and are well known. The Mona Lisa, for example, is considered a pivotal piece of art and is universally recognized, even though there are thousands of portraits that are both more realistic and completely finished. Somehow, this piece resonates with people in some way so that it’s appeal and visceral attraction never fades.

    The same is true of the Rider Deck. As noted in other reviews, there are quite literally hundreds of decks ranging from everything from baseball to vampires to dragons to unicorns. Many people collect Tarot cards, but most everyone starts here with the Rider Deck. Indeed, of the hundreds of books published on the Tarot, almost every book I’ve seen for the beginner to the advanced uses the Rider deck as an example. Most decks are based in the symbolism of the Rider deck as well and if they don’t work as well, it’s because they’ve glossed over the symbolism so pivotal in the Rider.

    Why, then has the Rider not only survived but evolved to be an archetype of the tarot itself? I think because it speaks to us and it’s the easiest to understand even at a quick glance. The symbolism is so strong that the beginner can easily remember what any given card represents (no mean feat when there are 72 cards to remember and read!) The symbolism is also so detailed and deep that the advanced caster is always able to find deeper meaning, make more and more connections between cards during a casting.

    Drawn almost like an illuminated manuscript in solid colors with clear, black outlines before the age of airbrush or computer 3D rendering, there is something timeless about it that connects us to it’s rich and deep history. It’s not flashy or zippy, but yet it’s imagery is everywhere if we choose to look for it (didn’t Led Zepplin even put the tarot of The Hermit on one of their album covers??)

    While there’s certainly nothing wrong with exploring other decks, the Rider-Waite is the perfect place for the beginner, ESPECIALLY because any good book on the tarot will use this very deck to explain the symbolism of the cards. Learn on the Rider, become proficient at it, then, if you like, branch out into something different like Egyptian tarot or the Halloween tarot (my other favorite for it’s playful holiday symbolism). Beginning with a different deck and working with it right away will not be as satisfying or as easy to understand as the Rider. Like great art, it’s timeless because it resonates with us in deep and profound ways. It may not have been the first, but in many ways, it may well be the BEST.

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