Rider Waite Tarot Deck
The Rider-Waite is the most popular and well known tarot deck. This deck was commissioned by Arthur Edward Waite and cards were drawn by Pamela Colman Smith under the guidance of A.E. Waite. She was an American Artist born in England. Waite was born in America. Both A.E. Waite and Pamela Colman Smith were members of an occult society – The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The deck was first published in 1910 by William Rider, a London Publisher. Prior to introduction of this deck, many decks were available. In previous decks only major arcana cards were illustrated but in this deck all 78 cards were having pictorial representation. Images drawn on the cards are strikingly beautiful. As the cards contain visual clue, there is no need to memorize the meaning of the cards.
He made several other changes also in the cards. He swapped strength and justice cards so their numbering was changed. No 8 card became no 11 and vice versa. He made some major changes in imagery on The Lovers and The Sun cards. A book explaining the meanings of the cards was also printed accompanying the deck. It was called “The key to the Tarot”. Later book was published with the drawings and it was called “The Pictorial Key to the Tarot”.
Rider Waite is one traditional deck almost all readers begin with. It’s really an excellent deck and everyone must learn this to begin with. Gratitude to A.E.Waite and Pamela for creating this beautiful deck.