The Original Rider Waite Tarot Set Cards – Mar 4 2009
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This is my preferred version of the deck, too. The soft, subtle colouring appeals to me much more than some of the almost-flourescent newer versions. The colours in particular remind me that this was, graphically at least, a product of it's time - the Art Nouveau period.
It's taken a long time for Pamela Colman Smith to get the recognition she deserves. She might not have been the most skilled draftsperson there ever was, and this deck was made in a very brief period of time - but in my opinion, her power was in her subtlety. Slight nuances of expression, muted tones and patterns in the fabrics and fills. In this version of the RWS deck, I can almost feel the lightness of her touch as she painted these images.
I agree with others that if you're a beginner, Waite's original booklet isn't a great deal of use - get yourself a good, thorough book like Rachel Pollack's '78 Degrees of Wisdom' in addition.
I own a couple of RWS versions and I think that in this case it's true that "the Original is still the best". I'm so glad this 'Original' reproduction set is available again.
Pass on this version and get the English version instead.
I like the colors used, but they may not appeal to everybody. The colors are beige, light green, red and yellow. No blue. The green makes the reds pop. I also like the thick lines and the bold, flat shapes. The backs are a pretty light blue and white design with roses.
I know this deck might not appeal to everyone. This is why there are so many versions of the RWS deck out there. For me, the original is the best.
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Many Tarot readers believe the Rider-Waite-Smith deck to be one of the best and purest Tarot decks. And, while that is debatable, I can say that this is far from the best or purest... Read morePublished 17 days ago by H. Lam
beautiful representation of the cards
book could be better and there could be more different ways of laying the cards but card interpretations are clear and easy to... Read more
Although I love Rider-Waite cards, the small book that came with this card pack was disappointing in my opinion. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Judy Davidson