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Universal Waite Tarot Deck
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on November 20, 2001
I've read for nearly 30 years and I've never liked the original Rider Waite deck. To me reading them was like trying to absorb road directions from an incoherent person who was hitting you over the head with a board -- the information got lost in the unpleasantness of the experience. I did not like the way the figures were outlined in black, the colours looked too primary and unrealistic and I found the human figures devoid of personality.
I find the Universal Waite deck truly beautiful. The colours are softer and more natural; the outlines are gone or considerably toned down, giving the deck a more human feel. The characters actually have expressions. For the first time I have been able to look at the cards to notice certain details, like the fact that the chained woman in The Devil has a bunch of grapes for a tail, or that the Magician is wearing a snake for a belt. Reading with this deck is a pleasure; the cards really let you in.
I've heard a number of people complain that Hanson-Roberts changed details in the original deck and that that ruined it for them. I guess I see it more as, Hanson-Roberts' focus was different and it's a focus I prefer. I think she did a service to a deck that (in my experience) was becoming far less popular with new readers, due to the amazing number and variety of decks that are now available.
If the original Rider Waite deck works for you, you will probably have some difficulties with the Universal Waite. If it doesn't, but you would like to add a more traditional deck to your toolkit, the Universal Waite may be the deck you're looking for.
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on July 8, 2000
My first deck of tarot cards were the Universal Waite cards. I have since purchased several other decks, but the Universal Waite cards are the ones that I use the most. They are great for the beginner as they are the cards used most to illustrate books on tarot. I however like them most for their beautiful color and their detailed pictures. I find it very easy to read and understand the meanings of these cards. Some decks are so different that you need their companion book always by your side to understand the reading, but this is not so with the Universal Waite; even the novice tarot card reader can get a pretty good meaning of these cards. As I bought this deck through Amazon with no prior knowledge of tarot, I became curious about other tarot decks and I went on a search for the "perfect" tarot deck for me. I am finding however, that the more decks that I collect that I started out with the PERFECT deck! I think that you may find this to be true for you too.
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on March 21, 1999
As a tarot reader & instructor, I have used several decks, favoring the Rider-Waite deck for over 10 years. However, the more eye-pleasing coloring of the Universal Waite Tarot has brought out a lot of details that were much more difficult to see in the original deck. I use the deck now in my on-line and in-person tarot workshops and find that the improved clarity of the images translates into improved clarity of students' tarot readings. The rich symbolism of this deck makes it easy to interpret intuitively without prior study yet, still offers a wealth of deep, esoteric knowledge for advanced readers.
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on May 31, 2000
Choosing the proper deck is very personal and very important. I collect decks and though I don't own them all, the Universal Waite is still my favorite as far as interpretation is concerned. These cards speak to me. This is an ideal deck because of its universal symbology. The coloring done by Mary-Hanson Roberts is very complimentary. The artwork is soft; not as startling and dated as the Rider Waite deck. The cards do what they are supposed to do: offer insight, yet, allow your intuition to take hold. This is the deck for the beginner.
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on December 16, 2001
I'm new to tarot and this is my first deck and it's a good one to start with. I ordered a book called "Learning the Tarot" by Joan Bunning, to go with this and it's the best book. Very easy for a newcomer to understand. The book describes this deck in particular so it's very helpful for me. The deck is easy to handle and I'm enjoying the colors and artwork. Another great deck that is based on Waite's work is an Illuminated Tarot Deck (...). Beautiful colors of blue. Check it out.
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on August 25, 2003
You cannot go wrong with this deck whether you are a beginner or an advanced reader. The pleasing colors have added to the original Rider deck while not changing the original inspired work of Pamela Colman Smith. This deck is also great to meditate on since the pictures are beautiful. I have owned many decks and this one, in my opinion, is the best of them all.
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on January 6, 1999
Mary Hnason-Roberts has given the famous deck a much needed 'lift' by added colour tones and making the deck much more attractive to the eye without altering traditional colours. I do own the Rider-Waite deck also but have very rarely used it since with-holding this deck. I highly recommend it. Well done Mary and Pamela Coleman-Smith.
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on October 10, 1999
The stunning recoloration of the original Ryder-Waite tarot creates a deck perfect for beginners and advanced tarologists alike. Highly reccomended.
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on October 10, 1999
The stunning recoloration of the original Ryder-Waite tarot creates a deck perfect for beginners and advanced tarologists alike. Highly reccomended.
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