RWS Tarot – A Brief Introduction

The Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck is probably the most popular and well known of all the many Tarot decks available today. The name comes from William RIDER & Son – the original publishers, Arthur Edward WAITE – the academic and mystic who commissioned the creation of this deck, and Pamela Colman SMITH – the talented but often ignored artist who drew the images of the Rider-Waite (as it is often referred to) Tarot deck. Waite and Smith were both members of the Order of the Golden Dawn, a famous but short-lived occult group of the 19th Century. The RWS Tarot deck was published in 1909 and was the first widely available deck with illustrated Minor Arcana cards. The 56 …

The History of The Rider Waite Tarot Deck

If you are familiar with Tarot reading, then are most likely familiar with the imagery of the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. The Rider Waite Deck is the most popular Tarot Deck in use today. Its imagery is imbued with rich symbolic references that are loosely associated to early Christian motifs that were depicted in earlier Tarot decks, such as the Versailles Tarot Deck and the Tarot de Marseilles. The Rider Waite deck was created by the artists Pamela Cole Smith under the direction of the famous mystic, A.E. Waite. Together, they collaborated on the first Tarot deck that incorporated detailed imagery on all 78 Tarot Cards. Prior to the Rider Waite deck, Tarot imagery and symbolism was only depicted in …

A Crash Course in Tarot for Newbies #2: All About Tarot Decks

If you would like to learn to read tarot cards, your first challenge is to choose a deck from the 8,000 or so published brands of fortune telling cards on the market. What works for one person often doesn’t for another. Some people are comfortable reading several decks and others just identify with one deck. In my experience you will find that over time, you will grow in and out of several decks. You may also find that the deck that you prefer to use to read yourself is not the deck that you prefer to use read others. For instance, when I first began reading I started out with a deck that was too heavy for me – The …