- Cards: 80 pages
- Publisher: Rider; 1, 1993 edition (10 June 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712670572
- ISBN-13: 978-0712670579
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 3.5 x 12.4 cm
- Customer Reviews: 2,142 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack Cards – 10 June 1999
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When I started learning tarot, I found out that these cards are supposed to be the best
Expected to be very well printed and the depictions are supposed to be well explained.
While of many cards that I read about and saw, these are still markedly better
Printing, however, is not perfect. Still better than the rest.
The booklet with it provides most of the explanations and can be easily used as reference.
The good part is that major Arcana cards are printed very well and therefore the beginning of learning is smooth and easy.
So net net, you won't get any cards better than these in India. Good to learn and use.
However, my deck had 83 cards! I only realised this when I accidentally drew two Ace of Pentacles in a reading. So I went through the rest of the deck and found 5 cards that were extra copies. While this was annoying, at least none of the cards were missing and I can simply discard the extra ones. You may want to do a tally of the cards before you start using them. There should be 78 cards in total excluding the title card and the other one with the bio of the artist.
Great deck to start with. I'm still learning and almost all the beginner tutorials online use these cards for reference. So having this deck should make it easier to associate the images on the card with the content of the tutorials. Spiral out.
The cards quality is good but the printing is not. As other have mentioned there's smudged colours and incorrect colours throughout the deck.
Not good for people serious about learning tarot but fine if you're just looking to give them to someone as a collectible (which was my intent in the first place).
The upside is this is the cheapest reproduction of the Rider Waite deck I could find so I'm mostly happy.
But yeah you get what you pay for.
Thankyou Amazon for making life easy.
The basic Tarot cards
I took it as I got a good bargain
However I am very pleased with the deck that I received
I am glad I made the purchase
THE SECOND PURCHASE IN 2020 of this the cards weren't as good the print wasn't appropriate even after exchange
It seemed it cost lot more than they should even though it was offer price I felt it should be half the price second time around though service was quick and good it's bout the card quality which was great before this time it's printing don't seem perfect
All in all, I like the print and the feel of the cards. And thankfully I do feel a connect to these cards. Seems like a win-win. Will post an update in 6 months. See you then! :)
This deck is not for so much visual detail for me anymore as it is for just a certain familiar comfort and connection that comes from a relationship shared over a long period of time. Love how many different ways it finds to communicate information. Great conversations great insights. Old friends!
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I have added images of three of the cards (it would be too much to add all the deck). These images show the bad quality of the cards on the right compared to my original deck. Colour and little details are very important in the reading and symbology of the Tarot and the colours are wrong and the images lack detail. The second image of Justice is so bad that you cannot see the wonderful detail of her robes, and the element symbol on her crown. The High Priestess wears blue to symbolise reflection and using ones intuition, however this card looks like a minty green, so your study, intuition or readings of these cards will not be correct.
Anyone giving these cards more than one star, has clearly missed out on the perfection and illustrative genius of the original deck, and that is a huge shame. :(
Despite my low expectations, I must say I was SHOCKED by the poor quality of these cards, which are marketed as "the original and only authorised edition..." They don't actually look like properly-printed cards at all, but dodgy scans run off on glossy photo paper using a cheap printer. Everything is tinted bright yellow and the figures look as though they have been spray-tanned by a ham-fisted schoolgirl on her first day on work placement at a cut-price beauty salon. The Magician has such rosy red cheeks it looks as though he is wearing war-paint and the Empress has a severely sunburnt neck.
Not only are the colours abominable, but the lines have lost all subtlety and definition and details are lost from the images. The scans are so pixellated, it is obvious even to my failing eyesight. I am not a fan of the high gloss, which makes the cards look cheesy. Added to which, each card is blemished by a copyright notice.
Sasha Graham's "Complete Book of the Rider-Waite Smith Tarot" (which incidentally features high quality colour reproductions of five cards on the cover) praises Stuart Kaplan, the founder of U.S. Games Systems, alongside Pamela "Pixie" Colman Smith and A.E. Waite as one of three people responsible for the Rider-Waite deck's phenomenal success. For Mr. Kaplan, we are told, "everything begins and ends with Pamela's art". That's as maybe, but one can't help wondering whether U.S. Games' travesty of the deck really is a fitting tribute to Pixie's beautiful and meaning-packed illustrations.
I would advise anyone who truly wishes to appreciate the Rider-Waite tarot to do some careful research before opting for the "authorised edition".
What fascinates me is the fact nobody has said that ‘original’ fortune telling cards had 52 cards and ’Tarot’ was actually a very complex card game that used the 78 cards [hence their numbering of the Major Arcana] to score points. In reality, the fortune telling came in because they looked prettier and had more cards so seemed more mystical, especially if you know the mythos that goes with cartomancy.
The pack has a very small 30 page instruction manual that gives a brief description on the ’meaning’ of each card and an example on how they should be used. This pack is great for those who want to dabble, or are new to it as it’s all very simple with inoffensive interpretations and quite ‘tame’ cards as Waite had it all toned down for Edwardian sensibilities [unlike my Grand Ettellia which has four really ’bad’ cards other than death!! -which by the way simply means the ending of something] and wanted something ‘arty’.
The problem with this set is that the cards ARE badly reproduced [the printing is fine] having lost much of their colour to a muddy blandness due to overuse of cyan in the printing process, but it is cheap. If it’s a first set you want this is a good starter choice or checkout the Tarot of Marseilles which is more wood-carving in style. Seasoned uses may prefer something more weighty [forgive the pun] but it’s all down to how you interpret your pack and how they draw you in –you don’t know until you’ve used them and if you’re ‘in tune’ with your pack you’ll soon develop your own interpretations rather than the bland supplied ones or drivel found in most books, but I found this pack easy to gain control of [again experienced uses should understand the comment], just make sure they don’t control you!
This is an unbiased review but I feel like sharing my experience.
For anyone else its fricken awesome!
The cards themselves are bigger than normal playing cards, so the minor arcana (while simply being the pre-52-card, 56-card deck) would be tricky to play any card games with or do any sleight of hand magic, they are all brilliant for tarot reading, decor or reference materials. It even comes with a booklet for tarot interpretation!