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Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Rider Waite Tarot Set

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Celebration of 100 Years of Rider Waite Tarot
Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Rider Waite Tarot Set
By by Edward Waite - Pamela Colman Smith

A Tarot Deck Review

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This December marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Ryder-Waite deck of tarot cards and it is still one of the most popular tarot decks in use today. Pamela Coleman Smith illustrated the deck under the direction of AE Waite, who was a mystic and member of the Golden Dawn Society.

While the history goes a lot further back the Ryder-Waite deck this one is widely regarded as the first modern tarot deck. In older decks the Minor Arcana, or pip cards, are represented only by the symbols of the suits, so for instance the four of swords will show only 4 swords and nothing else to give us a clue as to what the card actually means.

What makes this deck so special is that for the first time in the history of tarot not only does the Major Arcana have picture scenes on them, the Minor Arcana also does, which I feel makes them much more accessible to the reader. Most of the decks, which followed, draw on this model to a greater or lesser extent.

The Ryder Waite deck is very rich in symbolism and the themes explored in it are universal. The Major Arcana tells of the journey of the fool (the soul) in his quest for enlightenment and all the major human archetypes are contained within. These cards represent the major experiences or turning points in our lives that shape us as individuals. When reading for a sitter a predominance of Major Arcana cards will indicate great life or spiritual changes and perhaps a change in outlook.

The Minor Arcana deal with day-to-day issues,
The Cups – Element of Water, emotional, creative and intuitive areas.
The Wands – Element of Fire, strength and will.
The Swords – Element of Air, logical and rational mind.
The Pentacles – Element of Earth, physical and earthly concerns, material security.

The fact that the Minor Arcana have picture scenes on them makes them a lot easier to tap into the meaning of the cards.

The colour, images and numbers on the cards are all important to the meaning and symbolism and each person will relate to them in a slightly different way. The meanings of the cards also are influenced by where they fall in a spread, or what the individual reader will intuitively get from them at the time of a reading. This, in my opinion, is because the real power of tarot is how they help us to open a channel for information from spirit and our inner intuition. The pictures merely give us a starting point.

Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Rider Waite Tarot Set

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Celebration of 100 Years of Rider-Waite Tarot by Edward Waite - Pamela Colman Smith

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