I have collected Tarot cards for two decades and attempted to learn for nearly as long, but as beautiful or quirky or mysterious as so many decks are, I have always had a difficult time connecting with the underlying meanings of the cards for one reason or another. And although the Rider-Waite-Smith deck is the one most often used to learn with, I must confess that I could never stand it for a number of reasons. The closest I came to owning something like it was the Hanson-Roberts deck. And the only reason I bought the Universal Waite deck was that the Tarot book I purchased used it as the instructional deck. This is a wonderful Tarot deck, and I'm so happy to have it in my collection. It's amazing what a colour palette update can do! I really appreciate Pamela Coleman-Smith's drawings and deep symbolism for the first time. The back of the deck is lovely, the size of the cards is average, and the cardstock is glossy and not too thin or thick. I use this deck as my current go-to divinatory deck, especially if I'm doing a Celtic Cross spread. I've still toyed with the idea of getting an actual RWS deck - more for the sake of tradition than anything else - but owning this deck is, for me personally, even better because I actually like and connect with the imagery, and that is due 100% to the updated colouring of the cards. The backs are a dark navy with gold stars and white border; reversible, and both suitably mystical and pleasant enough without being too busy. I am extremely happy that I purchased these cards, and I would instantly recommend them to any beginner student of Tarot. They may not be as exciting as some decks, but they have helped me immensely on my quest to learn the Tarot. The vivid and artistic colours make all the difference.