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Universal Waite Tarot Deck - Pamela Colman Smith

Universal Waite Tarot Deck

By: Pamela Colman Smith (Illustrator), Mary Hanson-Roberts (Illustrator)

Card or Card Deck Published: 19th October 2008
ISBN: 9780880794961

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In 1909, Arthur Edward Waite encouraged Pamela Colman Smith to produce a tarot deck with appeal to the world of art that would have significance behind the symbols and thus make the deck more important than tarot packs previously used for centuries. The result was the unique Rider-Waite tarot deck which has endured as the world's most popular 78-card tarot deck.

The innovative cards, including the 56 Minor Arcana, depict full scenes with figures and symbols. This feature, combined with Pamela Colman Smith's ability to capture the subtleties of emotion and experience, has made the Rider-Waite Tarot the basis for the designs of many century decks.

The serene Universal Waite tarot deck and book set is perfect for meditation and readings. The 78-card deck is a soothing, eye-appealing complement to the traditional Rider-Waite deck. Based on drawings by Pamela Colman Smith, the detailed design and coloring of the deck is by Mary Hanson-Roberts.

A Terrific Starter Deck!


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.



Decent beginners deck


The colouring on this deck is very easy on the eyes. The card backs are an improvement on the tartan backed other deck too, but it still feels out of place. I find a disconnect between the art and the card backs still with this deck. It probably won't bother most others though.

New South Wales


Universal Waite Tarot Cards

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ISBN: 9780880794961
ISBN-10: 0880794968
Audience: Professional
Format: Card or Card Deck
Language: English
Published: 19th October 2008
Dimensions (cm): 13.4 x 8.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.25