Universal Waite Tarot Deck and Book Set
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Universal Waite Tarot Deck and Book Set

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by Arthur Edward Waite
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Set includes the 78-card Universal Waite Tarot Deck, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by Arthur Edward Waite, 340 pp. Ill. (pb), and spread sheet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880794169
Publisher:
U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/1992
Pages:
340
Sales rank:
36,335
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 2.10(d)

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Universal Waite Tarot Deck and Book Set 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This deck is awesome! When I showed it to my mom she said it was the same deck a friend of hers had in the sixties. learning to place the cards is easy thanks to the 'table mat' that comes with. The book is a little bit hard to understand at first(like Huck Finn) but once you get used to it, it all makes sence.
NaeNae42 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I am very impressed with the deck. The book is a little over my head for me to understand but in time, I hope I understand it. The one thing I don't like though that they don't give you a nice bag to store your cards in. I have seen other decks that come with a purple velvet bag for your cards. I think that would be a great idea since purple represents intution.
kahadin More than 1 year ago
Personally the Waite Terot is my favorite, and this is the deck you always see immitations of. This deck has the best coloring and the sharpest illistrations.

This set also comes with one of Waite's books wit illistrations of each card, a description of the symbols on the card and their significance. Card reading isn't really an A or B kind of thing. In my experience it's about intuition, and the book helps you interpret things like why there is a lobster on the moon, or why the magician has a snake for a belt.

If you are interested in Terot, this is a nice set for anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is still my favorite Tarot Deck, but skip the book. Just get cards. I've used various tarot cards over the years (since 1981), but this is still my favorite. The colors are somewhat more 'pastel' than the Rider-Waite cards. The symbols are the same, but the colors are more to my liking. From my perspective, the colors of the Universal Waite Deck emanate a more natural aura. But then again, each to their own. Some people might want something different (so find and use cards that are best suited to your own particular energies/auras) -- but, bottomline, I still like the colors best in these particular Waite Cards. Remember, it's not just the numbers or suits that are important in Tarot. For me, the symbols are even more important. They often tell a clear story 'in pictures' all by themselves. I've used other decks 'i.e., The Aquarian Deck, The Witches Deck, etc.', but the Universal Waite Tarot Deck is still the best for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes - this is the original. This is the 'mandatory' deck to accomplish. Why? Because there is a path, and the images here will start you off well. Nothing will be gained if this deck is passed over in favor of trendy oracle decks and angel cards. Save those for dessert. Here is where the Path begins. The rest is up to you. This is the classic, with well-shaped cards, nice slip, good thick card stock, especially after the 1970's - which were printed in a disconcertingly offset color on pulpy cardboard. No laminate. Yes, the backs might look plain, but they work far better than many newly produced decks. They accomplish exactly what the back of the card should.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This deck is excellent! You know, I'm totally blind and I have it in braille, and it's brought me great happiness. I'm so intreagued by the cards that come up when I ask a question, that it's scary. I've had the most accurate tarot readings with this deck. A person tells me what the picture looks like, and it helps me use my intuition. I would recommend this deck to anyone who has an interest in learning to read the tarot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this deck, I picked this version because the colors in this one is much better, not as bright and glaring to me, and the font on the cards is from what I remember. Use it everyday
Guest More than 1 year ago
this deck is exellent, the colors and pictures are perfect to help the intuition and is a good size of cards,before I get this deck ,I had problems with the rohrig deck because the size of the cards, extremelly heavy and the pictures are so futuristics that doesn't help to learn. this one is my third and last deck, it is terrific!
SCBirdGirl More than 1 year ago
This Universal Waite Tarot deck has detailed drawings and rich color.  I have Waite decks from the 60s and 70s along many others over the years and this is the one I pick up first.  It does have a border, nice card stock, the back of the card has gold stars on a dark blue background, and facial expressions are defined. Book is better than the usual booklet.  I also recommend Joan Bunning's "Learning the Tarot".
L_Alexander More than 1 year ago
I quite like the deck, but the book is relatively worthless. I started with it, but have switched to looking most cards up online and will have to invest in a better book or put time into research online to get enough background to feel confident reading other people's cards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book exactly as described!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
first of all its good to start off with...but...you don't need to buy the set, it costs the same so don't be fooled. The only other problem is that it gives you an exellent meaning and interpretation of the reverse meanings but it doesn't say when to flip the cards or if you flipped too many. It is pretty vague in that sense. I don't recommend anything for other books but i have seen some out there. First, you should go to a book store or other store where you may purchase a deck and look at the cards, if you aren't attached to them then don't get it. Your tarot deck is a very personal thing. I wish i did more research but now i have to go buy or find info on how and when to reverse the cards.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These cards are beautiful. They make Tarot reading more enjoyable. I also recommend, TEA LEAF FORTUNE CARDS by Rae Hepburn.
cristinab31 More than 1 year ago
LOVED PLAYING THIS WITH HUSBAND