The Rider Waite-Smith Tarot Variations

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With so many variations of the Rider Waite-Smith Tarot in publication, how can you be certain which ones will truly be close to the ‘original’ 1909 tarot known as the Pamela A deck? Which ones are worth of your money, and which ones are not? Is it even possible to get close to the real original?

Tarot Book Review: The Tarot Colouring Book

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The Tarot Colouring Book by Theresa Reed

tarot-colouring-book-theresa-reedWhile there has been an explosion in adult colouring books recently, the activity of colouring in a tarot deck is an already established one. The only problem was you had to be a member of a mystical, magical and altogether secret society to be instructed in this fine art.

For art, as we understand it, it was not. This was presented as art with a higher purpose: the art being the understanding and application of knowledge of colour, divination systems, religion, magic et al. These secrets are no more and whether you are aware of it or not, you work with a tarot deck that has been skillfully crafted in both types of art.

Thankfully, those of you who use tarot for divination, or your own purposes outside of secret society rules, colouring in a tarot deck is an excellent method to help you connect with your cards on a deeper level.

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Deck Review: Aquatic Tarot

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…a brief visual review.

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Visual Reviews are designed to help you find out about a tarot deck without the verbage. The emphasis is on seeing a selection of the cards with the minimum amount of written words to plow through, allowing you to form an opinion on the deck without having to read mine.

Introducing the Aquatic Tarot – the deck you can’t buy but should be using, if you’re a blogger.

Let me explain. The Aquatic Tarot is a digital deck, meaning it’s not available to buy in printed form as a pack of cards – the images are available only online. It was created by German artist, Andreas Schröter, and is free to use and download.

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Should You Learn Tarot With the Rider Waite-Smith Only?

We feature a lot of different decks on the Tarot Elements Fan Page on Facebook and it’s an integral part of our community there. ALL of the interpretations given by Friends are pretty awesome and make me glad everyday that I get to read such wonderful insights.

Those insights came from many sources to the Tarot Lovers who shared them and from the many different tarot decks that they use daily. We mainly feature the Rider Waite-Smith Tarot Deck and its many clones on the Fan Page and it got me wondering about where they, and every other Tarot Lover, began their tarot journey – was it with the Rider Waite-Smith deck or one of its cousins? Which of course then lead me to the question:

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Deck Review: the Illuminated Tarot

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Review by Valerie Sylvester

The first deck most beginning tarot readers encounter when starting out on their tarot journey is the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, (which I’ll refer to as “RWS” after this initial mention). It’s often the “default deck”, the one that people learn the basic meanings of the cards from. It also serves to illustrate many tarot books and websites, and most experienced tarot readers have some familiarity with it, even if they don’t use the deck regularly. Many new Tarot decks are published each year; quite of few of these decks are based in some way upon the RWS deck.

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