Rider-Waite-Smith deck

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The most popular Tarot deck today is probably what is confusingly known as the Rider-Waite-Smith, Waite-Smith, or simply the Rider deck. The images were drawn by artist Pamela Colman Smith, to the instructions of academic and mystic A. E. Waite, and published by the Rider company. While the images are deceptively simple, almost child-like, the details and backgrounds hold a wealth of symbolism. The subjects remain close to the earliest decks, but usually have added detail. The chief aesthetic objection to this deck is the crude printing of colours in the original: several decks, such as the Universal Waite deck, simply copy the Smith line drawings, but with more sophisticated coloring.

The cards were originally published in December 1909, and the symbols used were influenced by the 19th century magician and occultist Eliphas Levi. In 1910, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite was published, providing an overview of the traditions and history behind the cards, criticism of various interpretations, and extensive descriptions of their symbols, along with 78 black and white plates of each card in the deck.

U.S. Games currently claims copyright on the cards: http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/faq.htm

The Major Arcana of the Rider deck:

Zero The Fool Missing image
I_The_Magician.jpg
I The Magician

II The High Priestess III The Empress IV The Emperor Missing image
V_The_Hierophant.jpg
V The Hierophant

VI The Lovers VII The Chariot Missing image
VIII_Strength.jpg
VIII Strength

IX The Hermit X Wheel of Fortune XI Justice XII The Hanged Man XIII Death Missing image
XIV_Temperance.jpg
XIV Temperance

Missing image
XV_The_Devil.jpg
XV The Devil

Missing image
XVI_The_Tower.jpg
XVI The Tower

XVII The Star XVIII The Moon XIX The Sun Missing image
XX_The_Last_Judgement.jpg
XX The Last Judgement

Missing image
XXI_The_World.jpg
XXI The World

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