The most popular tarot deck in the world This classic game has long been a favorite of beginners as well as tarot enthusiasts. The cards were drawn in 1909 by Pamela Colman Smith under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite. Smith's vibrant designs transformed the standard tarot deck.
A unique feature of the Rider-Waite deck, and one of the main reasons for its enduring popularity, is that all cards, including the Minor Arcana, feature scenes complete with characters and symbols. Prior to the Rider-Waite Tarot, the pip cards in almost all tarot decks were marked only with the arrangement of the signs of the suit - swords, wands, cups and coins or pentacles.
The images shown on all the cards allow interpretations without having to consult the text several times. The innovative Minor Arcana and Pamela Colman Smith's ability to capture the intricacies of emotion and experience have made the Tarot Rider-Waite a template for the design of many tarot packs.
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