Everything you need to get started on reading Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards.
Almost all decks published today follow the structure and style of the Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards. First published in 1909, this deck has become the most ubiquitous tarot deck in the world. If you own a deck of tarot cards, chances are fairly high that it is a version of this deck.
This gift set is everything you need to start reading and understanding these tarot cards.
Here's what you get:
Book: The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A. E. Waite. This book is a high quality reproduction of the original book first published in 1911 by William Rider & Son Limited, in London. It includes 78 plates illustrating the greater and lesser Arcana as illustrated by Pamela Coleman Smith.
Waite was considered a respected scholar of the Kabbalah and an initiate of secret occult traditions. The contents of his book feature a personal preface, an introduction, explanations of the Major and Minor Arcana, including the Court Cards and information on the Tarot in history. There is also a section on the secret tradition and inner symbolism. Part 3 features extensive explanations of various traditions of reading the cards, which you can apply to your own readings.
For your information we have included an image of the front page of the original first edition of this book. It is part of our permanent Tarocks collection and currently not for sale.
Original English Edition. 256 pages. Paperback. Size, 21.6 x 13.6
Rider Waite Smith Cards: A luxurious deck of Rider Waite Smith cards in a sturdy hardcover box. Lo Scarabeo publishing created this beautiful reproduction of the original Rider Waite Smith cards first published in 1909 and featured in the book that is included in this gift set. Included inside of the box is a small, white booklet with an overview of the tarot and the meanings of all the cards.
Card size: 44 x 88 mm
Tarot Bag: A beautiful yellow, satin tarot bag with The Magician as seen in the cards printed onto it. The deck with the box easily fit inside of the bag for easy safe-keeping and to travel with.
Size: 160 x 225 mm
All together this is a beautiful gift set to give to yourself or someone else if you are interested in learning all about the Rider Waite Smith Tarot. You won't need to buy anything else to learn how to both read and understand this historical deck.