Rider Waite Smith Tarot Cards - Standard Edition
The Rider Waite Smith Tarot Cards are the original Tarot cards and often the set that people start with. There are many versions of the RWS cards available now; giant, radiant, orginial, standard, in a tin, centenary edition. As with all Tarot and Oracle cards, select the cards that you are drawn to. This deck is the standard edition, we also have the original version of these cards for sale.
I call these cards the Rider Waite Smith, they are often referred to also as Rider Tarot Cards or Rider Waite Tarot cards, but for me there were 3 people involved in the creation of these cards; the artist Pamela Colman Smith, the publishing company Rider and the Arthur Waite the mystic and scholar. The many variations of Tarot cards today are based on the RWS cards but with a the author and illustrators own twist. That is, based on the Major and Minor Arcana along with the Court cards as in the RWS cards but with a theme from that author such as Cat Tarot, Shakespeare Tarot, Sun & Moon Tarot and the list goes on.
From the Publisher
In 1909, Artist Pamela Colman Smith, under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite, created an innovative 78-card tarot deck that would come to be recognized as revolutionary. With descriptive pictures on the 56 minor Arcana cards, the Rider-Waite deck digressed from the tradition of tarot decks used for centuries and set the standard for nearly every tarot deck published.