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Rider-Waite Tarot

Rider-Waite Tarot

Today, we begin another phase of our journey together with the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck. New Moon seems a fitting time for starting a new deck; it is a time of beginnings and rebirthing. Divination is related to the Moon as well for it seeks to uncover what is hidden and to reveal the sacred mysteries. This ability is available to all of us to some degree but takes time, practice, and trust in our intuitive abilities.

The deck I have chosen to explore next is the Rider-Waite Tarot, also sometimes known as the Rider deck or the Waite deck. The Rider-Waite deck was first published in 1910 and is still one of the most commonly used decks in the English speaking world. It is one that I have been exposed to since I became a witch in 1989, but for some reason I had never purchased one. It seemed to me that everyone I knew had one ‘back in the day’, and I wanted something different, more modern. I recently discovered, however, that the Waite-Smith deck, produced by Rider Publishing, was a departure from the definitively more Christian iconography that had been predominant in its predecessors. Two primary examples of this are the ‘Pope’ card, which became the Hierophant, and the ‘Papess’ the High Priestess, in most decks published after this time. From it inception until present day, these changes can be reflected in almost every standard tarot deck. The symbology used was reminiscent of the 19th century magician and occultist, Elphas Levi. For more information about the transformation of the 15th century design, you can search history of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck online @www.wikipedia.com.

When I ordered this deck, I was super excited. I figured if I was going to have a Rider-Waite, then what better than a holographic set. After waiting for a literal eternity for them to arrive, I was shocked to discover that the deck and its instruction booklet are in Chinese! Thus, I have searched for, and found, an interpretation of these cards by Amanda Goldstone from www.learntarotonline.com. I have vetted the descriptions and find them to be accurate according to the basic rules of ‘tarot and how it works’. The meanings associated with the cards are comparative to other decks of this type and their traditional meanings. And so, Tomorrow we will pick our first card and get started on our journey through the Rider-Waite deck.

Until then, have a fabulous New Moon Monday! Blessed Be!