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Rider Waite Tarot

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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When the Rider Tarot Deck® was created, it was the only one of its kind. Still, at this point, opening a RWS deck in its distinctive yellow box, I don't expect to see many surprises. Someone once told me, "If you think you NEED a tarot deck, then you NEED a Rider Waite deck." I'm not sure I'd go quite that far but certainly no collection would be complete without this one. If you have the uncanny feeling, when looking at this deck, that you've seen its shapes and symbols before -- you're not imagining it.

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Pierpont Morgan Visconti Sforza Tarocchi Deck

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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As with the Cary Yale deck, I have concerns about how usable the cards are just because of their sheer size, but again ? as a collector's piece it is exquisite. The images are very high resolution, better than anything you'll find anywhere on the internet. The backs are entirely plain, again. The Pierpont Morgan deck originally contained 78 cards, and of these 74 are remaining. US Games has recreated the other 4 cards in order to make a functional deck. These have not been executed with the same level of skill that was possessed by the master who originally painted the deck, but they are nonetheless beautiful in their own right. The documentation that comes with the set is extensive for such a small booklet; each card is pictured, described, and assigned a divinatory meaning.

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How to make your own tarot deck

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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I've been thinking about how to make my own tarot deck, and I figure it can't be too terribly hard to do via collage, although it would be incredibly time consuming. That doesn't scare me off because most of the crafts that I do are designed to be time consuming, and this activity seems like it would be deeply cathartic on a spiritual and creative level.

A gorgeous deck of this type was produced by LittleDeadGirl and released free to the public: Cool Tarot by LittleDeadGirl. It can be printed from her website but is also included here for...

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Ancient Tarot of Lombardy

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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This deck is precisely what it purports to be; the pictures on the box are an accurate representation of the artwork in the deck itself. The deck design is utilitarian in nature, and so might be appropriate for game play. Neoclassical artwork leaves me cold, but if that's what you like then you should expect to be very pleased by this deck. Though not in my favorite style, I must admit that the engravings are quite fine and the illustrations are beautiful examples of their period.

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Morgan-Greer Tarot

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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This has long been one of my favorite decks. Heavily influenced by the Rider Waite Smith deck, the Morgan-Greer Tarot features vibrant, rich illustrations in natural looking palettes, with a sort of hippie-ish, art nouveau, stained glass kind of feel to the artwork. I realize not everyone likes this deck, but it remains a trusty sidekick to me. I find the symbolism in the artwork friendly and easy to read, which makes it the ideal deck for everyday use, for me. I own two; one that is precious to me for its memories, and a new one that I use for reference and to play around with when I'm trying to figure things out.

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Arthur Edward Waite

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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Before the Rider-Waite deck was published in 1911, there was no modern deck that featured pictures for each of the 78 cards in the deck. Most decks had illustrations only for the Major Arcana, while the rest of the cards featured simply a pattern of easily recognizable pips. Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) wanted to publish a complete, modern version of the tarot that featured pictures for each card in the deck, including the minor arcana.

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Taking Tricks, Making Books

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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In the original games played with a tarot deck, taking tricks of cards was often the entire point of the game. It is appropriate, then, that we should look for the same tendency to form sets that the cards possess through their nature. In some readings, you may find that you received a large number of one suit, or a large number of one designation. There are varying viewpoints on what this might mean.

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Tarocco Bolognese

08/04/2012 at 11:50 AM

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I'm new to tarot gaming, so I only knew a couple of things to look for in a good gaming Tarot deck, but I think I've found a style I like. This deck features reversible images for each of the court cards and the trumps, so that you don't have to turn your cards around while you are playing, which could lead to your opponent learning about your hand. This deck has been well designed to be easily legible, and seems quite functional. Unlike some other gaming decks I have seen, it is easy to tell the pages from the knights. The artwork is simple but attractive, with bold lines and a bright primary color scheme. The cards themselves are fully coated and quite sturdy, entirely appropriate for everyday use in gameplay. Despite these relatively modern features, the deck still has a great deal of old world charm.

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