Pivotal and canonical, this deck defined a new pattern that would be followed up to the present.
Designed by A.E. Waite and Illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. England, 1911.
A card of many significances, and some of the readings cannot be harmonized. I set aside that which connects it with honour and good faith. The chief meaning is oppression simply, but it is also fortune, gain, any kind of success, and then it is the oppression of these things. It is also a card of false-seeming, disguise, perfidy. The place which the figure is approaching may suffer from the rods that he carries. Success is stultified if the Nine of Swords follows, and if it is a question of a lawsuit, there will be certain loss.
Contrarieties, difficulties, intrigues, and their analogies.
Difficulties and contradictions, if near a good card.
Happiness. Indifference. Trouble from outsiders. Slander.
Confidence, Security, Honour, Good Faith
Treachery, Subterfuge, Duplicity, Bar.
Prosperity and luxury
a sea voyage.
a long journey by railroad, and great advantages therefrom.