Sunday, December 2, 2007

Daily Draw: Rider-Waite Tarot ~ Fool

The Fool is an apt card to kick off this week's deck. Although the original paintings have been lost, this particular 1971 publication follows those lost paintings by Pamela Colman Smith the closest. What makes the original 1910 deck special is it was the first to have scenic pip cards, an innovation that has brought about all the 'Rider-Waite' clones that have been used and shown here.

This particular version is published as the 'Original' by U.S. Games in 1971 as the backs are like the 1st printing. U.S. Games Systems also publishes the same deck with different colorings; The Radiant and the Universal, and in a number of different sizes. Although many readers today enjoy using the older style Marseilles decks with non-scenic pips, this particular Rider-Waite style spawned a huge population growth for readers by giving us so much more to work with and study, and by making tarot fun in addition to a fascinating hobby.

I'm reminded by this card that everybody and everything has to start somewhere, but usually where we start is on someone else's shoulders. There is really very little new under the sun, but what we are given can certainly be tweaked and enhanced to suit our own needs.

"An inventor is a person who looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. They want to improve whatever they see."~ Alexander Graham Bell 1847-1922


  1. Hello Sharyn
    I believe the card images in the so called Original Rider Waite deck are just enhancements of the images you can find posted at:-
    The word Original was put in the usgames version as a marketing ploy and just refers to the backs Tudor rose design of those cards.

  2. Hi King, I'll change my post so it is better worded. You and I know that, but casual readers wouldn't, thanks, Sharyn


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