Rider Waite Tarot

Rider Waite Tarot cards
Rider Waite Tarot cards

The Rider Waite Tarot is one of the best known tarot decks. Almost everyone has heard of this tarot deck or has ever even got into contact with it. The Rider Waite tarot game originated in 1909, and the cards are based on the system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a school of magic that was concerned with spirituality, philosophy and magic development.

The images on the Rider Waite cards are based on clues by mystic Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942), designed by Pamela Colman Smith (1878 - 1951). Both Waite and Smith have once been a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The images on the Rider Waite tarot cards are simple but contain a lot of symbolism. The symbolism on the cards is the work of Occultist Éliphas Lévi (1810 - 1875). The tarot cards are published by The Rider Company.

The Rider Waite Tarot cards

The Tarot Card game contains 78 cards including 56 minor Arcana cards and 22 major Arcana cards. The major Arcana cards contain the most symbolism and the images represent different life stages, from birth till death. They therefor also represent the major changes in life. The minor Arcana cards are divided into 4 houses; Swords, Wands, Pentacles (Coins) and Cups. Each house belongs to one of the elements. Swords represent the element Air, Wands represent the element Fire, Pentacles represent the element Earth and Cups represent the element Water. On the minor Arcana cards , daily scenes are displayed. The cards therefore mainly represent the everyday things.

Unique about the cards of the Rider Waite tarot is that the cards are given a name, which makes the card's meaning and symbolism a bit clear in advance. When reading the Rider Waite Tarot cards it is normal not to read the cards (only) separately, but also in relation to each other and to also interpret them this way . This applies, for example, when using the Celtic Cross, a 10-card spread, in which the drawn cards are associated with each other.

What can I use the Rider Waite Tarot cards for?

The Rider Waite tarot cards are used to provide insights and advice, for answering answers to certain life questions, but also for future predictions. The cards are also suitable for questions about the past. With the Rider Waite Tarot one can choose to do a short short spread with, for example, 3 cards, such as a past, present, future reading, but you can also choose a more extensive 10-card spread like the previously mentioned Celtic Cross. There are many different types of spreads possible with this tarot deck. Which layout is most suiting depends strongly on the type of question or the type of problem you are referring to.

A Tarot card reading from an experienced Tarot Card Reader

If you are interested in a professional card reading with the Rider Waite tarot, you can contact an experienced tarot card reader for a tarot card reading. Always ask in advance what tarot deck the card reader uses. There are more types of tarot card decks than just the Rider Waite tarot and not every tarot card reader uses the Rider Waite tarot cards.

During the tarot card reading you have the opportunity to ask specific questions, but you can also choose a general reading. If you do not have a question but you would like a general reading then the cards will give you information, insights and advice on topics or aspects of your life that are the most important for you at that very moment.

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