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The world's most popular tarot deck! This classic deck has longbeen a favorite of beginners as well as tarot enthusiasts.The cards were drawn in 1909 by Pamela Colman Smith under thedirection of Arthur Edward Waite. Smith's vibrant drawingstransformed the standard tarot deck."A unique feature of the Rider-Waite deck, and one of the of theprincipal reasons for its enduring popularity, is that all of the cards,including the Minor Arcana, depict full scenes with figures andsymbols. Prior to the Rider-Waite Tarot, the pip cards of almost alltarot decks were marked only with the arrangement of the suit signs-- swords, wands, cups, and coins, or pentacles. The pictorial imageson all the cards allow interpretations without the need to repeatedlyconsult explanatory text. The innovative Minor Arcana, and PamelaColman Smith's ability to capture the subtleties of emotion andexperience have made the Rider-Waite Tarot a model for thedesigns of many tarot packs." -- (from The Encyclopedia of Tarot,Volume III)