card meanings & free reading
Tarot Card Deck
By far the most famous and used Tarot card deck today is the one called Rider-Waite. It was published in 1909 and has been reprinted countless times since.
It's my favorite, too — until I find the time to make my own version, which is what I really recommend for everyone who finds delight in divination with a Tarot deck. That's how to perfect it. Anyway, read more about the Rider-Waite Tarot deck below.
The Rider-Waite Tarot card deck was designed by the occult writer Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) and the artist Pamela Colman Smith (1878-1951). Rider was the name of the original publisher.
It's a charming work with great attention to detail. Waite (see the photo) was a learned occultist, so he made sure that all possible symbols and archetypical settings were included. Colman Smith made her illustrations according to his instructions, but also with a sweet artistic spirit, as if making pictures for a wonderful fairytale.
Contrary to most other decks, especially the old ones, the Rider-Waite Tarot deck has pictures on every card, each image representing a sentiment or a situation. That makes divination with them so much easier and a lot more fun. It makes a reading based on images and our impressions of them, which is something almost unique to Tarot.
I wholeheartedly recommend it. Although this and other websites have all the 78 Tarot cards of the deck online, there's something inimitable about holding the actual cards in your hands, shuffling them, and arranging them on a table. If you want to try Tarot more than once, you must get the deck — so to speak IRL.
The Rider-Waite Tarot deck, still in print after so many years.
Tarot Card Meanings According to A. E. WaiteClick the header to read what A. E. Waite had to say about each of the 78 Tarot cards, their meanings and how to interpret them in divinations.
The Tarot and the Public DomainClick the header to read about copyright issues of the Tarot decks, especially the Rider-Waite deck, which should by now belong to the public domain.
My Other Websites:
I Ching OnlineThe 64 hexagrams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Free online reading.
Complete HoroscopeHow predictions are done in classical astrology with the full horoscope chart. Many examples.
Creation MythsCreation stories from around the world, and the ancient beliefs about the world and the gods as revealed by the myths.
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About meI'm a Swedish author. In addition to fiction, I've written books about the Tarot, Taoism, astrology and other metaphysical traditions. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching ancient mythology. Click the image to get to my personal website.