Like many readers, I have a favorite Tarot Deck and no matter how many decks I buy, I always come back to my Rider Waite deck.
It certainly was not the first Tarot deck I came in contact with. I started with the original version of the Mythic Tarot. Soon enough my friends knew I was into Tarot in a ‘big way’ and I was gifted with the Mother-peace deck. What a beauty!
A work colleague gave me an old Rider Waite deck that she found in her Grandmothers attic. An original Deck published by Rider & Co. What a treat!
Over the years I’ve collected so many decks and yet I always come back to the Rider Waite.
I’ve often thought to myself, why?
The art does not blow me away. I don’t necessarily like the coloring. I don’t like that the Court cards have 12 male characters and only 4 female (I know, I know, the gender of the court cards does have to be set in stone).
So…why? Why do I keep using this deck day after day?
I think I love this deck because it’s so ‘deep’. Layers upon layers lie within each card. The pictures bypass my rational brain and speak directly to my intuition and the hazy world of the collective unconscious that I am connected to. The Rider Waite deck is a deck profusely rich in symbolism and that, my friends, is the language of the unconscious. Long before we could speak we were communicating with symbols.
So it’s no wonder this deck became famous and why there are so many clones today – because this deck directly speaks to a deeper place within us. Is the Rider Waite deck your favorite Tarot Deck?
So try as I might, I always come back to my Rider Waite deck.
For me, the Rider Waite deck is like a good strong Irish teabag. Addictive, rewarding, satisfying and strong.
Check out Aeclectic Tarot and discover the various versions of the Rider Waite deck and its many clones. I am sure here you can find your favorite Tarot Deck.