Design and Influence
The Rider Waite® Tarot Pocket edition is a compact version of the iconic Rider-Waite Tarot deck, revered for setting the standard in tarot card design. Created by Arthur Edward Waite and illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith, this deck presents the archetypal images of tarot in a format that’s convenient for on-the-go readings and travel.
Revolutionary Approach to Tarot
Like its full-sized counterpart, the Pocket edition features the full scenes with figures and symbols on all the cards, including the Minor Arcana. This approach, which was pioneering at the time of the deck’s original release in 1909, allows for intuitive interpretations and a deeper understanding of the tarot’s symbolism.
Convenience and Accessibility
The pocket size of this edition makes the Rider-Waite Tarot more accessible and easy to handle, particularly for those who prefer a smaller deck for shuffling and carrying. It retains the deck’s original details and symbolism, making it ideal for both beginners and experienced tarot readers who are on the move.
About the Creators
Arthur Edward Waite, a key figure in the development of modern tarot, collaborated with artist Pamela Colman Smith to create the original Rider-Waite Tarot. Their work has profoundly influenced the design and interpretation of tarot decks that followed, making it a seminal piece in the history of tarot.
- Creators: Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Colman Smith.
- Features: Compact, pocket-sized edition of the classic deck.
- Legacy: Influential and enduring design in the world of tarot.
- Use: Ideal for tarot readings on the go and for those who prefer a smaller deck.
The Rider Waite® Tarot Pocket edition is not just a tarot deck; it’s a portable gateway to the rich and symbolic world of tarot, maintaining the timeless appeal and depth of the original Rider-Waite Tarot.