About the Deck
The Smith-Waite Tarot deck was published in December 1909 by William Rider And Son of London. It is widely considered the most popular tarot deck for tarot card reading. The deck was the product of the collaboration between the artist, Pamela Colman Smith and Dr Arthur Edward Waite, who were both members of the Order Of The Golden Dawn, a famous occult group of the 19th Century. It was not uncommon for a woman’s contribution to be ignored, therefore, Pamela Smiths’ name was. and still, is omitted from the title (Rider Waite). On this website, we acknowledge her. The deck has been published in numerous editions and inspired a wide array of variants and imitations.
About the Authors
Pamela Colman Smith (16 February 1878 – 18 September 1951), also nicknamed Pixie, was a British artist, illustrator, writer, publisher, and occultist. She is best known for illustrating the Rider-Waite tarot deck (also called the Rider-Waite-Smith or Waite-Smith deck) for Arthur Edward Waite. This tarot deck became the standard among tarot card readers, and remains the most widely used today. Colman also illustrated over 20 books, wrote two collections of Jamaican folklore, edited two magazines, and ran the Green Sheaf Press, a small press focused on women writers.
Arthur Edward Waite (2 October 1857 – 19 May 1942) was an American-born British poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite tarot deck (also called the Rider-Waite-Smith or Waite-Smith deck). As his biographer R. A. Gilbert described him, “Waite’s name has survived because he was the first to attempt a systematic study of the history of western occultism—viewed as a spiritual tradition rather than as aspects of proto-science or as the pathology of religion.”
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Enter your question into the box below and then click “Shuffle.” You may flip each card individually by clicking on each or choose “Flip All Cards.” To see the keywords for each card, click again on each flipped card. (mobile phone users, flip horizontally to view)
V of PENTACLES
Need, Poverty, Insecurity
Reversed: Recovery, Charity, Improvement
III of WANDS
Looking Ahead, Expansion, Rapid Growth
Reversed: Obstacles, Frustration, Delays
Bravery, Compassion, Focus, Inner Strength
Reversed: Self Doubt, Weakness, Insecurity
X of CUPS
Inner Happiness, Fulfillment, Dreams
Reversed: Coming True Shattered Dreams, Broken Family, Domestic Disharmony
II of WANDS
Planning, Making Decisions, Leaving Home
Reversed: Fear of Change, Playing It Safe, Bad Planning
What or who is the main influencer in this situation.
The existing state of affairs
What to expect if you continue on your current path.
Course of Action
The best course of action you can take to get the desired result.
Further information to help you understand a specific card or the entire draw.
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