Rider Waite Tarot Deck
This deck was designed by Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) follower of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (society dedicated to magic and the occult) and society of the Rosae-Crucis. Images were made by Pamela Colman Smith-Pixie-(1878-1951), a versatile British artist (you can see his signature on each of the cards). Rider was the publisher of this deck and It was popularly called Rider Waite Tarot. It is also knowned as Waite Tarot or Waite-Smith Tarot.
Portrait of Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Colman-Smith
This deck is very popular because their images are very expressive, especially the Minor Arcana that show us a detail of circumstances that make the interpretation of the card more simple.
Rider wanted to impregnate his cards with the knowledge that they received in the Golden Dawn and enriched with their particular point of view.
Differences with the Tarot of Marseille
Waite followed the general guidelines set by the Tarot of Marseille except for some peculiarities which are explained below.
The Fool - Rider Waite Tarot / The Fool - Tarot of Marseille Jodo-Camoin
Justice Tarot of Marseille / Justice - Rider Waite Tarot
Strenght - Tarot of Marseille / Strenght - Rider Waite Tarot
Many reconized tarot readers are disagree with this exchange and even thought they have used the Rider Waite Tarot in his books and courses (such as Master of Tarot, Hajo Banzhaf) when they have to use the card number or for other matters of interpretation they follow the criteria of the Tarot of Marseilles.
The Arcana nameless - Tarot of Marseille - Jodo-Camoin / The Death - Rider Waite Tarot
V Arcana - The Tarot of Marseille Jodo-Camoin / V Arcana - Rider Waite Tarot
Here the difference is very important because the Minor Arcana of the Tarot de Marseille resemble the Spanish Deck, including a Page. In the Rider Waite Tarot the number of cards is the same for each serie but Waite and Pamela Colman-Smith created a world full of details in each Minor Arcana.
8 of Cups Tarot of Marseille - Rider Waite Tarot
Using the Rider Waite Tarot Deck
I recommend this deck especially if you are starting to delve into the world of Tarot because is a very beautiful deck and yet retains an ancient symbolism that is in our subconscious so all in more or less connect with it.
This deck is very useful to spreads when you need to see details and circumstances surrounding the query.
If you are starting with it, It is very interesting that for a time you avoid reading the instruction booklet and emplees your intuition to recognize the meaning that wants to give each letter to you. It is a good way to start working our intuition and a good way to learn Tarot.
Major Arcana I - The Magician - Rider Waite Tarot