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Choosing a Tarot deck There are countless Tarot decks available for students of Tarot and it's important in the first stages of learning to select a deck that can help you with your studies rather than being simply pleasing to the eye. As you progress in your studies, it is likely that you will build up a collection of different decks as working tools or because you admire the artistry. As learning Tarot has a lot to do with memorising the meaning of the seventy eight cards it's best to begin by choosing a deck of cards that has a close resemblance to the traditional teachings of Tarot. Many of the modern Tarot decks have been created by top rate artists and designers and are visually appealing but lack understanding of traditional meaning within the decks imagery. The majority of decks available today have been influenced by the Rider-Waite-Smith deck which were illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite himself. First published in 1910 the Rider-Waite-Smith deck is the most influential Tarot deck and is also the best selling Tarot deck of the twentieth century and is accredited to helping popularise Tarot reading. Many books on Tarot use the Rider Waite deck for their illustrations. While the images of the cards are simple and in most cases self explanatory, they also contain within them abundantly rich traditional symbolic imagery. They are widely available in book shops or on line at companies like Amazon. Finally, it is traditional for cards to be wrapped in a silk scarf or similar piece of cloth and placed in a small wooden box. Besides following tradition, keeping your cards in this manner has the practical benefit of reducing the every day effect of wear and tear.......Next Page
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Choosing a Tarot deck There are countless Tarot decks available for students of Tarot and it's important in the first stages of learning to select a deck that can help you with your studies rather than being simply pleasing to the eye. As you progress in your studies, it is likely that you will build up a collection of different decks as working tools or because you admire the artistry. As learning Tarot has a lot to do with memorising the meaning of the seventy eight cards it's best to begin by choosing a deck of cards that has a close resemblance to the traditional teachings of Tarot. Many of the modern Tarot decks have been created by top rate artists and designers and are visually appealing but lack understanding of traditional meaning within the decks imagery. The majority of decks available today have been influenced by the Rider-Waite-Smith deck which were illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite himself. First published in 1910 the Rider-Waite-Smith deck is the most influential Tarot deck and is also the best selling Tarot deck of the twentieth century and is accredited to helping popularise Tarot reading. Many books on Tarot use the Rider Waite deck for their illustrations. While the images of the cards are simple and in most cases self explanatory, they also contain within them abundantly rich traditional symbolic imagery. They are widely available in book shops or on line at companies like Amazon. Finally, it is traditional for cards to be wrapped in a silk scarf or similar piece of cloth and placed in a small wooden box. Besides following tradition, keeping your cards in this manner has the practical benefit of reducing the every day effect of wear and tear.......Next Page