Pictorial Key To Tarot Instruction Booklet by Arthur Edward Waite, Classic Tarot Deck, #Tarot #Divination #TarotCards #DivinationTools
The Pictorial Key to the Tarot is a divinatory tarot guide, with text by A. E. Waite and illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith. Published in conjunction with the Rider tarot deck, the pictorial version followed the success of the deck and Waite's text The Key to the Tarot.
The cards were drawn in 1909 by Pamela Colman Smith under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite. Smith's vibrant drawings transformed the standard tarot deck.
"A unique feature of the Smith-Rider-Waite deck, and one of the of the principal reasons for its enduring popularity, is that all of the cards, including the Minor Arcana, depict full scenes with figures and symbols. Prior to the Rider-Waite Tarot, the pip cards of almost all tarot decks were marked only with the arrangement of the suit signs -- swords, wands, cups, and coins, or pentacles. The pictorial images on all the cards allow interpretations without the need to repeatedly consult explanatory text. The innovative Minor Arcana, and Pamela Colman Smith's ability to capture the subtleties of emotion and experience have made the Rider-Waite Tarot a model for the designs of many tarot packs." -- (from The Encyclopedia of Tarot, Volume III)
Smith-Rider-Waite Tarot was named one of the Top Ten Tarot Decks of All Time by Aeclectic Tarot.
Many people into occultism use tarot cards as a tool of divination. The most recognized card set is the Rider-Waite deck, which is really the Smith-Rider-Waite deck. The person who actually drew the images for these cards was Pamela Colman Smith. Her name was intentionally left off the official name of the tarot deck. This is likely due to the race and gender politics of her time. In addition to designing the popular card deck, which is now over 100 years old, Smith wrote books on Jamaican folklore derived from West Africa. She wrote “Annancy Stories” (1899) and “Chim-Chim Folkstories from Jamaica” (1905). She also made illustrations for author Bram Stoker.
Smith spent part of her youth living in Jamaica from age 10 to 20 where she became familiar with its folklore. Although Smith is reported to have been Catholic, she had a strong interest in Obeah and the occult
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