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Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot 1909


This very popular Tarot deck was first published in 1909 by the Rider Company in England.  It was illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith based on the symbolism provided by Arthur Edward Waite.  This is one of the first "modern" Tarot deck designs with symbolism drawn from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn system of magic.  This Tarot deck comes in very large, large, medium, and miniature sizes, and there are numerous differently colored versions available in print. 



The Complete Guide to the Tarot.  By Eden Gray.  New York, Bantam, 1982.  256 pages.  ISBN: 0553277529. 

The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order.  By Israel Regardie.  Llewellyn’s Golden Dawn Series.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 6th Edition, 2002.  844 pages.  ISBN: 0875426638. 

Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn - Wikipedia 




Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (H.O.G.D)   Led by Chic Cicero and Sanra Tabatha Cicero. 

Holly’s Rider-Waite Tarot  

Major Arcana: Index to Links of Internet Resources, Books, Articles; Symbolism, Correspondences, Symbolism, Iconography.

Magical Golden Dawn Order, M.G.D

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot.  Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition under the Veil of Divination.  With 78 plates, illustrating the Greater and lesser Arcana from designs by Paela Colman Smith.  By Arthur Edward Waite.  U.S. Games Systems, 1971, 1992.  Originally published in 1911.  340 pages.  ISBN: 0913866083.  This book is included with the Universal Waite Tarot Set.  VSCL. 

Pictorial Key to the Tarot, 1911, (Online Version)   

Portable Magic: Tarot is the Only Tool You Need.  By Donald Tyson.  Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2006.  Index, bibliography, 230 pages.  ISBN: 0738709808.  This books uses the Golden Dawn system of magical correspondences.  VSCL. 

Israel Regardie Books   

Israel Regardie (1907-1985) – Wikipedia    

The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck.  Symbolism by Arthur Edward Waite and illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith.  34 page booklet.  Stamford, Connecticut, U. S. Games Systems, 1971.  ISBN: 091386613X.  VSCL. 



Rider-Waite Tarot Deck - Wikipedia   Includes images for each card. 

Self-Initiation Into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group.  By Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero.   Woodbury, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 2002. 1st Edition.  792 pages.  ISBN: 1567181368.  VSCL. 

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot.  By Rachel Pollack.  Revised with a New Preface.  San Francisco, California, Weiser Books, 1980, 2007.  Index, bibliogrpahy, 354 pages.  ISBN: 1578634083.  VSCL. 

The Symbols and Magick of Tarot.  By Paul V. Beyerl. The Hermits Grove, 2005. 234 pages. ISBN: 0965568741.

Smith, Pamela Colman 1878 - 1951 

Tarot Major Arcana: Index to Links of Internet Resources, Books, Articles; Symbolism, Correspondences, Iconography.   

Tarot Revelations.  By Richard Roberts.  San Anselmo, California, Vernal Equinox Press, 3rd Edition, 1979, 1987.  Footnotes, 294 pages.  ISBN: 0942380002.  VSCL. 

Universal Waite Tarot Deck and Book Set.  This lovely deck was colored by Mary Hanson Roberts using the original artwork design by Pamela Colman Smith and symbolism by Arthur Edward Waite.  This boxed package includes the 78-Card Universal Waite Tarot Deck, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot book by Arthur Edward Waite, and spread sheet for a traditional 10 card tarot spread. The 1911 book is 340 pages.  United States Games Systems, 1990, 2004.  ISBN: 088079416X.  VSCL. 

Waite, Arthur Edward 1857-1942   

Waite, Arthur Edward 1857-1942 - Wikipedia



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