The Weiser Tarot: A New Edition of the Classic 1909 Waite-Smith Deck (78-Card Deck with 64-Page Guidebook) (Cards)
A fresh and vibrant reimagining of the classic 1909 Waite-Smith tarot.
"Beautifully done and poised to become the go-to tarot deck for the century to come, The Weiser Tarot is a vibrant and luminous refresh for the 1909 Rider-Waite-Smith that accentuates the elemental correspondences and updates this popular deck for modern readers." —Benebell Wen, author of Holistic Tarot
The Weiser Tarot is a new edition of the most popular and influential Tarot art ever created, the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, first published in 1909. The cards have been newly repainted—while, of course, preserving Pamela Colman Smith’s original line art—creating a fresh, flowing aesthetic. Additionally, the cards provide Hebrew and astrological correspondences to the Major Arcana—not included in the original Rider-Waite-Smith deck—for those seekers who have interest in Qabalah and astrology.
The accompanying book includes:
- A brief history of the Tarot
- A look at how the Rider-Waite-Smith deck came to be
- The story behind the creation of The Weiser Tarot
- Keywords for interpreting the cards
- Tarot spreads, including a new “Ankh” spread created especially for The Weiser Tarot
- An annotated list of recommended reading for further study
The Weiser Tarot was created to speak to your own personal Tarot needs and desires. Whether you are new to the Tarot or a seasoned card reader, you can use The Weiser Tarot for divination, fortune-telling, self-transformation, spellcasting, or any other purpose.
About the Author
Arthur Edward Waite (1857–1942), commonly known as A. E. Waite, 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.
Pamela Colman Smith (1878–1951), also nicknamed Pixie, was a British artist, illustrator, writer, publisher, and occultist. She is best known for illustrating the Rider-Waite tarot deck in collaboration with Arthur Edward Waite. This tarot deck became the standard among tarot card readers and remains the most widely used today. Colman also illustrated over twenty books, wrote two collections of Jamaican folklore, edited two magazines, and ran the Green Sheaf Press, a small press focused on women writers.
“What a delight. What I most love about The Weiser Tarot is that it is nuanced and rich in hues. The subtle blues and purples give a deeper and more mysterious feel to the whole deck. It takes you into the realms of mystery with ease and speaks to the symbolism with more mood and immediacy. Bravo!”
—Alexandra Eldridge, co-creator of The Radiant Tarot
“The Weiser Tarot is a gorgeous and much-needed update to an old classic. Vibrant watercolors add new life to the images, making it a pleasure to read. I especially love the color choices for the suits—this allows the reader to see patterns at a glance. Finally, a version of the RWS that everyone will love!”
—Theresa Reed, author of Twist Your Fate: Manifest Success with Astrology and Tarot
"There have been many re-workings of the classic Rider deck in recent years. This may be the best. Keeping Pamela Smith's original line drawings but using vivid watercolors brings the cards vibrantly to life. In addition, the changing of skin tones to move beyond strictly White European moves the deck firmly into the new century.”
—Rachel Pollack, author of 78 Degrees of Wisdom: A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness
“Congratulations to Weiser Books for breathing new life into Pamela Colman Smith's vision with this thoughtful and extremely well-researched offering. The Weiser Tarot would be a welcome addition to any tarot lover's collection.”
—Rashunda Tramble, tarot reader and coauthor of The Numinous Tarot Guide
"A beautiful addition to anyone's tarot library, The Weiser Tarot stays true to the most crucial components of Pamela Colman Smith's illustrations while simultaneously creating room for a more diverse array of readers to find resonance with the cards.”
—Diana Rose Harper, co-creator of The Rosebud Tarot
“For fans of the original Rider-Waite-Smith illustrations, The Weiser Tarot offers a vivid and vibrant repainting with rich watercolors and an appealing palette. Readers who are craving a fresh take on Pamela Coleman Smith's line art will love the beautiful shades and textures, and the complementary hues linking suits and themes together make this an excellent tool for tarot seekers of all experience levels.”
—Meg Jones Wall, founder of 3am.tarot and author of Finding the Fool
“Ardent fans of the original 1909 Rider Waite Smith will welcome The Weiser Tarot. Updated with vibrant colors and the addition of astrological and Qabalah correspondences on the Major arcana, the deck provides a new view and interpretive layer. In the accompanying guidebook, the team at Weiser Books presents the deck's creation story, tarot history, and suggestions for the new reader in a concise and approachable manner.”
—Amber Highland, publisher, The Cartomancer Magazine
"Beautifully done and poised to become the go-to tarot deck for the century to come, The Weiser Tarot is a vibrant and luminous refresh for the 1909 Rider-Waite-Smith that accentuates the elemental correspondences and updates this popular deck for modern readers."
—Benebell Wen, author of Holistic Tarot
“I received a copy of The Weiser Tarot and may never use the Rider Waite again!”
—Michelle Tea, author of Modern Tarot
“The Weiser Tarot is literally my favorite Waite-Smith deck.”
—Joe Monteleone, Tarot Mysticism Academy