A.E. Waite

Universal Waite Tarot Deck
  • Universal Waite Tarot Deck

  • A.E. Waite

    The classic tarot deck, recoloured by Mary Hanson-Roberts.

    The renowned Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck, designed over a hundred years ago, has been hugely popular for decades.

    The Universal Waite Tarot Deck is a recoloured version of the Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck. Its combination of softer colour tones with a naturalistic approach offers a more visually soothing alternative to the Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck.

    It includes an instruction booklet with an Introduction by Stuart R. Kaplan.

A.E. Waite was the designer and co-creator of the now famous Rider Waite Tarot deck. An American-born British poet and scholarly mystic, his strong interest in all esoteric matters - divination, magic, Kabbalism, alchemy and Freemasony - led to him penning a number of books. These include the Key to the Tarot, The Book of Ceremonial Magic and A New Encyclopedia of Freemasony. Pamela Colman Smith was born in England to American parents. Her childhood years were spent between London, New York and Kingston, Jamaica. She became a theatrical designer, even collaborating with the notable W.B. Yeats on stage designs. She was an illustrator mainly of books, pamphlets and posters too. Under the guidance of A. E. Waite, she undertook a series of seventy-eight allegorical paintings described by Waite as a 'rectified' tarot pack. The designs, published in the same year by William Rider and Son, exemplify the mysticism, ritual, imagination, fantasy and deep emotions of the artist. Virginijus Poshkus has retouched this version of the Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck and is the illustrator of a number of different card collections.