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Believed to have originated in 14th Century Italy, Tarot is an old trick-capturing card game like Spades or Euchre. The Tarot was adapted by occultists in the 19th Century, transitioning into a popular oracle for fortune tellers of the 20th Century.

The Rider-Waite deck was conceived by A.E. Waite and executed by artist Pamela Colman-Smith at the turn of the 20th Century. It was published by Rider, hence the name. This deck is sometimes refered to as the Rider-Waite-Smith, or RWS for short, in honor of the deck's artist.

The RWS is perhaps the best (and certainly the most common) deck for beginners to read with. Read all about the cards in Waite's guidebook to the Tarot: The Pictorial Key to the Tarot.

To get Rider-Waite tarot readings using A. E. Waite's original card meanings, select from the list of 18 tarot spreads here. For more divination with a variety of other online oracles and tarot decks, check out Tarotsmith.com.
The Tarot Chick is a card reader who delivers readings with intent to empower clients with knowledge to change the future, rather than subscribe to the idea that the future is set in stone. Being very familiar with the Rider-Waite, she writes insightful card descriptions daily on her Facebook page. Daily meditations are a great way to expand upon one's knowledge. Subscribe to her page to receive a card of the day in your news feed every day.
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