There are several different tarot decks. The most famous and popular tarot decks are the Tarot of Marseilles, the Rider-Waite Tarot and Aleister Crowley Tarot.
The Marseille Tarot
The Marseille Tarot is the most ancient one that is still circulating. The history of its origin was midst the 18th century. Nicolas Conver designed the 78 wood engravings in Marseille.
The cards showed just 4 colors: red, blue, green and yellow
The cards of the small arcana – the cards with numbers – are designed much more traditional in contrast to the Waite Tarot. They joined to the first tarot cards. They show only symbols and the number of them. [eg: the card <5 cups> shows just 5 cups…]
In contrast to the Waite tarot shows the card number 8 <justice> and card number 11 shows <strength>, each changed.
New Schicksals Tarot serves the Marseilles sequence. In order of numerology represents the ancient sequence the more practical one. Why the meanings have changed is not known yet.
The most popular tarot deck is called the Rider-Waite tarot or Waite-Smith tarot. It was mentioned in history and had been developed by Arthur Edward Waite in 1910.
Finally the tarot cards were painted by Pamela Coleman Smith.
The name based on the publishing house and 1910 Waite’s paper The Pictorial Key to the tarotwas published as well. He tackled the history of the origin and symbolism of tarot.
The third famous tarot deck – the Aleister Crowley tarot - came from the Golden Dawn as well where Smith and Waite were members.
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