Tarot Decks

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.
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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 of 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 the first tarot cards. They show only symbols and a 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.

Rider-Waite Tarot

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 tarot was 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.   

Crowley Tarot

In the midst of the 40s of the 20th century the Briton Aleister Crowley  edited a new tarot deck. Lady Frieda Harris  [*1877-1972+   ] was the artist and was inspired by the idea that the tarot had its origin in Egypt. First illustration of the new cards was published in <the Book of Thoth/Crowley>. The Thoth tarot symbolizes and is one of the books that are difficult accessible. The cards of the small arcana  were given special signatures.

Both the tarot decks incurred the spirit of Antoine Court de Gébelin and Eliphas Lévi  by the influence of their papers. 

Besides these three decks there are numerous ones.

The Swiss freemason Oswald Wirth  [*1860-1943+] designed another deck and was inspired by the Egyptian origin as well. His signature was significant but his card deck is no longer in circulation. 

The Tarot Cards of Fate

We developed the tarot of fate which combines the further development of the Marseilles tarot and Rider –Waite tarot. The sequence of the great arcana and the image format based on the Marseilles tarot cards.

As a matter of priority we intended to refer the tarot to a modern form. Hence we renamed a few cards from the Aleister Crowley deck and the Rider-Waite tarot to gain a better and more rapid comprehensibility.

You can start immediately without any studies. We staged a comeback for the fashionable tarot without adapted significance of each card. 

Illustrations were painted by Cornelia Schelkes from Hannover.


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