Universal Waite Tarot Deck

[Sun] [2 of Wands] The Universal Waite deck is a near-duplicate of the Rider-Waite except that it has "softer color tones and subtle tints, instead of flat areas of color." Mary Hanson-Roberts, the artist of the Hanson-Roberts Tarot, executed a new coloring of Pamela Coleman Smith's original line drawings at the request of U. S. Games Systems. Her coloring reveals more details in the figures, costumes, and symbols. A side-by-side comparison of a few cards reveals the subtle differences. A companion book is also available - the classic The Pictorial Key to the Tarot written by Arthur Edward Waite.

Universal Waite Version Number of Cards Size Copyright Publisher Order Code Price (US) Card Back Design
Regular 78
22 major
56 minor
2 3/4" x 4 3/4" 1991 U. S. Games UW78 $18.00 (US) [back design - regular]
Pocket " " 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" 2004 U. S. Games UW78-pocket $15.00 (US) [back design - pocket]
Tiny " " 13/16" x 1 3/8" 1998 U. S. Games UW78-tiny $5.00 (US) [back design - tiny]
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Tiny on a Keychain " " Cards
13/16" x 1 3/8"
Plastic Case
1 5/8" x 2"
1998 U. S. Games UW78-keychain $7.00 (US) [back design - tiny]
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Language of Card Titles: English

Style of Suit Cards (2-10): story pictures

Also Included: instruction booklet, inspiration card

Major Arcana:
Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant,
Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice,
Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Tower, Star, Moon,
Sun, Judgement, World

Suit Names: Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles

Court Cards: King, Queen, Knight, Page

Links to Other Sites:
Review of Waite decks - Wicce website
Review of Universal Waite - Wicce website
Review of tiny deck - Wicce website
Review - Aeclectic Tarot website Review - Taetia Zysshe website


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