The Rider-Waite Tarot
Arthur Edward Waite, born in America, raised in England, was obsessed with the occult. He became GrandMaster of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, one of whose members included the infamous magicianAleister Crowley.Pamela Colman Smith was also a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and she is the artistwho designed, under Waite¶s guidance, the tarot deck known today as the Rider-Waite tarot. (Why notWaite-Smith? Rider & Co., London. published the deck.)Historically, the Rider-Waite tarot deck is unique in that it was the first deck to individually illustrate all of the 78 cards, not just the 22 Major Arcana cards.