The serene Universal Waite Tarot is perfect for meditation and readings. The deck is a soothing, eye-appealing complement to the traditional Rider-Waite deck. The drawings of Pamela Colman Smith have been beautifully recolored by Mary Hanson-Roberts.
- ISBN: 0-88079-496-8
- Size: 2 3/4"x 4 3/4
- Artist: Mary Hanson-Roberts
Arthur Edward Waite, who commissioned and guided the creation of the Rider-Waite Tarot, was justly proud of the deck that he and artist Pamela Colman Smith created together and which was published by William Rider in 1910. He described the art in his book The Pictorial Key to the Tarot. "The Tarot cards ... have been drawn and coloured by Miss Pamela Colman Smith, and will, I think, be regarded as very striking and beautiful, in their design alike and execution."
Pamela Colman Smith was born in England February 16, 1878, but spent much of her childhood and youth in Jamaica and New York, as well as London. She trained at the Pratt Institute, New York, and supported herself as an artist during her entire life. Her inks and watercolors found outlet in theater set and costume design as well as in illustrations for books, pamphlets, and literary periodicals, and, of course, the tarot deck that came to be known as the Rider-Waite deck.