Pamela Colman Smith: The true energy and essence behind the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck

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The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck is one of the most well-known and widely-used decks around the world, used by beginners and veteran Tarot users alike. Yet it is also the deck that omits the truth and fails to honour the very “creator” whose energy and essence prevails throughout the deck. That omission is the recognition of Pamela Colman Smith – illustrator, occultist, and children’s book author – the very artist behind the most popular tarot deck in the western world, who also happens to be a woman of colour.

The unsung artist Pamela Colman Smith changed the face of tarot, illustrating the world’s first “mass market” deck. The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck, as it has sometimes been referred to as and should be formally recognised as, was one of the very first to have illustrations on every card in the deck.

Pamela Colman Smith was born in London 1878, the only child of an American father…

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