Prophecy and Divination
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The best known Tarot deck is the
There are hundreds of others, but the images of the RWS Tarot are the
ones which are instantly recognizable.
This page has abundant detail about the history and
significance of the RWS deck, as well as other texts about Tarot divination.
The Pictorial Key to the Tarot
by A.E. Waite 
The essential Tarot reference by the designer of the best known Tarot deck.
The Tarot of the Bohemians
by Papus; tr. A. P Morton, 
A detailed study of the esoteric roots of the Tarot.
by S.L. MacGregor Mathers 
A short essay on the Tarot, by a prominent occultist of the 19th Century.
Mathers also wrote The Kabbalah Unveiled.
The Symbolism of the Tarot
by P. D. Ouspensky 
An evocative inner journey through the Major Arcana of the Tarot.
General Book of the Tarot
by A.E. Thierens 
A system of correspondences between the Tarot and Astrology.
Fortune-Telling by Cards
by P.R.S. Foli 
Several methods of telling fortunes with a standard deck of playing cards.
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Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck Copyright FAQ
"what is the copyright status of the Tarot deck?"
is the most commonly asked question
about this section.
This FAQ attempts to address this complicated issue.
Tarot Card Cross-reference
This is an index of all of the Tarot Card images at sacred-texts.
Currently this includes the color 1909 RWS deck, the greyscale RWS images
from the Pictorial Key, and the Wirth and Marseilles images from
Tarot of the Bohemians.
Tarot Card Comparison
by J.B. Hare
This presents high resolution images of three cards
from the 1909 Tarot deck and the US Games deck.
Are they different? You be the judge.
NOTE ON THE COLOR TAROT CARD IMAGES:
has graciously scanned a set of vintage Tarot cards
for sacred-texts, the earliest in her collection.
These images can be viewed when you click on any of the black and white
thumbnails in the Pictorial Key to the Tarot,
or in the right-hand frame in the Tarot card reader.
They can also be viewed sequentially in the
Tarot Card Cross-reference.
These Tarot card images are unambiguously
in the public domain in the United States, and differ only slightly
from the US Games Tarot deck.
This deck is the one known as the 'Pamela-A' deck
with the dried mud pattern on the back of
There are also high resolution images of three of the Pamela-A cards
available below in the Tarot Card Comparison essay.