There are many good reasons why the Rider Tarot deck is one of, if not the most, popular tarot decks in use today. It has brilliant, in depth pictures that allow for even novices to give fairly accurate readings. The key to their brilliance lays in the intuitive layouts and images, which for any empathic, or similarly talented person, can easily pick on and read. First published in 1910, this deck has been in use for over a century, and there is no sign of them falling out of notoriety. The name is derived from the Rider company, which were the first to publish the deck. It was created by the collaboration between the artist Pamela Colman Smith and the mystic A. E. Waite. In the last hundred years, it has become the epitome of what to use, by both beginners who are just learning, and by long time readers.
Some of the beast feature of the Rider tarot deck
Because of its age and simplicity, it is almost a universal deck. Most practitioners are familiar with the Rider tarot deck, and this sense of familiarity also helps in making it one of the easiest to read. The pictures on each card tell a story and, unlike other more artistic decks, it is a lot clearer to discern the meaning when laid out in a reading.
Possible disadvantages to using the Rider tarot
While its age and notoriety make it well known and used, for some, the images feel too outdated to give accurate readings in modern times. There are also readers who feel the olden images are too limiting in what they can convey. With modern times, come modern innovations, and for something that has not had an official remodel in decades, younger generations are growing a bit less enthralled.
Alternative decks for the Rider tarot
When it comes to naming alternatives for the Rider tarot, the choices are quite abundant. It all boils down one important factor for the user: Which deck speaks to you? Some may be drawn to using certain decks by the way they look and feel. Others just feel an inexplicable drawing to use a particular deck. Whatever the circumstance, any alternative to the standard in tarot is a matter of personal preference. There are many choices, all of which can yield interesting and enriching results.