The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Arthur Edward Waite


The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

  • Title: The Pictorial Key to the Tarot
  • Author: Arthur Edward Waite
  • ISBN: 9780486442556
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback



Long used in telling fortunes and popular today among New Agers, Tarot cards are regarded by many as the training wheels on the bicycle of psychic development Centuries of scientific progress have not diminished the irresistible attraction of gazing at picture cards to see the future and determine one s fate This book by Arthur Edward Waite, the designer of the most wiLong used in telling fortunes and popular today among New Agers, Tarot cards are regarded by many as the training wheels on the bicycle of psychic development Centuries of scientific progress have not diminished the irresistible attraction of gazing at picture cards to see the future and determine one s fate This book by Arthur Edward Waite, the designer of the most widely known Tarot deck and distinguished scholar of the Kabbalah, is the essential Tarot reference The pictorial key contains a detailed description of each card in the celebrated 78 card Rider Waite Tarot deck, along with regular and reversed meanings Contents describe symbols and secret tradition the four suits of Tarot, including wands, cups, swords, and pentacles the recurrence of cards in dealing an ancient Celtic method of divination as well as wonderful illustrations of Tarot cards.While the perfect complement to old style fortune telling, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot also serves to make the Tarot entirely accessible to modern day readers It is also the classic guide to the Rider Waite deck and to Tarot symbolism in general.


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I've been reading Tarot since 1969, when I purchased my first Tarot pack. I'd been over at a friend's place in Isla Vista, CA, and while I was there, a friend of his dropped in to give him a birthday present: a pack of the Frank Albano edition of the Waite-Rider Tarot, and the book -- this book -- to go with it. He did readings for his friend and me, and I fell in love with those gorgeous pictures then and there. So, on my way home, I stopped in at a store near my place, also in Isla Vista, and [...]

Yep, the guy who brought us the ubiquitous Rider-Waite tarot deck also brought us this gem of Victorian literature, shedding some “light” on the arcane subject of soothsaying.It was almost impossible to read, it was so dense and frumpy. Half of the book just focuses on shooting down the ideas of other “parlor wizards” of the era. All of the imagery seems to be based in Judeo-Christian ideology, and any suggestion to other roots is cast down as “make-believe”. As if all of this isn't, [...]

Good, basic, very early tarot learning based on the Rider/Waite deck, which is kind of the King James Version of Tarot (learn it, and you know the basics and can go on to other stuff).This also happens to be the only book I ever in my life shoplifted. I took it from a mega bookstore at which I was working when the managers instituted a search everyone on entry and exit policy. Little paperback, 1.95 at the time. No, they didn't discover it in the extremely thorough search of my nice 20 something [...]

I bought this in Jan, 2009; the book is okay, it comes with the tarot cards and a small poster of information about the cards and the different common spreads that are used in a tarot reading; I had another book with more detailed information of each card, and the meaning of each card in detail, as well as the meaning of the cards in reverse fashion, but this book does its job and it opens the doors in some detail, to inform you of the meaning of each card.

This book comes bundled with most editions of the famous Waite-Smith tarot, the most used tarot deck in North America. It's also on public domain and therefore available online. It is an overview of the symbolism of the tarot as Waite sees it and of its history up to the book's release (1911).The language is amusingly baroque, full of pedantic lexical choices — he insists on "shew" for "show" every single time — and obtuse adornments, and it occasionally rewards you with a beautiful little i [...]

This is Waite's own key and explanation to the Rider-Waite tarot, one of the most popular and influential decks ever. Like most tarot guides, it covers the meanings of the cards, explaining some of the symbolism, and suggests a few spreads for reading. Waite also delves deeply into the history of the cards, perhaps too deeply for many beginners. It is recommended with reservations.As other reviewers have pointed out, Waite often comes off as a pompous windbag, quite erudite and overly fond of co [...]

I confess that I actually find Waite's condescending snark kind of amusing. Forgive me. If I take into account the divinatory meanings this book loses a star or two (or three). As soon as he starts talking about the Minor Arcana it becomes pretty skip-able. But why even bother with divinatory meanings written by a man who considers divination such a base and pointless activity? A lot of his snarky "everyone-is-wrong-but-me" history is meh, skim. And, granted, I came in with low expectations. But [...]

I tried to mark this "non-fiction?" but the extra marks didn't take and it flew to my usual non-fiction shelf. Read for art project research (and general symbolism-understanding research), this book did much to condense the modern tarot archetypes, both as dubious philosophy and as divination. Since a bunch of this was supposedly privileged knowledge at the time, Waite is amusingly circular about some pretty obvious points and well-known bits of ceremony (he "reveals" the celtic cross arrangemen [...]

This is the classic book on tarot. Years ago I embraced several spiritual paths and became open to the artwork of the many tarot decks, and the ancient belief systems depicted. This path led to the mystical and Kabbalah, then to other sacred texts, then back to my Judeo-Christian roots.

Interesting work Currently perusing the section that deals with the Minor ArcanaCurrently, I am too busy creating my own content (both written and musical), so I do not have very much time to read the content of others.

A good reference book for the different card meanings. I recently discovered that tarot were originally used to play card games and only later did people attach mystical meaning to them.

This classic work has been used by me for self-awareness for many years. I read solely for Major Arcana insights never for 'divination'The finished reading date is for the form only. I will never stop using this as a reference.

Great for a beginner like me. This gets a 5 star rating due to the fact that it is a concise and visual aid for the beginning tarot reader.

Awesome A youthful figure in the robe of a magician, having the countenance of divine Apollo, with smile of confidence and shining eyes. Above his head is the mysterious sign of the Holy Spirit, the sign of life, like an endless cord, forming the figure 8 in a horizontal position . About his waist is a serpent-cincture, the serpent appearing to devour its own tail. This is familiar to most as a conventional symbol of eternity, but here it indicates more especially the eternity of attainment in t [...]

This is an odd one to review. I think outside of the context of it being the book by the guy who authored (but who didn't actually create) the most popularly-used Tarot deck in the world, it's a so-so book. But in context it's an important one. I think my first takeaway was how his commentary diverges from what I've grown to see as the accepted interpretation of the RWS deck and its symbols. I wasn't expecting that, given that authors like Eden Gray always seemed to me to be just parroting him. [...]

I got this book in a set with the Universal Waite Tarot and found it to be helpful in understanding more about the cards. The first half of the book is difficult to wrap your head around until you realize that Waite is just using really wordy and confusing descriptions to say as little as possible about the cards and their history without revealing "secrets". He also spends a great deal of time discussing who has said what about tarot in the past and detailing every point in which they were wron [...]

I wouldn't say that I am a devout follower of tarot, but I do fancy myself a storyteller. The art of tarot, for me, comes from the ability to connect the cards in such a way that you can see a total narrative throughout. That being said, I fault no one for actually following tarot as a religious or spiritual thing. They simply come at this from a different angle than I do. With that in mind, I give you this review:The breakdown on various meaning and descriptions of the cards is fantastic and ea [...]

This is a very hard to read book despite its short length. Arthur Edward Waite wastes more time dissing other authors than deeply explaining his own narrative about the Lesser Arcana. Even the Kabbalistic and Alchemical Tarot are poorly disposed as references to the Rider-Waite Tarot development. When it comes to approach the mystical side of this divinatory art, skepticism seems to be his only compass. For this matter, I think that in spite of his work as an occultist, I would rather keep up wi [...]

This book is pretty much incomprehensible. I went through phases off and on, mostly in my teens, in which I would seek out whatever books I could find for under two dollars on any topic that could be described as "mystical" or "occult", and read them. These books were usually found at the correct price at the local Christian used bookstore. I'm pretty sure this book was the worst of them.I wish I could remember the names of some of the ridiculous astrology books I read. I even went so far as to [...]

This is my second-favorite book on Tarot, after Kaplan's "Tarot Classic." My favorite feature of this one is the special section at the back explaining what it means if you get, for instance, three Knights reversed in a spread, or four 4s. My least favorite feature is the way you have to page to the back of the book to get Waite's skimpy, unsatisfying interpretations for the major Arcana instead of having them right there with the card descriptions. In fact Waite spends a WHOLE lot of time descr [...]

Okay, I get it, it's the big-one by Waite. But from a pratical standpoint, for someone who is really interested in tarot and wants to put their knowledge into practice, this is definitely not the way to go. It's so laborious, and takes forever to read, like pushing through mucky water. The meanings at the end, and the examples of how to do some readings, are fantastic; however, the first 2/3rds of the book are a mess for anyone who is just beginning, as I was when I consumed this.

This was the first Tarot book I ever bought, and I still use my original dogeared copy. It's a great introduction to the traditional Waite-Rider deck, and a useful tool for divination -- althought I think the Major Arcana definitions put too much emphasis on identifying a matching person in the querent's life.If you're more interested in using the Tarot for personal development than for divination, I would recommend Gail Fitzgerald's Every Day Tarot.

This book goes with the Rider Waite tarot deck and is used to interpret that particular deck. Arthur Edward Waite first published this book along with his tarot deck in 1909. I think this is a very good book. For anyone seeking to learn tarot, i would highly advise both the Rider Waite tarot deck and this book. One thing that i really like is how Waite gives a critical examination of tarot history. I give this book 4 stars.

this is the only book on the subject i've read so far and it seems like a good resource/overview/starting point, but waite sounds like a huge pretentious butthead & from what i've read the treatment of smith re: compensation and credit is inexcusable. the actual deck though is iconic for a reason, really beautiful artwork. idk whatever

Useful insights into Waite's own take on the meanings of the tarot cards and the intention of the imagery in the Rider-Waite deck. At times talks more of inaccurate readings by others than what is accurate by Waite's account, but some real gems within can deepen any tarot master or apprentice's readings. Best read with Waite's other works as he tends to refer back rather than repeat information.

I found this a good reference when first learning to read tarot. While your gut feelings are paramount, this book clearly sets out and describes each card and it's historical placement. I still refer to it once in while when I need some additional input to clarify my thoughts on a combination that I feel I am missing something on.

Yes, Waite obscured a lot, and this book won't get you there all by itself. Still, it's required reading for anyone studying Tarot and it belongs on your shelf, at least so you can compare it to Crowley, Mathers, Wirth, and the others.

it's a good start to understanding the meaning of the cards, but I believe Waite intentionally left out some of the meanings as he was trying to leave them shrouded in secrecy. Worth reading. Make sure you look in the back of the book for additional card interpretations. 93/93

I registered a book at BookCrossing!BookCrossing/journal/11777118

Great historical representation of tarot during the early twentieth century.


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