Secrets and Sources of the Rider Waite Smith Minor Arcana


Pamela Colman Smith
Pamela Colman Smith
Arthur Edward Waite
Arthur Edward Waite

Who actually designed the Rider-Waite Tarot cards? Did A. E. Waite unfairly take too much credit for the deck illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith? In this two-part webinar we’ll examine the evidence. It seems pretty clear that Waite had something very specific in mind for the Major Arcana, so do the Minors belong to Smith? Join Mary K. Greer for a bit of historical detective work as she seeks to make the cards richer and deeper. This pictorial journey through the cards and peek into the lives of Waite and Smith will increase your own appreciation of the deck and enhance your work as a tarot reader.

In these two master-classes, Mary examines the evidence which shows there may have been a specific purpose behind the illustrations to the Minor cards. She closely explores stories for each of the suits – for Cups and Wands the stories relate to the Grail and for Swords and  Pentacles  freemasonry is the source. The result is a whole new  perspective on where the Minor Arcana images and meanings came from, a perspective that can inform your own readings and card interpretations.

About the presenter

Mary K. Greer has been practising Tarot for more than 46 years and teaches Tarot around the world. The award-winning author of eleven books on tarot and on magic, Mary is a member of several national and international tarot organizations and is featured at tarot conferences around the world. Her classic, Tarot for Your Self, came out in a beautiful Japanese edition in 2012.

In 2007, she received the International Tarot Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Tarot Studies. As an independent scholar, writer, teacher, and professional tarot consultant, Mary sees herself as a ‘midwife of the soul.’ She advocates using card reading techniques that are interactive, transformational and empowering and takes a revolutionary approach to teaching that emphasizes personal insight, creativity, and breaking all the rules. Visit her website at .


Video recordings of the two classes are available as MP4 files. They can be viewed on PCs using Windows Media Player and on Macs using the free VLC multimedia player for Mac operating systems which can be downloaded here.

Total file size for two recordings: 1.14 GB

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Prices are in $USD.

  • download two recordings to your device: $44
  • two recordings stored on a DVD: $46 + airmail postage added at the checkout
  • two recordings stored on a USB flash drive: $50 + airmail postage added at the checkout.

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Secrets and Sources of the Rider Waite Smith Minor Arcana

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