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Secrets and Sources of the Rider Waite Smith Minor Arcana

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? Let’s 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.

Mary examines the evidence which shows there may have been a specific purpose behind the illustrations to the Minor cards. She 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.

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Secrets and Sources of the Rider Waite Smith Minor Arcana

$38.00 USD

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? Let’s 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 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 is an independent scholar, writer, teacher, and professional Tarot consultant known for her innovative teaching techniques. With an M.A. in English Literature, she taught Tarot in colleges for 15 years. She is the author of 12 books on Tarot and on magic, and was first to write about using Tarot for oneself. She pioneered what she calls the RITE method: “Readings that are Interactive, Transformational and Empowering.”

Featured at most Tarot conferences in the U.S. and abroad, Mary travels the world teaching Tarot. In 2007, Mary received the International Tarot Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Tarot Studies and is a research partner in Le Tarot Associazione Culturale (Italy). She also received the 2006 Mercury Award from the Mary Redman Foundation for “excellence in communication in the metaphysical field,” and the 2006 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) award for best divination book.

Her books include Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestesses, and is a co-author of Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story. You can find her at http://marykgreer.com and on Facebook.

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