Pamela Colman Smith’s RWS Tarot Deck


The restoration of the colors of this edition is by the Italian artist Barbara Nosenzo.

Arthur Edward Waite, Pamela Colman Smith.

78 cards, 66x120mm

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Pamela Colman Smith’s RWS Tarot Deck

In 1909 the artist Pamela Colman Smith, under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite, created an innovative 78-card Tarot deck that would be recognized as revolutionary.

Thanks to the descriptive scenes that illustrate all the minor Arcana, the deck broke away from the Tarot’s centuries-old tradition to become the reference point for all the decks published later.


Smith had a neurological condition called synesthesia, which is an automatic visual experience, in this instance, activated by sound. In a handwritten draft for the essay “Pictures in Music,” published in the June 1908 issue of The Strand Magazine, she reveals an informed understanding of synesthesia, a concept Dow had introduced to her:

“What I wish to make plain is that these are not pictures of the music theme […] but just what I see when I hear music. Thoughts loosened and set free by the spell of sound […] Subconscious energy lives in them all.”


Interested in what the cards want you to know today? Have a look at your daily card here. If you are interested in learning a bit more about reading tarot, I have some helpful links here.


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