Essential Major Arcana Symbols for Waite-Smith Tarot Decks

If you’ve been learning Tarot with a Waite-Smith Tarot deck but don’t like the art style, you don’t have to stick with that deck! As an absolute beginner to Tarot, you might not know of a good alternative deck that still retains a high amount of traditional Tarot imagery in the Major Arcana. Here are two good alternative decks that I’ve worked with extensively which use the Waite-Smith system. I’ve compared them side-by-side with a standard Waite-Smith clone and pointed out the essential images that should be included in the design of each card. (So if neither deck appeals to you, you’ll have some baseline criteria for selecting some other deck that does.) I’ve even tossed in one of my favorite non-standard decks as a bonus. Enjoy!

Decks used in this video:

The Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
Colored by Virginijus Poshkus;
Published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 2003

Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot
By Barbara Moore
Ilustrated by Eugene Smith
Published by Llewellyn Publications, 2014

Morgan-Greer Tarot
By Bill F. Greer & Lloyd Morgan
Published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1979

Dreaming Way Tarot
By Rome Choi
Artwork by Kwon Shina
Published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 2012


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