I love the art of Mary-Hanson Roberts, the colors are much softer and the figures more appealing than the Rider-Waite. The deck’s images and symbolism closely follow the Rider Waite Deck. This deck is ideal for a beginner. One of the other things I love about this deck is that it is small, which makes it easy to handle for smaller hands. This deck is also good for younger readers as it contains no revealing nudity. When I took an online tarot class we had a lesson on divining tools and methods and I decided to give tarot a try again when I found this deck.
This Deck was published by US games in 1984. Currently still in production and found at a relatively good price point.
by Mary Hanson-Roberts
The deck includes a pamphlet by Stuart Kaplan. He describes and explains the major arcana, describes the minor arcana, and gives upright and reversed interpretations for all cards. There is an introduction to the tarot and to this deck, the Celtic Cross spread, and a brief guide to doing readings.
There is also a title card, and a card with a self-portrait of the artist titled “To all believers,” which is displayed in the cut-out window on the front of the box.
Suits: Swords, Rods, Cups, Pentacles
Court cards: King, Queen, Knight, Page