U. S. Games Systems, INC.
U. S. Games Systems is one of the main publishers of Tarot decks, New Age oracle cards and books. You can’t go into the New Age section of your bookstore and not see U.S. Games’ products staring back at you. And, hey, when it catches your eye, you better believe that you ought to get that now. I have yet to be disappointed in one of their oracle decks. (I also reviewed Under the Roses Lenormand and The Halloween Tarot by them earlier.)
U.S. Games Systems, INC. sent me the book and deck set of The Radiant Rider-Waite tarot. Early on in my practice of reading tarot and, eventually, reviewing, I revised to get The Rider Waite Tarot deck. I insisted on using my Steampunk Tarot deck as I struggled through Review book after review book and I learned next to nothing about reading tarot.
The rider Waite was, to my naïve and untrained eye, too ”boring.” Why look at basic pictures of normal, everyday characters even I could be studying the Gods of the Machine instead?
I have that answer now:
because to learn how to do something well, you have to learn from the best. And, for that matter, the more I look at the RW cards the more I see in the picture that I may have missed before.
The bulk of this review will center around the book that came with this kit because I’ve already posted a (sub-par) review of the deck. However, there is a major difference between the original deck and the radiant riser Waite deck: this deck is much more, well, Radiant. The intensified colors bring out the beauty in a basic, but powerful, Tarot deck. While there illustrations stay true to form, the quality of the illustrations is superb.
Along came the book…
The first thing I noticed when I took the book out of the kit in which it rests, was that it was heavy. Heavier than most books, or, a comparison would be The Darkest Minds. It’s heavy in the way that The Wonderbook is. When I opened it I understood why. Every page is in radiant, high color glossy paper that makes the pictures of the cards and the subsections within the book stand out.
Another part about the book that I noticed early on was that the subsections under each card is colored. There are graphs and highlights, side notes that shine and quotes that line the bottom of the page to give the reader a deeper understanding. The quote at the bottom of each of the cards’ pages reminded me of my Angel cards; little snippets that give you a direct insight into the Angel that is speaking to you.
The book is divided into three sections. The first is The Beginning. In The Beginning, the author explores everything from intuition and it’s role in reading the Tarot to a “glossary of Tarot-Related Terms.” Then as per usual, the book delved into the major arcana, then the minor arcana (or, “pip” cards), ending in a series of “spreads for specific questions.”
The spreads section gives the layout and explains in great detail how that spread works, what the answers will represent, and instructions for setting up the spread. Then, following the spread in great detail, the book gives a sample spread with specific cards randomly drawn. In that sample spread, the author walks you through each card and what they represent and includes sample readings of each spread, card-by-card. At the end of the sample question, it provides more ways to, for example, forecast the querents finances. In the forecast, one of the ways to read your cards is during a specific phase of the moon or, for instance, using a single card.
Get this kit…
If you’re a beginner to the Tarot and even if you’re an experienced reader. This is an absolute and essential tool for learning to read the Rider-Waite card. From quick readings for popular questions to instructions for reading and using spreads, Exploring Tarot Using Radiant Rider-Waite delves into the most detail of any of my Tarot books.
Exploring Tarot is now my staple Tarot book and so, too, is the Radiant Rider-Wait deck. As I said before, to learn the Tarot it’s essential that you learn from an expert (i.e. this book) is one of them, with the cards being the greatest tool of them all. As much as I love specialty decks, I now know that the Radiant Rider-Waite is the best source of Tarot knowledge I’ve come across in my years of reading Tarot books and studying the decks.
For the beginners, get this kit. For the experienced, this is a wonderful source of information that you may have overlooked in your years of reading. I’ve found that re-reading and exploring the basics made me a better reader.
Thank you U.S. Games Systems, INC. for this wonderful opportunity to review this kit for you. Much appreciated and I look forward to working with you in the future.