It’s shocking for how long of my Tarot career that I didn’t know the name of hte artist behind the traditional Rider-Waite deck. Following the exploration of hte High Priestess, I wanted to share this wonderful post by Rosalind Medea on the Mother of the Tarot, Pamela Coleman Smith.
A woman who created the world’s most popular tarot deck, one would have hoped would have been “living the life of Riley” at that time. However, Pamela Colman Smith received barely any money at all – little payment and no royalties – for the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck, and even less credit for the huge contribution she had made as the deck quickly became known as the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck. All this while, Arthur Edward Waite enjoyed fame and financial comfort.