Choose your card for the week of 11/15/09

Choose your card for the week from the Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set (aka Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck). When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel.

Let us know which card you choose—post a comment!

Three of Wands, Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set The Sun, Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set Five of Cups, Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set
Nine of Pentacles, Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set The Tower, Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set Wheel of Fortune, Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set
U.S. Games, Inc. put out this deck to honor the artist of the classic Rider-Waite deck: Pamela Colman Smith. The commemorative set includes a reproduction of the 1909 version of the deck, a blue organza pouch, a copy of Arthur Waite’s classic book, Pictorial Key to the Tarot, The Artwork & Times of Pamela Colman Smith by Stuart Kaplan, postcards of other artwork by Colman Smith and a photo portrait of her. Take a look at what you get:

Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set
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4 Responses to “Choose your card for the week of 11/15/09”

  1. Kristine Says:

    The Sun jumped at me.
    Not that I feel like I’m there these days. I’m more like withdrawing, but somehow I’m attracted to this ever joyful child of the sun. Maybe I simply tend to forget what I have to be joyous for. Or do not allow myself to be truly happy. Today my husband and I talked about these rare people who does not let their life spirit get comprised, no matter what bad things happen to them. They simply refuse to let it get to them, bring it down.
    We, I, can learn a lot from them.

  2. Susan Gold Says:

    Kristine,

    You’ve probably seen other editions of this deck, where the sky in The Sun is bright blue, and it’s an all around very sunny card. It’s interesting that in this edition of The Sun, the sky in the lower half of the card is black. Perhaps it is rising? In any case, it seems that it reflects a more complex range of emotions—such as the desire to withdraw mixed with an attraction to the joyful child.

    “…those rare people who do not let their life spirit get compromised…” Now that’s something to aspire to. Rare, indeed.

    Thanks for writing, Kristine.

  3. submerina Says:

    The Wheel of Fortune! It’s the large expanse of blue in the card, a contrast to the other dark & gloomy cards. I like the colours in this version of the RWS – not as glaringly bright and strange as the more usual version.

    But the card itself leaves me cold. I have a huge RWS block – the images just seem dead and 1-dimensional to me. I can read the symbols, but the deeper _meaning_ evades me. I’ve invested in the LS Universal (you _have_ to have a clone at the very least) and hope to learn to read the RWS style using that one.

  4. Anastasia Haysler Says:

    I’ll choose the Nine of Pentacles! This is going to be a very busy and complicated week in terms of work and schedule, so I’ll keep this image to motivate me to sail through it all gracefully and enjoy Saturday when it arrives!

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