The Rider-Waite tarot deck was originally published 1910, and is still one of the most popular tarot decks in use for divination today. While the images are possibly perceived as simple, the details and backgrounds feature abundant symbolism. Some imagery remains similar to that found in earlier decks, but overall the Waite-Smith card designs represent a substantial departure from their predecessors. The now-iconic artwork of this deck is the illustrative work of Pamela Coleman Smith, as instructed by Mystic A.E. Waite, and are said to have been influenced by the 19th-century magician and occultist Eliphas Levi.
This is an absolutely must-have deck for anyone interested in Tarot. We very often recommend starting with this Rider Waite deck for anyone just starting out. It will help you build a foundation to translate to all others. A good starter complimentary book for this deck is the Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot.
This is also the deck we use in our amazing Tarot 101 + Tarot 102 Workshops that we run in our event space!