This deck can be read on first sight by any intelligent perceptive person in our modern world. It is admired for both its forthright pictures, in a hand drawn Zen or Tao style, and the clear strong bits of semi-haiku poetry on the cards that evoke and open their traditional Tarot meanings for the reader.
Not an Oriental deck, it uses its adapted foreign style to free the reader and artist from esoteric stale convention, opening Tarot - in our modern times the key treasure of the Western Mysteries - to everyone. This deck was created in 1980 as the initial master work of Riley's art career and marks his dedication to Tarot as a public good.
Includes two extra cards with clear instructions in Riley's favorite method of their use. The first two chapters of the companion book "Documents For The Reader" are also packaged with the deck.
Here is part of the chapters that are packaged with the deck:
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I made the Simple Tarot, in its first edition, as a way to start my self-taught art career and step decisively into real human life. It occupied my concentrated effort for exactly one year, from early January 1979 to early January 1980. Those were days when I was emerging from the unremitting concentrated stress of death defying youthful politics around the Vietnam War and arriving in the working poverty of a young family man.
One goal I had in mind to do was set down what I'd learned of life so far to be a clear starting point for whatever lay ahead, and to learn from that study. I did not want to lose the failures and successes and the dead and living into forgetfulness. Tarot seemed to offer help with that.
By then, by early 1979, I had been reading Tarot for a while, for my own guidance mainly. I used the Rider Waite Pack and the Aquarian Tarot. The Rider looked simply fundamental to me while the Aquarian had the flowery shapes and somber colors that my eyes in those days saw as just the world's current reality. And so I would often read the two together for a deeper view.
For my purposes, I felt Tarot's claim to universal human truth as tantalizing with distinctive savor. Could I really, as was purported by its theorists and more or less confirmed by my experience, use the Tarot deck structure as a diagram whereon to scribble everything I knew of human life? If so, if its structure really could be trusted, it would surely also help me fill in blanks and reach conclusions and thus remember truly much that I would otherwise forget.
I was programming computers by then for a living (my brother had advised I would be good at that) and thinking like that helped the project too. To my surprise, coder thinking soon produced a remarkably firm and clear list of the project's main design considerations. There were two.
One: I must create a functioning complete actual Tarot deck, for that's what accurately scribbling on an accurate diagram would do. Two: This hypothetical Tarot deck, if I truly learned my life experiences by making it (that is, if making it would properly map my life experience onto my human nature) then this deck would also be usable by most any other human in our culture in our time.
So besides the personal attractions of the project, and their pressing nature, it seemed perhaps a useful means of doing politics too.
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The two documents that come with the deck are the first two chapters from the excellent and unique companion book "Documents For The Reader". There is a link to buy the paperback book below, our you can download other chapters below for free.
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