Delving into the copyright laws surrounding the deck, we also can see that there are really no copyright protections on the actual images. It's true that US Games, located in my own home state of Connecticut, holds the copyright for the Rider-Waite deck as we know it today. However, the deck is so old that the copyright on the imagery has long since expired, making the deck pretty much public domain, and meaning that many decks make use of, alter and adapt the Rider-Waite imagery.
|"There can be only one true interpretation of the Tarot! Everything else is just plain wrong!"|
While it may be easier to use, the cards of the Tarot reflect situations; the pictures and numbers serve a symbolic, not literal, purpose. Take the Six of Swords as a for example:
Though there are common themes among the Tarot cards, looking beyond the surface meaning of the pictures, whatever they may be, to the underlying meaning is important in using them effectively. I've noticed with different decks, sometimes different aspects of each particular card come to the forefront as well. When choosing a deck, pick one that you can relate to! I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I'm excited to see what new developments and new concepts this upcoming year will bring! I'm always fascinated by Tarot artwork, and its often impressionistic nature. I've found that in many cases the artist brings out some aspect of the card and its meaning I hadn't considered.
As we move into the new year, best wishes to everyone, and happy reading! Don't fear change, and hold to your truths!