Tarot Studies

In Memoriam

Pamela Colman Smith

at Home2b.nl

100 years ago on November 19, 2009

Pamela was finished with the design of the Tarot cards!



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Pamela Colman Smith




In thankful remembrance.

Pamela designed the Rider Waite Tarot,

which millions of people are using daily.

She has opened the deeper significance of the ancient cards

to the modern times of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Pamela Colman Smith was a very gifted and spiritual

artist, member of the British Royal Academy of Art.

She made many inspiring works of art.

She also designed theater lay-outs, book illustrations

and as far as we know she also painted.

Most of her works have been lost.

Specially thankful we are for her design

of the Tarot cards now wrongly called Raider-Waite cards.

She designed 80 cards and only 78 are known.

2 designs have been lost.

From her letters to a friend we know that

 onNovember 19, 2009 she had finished the designs

and was waiting for the test prints.

She worked on the design of her 80 cards from April to October 2009.


Her style was direct and living in a world of visions,

upon the boundary of many dimensions.

It is almost sure, that she found inspiration from the very old

Sola Busca Tarot, which was available in the British Museum at that time.

Still Robert thinks that Pamela also had guidance from the Goddess

while doing the design of the Rider Waite Tarot.

She was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

She grew up in Jamaica, where spirituality was and is

very much alive and influential.

Much of her artwork has disappeared, but Home2b.nl

is very interested in copies of her work.

Hopefully we will be able allowed to place some of her works on Home2b.nl.

Her birthday was February 16, 1878.

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