I had been obsessed about the Giant Rider-Waite Tarot Deck for more than a year before I finally bought it for teaching.

I’ve only seen the cards on YouTube and I found the odd size very appealing. I didn’t care if it was hard to shuffle, I just wanted it.

I got my deck from my favourite cheap online bookstore, bookdepository.com. The Giant Rider-Waite Tarot Deck that arrived was made in China.

According to this lady on YouTube, there’re different print qualities for decks made in different countries. The Chinese print seems to be the better among the ones she have.

I don’t have any Rider-Waite decks so I didn’t mind having the giant version for teaching.

After the unboxing video, I played with the cards for a while. I find them not very practical for daily readings but they do have their use if

  • You are going to teach and need your students to see it from afar
  • You already have a Rider-Waite deck and want a full set of weird ones
  • You have really big hands and want to wrestle with something your size

If you’re thinking of getting a Rider-Waite deck, the Smith-Waite Centennial Tarot Deck seems to be a better choice. I like that particular edition’s back design.

Here are practical reasons why you shouldn’t get the Giant Rider-Waite Tarot Deck:

  • The back design is a boring plaid
  • The colour on the deck isn’t great
  • The cards are gigantic and not easy to shuffle
  • The cards are so big they might take up a whole table for complicated spreads

Surprising use for the giant deck

After playing with the cards, I realised that the giant cards are very good for altars or for manifesting.

I have a little shelf right above my table so I display the cards I want to manifest on them. It’s a great reminder for me to work towards my goals.

Which Rider-Waite deck do you have? Do you recommend it?


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