I love the art of Mary-Hanson Roberts, the colors are much softer and the figures more appealing than the Rider-Waite. The deck’s images and symbolism closely follow the Rider Waite Deck. This deck is ideal for a beginner. One of the other things I love about this deck is that it is small, which makes it easy to handle for smaller hands. This deck is also good for younger readers as it contains no revealing nudity. When I took an online tarot class we had a lesson on divining tools and methods and I decided to give tarot a try again when I found this deck.
This Deck was published by US games in 1984. Currently still in production and found at a relatively good price point.
by Mary Hanson-Roberts
The deck includes a pamphlet by Stuart Kaplan. He describes and explains the major arcana, describes the minor arcana, and gives upright and reversed interpretations for all cards. There is an introduction to the tarot and to this deck, the Celtic Cross spread, and a brief guide to doing readings.
There is also a title card, and a card with a self-portrait of the artist titled “To all believers,” which is displayed in the cut-out window on the front of the box.
Reviews of this deck:
A little ‘soft and fluffy and cartoon like’ for me. i don’t use the basic RWS ones because of the cartoon element. But like you said they are kid friendly, would maybe be good as a first deck.
I love the Hanson Roberts deckI was given it as a gift, a copy that’s as old as me! It’s perfect when you want a smaller deck for whatever reason, the images appear “simple” but actually have an awful lot of depth if you spend some time with them, they’re approachable, querents love them. It is a bit of a RWS clone, but it’s also a nice alternative. It can also be a bit cutesy, the kid in the 10 of cups is so adorable it makes you want to pinch yourself, but I think that’s part of the appeal imho
t’s quite a nice deck. The art is coloured pencil which works very well. The cards are smallish and bright. It’s. A rider Waite clone so it’s no trouble to read with. It’s also non threatening and I would not hesitate to use it especially for younger or nervous questioners. Mary Hansen Roberts also did the artwork on the whimsical tarot which is one of m all time favourite decks. Please let us know what you think when it arrives, but I feel it will hold its own in your collection.
Hanson-Roberts deck is beautiful and soft…it gives me a warm fuzzy…had a reading done with this deck years ago and I just had to have it…it is small, just right for my small hands. I love the size, wish all decks were this small. I know, then it would be hard to see the detail in some other decks..but for the Hanson-Roberts it is perfect. Always gives me great readings..works well for the ‘Love’ questions
is in my top ten decks to get again if I ever lost everything and had to start over. When I first began reading professionally, many years ago, I used it, and it was the source of AMAZING breakthroughs for me in terms of tarot fluidity and understanding. The “cuteness” of it is deceptive. It’s got a LOT of meat on its bones and after almost 30 years of working with tarot it still has a lot to say to me. That, alone, means everything if you ask me.