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Originally Posted by Poor Wandering One View Post
I don't have the answer, but I think it's a good question. What puzzles me, though, is exactly what are we to learn about color symbolism in the RWS deck when the colors vary so widely from printing to printing? The colors of the vintage decks from the '70s have different color intensity than the current printing. And those decks looks very different from the so-called Original Rider deck--and none of the above have the same color shading of the Waite-Smith centennial deck. The coloration is similar, but the hues are completely different, as are the color saturations.

I'm currently taking the Amberstone's correspondence course from the Tarot School. They have a module that explores the symbolism of the RWS deck. I'm not far enough along to have gotten that lesson yet. However, to make a confusing matter even worse, in the lesson I do have, they explore the symbols of the Ace through Five of Swords. They talk about the woman in the Two of Swords wearing a blue and white gown being a reference to the High Priestess. That's all very well, but I have no idea what they're talking about. In no edition of the RWS deck that I've seen is the woman in the Two of Swords wearing blue. Her gown/robe/dress is white and gray--not blue. Likewise, in their description of the Five of Swords, they talk about purple mountains. Again, in no RWS deck I've seen are the mountains purple. I can't for the life of me understand what I'm missing.
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