The Symbol on Rider-Waite Tarot Cards

Symbol on Rider-Waite Tarot Cards

Symbol on Rider Waite Tarot Cards

I got a question about the symbol on a specific version of Rider-Waite Tarot cards. Here is the question:

Hi Avia, I was wondering if you could help me…

There is a symbol on Tarot cards (all of them) belonging to the Rider-Waite deck. It’s a vertical line with some squiggly lines running through it and a dot. Could you please tell me what this Tarot symbol represents?

Thanks, Misty in Carolina

Avia’s Response to the Question:
“Symbol on Rider Waite Tarot Cards”

Hi Misty,

For this particular deck (Rider-Waite), the symbol you’re referring to is a maker’s mark. It’s the signature mark of the illustrator for this Tarot deck, who is, Pamela Colman Smith.

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Yep, Avia’s right. They are the initials of the artist, Pamela Coleman Smith.


You can see the P the C and the S with a full stop on all the cards.

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