Speaking of the Rider-Waite...
…In the spirit of (belated) Women’s Day, why is it usually officially known as just the Rider-Waite, and on the rare occasion Smith is tagged on there, her name is always last?
She did, like, 75% of the work by herself. As far as I know, Waite pretty much just commissioned her and gave her an overall arch for the cards, and Rider was just the original publisher. All of the art and the specific invocations of the images were created by Smith herself.
So why is she either not mentioned at all, or mentioned last and least? Even on my tuckbox, she’s mentioned second, in smaller print, even though it doesn’t credit Waite with anything except the concept. So Waite wanting a new tarot deck is greater in the process of manifestation than Smith actually creating it?
Fuckin’ Edwardian frat boy ceremagi… I’m tempted to start calling it the Smith-Waite. That’s the order it should be in.
And Rider shouldn’t be there at all, let alone ahead of the actual artist. That’s like calling Terry Prachett’s books, “Discworld-Harper-Collins.” What the fuck.
This has been your daily reminder that the world’s most popular and universally beloved tarot deck was created almost entirely by a woman.