I have been using the Waite-Smith deck for a few years now, and I had come to depend on it’s symbolism and meanings for me. So when i discovered the Cosmic Tarot, it took me quite a few readings before it started to ‘speak’ to me in it’s own language of symbolism. The deck is 78 cards, with a LWB (little white book included). The white book has basic meanings, but there is also a supplementary book that was published for this deck : The Cosmic Tarot: Signposts Along The Path (at Amazon) written by Laura E. Clarson. I like this deck, and I may eventually get this book so that I can enjoy this deck even more!
The artist created the art for these cards using ink and pastels, so they have a soft and dreamy look. The images on the cards were inspired by some actors and actresses, like Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and Rita Hayworth. This deck is smaller in size than the Waite-Smith and it is easy to handle. These cards are very detailed and the figures, the faces and hands are all beautifully rendered with a soft look, something that I appreciate from a realistic, artist style deck.
With my experience in tarot reading, I found that its only a matter of reading style when using this deck. Some elements from this deck were inspired by the Waite-Smith, and other parts of it are inspired by the imagery of the Thoth; but the artwork is generally in a modern setting, with modern figures and scenes, and I like this.
The Cosmic Tarot is a different style than the traditional Rider Waite-Smith deck, because the colors are more vibrant and there is much more detail to be enchanted with while reading. The symbolism of this deck took me a while to understand, but now that I’ve read with it for so long, I have been very happy with the results, and I use it often for relationship readings.