If you're looking for a basic reading deck -- this ain't it. On the other hand, if you're looking for a deck that shows how tarot can be a unifying system for alchemy, Qabala, Rosicrucianism, and Judeo-Christian mysteries, then this may be your cup o' tea. Each card is packed with symbolism and correspondences, with the majors using the Waite-Smith images as a grounding point. The minors become much more confusing without the guidance provided by the prodigious 256-page companion book, as they contain a mixture of Waite-Smith images that don't otherwise correspond with the stated suit and number of the deck's own card, and switch thing up regularly with raw Qabalistic symbolism, and then again with other imagery that has no previous particularly strong association with tarot. This is not a criticism; rather, it's just a "heads up" that you need to be aware of what you're getting into if you invest in this deck. If you don't like the scholarly stuff, this is likely a "pass" for you... but if you eat Hermeticism for breakfast, then be prepared to enjoy a hearty meal.