A. E. Waite

(Arthur Edward Waite)

A. E. Waite
A. E. Waite
  • Born: October 2, 1857
  • Died: May 19, 1942
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Author

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Arthur Edward Waite, commonly known as A. E. Waite, was an American-born British poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. As his biographer R. A. Gilbert described him, "Waite's name has survived because he was the first to attempt a systematic study of the history of western occultism—viewed as a spiritual tradition rather than as aspects of proto-science or as the pathology of religion."

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