These decks will require some additional knowledge on the subject of whatever the theme is in order to be completely understood.
If you have that knowledge already, and you are trying to study symbolism from a book discussing the Rider-Waite itself, you probably won't get into too much trouble. If you don't have the knowledge of the theme, you should also get a book discussing that theme, because there will be elements the Rider-Waite book won't tell you. These decks range in closeness from mere redrawings in the style of a particular theme (e.g. African) to reinterpretations that were it not for the thematic element would be on the art twist page.
If you are buying a deck for your first tarot class, and the teacher asked you to bring a Rider-Waite Clone, you might want to check with the teacher to see if the deck is close enough.
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Updated March 6, 2004
Some graphics from Ann-S-Thesia CD, Number 76 variant A