The Aquarian Tarot

Review by David Mario Palladini

published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.

First released in the early 1970s, the Aquarian Tarot by David Mario Palladini (now published by and available from U. S. Games Systems, Inc.), still has a fresh, "old and new" feel about it that makes it timeless. In a style that's part Art Deco, part illuminated manuscript, and part 70s streamline, its a fun deck to use.

Unapologetically Rider-Waite in inspiration, the Aquarian Tarot consists of the expected 78 cards divided into the usual Major and Minor Arcanas. But there's something less fussy about this deck than the traditional Rider-Waite. Palladini's color palette is more muted and the designs are cleaner and simpler, which lets the reader focus on gaining understanding and clarity without the distraction and clutter of more intricate decks.

The Aquarian Tarot tips its hat to tradition, then respectfully explores new territory. If you've just learned Rider-Waite and want to venture further afield - but not too far afield - the Aquarian Tarot would be a good next step. You'll be a little bit out of your comfort zone, but not so far out as to be lost in the wilderness. You'll see the essence of each card unimpaired by a lot of archaic symbology.

I have used this deck professionally and have found it especially good for quick three-card readings intended to answer just one question. I find it a little more difficult to use in longer readings, but that may just be me. Like any deck, I think it's a good idea to take a look at the deck before you buy it to see if it resonates with you.

I've had my deck so long, that if it had a "little white book" of meanings and spreads, I've lost it. The deck probably does come with one, as most do; but there are other better references out there if you need them. See other recommendations in my "Nyt-ly News and Reviews" on the website for a few tips.

The Aquarian Tarot could be your step away from the antiquarian without losing your bearings. It's a beautiful, easy-to-handle deck that shouldn't be missed.

Rating: 5 Moons