The Aquarian Tarot Deck was first published by Morgan Press in 2013. Distributed by U.S. Games Systems, Inc., a major North American tarot deck distributor. The deck was created and illustrated by David Palladini.
Palladini combined the symbols of the traditional Tarot with more modern, updated images. A combination of Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. He created a unique blend of colourful, emotive backgrounds with pale faced, stoic characters. Depending on one’s response to the deck, these images and colours may allow the querent to identify with the card in question to a more personal degree. They seem to be zoomed in. Fittingly, the symbolism demands a closer look as it isn’t always apparent. For example, the The Star card appears to be a huge departure from what you’d see in the Rider-Waite. However, notice the bird and the eight pointed star.
Because of this, the Aquarian Tarot provides a more intimate feeling than what you find in other decks. In many cases, the characters in the Major Arcana are so close that they seem to mirror the reader’s intent gaze. When you look at the characters’ expressions, they seem stone faced and introspective…which can be pretty frustrating during a Tarot reading! But consider what they reflect.
Palladini said that the cards “explore man’s collective unconscious and its bearing on one’s personal life and growth.“ Indeed, some of the people in the cards to appear to be oblivious to what’s going on around them.
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