Created by David Palladini
The Aquarian Tarot has a special place in my heart, it was my very first tarot deck. I bought it myself around 1980. I believe it’s an early edition, printed by Morgan Press and the little white book is actually a piece of paper that folds out. There’s a leaflet in the box which advertises a brand new deck that had just been published. That was the Morgan Greer published in June 1979.
Since then the Aquarian Tarot has been reprinted and published several times. It is a popular deck and you can still buy it today in various formats, including ‘in a tin’ version. I understand that my copy is now a rare vintage, but not one of the very first Aquarian decks which had plain coloured backs with an ouroboros in the shape of the infinity symbol on it.
I still remember the day I bought it, I was already in touch with Spirit and wasn’t sure what to do or how to channel it, to be honest I didn’t even know what channelling was back then. So I bought a tarot deck to enable me to put my focus somewhere.
The shop I went in to only had three decks, one was wrapped in waxed paper, had what I thought at the time was a very strange vibe to it and scared me a little, (today I may have bought that deck because of the vibe it gave off). I can’t remember what the other one was, I’m assuming it may have been a Rider, Waite, Smith (RWS) but I didn’t know what a RWS deck was then. I didn’t even know what to do with tarot cards really but I knew I had to try something to get all these feelings out. Then I saw the Aquarian Tarot (AT), I am an Aquarian, so that was it, that was how I decided on my first tarot deck.
Luckily the AT is suitable for beginners and it is based on the RWS system. It is in the style of Art Deco and the backs are blue with white wavy lines on them.
There are 78 cards, 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana.
Major Arcana have the same names as the traditional RWS
The Suits are Cups, Pentacles, Swords and Rods
The Courts are Page, Knight, Queen and King
Although the theme is based on the RWS, the pictures are up close so there isn’t much to see in the background. However, if you are familiar with the RWS system you will clearly be able to recognise the images. The Four of Cups always makes me smile, rather than a hand coming out of a floating cloud holding a cup, a hand is coming down from the tree holding a cup. I always think who is that up in the tree? But admittedly if that was the popular RWS image and this had a floating hand in a cloud I would find it hilarious.
So, like I say the Aquarian Tarot has a special place in my heart, but would I buy it today? If it was to be my first deck, with the choice that there is today, probably not. But I will never part with the deck I’ve got.
Love & Light