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Published November 11, 2023 Updated November 22, 2023

The Aquarian Tarot Deck

The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini, published by Morgan Press, Inc., 1970.

1970 USA Morgan Press David Palladini Art Deco Art Nouveau & Jugendstil Tarot Add to Collection

The Aquarian Tarot Deck is the second tarot project by artist and illustrator David Palladini (April 1, 1946 – March 13, 2019), and is a full 78 card deck published by Morgan Press, Inc., in 1970. It became extremely popular, riding on the wave of interest in all things esoteric that came with the dawning of the new Age of Aquarius, and has remained in print ever since. The cards are a lush mix of Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, and follow the Golden Dawn order for the trumps, i.e. Strength is at VIII and Justice at XI, while the minor cards echo Pamela Colman Smith's illustrations from the ubiquitous Rider Waite Smith deck.

The cards have been produced with four different backs that I am aware of; plain dark blue as in this example, blue with a white filigree pattern (the most common, and still in use today), and two backs with an ouroboros in the form of a lemniscate, one red and one black, both extremely rare.

The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini and published by Morgan Press, Inc., in 1970 The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini and published by Morgan Press, Inc., in 1970 The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini and published by Morgan Press, Inc., in 1970 The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini and published by Morgan Press, Inc., in 1970

Above: the deck is presented in a two part lidded box, complete with instruction booklet. Cards measure 119 x 75mm.

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The name of the company changed from Morgan Press Inc., for the Aquarian Tarot Deck, to Morgan & Morgan Inc., for the Morgan-Greer deck. Both have the address of Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522, which is on the back of both boxes. These are the only two tarots they ever produced that I am aware of.

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By Adam West-Watson

Member since September 01, 2014

I have been fascinated by playing cards ever since I can remember, and still have several of the card games I had as a child. And although I had accumulated quite a number of packs of various sorts over the years, it wasn't until I was in my 50s that I began collecting in earnest. My tastes are quite varied, and my collection of 800 or so decks includes:- children's games, standard and non-standard playing cards, adult games, fortune telling and oracle cards, tarot cards, and even cigarette cards.


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