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The MidCenturian Tarot Deck

Tarot purists clutch their pearls when hearing the words "stylized", "hip" or "whimsy" connected to new decks--let alone a phrase like "retro charm". But I think I've stumbled on an innovative Tarot that even the most dour of traditionalists will appreciate: The MidCenturian Tarot Deck.

What I find fascinating about this deck by Madam Clara (real name, unknown) is that she's managed to update Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism via the abstract graphic illustration style of the 1950s-1960s (hence, the name "MidCenturian")--but still maintains the color scheme and iconography.

Below is a side-by-side comparison of each Tarot's Major Arcana cards:

And the Cups suit:

And lastly, a side-by-side comparison of the Swords suit:

Personally, I'm enamored with The MidCenturian Tarot, now crowdfunding on Kickstarter (only 17 days to go at this writing). In fact, I've pledged at the Double Decker level, because I also want the Madam Clara Sees All Tarot deck!

If you like what you've seen, too, support this bold, colorful Tarot deck on Kickstarter at this link.

-- Janet 

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Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse and Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice. She's the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot, and authored both companion books to those decks. As a respected, trusted Hall of Fame Reviewer, she's penned over 1,200 published reviews that have also been featured in print magazines and other online outlets. With a deep connection to nature, she follows a Green Witch path--especially Flower Witchery. Her hobbies include cultivating flowers, tending biota, contemplating mysteries, trying new recipes (she's an award-winning cook), photography and reading--but her favorite thing (EVER) is to spend time with her beloved husband, son and 5 cats at her rural home in Pennsylvania.


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