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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. Janet is a Jewelry Designer, and is the Creative Director of ChezBoyer.Etsy.com, as well as a Scent Alchemist (AromaPower.Etsy.com). As a respected, trusted Amazon.com Hall of Fame Reviewer, she's penned over 1,200 published reviews that have also been featured in print magazines and other online outlets. Next to creating, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her beloved husband, son and 5 cats at her rural home in Pennsylvania.

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