David Palladini's Aquarian Tarot is a beautiful deck in the Rider-Waite tradition. I was attracted to it by the wonderful art-deco style and the watercolors, both of which appeal to my sensibilities. This deck is very emotive - there's a strong sense of feeling that emanates from these cards, and it is often that feeling, rather than the imagery depicted, that informs my reading with them.
Unfortunately, this can be the downside of using this deck. Though a Rider-Waite deck, lots of the symbolism that makes that tradition so rich is lost here. The major arcana, for instance, are inspired by - but do not adhere to the imagery of - the Rider-Waite. The fool carries a bindle and a rose, but there is no dog, no cliff, no sunny day. The sun and the moon cards are simply celestial bodies with faces, which I find very lacking; the moon, especially, has so much to offer with its dog and wolf, its pool with the crab, its two towers, and so it's disappointing to see all of that missing here. Strength depicts a soldier standing with a dog, but there is no tension, no taming, no dynamism to the image. The chariot is also quite dull, displaying no horses or other action to indicate the dualistic pull of this card. The star is simply a bird and a star. I could go on into the minor arcana, but I hope my point is clear - many of these cards omit much of the rich symbolism present in the Rider-Waite, leaving the reader to seek more esoteric guidance from the cards. There is often no sense of action in the images. They tend more towards still moments, portraits almost.
Granted, there is guidance to be offered. Some of the images are rich with feeling and meaning - the lovers, for example, are charged with such sweet magnetism and amour, their forms so intertwined, one cannot help but be moved by the depiction. Temperance shows a richly-dressed, winged angel. It's a simple image, but the expression on her face is so subtle and passionately rendered that I feel you could get the depth of meaning for this card based on her face alone. The devil, as well, I find particularly evocative, with the man and the woman dangling from a cleft stone boulder that looks like a broken heart. There are some beautiful moments captured here, and plenty to work with when doing a reading. But the imagery is not always explicit, and the cards often emote a feeling quite different from their Rider-Waite counterparts. Make of that what you will, but know that this deck has a feeling quite its own, and often a very subtle one at that. These cards take perhaps more study and effort to connect with than your average RW clone, and thus, I wouldn't recommend them for beginners (I've seen this deck several times recommended for beginners and wonder at that - I feel it's one of the less easy-to-interpret decks I've come across).
This deck does speak to me, though, and it has a somber power I haven't found present in other decks I've examined. It is a very particular deck. Be sure to examine its images well before committing to buying it, and know that if you are still learning the Rider-Waite tradition of tarot, this is not the best deck to learn with.
Also, as a side note, I purchased Craig Junjulas' 'Psychic Tarot' to go along with this deck and have not found it very helpful. I think it hasn't aged well and spends too much time focusing on psychic development, which (although there is much overlap) is a very different pursuit from tarot. Stick with another and perhaps more modern book, even if the example deck it uses is different.