The subtitle of the Aquarian Tarot is 'Authentic Interpretation of the Medieval Tarot'. It has been created in 'art deco' style and appears to be much more based on the Rider-Waite than on earlier decks. The sixteen-page fold-out instruction booklet gives the briefest of introductions, meanings for all the cards and instructions for the Celtic Cross Spread - 'The Ancient Celtic Method of Divination'. Although there are now many hundreds of spreads, the Celtic Cross has remained high profile and is the standard by which other spreads are measured.
The Major Arcana is something of a mixed bag in terms of consistency. Some of the cards, e.g. 'the Magician' and 'the Hanged Man' are immediately recognisable as being based on the Rider-Waite deck, whilst others, e.g. 'Strength' and 'Temperance' are quite different. Many of the images are 'close-up' views, cutting out a lot of the background and losing some of the original symbols. The card numbers appear in Roman numerals at the top of each one, whilst the names are at the bottom, in a variety of fonts and sizes, creating to a certain extent a lack of continuity. However, in spite of all that, the cards are attractive and eye-catching.
The Minor Arcana is much more consistent and sticks closely to the Rider-Waite formation. Although the images are 'close-up' views, they are less so than the Major Arcana and retain most of the original symbolism. They are immediate and compelling, feeling much more lively than the Major Arcana.
The Aquarian Tarot has remained one of the most popular Tarot decks over the years, and it was the second deck I owned. Although I haven't used this deck for years, I still have a soft spot in my heart for it.