Decks of the 80s Tarot Decks

Tarot decks published in the eighties.

Arcus Arcanum Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Arcus Arcanum Tarot is a more male-oriented deck, and has brightly coloured, scenic comic-book type artwork. It uses the typical suits of cups, wands, swords and disks.



Art Nouveau Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Art Nouveau Tarot by Matt Myers is decorated in a gorgeously coloured, vibrant (though rather eighties-looking), stained-glass style of imagery. The major arcana are reasonably traditional, while the minor arcana are unique in that they tell the story of four couples going through the trials and tribulations of life together.



Barbara Walker's Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Barbara Walker Tarot depicts goddesses and gods from mythology all over the world. Positive, negative and in-between deities are all shown, creating a complex deck which can seem a little disturbing to those unfamiliar with the myths.



Cosmic Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Cosmic Tarot is a popular mystical New Age deck, that has the 78 full illustrated major and minor arcana cards. The ink drawings on the cards are coloured in pastel and have a attractive, somewhat eighties feel.



Karma Tarot  Open in New Window

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A modern-looking, different tarot published in the eighties. The Karma Tarot cards are based upon artists and musicians the creator knew while living in a commune in Copenhagen.



Medicine Woman Tarot  Open in New Window

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The artist draws on the energies of Mother Earth in the Native American fashion, using pastel, positive looking artwork to create a feeling of harmony, reverance, and wonder in the Medicine Woman Tarot.



Merlin Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Merlin Tarot has 78 cards based on the Arthurian legends. The reordered major arcana, aces, and court cards are beautifully drawn, but the suits (Birds are Swords, Serpents are Wands, Fish are Cups, and Beasts are Disks) have very spare pip cards. They are disappointingly repetitive and difficult to interpret intuitively.



Morgan's Tarot  Open in New Window

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Morgan's Tarot is not really a tarot in the strict sense, but 88 cards of modern, alternative, amusing and strange archetypes and situations. It was first self-published in the seventies, and then in the eighties and again in 2009 by US Games.



Motherpeace Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Motherpeace Tarot is an unusual deck with definite feminist leanings, but unlike many feminist decks it does show a few males. This was the first of the round Tarot decks.



Mythic Tarot  Open in New Window

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Gods and Goddesses, demigods, heroes and villains from Ancient Greek mythology and legends are depicted on each of the 78 Tarot cards in the popular Mythic Tarot. First published in 1989 and reprinted almost every two years afterwards.



Native American Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Native American Tarot depicts folklore, religion and way of life of several different tribes. Some images show historically authentic traditions from a wide range of tribes, but others are unique to the author. The new suits used are blades, vessels, pipes and shields.



Norse Tarot  Open in New Window

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Featuring Nordic myths and ancient legends plus Gods, sagas and Runes from the lives of the Vikings, the Norse Tarot has watercolour artwork scenes with elaborate borders. Now out of print.



Ravenswood Eastern Tarot  Open in New Window

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The colours in the Ravenswood Eastern Tarot are simple - black line drawings on plain white - but the theme is exotic and mixes tarot symbols with Middle Eastern art. The deck is meant to be coloured by the user.



Renaissance Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Renaissance Tarot deck has gorgeous artwork with touches of gold. All twelve deities of Olympus and several other Greek and Roman gods and demigods are pictured in the major arcana. The minor arcana are pips illustrated with small scenes from Greek mythology.



Sacred Rose Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Sacred Rose Tarot is a standard Tarot deck that has had some Qabbalistic symbolism added to the colourful artwork, inspired by medieval stained glass and Byzantine icons. Suitable for readers of any level.



Solleone Tarot  Open in New Window

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Colourful, super-real and in-your-face, the Italian-published Solleone Tarot cards have a medieval style and occasionally use bloody and violent imagery.



Tarot of the Cat People  Open in New Window

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Cats of all varieties, including lions and leopards, accompany the colourful Cat People in this deck for all those cat lovers out there. The artwork in the Tarot of the Cat People is beautifully done.



Tarot of Transition  Open in New Window

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The Tarot of Transition is an Egyptian-themed deck with quite plain artwork in the familiar sideways perspective of Ancient Egyptian art. The majors depict deities, like Isis, Ptah and Hathor, and the minors are divided into suits of Ankh, Ded, Heset and Kheprera.



Ukiyoe Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Ukiyoe Tarot adapts Marseille symbolism into a Japanese style deck, with traditionally dressed figures on the Major Arcana, and undecorated minor arcana. It was out of print, but is back in print from US Games.



Voyager Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Voyager Tarot is a deck of pure symbolism that reflects our present day circumstances, in bright and colourful photographic collages of images from multiple cultures. James Wanless's deck is intended to be used for self-empowerment and self-awareness.



Wonderland Tarot  Open in New Window

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The Wonderland Tarot has all the characters from Alice in Wonderland in this Rider-Waite reworking. There are suits of Oysters, Flamingos, Hats and Peppermills, and it also includes Tweedledee and Tweedledum as the Lovers.



Yeager Tarot of Meditation  Open in New Window

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The Major Arcana cards of the Yeager Tarot of Meditation show scenes with life-like human figures and are interesting, using a lot of black and yellow, but the minor arcana artwork is of lesser quality.



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