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Mystical Medleys: A Vintage Cartoon Tarot is a divinatory deck of Tarot Cards designed by Gary Hall and published by Sterling Ethos as part of the Modern Tarot Library series.

Mystical Medleys is a tarot card themed after the Inkblot Cartoon Style popular in 1930's animation like Betty Boop, Steamboat Willie and Popeye.

Mystical Medleys provides examples of:

  • Adam and Eve Plot: "The Lovers" refers to the Adam and Eve story: a man and a woman, both clad only in leaves (and shoes); one of the trees with apples on it, a snake in the middle, and a godly being watching from above.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: The "Page of Wands" wears the typical safari outfit while being in the desert.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Being an homage to rubber hose-style animation, a lot of the characters present are inanimate objects given faces and limbs.
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  • Baphomet: Satan as featured on "The Devil" was designed after the Sabbatic Goat drawing by Eliphas Levi, the image most associated with Baphomet.
  • Calacas: "Three of Cups" features a trio of skeletal women dressed in Mexican-feminine attire, each dancing with a gold-colored cup.
  • Cyclops: "The Fool", "The Magician", and "The Hierophant" both have one giant eye for a head.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Satan in "The Devil" is done entirely in greyscale, this in contrast to the man, the woman, the podium to which they are chained, and the torch in Satan's hand.
  • Eye of Providence:
    • The back of every card is a parody of the Bicycle Rider playing cards with the eyes of providences in a figure eight
    • The head of "The Fool" is that of a pyramid with a singular eye.
  • Our Minotaurs Are Different: Both "The Empress" and "King of Pentacles" are anthropomorphic bovine.
  • Mocky Mouse:
    • The shoes and pants worn by the men from "Three of Wands" and "Page of Cups" is an obvious reference to Mickey Mouse's default design.
    • The "Two of Wands" wears a red hooded-robe, shoes and has a pair of brooms that brings to mind Mickey Mouse's appearance in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".
  • Mushroom Man: "Nine of Cups" features an anthropomorphic toadstool.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: The titular "Queen of Cups" has a red-headed mermaid with a crown sitting on a beach with a cup. There is also a baby mermaid (complete with Seashell Bra), a pacifier and a bonnet.
  • Screwball Squirrel: The two joke cards "Happy Squirrel" and "Sad Squirrel" are anthropomorphic squirrels in overalls.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The puppet body, hat, donkey ears and bindle on "The Fool" are all references to Pinocchio.
    • The "Page of Pentacles" looks similar to Tom Sawyer.
    • The "Two of Swords" is an Ace of Hearts that looks like one of the playing cards in Alice in Wonderland.
    • The "Seven of Swords" has an appearance that looks like Aladdin.
    • The deck includes a bonus Happy Squirrel card.
  • Spider People: "Five of Wands" features an anthropomorphic spider in a baseball uniform, wielding five baseball bats and a catcher's mitt with a baseball in it.
  • Wicked Witch: "Eight of Wands" features a coven of traditional-looking witches on flying broomsticks.