Review of the Pastel Tarot

The Pastel Tarot is a self printed, indie Tarot deck by Gary Shook, creator of different distinctive Tarot decks such because the Waite Acid Tarot and Retro Pop Tarot. The artwork fashion is exclusive and distinct, utilizing photographic collage which is processed by way of a number of software program platforms. It’s a Rider Waite based mostly deck with a contemporary really feel!


  • No borders! Yay!
  • Calming, pastel colours
  • Fashionable twist provides this deck a singular really feel
  • Characters really feel heat and relateable


  • Card inventory a bit skinny
  • Card backs don’t match theme of deck (word: the artist has re-done the cardboard backs to match the colour scheme of the deck, the backs of my deck have been simply non permanent backs)

First impressions…

After I first unwrapped my copy of the Pastel Tarot, I observed the field stated Tarottica and being a little bit of a pervert, I instantly assumed this deck can be smutty, though I didn’t recall something porno-esque after I’d browsed the deck on-line a pair weeks in the past.

I later realized that Tarottica is the identify of Gary’s Etsy store and there’s truly nothing smutty about it. Darn!

My first impression of this deck was “ooh, fairly!” as a result of I preferred the pastel coloration scheme. The tender colours are calming and delicate and make this deck simple very easy on the eyes. The artwork fashion feels uncluttered and tender and really accessible.

However upon deeper exploration of this deck, I used to be intrigued by a number of the trendy themes and imagery in addition to the realness and heat of the characters populating the Minor Arcana.

The Fundamentals:

Card inventory end is one thing between a matte and a gloss, like a glotte. Measurement is fairly normal – not too huge, not too small and a pleasant measurement for snug shuffling and dealing with.

The cardboard inventory is a bit on the skinny facet and general print high quality is center of the highway. Skinny card inventory isn’t all the time a foul factor although, particularly on the subject of shuffling – a skinny deck feels approach nicer to shuffle than a deck made out of sturdy inventory. This deck does are available in a premium model that has thicker card inventory, if that’s essential to you.

Subsequent up, card backs: I famous in my video evaluate that the cardboard backs didn’t appear to match the deck in any respect. Gary has since informed me that the copy I acquired is completely different than the copy that’s now on the market and the cardboard backs have been modified to replicate the general theme of the deck. Excellent!

There is no such thing as a little white guide with this deck (LWB). Truthfully, I don’t give a shit about this. I not often ever have a look at the LWB, however some individuals, particularly inexperienced persons actually like a LWB.

What I like…

My two favourite issues about this deck are the modern really feel and the characters of the Minor Arcana.

Let’s speak concerning the Minor Arcana peeps first…

The Minor Arcana actually shines on this deck and I like simply how actual and heat so lots of the individuals on this deck really feel. After I learn the Minors, I really feel like I truly know the figures on these playing cards, which helps make this deck really feel very readable and accessible.

The Queen of Swords jogs my memory of Debbie from finance (within the workplace I used to work at). Debbie was an actual journey. And the man within the 9 of Cups seems to be identical to my outdated historical past profs who used to smoke cigars and convey pink wine and cheese to class (to share along with his college students). This makes the minors very easy to narrate to, making it a breeze to faucet into the vitality of the playing cards.

Some playing cards depict current occasions just like the separation of kids and fogeys on the U.S./Mexico border (Three of Swords) and tent cities (Six of Pentacles), giving this deck a really modern really feel.

How does this deck learn?

Typically it takes me a short while to essentially break in a deck and join with it, however I immediately related to the Pastel Tarot. My first studying was very clear and direct, making this one of many best decks I’ve learn with.

In actual fact, this deck reads like your having a dialog with a superb good friend – it simply feels simple.

Who is that this deck finest for?

This can be a newbie pleasant deck because it sticks near Rider Waite fashion imagery and can be a reasonably simple deck to study on. However extra seasoned Tarot readers will even take pleasure in this modern deck with it’s tender, soothing coloration theme and persona popping characters.

Shopping for Choices:

The Pastel Tarot will be bought direct from Gary Shook’s Etsy store Tarrotica.

It’s out there in a common version (the sort I’ve) and a premier version (higher card inventory and fancier field).