Book Reviews, Tarot

Pagan Tarot, new edition (Deck Review)

The first edition of the Pagan Tarot by Gina M. Pace came out in 2005. I had that deck but didn’t have the book. This edition is from 2019 and is sold in a box set with a full-color book. The illustrations of the major arcana are larger than the cards themselves, which makes them easier to study. Reading through the book cleared up some questions I’d had when I only owned the cards and they definitely make more sense now.

This deck follows the story of one character, a young female brunette witch. This allows the deck to tell a story, as you follow her character through her Fool’s Journey. The witch is racially ambiguous, but looks white or white passing on most cards. This is not a diverse deck. It is also not a deck that takes a favorable view of organized religion. Both churches and covens are portrayed rather harshly.

The art has a bit of a 90s vibe, especially in the clothing. In a few cards she’s dressed like she’s on an episode of the original Charmed. Suits are Swords, Wands, Chalices and Pentacles. Courts are Elemental, Novice, Initiate and Elder. The court cards are the most unappealing in the deck with Aces coming in a close second (why are Aces so boring in so many decks?!)

You may like this deck if you’re learning and exploring Wicca. It’s more Wiccan than generic Pagan. If you also happen to be a brunette woman, you could use the deck for personal work. It definitely reads more like a personal deck for spiritual readings than like a deck I’d read for others with.

This edition is more attractive than the first edition because the white borders have been removed and replace by a purple strip across the bottom.

First edition on top row with new edition below

When I received the deck, the cards were stuck together in one unfortunate clump due to their plastic coating. I peeled them apart and they shuffled easily and have thankfully not stuck together since. This deck also comes in a mini edition, which is tiny like the Everyday Witch Tarot mini.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Pagan Tarot, new edition

Gina M. Pace

Lo Scarabeo, 2019

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