The Gentle Tarot: Linen Edition


A soft, colorful and uplifting tarot deck in a smaller and more affordable format. by Mariza Ryce Aparicio-Tovar.

Linen edition.

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The Gentle Tarot is a hand-drawn tarot deck filled with imagery influenced by life in remote Alaska. Colourful, compassionate and drawing on Mari’s indigenous heritage, this deck is a labour of love for self-care, healing, and nature connection.

Some of the cards are lightly based on the Rider-Waite deck, however many of the illustrations are the result of complete surrender to creative/spiritual process. Motifs and symbols, along with colours, have been used throughout the deck to make for easy recognition and to assist with remembering the meanings of the cards.

The minor arcana labels have been slightly modified: Swords have become Thunder, and Pentacles have become Stones.

Having grown up with ceremony and daily rituals that connect us with the elements, songs that ancestors sang with words and sounds that speak to this connection, I am inspired to share the love, honor, and respect that our planet is due. It is my hope that the love embedded in my work can serve as a reminder of this connection so that we may feel supported by our natural environment and also responsible for its well-being. Heal your self, heal the earth.

Find out more: Read an interview with Mari about the inspiration and ethos behind the Gentle Tarot!

About the linen edition: Inspired by the common playing card deck, this edition is a modified size (70mm x 105mm) that makes riffle shuffling easy for all hand sizes. The linen finish allows for a smooth shuffling experience. For Little Red Tarot customers, these decks are cards only (shrink-wrapped, no box) and come instead with an organic cotton drawstring bag. The aim of this deck is to create a version of the Gentle Tarot that is still high in quality, but easy on the pocket in terms of price.

There are a total of 89 cards – 81 tarot cards, including an extra Major Arcana card and two options to choose from for the Lovers card (non-human butterfly card or gender-neutral human card). The additional eight cards are a colourful batch of Quick Reference Keys, sample spreads, Opening and Closing Intention, as well as a personal note and link to the PDF Guidebook.


  • 89 cards: a full 78-card tarot deck, along with additional reference cards with brief card meanings and spreads
  • PDF guidebook (sent as a download link with purchase receipt, and also available via QR code inside the card deck)
  • Organic cotton drawstring bag

A full-length guidebook is available separately.

Printed in the USA.


  1. flootzavut (verified owner)

    I just received this deck today, and it’s so lovely. The linen finish and the size/thickness of the cards makes them so easy to handle and shuffle, I’ve just been sitting shuffling them because they’re such a pleasure to have in my hands. The art is gorgeous, soft and thoughtful, and this edition is lovely to use.

    • Beth

      So glad you like it! I agree – ‘linen’ cards that are not overly thick are so nice for shuffling :)

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