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As many of you know, I am currently enrolled in the Tarosophy certification course. I’m actually about half way through.😊 I have been enjoying this course so intensely. Even after years of reading, it has opened my eyes to even more possibilities within the cards. They provide a logical, yet very intuitive approach to becoming comfortable and confident in your card reading skills. The instructor of this particular course is no other than Kim Huggins, the author of the companion book to the Tarot Illuminati set, of which I’m reviewing today.
During class, she used just a few images from this deck and I totally fell in love. I don’t always go for shiny things but this deck really spoke to me with its color and different take on expression in each card. To my eyes the pictures showed movement, almost like a 3-d effect. The details are just wonderful, right down to the card backs that resemble dragon eyes and compasses. I find all parts of these cards inspiring and expressive.
So I ordered this deck and loved it! I’ve had it for less than a week and have already done so many honest and illuminating readings with these cards. I’m so pleased, as are my clients. The artwork of Erik C. Dunne is so vibrant and entrancing, it is truly like entering the scene of the card, allowing me to feel the moment and the message. Above are just a few of my favorite cards in this deck. This was a tough choice, my friends. I mean, look at that dog on The Fool card! The strength and power shown on the Queen of Wands. The patience and thoughtfulness of the Strength card. The grace under pressure and courage of the Tower card. So expressive and so beautiful.
The companion book is beautifully written and Illustrated, making the study of it all the easier. Kim Huggins does a wonderful job touching on the meanings, themes, and concepts of each card. I’m very impressed, indeed.
If you are looking to buy another deck (like most of us secretly are) I highly recommend taking a good look at this one. I have to say, I was surprised that I loved it this much since I usually go for more simple, less vibrant cards. Again, I am shown the worth of expanding my horizons. I am forever the student.
All the Blessings,
Intention. Man oh man, do I love it! It’s such an easy thing to do. Making the mundane into the magical. Making the simple, small bits count. The very definition of the word, “an aim or a plan; the healing process of a wound”, conjures up all sorts of hopeful feelings. It reminds me of the power that every action holds. I see it as the seed of magic.
Before the Sabbath in the Jewish religion, when the challah is made, it is made with prayer and intention. The baker prays while kneading the dough. They envision the coming together of family and friends, this bread nourishing their bellies and souls. The loaves are braided to represent unification. To represent the coming together in love to enjoy the simple things in life.
Such a simple thing bread is yet, it can be filled with so much meaning. That’s true of all things mundane. What you put into things is what you can expect to get out. Taking the time to truly make something special, something that you poured a part of yourself into, can always make a difference in your outcome. I apply this to many things in my life.
It’s as simple as taking a moment, breathing, and focusing your mind. It has the power to change everything. 💚
Whether you currently read reversals or are contemplating giving them a go, I highly suggest picking up a copy of The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals by the well known and renowned Mary K. Greer. I have always read reversals since I started out. I was simply drawn to them. I love abstract thinking and art so I loved the scenes that would come out of flipping the images. Turning the sea into the sky like in the Queen of Cups or watching as the burden and worries slip away as in the Ten of Wands. I feel it allows me more personal creativity in my readings.
This book not only offers traditional interpretations to both the upright and reversed cards, it also supplies a more abstract meaning to both. I found this extremely useful. I used this to really dig deeper and inspire my own meanings. The author really provides a fresh and honest look at reversed cards and certainly helps take the scare out of them. She really does a fantastic job of explaining the various ideas around why reversal cards come up and the many possibilities they present to both the reader and the querent. The spreads in the back of the book are really thoughtfully done and easy to follow. This book even helps take the scare out of doing larger spreads and reading them quickly and simply.
So even if you’ve been reading reversals your entire tarot career or you have considered it but have yet to take that plunge, I suggest you pick up a copy of this book. With both upright and reversed interpretations, both traditional and abstract, you really get your money’s worth and can’t go wrong. 🌞