A friend of mine wrote a while ago, asking if I'd seen or heard of the Tarot Illuminati by Kim Huggens and Erik C. Dunne. I had not. She said she'd fallen in love with the sheer glorious beauty of this deck, so I went to take a look for myself. There are no words to describe the power and loveliness of the images in the Tarot Illuminati. I immediately ordered both the cards and the book that goes with them.
The book is well thought out and offers several tarot spreads that are new to me. There is also an extended version available as an e-book. There is always more to learn when it comes to reading tarot cards, and I found more than enough new concepts and interpretations in the physical book to whet my appetite for more. I plan to download the e-book this very afternoon.
The cards themselves are a good size and fit comfortably in my hands. The cards are edged in gilt and are thick enough to stand up to wear without being too thick and clumsy. They have no borders and the images seem to flow into one another when laid side by side. My only complaint is that the corners tend to bend easily, making them difficult to shuffle without damaging the cards. However, I was able to order plastic sleeves that fit the cards. This will save them from the wear and tear of constant use, while making them easier to shuffle.
Pictured at the top of this post is The Empress. Isn't she beautiful? I'd like to share with you some of the text that accompanies this image.
"From impregnated silence and mystery form must come, and I am the gateway of creation. I have brought many things to birth: I am the creatrix of every moment, engendering all possibilities with active force towards manifestation. The earth we walk upon is my body as well as my child; it's beauty and wonder are my works of art, my offering to all my other children that they may also walk in beauty and wonder. For what is life without beauty? What is it without love? I am the Queen of Love, and it is my war cry and my heart's shield."
"You are the creator and co-creator of every moment and every step you take upon the earth."
"Themes & Concepts
Creativity; actively creating something; working to bring something to fruition; raw material given form; love and sensuality; fertility; pregnancy; motherhood; nurture; unconditional love; creating beauty; vitality; work and projects being like your children."
I cannot recommend this deck highly enough. It's absolutely gorgeous and the price is extremely reasonable.