Tarot ILUMA coming soon!
It is with the fullness of my breath and love that I offer to you the contents of this Tarot. And, while based off and inspired in part by other decks such as the Tarot de Marseilles and the Tarot of Eden, I attempted to illustrate the sacred path of The Fool, based off my own meditations on the Fools journey.
I pondered on my own journey, from deep within mediation as well as the darkest nights of the soul, where the single thing holding me together during a tumultuous and dark time was my trusted Tarot deck and handfuls of crystals. In my hardest transformational times, I would sleep with my deck every night, at times pulling every card on those sleepless nights. Between this initiation, as well as the sanctuary of blissful meditation… or dissolution into the Absolute, I have illustrated the Fool’s journey from my own path and understandings.
This deck differs a bit from traditional decks, where the querent/reader can merely memorize each card individually to understand the message completely. That method can work as well, but not the most effective way to get the most from this tarot.
In ILUMA, each card builds on the others that come before, so meditating on and studying the entire sequence of cards will propel the reader into obtaining deeper meaning. For example, each suit of elements in the Minor Arcana flow in the same manner, building upon each other, as do the Major Arcana in the grand journey of The Fool.
If you are starting off and wanting spreads to practice with, I can recommend one that was my go-to when I started reading. But, in my most humble opinion, I feel using your intuition to cast readings in accordance with your own creative introspective questions will serve you best in your inquiry. Eventually you will learn to free hand your own spreads tailored to your needs.
I like to think of Tarot as simply giving Source (God) a translation key or a new method to connect with you, via words you can read. It’s a vocabulary set and alternative method that you can use to hear The Divine speak. I tend to have an opening ceremony even if small prior to my readings, where I connect to Source either with prayer or intention. Then I move from my beta mind or “knowledge” to my deeper intuitive intelligence. I let go and trust that my intention to learn, grow, heal and become the best version of myself will be supported by only the highest force of unconditional Love, or Source. I connect to this force directly, and only allow this energy to speak to me through the deck, as well as my highest, most wise aspect of self.
I take the deck and whisper my energy and intentions into it and breathe a deep breath into the cards to clear the deck and give it my own essence. Or, if I am reading for someone else, I may have them breathe on the cards to imbue them with their questions.
Then, when I want to connect with Source, I like to ask questions like “What do I most need to hear or focus on to be on my highest path at this time”. Then, I physically shuffle the cards and riffle gently through each until one feels a bit more magnetic, heavy, sticky or good (like pleasing) in my fingers. There may at times be one or two that linger on the touch or feel particularly pleasing. I pull those in complete trust. If cards fall out, I include them in the reading within reason.
If you would like to use a spread, I will offer you the one I have found most beneficial in my time of reading tarot. That is of the Consulting Spread, which consists of 3 cards. The first card drawn signifies the best path of action to take; or rather, what should be done (The Advice). The second card is what to avoid, or warnings and pitfalls, things to be aware off (What NOT to do). And the 3rd card is the Synthesis, should you heed such advice, or the most likely outcome if you take the path and avoid the other.
This is simple and effective. Tarot is merely a practice to develop your inner awareness. We are always practicing allowing ourselves to hear the Song of The Divine. We must engage in self inquiry just as much as external inquiry using the cards when doing a reading. When we pull a card, it is up to us to find accuracy and validity of a card’s applicability to our situation at hand. Sometimes the applications are very subtle, but connections can be made when we are honest with ourselves and ready to look deeply. If at first your readings don’t feel that aligned, just continue to practice your inquiry and introspection.
If you are wanting a spread to help you improve your intuitive skills and reading, I recommend practicing the Past-Present-Future spread. It can help you develop the subtle skills of application and gain confidence in yourself since you can cross reference it with what is. A note on attempting divinatory readings: Tarot is peculiar in a way that it will reflect to you what you already know or believe, so rather than get attached to an outcome as the ‘end all, be all’, it’s just the most likely outcome due to your own expectations. Good news, you can attune your expectations and align vibrationally to a more favorable outcome, so use this as a tool to seek deeper understanding.
And most importantly, set your intention. Dedicate this practice to becoming your highest expression of yourself and becoming the divine being that you were destined for. May it be a way you connect with Creator and be in service to all those you serve and love.
Thank you for allowing me to take you on the Journey of the Fool~ through my eyes and reflections in this unique take on the Tarot.