Today’s post features the very creative Illuminated Tarot by Caitlin Keegan. ABOUT:
The story behind the Illuminated deck is that the 53 cards ‘fold the Major and Minor Tarot’ into a deck. Also, there is the Illuminated Playing cards which contain 2 decks but not in the large size. These decks are not in full colour as the Illuminated Tarot but they are the exact same cards. The Knights are not included but the Pages (Jacks), Queens and Kings are in there. Only specific Minor cards are used in the deck. The suits correspondences are below. I use these as well.
Swords – spades
Cups – hearts
Wands – clubs
Pentacles – diamonds
The deck comes in a study decorative box which opens from the side. It sure is eye candy. 🙂
Under the cards is a ribbon which helps you lift the deck out of the box. The accompanying booklet is slightly larger than the cards. I love the size of the cards. They measure 3.5″ x 5″. What I love even more is the textured feel to them. You can really see it in the 9 of Spades cards. That’s why I made it so huge. 🙂
There are 53 cards with the playing card symbols in the upper left and lower right corners. The diamonds and hearts appear to be a very pale pink. The spades and clubs are the traditional black. Each card is featured in the booklet and there are two to a page. The images of the cards are identical to the the actual deck. You don’t have to worry about getting your reading glasses because the keyword meanings are huge. I like this too. Also, the card that corresponds to the Tarot is written right under the card name followed by the keywords. For example: Ace-Clubs. Strength. Keywords: Overcoming desire, building trust and Courage. This is a a good way to learn because you build on those keywords to create your own. There booklet is not numbered so I counted them. There are 16 pages = 32 leafs. One page is 2 leafs in case you didn’t know. 🙂 At the beginning of the booklet are two examples of a one card daily draw. Caitlin provides an explanation of these two cards.
Here is a link to the free mini guidebook pdf download ➡ FREE
I shuffled the cards thoroughly, asked for guidance about Seaqueen’s Oracle cards and then cut the deck twice to the left and assembled back on one pile. I always take the middle pile first place it over the far left pile and finally over the far right pile. I take the top card and place it to the far left, then the next card in the middle and the 3rd card to the far right. This time I left the positions open ended because I did not want to be limited by naming them. Everyone has there own way of shuffling, cutting, etc. Do what feels right.
10 of Spades. JUDGMENT instead of Judgement. Keywords: Waking up. Announcement. Well, yes the rooster sure will wake you up whether you want to or not. At this point all the meanings you ever learned about the Judgement card will come flooding into your mind. I think it is best to just forget about them when you use this deck and allow the images to guide you plus the few keywords in the booklet. You will be surprised at how quickly to will discover the ‘spirit’ of the card meaning. Besides who wants the same ol’ same ol’ approach to reading cards.
For me, this card is reminding me to do just that ‘wake up’. With the virus situation the last four months I feel into a temporary sleep. I think many of us did. Seaqueen’s Oracle cards were completed in 2012 I think. I’ll have to check my email archives when the last card in the deck was sent to me by the artist. I do have the cards printed on thick card stock and a mini deck as well.
Don’t you just love the next card, 9 of Spades. It reminds me of all those sleepless nights I have had over my deck. Every time I was ready to publish life got in the way. I was undecided on whether to do a limited printing or print on demand. Keywords: The thoughts that keep a person awake. A struggle to make sense of events. How appropriate! Notice the swords under the pillow. Thinking and worrying is a form of self-inflicted suffering. 🙂 And lastly, the Ace of Clubs – Strength.