The postman brought me happy mail the other day – the Lumina Tarot deck and guidebook I’d ordered arrived from Australia! I debated for quite some time about purchasing this deck, but in the end, the cards just spoke to me. Someone I know who is very into tarot purchased this deck and failed to connect with it, eventually finding it a new home because she didn’t want to own it any longer. Nonetheless, l was drawn to this deck.
The deck is from the artists of Inner Hue, who also created the Connected and Free oracle deck I love so much. I use that deck at least once a day so I knew I’d have a soft spot in my heart for Lumina. Lumina is available here for $70 Ustrailian, plus shipping, which is another $19 Ustrailian. For me, that was a lot of money to spend on a deck of cards, so I debated for some time. This is its second printing.
The deck comes packaged in a black box with it’s accompanying 185-page guidebook and a black canvas drawstring bag to hold the deck. It’s a pretty sharp, classy package!
According to Inner Hue:
“Perfectly balanced in Light and Shadow each card will open up possiblities, anchor knowings and invoke insight, strength and guidance straight from the sacred parts of your core. Lumina melds animal magick, archetypal energy and symbolism together in potent visual imagery that will support you in accessing your own intuitive abilties.”
The backs of the cards are a matte black with the Inner Hue logo stamped vertically three times. The front of the cards feature beautifully delicate drawings that are gorgeously colored. After unwrapping the deck, I leafed through all of the cards once, taking note of which ones drew an immediate response with me. There were definitely some that spoke to me more than others, but all are beautiful and works of art in themselves.
I was immediately drawn to The Fool, the first card of the deck, with its sketch of a beautiful woman, arms throw wide in almost a dance of sorts, being watched by a young fawn. Also eye-catching are The Hierphant with skull in hand, raised above his head, and the Three of Wands, the eye in the center seeing everything.
The guidebook is very well-written. It covers information about the deck, working with the deck, using a tarot journal, various spreads and details all the Major and Minor Arcana with reversals. I loved reading their tips for working with the cards, getting centered and cleared. Of course, once I rifled through the deck, I cleaned them and charged them with some clear quartz. I then shuffled the cards and selected one with the question of “What will this deck teach me?”
I drew Justice. A card of conscious awareness with decisions.
“You are being called to take responsibility for your thoughts, words and deeds. This is a powerful card to receive. It speaks of seeking balance between your higher and lower bodies, ensuring that your choices will also be balanced and in harmony with the greater good.”
I think this is going to be a very fair deck for me – straightforward. It’s going to tell it like it is, and I can appreciate that in a deck. It’s going to hold me accountable not only to myself but to others and to the universe in general. I think I can expect honest answers to the questions I put to the cards and for that I’m thankful. This is a beautiful deck and one I look forward to working with quite a bit in the future. I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots more readings with this deck.
The deck was created by Lauren Aletta, an intuitive of Inner Hue, and was illustrated by Tegan Svyny of Color Cult.