deck interview: lumina tarot

starting with a new deck is so exciting. i received the lumina tarot last week, and have been hanging on to it in anticipation, waiting for a day that i had the time for beth's deck interview spreadIMG_3305.jpg this deck is absolutely stunning, with vivid color, graphic images, and bold interpretations. i see both light and shadow in this deck, and it immediately felt right in my hands. i feel that my decks connect to various elements, and reach each accordingly - the only element i'm missing is fire, and i'm hopeful that this deck will speak to my passion, energy, and soul.

IMG_3309what is your most important characteristic? the king of pentacles: fulfillment, satisfaction, stability, practicality. a job well done, a creative endeavor completed, goals reached, tasks finished. this king represents wisdom, generosity, and calm determination. for me, this deck will be steady and firm, offer practical advice, and guide me towards achieving my goals and dreams.

what are your strengths as a deck? the eight of pentacles, a card of hard work, focus, skill, and dedication. inspiration and motivation abound. this card really speaks to craftsmanship, which makes me think that this deck excels at guiding me to further knowledge of tarot. it will challenge my interpretations, help me gain more skill in readings, and open my eyes to the cards in new ways.

IMG_3311what are your limits as a deck? the hanged man: new perspectives, shifting attitudes, being stuck or stagnant, surrender. this card invites us to consider ideas in alternative ways, release something, and learn to accept what we cannot control or change. the lumina tarot may be limited in terms of its perspective, or i may be challenged by its lessons, but it will ultimately help me to grow and understand its wisdom.

what are you here to teach me? the maiden of cups, one of my favorite cards. she's vibrant, sensitive, curious, creative, and is guided by a deep respect for her intuition. she understands that her emotions are her strength, and finds inspiration all around and within her. this deck will teach me to be open, to explore my intuition, and to continue learning to understand my emotions and creative abilities.

IMG_3313how can I best learn and collaborate with you? the ten of cups is a card of completion, happiness, love, and fulfillment. this card is an amazing outcome card, but in this position it speaks to being open to love and community, staying connected the world and relationships around us, and trusting our emotions and instincts. i'll learn best with this deck if i let my intuition guide me, step fully into my own power, and stay open to learning and growing.

what is the potential outcome of our working relationship? the seven of wands, a card of fire, energy, activism, and inner light. this card is a reminder that i am a strong, powerful individual, that my differences make me great, that i should trust in my own spark and follow the light i'm creating. the potential outcome of working with this deck is finding renewed confidence, building a strong sense of self, and holding on to courage and conviction. working with this deck will help me find creativity, inner power, and the strength to go forward, even if that means i go it alone. it's exactly the fiery, passionate, soulful energy i was looking for in this deck, and is an amazing card in this position.

i'm so excited to begin working with this deck regularly, getting to understand its ways and wisdom, and being challenged to expand my understanding of tarot. thank you to inner hue for putting this gorgeous deck together, and to everyday magic for stocking it in the US - i can't wait to get to know it better!

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shifting perspective

after all of the emotion and release that happened yesterday, i wasn't sure what the cards would have in store for me today. but a new card is always an exciting challenge, and the hanged man is an excellent opportunity to explore new facets of my deck. IMG_0364suspended upside-down, the bat views the world in his own unique way. finding rest during the daylight hours and coming out to hunt and explore only in darkness, he comes at life from a different angle. everything is a bit off-center, new and sometimes strange, but for him this is his daily routine. the only color in this card is in his eyes, blood red and wide open.

there are a lot of interpretations for this card - sacrifice, surrender, release, struggle, restriction, suspense, retreat, meditation, resistance. it all comes back to this idea of waiting, whether intentionally or not, along with seeing things from a new perspective. he transcends what is "normal," and instead approaches problems from an unexpected position. while being upside-down can be an uncomfortable position for us, for him it feels natural and relaxed. this card can encourage us to seek stillness, to find rest in spite of what feels difficult, or to prepare for a unpleasant or uncomfortable situation that is approaching.
son-of-wandsi may have taken a step forward, but there are much more difficult ones to come. for me, this card is a reminder to try to see the perspective of others, to find stillness and calm in uncomfortable places, and to keep my eyes open and aware.

seeking more insight into this difficult card, i gave myself an additional card for clarification: the son of wands, a card with a completely different energy. while on his own he speaks to drive, passion, and adventure, when paired with the hanged man he could be suggesting putting all of that energy and action into embracing that new perspective. rather than struggling against what could feel like a trap, relaxing into an uncomfortable position can force us to stretch and grow in ways that soon feel like second nature. like a challenging yoga inversion, sometimes pushing ourselves outside our comfort zone can ultimately strengthen us, helping us master what at first felt impossible.

i love this pairing. both the hanged man and the son of wands are independent, self-sufficient, and utterly free. they create their own perspective, push themselves to do things differently, and don't shy away from the unknown. it's a beautiful lesson for today.