The Healing Tarot –
78 Ways To Wellness
Author: Juno Lucina
Artist: Monica Knighton
“The Healing Tarot” is a traditional 78 card deck, using traditional titles for the Major Arcana, with Strength at VIII, and Justice at XI. The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles, with the Court Cards entitled King, Queen, Knight, and Page.
The foundation for this deck, or the focus, if you will, is on health and healing. The cards are viewed through the perspectives of Astrology, Qaballa, Archetypes, and traditional Tarot meanings. Through the cards the author addresses health, diet, fitness, and overall wellness. The Tarot, then, is essentially a tool for holistic healing.
“How then do we heal?” That is what this deck and192 page companion book are all about – the art of healing. Each card has an astrological association. The Major Arcana express the pure energy of one of the ten planets or twelve signs of the zodiac. Court Cards reveal the dynamic combination of the four elements (fire, water, air, and earth) with the three ways that energy expresses itself (start, change, and stop), and the three categories of the astrological signs (cardinal, fixed, and mutable). The Minor Arcana explore the key planet-in-sign combinations.
Lucina discusses well placed versus poorly placed cards, positive and negative astrological combinations, and traditional relationships of the planets with each other. She also does an introduction to the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
This deck is done in black and white drawing style. In explaining why use of color was not made, Lucina felt that in keeping to black and white the focus would be on the healing information (the health and wellness messages) being imparted, rather than on the imagery in the cards. The return to original form (black and white) was made in order to see the things that the colors might be obscuring.
Each card is presented with a black and white scan. The Major Arcana shows the card number and title, spiritual perspective, a discussion of the card, astrological connections, the traditional interpretation, and the upright and reversed health meanings. The Court Cards are presented with their suit name and rank, traditional interpretation, specific body imbalances and revered health meaning. The Minor Arcana Pips (numbered cards) are presented with the card number and suit, traditional meaning, and upright and reversed health meaning.
Three unique card spreads are presented: the Acute Illness Spread, the Healthy Zodiac Spread, and the Diet/Fitness spread.
In her conclusion, Lucina states:
“When living in a state of wellness – body, emotions, mind, and spirit in harmony – life is an incredible journey of dynamic exploration of the inner universe within oneself and external universe of All That Is.
When living in a state of dis-ease – imbalance, disconnection, anxiety, and discomfort – life is an extended prison sentence of bondage to the body while the physical universe becomes a confusing, painful, restrictive bad joke.”
The cards themselves are 3” by 5”, of sturdy, glossy card stock. The background color on the card backs is a reddish brown. There is a small white cross centered on the top and the bottom of the card, under which we see the name of the deck in black letters. The imagery is that of two circles – one a globe of the world, the other containing an image of Vitruvian Man, above which we see a caduceus with a light colored snake and a dark colored snake wound around it. The backs are reversible.
The card faces are white, with a light gray cross at the top and bottom of each card. The imagery is black pen and ink drawing style. The name of the card appears in black on the upper right hand side of the card, and in the lower left hand side of the card (backwards, in a mirror image). The Major Arcana cards do not carry a number. The Minor Arcana Pips (numbered cards) show the card number and suit in the upper right hand side of the card, and in the lower left hand side of the card (backwards, in a mirror image). The Court Cards show the title and suit across the top of the card, then again across the bottom of the card (backwards, in a mirror image).
The imagery in the deck goes along traditional lines, with an updated look as far as dress and background.
This deck could be used by all ages, and all backgrounds. The focus on health and healing opens up the manner in which Tarot can be used, and makes this deck a great addition for any Tarot library.
© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet