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Kingdom Within Tarot - tarot decks

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  • The Kingdom Within Tarot combines astrology, Qabalah, mythological archetypes, the elements, and the cyclical nature
  • of the cosmos into 78 Tarot cards. The deck is designed for practical divination as well as self-knowledge. The set and
  • very comprehensive companion book has been published by Schiffer Books.


Specifications
Name Kingdom Within Tarot
Creators Juno Lucina, Shannon ThornFeather
Publisher Schiffer Books 2011
Deck Type Tarot Deck
Cards 79
Major Arcana 23
Minor Arcana 56
Deck Tradition Mixed
The Fool is 0
Strength is 8
Justice is 11
Card Language English
Card Back Reversible


Reviews

Traditional Tarot symbolism is a only minor influence on the 79 vibrant Kingdom Within cards. Instead, astrological and Qabalistic associations are the foundation, both of the overall energy of the card and the individual artistic elements. The major arcana have been designed to visually illustrate both the astrological energies – the ten planets and twelve zodiac signs – and the 22 paths of the Jewish mystical Qabalistic system. The Qabalistic associations – which are non-traditional, following an alternative system created by one of Aleister Crowley’s initiates - are made evident by coloured spheres on the corners of the majors and court cards (or the edges, in the minors) and symbolize the placement of the card on its path between the spheres in the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The extra card in the deck, the un-numbered 23rd major, is called ‘The Kingdom Within All’, and rather than illustrating one single path on the Tree of Life, it encompasses the entire Tree and stands for infinite possibility and eter nity.

The minor arcana have been ‘crafted to incorporate within its imagery the astrological correlation, Qabalistic association, seasonal celebration and spiritual cycle story that relate to each suit’, which sounds complicated but as in many other decks, they depict the ups and downs of everyday existence. They are also linked with the seasons, with Pentacles as Winter, Wands as Spring, Cups as Summer and Swords as Autumn, as are the multi-layered court cards. Illustrated with characters from Western myth and spirituality – Father Time, Dionysus, Mary Magdalene, Persephone – they are also linked to the Myers-Briggs personality sorter. The figures from the courts appear throughout the minor arcana, either as themselves or as a supporting character in the scene.

The illustrations by Shannon Thornfeather, a self-taught intuitive artist, practicing ceremonial magician and student of metaphysics, have been created to reveal the energy of the card in its imagery, as well as its esoteric correspondences. Visually, the images have computer-generated and collage style artwork in very saturated colours – hot pinks, deep purples, greens and yellows. Each scene is thick with crisply outlined detail and colour, and there is a wide array of symbols competing for attention. Most important are the card’s planetary sign attributions, which may appear as an actual image on the card or as a symbol. It’s sometimes subtle, as with the tiny Saturn symbol on a child’s drum in the World, or integral to the scene; as in the Tower, where a flaming image of Mars is crashing into the top of the tower.

In theme the cards span cultures and eras, with scenes of myth and legend – satyrs, winged centaurs – next to very modern images. The Lovers watch themselves in a romantic movie on a cinema screen. The Chariot shows a mini-van in front of a contemporary-looking bungalow; the Hermit is a bespectacled man in his office, surrounded by books of philosophy and religion; and the Seven of Cups has become a white, sandy beach populated by families and bikini-clad babes.

The cards vary in their tarot familiarity. Some cards have only minor modifications from traditional tarot symbolism: The Devil is one of the most familiar, and shows two people chained to her pedestal - but they are also chained to small scenes of drink-driving, abuse, burglary, adultery and lying in a very visual reminder of the dark side of the card. Other seem familiar in mood and scenery with some fundamental differences to the scene; the Four of Swords, which is very similar to the Rider-Waite scene but for the addition of a second prone figure lying on the bier. Others - the majority of the deck - make complete departures from the familiar in order to illustrate the esoteric associations, and cross the line between reality and fantasy. Puck, looking rather similar to a green gremlin, appears in the otherwise regular-looking Three of Cups and Nine of Cups, and there is an eerie crowned, blue figure sitting at a well-stocked table in the Seven of Swords.

The set has been published with borderless, large-size cards with a glossy laminate, and packaged in Schiffer Books’ usual high-quality, sturdy rectangular box. There are really two companion books to the Kingdom Within Tarot, the smallish book packaged with the cards, and the separately-available book, The Alchemy of Tarot: Practical Enlightenment through the Astrology, Qabalah, and Archetypes of Tarot. The 176-page companion book in the set doesn’t bother with tarot history or any beginner content (wisely, as this isn’t a deck for beginners). It simply explains the concept for the deck, then offers the card meanings and a few tarot spreads.

The latter goes into much greater detail of the foundation of the Kingdom Within Tarot, and delves deeply into the astrological and Qabalistic influences behind the images, exploring the links with Frater Achad’s Restored Tree of Life. This book may used with any deck, though it’s illustrate with Kingdom Within cards and is best read in conjunction with it. (There is a little overlap in some of the card meanings, but generally the two books are complementary).

The Kingdom Within Tarot is a deck of depth and knowledge, with multi-layered imagery that encompasses astrology, Qabalah, European myth and legend, and modern life. It is a differently constructed tarot and it takes some study and time to become familiar with its system and imagery (a good pre-existing knowledge of astrology would speed up this process), but it offers rewarding insights. “Use the Kingdom Within Tarot deck to artfully craft yourself into the joyful masterpiece you are meant to be.”


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