THE ILLUMINATED TAROT
The Illuminated Tarot grew from Caitlin Keegan's interest in learning about tarot symbolism and archetypal imagery. For one year, she pulled one card at random each week to create her own version. By the end of the year she had illustrated fifty-three playing cards that fold the Major and Minor Arcana of the tarot into a deck that can be used for both gameplay and self reflection.
The Illuminated Tarot has 52 cards like a standard playing card deck. The Joker (which corresponds to The Fool) is the 53rd card. The Major Arcana are combined with specific Minor Arcana cards. The Illuminated Tarot has Jacks, which correspond to tarot's Pages, but does not include the Knight cards that appear in traditional tarot decks.
It is said that tarot evolved with playing cards, so the tarot and playing card suits correspond: Swords = Spades, Cups = Hearts, Wands = Clubs, Coins/Pentacles = Diamonds. Each suit has a specific connotation which is described in the guidebook.
Each embossed box contains a fully illustrated deck and guidebook with brief card descriptions and an introduction to reading the cards.