About Illumination Tarot
was born from a simple appreciation for tarot and the sincere wish to help others
explore tarot themselves. It is an offering of personal insights and experience,
as well as original reviews and writing.
A love of tarot
I love the tarot ... its history, development, and survival; its variety of artistic expression;
its effective use in self-development and transformation. My first deck
was given to me when I was a teenager. Since then I have been continually involved with tarot work, both privately and professionally. It was natural for me to create a website
that explored this art, through which I could share my own findings and experiences. The site has
grown and changed much, but its focus remains the same ~ to encourage people to embrace and trust their intuition,
and to further their own personal development.
The tarot can be an effective tool in the quest for wholeness. It can open the window into ourselves wider, offer us messages of faith and hope,
bring us meditative stillness, help us make more enlightened decisions about our lives, and ultimately become
an element in determining our own happiness. In this way, the tarot deserves our respect, as a creation of humankind that fulfills
a deeper purpose.
I am someone who has a strong need to share and a sincere faith to do so. I have published essays, poetry, short fiction, and reviews, in
a number of alternative women's zines, spiritual journals, anthologies, and literary magazines; in publications as diverse as Parabola
, and Chicken Soup for the Soul
. I was the Divining Arts columnist for the women's journal The Beltane Papers
as well as a staff writer, reviewer, and proofreader for more than ten years (it has since ceased publication). I have also written for many online publications and spiritual websites. If you would like to see some of my non-tarot work, please visit my portfolio site
where I share a small selection of writing and photography.
...I spend my free time hiking, playing D&D, working on photography, doing genealogy, and (as much as I have time for) studying languages. I was fortunate to have a rich and interesting spiritual life growing up, and was given quite a bit of freedom in my exploration. I'm half Slavic (Polish, Ukrainian, Russian) on my mom's side, but also grew up in a very large Italian American family on my dad's maternal side (the rest is a mix of German, Scottish, English, French, etc....), and with both of these families experienced a very outward expression of Catholicism, and thus, will always have a strong affection for and deep connection to the faith. Two women in my life who were of great importance to me had a unique influence on my spiritual growth, very much outside their Catholic religion. My mother, a devout Catholic, instilled in me a deep appreciation and respect for other cultures and religions, and introduced me to a practice of earth-based spirituality at a very young age. She died when I was five, but what she left with me - both the religious and the spiritual - was hugely foundational, and has stayed with me ever since. My Italian grandmother, a devout Catholic as well, shared kitchen witchery, Italian folk magic, and divination as I was growing up. Significantly, my dad encouraged discussion and discovery. Anyway, I know that doesn't exactly define it (I do avoid labels), but for those who have asked what my personal religion or spiritual path is, that may give something of a clue.
More generally, I would also add that I strongly believe we are each responsible for our brothers and sisters
of this planet, we should live our truth in our daily choices, and that we are all one.
Photo: Vermont, 2019
*The domain itself was previously illuminationtarot.com, however I lost the domain some years ago, and it is now of course illumination-tarot.com.
Publishing tarot deck reviews, original tarot spreads, articles, and personal reflections for tarot enthusiasts, practitioners of the intuitive arts, and followers of alternative spirituality since 1999. Woman owned.
All writing, reviews, and photography © Nellie Levine, unless otherwise noted. 1999-2022