Dreaming in Color Luman Deck Review
by Brian Stephenson, Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI)
Mindy Sommers, the designer of this deck, describes it as a ‘Luman’ deck, rather than a Tarot or Oracle deck. Whatever word we use to describe it, no-one can deny the intriguing beauty present in these 60 unusual cards. All the images are inspired by nature; especially flowers, plants, trees and leaves, and because the images have been digitally manipulated, the eye is magically drawn into each individual image.
There is a single keyword printed across the bottom of each card, such as Secrets, Completion, Nurturing and Withdrawal. Some of these keywords relate more strongly to the image than others. For example, Upheaval depicts a dark sky illuminated by a vivid shaft of white lightening and Depression shows a full moon which is about to be encroached upon by sinister black fronds of fern.
If you have spent years studying the Tarot and learning, absorbing and applying all its arcane symbolism and concepts, then you may at first be taken aback to find that it is possible to successfully use The Dreaming in Colour Deck without any prior study or knowledge. However, if you are prepared to rely on your intuition and to put aside all your Tarot knowledge, preconceptions and methods of card interpretation, you will find that this deck is full of pure and simple colourful inspiration. The deck is accompanied by a helpful 20-page User Guide. This includes a section in which the designer sets out the deck’s concept, plus sample readings as well as meanings for each card.
I can recommend this beautiful and thoughtful deck to anyone looking for an interesting and stimulating alternative to the Tarot.