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The Tarot Illuminati

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The Tarot Illuminati

I've been reading Tarot for 40 years. For at least 15 of those, I used one particular deck -- easy for "rookies" to understand during readings and at psychic fairs. New decks that came along were lovely to look at, but didn't call me -- and then I walked into "the little metaphysical shop" in York PA" referred to in Erik C. Dunne's biography. There was the Tarot Illuminati -- lush, nuanced, and breathtakingly beautiful. And That, as they sat, Was That. I'm delighted to welcome artist Erik Dunne to FIRE THROUGH SPIRIT this week, to talk about the creative process of a visionary artist, and how a superb Tarot deck was born.

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Erik C. Dunne began his Tarot journey over 25 years ago after wandering into a small metaphysical shop, supposedly by chance, but we know Tarot doesn't work that way. The owner and Erik quickly became good friends. Soon after Erik was introduced to, and encouraged to pursue, a higher understanding of the Art of Tarot by his new found friend and mentor. Studying and reading with the Rider/Waite/Smith, the Aquarian and the Medieval Scapini gave him an introduction to the mysteries and unveiled the inner light of Tarot. But as an artist, Erik's own vision of Truth and Illumination were soon being super imposed over the traditional images. Inevitably the passion and love of art and tarot merged and inspiration tackled him. He began his tarot creation with the Queen of Swords, trusting the Process and allowing the Queen to lead.

                                                       Although Erik presently resides in the United States, he has traveled extensively abroad and actually lived for some years in the Middle East, a part of the world he still considers quite magical. He has retraced the footsteps of legendary Kings and Queens, ridden camels across the dunes of Persia and galloped heavy steeds through fields of gold. His diverse life experiences are matched only by his opulent imagination, both of which are apparent in his artful creation of a cast of rich characters and fantastical realms. Although a classically trained artist under the tutelage of his parents, both skilled artisans in their own right, his choice of medium is digital, where he has allowed his passion for costume design and his roots in theater to lend their resounding voice to each and every card of the Tarot Illuminati. When not cultivating his traditional English Cottage gardens or restoring his Victorian home, Erik is working as a freelance graphic artist on diverse commissioned projects. He has recently begun work on a much anticipated sister deck to the Illuminati, loosely based on the translations of ancient Sumerian texts.

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About Corbie Mitleid:

Corbie Mitleid has been on the mystic’s path for over 30 years -- meeting challenges, always questioning, leading the “examined life.” It’s proved to her an essential Cosmic Truth: God gives all of us what we need for a life filled with miracles and joy, and as long as our hearts are open, whole, and aligned with our Source Energy, anything is possible. (And it never hurts to bring laughter on the path with us!) If she can share that blessing with you, she feels she's doing things right.

While she’s now a full time intuitive counselor and psychic medium, her career has encompassed positions as a professional actress, television producer, radio personality, executive recruiter and “power behind the throne” for a number of high-profile CEOs.  Corbie knows what it is to live life on a roller coaster with no brakes: she’s survived divorce, abuse, poverty and life-threatening illness, always maintaining her strength, courage and humor. “We have opportunities we can go after, and challenges to get past. After dancing with breast cancer three times, I learned that first-hand. My job is to give you the tools and courage to deal with both situations. Everything else is free will, and up to you!”

Corbie travels internationally, bringing insight, hope and encouragement to clients dealing with indecision, confusion, fear, even depression.  Now she expands her work to a worldwide radio audience.  Listen, connect, and cross the bridge from where you are to where you want to be with Fire Through Spirit on Empower Radio!