Review by purple_scorp
The Enlightenment Pack by Chuck Spezzano
I first discovered the Enlightenment Cards when I visited The Psychology of Vision website in my search for information regarding another Oracle deck (The Love Pack, published in 2002).
Both decks were created by Dr Chuck Spezzano (a Doctor of Psychology) and although they share a number of similarities (artwork, repeated card names etc) each deck is quite unique and has a specific purpose. The Enlightenment Pack consists of a deck of 48 Enlightenment Cards and a 118-page Enlightenment Book. It is a relatively new oracle deck, having been published in 1996, and its creator believes that our mind and heart can be trapped or blocked, and it is necessary to let go of illusions, attachments, suffering and other forms of blinding mistakes, in order to move forward on our spiritual journey.
Over the last 28 years, Spezzano has worked as a therapist, seminar leader, author, lecturer and visionary. His Enlightenment Cards reflect the models and methods which have evolved from this work.
The cards are divided equally into six suits: Victim, Relationship, Unconscious, Healing, Gift, and Grace. These six suits fall into one of two sets Negative and Positive. The negative or trap cards include Victim, Relationship, and Unconscious. The positive or healing cards include Healing, Gift, and Grace.
The Victim Cards represent the typically hidden (or subconscious) motivations which keep us feeling powerless, attacked, and without the fundamental ability to choose what we want in our lives. They are the most basic blocks to our betterment and success. Our victim traps are usually determined by our relationship traps and patterns. The cards are as follows:
7 Hidden Self
8 Death Temptation
The Relationship cards are based on the relationship traps which typically emerge from pre-existing family patterns or traps. Family traps, in turn, come from our soul traps which are expressed in the Unconscious cards. The Relationship cards can be used to address either relationship or family concerns. They represent self-defeating patterns in our inter-personal relationships which result in our becoming victims. The cards are as follows:
13 Holding On
15 Power Struggle
The Unconscious cards represent traps and patterns at the soul level. These reflect such a deep level of the mind and its emotions and energy that they are often best expressed in the form of symbols, metaphors, myths and legends. These might be portrayed as stories or problems that the soul has come to earth to learn and heal, both for its own benefit and for that of humanity. Or they may reflect pre-existence, possibly passed down through the family or reflecting a past life.
Healing and unconscious level block can, at times, just make you feel peaceful and add to your natural confidence and well-being. Or, it can resolve major blocks in all areas, such as money, health, sex, relationships and personal power. The cards are as follows:
17 Ancestral Problem
18 Personal Myth
19 Shamanic Test
20 Other Lives
21 Dark Story
23 The Shadow
The Healing Cards represent principles of healing which can be used to trump or transcend traps, remove blocks and create flow in our lives. We can actively use these on our own, or we can ask our Higher Mind to employ them on our behalf. The cards are as follows:
27 Letting Go
The Gift cards represent the gifts we are being offered and can choose at any given moment instead of traps the black, orange and blue trap cards are actually distractions away from our gifts. These gifts represent elements of truth, rather than problems or situations we control ourselves or make to block us from receiving our giftedness and from moving forward. Choosing not to be distracted and to accept, receive and enjoy the gift being offered is one of the easiest ways to transform any trap card. The cards are as follows:
36 True Love
The Grace cards remind us that every job we do is a compensation, or trap, to make up for mistaken negative beliefs that we have about ourselves, and that everything can actually be accomplished by grace and ease, rather than through difficulty and hard work. These cards represent what we could be receiving at any moment. They offer the highest perspective of the spiritual and can thus accomplish the most. The cards in this suit make explicit our spiritual heritage which is always on offer for our benefit, if only we would notice and accept it, for it would bless every aspect of our lives. Our spiritual heritage can also free us from any of the forms of separation we have set up for ourselves because of our fears of joining, or moving forward, and recognising our Oneness. The cards are as follows:
46 Child of God
47 Higher Mind
For each card, the Book provides key concepts, a comprehensive interpretation of the meaning, and how you might use that card. In addition, the book also provides a number of different spreads.
Spezzano writes: Our life situations involve transformation and healing, and the cards let us know what (if anything) needs to be healed and transformed. They show us what healing aspects, gifts or grace we can invite into our lives, enjoy and explore further.
The cards were illustrated by Alison Jay and the imagery is cartoon-like in style. The artwork is gentle but suggestive and evokes immediate intuitive responses for the reader. Each card is numbered 1 through to 48 and has its own title, as well as its suit name. The backs of the cards further identify the suit to which the card belongs. The basic pattern is the same, a circular labyrinth or maze, surrounding a sun. However, the colour differs according to the suit. Victim - Black, Relationship - Orange, Unconscious - Blue, Healing - Green, Gift - Pink, and Grace White. I assume the reason for this is to make it easier for the reader to separate the cards into their respectful suits as some of the spreads call for the use of a specified suit for a position. However, I dont like this aspect of the deck because I like to shuffle and fan the deck, and then focus on the backs before selecting my cards for their positions. There are spreads that use the entire deck and unless the reader closes their eyes when selecting cards, they could easily be distracted and/or enticed to select cards only from the positive side of the deck.
Spezzano says that: The cards are a tool which can mirror elements of ourselves (of our inner world) that are hidden from our awareness, and that can be very powerful in keeping us stuck in certain situations.
I particularly like the three-card problem solving spread in the book that is designed to help you discover the hidden dynamic at the root of your problem. A card is selected from the combined negative suits for the first position and represents the problem or issue. A healing card is then selected and provides advice on ways you can transform the situation. And, a final card is selected from the Gift/Grace suits to show the outcome or resulting gift.
Spezzano also says: By becoming aware of the hidden elements of our inner world, not only can we use our awareness to make better choices, we can also use the healing principles to move us forward.
Some of the cards require interactive participation by the reader. They may need to ask themselves additional questions, or practice affirmations. One card (Shamanic Test) asks you pass its test by flipping it to see whether it lands face-up, or face down.
The Enlightenment Cards should be used as guides for transformation, assisting you in your personal growth or along your spiritual path. This pack is extremely easy to use and because it provides healing principles it would be helpful to those souls who have lost their way, or simply feel misguided.