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Years ago, my sister dragged me to a tattoo parlour, to keep her company while she got a tattoo of a rose above, I think, her left breast. It’s a nice tattoo. Watching her get it done was both entertaining and a little horrifying. Pain. I get it. She was going to pay for me to get a tattoo as well, but I was on blood thinners at the time. So I got a rain check.

I’ve been thinking more of getting a tattoo lately but I couldn’t decide what I wanted done. Or where I wanted it done. I thought about getting a spider and a Web (representing the interconnectedness of everything) — a realistic one — but then thought about the potential for really freaky hallucinations in the future. A stylized spider doesn’t thrill me as much. Spent months browsing through tattoo artist flash sites. Nothing jumped out.

I think I know what I’d like to get now, though I still don’t know where I’d put it.

The Ace of Cups from the Deviant Moon Tarot.

I’m absolutely in love with it, with the colours in particular, but also with the art. I’m not at the point where I’m quite ready (or can afford) to get the tattoo, but when I am, that’s at the top of the list of choices. The idea of using a tarot image never occurred to me until I was browsing  Enchanted Oracle artist Jessica Galbreth’s site. She allows her work to be used for tattoos for a small fee, which I thought was very cool. I’m hoping Patrick is as well.

(Speaking of tattoos and tarot, the Tattoo Tarot is now on my wishlist. It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a spare €110 lying around.)

So, here are my questions to you. Would you consider getting (or do you have) a tarot-themed tattoo? If so, what would (or did) you pick and why?

I don’t normally create resolutions as they just set you up for failure. But I want to make a more concerted effort to post to this blog (and consequently further my tarot studies) over the coming year.

Here’s what I’m hoping to do here during 2009:

  • At least once a week, review/explore one of the tarot and oracle decks that I have or have owned — Since I currently have approximately 38 decks (the number ebbs and flows as new decks come in and old decks go out), that covers a significant portion of the year if I keep to the minimum. They’ll probably start with newer decks and then go back from there.
  • Intermittently in between and after the reviews/explorations of decks that I own, I plan to post about decks that are on my wishlist. These may include decks-in-progress as well as decks that have been published.

I plan to make other posts — interesting tarot news, general tarot/divination comments, individual card studies, etc. — in and around those but I make no promise about the frequency with which I’ll make those posts. I’ll also be changing the blog theme — I like the pinkish butterfly thing, but it is lacking on a number of fronts.

Am not quite prepared for the time input required to start studying the tarot properly. Don’t have the time and don’t have the energy or brain power. Tried a few readings but feel too conflicted about the tarot for them to be meaningful, half-assed as they were.

So I find myself returning to my favourite oracle decks. If five of the cards and the book weren’t still AWOL, I would be playing around with and perhaps studying the Faeries’ Oracle. (As an aside, I find it minorly but continually annoying that people keep referring to it as “Froud’s Faeries”, which completely discounts Jesa MacBeth’s hand in the creation of the deck. In my head, it’s her deck that just happens to feature artwork by Brian Froud.)

Instead, I’ve been turning more and more to the Fortuneteller’s Mah Jongg. I really like this deck. I’ve had it for a few years — 12 maybe? I think I bought it since I moved here, though I may have bought it in Halifax. I really don’t remember. It was published in 1988 so it was some time since then. Actually, that’s probably a sign that I bought it in Halifax as I can’t picture me finding a new copy in a book store here 8 years after it was published.

I do remember going to a psychic fair here several years ago. We wandered around the venue and I saw at least one copy of the deck/book at a bookseller’s stall. As we continued wandering around, we stopped at an Asian woman’s table because I saw that she was using the exact same cards. I told her how much I loved the deck and she said that she wished she could find another copy as hers was getting old — seemed kind of destined that I point her towards the copy I’d just seen on the other side of the room, though part of me has always wished that I’d grabbed it myself as there have been times I wished I had a backup copy. When I’m gainfully employed again and able to afford shopping sprees again, I think I’ll buy a backup copy or two of it — I’d hate to ever be without it. It’s hard to find but I did find a company in the UK that still sells it.

I’d never heard of the concept of Birth Cards before.

Sun, Wheel of Fortune, and Magician birth cardMine are the Sun, Wheel of Fortune, and the Magician – which apparently is the one exception to the rule that most people have 2 birth cards. My birth date sum is 19 = 10 = 1, so three cards.

It’s an interesting idea. And I’m not sure what I really think, other than the fact that it is interesting. I suspect I’ll have a more informed and useful opinion once I’ve gotten around to properly studying those three cards. Unfortunately, they aren’t on my list of top ten favourite cards so it might take awhile before I get around to them all.

The last of the tarot decks I’d ordered arrived on Monday. I’d ordered the Maroon Tarot at the end of January and had received an e-mail very shortly thereafter saying it would be mailed soon. Apparently “soon” meant a month later, as it was postmarked February 27. Ah, well.

So, barring any new purchases (I’m trying SO hard not to, both because I really can’t afford any new ones and because I really need to make an attempt to get to know the ones I have before I add to the mix), I’m ready to start exploring.

I had initially thought that I would move sequentially through the deck, starting with the Fool and ending with the last of the suits. But lately, my mind has been drawn to a specific card, which keeps turning up in various readings. (I’ll talk about that card in another post.) So I thought I would essentially go through them in whatever order seems to leap out at me at the time. Might be “pick a card, any card” random, or it might be a card that keeps popping up, or it might just be a card I like — or don’t like.

Found via a related link in an old post in Gaian Tarot creator Joanna Powell Colbert’s blog: Corrine Kenner’s Tarot for Writers online workshop

When you participate in this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • tap into the archetypal imagery and symbols of the tarot for creative inspiration
  • build characters and stories based on randomly drawn tarot cards
  • use additional cards to develop scenes, settings, dialogues, and descriptions

How marvelous is that? Yet another thing to add to my wish list for maybe later in the year or next year.

From her blog, it appears that Corrine is planning a Mystic Faerie workshop for February and is considering making it available online. That would be nice. No one interesting ever comes here for seminars. Oh, wait — I could go listen to Dr. Oz and Hillary Swank if I wanted. (Not!)

Kept seeing that acronym in forum posts at Aeclectic. Took ages before I figured out it meant “little white book(let)” .

I love LWBs. They’re perfectly sized to fit in the same pouch or box that your cards go in and so you can always bring them with you. Companion books? Not so much. Unfortunately, they’re also easily lost. Wonder if you can get them replaced? I don’t remember if my Angel Tarot deck came with a LWB. If it did, I have long since lost it. Tarot of the Witches definitely did, and I think I still have that around here somewhere. (Presumably that LWB is with the cards themselves, which I haven’t managed to locate yet. A few decks have gone to ground, it seems — I’ll have to make a concerted effort to hunt them down. ) 

Each year in the Aeclectic Tarot forum, a thread is created for people to list their tarot collections. Many are incredibly impressive, both in quantity and in quality. I understand the obsession. I feel it but really can’t bring myself to buy a deck just for the sake of buying a deck. I used to, though. Way back when I first got interested, you couldn’t find tarot cards in too many places in the area where I lived. And my exposure to other areas was limited. But whenever I saw a new deck of something, anything, oracle-related in the local bookstore, I’d buy it. Many of them don’t appear in the list I’ve given in the About Me page because, well, I can’t find — or remember the details of – most of them.

Now, though, I buy only what pulls me in, either because of the artwork or because of the style or uniqueness of the deck. (The Luman deck did that to me. I’m still not sure what I think of it as a self-analysis tool, but I absolutely love the artwork and that more than anything is why I ended up buying it.) Unfortunately for me, nowadays I find many more decks that pull me in than I can reasonably afford to buy. In fact, I just now ordered a copy of the Alcohol Tarot.

Received two new tarot decks today (two of several that I ordered during a debauched post-Christmas shopping spree) and that got me thinking about tarot journals. Figured now was the time to create this blog as my own personal tarot journal. I know — the skin doesn’t quite match the title, but my favourite colour is purple and this is so pretty that it seemed a good choice. A return to the girly-girl me I used to be. Some day, maybe I’ll create a custom skin that is more fitting but, for now, this seems appropriate.

One of the decks I received is the Mystic Faerie Tarot. Can I say that it is an absolutely beautiful deck? Easily one of my favourites, if not THE favourite. The cards themselves are very slippery, though. They’re going to be tough to shuffle without inadvertently playing 78-card pickup. Even putting them into the gold organza bag that comes with the kit without losing a card or two is a feat.