Tattooing is deeply artistic, personal, and meaningful - which makes it an ideal match for illustrating the Tarot, as evidenced by several tattoo-styled decks on the market. One of the most visible is Eight Coins’ Tattoo Tarot, created by artist and reader Lana Zellner.
Combining the Neo-Traditional tattoo art style with familiar Tarot symbolism, the deck provides a fresh, modern take on well-known archetypes. It’s particularly relevant as tattoo art has gained greater mainstream acceptance on the art landscape, and as getting inked becomes more commonplace.
This uniquely beautiful deck is just one of many we have in store at Indigo Moons - and we restocked our shelves this week. Come in to pick up your copy or choose another deck that’s perfect for you. And if you’re thinking about learning Tarot, mark your calendar for February 26, when I’ll teach my Tarot Essentials class here at the shop!
What did we learn in our weekly spread with Eight Coins’ Tattoo Tarot?
Wheel of the Year: Imbolc
Call forth the magic Imbolc holds
Drink, drink the milk of life.
I welcome the gentle kiss of Spring
I honor the cycle of returning life.
- Julia Ferguson Andriessen
The ancient Celts celebrated eight sacred annual holidays marking rebirth, fertility, harvest, and death. This is known as the Wheel of the Year, ever turning and renewing, welcoming each season.
These pagan holidays were redressed over time; originating with Celtic mythology and folk history, they were recast as the region became Christianized, and festivals were relabeled as saints’ days. In modern times, many neo-pagans, witches, and people on other magical paths have reclaimed the Wheel as a connection to history and the earth.
Today, we’re beginning our series on the Wheel of the Year and pagan festivals with Imbolc, which falls first in our modern calendar year.
Weekly Reading: Gratitude Oracle
Life goes a little sideways during Mercury retrograde, but as we saw last week, some care and planning can take the sting out of it. Wise teachers often say that one of the best ways to turn challenges into opportunities is to focus on gratitude.
That’s not the easiest thing to do when times are hard, but inspired tools can help. This week, we reach for the Gratitude Oracle by Angela Hartfield and Josephine Wall. Intricate fantasy-themed art provides a beautiful backdrop to 55 concepts linked to thankfulness for life’s gifts. Included alongside the large deck is an attractive guidebook that thoroughly explains each card.
Divination and oracles can help us connect to our intuition and find the best way through our days. You can see the Gratitude Oracle, along with other oracle and Tarot decks, in-store at Indigo Moons - there is something for almost everyone.
What does this oracle deck have to say about this week?
In folklore and fairy tales, we often encounter weary travelers wandering through the forest, searching for unknown wisdom. Their journey often leads them to a foreboding cottage inhabited by a mysterious old woman - who may offer shelter and advice…or something much more sinister. Slavic and Eastern European traditions know this spirit as Baba Yaga (“grandmother witch” or “old hag”), a supernatural crone of ambiguous power and origins.
Stories from Russia, Poland, Hungary, and other countries in the region abound. Her home is a cottage built on tall chicken legs, accessible only by speaking a magic spell. She travels through the forests and skies in a mortar, using the pestle as an oar and a broom to sweep away her tracks.
Tarot Forecast: Week of January 16
The holidays. Omicron. A new year: we’ve all been on our toes with everything this winter has brought us. We’ve lost beloved pop culture icons and, perhaps, gained perspective on ourselves and our neighbors - just in time to run headlong into Mercury Retrograde, which started January 14 and continues until February 3.
This week, we’re using the New Era Elements Tarot by Eleonore F. Pieper, PhD. Published in 2018, this deck applies diverse people and global culture to create a more modern view of Tarot. It features realistic hand-drawn images, suits named for the elements instead of symbols, and court cards reflecting family roles (mother, father, daughter, son).
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