The tarot of roses is an ongoing project by Alice Carrier. A tarot deck told in tattoos, inspired by the magic, folklore, and enduring beauty of the rose. As each card is designed, it is offered as a black and grey tattoo. When the deck is complete, it will be assembled and published with a reference guide.
The Right Hand of Wands
Held against the palm, the crackling energy of each rose bud feels like a writhing flame. The energy here is expansive, action based. The action of fire is what we are looking at, in order to gain our personal wisdom. Fire itself is not the tool- it is an element outside of our control. The ways we’ve chosen to contain it- candles, matches, bonfires, and yes- weaponry- are our tools, and we use fire as the means to place action, or life, into something that previously appeared inanimate. The tools become agents of our intention. If the intention is to share our light, are we using a candle or a stick of dynamite? What we choose as the conduit informs how we are able to harness the energy of what we are producing. Whatever light you see- whether it blinds, illuminates, or merely flashes for a moment- gives you a clue to the energy behind the hand that produced it. Intention becomes our tool, evidence of what we are thinking and feeling. Conscious awareness of intention is the work of seeing what is held in our hand.
One session, placement flexible, the shape of it looks cool for upper arm or outer forearm, maybe calf.
The Right Hand of Blossoms
As our first flush of blooms arrives in late spring, we become aware of what we will have to offer. Showing up for the work will always create some kind of result, it is a necessary part of living. Handing off a single bloom, a token of our devotion, we make space for the growth to come. Roses increase their production following a harvest, and we are testing out the energy of blossoms by joyously sharing the first signs of abundance. Before the luxurious sprawling of the summer season, we take stock of our early blooms- removing pests, cutting back suckers that divert energy. There is no one right way to care for our garden. There is only understanding of the work to be done, and a compassionate look at the tools we have to do it. By now you have assembled what works for you and are undertaking the process of learning through watching your own results. Taking care at this time to see what is manifesting is how you develop your skills in the long term.
one session please, shoulder or thigh might work best