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 a new card is available it will be shared here. After the deck has been assembled, it will be for sale to the public. Completed pieces are on view above. If you'd like to inquire about an available piece, please email email@example.com with full name, a screen cap of the project you’re interested in with any relevant details- along with a photo of the desired placement area.
TWO OF THORNS
Crossed stems showcase the inaccessibility represented by the two of thorns. Held in place by one thorn gently hooked over the other, we see the duality at play- do the thorns protect the rose? Or do they help her climb? The answer, of course- is both. Left to their own devices, the rose can quickly sprawl into a nearly impenetrable thicket. With intention and direction, the same rose can gracefully climb an arbor. In the human world, this card can represent a sense of closing off from friends and family. Stealing away to protect yourself may give you the space you need to gather your bearings, but ultimately stifles further growth. Consider the way a firmly placed, directly-stated boundary can provide the same structure and room to climb like a well-constructed arbor provides the rose who needs to feel its way up to the light! The key here is facing the uncertainty that develops when one’s intellect hooks itself together, ruminating on a decision or issue. Consider the slow crawl of an unfolding feeling to guide you forward.
TWO OF BLOSSOMS
Facing away from one another, two blossoms sigh their way open. This card is about change, and the decisions that bring it about. Much like a wishbone requires the destruction of the object to release its magic, roses expose their beauty in the act of dying. A fully open blossom is often moments away from dropping its petals, becoming in an instant another form of itself. Change always begins with a decision- we can snip off the blossoms and enjoy the continued growth that results. We can choose to let the petals wilt and watch as hips swell and grow, becoming a new kind of medicine. We can accept that out of this duality, the result will always be the same: something new.