The very consultant and writer for the booklet to Tattoo Tarot: Ink & Intuition – Diana McMahon Collis is taking us on a journey to explore the Tattoo Tarot Deck in great detail.

The Tattoo Tarot card I’ve turned this time is the Three of Swords, from the minor arcana.  To me, this is one of the kinder versions of this card, which usually looks quite painful in one way or another. Here we have two scimitars encasing a straight bladed sword, which is upright. The curved swords appear one upright, one pointing the other way – a bit like the pattern of the yin-yang symbol. There is a sense of embrace with these two swords. And you could see the single, straight sword as the odd one out and rather suffocated by the other two – not least because they seem larger. However, I am viewing them as potentially protective of the other sword, albeit that all three are caught up in the sticky spider’s web in the background of the card.

Traditionally, this card can represent a love triangle which is painful for all involved.  In a more general sense, as the booklet words remind us, it can be about finding a resolution to a moral dilemma.  I also included phrases, when writing the booklet, such as ‘victory through right action’, ‘the healing power of pure intentions’ and ‘no pain, no gain’. All of these make sense to me now, as I contemplate how this card is relevant to current life circumstances. It is very clearly that I need to continue to change my diet and have more exercise in my life, if I am to avoid my health spiralling into a Type 2 diabetes state.  From what I have read, the potential outcomes of that illness are quite serious and I know I don’t want my life to be that way. Even in the short time I have been aware of my health not being quite right, I have experienced troubles with vision, brain fog and physical numbness – no fun or help at all to someone like me, who tends to keep busy with lots of interests, both personally and work-wise!

The answer to my dilemma lies in facing these truths squarely, making time for research and taking action. I note that the central sword has some similarities to the one in the Tattoo Tarot’s Ace of Swords – a card that really helps with accessing the truth of any matter and getting clear on right action. Thinking about the two scimitars and the web – they remind me of how I face a world out there of ‘bad’ carbs in many restaurants and cafes! The golden edge of the web and its neat construction and pattern somehow evokes honeycomb for me – the real, waxy stuff in a pot of honey. For years I’ve seen honey as a natural food with beneficial, antibacterial properties, nice on porridge and toast and great for fending off a sore throat!  Now it turns out to be part of the dietary enemy, just another glucose-level raiser that will put my health in danger. I must also steer clear of the cakes, biscuits, baked crisps and jacket potatoes I had become fond of. Not to mention white/refined grains in all guises (bye bye sourdough – the trendy toast of the moment!) But, like the booklet says, no pain no gain. If I want my health to be good, I must wield the middle sword and straighten out my diet, cutting those temptations out! It possibly won’t be easy. There will be enticing foods all over the place. But, just like potential lovers, I must refuse eye contact, screen them out and focus on the goodness at the heart of my life – my better health and my marriage to a loyal, loving and handsome husband! Why dabble with the dodgy, stodgy dangers of pizza and cappuccino cake when properly treated quinoa, brown rice, lentils and fresh fruits and a rainbow of vegetables can deliver so many benefits!  This straight path may sound square and boring, yet I know it’s the right way.  The spider spinning the complex web is hanging off the left scimitar, whilst a promising little green hill sits behind the straight sword. I know which attracts me more.

The Tattoo Tarot: Ink and Intuition set, with its colour booklet, is available direct from the publisher Laurence King at £14.99.


Diana McMahon Collis has worked with tarot and astrology for more than thirty years, as a way of helping people connect more deeply and move forward in life; she offers deeply insightful readings with a practical focus, bookable via Email or Skype at: http://mindbliss.co.uk  She also works as a professional writer in the Mind, Body, Spirit field; recent projects include consultancy and booklet writing for the newly launching Tattoo Tarot: Ink and Intuition set (Laurence King Publishing), and project management of the Book of Music Horoscopes (Flare Publications), which also includes her essay on David Bowie and Iggy Pop’s friendship (more details on her Author page at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07FK8896B). At The Mountain Astrologer she writes a bi-monthly lunation column on the New and Full Moons and eclipses, and, for The Astrological Journal, has written on subjects as diverse as music star Prince, ABBA’s Agnetha Faltskog, and the activity of the brain in divination.  At https://Jerichowriters.com she works as an editor and author mentor, assisting other authors on their publishing path and, at http://celestialspot.blogspot.com/, posts reviews of tarot decks, astrology books and articles on celestial and symbolic themes. She can be emailed via (diana@) mindbliss.co.uk.

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