Even though I’m technically not a practicing Christian, I do love and celebrate Christmas because of nostalgia and the secular reasons people celebrate it…the warmth and love of family and friends. I also love tarot. And advent calendars. So I combined the whole kit and kaboodle by creating a festive holiday tarot advent calendar.
Here’s what I did:
1. measured and cut a piece of fabric 18 x 32
2. measured and cut (using a self-healing cutting mat, x-acto blade, and transparent quilting ruler) 25 3 1/2 x 5 inch squares of clear plastic (purchased at the fabric store)
3. hemmed the fabric sides and made a tunnel on the top to put a dowel through
4. used permanent fabric glue to affix the plastic pockets in place
5. cut and stitched the gold ribbon in place (because the glue didn’t seem to be sticking to the plastic very well, I made sure I also stitched over the plastic when I stitched the ribbon)
6. cut and glued the red ribbon in place
7. sewed on the decorative buttons
8. sawed the dowel to the right size and painted the ends, slipped dowel through tunnel
9. sewed tunnels on either end of a length of ribbon and slipped onto the dowel ends
10. shuffled a full tarot deck (I used the Tarot of Durer because of it’s beauty), slipped one card into each pocket, with the back facing out
11. hung the calendar
12. each day, I will randomly select one pocket and turn the card around
Example of the cutting mat and ruler:
Today, December 1, 2011 was my first day. The card was:
This is the 2 of Wands. On a lighter note, it looks like they are putting up their Christmas tree. The hedgehog “angel” on top is particularly sweet, isn’t it? More seriously, they are preparing for something. During December, we prepare for whatever End-Of-The-Year Holiday we celebrate, but we also prepare for facing the two darkest months of the year.
You can use any deck, of course, and make your calendar to suit your needs and desires. For example, you can use any color palette. If you prefer to celebrate Yule, use 21 pockets.
I plan on making another one with 4 rows of 7 pockets = 28 pockets. I will use this for a Card of the Day calendar and follow the Lunar cycle. This will be doubly useful, since I like to track the moon phases for my magical work.
The Tarot of Durer is hard to find in the US, but you can find used decks.
The Wildwood would be lovely for a Yule Calendar
The Sun and Moon Tarot, for some reason, seems like it’d be lovely in a calendar