“It’s simple really, very clearLike music drifting in the airInvisible, but everywhereJust because I cannot see itDoesn’t mean I can’t believe itYou know, I think this Christmas thingIt’s not as tricky as it seems”
-Jack Skellington, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
If you play The Nightmare Before Christmas on repeat from Halloween to New Year’s Day and are drawn to all things spiritual (and a little spooky), we have spectacularly festive tarot card decks that will help you get into the holiday spirit.
The history of tarot cards
While we associate tarot cards with mysticism and fortune-telling, these decks originated as simple playing cards. The first records of tarot decks date back to the late 14th or early 15th-century Italian aristocracy, who used the cards to play tarocci, a game similar to modern-day bridge. The French gave the cards a new name and called it Tarot. The game grew in popularity and spread across entire Europe. These cards were often hand-painted and one-of-a-kind.
In the late 18th century, tarot cards underwent a bit of a rebrand when occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette published the first definitive guide to tarot card reading under the pseudonym Etteilla (that’s Alliette backward). In conjunction with his book, Alliette released the first-ever deck designed to be used for divination purposes and made his career as the first-known professional cartomancer (fortune-telling or divination through cards).
Ever wonder how to read tarot cards? The most common tarot deck you’ll find today is a 78-card deck.
- Two groups: the major arcana (or trumps) and the minor arcana.
- The 22 major arcana depict symbolic elements
- The 56 minor arcana into four suits (swords, pentacles, wands, and cups), each containing 14 cards.
The major arcana relate to major life events or lessons, while the minor arcana represent day-to-day happenings.
Minerva Siegel – all about the tarot card author
In Minerva Siegel’s author bio on the Simon & Schuster website, she is described as a “writer, social media influencer, and model.” They say she’s a “Sagittarius with a Capricorn moon” and “she has a deep passion for practicing secular witchcraft, which she considers an essential part of her self-care routine.” She wrote Tarot for Self Care and has worked with Disney, Jim Henson, Tim Burton, Warner Bros., Garbage Pail Kids, and more on creative, whimsical tarot decks. In an Instagram post, @spookyfatbabe says, “Incorporating tarot into my self-care practices and witchcraft has made me a more mindful, reflective person. It grounds me, centers me, and always gives invaluable insight.”
The intention behind Tim Burton’s Disney Nightmare Before Christmas tarot
Minerva Siegal worked with illustrator Abigail Larson to create a tarot deck populated by the familiar faces of Jack, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and Sandy Claws from Tim Burton’s holiday masterpiece. Described as a frightful-but-friendly tarot deck, each card uses a familiar character or scene from the movie to depict the archetypal meanings found in traditional tarot decks.
Although spook, and a lot of fun, for beginners and experienced readers alike, so don’t let the spooky characters scare you away!
How to use the Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas deck in a tarot card reading
The tarot cards are a divination tool. Predicting the future and aligning you with the present. They are powerful in both ways.
Use them for self-reflection and personal growth. As you select cards, use the insight gained to make mindful choices in the future. Discover your true feelings about a situation that’s currently happening in your life.
The included guidebook reveals the upright and reversed meanings of each card.
It gives several examples of spreads for easy readings.
Start using Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas tarot cards today
“For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be.” -Jack and Sally
Are you and this tarot card deck simply meant to be? If you (or your favorite Tim Burton fan) need this deck for your next tarot card reading, you don’t need to “dredge the lake.”
Whether it is the past or present, the Disney tarot deck is there to bring you a smile to your face and clarity in your life! Pure Journi stocks beautiful and unique tarot and oracle cards, including Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas tarot deck. Full of original artwork featuring the beloved characters from Halloween Town.
This tarot deck comes in a beautiful keepsake box with a detailed guidebook for a full explanation of each card.
Visit Pure Journi’s website to pick up Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas tarot deck. It makes a great holiday gift– just don’t forget to treat yourself, too!