Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Tarot For Writers - Introduction

tarot for writers
If you are a fiction or poetry writer, have you ever thought of using Tarot cards to help you create your stories or poems? (here's a haiku)

This idea might come as a surprise to you, if you aren't familiar with the Tarot card images and how they can be used as a tool to fire your imagination.

Forget fortune-telling; you can be very creative with a Tarot deck in different ways.

The main protagonist in a story can be associated with the Fool in the Tarot, who embarks on some kind of journey (new experiences, events, an inner journey of self-discovery, an adventure, etc.), which leads to a yet unknown destination (The World).

The purpose of a story is to tell how the Fool moves from the starting position to the end of the story. Along the way, many things happen, either internally or externally.

A 78-card Tarot deck is divided into the Major Arcana (22 trump cards) and the Minor Arcana (four suits numbered Ace – 10 and 16 court cards).

The Major Arcana represents archetypal experiences, events, personalities and processes that are inherent in all of us. 
eight of swords
Inhibition, self-restriction, a hostage 
situation, damsel in distress...what 
does the Eight of Swords tell you 
about a character?

The Minor Arcana represents everyday events and activities, with the court cards signifying 16 personality types (see also Myers-Briggs personality profiling)

Shuffle a Tarot deck and pull cards at random in order to 
  • generate new ideas for a story 
  • get unstuck out of your writer’s block 
  • develop a character, personalities, story lines and more

One idea is to pull just one card to define the central theme of your story:
  • What is it about? 
  • What does the central character need to deal with?

Or you can pull one card, if you are stuck in the middle of a story. This one card can give you a prompt about:
  • what happens next
  • an obstacle
  • a helper
  • an interference
  • a characteristic
  • an opportunity
  • a secret
  • a solution
  • a twist
  • the ending
  • anything else you can think of

There is much more you can do with Tarot cards to accelerate your writing and take it to a new level. 

I will cover more ideas over the coming weeks. Make sure you subscribe to get the latest posts straight into your inbox.

In the meantime, if you are new to Tarot, why not check out my online beginners' course, so you can learn the basics and apply them to your writing

Let me know, if you're a writer, and I will adjust the course to your needs when we work together.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane


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