Starting next Thursday I’ll be launching a new feature on my blog, which I’ll be calling Tarot Thursdays.
So what will be happening is I’ll be going over a single card each week and explore the themes presented in the card and how it applies to storytelling. Those of you who have been following me over in the Chaos Pen blog should be already familiar with how I do this, but for those of you are new to the process I’ll give you the basic run down of it now.
Introduction of the Card
So in this section I’ll just be introducing the card. Pretty straight forward. Nothing fancy.
Here I’ll be providing images from my collection. I currently own four decks. Three of them are physical decks and one, the Tarot of Dreams, is a digital deck that came with the Orphalese Tarot program when I purchased it. You can get a physical copy of that deck. I just haven’t had the chance to get my hands on it yet.
This is also the section where I will ask you to make your own assessment of the images in the cards before moving on to the rest of the exercise.
My Analysis of These Cards
This is a new section I’m adding to the feature for those used to the Chaos Pen blog. Here I will be sharing my impressions of the images of the cards and what I think they might mean. And you are completely free to disagree with me here. This isn’t about right or wrong. It’s about getting you to think and feel something.
Themes of the Card
On the Chaos Pen I shared links from the Learning the Tarot website and the keywords they gave for the card. I now will also be sharing links from the Biddy Tarot website and their keywords as well. The reason for this is not everyone gets the same impressions from these cards and in some cases it’s completely different. I would like to keep a broad perspective whenever possible to allow people to draw their own conclusions.
What this Card Means to Me
As I had over on the Chaos Pen, I will be sharing here my own free write as inspired by the card but I will now also be adding my chosen keyword or key phrase to associate with the card. The reason for this is that it will help solidify the meaning of the card in my mind, making it more useful to me when I use it in the randomized prompts later.
As I mentioned before, I’ve been planning to update my Tarot card themed music playlists for the Chaos Pen Challenges to all instrumental pieces to make them more writer friendly so I’ll be doing that as I schedule these exercises.
The Writing Exercise
And finally here is the free write exercise that will be at the end of each of these where you’ll be asked to work with the themes of the card.
Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1989
Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Author) © 1996
Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti (Author), Lee Bursten (Author) © 2015