Exploring Character with Tarot Introduction

Starting next week, every Thursday, there will be an Exploring Character with Tarot featured post. This will focus on one card and how it can be used as a prompt or brainstorming in our writing as well as a means to explore character traits and associated jobs.

It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I believe the reason for this is that visual art has a way of tapping into our symbolic and metaphoric vocabularies on a subconscious level. In doing so, it evokes emotions and creative thought within us.

This series aims to explore this phenomenon using tarot with intentional purpose. The goal is to have a personal character trait keyword bank by the end of the series inspired by the images of these cards to enhance our brainstorming in our writing and improve our card reading skills.


Introduction of the Card

EC-ThumbnailIn this section I’ll introduce the basics of the card and since I’ll be following the same sequence as the Exploring Tarot and Emotional Tarot series, I will be linking over to the corresponding card for those meanings so we won’t need to repeat that information here.


Card Examples

EC-IntroI currently own eleven decks at the time of posting, so each deck will be featured here for the card example comparison.


The Writing Exercise

The assignment for this exercise is to write a character sketch as inspired by this card. Either choose your character trait keyword first and get started from there, or start with your idea for a character to work your way towards a single keyword.


What this Card Means to Me

This section is where I will be doing my own work with the card within this series.

I’ll be choosing a character trait keyword and including a link to this site that lists potential jobs and careers associated with this card.


More Tarot Goodness

If you are interested in learning the basics of tarot from me, visit my Exploring Tarot blog series here.

If you are interested in exploring emotions with tarot with me, visit my Emotional Tarot blog series here.


~ Celtic Dragon Tarot by D.J. Conway (Author), Lisa Hunt (Illustrator) © 1999
~ Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Illustrator) © 1995
~ Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2015
~ Mystic Dreamer Tarot by Heidi Darras (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2012
~ Mystic Faerie Tarot by Linda Ravenscroft (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2015
~ Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1986
~ Necronomicon Tarot by Anne Stokes (Illustrator), Donald Tyson (Author) © 2012
~ Panda Tarot by Severino Baraldi (Illustrator), Lo Scarabeo (Author) © 2017
~ Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2011
~ Steampunk Tarot by Aly Fell (Illustrator), Barbara Moore (Author) © 2012
~ Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
~ Credit for 3D model and assets used in this rendered image can be found here.

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