I love the Tarot as a tool for meditation and writing. If you read The Horned Gate, you probably figured that out! So, after brainstorming with Sara L. Maguire—who’s largely responsible for this—I’m launching a new feature on this blog: Tarot Tuesday.
Each week I’ll write a flash fiction piece, character sketch, or meditation on one card. (I’ll try to keep the post between 300 and 1,000 words—but I might go over if an idea for a full-fledged short story takes root.) Then, at the end of that post, I’ll announce a new random card for the following week.
Feel free to join in! If flash fiction doesn’t work for you, poetry would be awesome. Or anything you’d like, really. Just drop a link to your creative endeavor in the comment section of the main post that week.
You don’t have to be an expert on the Tarot. You don’t have to be into the occult or divination. You can just let the image on the card inspire you. Hell, you don’t even need to own a deck. If the Seven of Swords comes up, for example, just search for images of that card online and choose the one that grabs you.
If you already have a deck you love, perfect. Just one caveat: the deck I’m drawing from is based on the Rider-Waite-Smith. I figure that’s the closest thing we have to a ‘standard’ deck. But there are lots of ‘non-standard’ decks. If you love working with one of them, and the suit or number of the card doesn’t match up, just use your judgment and approximate. No harm, no foul.
Okay, the random card that will get us started next Tuesday is: the Knight of Wands.
Good luck & happy writing!