We all know that you can use tarot for readings. But did you know that you can use tarot for writing? You can! Corrine Kenner wrote all about it in Tarot for Writers. It is a perfectly logical extension of the traditional use of cards for readings. What is a reading, after all, but a story we tell about the possible future? Even if we donâ€™t read predictively and prefer to use the cards for advice, we are still playing out possible plot lines. Corrine teaches us how to use the tarot as a tool for character creation, plot development, and setting. In addition, she gives great ideas for using tarot for blowing away writerâ€™s block. For each card, Corrine gives fun writing prompts, that can work for journaling as well. For example, for the 8 of Cups, she suggests writing about: â€śa pilgrimage, a return from a hunt, a Shepard, a scavenger hunt, or take a break from writing and go for a walk.â€ť Â
Do you know what month is just around the corner? November! And do you know what that means? NaNoWriMo! Thatâ€™s fun to say, but what does it mean? National Novel Writing Month. The organizers call it â€śthirty days and nights of literary abandon!â€ť I call it a chance to play with the cards in a new way. It doesnâ€™t matter if you can write or not. The goal isnâ€™t the end product. The NaNoWriMo website says one reason to participate is â€śto write without having to obsess over quality.â€ť For us tarot lovers, it is also a reason to play with our cards every day for a month.
Even if no great fiction comes of it, think of all that you can learn about the cards as you consider them in new and different ways.
Iâ€™m seriously thinking of participating, even though Iâ€™m not really a fiction writer. Anyone else in with me? Come on, letâ€™s do it! Crazy loves company. Which deck or decks should I use? Which ones will YOU use?
PS Don’t forget to enter the Tarot of the Sweet Twilight drawing!