Whether you write professionally, for personal enjoyment, or journal, Corrine Kenner points out that “any blank page can be intimidating.” In her book, Tarot for Writers, Corrine devotes an entire chapter to breaking writer’s block. Her ideas are, of course, excellent for doing just that. But I also think they can be great journal prompts or tarot meet up exercises. Here’s a few for you to try:
1. Complete Description
Describe a single card in as much detail as you can muster. Start at the top and work your way down. Then describe the background and work your way toward the foreground. Notice the predominant colors as well as the mood and emotion in the card. Describe
Corrine Kenner and Katrina Wynne both suggested that I write about MATS. First of all, you can get all the juicy details here.
Also, there are lots of other gatherings that I should at least mention, because not everyone wants to come visit Minnesota, although I don’t know why (because it is quite fabulous here AND you’d be here for the State Fair, which don’t tell anyone, but I love almost more than anything).
Bay Area Tarot Symposium
Readers Studio (this link is to the 2010 conference; the info for 2011 will be up soon!)
Tarot Association of the British Isles (at which yours truly will be teaching two workshops)
Tarot Professionals Conference (Tarosophy)
I am sure
Professional Edition Universal Tarot
A while ago, I asked readers if there were any card images that they'd like me to post. One request came from Corrine Kenner who wanted to know more about the Lo Scarabeo Professional Edition of the Universal Tarot.
Here are images of the Professional Edition and the standard edition:
As you can see in the picture, there is a difference in size as well as a difference in border color. The backs are also different:
The Professional Edition, I think, is a great tool for professionals. It is handy to use in workshops or classes. For smaller classes, the teacher can use this deck as a visual aid. For larger classes or workshops where the
I did it! Using tarot cards, I actually wrote a novel. Well, very nearly. I wrote the required 50K by November 30 and before this week is up, I'll have finished the story.
The process was very interesting. I used Corrine Kenner's Tarot for Writers to get started. I created characters using the spreads in the book. I also used a three-card, a six-card, and a Celtic Cross spread for plot development. For me, the character creation was the most interesting and the most fun. In the end, I think they, more than the plot spreads, drove the action.
The protagonist's foil, Alice, has been my favorite character. In this steampunk version of late 1890s St. Paul, MN, Alice is a