Barbara Moore, art by Aly Fell
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Respectful Victorians exhibited their own unique form of strength by keeping a stiff upper lip and repressing—er, controlling—their base, or animal instincts and desires. In this card, we a healthy dose of the “punk” from our theme of “Steampunk.” In our version of Strength, a gentle woman performs a revolutionary (or so it would seem to a Victorian) act of strength.
Cards from older tarot decks show a human wrestling a wild lion. This expressed the idea that people had a wild, or evil, side of themselves that must be constantly fought, repressed, or controlled or it would take
It seems fitting that around Valentine’s Day we look at the Lovers card. This one is from the Steampunk Tarot. I remember when we were working on this and I kept pushing Aly to add more passion. Then I stopped pushing…because steampunk is usually situated in the Victorian era and consequently, emotions were contained and now always expressed very dramatically.
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From the Steampunk Tarot Manuel:
6, The Lovers
“I could not have made a better choice.”
Core meaning: Making a decision that makes your heart glad.
Love is an interesting phenomenon, and this is
It's very apt that the Steampunk Tarot has finally become available as an app through The Fool's Dog. They do an excellent job.
Here's a few things I love:
The usability, obviously. It has to be easy and intuitive or forget it. But it comes with a comprehensive manual just in case you need help.
The entire book is included and in color.
There are lots of spreads. And you can make your own.
You can change the spread cloth. Lots of options, including one specifically designed to go with the Steampunk Tarot basic on the Wheel of Fortune card. I would love one of these in real life.
You can journal about your readings within the app.
Sharing is easy. I use the Share to
We've assembled a cast of characters HERE.
We've developed the Protagonist HERE.
Let's see more about the storyline.
In Tarot for Writers, Kenner provides spreads in increasing complexity to help outline a fully developed plot. We'll begin with the most simple, a three-card spread with cards to represent: Beginning, Middle, and End.
Apparently we are writing an epic, because we pulled all Major Arcana cards for this story: The Chariot, the Devil, and the Hierophant.
The Beginning: Our protagonist (has anyone given her a name?) rushes off to save her brother using all the resources at her disposal, including her determination and book smarts. She is lacking in