My theme for this year, as I mentioned last time, is to be fearless in my writing and art projects. Whoa, just saying the word fearless makes my knees knock. But, I’m tired of the roller coaster ride that takes me up and down, round and round and never ends.
Well, I have an idea to forge a new path with Tarot cards. No, I’m not into fortune telling, but I am into stirring up my muse with a game.
I want to find a way to ignite the written word with art and vice versa using the Tarot. Nothing new by any means, writers have been using Tarot cards to stimulate their muse out of her slumber for a long time.
I’ve used the cards when inspiration or a brainstorming partner are not available. For example, if I’m wondering something about how my character would respond to an event or what in the world happens next in my story, I would do the following. Thinking of my quandary with my wip, I would then pick a random card from the deck. And this is where the fun and the possibilities begins.
Of course, you still have to plan or play this around a sound structure for it to work. Otherwise, you’ll be faced with many holes in your story.
I believe our stories are unique because let’s face it there’s no one like us. Whew! When I was looking at the different tarot cards and the images portrayed, I found them lacking a connection to my story. So, I decided to create my own Tarot cards that align with my wip. It will be like funneling ideas straight from my muse without even trying.
I will be documenting my process, choices for images, symbols, colors and whatever else comes up. I’m hoping you’ll join me in making your own cards and add your thoughts and suggestions about mine.
Next time, I’ll be doing a book review. So, it will on the 20th of February that I will show you my progress.
To get you started here are some links about Tarot.
More of the Tarot card images above by Pamela Coleman Smith 1909: http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/xr/index.htm
Source for Tarot decks: http://www.llewellyn.com/browse_category.php?product_category_id=199
Symbolism in the cards: http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/sot/index.htm
More links on the sacred-texts site: http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/index.htm
Till next time,