Tarot Writing Prompt: Stuck in an Elevator

Each week I use a 2-Card tarot spread to give you a writing prompt.

First Operation

This week I selected the Magician I for the signifier. I thought it would serve as good motivation to bring for the birth of an idea into fruition. For the First Operation, I found the Magician in the second pile, the pile of relationships and family, which will then be the theme of today’s writing prompt.

Cards Drawn in the Spread

I put all the cards together, shuffled them, and divided them into the four piles again in the same manner of the First Operation, though instead of looking through the pile for cards, I gave the pile a little bit of a shuffle before drawing two cards from the top. Card 1 (Response) was the Queen of Swords Reversed and Card 2 (Obstacle) was Knight of Pentacles (Reversed).

Tarot Prompt
Magician Signifier, Queen of Swords Reversed crossed by the Knight of Pentacles Reversed – Spiral Tarot

Card 1: Queen of Swords (Reversed)

Swords - Queen (Reversed)The Court Cards can represent people or concepts. The Queen of Swords corresponds to the mature feminine energy of the Swords, which correlate to the element of Air and thus communication and intellect. She is a powerful individual and can command. She is a force to be reckoned with. She can be in the field of law, or at least represent a person within the legal or justice field, or possibly a public speaker or even a counselor/psychologist. She can represent a woman in a high professional holding and with the astrological sign of Libra, Aquarius, or Gemini. However, in a figurative manner, the Queen of Swords can represent strength from the process of change, and a manner of stoicism. The Queen has gathered her strength by going through hard lessons, and as a result, she is a force. Thus, the Queen of Swords can also represent politics.

Reversed, she can be a little bit like a small dog—all bark but no bite. However, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have the capability to develop that strength and bite. She is all ego, believes herself to be better than those around her, and thus she alienates those around her.

Card 2: Knight of Pentacles

Coins - Knight (Reversed)The card that crosses the Ace of Swords is the Knight of Pentacles, an energetic character, generally a man, with dark features. They have a good mind for money, perhaps an accountant, and are young, or a beginner in their field. The Knight is stable, a thinker before actions, despite the desire to act now. They are kind, rational, trustworthy, and live a comfortable life. Might be a Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn. The Knight of Pentacles could indicate a character if taken literally, but could also be taken figuratively. The Knight of Pentacles represents a need for action regarding finances, wealth, and/or property. This is methodical action, steady, slow, in it for the long haul, rather than quick action.

In Reversed, the Knight of Pentacles can represent financial stand still, or an individual who is timid, who doesn’t have a sure footing on things, or an unwise spender.

Spiral Tarot
Magician Signifier, Situation – Queen of Swords Reversed, Obsticle – Knight of Pentacles Reversed


Numbers: 13/4 (Queen of Swords = 13; 1+3=4), 12/3 (Knight of Pentacles = 12; 1 + 2 = 3)

Note: Depending on the reader, the Court Cards may or may not have a number assigned to them. I personally always subscribed to the notion that their number was a continuation after the 10 of the suit. Thus, the Pages would be 11, Knights are 12, Queens are 13, and Kings are 14.

4: Emperor (Fire)

4 - The Emporer


Reality. Realization. Logic. Rationality. The universe. Stability. Boundaries. Order. The material world; the physical body (Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen, p. 433).

The Emperor is the partner to the Empress. He is the male ruler of the physical world, the father figure and the authority. While the Empress represents fertility and nurturing, the Emperor represents growth, building, and action. The Emperor is ruled by Aries, the Ram, which bursts into the world, and takes charge.

3: The Empress (Earth)

3 - The EmpressThrees:

Trinity. Procreation. Fruition. Expansion. Results will come into being. Amplification of current state. New additions. A repeating pattern o threes in a reading could indicate that Seeker’s primary objective at the moment is for a creative endeavour or project to yield fruition. P. 433

The Empress is fertility, is creativity nurtured into growth. She can represent an actual mother, or the qualities that a mother might hold: patience, structure, guidance, love. Equally, she can represent the earth, the abundance that the earth provides.

Further Numbers: 7 (12+13= 25; 2+5=7)

7 - ChariotSevens:

Development Stage. Wisdom, Spirituality. Great importance. A power number of sages (p. 434)

Seven corresponds to The Chariot, who also shows us control and victory, but also a message of higher understanding. With this new knowledge, the driver of the chariot powers forward to create action.


The Writing Prompt

The them is love, relationships, and/or family. You have your characters laid out for you, the Queen of Swords and the Knight of Pentacles. Both cards have revealed their weaknesses in reverse. These two characters are locked in an elevator together:

  1. What is their relationship to one another?
  2. What happens in the elevator
  3. What does each one learn within their interaction in the stuck elevator that they take away?

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