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Day 15 of 30-Day Tarot Writing Challenge: Antagonist’s 1st Display of Power

In Yesterday’s spread we talked about how to structure and look at the second Act of your story based on a 3-Act Structure.

During that spread you drew a card which represented the first display of power of your Antagonist. This is what it is that makes your MC think that they don’t want to mess with the Antagonist, or that perhaps the job is too big. This occurs before the Turn in their position, but after they’ve crossed the threshold.

Today’s spread is about giving more detail to the event during which the display of power occurs.

The Spread

It’s important to use a signifier for this spread. In fact, you’re going to take two cards. The first Signifier is going to be that which represents your MC. For the second card, return to yesterday’s reading and select the card you drew for position 3: The Antagonist’s 1st Display of Power. This card will act as your second signifier, as this is the specific event that we’re looking at.

The spread as a whole should fit within the parameters of the second signifier.

Day 15 of 30 Day Tarot Writing Challenge

Cards 1, 2, & 3: The Event

The first three cards you draw are going to be read together to represent the actual actionable event that shows the power. You can read this how you will—as a sentence, as a series of events, or as individual elements that come into play within a time frame.

Card 4: Initial Response

Card 4 represents how your MC initially responds to the event. This is where you examine whether or not they recognize what’s going on, or if they’re quick on the ball and react out of anger when instead it should be sadness, or laugh when they should be running.

Card 5: Developed Understanding

Card 5 shows how the MC begins to see the event once it’s sunk in. Do they realize they’re completely overpowered? Do they shrug it off as no big deal? Or is it something entirely beneath them?

Card 6: The Threat of the Display

Card 7 is how the event threatens the MC, either directly or indirectly. What does this even mean in the larger scale, on the smaller scale? How does this cause the MC to question themselves, or how does it implicate physical, mental, or emotional damage?

Card 7: Contribution to the Turn

This card is how this moves your MC closer to the Turn, when they go from reactionary to taking action. Card 7 essentially is the next step from the Antagonist’s display of power to the Turn. It might not be the only step, but it is just the next step.

My Accountability

For my Signifiers I picked the 8 of Pentacles to represent my MC, and then the card from Position 3 yesterday was the 6 of Pentacles. I put these two together, focused on them and what I knew of my second Act so far, and what I knew of my Antagonist so far.

Day 15 of 30 Day Tarot Writing Challenge

Cards 1, 2, & 3: The Event

Along the lines of what I decided yesterday for my Antagonist’s display of power, I got some really positive cards for the event: The Wheel of Fortune, the Sun, and the Ace of Wands. Because of the representation of a child in the Sun and the new ideas and passions, I think that Percyval sees her do something seemingly selfless in helping a baby. However, what isn’t seen is that she’s looking at the bigger, long-term picture. The baby will grow to be a pawn for her in later years. However, this is something that Percyval doesn’t know, neither does the mother who just sees that G helped her out of the kindness of her heart.

Card 4: Initial Response

I got the 10 of Cups. Percyval digs this lady, and in that moment, he sees something in her that he wants. For the first time since his first wife died, he’s seen something in someone who makes him want to spend his life with them, and unite.

Card 5: Developed Understanding

However, as certain things come to light (probably via his sidekick or guide), the event doesn’t add up. But so much is he stuck on this flitting moment of a want for a partner from the 10 of Cups, that he becomes blinded. He’s afraid to think that maybe this woman who he cares for, is a baddy. And thus is represented by the 8 of Swords.

Card 6: The Threat of the Display

I got the 4 of Cups, in which Percyval is going to have to reevaluate everything, reexamine all that he knows. This is a huge thing, and he doesn’t know where he stands on it. He shrugs off the Event, and is going to give G a chance to prove him wrong (the 4th Cup).

Card 7: Contribution to the Turn

The step this takes him toward the Turn is the 8 of Wands. This somehow speeds things up. I think that this is the perfect place to put a trial in, and when that trial happens, it will lead him directly to the turn.

 

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