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Writing Prompt: The Temptation House

This is just the basic 2-Card Writing Prompt today, using a starting situation for Card 1 and a problem, which is Card 2.

If you’re here for the first time, I usually do what is called the First Operation to determine the context or theme of the story prompt. There are 4 realms that it can fall under, each corresponding with one of the elements/suits in tarot. I do a bit of explanation of what the cards mean, but if you’d like to just skip to the writing prompt, it’s down at the bottom.

For my signifier today I chose the Magician, which I feel is the Major Arcana version of the Ace of Wands, which was the signifier yesterday.

First Operation

When I do the First Operation, I shuffle the and divide them into four piles. I then look through each pile to determine where my signifier is. In this case, I found theMagician in the fourth pile, the pile of Earth which has to do with health, wealth, finances and material things. This will be the theme or realm in which the Writing Prompt takes place.

The Spread

After finding the signifier, I put all the cards back together, shuffle them, then divide into four piles again, taking two cards from fourth pile.

  • Card 1(Situation): Devil
  • Card 2 (Problem): Lovers

Card 1: XV The Devil

The Devil gets a pretty bad wrap, and it’s no wonder why. When you first look at the card it appears to represent the thing we all want to avoid. However, what it actually represents is those things which bind us. This can be addictions, bad habits, negative attitudes, thought patterns, etc. Likewise, it can represent temptation, and can sometimes be telling you that your mind is tricking you, or you’ve been tricked into thinking a certain way.

The Devil asks for us to examine our actions and ways of thinking, and question whether or not they are truly in our best interests to being a complete and good human being.

Card 2: The Lovers

The Lovers can represent actual lovers, or it can represent a fork in the road, where a decision must be made. This might be a decision of the heart, but since it’s of a lower vibration, it’s a decision between what we want and what we should have/do. This is looking at what is serving us to become better human beings, and if the choice that we’re facing is giving us the opportunity to grow. This is a reminder that we have this option, one of the paths that we are looking at will take us there, we just have to make the right choice.

Numbers

6 (15; 1 + 5 = 6), and 6

You might notice that the Devil reduces to the number 6. There is an interesting reason for this. The Devil is a higher vibration of the Lovers in a sense. In the traditional Rider-Waite depiction of the lovers, there is a man and a woman, supposedly representing Adam and Eve. Behind Adam is a tree with small flames coming off the branches. Behind Eve is a fruit tree with a snake climbing up it.

In the Devil, you see the same two figures, though instead of trees, Adam has a tail which has the flame and Eve has a tail with fruit. Each have little devil horns. The idea is that their sins have put them in this position with the devil, and thus, they must look at these in order to find their way back into the garden. In the Lovers the choice is between higher and base paths. In the Devil, the choice is avoiding that which keeps us chained or remain shackled.

Sixes:

The sixes represent balance and stability and security. They come after the five, which is the discomfort of transition, and thus, they are the breaking away from that discomfort and settling down in the new stride of the cycle.  

Further Numbers: 3 (6 + 6 = 12; 1 + 2 = 3)

Threes:

The Threes represent the first shape of stability. When we consider the 1 as the point of origin, the 2 as a connection or harmony between two points, when a third point comes along, there is the first shape. And thus, 3 is equivalent to creation, fertility, and any of the surrounding meanings.

The Empress

The Empress is the first card of creation in the Major Arcana. She is the emblem of fertility and creation, and what’s more, she is the nurturing aspect that helps things to grow. She is associated with mothers, and thus, mothering qualities. She is feminine energy applied to creation.

Writing Prompt

MC has just started working in a brothel. They specialize in temptation and provoking giving into temptation. However, love is sparked, and the house of Temptation cannot allow actual love to develop within it.

  • Who does your character fall in love with?
  • Why doesn’t the House allow love?
  • Which is the worst temptation?
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