Weekend Writing Prompt: The Magician Competition

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.

Today’s signifier is the Chariot, on my partner’s suggestion (he knocked himself out yesterday putting a fence in, so he gets an unusual amount of say in things today and tomorrow, like ice cream for breakfast).

The Chariot represents obtaining higher information and moving forward with it. In the context of a writing prompt, the higher information is your creative ideas, and moving forward is bringing those ideas into the world and putting them onto paper, or onto a computer screen—however you roll.

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 the Chariot in the first pile, the Wands and Fire, which has to do with action, creativity, creation, and career/entrepreneurship. 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 the first pile.

  • Card 1(Situation): 5 of Wands
  • Card 2 (Problem): Magician

5 of Wands

The 5 of Rods in the Aquarian Tarot, or 5 of Wands in most decks, shows a collection of youth with their wands/rods/sticks. They appear to be fighting, but upon observation, none of them appear aggressive. In fact, if anything, at the very most, they’re play fighting. However, likewise, they’re just seeming in a jumble. They’re preparing for that what’s coming.

The 5 of Wands is a card of preparation of confrontation. It might mean practicing for a sports event, it might mean preparing for a meeting, or getting a business ready for a health inspection. Either way, this card represents getting ready for a trial in which the querent is going up against someone else. As a result, this can also mean competition.

Card 2: Magician

The Magician summarized into one word is ‘manifestation.’ This card represents the idea and the gathering of resources to bring that idea into the physical realm. He has before him the tools that the universe provides, and he has mastered them all. With these tools he can claim, ‘As above, so below,’ reflecting his knowledge of the way of the universe, and the infinite possibilities open as a result of this knowledge. This card indicates a time to put ideas into action, a time to start the project, bring forth the new, start writing the novel, start the business, just start.


5 of Wands – 5

The Magician – 1

5: Hierophant


Fives are a number of man. Each human has two arms, two legs and a head (five), two eyes, two nostrils and a mouth (five), five senses, five fingers on each hand, five toes on each foot. In the Tarot, the number five corresponds to transition. It is the half way point, and thus, is the divider between the higher and lower lessons of the suit or of that cycle. Thus, the five brings forth discomfort, which can manifest itself in aggression, sadness, hopelessness, or ego. These are all symptoms of discontent, and discontentment urges us to move forward.

The Hierophant

The Hierophant is the corresponding Major Arcana card to the number five. The Hierophant is the guardian to our beliefs, the one who tends the fire of what we honor and know to be true. Likewise, the Hierophant can represent conformity and social acceptance. He is the director of the standard action taken and social approval.

1: Magician

Since I’ve already defined the Magician above, I’ll try and avoid too much redundancy and just list the meaning of the number 1.


While the tens indicate the end of a cycle and a graduation, think of the ones as the first day of a new level. This number represents opportunity, new ideas, the start of something. As with the ten which has the implication of beginning, the ones have an implication of something ending. Thus, the phrase, ‘when one door closes, another opens,’ is quite applicable to the number one.

Further Numbers: 6 (1 + 5 = 6)


Sixes correspond to success. They are the number that follows fives, which are the discomfort that comes from transitioning from a passive form to an active form. The transition was successful, and now the higher levels of the lessons can be pursued in the cycle, those of the mind and heart. This number in the tarot can indicate peace, happiness and harmony.

The Lovers

The Lovers can be literally depicted as lovers, though is a much deeper card than that. The Lovers indicates a choice that must be made, either between higher and lower senses—base pleasures such as pleasures of the physical realm, or spiritual and emotional pleasures. The card is often depicted with three figures: a man, a woman, and an Angel. Either the man or the woman is looking at the other, while the other is looking up at the Angel, representing the higher pleasures and pursuits. This card represents an ethical fork in the road, where a decision must be made.

Writing Prompt

Five competitors have made it to the final round. This is the challenge of the Medieval Court to see who will be the next Court Magician. The final trial forces each contestant to choose which object is true, and which one is false. The false object will kill them.

  • Who are the 5 contestants
  • What tricks do they use to test the object?
  • Who survives?

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