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 Fool. The Fool is an openness to a new adventure, to what’s to come. The Fool might not know the journey, but they have to trust the journey.
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 theFool in the first pile, the pile of Fire, which has to do with passion, creativity, creation, and career. This will be the theme or realm in which the Writing Prompt takes place.
After finding the signifier, I put all the cards back together, shuffle them, then divide into four piles again, taking two cards from the fire pile.
- Card 1(Situation): King of Pentacles
- Card 2 (Problem): 6 of Swords
Card 1: King of Pentacles
The court cards can often represent a person or they can represent qualities in yourself or around you that you need to be on the lookout for.
Though Tarot readers differ on the element association, I personally assign the Kings the element of Earth, and thus, the King of Pentacles is Earth applied to Earth. Figuratively, the card will deal with finances and stability. Sturdiness is needed or it is a key factor at play.
As far as a person goes, the King of Pentacles is likely to be an older man, or a senior in their field of work. They won’t be middling in the chain of command, but might be higher up in management. They’re down to earth, patient, potentially good with money.
Astrologically speaking, they’re likely to be an Earth sign such as Capricorn, Taurus, or Virgo.
Card 2: 6 of Swords
The 6 of Swords traditionally depicts two cloaked figures on a boat while a boatman guides the boat away. On the front of the vessel are six swords that the figutes needed to carry with them during their escape.
This denotes leaving a situation for calmer waters. However, when this card comes up, you have to ask yourself what it is you’re carrying with you and if it’s necessary weight. As this card is in the suit of Swords, this might be mental baggage, or words you can’t or won’t let go of.
King of Pentacles = 14 – To get this, I carry on the number after the 10 of the suit.
6 of Swords = 6
14/5: Temperance/ Hierophant
Temperance is a card of balance. An angel pours water from one cup to another without spilling a drop. In some depictions, it is fire and water that she is pouring or mixing, showing the impossibility of her task. Temperance is the mixing of seemingly unlikely things. It is a card that represents finding the balance of opposites and making them work together. In a higher level of meaning, she represents the union and harmony of upper and lower, of the material world and the spiritual world.
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 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.
6: The Lovers
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 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.
Further Numbers: 20/2 (14 + 6 = 20; 2 + 0 = 2)
Judgement is the call to rest. You’ve done your part, and now you just have to wait for the results. But the main take away is that you’ve done what you need to do, you’ve completed your task! Celebrate the effort that you’ve made.
Consider Judgement to be the afterglow of exams. You’ve put in the time, the preparation, the work, the energy. You’ve taken the exams, handed it in, and now you know that weight is off your shoulders. You still need to know the results, but that isn’t for now. For now, you can rest and have fun.
The twos deal with duality, balance, and union. They are the reflection of the one that creates an understanding of space. If one is a dot, and it is reflected to create another dot, then a line can be drawn between the two, making a measurement of distance. Thus, space is understood. The two then is a number of knowing there is that which exists outside of us. In order for perception of ‘out’ to be experienced, then unity must be reached. Balance and harmony are inherent in this, as there is nothing else for the two points be disrupted by.
The High Priestess
In standard Rider-Waite-base decks, the High Priestess sits between two pillars, one black, one white, the black one with the letter B and the white one with the letter J. Behind her is tapestry of pomegranates, and her foot rests on a crescent moon. In her hand, and partly concealed is a scroll reading ‘Tora’.
The two pillars represent Strength and Establishment. The Empress is the go-between of these two, the connection between left and right, of creativity and analysis. She is the feminine counterpart to the Magician.
She is your unconscious speaking to you. Your intuition is trying to take hold, and now is the time to do it. You have ideas that need to be brought forward and made manifest, but first they need to be nurtured. Bring them forward in your mind, allow them to ripen.
He knows. He can’t sit with this secret any longer. He knows too much. There’s nothing else to it but to leave his job. He can’t carry on with this burden any more. But they’ll come after him—oh God they’ll come after him!
- Who is he?
- What does he know?
- Why will they come after him?
- Who’s ‘they’?
- Will they come after him?