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 Magician. I picked this mostly out of indecision, but in part because he is the action of bringing forth ideas into the material world. Thus, putting pen to paper and writing.
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 second pile, the pile of Water, which has to do with personal relationships, romantic and familial. 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 pile of Water.
- Card 1(Situation): 10 of Cups
- Card 2 (Problem): King of Rods (Wands)
Card 1 – Situation: 10 of Cups
The 10 of cups is a card of completion and happiness. In traditional decks, it depicts a family with children dancing. Their raise their arms in gratitude at the rainbow over them and their home.
This signifies having all the emotional needs, and the base for a content home life. There is a home, there is family, there is love.
The 10’s represent an end of a lesson, and in the case of the Cups, the celebration of that lesson learned. But with all ends there is the implication of a new beginning. So while the 10 of Cups is a completion, it is also readying you for what is to come next.
Card 2 – Problem: King of Rods (Wands)
The King of Wands generally an individual with more masculine qualities. This means someone whose focus is more in the material world rather than the thought or emotional realm, and who revolves more toward action rather than passivity. The status of King depicts a masculine individual who might be higher up in their realm—this could be a manager, the head of a company, the head of a family, or someone who is older, from their mid 50’s onward.
The King of Wands is Fire at heart, thus action, creativity, creation, and passion. This can indicate an entrepreneur who has been successful in their venture. The Kings themselves are the element of Earth, and thus there is grounding. This is what suggests success in the entrepreneurial set up I just mentioned.
This individual is usually a Fire sign, thus a Sagittarius, Aries, or Leo.
10 of Cups = 10/1
King of Wands = 14/5
With the Court Cards, while some readers don’t number the Court Cards at all, I tend to carry on counting from the 10, and assign the number that way. The Kings are the fourth number from the 10, thus, they are 14.
10/1: Wheel of Fortune/Magician
The tens are the level of completion, and can even be thought of as the graduation. They are the last stage that can be somewhat bittersweet. It’s the leaving behind of the old life having gained the lessons before it, and preparing to move on to the next set of lessons, in the never ending cycles we participate in. While this is a number of completion, it comes with the implication of something new. Be on the look out for that new while evaluating how you can apply what you’ve learned.
Wheel of Fortune
The Wheel of Fortune is a card of letting things go with the flow. The wheel always turns, the earth always orbits and rotates, and with it comes days and seasons. Things will go as they will go, and things can change just as easily. Sometimes we are at the top of the Wheel, sometimes we are at the bottom. However, both aspects remind us that as the Wheel turns, so does our luck. This card, when up-right can indicate good luck, while in reverse, can indicate a turn for the worse.
There is numerological significance to the number 14. However, it does correspond to the card, Temperance.
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.
Further Numbers: 6 (10 + 14 = 24; 2 + 4 = 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 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.
The family is unconventional by any means. But they’re happy, and really, that’s what matters. Except that the landlord doesn’t agree with this lifestyle, and summons the head of the family. A choice must be made.
- What is the unconventional aspect of the family?
- Which head of the family is summoned?
- What is the dynamic between said family member and the landlord?
- What is the choice that must be made?