Tarot Writing Prompt: The Run-Away Pt 1

Tarot Writing Prompt: The Run-Away

I thought this week we could look at the weekend writing prompts a little differently. While I’m still going to do the 2-Card Writing Prompt, that each prompt this weekend would build off the last. Thus, whatever you come up with today will run into tomorrow’s writing prompt, and then Sunday’s.

This of course is just a suggestion. However, the manner of the writing prompts will be in the same realm of each other as a result of this mini weekend series.

As always, and as I mentioned earlier, this will be a 2-Card Tarot Writing Prompt, using Card 1 as the Situation and Card 2 as the Obstacle/problem.

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 tarot writing 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.

Since I wanted to run this like a series in which one prompt builds off the other, I started with the Ace of Wands for the signifier, which is the initial idea, and the start of a new project.

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 Ace of Wands in the third pile, the pile of Earth, which has to do with health, wealth, money—things within the material world. This will be the theme or realm in which the Writing Prompt takes place.

The Tarot Writing Prompt 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 pile of Earth.

  • Card 1(Situation): the Hanged Man
  • Card 2 (Problem): 8 of Wands

Card 1 – Situation: Hanged Man

The Hanged Man is a card of stilling the self and sacrificing something in order to gain something greater. The figure in the card has chosen to put themselves in this position in order to see the world differently. This is the sacrifice. The bend in the knee and the crossing of the legs united with the halo of light around the figure’s head indicates that the gain will be something of spiritual significance, or something that will be knowledge toward the Higher Self.

Card 2 – Problem: 8 of Wands

The 8 of Wands is an action card—a very fast action card. It shows 8 Wands flying through the sky, angling down, about to land. They might carry news, they might be yelling that the time is nigh to act! However, when the 8 of Wands appears in a reading, it is a call for swiftness, or a warning of preparation for whatever is coming (usually indicated by the surrounding cards and the nature of the question/situation).  


The Hanged Man = 12/3
8 of Wands = 8

12/3: Hanged Man/Empress

I’ve already defined the Hanged Man, as it’s one of the cards drawn. I’ll avoid repetition and move on to the Empress.


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.

8: Strength


The number eight has to do with infinity, with a loop, as indicated by its shape. In the tarot, it corresponds to progression and transformation. This number shows the movement from the past to the future, the application of lessons learned to the preparation to move on to the next step. There is a message of success within the meaning of the number in Tarot, and can also represent abundance.


The number 8 corresponds to Strength in the Major Arcana, which also features a figure eight-like shape above her head, which is actually the infinity symbol. She is depicted with a lion in most decks, which she calms not with force, but with compassion and empathy, bringing forth a different type of strength. It is the card which indicates inner motivation and peace that can bring fierceness to its knees. ‘Kill ‘em with kindness’ might be an applicable phrase here.

Further Numbers: 20/2 (12 + 8 = 20; 2 + 0 = 2)


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.


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.

Tarot Writing Prompt: The Run-Away

[Character] is on sabbatical from work. During this time, they’ve taken a trip to somewhere they know nothing about, avoiding a problem they can’t actually avoid, and they’re going to have to deal with it fast.

  • Why did they take a sabbatical?
  • Where did they run away to?
  • What is the problem they’re avoiding?
  • Why is it coming up so quickly?

Note: Because this is meant to be a series weekend, consider how this might set up your story, if nothing else, your first scene, though keep your WIP open to the next two prompts.

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