~ Tarot Writing Prompt: The Run-Away Part 2 ~
This is the second part of the mini series writing prompt. This weekend, each prompt will build on the previous days’ prompts in order to help develop a fuller story. Today’s prompt will still be stand-alone, but if you’d like to participate, you can read yesterday’s prompt here.
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.
Because this is part of a series and I chose the Ace of Wands yesterday, I chose the 2 of Wands today for the Signifier. This card represents the bringing forth of the New idea of the Ace of Wands, into the real world.
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 2 of Wands in the third pile, the pile of Air which has to do with community, law, and education. This will be the theme or realm in which the Writing Prompt takes place.
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 Water. While I was shuffling a second time, a third card jumped out, so I put it to the side. You can use it in your prompt or not, but I’ll provide the information in this post.
- Card 1(Situation): 3 of Pentacles
- Card 2 (Problem): Strength
- Card 3 (bonus): Magician
Card 1 – Situation: 3 of Pentacles
The 3 of Pentacles represents apprenticeship. Similar to the 8 of Pentacles, this is a card of honing skills and talents, working on developing that which you produce in the material world. However, while the 8 of Pentacles is about personal work, and practicing in private, the 3 of Pentacles is about gaining approval externally. In the Rider-Waite deck, the 3 of Pentacles shows two individuals, a wealthy woman and a man of the church with the apprentice. They work with the apprentice to improve their work, directing them to their desires. Likewise, they are approving of his work along the way, thus building his confidence through experience directly working in the field.
Card 2 – Problem: Strength
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.
3 of Pentacles = 3
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 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.
Since we’ve already looked at the definition of Strength, I’ll just provide information about the number 8 in this section, rather than repeat myself.
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.
Further Numbers: 11/2: Justice/High Priestess
Justice is a card of logical decisions. The figure in Justice holds a scale with one hand that weights the heart against a feather, while in the other hand holds an upright sword. The latter is the reminder that this is a card of pure intellect, and thus, logic. There is a decision to be made, there is a call to be called, and whatever the verdict, it will be just and fair. Justice doesn’t always dish out what’s nicest, but will always be sure that that which comes is along the path of righteousness.
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.
[Character] made a vow to stick to their path of the Hanged Man during their sabbatical. However, during this time, an opportunity has arisen which offers to take their hobby to the professional world. Theme: law, higher education, community.
- What is the hobby
- What are the potential problems of creating a profession of this hobby?
- Why do they need strength to carry it out?
- Where does the them of Justice fit in?
- How does the theme tie in?