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 I chose the Magician for simplicity sake, but also because of the invocation of manifestation that the card represents.
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 Magician in the first pile, the pile of Fire which has to do with action, creativity, passion, and creation. 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 Fire.
- Card 1(Situation): Queen of Cups
- Card 2 (Problem): Chariot
Card 1 – Situation: Queen of Cups
The Queen of Cups can represent an actual person, or can be looked at figuratively. As an individual, the Queen of Cups might be in their 40’s to mid-50’s, be very caring, nurturing, though sometimes controlling as a result. They will always have good intentions at the heart of it, but sometimes an be a little smothery with their affections and care-taking. They’re generally in caring fields such as nursing, working with children, care-giving, etc.
Figuratively, the Queen of Cups is Water amplifying Water, thus creating a call for intuition, pointing out emotion, or excess of emotion, or delving into the subconscious. The Queen of Cups can be viewed as the Minor Arcana version of the Empress, though perhaps with more human faults. She encourages nurturing, but the warning to ‘smother love,’ encourages creativity though comes with the warning that there is no Earth present to ground that creativity, or love. Water is a passive element, and as such, much of what the Queen of Cups represents is internal.
Card 2 – Problem: The Chariot
The Chariot corresponds to the sevens in the Major Arcana. The Chariot is classically depicted as a man being pulled forward by a black and a white sphinx. One story behind the Chariot is that the driver represent the Knights Templar after having found the Holy Grail, and thus, with the divine knowledge it’s brought them, they move forward to spread the word.
Thus, the Chariot is an action card, can represent movement and communicating higher ideas.
Some readers have specific numbers that they associate with the Court Cards such as Paul Foster Case (I believe), such all the court cards being the number 4 (if memory serves me correctly). However, I personally assign numbers by continuing on the count after ten. Thus, Pages/Princesses are 11, Knights are 12, Queens are 13, and Kings are 14.
Thus, the Queen of Cups is the number 13.
The Chariot is the number 7.
The Death card represent transformation. When something changes, then there is a release of something old. A very standard example is the butterfly. In order for it to become a butterfly, the old form of being a caterpillar had to be relinquished. In order for a student to move on in life, they have to leave behind school, and thus become an active member of society. The Death card is a reminder that we must transform in order to move on, and that in doing so, we leave something behind. But that which we leave behind we no longer need, it no longer serves us, and thus, we needn’t mourn it.
The 4’s are like building blocks. They are sturdy, and like bricks going into a building, represent the steady incline of growth. There is a patience that is associated with the number 4.
The number 4 corresponds to the Emperor, who represents father figures, strength and stability. The Emperor can also represent authority. The card is a fiery nature, fueled by passion and activity.
Since I’ve already defined the Chariot earlier, I’ll avoid repeating myself and just relay the meaning of the number 7.
Sevens represent higher knowledge and learning. It can represent a divine understanding as well, or divine messages. However, when we know something, we may find ourselves in need of taking action with it, and this can manifest itself in strange ways, through confusion, loneliness, aggression, or slyness.
Further Numbers: 2 (13 + 7 = 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.
She is married to the Emperor. She is kind, caring, and loving, and has been giving her whole life. He is stern, cold, and authoritative. She can bare it no longer. After referring to herself in third person her whole life she discovers the word ‘I’, and realizes she has a self.
- What does she do with this knowledge?
- How does it affect her world?
- What are the consequences?