Gotcha!* You just lost the game!
Note: Total trolling start to the post. For those of you who don’t know, The Game is a game in which the objective of it is to not think about The Game. When you do, you lose.
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 fourth pile, the pile of Earth, which has to do with money, wealth, property, and the daily mundane world. 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 fourth pile.
- Card 1(Situation): The Hanged Man
- Card 2 (Problem): 5 of Wands (reversed)
Card 1 – Situation: The 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: 5 of Wands Reversed
The 5 of Wands shows five individuals with their sticks in the air. At first glance it looks like they’re fighting, but really, they’re not acting out of aggression at all. This card is a card of competition, or of play-fighting—practicing and preparing. This might relate to times at work in which one is competing against their other coworkers, or a time of being at odds with them. It’s a card of working against each other rather than with each other.
Reversed, it can indicate a warning against this, or a failure during a competition.
The Hanged Man = 12/3
5 of Wands = 5
12/3: Hanged Man/Empress
I’ve already defined the Hanged Man, so I won’t repeat myself. Instead, I’ll 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 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.
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: 17/8 (12 + 5 = 17; 1 + 7 = 8; or (3 + 5 = 8)
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.
After giving up the game, [CHARACTER] is challenged to one last go, an offer they can’t refuse. But the odds are against them.
- What is the game?
- What are the odds?
- How does the essence of the Empress help or hinder?
- How does the essence of the Hierophant help or hinder?
- How does the essence of Strength help or hinder?
- What are the stakes?
- How important is winning?