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Writing Prompt: The Test

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 Fool as a signifier. The Fool represents openness and openheartedness to what is to come. Thus, in order to be open to the ideas that might come to you during your writing journey, it only seemed fitting to select this card as a signifier.

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 the Fool in the third pile, the pile of Air which has to do with community, higher education, and law. This will be the theme or realm in which the Writing Prompt takes place.

The 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 Air.

  • Card 1(Situation): XX Judgement
  • Card 2 (Problem): VI The Lovers

Card 1 – Situation: XX Judgement

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.

Card 2 – Problem: VI The Lovers

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.

Numbers

Judgement = 20/2
Lovers = 6

20/2: Judgement/High Priestess

I’ve already defined Judgement above, so to avoid repeating myself, I’ll move on to the 2 and the High Priestess.

Twos:

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.

6: Lovers

Six

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

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.

Further Numbers: 8 (20 + 6 = 26; 2 + 6 = 8)

Eights:

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.

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.

Writing Prompt

[Character] is sitting in their last exams, but they can’t get their head straight. There’s something that’s niggling in the back of their mind, and with the information for the test, plus flashes of faces, tugging of the heart—they can’t concentrate on the paper in front of them.

  • What is the exam?
  • What is distracting them—person? Situation?
  • What choice do they have to make?
  • What is the ramifications for failing their test?
  • Which test is greater—the paper in front of them, or that going through their head?

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