Weekend Writing Prompt: The Price Too Much

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’s signifier is the Empress. She is the Major Arcana card associated with creation, creativity, and fertility. What more could a writer want?

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 Empress in the fourth pile, the pile of Earth, which has to do with material things such as wealth, health, property and day jobs. 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 fourth pile.

  • Card 1(Situation): 4 of Pentacles
  • Card 2 (Problem): Queen of Pentacles

Card 1 – Situation: 4 of Pentacles

The 4 of Pentacles is about having enough. The image in the card has enough Pentacles and yet holds tightly to them. So much so that they are what he stands on, what’s on his mind, and what he holds over his heart. The 4 of Pentacles becomes and obsession in extreme cases. However, the 4 of Pentacles can also be seen as a protective barrier, the physical thing the figure in the card uses to keep unwanted things at bey.  

Card 2 – Problem: Queen of Pentacles

The Queen of Pentacles is often seen as the healer. She takes intuition and love and grounds out into the physical realm. She is the nurturer, and often a nature-lover. She intuitively knows how to heal, what is needed for the growth and well being of a family or garden.

Negatively, she can be overly emotional which might blur her vision, causing her to think with hear heart, muddying the path. The Queen of Pentacles is Water come to Earth, and thus, out of balance, she might slow things down.


Some Tarot readers don’t assign the Court Cards numbers, however, I personally view them as carrying on from the 10’s. This would mean that the Pages/Princesses are 11, Knights are 12, the Queens are 13, and the Kings are 14.

4 of Pentacles – 4
Queen of Pentacles – 13

4: Emperor


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.

13: Death

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.

Further Numbers: 17/8 (4 + 13 = 17; 1 +7 = 8)

The Star XVII

The Star is a goal, and thus offers hope. It is the optimism to lift one’s head to the sky, notice the abundance that there is and aim for it. When there is something that we are striving for, then we become hopeful, and that hope, in turn, drives us to the goal. It is symbiotic. This isn’t just any goal, it is something that inspires passion within you, something that at one point could only be a wish, but now you have the power to work toward making it a reality.

Each star out there is a sun, and the Sun is success and fulfilment. Don’t shoot for the moon, shoot for the stars.


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.

Writing Prompt

There is only one healer who can tend to the wealth [Character], but the cost is too much.

  • What is [Character’s] ailment?
  • What is the cost?
  • Is it worth it?

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