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Weekend Writing Prompt: What Wands?

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 for the writing prompt is the Sun. The Sun is about reaching goals and feeling good about it. So, for this Sunday, why not feel good about what you’re about to produce?

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 Sun in the second pile, the pile of Water, which has to do with emotion, love, family and close relationships. 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 Water.

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

Card 1 – Situation: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.

Card 2 – Problem: 2 of Wands

There is a time for planning, which is stirred with the ace. But the Two of Wands is a time of contemplation and reflection, of examining what is being left behind and if the subject is ready to do so. The urge to move ahead is strong, but loose ends must be tied before going on.

Numbers

When I number the Court Cards, I do it by carrying on from the 10 of the suit. So the Page/Princess would be 11, the Knight is 12, the Queen is 13, and the Kings are 14.

Queen of Pentacles – 13
2 of Wands – 2

13/4: Death/Emperor

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.

Fours

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.

Emperor

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, fuelled by passion and activity.

2: 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.

Further Numbers: 15/6 (13 + 2 = 15; 1 +5 = 6)

The Devil

The Devil generally gets a bad rap. The card is deemed and scary, and perhaps even a negative card. However, as we approach the Devil, we must remember that there are no negative cards, as each card has its own level of difficulty.

With this in mind, the Devil does like to dole it out. In traditional depictions of the Devil, he is a beast that has a man and a woman chained to his throne. However, he himself is not holding the chains. These two are chained by their own doing. It is their fears and temptations which bind them to spot. By acknowledging their addictions and weaknesses, they can be freed.

The Devil is a card of temptation. This reminds us that there is something tempting us off course, something that might influence our situation. We need to remember that this temptation can lead to bigger things when we see the Devil.

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.

Writing Prompt

She is the keeper at a traveling zoo. While trying to get one of the animals out of their transport for show, she trips on something under the hay. She discovers two long sticks. When she flicks one of them to get a fly out of her face, it sparks. She realizes, beyond possibility, that she’s discovered two wands.

  • What is the time period?
  • What is the animal?
  • Whose wands are they and how did they get there?
  • Are they actually wands?

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