Tarot is a wonderful tool for the Creative Process! Below is a snippet from my e-booklet: “How to Use Tarot for the Creative Process: even if you don’t know the meanings of the cards!”. The deck featured here is the Tarot Illuminati by Erik C. Dunne.
Using individual cards to gain insight and ideas for your work is a wonderful technique to get moving on a project. But you can delve deeper into possibility by layering ideas and combining the meanings for each subject you want to develop. Look for the story that is being told between the lines.
Say you pull the Ten of Cups for a character you are trying to develop. At first glance, this character seems to have an ideal life. Then you add two more cards to delve deeper into this individual’s psyche. You get the 9 of Swords which is about grief, anxiety, and stress. Maybe things aren’t so rosy after all? You pull another card, and you get the Three of Wands (expansion and development of plans). Does this character want to escape from his “perfect world” and find his true passion in life?
The figures in the cards can help you to develop a story as well. Have the figures dialogue with each other. What would they say if they had a conversation? Look at how they are positioned. Are they looking at each other, are they looking away or straight ahead? What could that mean? What information can you glean from their body language or facial expressions? How could you use that in your work?
In addition, you can use card combinations to assist in developing an overall theme or energy for your work. Let’s say a multi-media artist draws three cards to discover the technique or concept around his new piece. He draws Temperance, the Page of Pentacles and the Three of Cups. Could Temperance be suggesting he combine two different elements together to create something new? What could that look like? Does the Page of Pentacles encourage him to have a strong message about taking care of the Earth? With these cards in combination with the Three of Cups (groups, social interaction, dealing with emotion), could this piece actively involve the audience?
As you can see, how you use the cards in combination is really up to you and your imagination!
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