Preparing for Tarot & Writing

tarot, tarot reader, tarot cards, fortune telling, fortune teller,As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m going to be writing a series of books on writing with the tarot. As part of my preparation, I’m designating Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week Tarot Tuesday and Tarot Thursday. I’ll blog about the tarot and, specifically, how you can use to it write creatively.

For the remainder of March, I’ll blog about the tarot, spreads, interpreting the cards, etc. My plan for April, however, is to delve more specifically into using the tarot for writing.

If you’re interested in joining me as I explore tarot and writing, all you’ll really need  is a pen and notebook or a tablet or a smartphone or a laptop or whatever you use to write and store stuff.

And a tarot deck.

You have a LOT of options available to you. There are so many tarot decks out there for all and any interests it boggles the mind. Aeclectic Tarot is the place to go to help you choose a tarot deck. Highly, highly recommend that website.

It not only has  links to just about every tarot deck out there, it also offers reviews and, best of all, you can see sample cards. That’s important because you want to choose a deck that you’ll like working with. Tarot decks are about images and colors, shapes and objects, people and settings.

Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore

You don’t want to choose a deck you can’t relate to. There are baseball tarot decks, vampire tarot decks, dragon tarot decks, cat tarot decks. There’s even a steampunk tarot and, as you saw in an earlier post, a zombie tarot.

But, if you don’t want to shell out a lot of money for a tarot deck, and you have the ability to download an app, check out the tarot apps at Galaxy Tone. Most of these app tarots will run you about, oh, four or five dollars, but you’ll have access to an entire tarot  deck and the apps are just as useful for writing with tarot as the cards themselves. I know, I have four of these apps and I love ’em!

Plus you get the non-pro Galaxy Tarot for free! The only difference between the free version and the pro version is the number of spreads you have available. Again, for using the tarot to write, the free version is perfectly fine.

You’ll probably find other tarot apps out there so just do a search for them.

So, if you have a tarot deck, cards or app, and a notebook, that’s all you’ll need. Oh, and, of course, the work you’ll put in doing the writing. I’ll provide the rest.

Tarot for Writers – Corrine Kenner

I also strongly recommend at some point that you get your hands on Corinne Kenner’s Tarot for Writers book. I mentioned before that this is THE book if you’re interested in writing and using tarot.

Okay, time for me to get ready to head to work. Putting in some extra hours tonight. But tomorrow I’ll talk about the tarot in general and on Thursday about using spreads.

Have a nice night!

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces – Myth & Dream

I finally started re-reading The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, and I thought I’d share some of the more noteworthy quotes. The last time I read it, which was a few years ago, I remembered how densely packed the book was and that it contained much that was inspiring and thought-provoking.

These quotes are from the Prologue, Part One – Myth and Dream. In that chapter, Campbell talks about the similarities between myths and dreams, and that the archetypes that inhabit both are universal across time and space.

“The latest incarnation of Oedipus, the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stand this afternoon on the corner of Forty-Second Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change.” (p. 2)

“Dream is the personalized myth, myth the depersonalized dream; both myth and dream are symbolic in the same dream, sleep, Diana Castlegeneral way of the dynamics of the psyche. But in the dream the forms are quirked by the peculiar troubles of the dreamer, whereas in myth the problems and solutions shown are directly valid for all mankind.” – (p. 14)

“The hero, therefore, is the man or woman who has been able to battle past the personal and local historical limitations to the generally valid, normally human forms” – (p. 14)

And my favorite.

“Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” (p.18)

from Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, (3rd edition)

Recovering. Slowly…

sick, illness, feeling bad, nausea,I’m not sure what was wrong with me yesterday. I was totally out for the count. Felt as if I were coming down with the flu with the accompanying headache, nausea and dizziness. It was not, by any means, a fun afternoon and evening for moi. I spent all of it wrapped in blankets on the couch, shivering and groaning, while I numbly stared at  TCM’s 31 days of Oscar movies until about 1:30 a.m. when I finally got up enough strength to stagger off to bed.

I feel much better today although still groggy and tired. I’m somewhat on and off the couch (mostly on)  and, when I am on the couch, I find myself trying to come up with an idea for a panel for this year’s Odyssey Con or Odd Con as it’s commonly known. Odd Con is a science fiction convention that takes place in early spring. It’s a local, fan-run convention, so it’s small enough to not be totally overwhelming, but big enough that there are guests of honor and panel discussions.

They are looking for panel suggestions and I believe the deadline is coming up in a couple of weeks. I’ve been thinking about suggesting a panel on Babylon 5, a big favorite of mine. I don’t think I’ve been on or even attended a panel on Babylon 5 before. The theme for this year’s Odd Con is Dr. Who, so there will be lots of panel suggestions on the good Doctor, but I’m sure they’ll also be looking for some variety.

Don’t know what kind of a panel I could suggest on Babylon 5, however. One thing I do remember about Babylon 5 is how much its storyline and some of its characters reminded me of Lord of the Rings. For some reason I always saw Captain Sheridan as Frodo. 🙂

Hero’s Journey & TED Talks

hero, dragon, knight, hero's journey, hero with a thousand faces, mythology, mythTED – Technology, Entertainment, Design. That is how TED came about in 1984 as a conference bringing together folks from those three disciplines to talk about stuff.

People love to talk and they love to share their ideas. That’s one of the reasons  we blog, right? Or Facebook or Twitter. Now, I’m not much of a talker per se, but I do like to write. Or, at least, I’d rather write than talk.

So, anyway, if you’re looking to listen and watch people talk about all KINDS of stuff, head on over to TED.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the hero’s journey as you can see from a previous blog post. I still haven’t started reading The Hero With a Thousand Faces, but as soon as I finish The Snow Queen I will. A book that definitely follows the Hero’s Journey. The heroine, Moon, left home, was tested and tried and tested again, gained enemies and allies, went through her Ordeal, including “Death” and “Resurrection, and is now On the Road Back, but she still has more tests to undergo before she achieves (or doesn’t achieve) her goal.

I know she achieves it because I’ve read the book before, but I’m still enjoying the journey. Funny how that works, which attests to the fact that we can read some books over and over or watch some movies over and over and still be drawn into them.

I found this five minute video over at TED about the Hero’s Journey. It’s really good as it’s a brief, succinct intro to the Hero’s Journey

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

hero with a thousand faces, mythology, joseph campbellEarlier I’d mentioned a bunch of books I had picked up from the library. Unfortunately, a few of the books, once I started reading them, didn’t hold my interest. Wasn’t really a reflection of the books, per se. Sometimes I’m just not in a particular mood for a certain kind of book. Plus, I’ve been re-reading Joan Vinge’s The Snow Queen for the past few weeks and I want to finish it so that I can re-read the sequel, The Summer Queen. 

A book I suddenly got an urge to re-read is Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces. If you’ve heard or read anything about the Hero’s Journey, particularly as it was laid out by Christopher Vogler in his book, The Writer’s Journey, this is the book that started it all.

I’d read Hero with a Thousand Faces oh, geez, I don’t know, about 10 years ago? I know it’s been awhile. It’s a very dense book, not one you can read through quickly, but I recall that after I finished it I felt as if I’d been on my own hero’s journey.

hero, dragon, knight, hero's journey, hero with a thousand faces, mythology, mythOne of the reasons I’m so keen on re-reading the book is that I’ve decided to read and study more mythology and incorporating it in my writing and my tarot readings. I’ve always  loved myth, since I was a kid I’ve been strongly drawn to it and, in all honesty, no matter what kind of stories we write or tell or watch or create, we’re pretty much just re-telling the same ancient myths, legends and fairytales. We’re just putting our own personal and cultural spin on them.

Campbell also has a number of quotes that, over the years, have resonated with me and actually helped me get through some rough times.

Here are a few of them.

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.

—Joseph Campbell