I have always been an eclectic individual. My skills range from art to tech, from scientific to spiritual. I enjoy random (sometimes obscure) alternatives to finding the same result. I also enjoy the look of shock on people's faces when I reveal a new layer of my personality.
This is one of the many reasons that I am never out of ideas. I'm always flowing and yes, it can be a bit confusing and exhausting. It has been my biggest hurdle in life. "Jack of all trades, master of none". That's what my grandmother warned me about as I grew up with my hand in every pie. She wanted me to focus down. Just like my mom. They wanted me to find the ONE thing I was good at and run with it.
Truthfully, there isn't just ONE thing I am good at but if I had to pick something out of my complicated skillset - I'm a fast learner. I am quick to pick up new tricks. I am obsessed with research and sharing my knowledge with people.
So here we go. Down the Zelly road of craziness.
Today, I am going to show you how to use TAROT as a tool to break out of Creative Block.
Create a Plot
Take a moment and shuffle the cards. Pull them out and lay them out to get a full view of the story. Read the cards like the book that they will become.
Three card layouts are very versatile for these types of quick inspirations. You can use it for every chapter, for each conflict or for when you need to add something quickly to an empty plot hole.
Fun side effect to using this method is that the writer is often feeling the same surprise the reader will one day feel.
Create An Extra Character
Ok, so you are stuck on a character. I totally get you there. I have trouble with Original Characters (OC's for those of you not familiar with fanfic lingo)
The cards had traditional meanings back in the day when it came to court cards and suits. It's an outdated practice but it can be useful for some people.
I just drew out the 7 of cups -
This card is about having multiple or endless options available to you. Which can mean, a person who has a lot of choices to make. It could be a lot of potential lovers, potential jobs or paths to take
Astrological Sign Options for Cups: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Physical: Cups can indicate a person of Fair Hair and Hazel eyes
Numerology: 7 is the number of "the seeker"
Personality: Cups are emotions, sensitivity, creative
7 of Cups as People: Artists; dreamers; visionaries; advertisers and marketing agents; model makers and stage designers; storyboard artists. (SOURCE)
So based on my card draw, I just created a character who is fair-haired with hazel eyes, has a sensitive side, possibly an artist, someone who wants to learn the truth behind a secret that other characters may have. This is a love interest that has many potential partners but only wants one.
Check that out, I finally have an idea of my character for my next short story.
This is also useful for Artists who want to draw a new character. Pretty cool huh?
Create 72 Individual Art Pieces
Yes, this is exactly what you think it is.
Artists can create their own Tarot deck. I am doing this and I am writing a series of workbooks to help you guys do the same. I'm collecting as much information about the cards and the traditional elements so that you don't have to spend hours searching up all the details.
You can find all that info on this page
Use Tarot for Topic Generating
I'm going to select another card ...
THE KNIGHT OF WANDS!
Alrighty. This isn't too complicated. The knight of wands is a knight who takes action on his passions.
My next topics could easily be:
"Take Action; Turn your Passion into a Career"
"Passion; What Drives You to Create?"
"Is your Passion Project Running Out of Steam?"
"Take these Actions to Inspire Your Passions"
Get the idea?
I hope you guys enjoyed this little sidetrack of a blog post. Maybe you too can find inspiration using the cards. If you have any questions on this topic, you can always reach out to me.
Have a great week! Keep Creating!