Weekly Creativity Prompt – Relating to Eight

Prompt: “Shuffle your deck of choice, then pull out every ninth card. Of the eight cards now sitting in front of you, which card do you relate to most strongly and why? Of the seven cards now left sitting in front of you, which card do you relate to the least and why?
Extra Credit: There are now six cards left. Assign a real person in your life, a fictional character, a movie, a book, or a song to each of these six cards and then tell us why you made the choice you did for each.

Northern Animal Tarot

Of the eight cards now sitting in front of you, which card do you relate to most strongly and why?

Two of Swords – So many of the cards in this collection are echoes from my past and the way that I treated myself before I got to a point where I had to acknowledge that I was killing myself and things needed to change.  At this time in my life, out of these eight cards, it is the Two of Swords that I relate to the strongest, for it speaks to me of the constant weighing of my old ways and my newer healthier ones.  The many, many choices that I make every day, again and again, between that old path and this new one I’ve chosen.

Of the seven cards now left sitting in front of you, which card do you relate to the least and why?

Eight of Wands – I think that this is the card I relate to the least at this time in my life.  I feel like everything is moving in slow motion these days.  I know it’s because I’m used to moving much faster and pushing myself much harder, and that this slower and more healthier pace is much better for me.  But sometimes?  It doesn’t feel like I’m moving at all but instead standing stagnant in the mud.  Not the case, I know… but that’s how it feels sometimes.

Assign a real person in your life, a fictional character, a movie, a book, or a song to each of these six cards and then tell us why you made the choice you did for each.

King of Wands – The man is a fucking marvel of ingenuity.  He once said, at the age of eight, that he would make his first million before he turned 20.  Not only did he do it, but he made his second before turning 21.  Singularly focused, everything he has and everything he does goes towards the goal of accumulating more.  It isn’t the wealth that drives him, no matter how much he accumulates.  It’s just that within him is a driving force that has to be directed somehwere and this is where he chooses to direct it.  This is why he doesn’t stop. He has no plans to retire and take things easy.  He can’t… because there’s just too much fire inside and it has to go somewhere.

The Emperor – I’ve selected Daechwita by Agust D as the song that matches the Emperor card. The song, and especially the music video for this song, absolutely fits this card, as they are both about not just power, but what we do with that power over others, and how we use that power to lead. If you would like to better understand the music video, DKDKTV did an excellent explanation video about it.

King of Swords – This card speaks to me of the 2003 movie Paycheck with Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman. Although the main character in this movie runs around lost acting like a spoiled brat through a good part of the movie, when the movie finally comes together, what you see is a mastermind plan.  Perfect strategy and leadership, even with those difficult to lead or convince. Everything moves forward to a predetermined plan, executed with precision to the desired outcome in the man character’s favor.

The World – She floats.  Seriously. I’m not kidding. It’s not that she moves through life with her head in the clouds, but rather that she’s found that place within herself where life’s energy flows and she rides those currents smoothly, accepting each moment, each experience, and like air flowing through leaves or water over rocks, she adjusts to each moment, learns, and continues on.  Ever evolving as she takes each step in life, those gauzy skirts swirling around her ankles only making me that much more certain that her bare feet are not actually touching the ground but skimming over it.

Nine of Swords –  X Amount of Words by Blue October fits this song to absolute perfection. The Nine of Swords is all about mental anguish and anxiety.  It’s about struggling with a mind that is not fully in control, and the lyrics to this song (included in the video I linked) match that theme exactly. They were made for each other.

Knight of Wands – For this card, I chose the 1998 movie City of Angels, with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. In this movie, the angel Seth is so focused on what he wants that he is willing do do anything to go after it, no matter the consequences.  He is so enrapt with the concept of love that he literally falls from heaven in order to experience it for himself… only to experience it just briefly before it is taken away. The end of this movie kills me, and I’ve stopped watching the ending and instead stop it at the cabin when they’re happy and together.  That said?  This story holds within it the soul of the Knight of Wand’s passion, determination, and drive for what they want most.

DECK USED:  NORTHERN ANIMAL TAROT

Weekly Creativity Prompt – My Addiction

Prompt: Pull (at least) three cards from your deck and use them to share with us about something you are personally addicted to.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Tarot

I have always connected most strongly with cards when it comes to methods of divination. I love the feel of them and by the time I was sixteen, I already owned well over a hundred.  Although I was (and am) familiar with a large number of different types of divination, and even practice a few of them, I know where my bread is buttered and I have always made damned sure to keep my collection of decks safe, secure, and growing. (The Chariot)

The thing is, though? I did slack a bit on collecting now wand then. Most of the time it was because finances just didn’t allow, other times it was because I had other things to focus on, other addictions to delve into, other interests to explore.   Out  of fear?  I hid my divination practice from Gideon.  I hid it because I was worried that although he’s not a particularly religious person, that if I delved too deeply into what exactly “I’m pagan” meant and that I read the cards… I might loose him.  This was something I couldn’t abide.  But with each year that passed?  I felt like more  and more like I was withholding something important from him and our relationship.  So… I decided to tell him (The Lovers).

I was very nervous at first, but he took me by surprise.  He asked a lot of questions, and then?  He asked me to teach him.  I was so surprised and amazed, but I took him under my wing to begin teaching him the tarot (The Hierophant), and something amazing happened.

All those secrets, now out in the open, reinvigorated my practice.  It breathed new life into not just my divination practice, but also my Pagan practice as a whole.  By being able to share with him these things instead of hide them from him, it turned over a new leaf for me in my own practice and path (The World).

As a result, of course, this meant my collecting (addiction) for decks also was reinvigorated and, at this time of life when I have more disposable income than ever before, that has resulted in my collection growing by leaps and bounds. (Justice)

DECK USED:  MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC TAROT

Weekly Creativity Prompt – The Moon

Prompt: “Pull the card from your deck(s) that matches the card posted below. Compare the imagery between the card provided and the card from your own deck. How would you read them differently and why?

Tarot of the Hidden Realm - The MoonTarot of the Hidden Realm – The imagery of this card is all about a flagging of confidence, a sense of curiosity, and a moment of uncertainty.  Antlers are unwieldy in moments of vulnerability as the figure explores the barren ground on hands and knees.

There is also determination and strength.  She is not lying down and giving up, but continues to move forward, to seek more, and find her way.

The Moon - Tarot for Middle Earth, Anonymous Tarot, Adventure Arcana Tarot

Tarot for Middle Earth – Like the Tarot of the Hidden Realm, the focus in this card’s imagery is not on the moon itself, but rather on the figure that works to make their way through a dark landscape of shadows and darkness. Here in this card there is a sense of empowerment over doubt and uncertainty.  Her posture and the sword she carries indicates that although she walks through shadows and a landscape of illusion, she is prepared for what may come.

Anonymous Tarot – Abstract and vague, what stands out strongest to me in this card is the moon itself.  Although this imagery is very reminiscent of traditional RWS imagery, the moon dominates everything and appears to be bleeding. The amount of red in this card speaks to me of fear, and of leaving a place of calm and security (the blue) to step into that place of fear in order to follow the beacon of the moon above.

Adventure Arcana Tarot – Here again we see a very classic imagery, and yet the contrast between domesticated and wild is missing in the lack of dog and wolf.  Although the crustacean is also missing, we are still able to draw the meaning of it through the shift from stream to the appearance of a path, as if we are pulled out of the dark water of the subconscious to tread upon the moonlit path through uncertainty, forsaking the security that the towers offer to follow the guiding light of the moon above.

DECK USED:  TAROT OF THE HIDDEN REALM, TAROT FOR MIDDLE EARTH, ANONYMOUS TAROT, ADVENTURE ARCANA TAROT

Weekly Creativity Prompt – Doomed From the Start

Prompt: “Draw up to three cards from your tarot (or oracle) and use them for guidance in choosing something to share with us about your childhood.”

d'Morte Disney Tarot

My sister and I once made a plan that was doomed from the start. (The Tower)

We decided to force our father to treat us as equals by cutting her hair like mine and dressing identically so that he couldn’t tell us apart. (Strength Rx)

Instead, it resulted in him following through on a threat he’d made a number of times in the past, and he took the door off our bedroom and the bathroom too. (Death)

DECK USED:  D’MORTE DISNEY TAROT

Weekly Creativity Prompt – The Devil

Prompt: “Pull the card from your deck that matches [The Devil from Tarot of the Hidden Realm]. Compare the imagery between the card provided and the card from your own deck(s). How would you read them differently and why?

Tarot of the Hidden Realm - The DevilTarot of the Hidden Realm – Here we see temptation personified in the countenance of Faunus, Cerrunos, and Pan.  The horned one tempts lovers to dance in the forest, and lose themselves in each other as they swirl and sway among the trees.

The lovers must be willing to step into this space, to join the dance… but the temptation is so great will it feel like a choice if they concede? After all, how can you resist such a seductive invitation?

Steven Universe Tarot, Occult Ornithology Tarot, Sortilegios Tarot

Steven Universe Tarot – Here we see the puppet straining against the chains as the puppetmaster lingers in the background, in full control of the situation much as the rider of the Chariot controls his horses. The depiction here is what happens at the end of the Devil card’s journey.  You’ve given into temptation, you’ve yielded to the seduction that teased you into succumbing. At first you felt you were in control, but no more.  Not now.  Now you find yourself truly trapped with only your own choices to have brought you to this place.

Occult Ornithology Tarot – In this card the magpie collects and collects until their nest is gilded with gilt and glitter.  They celebrate their good fortune, and hoard their treasures, always craving just one more no matter how many bits and baubles they gather up.  The stage of the Devil depicted in this card is the obsession that builds before the trap snaps shut.  The magpie does not feel himself chained by his obsession quite yet… but it is only a matter of time.

Sortilegios Tarot – For this deck’s imagery, we see a depiction of a six-winged seraphim in the process of consuming a human figure. What I see here is a depiction of scrupulosity.  This is when one’s religion becomes an obsession, to the point that their minds become closed.  It is often accompanied by “religious snobbery” and can be an addiction like any other thing someone becomes hyper focused on and obsessed with.  Here, we see a figure that has dove in head first and although sharp teeth of the seraphim now pierce the flesh and make them bleed, they are too far in now to pull out.

DECK USED:  TAROT OF THE HIDDEN REALM, STEVEN UNIVERSE TAROT, OCCULT ORNITHOLOGY TAROT, SORTILEGIOS TAROT

Weekly Creativity Prompt – The Playlist

This is a fun repeat exercise that I’ve now used a few times and resurrect every few months!

Have you ever listened to a song and suddenly realized “This song is such a Tower/Emperor/Hanged Man song!”? This activity is based off of a love for music and how we associate music with the world around us.

Activity: Randomly draw five cards from your deck. For each card pick (or find) a song that you feel fits that card perfectly.

Bianco Nero Tarot

Death – One Headlight by The Wallflowers
https://youtu.be/Zzyfcys1aLM

Three of Wands – Time to Pretend by MGMT
https://youtu.be/B9dSYgd5Elk

Seven of Wands – Drive by Incubus
https://youtu.be/fgT9zGkiLig

Three of Swords – Perfect Situation by Weezer
https://youtu.be/jwv-iRvyDZg

Page of Swords – Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
https://youtu.be/xwtdhWltSIg

DECK USED:  BIANCO NERO TAROT