Moving energy, moving the plot of our lives, and taking back some control in whatever capacity we can.
Life as long-winding plot, and the cards as dog-eared pages, bookmarks, notes on the margins.
I love storytelling with tarot because it allows for some imagined distance- it becomes less about me and more about the characters while simultaneously requiring my personal and sometimes unconscious engagement.
After all, perhaps we are always The Fool- which is something to remember, even as The Emperor, King of Pentacles, or The World we are The Fool by a different name and costume.
How does remembering to be The Fool even in a card as dignified as the Queen of Cups or as tumultuous as Ten of Swords shift the energy? I find comfort in it. A while ago I asked The Fool to call forth elemental energies that I needed to work through via a free-writing session, no edits-no corrections.
Another self-meditation storytelling approach is to directly engage the card and its image, tell the story of the characters in the art as a way to access deeper messages and lessons. As is to be masterfully done by my sister femme healer D. F. Howard in her tarot stories:
“What it will involve is me taking a card that I pulled that week and writing a brief story around what is happening, breathing life back into the portraits we are given on the cards. These stories will be brief, containing enough information to allow the reader to gleam what I believe the card means. They are by no means everything you need to know about the cards. They are just a glimpse into them. The majority of these for now will be with the Fountain Tarot though they may change.”
The first post is up: Knight of Coins: The Steady Walker and it’s already helped shift some of how I approach the Knight of Coins’ offered wisdoms. Also the story is fun, which I sometimes forget tarot can be.
“A shadowed figure rests at the edge of the atrium, two heartbeats from entering the arena. He stands alone, green cloak still as death, staring at the object the King gave him twenty three days and four hours ago: one lone coin.
A challenge. That’s how he got here. The Kings decided to pit their apprentices against one another. “A challenge of the elements,” they said. “Time to find out whose best once and for all,” they joked. The Kings loved to play these “games,” as they called them, but the knights knew differently. They knew that if they lost they would pay, one way or the other. Friendly games do not exist in the Kingdom of the World.”
What are some of your favorite ways to tell stories in tarot?
Let’s keep talking about healing with tarot stories:
- Queer Tarot Project, ‘a tarot deck made from all our stories’
- From intuition to inspiration by Liz Worth
- Face Up Journey, A Narrative Spread by Siobhan’s Mirror
- Storytelling With Your Tarot Cards by Madhavi Ghare
- The Magic Key by Beth @ Little Red Tarot
- The Storyteller’s Spread by Dianne Sylvan
- How to Read Tarot Cards Through the Art of StoryTelling by Amanda Goldston