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The Tarot has called out to me since I was a kid. The artwork, the imagery, and the message they expresses appeal so much to me. The one thing that always got me though was that they tell a story and it’s different to each person’s interpretation.
Though it takes a while to learn about each of the 78 cards in a basic tarot deck, a beginner can try going from the artwork for their ideas. All you really need is to break it down into three types of cards. Will you need all of them? No, but it is fun to see what type of combinations your story will create.
The Major Arcana
The cards in this part of the deck are representative of the journey of the person reading the cards, and are good for when you are trying to figure out a plot line. For example,
The Fool = The introduction of your main character or the inciting moment of your plot.
The Lovers = Introduction of the love interest.
The Tower = The climax.
The World = The resolution of your plot.
The Court Cards
Many Tarot readers use the Court Cards as Signifiers to represent they are reading for. With that each Court Card follows a certain personality type with it’s own strengths and weaknesses. You could also go by appearance and age of your characters when using the Court Cards. That is something I love about them, they are completely open to interpretation. For example, in my Tarot deck, I feel more connected to the Princess/Page of Cups than any other court card, so when I’m doing a reading I use this card to represent myself. My main character Brigit, on the other hand, is represented by the Princess/Page of Wands instead.
The Minor Arcana
I use the Minor Arcana for scene influences. Not all of the cards in this portion of the deck are sunshine and roses. They are often things that can mean trouble or conflict. Just like the Major Arcana give you a plot structure, the Minor Arcana can give you the small pieces of the scenes in between.
This alone is a good starting point for when you are working with the Tarot for writing, but if you are looking for something much deeper pick up the necessary book Tarot Plain and Simple by Anthony Lewis [Affiliate Link]. It isn’t restricting but it gives you a general idea behind each card while still leaving it up to interpretation.