Tarot Tuesdays: July 2022 Prompts

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You have the choice of following the suggested prompts, using the image itself as a visual prompt, and/or including elements of the description/interpretation. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook, to get prompts weekly as they are posted.

Three of Blades & Nine of Masks

Prompt: Use the cards as inspiration for two different characters or one at different points in the story. Use the images as visual prompts and/or include details from the interpretations below.

Fradella Adventure Tarot with Heroes and Villains of the iHero™ Universe

Three of Blades (The Tribunal) Heartbreak, separation, possibility of political strife or upheaval.

Nine of Masks (Maliferous) Material success, sensual pleasure, satisfaction with oneself

Hanged Man, Chariot, Death

Prompt: Create a villain by choosing one of the cards pictured. Use the demon and his attributes as inspiration for your villain’s evil deeds.

Pictured cards from the Occult Tarot

The Hanged Man (Bifrons) Teaches natural and planetary science. Lights corpse-lights above graves and moves bodies so the souls may be stolen.

The Chariot (Andras) Sower of Discord, slayer of men.

Death (Lucifer) Provides liberation and illumination. Incites jealousy and envy.

Eight of Cups & Three of Cups

Prompt: Use the two cards as the starting and ending point for a story, poem, etc. Use the images as a visual prompt alone or include details from the interpretations included below.

Pictured cards from the Modern Witch Tarot Deck

Eight of Cups: Deserting an enterprise, undertaking or previous concerns; giving joy, mildness, timidity, honor, modesty.

Three of Cups: The conclusion of any matter in plenty, perfection and merriment; happy issue, victory, fulfillment, solace, healing.

Ace of Wands

Pictured card from the Crow Tarot

Prompt: Use the pictured card as a visual prompt. Draw from the associated meanings included below if you need additional inspiration.

Creation, invention, enterprise, money, inheritance, fortune, business opportunity, initiative taken.

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Back to Class: Poetry Exercises

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With all the different writing classes I’ve taken over the years, I’ve somehow never taken one on poetry. Which is interesting because my love of writing started with poetry. I very quickly realized it was pretty bad though. In my humble opinion I’ve improved a lot, mainly through reading more poetry and a few instructional texts. I still feel that some more instruction and education on the craft could definitely help me. So I enrolled, for free of course in Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop, an online course conducted by California Institute of Arts.

I’m up to the third week and so far it’s really gone down to the basics. Even with the instructional texts I’ve used in the past, I skipped over a lot of the beginning stuff. I skimmed over a lot of it and skipped almost, if not all the exercises, to get to the parts I thought were really interesting.  Participating in this course, I’m more committed to actually putting in the work, which means doing all the exercises even if they seem juvenile. Here’s a couple I’ve completed so far:

Week one–Poetic Lines

This exercise was for the lessons on lines. The following text was presented in a block of text I had to add in my own line breaks.

tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace

from day to day, to the last syllable of recorded time;

and all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.

out, out, brief candle! life’s but a walking shadow,

a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage

and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot,

full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

The piece is an excerpt from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Check it out, my version made the lines just a bit longer.

Week Two-Abstraction and Image

For this exercise we were supposed write a poem describing an object. The instructions said to be as literal and vivid as possible, and not to use any figures of speech. Not sure how vivid my image is but I like it. I’ll likely keep working it and who knows where it might end up.

 

Clear glass heavy in my hand.

Filled with dark liquid and ice

popping ever so often

as the whiskey melts it down.

A sip, cold

goes down with a slight burn.