Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner

Most people think of tarot cards as a fortune-telling device, but did you know they’re also a great tool for writing and creative thinking? Writers from John Steinbeck to Stephen King have used tarot cards for inspiration, and Italian novelist Italo Calvino went so far as to call the tarot “a machine for writing stories.” You don’t need arcane knowledge in order to use this tool; just and open mind and a desire to jump start and explore ideas in creative ways.

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Tarot for Writers

Take the class on Saturday, May 21st! Now you, too, can learn how to use tarot cards to develop your own short stories, novels, screenplays, and poems — with direct guidance and advice from Corrine Kenner, the best-selling author of the Tarot for Writers Guidebook. You’ll learn how tarot cards can help you break through writer’s block, help you with plotting and dialogue, and glean insights into your characters’ past, present, and future. The Tarot cards are rich in symbolism and relationships which can add twists, turns, questions and answers to your prose.  This workshop is extremely hands-on. Bring your projects, your ideas, or notes on napkins! Oh, and of course, a tarot deck. If you don’t have one, our staff can help you pick one out.

Eye of Horus Metaphysical is thrilled to host this class in our classroom.  In the Tarot for Writers Workshop, you’ll learn how to:

  • tap into the archetypal imagery and symbols of the tarot for writing inspiration
  • create characters and stories based on randomly drawn tarot cards
  • use additional cards to develop scenes, settings, dialogues, and description

Corrine Kenner Tarot AuthorCorrine has written twelve books and edited four anthologies, including Simple Fortunetelling with Tarot Cards, Tarot Journaling, and Crystals for Beginners. One of her books, Tall Dark Stranger: Tarot for Love and Romance, was a COVR Visionary Award finalist, marking it as one of the top three divination books of 2006. She created the Epicurean Tarot, and she’s currently finishing a book and deck set called the Wizards Tarot. Her work has also been featured in the Encyclopedia of Tarot.

Corrine has taught tarot classes and workshops in England, Canada, and across the United States — and while she’s recognized as one of the world’s foremost tarot experts and authors, she lives right here in Minneapolis. Wherever she appears, students love her sense of humor and her practical approach to New-Age subjects.

Advanced registration is required.  Call the store at 612-872-1292 to register, or register for the Tarot for Writers Workshop series online.

Shadowscapes Tarot Artist Notes

During the creation of Shadowscapes Tarot, the Major Arcana was easy to create, in terms of imagery and motivation. The archetypes of the Majors are enticing to any artist, imbued as they are with the collective subconscious of meaning, and familiar to even those who know little or nothing of Tarot. “Death,” “The Tower,” “The Empress”…each of these conjures a host of ready visual associations and metaphors just from hearing the name alone.

The Minor Arcana was much harder. A number and a suit: how to create meaning from something that seems random? How to motivate myself artistically to not hold back, but to pour everything I have within me into each card? It would be a shame to have created a body of work I was proud of in the Major Arcana, and then to fall short when coming to the rest of the deck.

Ace of SwordsI decided on one thing immediately. Just as I had done with the Major Arcana, I would proceed with the cards in order. Aces first, twos, threes, etc. By not allowing myself to skip ahead to what might be perceived as the “fun” images, I forced my mind to look into each card to find the meaning in it, to seek out its unique beauty, and to determine how it intersected with my life experiences and personal symbology.

After having come to this decision, I was surprised at how well it worked. I suppose that should not have been unexpected, for the popularity of the tarot and the fact that it has lasted and is so ageless is because the meanings of the cards span the whole of the human experience. If a single card is isolated, and one digs deep enough into the soul, there is bound to be some connection that one finds to what that card signifies. As a result, the journey of creating the deck felt like an extended exercise in meditation, spanning the four and a half years it took to complete the project.

At times during the journey, it felt like purest synchronicity the way inspiration would present itself as I approached a card. Or perhaps it was as I have said: that the connections are all there in our lives, only needing the moment of meditation to comprehend how that puzzle piece fits into the weaving. These links always exist, but they are not recognized as such until they are actively searched for. [Read more…]