Tarot for creativity – assignment #7

July 1, 2011

Take a photo of the Three of Wands from a vista point.

Went on a family drive to the coast, and I remembered that this Rider-Waite Three of Wands was in a notebook I always carry. I didn’t have any other cards with me. Didn’t have my camera either. My dad saw me struggling with the camera on my phone and offered to take these with his Canon. I especially love how he posed the first one.

My dad had no idea about my Tarot for Creativity posts, and he didn’t ask any questions about what the card was, where it came from, or why I wanted a picture of it. I haven’t talked all that much about tarot with him and am not sure he even knew it was a tarot card he was photographing. I think he just saw an opportunity to be creative, and being a super creative spirit, that’s all that mattered. He even offered to Photoshop the image into the scene to make it seamless, but since we’ve got relatives from different parts of the country visiting for a reunion/Bay Area vacation, I thought I’d keep my requests simple. :)

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I’d love to post your photos, and I encourage you to email them to me: susan(at)tarotinsights(dot)net. Include your name (last name optional), your location, and the name of the deck you used.

Tarot Art by Ghena Kaddoura

May 10, 2011

I have an incredibly gifted artist in one of the high school Mythology classes I teach. Her name is Ghena Kaddoura, and she’s getting ready to graduate in a few weeks. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the classroom and saw this on Ghena’s desk one morning! Isn’t it stunning?! She cut up an entire Rider-Waite deck to create this piece.

When I asked her about it, Ghena explained that she wanted to make a collage of a body, and that tarot cards seemed most fitting to use for medium because they represent our emotions and the experiences we go through. “They represent life,” she said so aptly.

I’m grateful to Ghena for giving me permission to post her work here. (Click here for a larger version.)

Untitled acrylic and tarot cards on paper by Ghena Kaddoura

Tarot for creativity – assignment #6

February 8, 2011

Take a photo of a cup or glass with a cup card.

Recently a shelf came crashing down, and this tiny tea cup got smashed to bits. It belonged to my grandmother, and my mother gave it to me with a flower in it when I had walking pneumonia. When I picked up the shards, it felt like a Five of Cups moment. The card is from Arnell Ando's, Transformational Tarot.

I’d love to post your photos, and I encourage you to email them to me: susan(at)tarotinsights(dot)net. Include your name (last name optional), your location, and the name of the deck you used.

Click here for all of the Tarot for Creativity posts. Click here for the introduction to these posts.

Tarot for creativity – assignment #5

February 7, 2011

Take a photo of the Three of Swords with a heartbreaking news story.

(Rider-Waite deck)

“The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention” by Glenn Greenwald, 12/15/10.

I’d love to post your photos, and I encourage you to email them to me: susan(at)tarotinsights(dot)net. Include your name (last name optional), your location, and the name of the deck you used. If your news story is available online, include a link.

Click here for all of the Tarot for Creativity posts. Click here for the introduction to these posts.

Tarot for creativity – assignment #4

February 6, 2011

Take a photo of The Chariot in your car, fueling up at the station, or any other place that suits this card.

The Chariot takes the wheel. (Rider-Waite deck.)

I’d love to post your photos, and I encourage you to email them to me: susan(at)tarotinsights(dot)net. Include your name (last name optional), your location, and the name of the deck you used.

Click here for all of the Tarot for Creativity posts. Click here for the introduction to these posts.

Tarot for creativity – assignment #3

February 4, 2011

Identify an outfit you have that reflects the spirit of a tarot figure. Lay the outfit out on the floor, complete with shoes and accessories. Place the card on or near the outfit, and take a photo. (I got this idea from the Learning to Love You More site. Here’s their assignment. Click on the names under “Reports” to see what participants submitted.)

 

My Magician's outfit. (The Magician came out a bit fuzzy, but he's there!) I used to do readings at parties, and this was one of my costumes.

 

I’d love to post your photos, and I encourage you to email them to me: susan(at)tarotinsights(dot)net. Include your name (last name optional), your location, and the name of the deck you used.

Click here for all of the Tarot for Creativity posts. Click here for the introduction to these posts.

Tarot for creativity – assignment #2

February 4, 2011

Take a photo of a tarot card participating in a domestic activity. For example, you might consider a card that would enjoy helping you cook dinner, or commiserate with you as you scrub the tub.

The Queen of Pentacles helped me pot plants. (Rider-Waite deck)

The Magician from Vanessa Tarot helped me bake some chocolate chip cookies.

I’d love to post your photos, and I encourage you to email them to me: susan(at)tarotinsights(dot)net. Include your name (last name optional), your location, and the name of the deck you used.

Click here for all of the Tarot for Creativity posts. Click here for the introduction to these posts.

Tarot for creativity – assignment #1

February 4, 2011

In December, I completed a class on coaching writers, visual and performing artists with renown creativity coach, Eric Maisel. I’m finally getting around to doing Julia Cameron’s, The Artist’s Way, and I am generally spending a lot of time thinking and reading about creativity.

I recently found inspiration in filmmaker, Miranda July and artist, Harrell Fletcher’s community web project, Learning To Love You More. For seven years, they posted creative assignments and invited people to submit their results. While the site is no longer taking submissions, the assignments are still available. A gallery of submissions have been compiled in the book, Learning To Love You More and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is keeping the LTLYM archive alive. (Oprah.com just asked Miranda July to come up with a LTLYM project for their readers.)

I thought I’d offer a few of my own assignments here, ones that would encourage readers to use the tarot for cultivating creativity. If any tickle your fancy, I’d love it if you would email me your results and give me permission to post them. Please include your name (last name optional), your location, and the deck(s) you used. My email is susan(at)tarotinsights(dot)net.

I’m noticing that simple acts of creativity make me feel calm and playful, and that having a regular creativity practice nurtures my inner writer. (I’ve been more productive as a fiction writer than I’ve been in a long while.) I think that engaging regularly in small creative acts has a way of normalizing creativity in general.

Tarot for creativity —assignment number 1:

Make a tarot altar.

Here’s an altar I put together tonight:

Tarot altar for my muse. (Kat Black's Golden Tarot deck)

It doesn’t take much to create an altar. A small table, or even a plant stand can work well as a base if space is a concern. I just got small breakfast trays from Michael’s craft store, figuring they would be handy for easily movable altars.

In the Tarot Table Talk banner up top, you can see a shrine I made for The High Priestess. A little more labor intensive and goal oriented, but that can be fun, too!

I should point out that the sun mask was one of my husband’s playful creative inspirations. Years ago, I asked him to go to Diddam’s Party Store the day after Halloween to pick up a bunch of masks at a great discount. I had no idea what I was going to do with them and they sat for a while. Jared found images of eyes to put in the sun and moon masks, hung them up and waited for me to discover them. Made my day!

Yule tarot exercise

December 18, 2010

In honor of Yuletide and the winter solstice, Carole Pierce just posted a fantastic new exercise on her Crossroads Tarot site. Links to the exercise and Carole’s accompanying article are below:

The Party’s Over…

December 17, 2010

….The party’s over
The candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed through the night
It seemed to be right just being with him
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party’s over
It’s all over, my friend….

This morning I looked at the Four of Wands and imagined the scene at night. (How I love Photoshop!) Perhaps the party is over, or maybe it’s the night before the celebration, and the chuppah, as I often think of the floral canopy, spends the long night in the cool, moist air, while the celebrants slumber.


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