Meet the Cards: Nine of Water

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What I See:

There’s a whispiness to her that makes me think of spirits wandering. I have a sense of her rising from the sea, breathing life into the Selkie myth. The colors bring to mind the ocean after a storm. Or maybe, the calm before the storm.

Seeing the light. With her arms open wide, whether spiritually or physically or emotionally, she is embracing fulfillment. The book says she’s standing in a sea cave but the edges are blurred enough she could be standing on the banks of a stream in a forest. I love the duality of that.

General Water element/Cups suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Water

Light (upright) Reading:

All is well.

  • Keywords: Happiness, Wishes Fulfilled, Sensual Pleasure, or Bliss.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of shutting down your emotions.

  • Keywords: Extravagance, Superficiality, Hedonism, or Addiction.

Plots:

With that shining light, perhaps a life after death story. How about a ghost story? Maybe a tale about a medium or tarot reader? There’s an otherworldly feel to the image so perhaps time-travel or aliens or shifters.

With her arms outstretched like that, perhaps she’s a shaman or some other spiritual guide. Maybe she’s on a vision quest?

How about a mythic helper who seems ordinary? (Perhaps refer back to The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler for mythic archetypes.)

  • Nine Themes: Self-mastery, Solitude, Wisdom, Experience, or Completion.

Typically, this card shows a barkeep/innkeeper leaning against a wall lined with cups. Perhaps your character is a bartender? Or maybe, you use a bartender to extract your character’s secrets.

Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner points out that the bartender could be looked at as a “low-rent High Priestess” — perhaps a story lurks there.

Characters:

Harmony with the Divine.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Clergy and Priestly class.

Additionally, look up one of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) for personality traits.

For more information on the Nines in general, please refer back to the Nine of Air.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: Six of Fire

Generally, all Sixes:

  • Express community and happy experience of their suit, or element.
  • Reflect the themes and wisdom of The Lovers.
  • Symbolize reciprocity.
  • Can represent a false victory or lull before the storm in your story; the “Approach to Inmost Cave” portion of the Hero’s Journey (The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler), or the “Reward”; it could be your mid-point, turning your story on its ear; or the preparing step of your character’s arc.
  • Are the resolution of the second set of mini-dramas mentioned in the Numbers in Tarot post.
  • For additional info on Sixes check out Tarot Notes Take a Number series on Sixes.

What I See:

Just off Samhain, perhaps the delay was divine intervention. This could be any bonfire type celebration. The heat off the flames adding a sheen of sweat to the people around the fire. The beat of the drums building the tempo, thus the dancers, into a frenzied pace.There’s a sense of sexual power.  Or, perhaps, release. That quote about “dance like no one is watching” comes to mind yet also a feeling of anticipation because someone IS watching. I get a sense of fulfillment, happiness, and community when I look at this card. I see all the gorgeous reds and yellows, and oranges I expect to see in a Fire element image.

There’s a crackle and a pop from the fire. The air is dry as I move closer to the fire. My blood is pulsing in time with the drums. I raise my arms and move…

General Fire element/Wands suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Fire

Light (upright) Reading:

You may be charged by the power of the inner circle.

  • Keywords: Triumph, Acclaim, Appreciation, or Good News.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

You may be burned out or feel you have nothing to offer.

  • Keywords: Pomposity, Condescending, Pretense, or Vanity.

Plots:

This card only shows women, perhaps a story about friendship. Or Girls’ Night Out (In). How about a sorority? Maybe they are related. Perhaps six sisters? Or cousins at a family reunion?

Obvious bonfire celebrations come to mind: Celtic, Native American, Aztec, Jewish, or Persian to get you started. Or something as simple as a group of friends having a bonfire on the beach.

  • Six Themes: Reciprocity, Collaboration, Peak Experience, Interaction, or Community.

How about a victory dance? Traditionally, this card shows a man on a horse, riding through a crowd. A victory parade? The conquering hero?

Characters:

Erotic power — release it.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Peasant or Servant Class.

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

All Sixes are E6: Devil’s Advocate, Loyalist, Troubleshooter, and/or Guardian.

  • Self Image — I do my duty
  • Passion — Fear
  • Virtue — Courage
  • Narcissistic Trap — Security
  • Avoids — Deviance
  • Speaking Style — Warning or Limiting

E6 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

Additionally, look up one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) for personality traits.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: Five of Air

Generally, all Fives:

  • Express the challenge of their suit, or element.
  • Reflect the themes and wisdom of the Teacher.
  • Symbolize a test of hardship.
  • Can represent your story conflict; it can be a plot point such as the First Pinch Point, the unfiltered glimpse of the antagonist force; one of many tests during the “Tests, Allies, & Enemies” portion of the Hero’s Journey (The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler); it could be your mid-point, turning your story on its ear; a threshold guardian; or the experimenting step of your character’s arc.
  • Are the test, often unexpected, in the second set of mini-dramas mentioned in the Numbers in Tarot post.
  • For additional info on Fives check out Tarot Notes Take a Number series on Fives.

What I See:

The fives are like playing fifty-two card pick up after the structure of the fours. At least this card is with its riot of action.

This card reminds me of a Bev Doolittle painting. I want to sit and stare, and find the hidden images.

What magnificent birds. The Bald Eagle has come back from the brink of extinction and has actually overpopulated some areas. Like any creature, they have to fight to defend their territory. Two of the birds seem to be calling out comments, or warnings. Two seem to be fighting for the perch. And if that wasn’t enough conflict, here comes a fifth bird. Or it could just be my house and that fifth bird is the parent coming to break up yet another sibling fight, LOL.

General Air element/Sword suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Air.

Light (upright) Reading:

Beware of defending your space with hurtful words or bitterness.

  • Keywords: Letting Go, End of Attacks, Treachery Revealed, or Detachment from Negativity.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of becoming lost in internalized negativity, it may be all in your head.

  • Keywords: Malice, Ridicule, False Pride, or Negativity.

Plots:

With the obvious signs of fight in this card you could have a family feud, a school yard fight, a war, simple survival of the fittest, a legal battle, or a land dispute. Here in Nevada there is a debate about the wild horses and government round-ups and, even though there isn’t a horse to be seen in this card, I see that story unfolding here.

  • Five Themes: Challenge, Crisis, Conflict, Instability, or Change.

Traditionally, this card is one of defeat, so perhaps your story focuses on a sporting event. A sore loser? How about exploring the emotion of humiliation? What about someone dishonorably discharged from military service? Perhaps a short-lived victory, or the spoils of war?

Characters:

“Conflicts often generate growth, as painful as they might be.”

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Nobility, Warrior, and Political class.

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

All Fives are E5: Observer, Investigator, and/or Sage

  • Self Image — I see through
  • Passion — Greed
  • Virtue — Detachment
  • Narcissistic Trap — Knowledge
  • Avoids — Emptiness
  • Speaking Style — Explaining or Systematizing

E5 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Video I Love: The Fool’s Journey

No matter what keywords you use to structure your stories, I’m sure you’ll see them here.

Meet the Cards: The World

Or in this deck, GAIA, may all beings be blessed, is number twenty-one of the Major Arcana. Gaia was the Earth goddess of the ancient Greek religion.

What I See:

This is a very earthy card. We have all the elements with the deer (earth), eagle (air), snake (fire), and salmon (water). And look at the position of the world with the positions of the elemental animals: deer (north), eagle (east), snake (south), and salmon (west). We have the archetypal wise woman but even more I get the sense of the Triple Goddess, with the Crone holding the Mother and the world teaming with life, the Maiden can be seen in the butterfly. That butterfly brings us full circle from the Fool. Speaking of circles, this image is full of them! I see the halo, the world, the herbs, even the woman’s arms are circling the world.

According to the book the cloths in the background that look a little like clothes drying on a line are Tibetan prayer flags. “It is believed that the wind carries the prayers and mantras written on the flags all over the world, spreading good will, peace, compassion, and wisdom.” Isn’t that beautiful?

Light (upright) Reading:

Wholeness, the culmination of your spiritual journey.

  • Keywords: Fulfillment, Attainment, Ecstasy, and Triumph.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

The cycle isn’t quite complete or your joy isn’t as full as it could be.

  • Keywords: Limitations, Burdens, Obstacles, and Frustrations.

Plots:

Perhaps traveling to the four corners of the world. Or how about traveling the four dimensions (width, length, height, and time)? The four seasons. The four stages of man: infancy, youth, adulthood, and old age.

How about a retelling of the Triple Goddess? A tale of reincarnation? How about following a prayer off one of those Tibetan prayer flags around the world? Evergreen wreaths symbolize everlasting life, maybe your story is about life after death?

Maybe that halo is pointing you toward a holy figure or religious tale. Perhaps it is an aura? The book talks about the mandorla (almond-shaped halo where two circles overlap). Perhaps the greenery, which can symbolizes the vulva, is a gateway? Or perhaps the woman IS the mandorla between the halo and the earth?

  • Themes: Wholeness, Unity, Success, Wellness, Completion, Thanksgiving, Integration, or Accomplishment

Characters:

Joy and tenderness such as a mother for her newborn child.

  • Archetype: The Self, Higher Self, Wholeness, Goal, or Anima Mundi.

Mentors represent the Self, the god within us, the aspect of personality that is connected with all things. The higher Self is the wiser, nobler, more godlike part of us [think Jiminy Cricket in Disney's Pinocchio]. ~The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler

  • Mythical Figures: Gaia. Anima Mundi, World Soul, and Christ Risen.

The personality enneagram, a nine-pointed array of personality types, might also be a useful reference for character building.

The World is E3: Performer, Producer, and/or Achiever

  • Self Image — I am successful
  • Passion — Deceit
  • Virtue — Truthfulness
  • Narcissistic Trap — Efficiency
  • Avoids — Failure
  • Speaking Style — Wooing or Inspiring

E3 people are relationship oriented. They are concerned with what others think of them, image and prestige. They see themselves as being for others and often believe they know what’s best. They dislike being alone and may feel sad or inadequate.

Additionally, look up one of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) for personality traits.

…the World card concludes one chapter, and lays the groundwork for a whole new cycle of adventures and experience. ~Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

The World is the last card of the Major Arcana, the end of a cycle, but it is also the starting point for a new adventure as we move into the Minor Arcana.

Meet the Cards: Judgement

Or in this case, AWAKENING. “Getting conscious” or awakening to a higher level of consciousness. Awakening is number twenty of the Major Arcana.

  • Symbolism: Judgement and completion.
  • Element: Fire (see Tarot Elements)

What I See:

According to the book, the structure is Newgrange which has a central chamber illuminated by the sun at dawn on the winter solstice, and gives me a sense of death and rebirth. The man is open while surrounded by community. The image screams Druids to me. I see a solstice celebration, a celebration of life, a renewal of spirit. Cranes are the Japanese symbol of honor and peace. The Lotus a Buddhist symbol of enlightenment and awakening. The swirls and circles show continuity and the rhythm of life. According to the book, that face looking down on the man is Kwan Yin, a goddess of compassion and mercy. The symbols on this card are amazing!

Light (upright) Reading:

An open heart lets go of judgments and criticisms.

  • Keywords: Turning Point, Reformation, Rite of Passage, and Rebirth.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

It may be difficult to let go of old beliefs, if only because they are familiar.

  • Keywords: Judgmental, Regret, Disillusionment, and ‘Bad Karma.’

Plots:

Just the title of this card gives me ideas. Awakening. A coma patient waking up. Someone waking up in another time or place or in another body. Spiritual awakening. Someone finding faith. Or someone being initiated as a Druid or shaman.

How about the legend of whoever folds a thousand cranes is granted a wish? Perhaps a retelling of Kwan Yin, “She who hears the cries of the world.”

Newgrange and the swirls definitely point toward the Celts. You could explore ancient peoples of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. But don’t stop there, the Celtic civilization was bigger than the Roman one. (Kate Wood offers up posts on the Celts during her Tursan Tuesdays.)

  • Themes: Personal Awakening, Peace, Think Globally and Act Locally, Liberation, Awareness, Rebirth, or Inner Calling.

Characters:

Emerge from darkness and open to life.

  • Archetype: Herald, Liberator, Mystic, or Judge.

Heralds provide motivation, offer the hero a challenge, and get the story rolling. They alert the hero that change and adventure are coming. ~The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler

  • Mythical Figures: Kali, Phoenix, Archangel Michael, and Horus.

The personality enneagram, a nine-pointed array of personality types, might also be a useful reference for character building.

Judgement is E2: Helper and/or Giver

  • Self Image — I help
  • Passion — Pride
  • Virtue — Freedom
  • Narcissistic Trap — Service
  • Avoids — Needs
  • Speaking Style — Flattering or Advising

E2 people are relationship oriented. They are concerned with what others think of them, image and prestige. They see themselves as being for others and often believe they know what’s best. They dislike being alone and may feel sad or inadequate.

Additionally, look up one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) for personality traits.

When the Judgement card makes an appearance in your writing practice, it may be time to breathe new life into an old idea — one you thought was dead and gone. ~Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: The Sun

The Sun, radiant joy, is number nineteen of the Major Arcana.

What I See:

This is such a vibrant card. The bright yellows and reds definitely give me the sense of the fire element. Arms outstretched, dancing in the sunlight, her smile just radiates joy to me. After the ‘dark night of the soul’ of the Moon card we’re given the renewal of a new day. Sunflowers follow the path of the sun just like people are drawn to happy people. I think of van Gogh when I see sunflowers, bold colors and imagination. The wall gives me the sense of a boundary keeping negative energies out and the positive in.

Light (upright) Reading:

Sing, dance, let creativity run free.

  • Keywords: Vitality, Success, Prosperity, and Honors.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Life may be too intense, beware of burnout.

  • Keywords: Arrogance, Ostentatious, Narcissism, and Egotistical.

Plots:

Sunrise. Sunset. Life and death, how about a circle of life story? A wedding, birth, anniversary, birthday, or graduation?

How about a walled garden? An ancestral home? A field of sunflowers. How about summer? Vacation or travel, and children off from school. Perhaps a solstice celebration?

The sun represents gods who die and are reborn, perhaps a retelling of a myth such as Apollo? Maybe a Phoenix story?

  • Themes: Happiness, Joy, Consciousness, Vitality, Celebration, Enthusiasm, Illumination, or Being the Center of Attention.

Characters:

Create happiness by living a life of purpose and sharing joy.

  • Archetype: Hero, Divine Child, Champion, or Animus (the male element in the female unconscious) — Vogler refers to this as the Shapeshifter.

A hero begins as a Fool and at various stages of the adventure rises through the ranks of Magician, Warrior, Messenger, Conqueror, Lover, Thief, Ruler, Hermit, and so on. ~The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler

  • Mythical Figures: Apollo, Ra, Agni, Surya, and Helios.

The personality enneagram, a nine-pointed array of personality types, might also be a useful reference for character building.

The Sun is E1: Perfectionist and/or Reformer

  • Self Image — I am right
  • Passion — Anger
  • Virtue — Serenity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Perfection
  • Avoids — Vexation
  • Speaking Style — Teaching or Moralizing

E1 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

Additionally, look up one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) for personality traits.

When the Sun card shows up in your writing practice, it may be time to send your work out into the bright light of day — so you can shine like the sun, be the center of attention, and enlighten others with the power of your words. ~Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: The Moon

The Moon, constant and faithful changes, is number eighteen of the Major Arcana.

What I See:

I see the phases of the moon, except for the dark new moon. There’s the ocean with islands in background hinting at the Otherworld. Water is the emotional element in the tarot world and this image is full of emotional possibilities. I think about how the tides are effected by the moon. And even how the moon effects a woman. The whirlpool behind the woman gives me a sense of emotions out of control, maybe it’s time for a reality check. The owl makes me think of wisdom and guidance. The wolf makes me think of being one of a family group, of soul-mates, of keeping the fun in life. According to the book, the salmon can mean second sight which brings to mind dreams.

Light (upright) Reading:

Awakening abilities and learning to trust one’s intuition.

  • Keywords: Imagination, Dreams, Fantasy, and Mystery.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware, a difficult emotional journey could be at hand.

  • Keywords: Illusion, Escapism, Betrayal, and Danger.

Plots:

I’m unfamiliar with a numerical significance to eighteen, however, you could look at the eight phases of the moon. Or a span of twenty-eight. It’s hard to think of the moon, or the number twenty-eight, without thinking about a woman’s menstrual cycle.

How about the tides? We see the ocean, perhaps a hidden lesson or the uncovering of a secret. Perhaps the Otherworld? Getting caught in a whirlpool? Or a vortex to another world?

Perhaps the night sky will point you toward a vampire tale. Maybe the owl, which can be a symbol of death, hints at a ghost story. Or the wolf toward a shifter tale. Wolves mate for life, perhaps a love story?

  • Themes: Romance, Intuition, Femininity, Dreams, Psychic Awakening, Imagination, Light and Shadow, or Deception.

Characters:

Times of darkness are followed by times of renewal.

  • Archetype: Anima (the unconscious female element of the male) — Vogler refers to this as the Shapeshifter, Sub-lunar world, Instincts, or Dark Night of the Soul.

The Shapeshifter archetype is also a catalyst for change, a symbol of the psychological urge to transform. ~The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler

  • Mythical Figures: Artemis, Selene, Hecate, Medusa, Circe, and Poseidon.

The personality enneagram, a nine-pointed array of personality types, might also be a useful reference for character building.

The Moon is E9: Mediator, Peacemaker, and/or Preservationist

  • Self Image — I am content
  • Passion — Indolence, Laziness, or Accidia
  • Virtue — Diligence
  • Narcissistic Trap — Self-abasement
  • Avoids — Conflict
  • Speaking Style — Monotonous or Rambling

E9 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

Additionally, look up one of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) for personality traits.

When you see the Moon card in your work, you might want to cast an eye toward the night sky, and begin or wrap up a writing project accordingly. ~Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: The Star

The Star, opening to grace, is number seventeen (the expansion of seven according to Raven’s Tarot Site) of the Major Arcana.

What I See:

This is a peaceful card. There is the sense of the Air element with the night sky. There is also a sense of the Water element with the pool she kneels at and the blue of the sky behind her. I get a feeling of the Milky Way as a pathway but also as a boundary between earthly concerns and the silence of the universe. I get a feeling of renewing the spirit, refilling the well whether emotionally or spiritually or creatively. According to the book, those seven stars in the background are the Pleiades and symbolize our heart’s home. I like that.

Light (upright) Reading:

Experience the connection to the universe, nirvana.

  • Keywords: Hope, Inspiration, Tranquility, and Idealism.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of the “dark night of the soul.”

  • Keywords: False Hopes, Detachment, Self-Serving, and Skittishness.

Plots:

The Pleiades are also called the Seven Sisters, how about a seven brides for seven brothers or seven grooms for seven sisters story? Wishing on a star? A shooting star? When you stargaze you are literally looking at the past, how about a time travel story?

Perhaps a retelling of Nuit, the Egyptian goddess of the night? Or Ganymede, the cup bearer of the Greek gods, he kept their cups filled with ambrosia (the water of life, nectar of the gods, the drink of immortality)?

The water could be holy water, or wine. How about a wishing well? A baptism?

Maybe a guiding light? The North Star that guides sailors. The Star of Bethlehem. Maybe even Venus, the brightest star-like light?

  • Themes: Hope, Mystical experience, Wonder, Peace/Serenity, Spiritual blessing, Inspiration, Gratitude/Generosity, or Grace.

Characters:

The Star drinks deep and is filled with renewal.

  • Archetype: Soul, Visionary, or Anima (the unconscious female element of the male) — Vogler refers to this as the Shapeshifter.

The Shapeshifter archetype is also a catalyst for change, a symbol of the psychological urge to transform. ~The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler

  • Mythical Figures: Venus, Eos, Urania, Ishtar, Eve, and Psyche.

The personality enneagram, a nine-pointed array of personality types, might also be a useful reference for character building.

The Star is E8: Boss, Top Dog, Challenger, and/or Confronter

  • Self Image — I am strong
  • Passion — Lust
  • Virtue — Simplicity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Justice
  • Avoids — Weakness
  • Speaking Style — Challenging or Unmasking

E8 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.

Since the dawn of time, storytellers have used the stars as launching pads to describe their most secret hopes and dreams. ~Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: The Tower

Or LIGHTNING in this case. Lightning, sudden and irrevocable change, is number sixteen of the Major Arcana.

  • Symbolism: Chaos, unwanted change.
  • Element: Fire (see Tarot Elements)

What I See:

Definitely a Fire image. That red cloud makes me think of forest fires, explosions, and war. The lightning reminds me of blood vessels and natural disasters. At first glance, the three falling people remind me of 9/11 and I get sinking feeling deep in my gut. But they also look a little like skydivers. The burning tree (more of that forest fire) = the burning bush, a very biblical image. Yet there is also a Tree of Life feel promising everlasting life. I get a sense of how fast life can change and that each day is precious.

Light (upright) Reading:

An epiphany, a flash of insight, will change your life or how you look at the world.

  • Keywords: Awakening, Revelation, Purification, and Breaking Free.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Fear or avoidance may be postponing a needed change.

  • Keywords: Catastrophe, Chaos, Destruction, and Anger.

Plots:

In traditional decks, the Tower might symbolize the Tower of Babel, Rapunzel’s tower, a guard tower, or a turret. Perhaps your story revolves around one of those? It can also be seen as a phallic symbol suggesting potency and/or sexual energy.

Lightning suggests a natural disaster. Or perhaps a wormhole in space? How about Zeus or Thor throwing their lightning bolts across the sky? The bodies falling could be from an attack. Or perhaps those people are falling through time? How about a fallen angel?

Perhaps your MC has survived a lightning strike and is now the village shaman. Maybe bits of that tree have been saved to draw good luck.

  • Themes: Sudden upheaval, Dramatic change, Revelation, Epiphany, Crisis, Disruption, Insight, or Chaos.

Characters:

Lightning’s change can be catastrophic or illuminating, either way, life will never be the same.

  • Archetype: Destroyer, Avenger, or Ordeal.

“No matter what you came for, it’s Death that now stares back at you. Whatever the outcome of the battle, you are about to taste death and it will change you.” The simple secret of the Ordeal is this: Heroes must die so that they can be reborn. ~The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler

  • Mythical Figures: Shiva, Mars, Thor, Kali, and Pele.

The personality enneagram, a nine-pointed array of personality types, might also be a useful reference for character building.

The Tower is E7: Epicure, Enthusiast, Visionary, Dream, and/or Generalist

  • Self Image — I am happy
  • Passion — Gluttony, Over-indulgence, or Charlatanry
  • Virtue — Sobriety
  • Narcissistic Trap — Idealism
  • Avoids — Pain
  • Speaking Style — Garrulous or Story-telling

E7 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

Additionally, look up one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) for personality traits.

For writers, the Tower illustrates a common creative phenomenon: the flash of inspiration that strikes in the middle of the night. ~Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

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