I decided it's time to start a second novel. I have no idea where this second novel will take me, but I am beginning with a little research on Tarot and then waiting to see what characters show up. Maybe no one will show up. Much like Dreaming of Laughing Hawk, I expect the characters to determine the story. I try not to intervene. Have you ever met parents who forced their children down certain paths and intervened whenever their offspring got in trouble? I have always believed that children and characters in stories should have as much freedom as they are capable of handling in determining their path in life. The best thing you can do for anyone is to provide them with basic survival skills and a moral compass. They will grow in ways you never anticipated and fascinate you with their choices.
So to begin. Tarot cards. There is much speculation about their origin. No one knows for sure. The most likely story is that somewhere back in the middle of the fifteenth century, an artist named Bonifacio Bembo painted images for an Italian card game called Tarocchi. The deck of cards consisted of four suits of fourteen cards each, plus twenty-two trump cards that depicted different medieval scenes. At some point in time, these cards were adopted by gypsies for the purpose of fortunetelling. Over the ages, people have used many things for divining--sticks, stones, animal innards, the palms of hands, tea leaves, astrological charts, bumps on the head. You name it; it's been tried. There is nothing magical about tarot cards, except perhaps one thing. They have the uncanny ability to circumvent the rational mind and tap into the intuitive mind. They act as a trigger, allowing your brain to conjure up its own magic.
In general, Tarot decks consist of 78 cards comprised of four suits. There are hundreds of different Tarot decks. Most of them are based on the traditional Rider-Waite pack, but each artist brings his own perspective to the traditional meanings that have been established for the cards. People collect these cards for their artistry as well as their contemplative and intuitive purposes. The four suits are earth, wind, water and fire. Some decks call theses suits Pentacles, Swords, Cups, and Wands. Still others choose different names, but they all refer to the physical elements, thoughts, emotions, and passion. The stuff of life. These four suits are referred to as the Minor Arcana (or mysteries). The numbered cards represent advancement, a step-by-step progression of knowledge and mastery. The Court cards tell stories, present a personality or role. The 22 cards of the Major Arcana depict higher truths or soul issues.
There are many books that give a good introduction to Tarot. My favorite is A Magical Course in Tarot by Michele Morgan. It is very well written and it is playful. Playful is what an author needs to be to invite new characters and their stories.
Let's begin with a journey through the Major Arcana and see who or what turns up. The first card of the Major Arcana is the Fool. Stay tuned and feel free to add your own comments as we go along. If you have ever used Tarot cards, share your experiences.
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