Tarot Recipe: Building a Daily Writing Habit

Tarot Recipe for Building a Daily Writing Habit

Without story, there is no memory

by Rachel @psychicstory

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Getting ideas out on paper and out in front of other people has always been exciting to me. Unfortunately, I have fallen into the trap of waiting to be “inspired” before I get to work on any kind of writing. For this month’s Tarot Recipe, I decided to do some magick to help myself build a daily writing habit.

Are you a writer? Would you use Tarot to cultivate a daily writing habit? Here’s my Tarot Recipe; let me know if you make any interesting adjustments!

Step 1: Visualize the goal

I am seeing myself scribbling on a first draft, marking it up with lots of ideas for how to improve it. Because of my daily writing habit, I have a lot of drafts to work with.

Step 2: Choose Tarot cards that represent the goal

I start this process by picking out every card in the deck that seems related to my question.

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It’s nice to see all of the cards spread out so that we can choose the 3 energies that best match our goal. It’s an interesting exercise in and of itself to see which cards speak to the issue and which ones stay quiet.

The Empress felt good right at the beginning, and even before shuffling I identified the 3 of Stones as another piece of the puzzle, but I had the most trouble choosing between the King of Plumes and the Queen of Plumes.

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Both The King of Plumes and the Queen of Plumes incorporate a feathered quill, capturing the spirit of writing from an inspired state of mind. I love the symmetry within these two cards, with the moons pointing in different directions and opposite colored butterflies floating throughout the scene.

I ended up choosing the King of Plumes because the imagery on his card were all about focusing inward. I believe this inward-facing stance is a good choice for cultivating personal habits. I’m not really interested in getting recognized for my writing just yet, and this is what the Queen of Plumes seems better suited for to me.

Step 3: Channel focus into the cards

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The meditation on each individual card is crucial for linking the different pieces of life collected by our intuition into something that makes sense to us.

King of Plumes

The King of Plumes seems to be getting written on himself, something which I think matches a “flow state” in writing, where you almost feel like the conduit for the story rather than the generator of it. Word count goals are a breeze in this state. The thing is that it takes repeated routine to reach the flow state; we only experience flow after discipline.

The Empress

The Empress in the Wooden Tarot is an absolutely stunning card that speaks to so many different aspects of the creative impulse. The evergreen trees flowing from the top of the elephant Empress head spoke strongly to me about the power of imagination and memory. The wheat and the pomegranate symbolizes a caring parent and her willful child, which is often how I feel toward things I create.

The Three of Stones

In the traditional RWS deck, the 3 of Pentacles is a scene set in a monastery with a builder chiseling in a design as patrons look on at the glory of the church. It represents the individual determination in pursuing goals that adds up to a sanctuary.

Here, the stones sit at the corners of a triangle of sticks representing the element of Earth. In this card, the creative will is harnessed into concrete action. The stability and craftsmanship of the shape inspires me to do the small things that add up to big things.

Step 4: Perform a creative ritual

For my creative ritual, I plan on finishing a story that I’ve outlined and begun to write, but abandoned it when it felt too personal.

This is honestly a big thing that holds me back in my writing. I am scared of getting too personal, but it’s absolutely necessary to get personal and vulnerable on the page to produce meaningful work..

I will finish the story according to its original outline, but for the ritual, I will write it in white font on white paper. I’ve read this piece of advice for writer’s block, and I think being unable to see my own writing will help me get out of my head and simply produce what I set out to produce

Step 5: Delivery

I feel good that this Tarot Recipe basically already delivered a little bit of what I asked for, because I have this new blog post after everything!

I will try to cultivate a daily writing habit from now until the beginning of the New Year, then reassess my progress. I am excited to have a larger volume of work that I can pick things out of, retool, rework, and eventually publish.

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