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!