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Tarot Table Talk Episode 9, Writing with the Tarot #4, List Poems

May 18, 2008

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This episode is co-hosted by Susan Gold and Evelyn Pine. To participate, it doesn’t matter how much or how little you know about writing or the tarot.

Episode Number 9, Writing with the Tarot #4 is 16.2 MB and 11:52 minutes long, but this does not include writing time. We encourage you to pause your recorder throughout the episode to allow yourself ample time for writing.

In this episode

Writing with the Tarot #4 will show you how you can use the tarot to write list poems.

Before you get started, we encourage you to do the warm-up exercise we have recorded in Tarot Table Talk Episode #7, aka, Writing with the Tarot #2. This is designed to be used with all Writing with the Tarot episodes. In the warm-up episode, we give you a series of questions to help you explore the imagery of a card through writing. This can be a very satisfying stand-alone exercise as well.

Example poetry by Susan, inspired by The Golden Tarot

The Moon

I see a landscape of bone carved smooth
and the feathery silhouette of trees against charcoal sky.
I see the branch-like antlers of the stag,
and the spring in the leap of the hare,
I see a thin stretch of grass at the opening of the earth
and the snapping claws of the crawfish as it emerges.
I feel the weight of this heavy night
and the soft pink lips of the moon.

Have You Ever?

Have you ever worn a crown?
Or offered wine to a dove?
Have you ever crossed your fingers and prayed?
Have you ever stepped into a pond
and dipped down to the hem of your gown?
Or held a lion on your lap—
the heavy slab of its paw
resting on your wrist?
Have you ever walked blindfolded into the snow?
Or plucked coins from a tree?

I’ve Never

I’ve never stolen swords from an enemy camp
nor fed pomegranate seeds to a bird.
I’ve never shaken a tambourine at the edge of a cliff,
nor slept in the light of a stained glass window.
Will someone pull these daggers from my heart?
I’m waiting for my ships to come in.

We’d love to hear from you

This podcast course is a work in progress, so we would love to hear your feedback. We would also love to hear about your writing process for these exercises. Don’t be shy about posting!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to visit Tarot Insights for a listing of Writing with the Tarot workshops. We’ve got a workshop coming up on June 3, 2008 in San Mateo, CA.

Tarot Table Talk Episode Number 8: Writing with the Tarot #3

December 29, 2007

The Moon

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This episode is co-hosted by Susan Gold and Evelyn Pine. To participate, it doesn’t matter how much or how little you know about writing or the tarot.

Episode Number 8, Writing with the Tarot #3 is 21.1 MB and 15:26 minutes long, but this does not including writing time. We encourage you to pause your recorder throughout the episode to allow yourself ample time for writing. We tried this exercise out at a workshop we offered at Sacred Paths Bookstore in San Mateo, CA. The workshop was 2 hours, though I think we were all inspired to go home and keep writing!

In this episode

Writing with the Tarot #3 is a personal writing exercise. There are five steps to this exercise which will culminate in a lot of writing! In a nutshell, you will pull cards to explore a span of your life—therefore we call it the Tarot Time Line exercise.

We have a few optional Word documents you may download for this exercise: Brainstorm, Tarot Time Line, Tarot Chart. If you prefer, you can also simply grab a pad of paper.

Before you get started, we encourage you to do the warm-up exercise we have recorded in Tarot Table Talk Episode #7, aka, Writing with the Tarot #2. This is designed to be used with all Writing with the Tarot episodes. In the warm-up episode, we give you a series of questions to help you explore the imagery of a card through writing. This can be a very satisfying stand-alone exercise as well.

We’d love to hear from you

This podcast course is a work in progress, so we would love to hear your feedback. We would also love to hear about your writing process for these exercises. Don’t be shy about posting!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to visit Tarot Insights for a listing of Writing with the Tarot workshops.

Tarot Table Talk Episode Number 7: Writing with the Tarot #2—warm-up

December 29, 2007
Eight of Pentacles

This episode is co-hosted by Susan Gold and Evelyn Pine. To participate, it doesn’t matter how much or how little you know about writing or the tarot.

Tarot Table Talk Episode Number 7: Writing with the Tarot #2 is 4.8 MB and 3:33 minutes in length, though this doesn’t include writing time. We encourage you to pause your recorder when you hear the chime so that you have ample time to write.

This warm-up exercise is designed to be used with all Writing with the Tarot episodes. In the warm-up, we give you a series of questions to help you explore the imagery of a card through writing. This can be a very satisfying stand-alone exercise as well.

What you will need

To do the Writing with the Tarot exercises, including the warm-up, you will, of course, need a favorite writing instrument—pen, pencil, or even a computer, and a tarot deck. You can find a tarot deck at any book store—though we encourage you to support a new age or independent book store. A great independent online tarot store is The Tarot Garden.

There are thousands of decks out there, and you might want to first go to Aeclectic Tarot, which has reviews of decks and sample images from them. Whatever deck you choose, just make sure that every card is rich with scenes and imagery. If you are still having trouble selecting a deck, you might try the classic Rider-Waite deck or the Golden Tarot deck.

Once you’ve got your deck, pen and paper—or computer, find a place conducive for writing.

We’d love to hear from you

This podcast course is a work in progress, so we would love to hear your feedback. We would also love to hear about your writing process for these exercises. Don’t be shy about posting!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to visit Tarot Insights for a listing of Writing with the Tarot workshops.

Leisa ReFalo of The Tarot Connection Interviews Evelyn Pine and Me

October 22, 2007

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Leisa ReFalo, host of The Tarot Connection, interviewed Evelyn Pine and me about our Writing with the Tarot workshops. Click here to listen to the episode, which also includes the first episode of our new Writing with the Tarot podcast.

Also be sure to check out Leisa’s other Tarot Connection episodes—the show is truly a gift to our community. Leisa conducts interviews and features the work of such tarot luminaries as Bonnie Cehovet, James Wells, Jeanette Roth and Dan Pelletier of The Tarot Garden, James Wanless, Ginny Hunt, James Ricklef, and Ellen Lorenzi-Prince. (By the way, Ellen attended our Writing with the Tarot workshop at the Bay Area Tarot Symposium. At the beginning of the episode that includes our interview, you can hear her read the beautiful piece she wrote on the Eight of Cups.)

Also be sure to pay a visit to The Tarot Connection Shop!

Writing with the Tarot at the Bay Area Tarot Symposium (BATS) 2007

October 7, 2007

Eight of Cups

 

Evelyn Pine and I had a wonderful time presenting a Creative Writing with the Tarot sesssion at the 2007 Bay Area Tarot Symposium (BATS).

Everyone put pen to paper as they studied the Eight of Cups card from the Rider-Waite deck. Here are the questions Evelyn and I threw out for consideration:

Story

  • Describe what is happening in the card.
  • Where is the figure in the card going and why? Where has he or she been?
  • Why are the chalices stacked in the foreground? Who arranged them?
  • What was happening an hour ago?
  • What will happen in the next ten minutes?

Character

  • What is the figure in the card thinking and feeling?
  • Who is standing outside the card looking at this scene?
  • What is their relationship to the setting?
  • What is their relationship to the figure in the card?

Setting

  • What time of day is it?
  • Describe the light.
  • Describe the weather. What is the temperature? What does the air feel like? What does it smell like?
  • Describe the landscape.
  • What sounds do you hear? Are they nearby or in the distance?
  • Describe what might be just outside the frame of the card?

We then had everyone look at the Eight of Cups from The Golden Tarot to see what other ideas would emerge.

The participants shared their writing, and it was, of course, amazing to see the range of voices and responses. We sent everyone home with a card from The Victorian Romantic Tarot to inspire them to keep adding to their stories.

We also encouraged everyone to share their writing experiences here. (Excerpts are welcome, too!) Even if you didn’t attend BATS, we invite you to do the exercise and join in the discussion!

Another Tarot Table Talk Podcast: Writing with the Tarot #1

September 16, 2007

The High Priestess

This is the third Tarot Table Talk Podcast and the first in a series that offers exercises to use the tarot for personal and creative writing. You can listen to Writing with the Tarot #1 here. This episode is an MP3 and is 31.1 MB. While the podcast itself lasts 22 minutes, this does not include writing time. Feel free to use your recorder’s pause button liberally and to take as long as you need for your written response to each prompt. You may choose to do all of the exercises in one sitting, or break them up over several writing sessions. You might even want to bring the recording to your writers’ group or tarot group.

This episode is co-hosted by Susan Gold and Evelyn Pine. To participate, it doesn’t matter how much or how little you know about writing or the tarot. It offers exercises that will help you get started on—or deepen—either journey.

In this episode

This episode begins with a warm-up writing exercise to help those who are new to the tarot to focus on the details of a card. The warm-up is followed by a self-reflective writing exercise inspired by each of the four suits of tarot. We conclude with a creative writing exercise that will generate ideas for setting, story, and character.

What you will need

To do the writing exercises, you will, of course, need a favorite writing instrument—pen, pencil, or even a computer, and a tarot deck. You can find a tarot deck at any book store—though we encourage you to support a new age or independent book store. A great independent online tarot store is The Tarot Garden.

There are thousands of decks out there, and you might want to first go to Aeclectic Tarot, which has reviews of decks and sample images from them. Whatever deck you choose, just make sure that every card is rich with scenes and imagery. If you are still having trouble selecting a deck, you might try the classic Rider-Waite deck or the Golden Tarot deck.

Once you’ve got your deck, pen and paper—or computer, find a place conducive for writing.

We’d love to hear from you

This podcast course is a work in progress, so we would love to hear your feedback. We would also love to hear about your writing process for these exercises. Don’t be shy about posting!

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to visit Tarot Insights for a listing of Writing with the Tarot workshops. Susan and Evelyn will also be presenting a Writing with the Tarot session at the Bay Area Tarot Symposium on October 6, 2007.