April 2022: Tarot Cards for Writing Inspiration
This month’s tarot card draw falls quite outside my area of expertise (I’m largely secular in my own belief system), as they revolve around a character base, and a world, that is steeped in a (unspecified!) spirituality/religion/faith. Please note that my interpretation of these cards is not intentionally modeled after, or deliberately representative of, any actual spiritual, religious, or cultural practice in existence today. Happy Spring!
Character(s): Six of Cauldrons. This card represents an intentional community of mystics. The strength of their connection is forged by a long tradition of spiritual and cultural beliefs that helped them survive the recent apocalypse that took place on Earth. Their faith is strong, and acts as a source of power for these individuals. They see themselves as blessed by a sacred force, and interpret certain occurrences as signs or omens that guide them on their wandering migrations and help them survive in a greatly changed world.
Setting: Ten of Swords (Reversed). To better connect with this theoretical sacred force, this community has created a culture that embraces a more simple, peaceful, and harmonious existence. Some possible tenets of this world may also revolve around healing, magic, restoration of spirit, evolution/growth, and re-establishing a stronger connection with nature, animals, and with each other.
Theme/Development: The Hermit. Their practice of communal living and innocent affection for one another has protected them from the elements that have destroyed most of their fellow humans. Conflict is rare, and is resolved peaceably when it does occur within this community. For these mystics, to live alone in solitude is akin to a living death. Oftentimes, they will come across lone survivors from the time before who have also managed to escape the widespread extinction that befell humanity.
Conflict/Climax: Three of Swords (Reversed). While their society appears utopian and idyllic on the surface, there’s a dark secret at the heart of this group of peace-loving mystics. The power they hold is real, and stems from an ancient source of magic that they’ve learned to tap into. But as they wipe out more and more of these lone survivors, the magic that holds these mystics together as a community needs constant feeding, and they are running out of outsiders to sacrifice to this sacred force. Will they eventually turn against each other to keep this unifying bond alive? Are they, in fact, also pawns of the sacred force they’ve built into their culture and spiritual beliefs—one that’s determined to remove humanity from Earth for once and for all?
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