On Saturday, October 17th, I’ll be giving a Tarot and Fiction workshop for the Mad City Romance group. (Image from Robert M. Place)
I’m looking forward to it as it also gives me an opportunity to not only talk about using Tarot and other oracle-type cards in one’s fiction writing but about myths and archetypes.
I’m a myth and archetype junkie. I cut my reading teeth on mythology, fairy tales and legends. So when I discovered Jung, Joseph Campbell, Christoper Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey, etc, it was like coming home in that I had been reading myths since I first learned to read.
In preparation for the workshop I’ve been reading over my tarot books and I recalled that one time I had determined what my Soul Card was, which is the High Priestess.
According to the Aeclectic Tarot website the High Priestess’s basic meaning is as follows.
The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know in order to make a decision about a problem or a job, an investment, love, career, family, etc.
And, finally, there is, behind her throne, the curtain that leads to the deepest, most esoteric and secret knowledge; the pomegranates that decorate it remind us of Persephone, who was taken down into the land of the dead, ate its fruit, and became the only goddess allowed to travel to and from that strange land. This indicates that when you get the High Priestess, you’re going to be learning some very odd things. Very odd.
I love learning odd things. 🙂 Yep, I definitely resonate with the High Priestess Card so having it as my Soul Card feels completely right.
In the Mythic Tarot Deck Persephone is the High Priestess and that’s so in sync with the novella, which is based on Greek mythology, that I’m currently writing.
Persephone, pomegranate in hand, is about to descend from the world of light back to the Kingdom of the Dead, over which she rules with her husband, Hades.
As for the mundane things, I’m still plugging away at my writing and still trying to stay warm. We’re about 20 degrees below normal in these parts and the middle of October is bit early for these kind of temps. Brrrrrr!