Tarot readings for fictional characters
This is a little bit 'out there' but I wonder if any other GW writers have tried doing a tarot spread for one of their characters?
I've recently (and belatedly) begun following along with JMG's generous monthly discussion of Eliphas Levi's, 'The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic'. Therefore I now possess an appropriate tarot deck, as advised. I have long used the I Ching for divination but found myself not relating as well to the Confucian hierarchical system of advice as I once did; too much focus on stability at the expense of individual creativity and intuition perhaps? So I have this deck of tarot cards and I figure I'll try reading cards, since I have them anyway. With this tentative and somewhat inauspicious beginning, I started doing a celtic cross spread every morning before breakfast and before reading the news of the day, checking email, etc. - trying to stay in that symbolic-dream-image-place state of mind. And... WOW!
I realize this might sound somewhat offensive to people who are struggling right now, but the truth is my life is wonderful at the moment and I simply don't have enough honest queries to need a spread every morning for myself. So, with some caution about overstepping my bounds, yesterday I tried doing a spread with the query: "What is REALLY going on in Ukraine?" The results were not what I expected but obviously what (at some level) I already knew. Essentially, Vladimir Putin is attempting to build a genuine empire for the next millennia and the Ukraine is essential, as it is the feminine balance to the Russian masculine energy. Take it with a grain of salt, but that's what I got...
More pertinent to this post, this morning, again having no real questions for myself, I had the novel idea to try a spread for the protagonist in my current novel. To my delight and amazement, it worked like, well, magic! The story has been 'stuck' at an intermediate culmination point in the plot, essentially one third of the way through, and I've been doing research for the next third. While I know where it needs to get to, I have been unsure of HOW to get there. This reading was like a hot bronze knife through butter. Or maybe like the Five of Swords slicing through my petty vaporizing to the core of the story!
At any rate, I urge any of my fellow scribblers that use divination in their lives to consider applying their system to plot or character issues in their stories!