Pulling a card from the tarot deck and musing on it has been my morning meditation for the past week or so. It is my opportunity to sit quietly and prepare of my day.
Writers (and artists of all stripes) need to exercise their subconscious. It's the place where deep connections are made between the ordinary and the numinous. It's where all art emerges from.
I look at the tarot as a way to connect with my subconscious, to open a channel, not with the spirit world, but with my internal world.
Some artists do this with meditation, some with exercise, some have tried using drugs and alcohol. Clearly, some methods are more successful and sustainable than others. 'Nuff said.
Today I pulled "The Magician." It is a card of power and potential. It shows a magician surrounded by symbols that occur throughout the tarot deck: swords, cups, pentacles, and wands. In addition, the symbol for eternity, the sideways figure of eight hovers over his head. According to my deck interpretation, The Magician signifies new directions, imagination, optimism, and new chances of success.
Given my husband's distress over his work situation and my own limbo waiting on word from publishers over "The House of Many Doors" which is on submission, I'll take that.