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How I Use Tarot And Oracle Cards Creatively


stephanelli

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Hello!  Welcome to the first entry in my little blog area on here!  I hope you enjoy it 🙂

I'm still learning the features of the blogging area here so please bear with me while I play around and see what features are available!

 

How I Use Tarot and Oracle Cards Creatively

As you might expect from someone who runs the Creative Circle here on TT&M, I really enjoy using the cards in creative ways.  They help me to generate ideas and give me inspiration for starting points of my projects.  I wanted to share a few ways that I like to use the cards to help me with my creative projects!  I like to use lots of different decks to give myself more options but you can use all these ideas with whatever decks you like!

 

Be inspired by colours in the cards
A lot of my projects start from a love of colour.  I like to use the cards to help me find new colour combinations that I can use in my projects.  I do a lot of spinning which is very driven by colours so, depending on the deck, it can be nice to draw colours from a particular card.  For example, The Sun card in the RWS deck has a lot of yellows and oranges in it which are a lovely colour combination in itself, but the white horse could also be included with streaks of white coming through.


A few questions that help me get started with using colour from a card:
- What colours are dominant in the card?
- What colours are missing?
- Are there combinations of colours I wouldn’t usually put together that look good?

 

Be inspired by objects in the cards
Sometimes, you look at a card for a while and you spot an object that you’ve never noticed before.  I particularly like to do this with decks I don’t know very well.  When you’ve found the object that inspires you, you can make a version of the item, use the item as the basis of a painting or drawing or whatever other way inspires you.
Lately for me, I’ve been looking at The Fool a lot and I’ve been noticing the beautiful footwear that the Fool often gets to wear.  So me being me, of course I decided that clearly its the time to follow my desire of learning to make shoes!
Another example is the Lantern that the Hermit often carries.  Now, I’m not saying you should go and make a lantern (although that would be cool) but you could use it as an inspiration.  For example, I used the Hermit’s lamp to inspire a yarn that I spun.  I focused on the fact that the lantern helps you find your way in the dark so I made a yarn that was mostly black and dark navy but had streaks of golden yellow and glittery gold running through it to represent the light in the dark!


A few questions that help me get started using objects in a card:
- Is there an object I’ve never noticed before?
- Is there an object that keeps grabbing my attention?
- Am I noticing an object because I have a desire to make it?  If so, what’s stopping me making it?

 

Be inspired by the meaning of a card
Sometimes you can be really drawn into the meaning of the card and that can help creatively too!  For example you could be inspired by the Three of Pentacles.  This is card that represents teamwork and planning.  So you could have a basic idea of what you want to do, but then get other people involved to help you complete - for example a mural where you’ve perhaps drawn the basic design but you want someone else to come along and add the colour and perhaps another person to add some smaller details in.  The Moon card can represent illusions so perhaps you could make a project that appears to be something that it isn’t.  One of my favourite illusions to make is to weave fabric that from a distance appears to be a single colour but up close you realise that its made of two colours!


A few questions that help me inspired by the meanings:
- What keywords do I associate with this card?
- What do the keywords mean to me?
- What can I make that demonstrates the keyword in some way?

 

Be inspired by what the people in the card are doing
This can be a great one for writers!  Look at the card and the snapshot in time that its showing.  What happened before this snapshot?  What will happen afterwards?  Can you use that as the basis for a poem, short story or even a comic?
For example, The Hanged Man.  How did he end up in that position?  Maybe he was climbing a tree, dropped his scarf, got it caught around his foot and the tree and fell.  Maybe someone else did it.  What happens after this?  How long will he stay there?  Does he get himself down or does someone else help him?

 

A few starting questions:
- What is the story in the card?
- What happened before the scene shown in the card?
- What will happen afterwards?
- Can I forget the keywords and interpret this image in any other way?

 

So there’s a few ideas on using the cards creatively, do you have any ways you like to use the cards to inspire creativity?

Is there anything you'd be particularly keen on seeing me blog about?

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I love using cards creatively! I often tailor my readings to reveal different angles or new things that I could explore with my art. Sometimes I am inspired directly by animals or items that are depicted in the cards, but mostly I do readings to help me go deep with my inspiration and to figure out what theme or questions I am trying to figure out through art!

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This is wonderful @stephanelli, not that I am surprised.  You are so creative, capable, and a great teacher.  It's part of why I sometimes call you Wise Young stephanelli da Vinci.

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We must be sharing the brain cell. I wrote a similar blog post on WordPress on Wednesday 😂

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On 11/4/2022 at 6:21 AM, Raggydoll said:

I love using cards creatively! I often tailor my readings to reveal different angles or new things that I could explore with my art. Sometimes I am inspired directly by animals or items that are depicted in the cards, but mostly I do readings to help me go deep with my inspiration and to figure out what theme or questions I am trying to figure out through art!

Thank you for sharing how you use the cards to help your art!  Its fascinating how many different ways there are to go about it!

On 11/6/2022 at 12:01 AM, Grandma said:

This is wonderful @stephanelli, not that I am surprised.  You are so creative, capable, and a great teacher.  It's part of why I sometimes call you Wise Young stephanelli da Vinci.

❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Thank you dearest Grandma!

On 11/6/2022 at 8:19 PM, Anesiadora said:

We must be sharing the brain cell. I wrote a similar blog post on WordPress on Wednesday 😂

🙂 Its a fun topic!  Have you found the Creative Circle yet on here?  You might enjoy it!  We're starting the Fool's Journey this month and will be working through the major arcana in order in the coming months!

On 11/8/2022 at 7:27 PM, Rupicapra said:

Thank you for sharing @stephanelli, I enjoyed reading how the cards inspire your creations.

Thank you 🙂

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Enjoyed this @stephanelli  Sometimes I do creative writing basing my story on a randomly selected tarot card. Or chose multiple cards and bring each card into the story. It's a fun exercise and helps me get to know the cards better too. 

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Lots of ideas to combine the cards in a special way. Wish I was so creative! 

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2 hours ago, sedally said:

Lots of ideas to combine the cards in a special way. Wish I was so creative! 

I think creativity can be cultivated if you give yourself the space and time to do so 😊 I hope my ideas are helpful for you.

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Ouse them in conjunction with a reading … sometime 3 sometimes 1 card. 

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Great info! I’m new to tarot cards so I’m sure I will refer back to this post.

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Leila_al_Tolkien

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I love this post. Often times I'll use different decks for different readings because the art and messages vibe differently and this creative approach reasonates with how I like k to read. 🌟 

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BadassColorMystic

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I have just begun doing readings with multiple decks. I use my own Color Ray Deck as well as Roger von Oech's Creative Whack Pack, Affirmation cards and Gabrielle Bernstein's Spirit Junkie deck. The readings are always fun but to the point. 

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