Tarot is a storyteller in many ways. First, the cards themselves, in order, tell the story of the Fool, who represents each one of us in life. Understanding the story of the Fool’s Journey is critical to understanding modern tarot philosophy.
Tarot cards are archetypes; symbols that we all inherently understand. Each archetype tells a story of human experience.
There are many tarot storytelling exercises, for groups and for individuals. From simply pulling four cards and using them to make up a story to telling a round-robin story where each person pulls a card to add the next paragraph, storytelling exercises teach us about tarot, and about ourselves.
We performed such exercises at Tarot Circle in Jupiter last week. It was amazing to see how tarotists, both brand new and experienced, used their imagination and intuition to weave stories from what they saw in the cards.
Professional and amateur creative writers often use tarot to assist with character and plot development. Tarot is a great cure for writer’s block.
Because imagination and intuition are linked together in the third eye, or brow chakra, the more we exercise our imagination, the more intuitive we become. Tarot storytelling helps make this happen.
Finally, a great tarot reading tells a story, too. A gifted reader can look at the cards and find many stories of the past, present and potential future of the querent. When we blend the meanings of the cards together, and see how they interact with each other, we give a seamless reading that accurately reflects the story of our querent’s life.