with nanowrimo starting tomorrow, i wanted to create a simple tarot spread to give me insight and keep me focused in the coming weeks. this spread is tailored for writing, but could easily be utilized for other creative projects or goals.
what is the theme of this piece? father of cups. learning to share my heart, be open with my emotions and my struggles. he may be considered the master of the water, but we all drown sometimes - this king can balance creative inspiration with logic, and knows when he's overwhelmed and needs to pull back. understanding when to reach out, how to articulate ourselves, understanding our joy and pain and truth, takes time. this collection of essays that i have in mind will help me explore my own depths and find new ways to express what i've learned and endured.
first steps: where do i start? ten of wands. i have a lot of ideas, perhaps too many. i can start by choosing one or two wands, rather than trying to keep everything burning. this card often suggests we need help, so it may be that i need to get more connected within the writing community, build in partnerships and tools that will keep me going. this may also serve as a warning not to jump in too quickly - i still have a marathon to run, work to do, other things that will require time and energy and pieces of myself. i need to pace this project just like i do everything else, and not try to do it all at once.
something to remember: three of wands. the idea has happened, i've created a plan, but i need to remember my vision for this piece, and the reasons that i wanted to start in the first place. i have a dream of being a better writer, and a hope that creating this collection will inspire me to keep going. of course there are bigger dreams around this, and it's okay to get excited about what the future may hold.
something to forget: two of pentacles. yes, i can handle a lot of things at once - but that doesn't mean i should. juggling too many projects and responsibilities can take everything out of us, and when i'm deeply focused on "being busy" it doesn't leave as much energy for creative work. it's okay to say no, to prioritize, to let this writing take the first slot. boundaries can be healthy, and i'm allowed to protect my work and my time.
what comes next? seven of wands. once i hit those 50,000 words, my work isn't over. by then i'll hopefully have new confidence, a belief in myself and an understanding of how i work and what i truly want. it may be time for me to step up in some way, whether it's by sharing my work or by beginning something new once again. but if this project can help me believe in myself and my passion, it will be a success.
are you participating in nanowrimo this year? i'd love to hear about your project in the comments!