Three Card Creative Writing Spreads – Part 1

Eight of Pentacles The Steampunk Tarot

Well Met Tarot Friends,
This is another post for those of us who are writers as well as tarot lovers…or for any writers who find the idea of using tarot to enhance their writing, intriguing.

My Plot Development Tarot Spread was such a hit that I decided to post a couple more spreads for you to try out in your creative writing practice. I actually have a ton of these, so this will be Part 1 and if there is continued interest, then I will post more in the future.

Unlike the Plot Development Tarot Spread, these spreads are short and sweet, only three cards each. Its enough to get your creative juices flowing, without being overwhelming or too time consuming.

So without further ado, here are three 3 card spreads that you can use to inspire your writing projects.


Creative Writing Spread

In general this spread is pretty self explanatory. It just gives you a very broad outline of what your story arch could look like.

Card #1: Beginning – This part of the story is where you set everything up, introduce your characters, setting, situation and conflict or story catalyst.

Card #2: Middle – This section usually involves the meat of the plot. This is when journeys take place, information is gatherer and events occur which either help or hinder the protagonist.

Card #3: End – The end is the culmination of the story, all the elements from the beginning come together and we get some sort of resolution. This can be a grand final battle, a character has an epiphany, they become who they were always meant to be, they defeat the antagonist, the find what they were seeking etc.


3 card creative writing tarot spread

Similar to the first spread, this spread tells you what your story arch could look like, however with this spread we are getting more specific. Instead of a very broad picture of what is going on, this spread gives you ideas about why things are unfolding the way they are.

Card #1: Situation – This card represents the catalyst for the story. It is the things that must be resolved, dealt with, avoided, stopped, changed etc. Essentially, it is the reason that the tale is happening.

Card #2: Challenge – This is what makes resolving the situation so tricky. This is what the protagonist(s) must overcome or do to enable a desirable outcome. It may also indicate the solution to resolving the situation.

Card #3: Resolution – The resolution card represents how the situation is ultimately resolved, or not resolved as the case may be. It illustrates how or whether the protagonist is successful or unsuccessful or maybe something in-between.


Character Relationship Creative Writing Spread

This spread explores the relationship between any two characters in your story. Notice that the cards are not laid out from left to right like the other two spreads. For some additional insight you don’t have to restrict the character positions to people. You could choose for Character B to be a particular environment and examine how Character A feels about that environment, or you could examine the relationship between a character and their past, or a character and their fear. Its creative writing, all rules are optional. πŸ™‚

Card #1: Character A – This card indicates the personality and attributes of the first character that you are examining, as well as characteristics that may effect how they get along with Character B.

Card #2: Character B – This is the other character or entity that you are looking at. Like card #1, this card explores the attributes and personality of this character, especially in relation to how they react or interact with Character A.

Card #3: Their Relationship – The word relationship isn’t implying something romantic, it could, but its more about how the characters relate to each other, how they feel about each other and how they act around each other. This card sums up what that looks like.

One thing that you can keep an eye out for when you do this spread is the differences and similarities between Card #1 and #2. This will give you additional information about the dynamic between characters. Are they both the same suit? Are they suits that don’t mesh well. Is one a Major card and one a minor card? Are they peers? Do they have a lot in common? You get the idea. πŸ™‚

Well, there you have it. 3 spreads to help invoke the muse. I hope you enjoy and use these spreads. Please let me know what you think if you try them out.

Until next time, keep on writing.

Check out Three Card Creative Writing Spreads – Part 2 for more creative inspiration. I hope you enjoy!

Weekend Tarot Reading – Nov 8, 9, 10

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Hello everyone, I have a three card tarot reading for you today, using one of my favorite decks, the Steampunk Tarot by Barbara Moore and Aly Fell. The cards are going to represent Fri, Sat and Sun and will give us an idea of what we can expect this weekend to bring. I’m going to lay all three cards face up because I want to get a general overview of the weekend before looking at the days individually.

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Ok, wow, so these are all Major Arcana cards, which right away is telling me that the next couple of days are going to be dealing with larger life issues and themes. Events and decisions are going to be moreΒ  far reaching and more deeply impactful than usual. I also get a very strong transformative energy from these three cards together.

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The first card, the card for Friday, is Justice. Justice is about a just and fair assessment and in this case she seems to be telling us that the time has come to look at that situation or issue that is most troubling in our lives and to be brutally honest with ourselves as to how it is impacting us and what we can do to remedy it. Justice asks you to be objective in this process, she is not heartless, but the emotional is not her realm. Another message that I got from this card was to treat others fairly and to be fair and just in your dealings with others.

death steampunk

Saturday’s card is Death (Disclaimer alert!! Death rarely, RARELY predicts actual, physical death.) Death is a card of transformation, of leaving things behind, letting things go and achieving a new beginning as a result. We saw Justice as our first card and she told us to objectively asses our lives, in the Death card it seems like the result of that assessment will be to let something go. This could be something in the past that is essentially “dead” already, but still holds power over you, such as past trauma’s, hurts or betrayals. This may be the time when you need to commit to moving forward and to no longer be defined by those things. You may have to let go of that pain several times before it finally returns to your past where it belong, but the work and the effort it takes is worth it.

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The card for Sunday is the High Priestess and thank Goddess for that, things were getting heavy. The High Priestess is one of my favorite cards and I especially love it in this deck. She has so much to tell us about the boundless potential that can be realized if we are brave enough to let go of the past and the things that are not helpful in our lives and move forward. She is all about the promise of gaining knowledge and wisdom through your experiences, being spiritually abundant and connecting with the divine. She is encouraging us to move forward with confidence, which after the first two cards is exactly what I needed to hear. πŸ™‚

nov 8 9 10 readingSince the cards are asking us to do some pretty challenging stuff over the next few days I would strongly encourage everyone, that if they find themselves in the middle of this process, to please be kind to themselves and practice self care. If this reading triggers you or brings up something especially hard and painful, talk to a trusted friend, family member, or a mental health professional. You don’t have to go through it alone.Β  Blessings