The Creative Tarot—the cards as a storytelling tool.
Late Spring / TBD
The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards. 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana. Together the cards are used to as a divinatory system, to tell people's fortunes and to give them clarity in their lives. But, more than anything, the tarot tells a story. Inherent in each spread—if one knows how to look—stories always emerge. Italo Calvino knew this and used the Marseille deck to cast stories and creative narrative threads in his book The Castle of Crossed Destinies.
In this class we'll explore the tarot deck as a profoundly creative tool that can help us tell better stories. From using the cards to provide possible narrative threads, to doing readings for our fictional characters to help determine their fictional destinies, we'll engage in the pataphysical act of finding imaginary solutions in the meanings in the cards.
What we'll cover
Tarot basics including the history of the cards, aspects of the various decks from traditional 78 card decks to alternative and oracle decks. How readings work, and techniques used to divine meaning.
The tarot as a storytelling tool. Using the pataphysical approach to tarot spreads to build narrative.
Seeing the stories in the cards. We'll engage in an active workshop where we'll see what our spreads have to say and how we can turn what we learn into prose.
The Tools We'll Use
The Noblet Tarot
The Noblet Tarot Deck was first created in France in 1650. The Noblet deck includes powerful visual symbols and is part of a tarot renaissance of late. We suggest this deck, which can picked up at Tarot History, a French site that sells Jean Claude Flornoy's gorgeous reissue of Noblet's classic deck.
Any deck will in fact work. We're fans of many decks and have used them all as story tools. So, if you've got a deck, bring and we'll see how it goes. The one caveat is that the classic major / minor arcana format is better for this kind of work because these decks are inherently a story.
As much as we love alt decks and oracle decks, they might not serve us well in our pursuit of hidden narratives.
Learn how the tarot deck can be a profoundly creative tool to help us tell better stories. From using the cards to provide possible narrative threads, to doing readings for our fictional characters to help determine their fictional destinies, we'll find narrative meaning in the cards and turn them into stories.