Week of January 24, 2021

This week’s question:

What do you need in a writing workspace in order to write your best?

Where and how you write makes all the difference in WHAT you write. At least, I have found this to be true. My writer workspace is a sacred space. It’s filled with trinkets and baubles and doodads and books and photos and light that inspire my creativity.

If you haven’t already done so, this week’s readings will hopefully help you make the most of your writer workspace. However, if your writing wonderland is already perfectly set, then maybe you can find a nugget or two to enhance your space and make it even more inspiring to your process.

A note about this week’s decks

This week, I chose five cards from the Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand deck, a deck featuring the artwork of Pamela Colman Smith “Pixie,” the artist behind the most famous Tarot illustrations, the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) deck. Next, I looked at each of the five Lenormand cards and consciously selected five cards from my favorite borderless Waite-Smith deck. These are cards that I intuitively felt would pair nicely and impart the best message for whoever chose its Lenormand counterpart.

I just love Pixie’s artwork. I always feel inspired by her calligraphic use of line and the rich colors. As a fellow creative, I hope her work resonates with you as well.

In case you missed it: A note on intuition

I always, ALWAYS, recommend making decisions “from your gut.” This is another way of saying to choose “intuitively.” As creative folk, it’s so important to the work we’re doing that we remain alert and accepting of those little internal nudges. Your gut will never lead you astray. When I read Tarot for my fellow creatives, I always tap into my own intuition and present the messages I’m receiving as unedited and straightforward as they unfold. I’ve done the same for this week’s readings.

In case you missed this as well: A note about my readings

This week—and every week this year—I’ve set my own goal of helping you, my fellow writer, use the Tarot for creative inspiration. After all, the cards are individual stories, full of imagery and architypes and symbolism. For writers, they can be incredibly inspiring to character and plot development, decision-making, creative forecasting, and so much more.

I’m so happy to have you participate in this new weekly Tarot blog. I do hope the messages resonate and help nurture your creativity; however, every Tarot reading that I give is intended for creative purposes only. I cannot guarantee results or outcomes; I can only present the messages and ask that you use your own gut and decide for yourself what they mean (if anything) to you.

The Reveal! What’s in the cards this week?

If you chose III-The Ship, you’re most likely the type of person who doesn’t like to be tethered to a single spot. You enjoy your freedom while writing and being able to pick up your work and take it with you is important. Similarly, being able to write wherever you find yourself is necessary in order for you to maximize the limited time you do have to write.

This week, I chose the VIII of Cups for you. As this card represents taking a break and travel, if you are the type of writer who enjoys the freedom of writing wherever the inspiration strikes you, then I recommend keeping a notebook accessible at all times. More conveniently, a notes-taking app on your smartphone can be an incredibly useful tool for writing while you’re on your commute—hands-free, of course. You can record notes and then transfer them to your work the next time you’re in front of your computer. I do this every day while on a walk with my dogs. Additionally, as a fellow “Nomadic” writer, I recommend getting out of the house and taking a walk in nature or taking a drive or whatever it is that you can do wherever you are to escape the confines of the house and your computer. Let your mind wander and your thoughts ponder. You can capture your notes while also engaging in a much-deserved respite.

A few thoughts based on this card’s symbols:

Just look at that moon gazing down on our traveler. As the moon symbolizes intuition, subconscious thinking, and manifestation, your writing workspace will benefit from you being able to pick up and go ponder the two former while setting intentions on the latter. Cheers to freedom writing! I hope these methods help!

If you chose IV-The House, you’re most likely the type of writer who values stability while writing. Schedules are important because you have to allot yourself time to write around everything else you have to do in a day. This structure ensures that you actually have the time to write and don’t pass it over for something else that (let’s be honest) could have waited. Similarly, being uninterrupted is important to you while you write. Let’s face it, interruption is the murderer of creativity. I don’t know a writer out there who’s cool with their train of thought constantly being derailed by their family or strangers or animals or a blaring firetruck bolting down the street.

This week, I chose the VIII of Pentacles for you. This card is one of the best cards for creative productivity and you are at your most productive when you have a sound structure free from interruption. I hope you have your own home office space in which you can write, but if you don’t, consider a space where you might carve out a nook for yourself. There are room dividers and partitions that might work in physically separating you from the rest of the house. I had to do this one time. I installed a room dividing curtain and whenever my family saw it drawn, they knew NOT to mess with me! I was writing! Additionally, you might try a quality pair of noise cancelling headphones or earbuds. I swear by the Skull Candy brand. The sound quality is stellar and I’m convinced I wouldn’t hear a bomb drop while I’m wearing mine.

A few thoughts based on this card’s symbols:

The pentacle isn’t a sign of the devil or witchcraft or evil. It’s the symbol of the earth element, the five points of the pentagram representing each individual element found on earth: earth, air, water, fire, and spirit. As such, the Pentacles suit represents work and home. And just look at all of this person’s work! S/he’s running out of room to display it! Designate a solid place to write and watch your own productivity soar!

If you chose VI-The Clouds, you’re a dreamer and you probably struggle with wanderlust—desiring to be in another place or travel to another place. This desire doesn’t stop even while you are writing, but what it can do is fuel your work, freeing your imagination to flow down from your brain, through your arms and fingers, and onto your page. What’s the best solution for the dreamy writer? I think it’s having a window to look out of while you write. If you are able to, consider positioning your writing desk to that you can look up and gaze out of a window. Moreover, if you have the space and opportunity to pick up your laptop and take it out on a veranda, porch, take it to the park, or to a café with lots of windows, you might find that you’re looking “off into space” less often and what you’re actually looking at is inspiring what you’re writing.

I chose The Hanged Man for you this week. And don’t worry... if you aren’t familiar with the RWS deck, at first glance this can resemble a person being hanged until their death. This is NOT the case. In fact, it’s the very opposite. The Hanged Man represents a person taking a break from everyday life and resting. In doing so, s/he is providing self-care, even if only allowing his/her brain to rest... or to linger in delicious wanderlust. See the golden glow surrounding his/her head? That’s enlightenment. I’ve included a few notes on the construct below.

A few thoughts based on this card’s symbols:

That glow is the aspect of this card that stands out most to me. This person is completely chill, taking a break and looking at things from a different perspective. Thus, this card symbolizes the concept of enlightenment through gaining a different perspective or considering a different outlook. I specifically chose this card for The Clouds because I think allowing yourself the opportunity to dream and letting your mind wander can be enlightening as a writer. Now, use all of that dreamy energy and become inspired!

If you chose XII-The Birds, you’re most likely the type of person who writes best when there is music playing or the sounds of nature wafting in through the windows or you have your Ambient Sounds playlist going. Birds represent freedom, peace, hope, spirit, nostalgia, and all sorts of other positive meanings. If you chose this card, I believe it’s because you value the stimulation of sound while you’re writing. When you can listen to nature or music, you tend to write more freely than, say, if you try writing while the TV is on and/or while people are in the room/café milling about and talking. If the aforementioned sounds like you, open a window while you’re writing. If you can’t do that, I HIGHLY recommend ambient sounds. As I’m writing this, it’s winter. Try a snowfall playlist, or if you enjoy writing at night, listen to the sounds of the forest, with birds and frogs chirping, cicadas singing, and maybe even a campfire crackling and popping. (I feel like I’m starting to sound like Bob Ross. “Oh, look! I think right over here we’ll find a happy little owl. Yes, he’s our friend.”)

If you chose The Birds, I have selected the X of Cups for you! Congratulations! This is a “dreams come true” wish card. And why not? You’re happiest when you can listen to something stimulating while you write, and if you can do this often, you might even write a bestseller. That is my wish for you: tranquility and beautifully inspired writing that manifests all of your writer dreams.

A few thoughts based on this card’s symbols:

That rainbow. I instantly think of Judy Garland’s bird-like voice as she sings in one of the most colorful and dreamy movies of all time. The rainbow is a symbol of hope, peace, promises, and renewal. Moving forward, pay close attention to how well you’re writing when you are audibly inspired.

If you chose XVI-The Stars, you’re probably a nighthawk, a night owl writer whose peak energy arrives in the evening hours. Likewise, you could be a person similar to those who chose The Clouds and you enjoy gazing at the sky and pondering the stars. The keywords here are energy and pondering. When we combine these two constructs, we get intuition. As such, I have chosen the most intuitive card in the RWS deck for you this week: The High Priestess. Whether you are a night owl or an early bird (like me), tapping in to your intuitive thoughts is most important to your writing. Organizing your schedule and aligning your workspace in such a way that you are most inspired is going to yield your best writing efforts.

A few thoughts based on this card’s symbols:

Look at how peaceful the evening sky and the lake are behind The High Priestess. Were it not for the horizon line, you might not even be able to tell where one ends and the other begins. Immersing yourself in a calm environment, during the time of day that’s most conducive to your creative energy, is the best move for your writer workspace.

If you enjoyed this week’s creative readings, come back to Instagram every Sunday afternoon for another writing-related message to enhance your creativity! If you are curious about or need some helpful ideas around a specific situation (writing-related or not), I’m now doing custom Tarot readings. Click here to learn more!

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