So I used to be engaged on a weblog submit in regards to the frustrations of job looking, which included a passive-aggressive, thinly-veiled assault on a nonprofit group that had reached out to me like, “You’re uniquely suited to the social media supervisor/notary place we at present have accessible, and we’d be very excited to convey you in for an interview,” after which afterwards, adopted up with, “Okay, full disclosure: We went forward and employed this woman who turned the place down a number of occasions previously, however we wished a backup particular person to string alongside in case she bailed on us once more.”
I used to be nearly to hit “publish” when the agency emailed again like, “Wait! We would truly rent you in any case. We’re undecided. Do you thoughts twiddling your thumbs for a couple of months whereas we work out what we’re doing? We’re a bit of drunk proper now.”
And so I twiddled, with the submit burning a gap in my drafts folder.
I talked to Chester and Sarah in regards to the essay and what I ought to do with it, and so they have been each like, “Yeah… perhaps don’t publicly bash the group by identify till they decide a technique or one other?” Which struck me as sage recommendation. However I nonetheless wanted one thing to write down about.
So I figured I’d attempt one thing new and use my Liminal Spirits playing cards as writing prompts.
The structure I usually learn with is known as the “Little Star,” which I picked up from an previous guide on cartomancy a few years in the past. It’s principally a scaled-down model of the Celtic Cross unfold: A card is drawn to signify the current, and one other card is positioned throughout it to signify influences on the current; a 3rd card is positioned to the left to signify the previous, and a fourth card is positioned to the correct to signify the longer term.
The Little Star provides good, concise summations with out bogging the reader down with extraneous particulars, and it really works with just about any oracle deck, which can be a promoting level. I used to be able to get to running a blog, so I pulled 4 playing cards and turned them over.
Desert is the “We Don’t Speak About Bruno” card — it signifies a scenario that’s emotionally risky and must be put aside in the meanwhile. Within the current place, it’s principally yelling, “Don’t weblog in regards to the nonprofit (no no no).” Roots crossing the current is telling me to actually take a look at the previous, the place Salamander lies ready: fiery ardour, and restoration from one thing misplaced.
Burial Floor sooner or later reinforces that the subject needs to be one thing that has already occurred. Nevertheless, it additionally reveals me making peace with a reminiscence, and leaving a marker to commemorate it, then shifting on with my life.
After we put the playing cards collectively, we get fairly clear directions: As a substitute of specializing in the anger I’m feeling about the entire job factor, I ought to flip my consideration to one thing passionate from my previous that resulted in a loss I used to be in a position to bounce again from; one thing that I bear in mind fondly, and that taught me a lesson, however one thing I can finally go away behind after setting it up as the premise for an honest story.
So I meditated on all of that, after which I used to be like, “Hey, wait. Don’t salamanders reside in swamps?”
Anyway, that’s how I ended up writing in regards to the Cajun.
As soon as that submit was up on the weblog, I began questioning what to write down about subsequent. After which I remembered that I had a submit on Wicca that was nearly good to go — I simply wanted to flesh it out with some royalty-free footage.
I used to be involved, although, that my perspective on the actual Wiccan challenge lined within the submit could be ill-received and/or misunderstood. And never simply in a “some folks have knee-jerk reactions every time they see the phrase ‘Wicca’ and their impotent rage amuses me” form of approach. Like, an precise unhealthy approach.
For the reason that playing cards helped me compose the Cajun submit, I made a decision to repurpose them and run a techniques examine on the Wiccan submit, simply to see how it might go over. So I shuffled the deck and plunked down 4 playing cards, and whoo, y’all. I used to be glad I did.
Right here’s the unfold:
Within the current, Crystal: I would like to have a look at all aspects of a scenario earlier than making any form of resolution. Crossing the current, Hare: Fertility and abundance in some instances, however on this studying, a warning to examine my ego. Primarily based on these two playing cards alone, I can inform that the submit just isn’t as nice as I’d prefer to consider it’s.
Prior to now, Ash: Mirroring Crystal, Ash is telling me that the submit is targeted an excessive amount of on one factor, and that I would like to drag again and take a look at the massive image. And sooner or later, Monkshood, which is the actual kicker right here.
Monkshood, or Aconite, means that I would like to concentrate on a doubtlessly damaging scenario, and that I must a) keep away from being observed, and b) put together a protection, simply in case. The cardboard additionally says that I must take accountability for my actions, which is… not what an aspiring writer needs to listen to proper earlier than unleashing new prose upon the universe.
Lengthy story quick, the submit can keep proper the place it’s for now. I’ll take a look at it with contemporary eyes in a few days and see what’s obviously omitted and go from there.
Clearly, I’m getting rather a lot out of this train, even when not each studying about writing seems favorably. However that’s factor, as a result of it means I’m getting higher at letting the playing cards transmit their messages objectively, and never projecting my very own most popular interpretations onto them. Rating one for private development.
Though the entire thing has gotten me curious as to how efficient different types of divination could be at getting my writing unstuck. I’ve bought a Lenormand deck that I haven’t performed with in ages, in order that could be enjoyable to experiment with, since Lenormand playing cards are likely to give attention to practicalities and the “how” of a given question. And regardless that I suck at Tarot, it couldn’t damage to dig out my Deviant Moon deck and provides it a whirl.
And since if I attempt one thing, I would like different folks to attempt it and present their math (it’s the Chaos Witch in me): Should you’ve bought a deck that you just work with frequently and, like, a looming deadline or one thing, throw some playing cards and see what they should say. I’d be actually, actually to know what outcomes different writers get out of this course of.
Or perhaps do a studying on studying, and let me how that goes. Or inform me about your day. I identical to getting feedback.
I ended twiddling, by the best way, and I fired off an enormous stack of functions to different corporations. Working with the playing cards creatively made me understand that there are extra choices on the market than I can see in the intervening time — I simply must uncover them.
And placing power into writing as an alternative of seething on the nonprofit was undoubtedly helpful. So, y’know, extra of that, please.
Plus I bought yet one more cool studying out of it.
As soon as I banged out the vast majority of this meta-post, I wished to know what the Spirits thought my subsequent weblog submit needs to be. Contemplating the earlier workshopping unfold, I used to be fairly stunned by the playing cards that got here up. (Additionally, I promise I shuffled totally between the final studying and this one.)
Monkshood has moved from the longer term to the current, as if to say, “So let’s revisit that Wicca submit.” And the current is crossed with Belladonna — stating that nice energy and energy might be hiding behind a reasonably facade — which supplies me the precise path I must take with the submit.
Clay previously reveals me reshaping an inventive endeavor, and Cedar sooner or later is encouraging: Although I’m a bit of apprehensive in regards to the reception the submit would possibly get, as soon as it’s cleaned up, folks will perceive the purpose I’m attempting to make.
So total, yeah, the submit goes to work out effective. And in the long term, who cares if I’m not nonprofit social media supervisor materials? I clearly have a vibrant profession forward of me as a Liminal Spirits model ambassador, and that guarantees to be infinitely extra rewarding.