Read about writing: Oracle Cards as editorial assistants


So I was working on a blog post about job search frustrations, which included a passive-aggressive, thinly veiled attack on a nonprofit that reached out to me like, “You’re particularly suitable for the social media manager/notary position we currently have open, and we’d be very happy to bring you in for an interview,” then then followed by, “Okay, full disclosure: we went from before and hired this girl who turned down the job several times in the past but wanted a backup person to follow us in case she fired us again.

I was about to hit “publish” when the company emailed me back, “Wait! We might actually hire you after all. We are not sure. Do you mind twiddling your thumbs for a few months while we figure out what we’re up to? We’re a little drunk right now.

And so I twisted, with the message burning a hole in my drafts folder.

My guardians pray that I make good decisions for change. (Image via Pixabay.)

I talked to Chester and Sarah about the trial and what I should do with it, and they both said, “Yeah…maybe you don’t publicly disparage the organization by name until do they make a decision one way or another? Which sounded like wise advice to me. But I still needed something to write.

So I decided to try something new and use my Liminal Spirits cards as writing prompts.

The layout I normally read with is called the “little star”, which I picked up from an old book on cartomancy many years ago. It is essentially a scaled down version of the Celtic Cross: one card is drawn to represent the present and another card is placed on top of it to represent influences on the present; a third card is placed on the left to represent the past, and a fourth card is placed on the right to represent the future.

The little star gives good, concise summaries without bogging down the reader with superfluous detail, and it works with just about any oracle game, which is also a selling point. I was ready to start blogging, so I pulled out four cards and turned them over.

Salamander, desert, Rootsand Graveyard from The oracle of liminal spirits.

The desert is theWe’re not talking about Bruno” card – this means a situation that is emotionally volatile and should be put aside for the time being. In the current position, it’s basically just shouting “Don’t blog about the association (no no no).” The roots running through the present tell me to literally look to the past, where Salamander awaits: a fiery passion and the recovery of something lost.

Burial Ground in the future reinforces that the topic should be something that has already happened. However, it also shows me making peace with a memory and leaving a marker to commemorate it, and then moving on with my life.

When we put the cards together, we get some pretty clear instructions: Instead of focusing on the anger I feel about all the work, I should focus my attention on something passionate from my past that resulted in a loss that I was able to bounce back. returning from; something that I remember fondly, and that taught me a lesson, but something that I can finally leave behind after setting it up as the basis of a decent story.

So I pondered all of this, and then I was like, “Hey, wait. Don’t salamanders live in swamps? »

Anyway, that’s how I ended up writing about Cajun.

The Liminal Spirits are both fabulous and happy to be seen. (Image via Pixabay.)

Once this blog post hit the blog, I started wondering what to write about next. And then I remembered that I had an article on Wicca almost ready for publication – I just needed to flesh it out with some royalty-free images.

I was concerned, however, that my perspective on the particular Wiccan issue covered in the post would be misreceived and/or misunderstood. And not just in a kind of “some people have knee-jerk reactions every time they see the word ‘Wicca’ and their helpless rage amuses me”. Like, a real bad way.

Since the cards helped me compose the Cajun message, I decided to reuse them and run a systems check on the Wiccan message, just to see how it would go. So I shuffled the deck and threw four cards, and whoo, y’all. I was glad I did.

Here is the broadcast:

Ash, Crystal, Hareand Aconite from The oracle of liminal spirits.

In the present, Crystal: I need to consider all sides of a situation before making any decisions. Crossing the present, Hare: Fertility and abundance in some cases, but in this reading, a warning to check my ego. Based on these two cards alone, I can say the message isn’t as great as I’d like to believe.

In the past, Ash: Mirroring Crystal, Ash would tell me that the message focused too much on one thing and that I needed to step back and look at the bigger picture. And going forward, Monkshood, which is the real kicker here.

Monkshood, or Aconite, suggests that I should be aware of a potentially damaging situation, and should a) avoid being noticed, and b) prepare a defense, just in case. The card also indicates that I must take responsibility for my actions, which is… do not what an aspiring author wants to hear just before unleashing new prose on the universe.

Long story short, the post can stay where it is for now. I’ll take a fresh look at it in a few days and see what’s obviously left out and go from there.

If Monkshood was a person. (Image via Pixabay.)

Clearly, I get a lot out of this exercise, even if not all of the readings on writing go down well. But that’s a good thing, because it means I’m getting better at letting the cards convey their messages objectively, not projecting my own favorite interpretations onto them. Mark one for personal growth.

Although all of this made me curious as to how effective other forms of divination might be in getting my writing off the ground. I have one Lenormand deck I haven’t played with in ages, which could be fun to experiment with, as Lenormand cards tend to focus on the practicalities and “how” of a given request. And even though I suck at tarot, it can’t hurt to dig my Deviant Moon bridge and give it a whirl.

And because if I try something, I want other people to try it and show their math (that’s the Chaos Witch in me): if you have a deck that you work with regularly and, like, a looming deadline or something, toss a few cards and see what they have to say. I would be really, really interested to know what results other writers are getting from this process.

Or maybe do a read on the read, and let me know how it goes. Or tell me about your day. I just like receiving feedback.

“And in the present…the cover photo.” (Image via Pixabay.)

I stopped fiddling, by the way, and sent out a big pile of applications to other companies. Working with the cards creatively made me realize that there are more options than I can see at the moment – ​​I just need to discover them.

And putting energy into writing instead of boiling against the nonprofit was definitely beneficial. So, you know, more of that, please.

Plus, I got another interesting read from it.

Once I got the majority of this meta post out, I wanted to know what the Spirits thought my next blog post should be. Considering the workshop’s previous broadcast, I was quite surprised by the cards that appeared. (Also, I promise I got the last reading and this one mixed up nicely.)

Clay, Aconite, Belladonnaand Cedar from The oracle of liminal spirits.

Monkshood moved from the future to the present, as if to say, “So let’s revisit this Wicca post.” And the present is crossed with Belladonna – indicating that great strength and power can hide behind a pretty facade – which gives me the exact direction that I need the post to follow.

Clay in the past shows me reshaping an art business, and Cedar in the future is encouraging: while I’m a bit worried about the reception the post might get, once it’s cleaned up, people will understand the point I am trying to Fabricate.

So overall, yes, the position is going to be fine. And in the long run, who cares if I’m not a nonprofit social media manager? I obviously have a great career ahead of me as Liminal Spirits brand ambassador, and it promises to be infinitely more rewarding.

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