During the month of August, I’m participating in the Writer’s Tarot Challenge.
Day 2: The Vonnegut Spread
This Tarot spread finds me at the halfway mark of my novel, where something unexpected has changed everything for her. Rather than picking up several months later when the protagonist is beginning eighth grade, I’ve decided that the story must end before eighth grade begins. This means quite a bit will be packed into the remaining chapters of this book.
Card 1: The Moon
Card 2: The Standing Stone
Card 3: Three of Athames
Card 4: The Crone
Card 5: Page of Pentacles
My protagonist, a seventh grade female softball player, adoptee, and rebel, seeks her truest self, as reflected in the ever abiding and companionable moon. She wants to know who she is, where she belongs, and what her life is meant for. The bureaucracies that have swirled around her life, both those keeping her biological parents a secret from her and those telling her in a faith context what is right and wrong, true and untrue, are her primary obstacles to discovering her truest self. With what has just changed her life and her family’s life for good, she finds herself at the precipice of a choice: to decide, without reference to the judgments or concerns of others, how she will proceed, and what she will allow to matter in her life. This decision will lead her to an ancient wisdom she’s never and always known, and she will find herself beginning again as though she’s a young child, discovering through the aid of wisdom her true identity for the first time.