Tarot Stories #59: 4 of Swords

  There are moments, of course, where no story can be told without pain, and when that happens there are three choices: Tell the story anyway, and let the pain season the tale as it will. Tell a story about something else related to that moment – the light through…

Tarot Stories #58: King of Swords

There was once an adventurer who had been traveling for a long, long time. It was a journey that felt even longer than it was because they had finished their adventure already, and this was the journey home. They had won the great war, or defeated the mighty serpent, or…

Tarot Stories #57: The Hanged One

Once there was a man who feared complacency above all else, and was aware enough to know that it was a real possibility for him. His life was fairly comfortable, and he noticed himself starting to assume, from time to time, that things did – or could – work as…

Tarot Stories #56: The High Priestess

There was once a woman who wished more than anything to be of service to the people around her. They were in need of many things, among them food and shelter and care of all sorts, and she dedicated herself to being of use. There was just one problem. Well,…

Tarot Stories #55: 3 of Swords

There are those who will counsel you to avoid heartbreak, and it’s understandable enough. Heartbreak is awful, and painful, and can call into question all that one has done or believed or trusted in the past. Avoiding that feeling, for many, seems like the most reasonable goal one can imagine.…

Tarot Stories #54: 3 of Wands

Once there was a person who had created an entirely satisfying life, full of good work and pleasant friendships and a little more of what they needed than they needed (which is, it must be said, a very good spot to be). They were aware of their comfort, but also…

Tarot Stories #53: 3 of Pentacles

Once there was an artist who sculpted in stone, and had spent their life dreaming of a project worthy of the skill they believed that they possessed. It was an article of faith for the artist that they were capable of more than they’d been allowed to attempt in the…

Tarot Stories #52: 3 of Cups

Once, a long time ago, the world was a difficult and challenging place. There were wars and there was hunger and no matter where one looked, it seemed like there was another problem that had to be solved or endured. In that way, perhaps, the world wasn’t all that different…

Tarot Stories #51: 6 of Pentacles

There was once a place called the City of Scales that valued fairness above all other virtues. As a result, when there were people in the city who needed help, there were programs to offer aid, which was all to the good, and those programs had many rules associated with…

Tarot Stories #50: 2 of Pentacles

There was once a juggler who stood by the shore and dispensed advice to anyone who asked for it. Very few people did ask, because jugglers aren’t necessarily known for their wise counsel, but on occasion someone would ask, and the juggler would share what they knew.   One day…

Tarot Stories #49: 4 of Wands

There was once a group of friends who hadn’t gotten together for a long time. They hadn’t drifted apart, exactly, but each of them had some set of problems and challenges that made it difficult for them to reach out and connect with the others. Some felt that their jobs…

Tarot Stories #48: The Emperor

There is a land far from here that was once ruled over by a man whose beard had grown long and whose heart had remained softer than was probably wise. He had become the ruler of this land because he was born to it and because it seemed that no…

Tarot Stories #47: 9 of Cups

Once there was a merchant who took pride in cornering the market in whatever they happened to be selling that day. It made for some interesting trades before the marketplace opened. Swapping a fine horse for every button another seller owned seemed like a foolish bargain at first, but as…

Tarot Stories #46: The Empress

She arrives in dreams, always with the same question. That’s her function, her purpose. She appears from the mists of imagination and the depths of subconscious and the furthest reaches of fantasy and asks, “What if there is enough for everyone?” The question comforts some and frightens others, and in…

Tarot Stories #45: 7 of Cups

Once there was a person who died, and then their adventure began in earnest. After a fair bit of rest, they decided that they were ready to give the world another go, and let management know that it was ttime to see what their options were. They went to the…

Tarot Stories #44: The World

Once there was a woman who stepped through a portal to another world, and in so doing forgot all that she had done to that point. It was a part of the cost, you see – crossing to another world is hard work, and one must travel light and leave…

Tarot Stories #43: Strength

Once there was a Lion who went in search of a Lady to lure away from her home and out into the open plains where the Lion could easily catch her. The Lion was swift and strong, and clever enough to know that it would take some work to entice…

Tarot Stories #42: 8 of Pentacles

There was once a craftsman of such skill that the gods themselves took notice. Now, this may sound like a wonderful thing, to be so talented as to draw that sort of attention, but the gods can be fickle and jealous, and having their awareness can be a mixed blessing.…

Tarot Stories #41: 5 of Pentacles

Once there was a priest who was regularly at odds with their superiors in the order. The priest believed that the church’s highest mission was to help people, whatever their faith, while the higher-ups felt that the whole point was to give glory to their god through the rites enacted…

Tarot Stories #40: 10 of Swords

Now, most of the time you need only slay an enemy once, and that’s plenty, right? One enemy, one life, after all. In fact, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll remember that disabling an enemy is usually enough, and there’s no need to waste time with a killing blow.  …