I turned to the tarot out of desperation.
I haven’t written in over a month, due to a bad reaction to medicine I was taking. The medicine wasn’t toxic until I added a second one, depakote, to prevent migraines.
The depakote made the first medicine toxic. I had stomach ache, headache, light-headed, dizzy, confused, anxious, couldn’t eat… I couldn’t write, and I had trouble reading.
So I turned to the tarot, used by John Steinbeck, Umberto Ecco, Stephen King and other novelists to get ideas for characters and plots. I also found a copy of the i-ching for activists. I am writing a book about activists and so I picked it up. I was already researching lucent dreaming when I came across a passage that reported that successful novelists and writers have interviewed their characters and even their entire novel while dreaming. The results were dramatic with major artistic breakthroughs reported.
Since I wasn’t writing or reading anyway, I turned to the tarot, i ching and lucid dreaming to get a leg up on the novel while I was sick.
I was able to turn the cards, read a little, and practice remembering my dreams which I have for four days, since I started feeling a little better. The medicine that was making me sick must be tapered off and it took weeks to get off it. I had a busy Saturday and Sunday was a picnic for a mental health group I facilitate each week, so I wasn’t able to write. The last dose of the medicine was Thursday night. I am finally feeling a little better.
Projection– looking a picture cards to see a plot or character traits– is something that I can do when I am not feeling 100% and as I wrote earlier, has been used by other successful, award-winning novelists. The i ching is simpler. Lucid dreaming– so far I am remembering my dreams which is the first step in being aware of the dream, while dreaming. So I can intercede, visit the setting, interview the characters and talk to the novel i am writing.