Writing witchcraft: Break recipes, add tarot

Imagination is beautiful in the creation of dishes in the kitchen. This holds true of writing and tarot —

Here are creative prompts, useful to tarot enthusiasts and those without decks and divination tools.

The world of imagination and psychology are within our grasp as writers and as tarot users.

Why not utilize all the ingredients?

Take one part poetry

Seattle poet Lydia Schwartz recently wrote “Can you follow a recipe? Does that necessarily mean you have to?”

I love Schwartz’s radical questions. Her poems are published as a deck of cards by Minor Arcana Press, and have been fun to read and play with. Poetry has often come in the format of books, but why not shuffle them and read them independently?

I admire both Tarot Mucha and Andrew Kyle McGreagor, of the Hermit's Lamp, who inspired me to take photos like this.
I admire both Tarot Mucha and Andrew Kyle McGreagor, of the Hermit’s Lamp, who inspired me to take photos to bring tarot into the common place realm, blending cards with other substantial and public objects.

I encourage tarot readers, too, to consider the playful side of their work, whether or not they begin writing tarot poetry.

Tarot readers should allow themselves to think beyond their usual spreads, or their recipes used for reading cards. Maybe the first card’s not the past and the third the future. Maybe future possibilities are represented in the first card, and the past is the third.

Add a quick writing prompt

Jamie Morris is a writing coach in Florida who provides quick, creative writing prompts on a regular basis. This Quick writing prompt: Cooking up a storm gave me reason to think of how writing, cooking, and tarot connect.

The prompt above encourages writers to have their character cook up a spell. What juicy details can such a process reveal about the characters of your imagination?

Bring it to tarot:
What if Jamie’s prompt is applied to a tarot archetype?

Even if you don’t use tarot, you are familiar with archetypes like The Hermit, The Fool, The Magician, a Queen of Cups (emotions), a King of Swords (communication), a Page of Wands (a student of creative endeavors), and so on.

Write your personal essay, prompt, journal entry, etc starring such energetic presence.

How does Strength bake a birthday cake? How does Justice handle the appearance of ants in her kitchen while she crafts lasagna?

It’s up to you!

Simmer (more ideas) …

Sources, such as A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook by Patricia Telesco move beyond recipes with indices that can give writers ideas for a holiday for their characters to work with, as well as colors, spices, and kitchen tools to consider for various symbolic reasons.

Consider using a cookbook for random recipes and playing with random card draws — and see what it inspires.

Lydia Schwartz's Shufflepoems and Patricia Telesco's A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook
Lydia Schwartz’s Shufflepoems and Patricia Telesco’s A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook

Let sit …

The delicious idea of blending food and tarot and writing is nothing new. Tarot by the mouthful is a series that discusses the relationship of specific cards to possible recipes. Definitely explore this work by Theresa Reed and Kyle Cherek.


With or without garnish, creative writing, and tarot readings, are all meant to be shared.

Aren’t life and your creative purpose sweeter when you include others?

Tarot Mucha again! The Nine of Cups with The New Food Lover's Companion.
Tarot Mucha again! The Nine of Cups with The New Food Lover’s Companion.

These are only some possibilities of making companions with your creative work, with your tarot deck — to be a companion is to break bread with another.

Comment with how you use tarot creatively, or how it may inspire acts of kitchen brilliance.

Thanks for the read, and next time …

Thanks for reading my blogs! I have recently moved from Denver, Colorado to Lexington, Kentucky, and need a little time to acclimate.

Until I resume regular posts on September 8, perhaps you’ll appreciate a couple articles published at Spiral Nature, a wonderful occult magazine online. You may explore tarot court cards as archetypes or read about my experiences, and see some of my photos, from TarotCon Denver: Creativity and revolution at TarotCon Denver 2015.

Are you a poet or know one? Then contributing to a poetry anthology on living with HIV might be of interest. For more info, here’s an interview with the editor, published at Luna Luna mag.

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