Storytelling With the Tarot

by - April 08, 2019

I am so in love with my tarot cards!  I've been a reader for almost 30 years and I am *ALWAYS* finding new ways to use them!

One of these ways is to use the tarot to create story ideas and character sketches.  If you're a writer, like I am, then anything that can help you come up with story ideas is a great thing 😉

There are so many ways to generate random story ideas, but the tarot can give you so much more than just a online generator would (or other ways to get story ideas).  They give you pictures that you can draw from for your stories so you can details that you may haven't thought of.  Which make them the ultimate tool when creating the perfect story idea 💗

Here's how:

  1. Pick a layout (see below).  You can just deal your cards and come up with a story idea, or pick a detailed layout to give you a very detailed idea. 
  2. Grab a tarot deck (or use a free app on your phone or tablet if you don't own a deck yourself OR use my *FREE* tarot deck HERE that I designed that's on my freebies page..if you don't see a link, it's not quite available yet!). 
  3. Shuffle the deck any way you wish. 
  4. Lay out your cards (either in a layout, or just deal as many cards as you like).
  5. Read the cards either based upon the positions in the layout, or just read the cards and get a story idea from the reading.  You can use a book to read the cards, with the traditional meanings or you can just "read the card", which means to look at the card and let it tell you a story.  I like doing both. 
  6. Record your reading (on paper, audio, or video).
  7. That's it!


Some of my favorite decks for this use are (affiliate links, means I get a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you!):


Write a list of what you want to figure out for your story.  You can do a character sketch or a story idea. 

-If you want to make a story idea, it could look like this:

Main character, sidekick, love interest, plot, setting, etc.

-Or for a character sketch:

Age, job, personality, quirks, life growing up, etc.  (Here is a great link to help you! <<--click!)

Each one of those will be a different position for your reading.

-Or if you want help with plotting, try this: 

Plot Development (would make a great tarot spread!)

-You can even use tarot for timing in your story!!

Back in the day I had a book called "Time Tarot" and now when I went to look for the book online, I cannot find it anywhere!  I have no idea why, as even if it's out of print, it should show up somewhere.  I had made a worksheet for myself based upon the book's teachings and have had it in my tarot notebook for many years.  But since I can't find the book anywhere, I created a new sheet just for you!  Click here to get it!  (I *ONLY* suggest you use this timing sheet for stories and not for readings, as again, this is a predictive element and the Soul Archaeology method does not condone using predictions in tarot.)


Then you shuffle and deal as many cards as you chose for the layout (per your list).  Then choose which card would fit for what position.  If a card can't or won't fit, pick a new one.  And bam, you have your story idea or a character sketch!  Very easy to do 🙂

This technique leads to endless story idea possibilities!  And you're guaranteed to come up with something unique every single time.

If you'd prefer to get a story idea from a seasoned tarot reader, then contact me at and I'd be happy to put something together for you!  Story ideas/character sheets start at only $10!


Create your *OWN* story idea with my Writer's Pendulum Worksheet Set (coming soon)! All you need is a printer, paper, and a pendulum!  Don't have one?  Click here to learn how to make one!

Do you use the tarot to create stories?  If so, share about it below!!

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