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A dream revisited

A dream revisited

During a workshop at Vortext led by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, we used the tarot to explore questions in our individual writing projects. The cards are simply a tool to remind us of what we already know, she said.

This has been my own approach to working with the tarot. In the most literal sense, it has helped me recall memories I’d suppressed for years as I’ve continued my dive into not only what I hid but why I hid it.

On creative dialogue: a conversation with the tarot

On creative dialogue: a conversation with the tarot

At the beginning of the year, I wrote about the buried memories my memoir has been inviting me to reclaim — stories I was told about who I was, or should be, in childhood and adolescence that I didn’t know how to integrate or reconcile into a cohesive sense of self. I’m emerging now from three weeks in subterranean search mode with much more of the picture. But reentry has been jarring.

One reason is that I’m holding so much new information. Writer’s block isn't always about a lack of words or ideas — sometimes it’s having too many.

On metaphors: an invitation to play

On metaphors: an invitation to play

Earlier in the month, when I wrote about fear, I also wrote about fire — the nurturing of an idea from an ember into full flame.

I’ve been carrying that image with me for several weeks, a metaphor that has felt significant because it’s a shift from the ones I’ve been working with in dreams. Last year, my dreams were full of water. Lakes, rain showers, dunk tanks, even flooded basements. Fire is a new presence I’ve been happy to welcome into this chilly season. When a metaphor shows up in a dream or on the page without my conscious intent to create it or look for it, I know my intuition is at work, asking me to notice what wants to be seen.