Story Connections in the Tarot – Steph Hunter

This is maybe a little on the fringe but bear with me. As one of our primary senses, the visual is intrinsic to our identity and communication with ourselves and others. Images resonate cognitive processes deep within us that we aren’t even aware exist. These processes strike the cords of memory and emotion and consequently, have roots in the past and tendrils reaching into the future. Other visuals are a myriad of complex cultural and social semiotics that we use to connect to ourselves and one another in the hope of reaching some level of understanding. The tarot is an example of visual storytelling that uses semiotics to connect with the self. Each card has a different story but like most visual stories it tells a different story to every audience. Most tarot decks follow accepted patterns, or suits, as the cards were derived from the standard playing deck. However, the images on the decks are completely unique, and color themes and symbols are a function of the artist’s discretion. The cards are then interpreted at the audience’s discretion and are subject to their equally unique social, cultural and internal programing. I’m in a class that teaches how to read the tarot and I thought it was really ironic that our first activity tonight was called “five card storyboard.” We were instructed to shuffle and cut the deck, select the top five cards and create a story from the cards. We were told to ignore the meanings and symbols, or connotations, of the cards and focus solely on the denotation or what was present on the cards to create our story. Below are a few of my favorite cards from Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.

The Fool The Hermit World


One thought on “Story Connections in the Tarot – Steph Hunter

  1. meaganmthornton April 19, 2015 / 4:45 am

    So I started poking around through this website today. The cards are absolutely beautiful and the stories are amazing. This is such a great example of visual storytelling because it is so unexpected and unique. Thank you for turning me onto this! -Cassie Goff


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