Episode 91: Using Tarot Cards to Develop Your Fiction with Margaret McNellis

Tarot cards can be a super fun resource to use as you plot your novels and develop your characters. They have layered meanings, images, and symbolism that can open you up to ideas to help you write your best story. In this episode, I chatted with book coach, tarot reader, and author, Margaret McNellis about how to use them to enhance your stories, even if you’ve never picked up a tarot deck before.

In this episode, we discussed:

  • 3-card spread – where the protagonist is now, what’s an action they can take, what’s the outcome going to be
  • 1-card spread for a character – what is the character striving for? or what does this character fear?
  • Margaret’s “Your Next Book” 9-card spread for planning out a novel – she mentions ths spread throughout the episode and shares the exact spread toward the end of the episode. It’s super helpful!
  • What a spread is exactly and how to draw a card for them

Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth by Benebell Wen – the book that Margaret recommends if you’re just getting started with tarot cards.

Margaret has two upcoming webinars where she’ll be going into more depth on using the tarot for writers:

Meet Margaret McNellis

Margaret McNellis, MFA, M.A. is the author of the Heroes of Sherwood series, an Author Accelerator Certified Book Coach who specializes in adding a dash of magick to her writers’ journeys, and a solo eclectic intuitive witch with a tarot/oracle deck addiction. She has a podcast–The Magickal Bard–which discusses the intersection of magick and writing. Margaret’s flagship course, Your Next Book, helps writers plan or fix their stories with the tarot.

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