Winter 2022 Blog Hop: the Poetry of Seeds
The season of Imbolc celebrates the Goddess Brigid: poet, metalsmith, and healer. Seeds germinate and the earliest of spring flowers start to grow at Imbolc. In honor of poet Brigid and of the potential held in seeds, we are writing short form tarot interpretations, seeds of cards, through poetry or other brief forms.
Behind the scenes of the last hop, we brainstormed an idea for a poetry hop. The challenge is to explore cards through short form interpretations. The idea is to capture the seed, the tiny essence, of a card. Short form interpretations could be written in any of the following styles: haiku, limericks, knock-knock jokes, poetic metaphors, etc. Or could even include quotes from literature, movies, or songs.
A haiku is typically written in three lines, divided into 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Haiku often conjure the changing seasons. They also show a contrast or juxtaposition, perhaps a fleeting moment of change. They might place an image of the last vestiges of winter fading away against a clue that announces the onset of spring. Here is a good article on the form.
I suggest we each choose three cards to interpret in the short format of your choice. You can do a three-card spread or just select three cards by reason or random. Write interpretations in the form of haiku or other short form — one haiku per card.
Introduction as well as additional explanation or interpretation will be limited as well, to a 500 word count total for the post.
If 17 syllables is too limited, you can try the poetic form called waka. Similar to haiku, waka uses a five line structure that breaks down the syllables 5/7/5/7/7. You could try other poetic forms as well, perhaps a limerick is more your style. Whatever form works for you, just keep it short.
Alternatively, if you’re not a poet, experiment with other short interpretive methods. You might choose quotes from literature or songs. Perhaps succinct metaphors. Maybe knock-knock jokes. My suggestion is to steer away from keywords or LWB-style blurbs, not because they are not useful or creative, but because our ears are more accustomed to hearing that type of interpretation. I hope to encourage a different sound to our readings.
I’ve explored poetry as a form of interpretation previously:
- Intuition For Astrologers: How To Open Up Your Imagination And Engage Holistic Thinking While Running The Machinery Of The Analytical Brain
- My 2020 astro-limericks
You might also be interested in my post:
Here’s the Master list for the 2022 Imbolc Tarot Blog Hop:
- Joy Vernon of Completely Joyous
- Katalin Patnaik of Katalin Patnaik
- Karen Sealey of The Pure and Blessed Way
- Jay Cassels of Sacred Healing
- Raine Clara Shakti of Tarot of Change
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