For many readers, tarot cards reveal their deepest wisdom through creative interaction. Bringing the Tarot to Life shows how to use theater games and acting techniques to gain new insights into the cards. With more than fifty imaginative exercises to be practiced alone or with a group, this book unlocks your intuitions and helps you experience the cards from the inside out.
Just as an actor prepares for a new role, you can explore tarot through emotions, memories, role-playing, observation, bodywork, and imagination. This book is the perfect guide for readers who want outside-the-box techniques for relating to the cards from the deepest parts of the soul.
Includes a foreword by Rachel Pollack, author of The New Tarot Handbook.
“Come explore the drama in the cards! Scott Martin shows you how to breathe life and spirit into your Tarot deck, making the cards come alive. You'll get to know these characters from the inside out. And you’ll have an outrageous amount of fun while doing it.”Mary K. Greer, author of Mary K. Greer's 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card
“Scott Martin’s groundbreaking book is a magical mix of tarot and theater. Scott’s expertise in both these arenas is further enhanced by his love of teaching and his sense of adventure and fun.”Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone, The Tarot School
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About the Author
Scott Martin has been involved in theater since he was a high school drama student. He pursued his interests in college, earning a B.A. in Speech and Theater and, in graduate school, an M.F.A. in Directing. He taught theater and directed plays in high school, community and regional theaters for thirty-six years. He studied acting at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City. He has also performed and directed in community and regional theaters, summer stock, and the Off-off Broadway theater.
After retiring from full time teaching in 2002, he pursued his fascination with the tarot. His studies began at The Tarot School with Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstone. He has also studied with Rachel Pollack, Ellen Goldberg, Elinor Greenberg, Robert Place, and Mary Greer. Scott lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Contents Foreword xiii Acknowledgments xvii Introduction 1
Book Sections 3 Section One: Journaling Exercises Intuition and Creativity 7 Personality Inventory 9 Tarot Card Questionnaire 13 Cast the Deck 17 I Am What I Do 21 Tarot’s Magic If 23 Owning the Cards 27 Animal Exercise 29 All the World’s a Tarot Deck 31 Changing the Where 33 Costuming the Card 35 The Voice of an Object in Tarot 37 The Name Game 39 Tarot Stars in the Revival 41 Conflict, Objective, Obstacle, Tactic, Resolution 43 A Piece of Advice 49 Past, Present, Future 51 Suit the Subject: A Tarot Storyboard 53 Defining Moment 55 A Secret Revealed 57 Tarot Symphony: Opus Number 78 59 Tarot Free Writing 61 Iconic Characters on Stage and in Film Want to Know 65 Please Take Your Seat 69 A Commencement Speech 71 It Takes a Village: A Tarot Eulogy 73 Section Two: Tarot Theater Games Introduction to Theater Games 77 Group Introduction: The Fool’s Traveling Companions 81 Twenty Questions 83 Mirror, Mirror 85 Crossing the Line: Group Mirror 89 The Tarot Detective 91 A Lump of Clay 95 Creating a Card’s Vocal Sound and Movement 97 Tableau One 99 Tableau Two 101 Tarot’s A Cappella Chorus 105 The Machine of Tarot 109 Show Me Who I Am 113 Tell Me Who I Am 115 Character-Driven Plot 119 Stage the Card 121 Dueling Tarot 123 The Interview 125 Creating an Event 129 Tarot Poetry 131 Show and Tell 133 Object Metamorphosis 135 A Tall Tarot Tale 137 Topical Topics 141 Tarot Improvisation Face-Off 143 In the Manner of the Card 147 Private Moment 151 Pantomime 1-6-6-1 155 The Interrogation: “Person of Interest” 159 A Perfect Match 163 The Majors: Face to Face 167 Tarot in the Park 169 Press Conference 171 Section Three: Tarot Card Meanings Tarot Card Meanings: Introduction 177 The Major Arcana 179 The Minor Arcana 203 Conclusion 261