Bringing the Tarot to Life: Embody the Cards Through Creative Exploration

Bringing the Tarot to Life: Embody the Cards Through Creative Exploration

by Scott Martin

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Bringing the Tarot to Life: Embody the Cards Through Creative Exploration by Scott Martin

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.

Praise:

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738752624
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 05/08/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,198,730
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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

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