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About Corrine Kenner
I'm an author, astrologer, and tarot-card reader. I'm also a psychic medium, and I own a haunted antique shop in DeLand, Florida. That's where I teach weekly classes in creative writing and psychic development, and I host monthly book clubs for ghost-story enthusiasts. If you'd like to stop by, visit https://vintagecottageantiques.com.
I started my career as a newspaper reporter, and in the years since then I've worked as a magazine editor, media relations specialist, ghostwriter, and desktop publisher. I've written hundreds of newspaper, magazine, and website articles, as well as dozens of how-to guides and technical manuals.
Many of my books have been translated for a worldwide audience: they're available in Chinese, French, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
I've lived in Brazil, where I learned Portuguese, and Los Angeles, where I earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from California State University. In 2016, I spent a month in a French castle, writing a novel -- a project that was featured on CNN. I've also had the good fortune to speak at tarot conferences across the United States, Canada, and England.
I'm currently working on a collection of short stories and a novel inspired by tarot.
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Deeply entwined for six centuries, the art of tarot and the science of astrology have an undeniably powerful link. With this unique and user-friendly guidebook, you can easily learn to combine tarot and astrology for yourself—and expand your tarot practice while enriching your life.
Well-known tarot reader Corrine Kenner expertly teaches you everything you need to know, starting with tarot and astrology basics, the cards' archetypal symbols and imagery, the twelve signs of the zodiac, and the planets. You'll discover how every card in the tarot deck relates to astrology, and learn to:
- Read tarot cards and interpret an astrological chart
- Recognize the twelve houses' ruling signs and planets
- Pair the planets, signs, and houses with their corresponding tarot cards
- Understand the astrological associations of the Minor Arcana
- Make connections among the Court Cards, tarot suits, and the four elements
- Identify each card's qabalistic associations
- Give insightful readings for yourself and others
You'll also find practical astrological spreads, interpretive techniques, real-life examples, and sample readings for everyday people and famous figures, including Salvador Dali, Marilyn Monroe, and Prince William.
Once reserved for mystics and seers, the tarot is one of the best tools for boosting your creativity and shifting your imagination into high gear. Famous authors such as John Steinbeck and Stephen King have used the tarot deck to tap into deep wells of inspiration, and you can enliven your own writing the same way―whether you craft short stories, novels, poetry, nonfiction, or even business proposals.
This book on reading tarot cards and applying them to your writing will guide you through each stage of the creative process, from fleshing out a premise to promoting a finished work. Enhance your storytelling technique through over 500 enjoyable writing prompts, exploratory games for groups and individuals, tarot journaling, and other idea-stimulating activities that call upon the archetypal imagery and multi-layered symbolism in the tarot. Infuse flair and originality into your work as you learn to:
- Interpret symbols, myths, and learn to read all seventy-eight cards in the tarot card deck
- Use classic tarot layouts and spreads to structure your story
- Brainstorm story ideas and develop dialogue and plot
- Create detailed settings, powerful scenes, and dynamic characters
- Overcome writer's block and breathe new life into existing projects
As a writer, you hold the power of creation in your hands. By exploring the tarot and incorporating it into your writing practice, you will set your creative potential soaring to new heights.
Enhance your storytelling with the cosmic drama of the stars
The nighttime sky has inspired writers and astrologers alike to spin stories on the strands of starlight. Discover that inspiration for your own creative writing in Astrology for Writers, the essential guide to understanding the core concepts of astrology—the planets, signs, and houses—and discovering how they correspond to the elements of fiction.
Unleash your creativity with a wide range of ideas that help you add astrology to your writing practice. Learn how to use the planets for characters, the signs of the zodiac for plot and themes, and the houses of the horoscope for settings. Develop unique characters based on mythic archetypes, use astrological imagery and symbolism for your descriptions and dialogue, and put theory into practice with writing prompts and examples. Invite the gods and goddesses of astrology to enter your writing and share their stories through you.
Simply choose a single word or phrase from each of the five sections, in order, and then turn those selections into a sentence. It's easy, because the sections are arranged like parts of speech.
Here’s a sample prompt to show you how it works.
1.descriptions (adjectives): vengeful
2.characters (nouns): historian
3.actions (verbs): steals
4.plot twists (objects): movie script
5.settings (more nouns): coffee shop
Add a few articles and prepositions, and you have a premise for a story: A vengeful historian steals a movie script in a coffee shop.
Look for combinations that amuse and intrigue you. Feel free to make changes, substitutions, and additions. You might find a garbage man in the list — but you’ll soon discover that your garbage man is actually a garbage woman, or a trash-picking hobo, or an environmentally sensitive vampire who sleeps in a landfill. Let your characters drive the story.
You can also play fast and loose with the grammar. You’re welcome to turn nouns into verbs, or objects into adjectives. Maybe your character isn’t a ghost. Maybe he’s just ghostly.
You can change verb conjugations, too. If your hero isn’t inflicting wounds, for example, maybe he’s the one being wounded.
Feel free to make the most of the suggestions in this booklet. Remember that they’re starting points, not final destinations — and let them take you into a story that practically writes itself.
A tarot journal can help you learn more about the cards, but it can also teach you a great deal about yourself. Beginning tarot students are advised to keep a tarot journal, and many experienced tarot readers are devoted to the practice. The only book of its kind, Tarot Journaling covers everything needed to create, keep, and preserve a personal tarot journal.
Readers will discover hundreds of ideas to inspire and enliven their tarot journals, including considerations when choosing journaling materials, how to save time when recording readings, techniques for getting past writer's block, tips for turning negative energy into a positive brainstorming tool, and innovative ideas for protecting privacy. Tarot Journaling offers readers the tools to record and reflect upon the stories told by the cards-the stories of our lives.
Crystals for Beginners makes it easy to learn about crystals and how to use their positive energy in a variety of practical ways. This friendly introductory guide explores crystal magic, folklore, and wisdom. It features an alphabetical guide to crystals, along with advice on collecting, cleansing, and charging them. Handy reference charts help you quickly find information on birthstones, zodiac stones, precious metals, and more. You can empower, clarify, and illuminate your life with the help of these beautiful gems.
- Balance body, mind, and spirit
- Calm and center emotions
- Tap into inner wisdom
- Amplify and focus energy
- Experience richer dreams
- Develop intuition and creativity
Corrine Kenner's tour of the tarot begins with its colorful, romantic history. She goes on to describe the deck itself-explaining its structure, suits, symbolism, archetypes, and astrological associations-while relating its special significance in love and relationships. The second part of the book is devoted to the nitty-gritty of tarot readings: choosing a deck, preparing for a reading, asking appropriate questions, timing events, and interpreting cards and spreads. By the end of the book, readers will have a powerful edge in conquering the ever-mysterious ways of love.