Oracle of the Day: Seven of Swords

Secrecy and thievery are at the forefront.  Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Secrecy and thievery are at the forefront.
Photo credit: Meli Halstead

Central theme of your writing piece for the day:

The thief has taken something that is not his and thinks he has gotten away with it.   Little does he know that the guardian of the swords sees what he has done.

Interestingly enough, the bandit is wearing a mask.  Why the need for secrecy?

Writing Focus:

Secrets are what makes the world go round.  You have secrets.  Your mother has secrets.  Your best friend has secrets.  Secrets allow people to have an element that is theirs and theirs alone.

Secrets and be good.  **Think of the time you had to throw a surprise party for someone.  Or that one time your friend made you promise not to tell ‘the one’ that s/he liked that other person.**

Secrets can be bad.  **Someone withholds information that your character’s break lines have been cut by a disgruntled ex.   Your character’s next door neighbor has a huge crush on him/her and has plans to kidnap and take your character to a remote cabin in the mountains — and your character’s best friend knew about this for three weeks.**

There are piles and piles of books that line book shelves across the world that contain this element, but what really stands out to me are the infamous ‘secret baby’ romance books.  The plot line is similar: the woman has a child that she manages to keep secret from the ruffian.  Someone reveals the secret to the hot ruffian.  Ruffian comes back into the woman’s life under the guise of not knowing about the secret child.  And you can kind of figure out what happens from there.

Secrets drive stories forward.  Secrets destroy lives.   As quickly as lives smolder in the ashes, people behave like a phoenix rising and over come those destructive obstacles.  Your task is to show the readers HOW your character overcomes these obstacles.  Take us on the journey with your character.

Seven of Swords is not limited to the secrecy that surrounds the lives of your characters.  It also emphasizes the act of stealing.  Perhaps your character has a thief in the family.  Or better yet, your character is a high tech thief who has gone undetected by the government agencies for many years.

Stealing can be good.  **I’m thinking along the lines of stealing someone’s heart.  An act of kindness if you will.  And this is metaphorically speaking.**

Stealing can be bad.  **Ripping off thousands from the little old lady down the street is downright scandalous and karma will bite your character in the rear!**

Whatever angle you decide to use, be sure that it moves your story forward in a compelling way.

I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:

Look at the Seven of Swords.  What elements in this card resonate with you?  What does your subconscious pick up?  Follow that thread because that image is what speaks to you the loudest.  Your subconscious is wanting to focus on that one element.

Once you’ve found the parts of this card that speaks to you the loudest, add that to your rough draft. Haven’t started on your piece yet?  No worries, set your timer for 20 minutes, take out your journal and free write.

Something to help you along:

Think back to a time when someone kept a secret from you.  What was it?  How did you feel?  What was it like for you when you found out?

Think back to a time when  someone stole something valuable (or priceless) from you?  How did that make you feel?

Remember, SHOW the feelings and emotions.

I’d love to hear how this oracle has enhanced your writing.  Leave a comment and enrich the lives of our other readers.  Pay your experiences forward.

Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who likes to help writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.

Wondering where in the world I got this amazing card? It is part of the wonderful deck Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore. *I am not an affiliate in any way. I bought the card deck because they were AWESOME!*

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