Fun with Archetypes: Guidance Cards

As a writer of fantasy, I love twisting my knowledge of mythology, folklore and ancient archetypes around to make something new.

Fiction isn’t the only thing you can make using mythology as material. I invented a craft idea that every now and then I put together for a friend or group of friends using very personal mythologies and archetypes. It doesn’t cost very much, and it creates a fun guidance card game that’s sort of like your own private Tarot deck.

Goddess cards.
Here is a picture of a pack of goddess archetype cards I made for a group of my friends.

Ready to begin?

Materials you will need: index cards, a small notebook, drawing materials or a printer, glue, self adhesive laminated sheets or packing tape, a pen. I also bought inexpensive pouches from the wedding section of the craft store to put them in.

Step One: Ask your friend to name nine of her role models in life. They can be famous or non famous, dead or alive, but you need to be able to either draw the role model’s picture, or find it online.

Step Two: With either your excellent drawing skills or your excellent gluing on of printed pictures skills, affix one role model to one side of each card. I added quotes from each person to the cards for a nice touch.

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“The only think I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” –Frida Kahlo

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“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”–Tori Amos
Step Three: On the back side of each card, affix a uniform image.

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Step Four: Laminate, if desired, with laminated sheets or packing tape. Smooth out bubbles and ridges.

Step Five: In notebook, devote one page to each card. How you do this part is up to you. Remember to have fun. This is just a game. Not psychoanalysis.

  • Assign each card three positive traits and three shadow traits.
  • Assign each card a general few lines of guidance based on the life and strengths of the person featured on the card.
  • Give a brief biography of the person on the card, including strengths, achievements and attributes.
  • Add a few potential meanings of the card based on the person featured.

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On the Tori Amos card I wrote:

The Tori card means. . . . . .

  • you rock
  • you are aware of your effect on people who look up to you, and you are respectful of their feelings
  • you are aware of your part as a role model in people’s lives
  • you are amazing and the mark you are making on the world is deep and indelible
  • there are many factors to your personality — strong, seductive, angry, soft, rebellious, nurturing, sweet. . . . .

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On the Frida Kahlo card I wrote:

The Frida card means. . . . .

  • remain unwavering and uncompromising in your quest for self-expression
  • look at the world in a straightforward, unsentimental manner
  • look at yourself in a straightforward, unsentimental manner
  • develop and be true to your own personal style of everything
  • gather people around you who encourage you to be your best, most authentic, courageous self

There are so many more things I could have written for each of these based on their accomplishments. The Guidance Card game lets you turn to your own personal galaxy of stars as mentors. It’s fun.

How to play?  Easy.

  1. Player One displays the backs of the cards to Player Two
  2. Player Two thinks of an issue in her life where she needs guidance and uses her intuition to pick the best card
  3. Player Two tells Player One what the issue is that is on her mind
  4. Player One reads the card to Player Two and uses her knowledge of her friend to help her see how the card could help in this situation
  5. If Player Two picks a card that does not please her, she need only to put it back and pick another. This is just a game.

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You could make a card featuring yourself, with a list of your own strengths, attributes, accomplishments. You would have a lot to say to someone in need of guidance.

This is definitely a craft gift to make for someone you know really well. This is a gift between best friends, between soul sisters, between goddesses walking around like normal women.

After all, “God may be in the details, but the goddess in the questions” — Gloria Steinem.

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Gloria always has something awesome to say.
The Arrow, my own fantasy novel about the modern incarnation of an ancient goddess facing evils both old and new is on sale for 2.99 on Kindle.


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