Short Story Tarot Challenge

The challenge is: 78 weeks, 78 short stories! Let’s see how far I get;-)

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I’m going to use a Tarot deck to randomly select a short story to read each week. I’m using the Thoth Tarot deck which was painted by Lady Frieda Harris following instructions from Aleister Crowley. It’s a beautiful deck and was recommended to me by my brother.

I have a lot of unread short stories in my tbr pile. I also have a deck of tarot cards that has been collecting dust in a drawer for years. I will combine them as a way to get me back into reading. I know very little about the tarot, so I’m hoping to learn more about it through this challenge.

I’ve selected 78 short stories from my collection and assigned them each a tarot card. I will draw one card each week and read the short story indicated by the card. I will also give a brief description of the card’s meaning and see if there is any relation between the card and the story, or the card and my current state of mind.

Saturday January 4th, 2020

5 of swords

After carefully shuffling the pack, I’ve just drawn the Five of Swords. This card represents “Defeat”. Interpreting the card positively, I see this as a sign of my current feelings about reading, as well as keeping up this blog. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m unsatisfied with my reading stats for last year. I didn’t read as many books as I would’ve liked and I didn’t post enough reviews on here. As a result, the number of people visiting my blog has hardly increased since 2017. Yikes! Wake-up call!


The short story assigned to the five of swords is “Tracking Song” by Gene Wolfe. It’s taken from his 1980 short story collection with the unforgettable title: ‘The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories’. The story is 70 pages long.

I will write a review of this story and put it in my next post.

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Thanks for reading!

14 thoughts on “Short Story Tarot Challenge

    • Yes, that’s right. I picked 78 short stories and assigned each one to a card. Once drawn, the card stays out of the deck. It’s a long commitment I know, but I’m hoping it will get me reading more and discovering some great stories.


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