It sounds odd to compare and contrast Reading Tarot cards and writing a book, but I’ve found doing these things at the same time has given me some interesting insights.
Insight #1 - The Protagonist and the Querent
Let’s begin with the definition of querent and protagonist. A querent is the person who is having the reading done. A protagonist is the main character of a story.
In Tarot readings I prefer to know nothing at all about the querent. This way I will have no thoughts of my own to interfere with my interpretation of the cards. This also assures the reader they can trust the reading.
When you are writing a story, you really have to get to know your Protagonist. You end up knowing them as well as you know yourself. In fact, through them, you learn more about yourself. In a way, it’s very healing to write a book. You can put your protagonist through a situation similar to one that affected you in your life. It feels safer to re-experience, or confront, the situation through your protagonist. Plus, you have the power to control what happens in the end. :)