Artist in the Fool’s Journey: Self Portrait prompts for artists & creatives

You & Your Art:


The Tarot helps navigate the creative process and pathway… from the inside > out.

Rather then trying to find the default, preset place for you and your art in the outside world… or from the outside > in.

The Tarot helps you turn inwards, tap into your intuition and listen to where your art wants to take you.

I believe artists and creatives know themselves and their art best. Tapping into your intuition is realising what you already know about yourself and your art.

In the real world it can be hard to hear your own voice amongst the chatter of everyone else’s opinion.

There is a wealth of knowledge from the journeys, experiences and stories of others. But there will always be something missing as we’re projecting ourselves and our art into someone else’s context. 

The alternative is asking the source directly: You.

What does your art need from you?

Where is your own energy leading you?


Do you ‘need’ the Tarot? Nope.

I believe just being yourself with no blocks or self-limiting beliefs, would naturally pave your most successful pathway. In just doing ‘you’, I don’t think you necessarily need to know what your strengths and weaknesses are to use them. In this version of you – I imagine you would speak with your actions, rather then your words. Here, the Tarot might just be a curiosity.

However – I personally procrastinate and run in circles, reinventing the same thing over again. Trying on different systems to avoid facing the story I’m telling myself. It usually all starts with a free opt-in. And maybe for you, drawing or journalling through 22x self portraits is also a procrastination. I try to schedule some kind of boundaries when I know I’m procrastinating. Like I’ll give myself a day, or a couple afternoons. Just to avoid it becoming an all consuming week-long scapegoat. Because I doubt I’ll resist the next free opt in that promises to make my life easier, and I prefer curious pleasures over guilty pleasures any day.


So: What is this?

In the Tarot Deck of 78 cards, there is a narrative of 22 archetypes. A story of the Fool (or Hero)’s Journey – called the Major Arcana.

This unfolds various life chapters and lessons. Real life is not as linear as a narrative might suggest. But rather then a free falling, the cyclic narrative can help place you on a map of where you are, what you can leave behind for that scenario and what your next steps to move forward might be.

There are some lessons we return to. The Tarot’s archetypes create a space to explore different facets of yourself and creative methods ~ without restricting judgment, shame or crushing the ego.

Rather then telling you what your future should be, the Tarot gives you structure and perspective on your present situation. This awareness coupled with deciding where you want to be – offers you practical direction. Specifically catered to you. 


Self Portraits: Who are you?

Self Portraits are how you see yourself. We are complex and many things at once. We are different with our family, to our co workers, to our lovers, to our friends, etc. These selves have different boundaries, core values/desires, strengths and weaknesses. 

Self Portraits can be so interesting in who you choose to bring to the table? It might be an unconscious choice. Using the archetypes in the Fool’s Journey to theme each Self Portrait allows you to explore different characters you might never experienced or given much thought. An Emperor, the Devil, the Moon, a Chariot, a High Priestess… etc.

In this Blog’s “tarot” Category, I’ve written a description for each archetype in the context of the creative process and creative career. With some journal and self portrait prompts to encourage you to explore your own creative identity and how you relate to your creative path.

At my own pace, I’ll be adding my own journey and thoughts that came up for me through each card. But I’ve posted all the descriptions and prompts so you can jump ahead, or maybe hop straight to a card that peeks your interest most. 

Click to kick off with…

Image Credits

The Fool – Tarot card:

Illustrations from the Borderless Smith Waite Tarot Deck reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. The Smith-Waite Tarot deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Photographed by me.

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