Kim Krans comes from the Wild Unknown.
This is how she introduced herself when I met her a couple of months ago. She was touring for the Wild Unknown tarot, the title that just minted her a New York Times Bestselling-author. (yes!) I wasn’t sure what I thought I would learn in the yoga studio where the workshop was happening that Friday night, I just knew I wanted to hear what the creator of that incredible deck had to say.
What followed was a conversation about where the creative impulse comes from, how to stay clear when using tarot as part of your personal growth, and why being an artist matters so much in this crazy time we live in.
I was transfixed. And I knew I wanted to have her on the show.
While you may know her beautiful deck, what you might not know is this: Kim started out wanting to be a writer. She wanted to go to an entirely different school with creative writing as her focus. So she has a lot to say about getting around writer’s block, getting words down on paper, and how to get out of your own way.
I can’t think of a better note to leave you all on at the end of 2016. This episode is my holiday gift to all of you.
Show Notes for Episode 31 with Kim Krans:
- The Wild Unknown goes wide (1:40)
- How the deck came to be – falling in love with the descriptions (2:10)
- The artist’s ego crisis leaving New York (4:00)
- The dilemma of “Who am I?” as a resource (5:30)
- Creating the first guidebook for the deck after self-publishing the deck (6:15)
- Having intense writer’s block and the writing path that almost was (7:25)
- Getting around the inner critic and inhibitions (8:40)
- On just putting it out (11:15)
- Finding the meaning if the cards through making the drawings (11:45)
- Writing as me and being the conduit (11:55)
- The idea is to become more awake to your own story through the deck (14:30)
- What the cards are for and why the cards are the means not the end (15:45)
- Watching the tarot go mainstream (18:40)
- Publishing day on election day (19:10)
- The tension of new things beginning to grow as other things are ending (20:30)
- Getting real with the Death card and its deeper layers (21:50) Mentioned: “No creature can attain a higher grade of nature without ceasing to exist.” -Ananda Coomaraswamy
- The bail of the spiritual bypass and the duty of the writer to get into the muck (24:55) Mentioned: “Die before you die. There is no chance after.” -C.S. Lewis
- Adjusting to work being out in the world in a big way & learning not to take it personally (26:40)
- Finding the right fit in a publisher (29:30)
- Trusting your gut and knowing when people are on your wavelength & when they aren’t (29:00)
- How everyone is learning how to share good stories these days (31:00)
- Navigating publishing without a map (31:40)
- Focusing on the project first & the public later (32:45)
- The nasty voices that come in and how they evolve (34:15)
- How work can make a difference when you take a risk (37:30)
- Lena Dunham and why artists need to keep going(37:45)
- Why you can’t think small anymore (40:30)
- People’s stories as the missing piece (41:15)