Strength – A Music and Tarot Discussion

MUSIC AND TAROT BACKGROUND

Sometimes learning to read Tarot is a real struggle! I mean learning 22 major arcana card and 56 minor arcana cards can be daunting! Seriously, learning medical terminology was less work. Generally we learn things better when we can see or make connections. I have had a Tarot deck for 20 years now, and still struggle with some of the cards. As I have collected more decks, I’ve also found that the meanings can be expressed and interpreted in a multitude of ways. So begins my journey.

Music has been a major player in my life. Songs trigger emotions, transport us back to moments in time, and are basically the soundtrack to life! Why not connect each tarot card to a song? A few months ago I began doing just that. These posts have been evolving over time I hope you will decide to join in on the conversation!

Just a special note: When writing these I consult a number of decks. Some are traditional Rider Waite system and some are not. My first Tarot, Legend The Arthurian Tarot, has Wands-Air and Swords-Fire. Honestly, this has always made more sense to me than the much more common associations of Wands-Fire and Swords-Air. So occasionally these other traits have influenced my choice.

STRENGTH

Typically depicting a Lion this card most often represents one’s inner strength and convictions. The Lion knows its power and exudes a quiet confidence in itself and its ability to take any challenges. There is no posturing or pretending. There is no quivering or hiding. Just complete and utter confidence in one’s self.  Power is very apparent.

KEYWORDS

  • Strength
  • Discipline
  • Courage
  • Self-Control
  • Power
  • Energy
  • Fortitude
  • Conviction
  • Perseverance
  • Reason
  • Animal Instinct
  • Vitality
  • Mastery of Emotions

MY SONG CHOICE

Broken, Beat & Scarred – Metallica

When I posted this particular card previously, I had picked an entirely different song: Courage – The Tragically Hip. While writing the reasons for choosing it, I realized that it really wasn’t a good fit. This song, however, is a damn near perfect fit!

Strength isn’t pretty, it’s brutal and it scars. But you survive and you are stronger for it! One of my favorite quotes in the world is: “It isn’t about how many times you get knocked down. It’s about how many times you get back up.” That, to me, is Strength. Take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’! Metallica drives this point home in this song with lyrics that demand you rise again. Convincing you that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Begging you to show your scars because, I believe, they’re really just badges proving that you’ve leveled up.

When you listen to the music itself, you find it has a strong steady rhythm like a heart beat plugging away. We’re still alive man. We’re still here. Still going strong and still gonna fight until we’re six feet deep. That is Strength.

Rise, fall, down, rise again
What don’t kill you make you more strong
Rise, fall, down, rise again
What don’t kill you make you more strong

Metallica

Enjoy this discussion? Check out this other Music and Tarot post: Knight of Cups – A Music and Tarot Discussion

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