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Knight of Swords – A Music and Tarot Discussion

MUSIC AND TAROT BACKGROUND

One of the best ways to learn something is through making a personal connection to it. Being that Tarot speaks to so many facets of life, lyrics lend themselves well to the cards. Music has power and we make connections to it on a regular basis. In a way it’s magic because it can transport us back to moment frozen in time as the music and lyrics pluck memories from our minds.

KNIGHT OF SWORDS

The Knight of Swords is a man with a mission. He will take up a cause and he will fight for what he believes is right. This man is all about action and getting things done. Highly intelligent but sometimes volatile, he is the most valiant of the Knights of the Tarot.

KEYWORDS

  • Determined
  • Skilled
  • Brave
  • Valiant
  • Fierce
  • Analytical
  • Clever Forceful
  • Bold
  • Aggressive
  • Forceful
  • Confident
  • Heroic

MY SONG CHOICE

Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler

I first heard this song watching the movie Streets of Fire with Diane Lane when I was just a young girl. Man did I love that movie, I think I might have to order it! Anyway, back on topic here. Some people feel that the Knight of Swords is really the Knight in Shining Armour as opposed to the Knight of Cups. Bonnie Tyler is belting out lyrics about finding a hero who is strong, fast, and fresh from a fight. Not to mention the energy of the song pumps you up and has you ready to go. Who’s more ready to go than the Knight of Swords? 

I need a hero I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night He’s gotta be strong And he’s gotta be fast And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight I need a hero I’m holding out for a hero ’til the morning light He’s gotta be sure And it’s gotta be soon And he’s gotta be larger than life

Bonnie Tyler

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MAJOR ARCANA

The Fool
Strength
The Star
Judgement

SWORDS (ATHAMES)

Ace
Four
Five
Six
Ten

 SHIELDS (COINS/PENTACLES)

Three
Eight
Queen
King

CUPS (CHALICES/VESSELS)

Ace
Five
Ten
Page
Queen

SPEARS (WANDS/STAVES)

Eight
Page
Queen

Eight of Shields – 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.

Eight of Shields

The Eight of Shields is all about working hard and continuous learning. It represents apprenticeship and creative endeavors. To become adept at something, you must invest time and energy.

KEYWORDS

  • Employment
  • Commission
  • Craftmanship
  • Intense Labor
  • Enjoying one’s work
  • Promotion
  • Training
  • Learning
  • Cunning
  • Economy
  • Positive and Productive Use of Skills

MY SONG CHOICE

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Eminem sings about the struggle it is to make it in the music business. He knows that you have to work hard for it and chase every opportunity. The lyrics of this song reflect the drive it takes, as well as the sacrifices you make, to succeed in a chosen field.  Begging you to lose yourself in the moment, his words perfectly embody how much one can enjoy their work. He likes rapping, he wants to continue rapping, and he wants to be successful at it. I feel it is a good representation of the Eight of Shields if a little on the stark side. What song would you choose?

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go (go)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime (yo)

Eminem

Enjoy this discussion? Check out this other Music and Tarot post: The Star – A Music and Tarot Discussion

Crafting the Climax – NaNoWriMo Tarot

Crafting the climax is the aim of the game in this day’s spread from Tea is for Tarot. This is what everyone is waiting for! I mean, who isn’t striving for the climax, huh? Hee hee. Ok, back to business here. This happens near the end of the book and the point at which everything comes to a head. If you want to follow along, see Tea is For Tarot’s spread here: Day 12

The Cards

How does everything come together?
The High Priestess

Austin learns to trust her gut. Following her instincts and intuition she puts together a plan that just might save the day! Considering The High Priestess deals in the more ephemeral knowledge, Austin’s solution could be the result of a dream. Our subconscious tends to work things out and make connections while we’re sleeping.

What unknown factors will your hero face?
King of Swords

Back to information we come. Considering our villain, Darius, deals in information it isn’t hard to surmise that some sort of information blind sides our heroine. What information does he have that threatens Austin? It’s possible that his information has a legal impact on her, but it could also be something that impacts a large amount of people.

What challenges does your hero have to overcome?
Nine of Coins

She is going to have to overcome the desire to retreat. Austin doesn’t have the resources that Darius has, but he she DOES have resources. The trick is figuring out what they are and how to use them.

How will your hero overcome those challenges?
The Star

Hope. Somehow she finds a light in the darkness. Austin has been cultivating relationships and must have faith that these people will come through for her.

What happens afterwards?
Strength

She finds strength in numbers. Recognizes that she isn’t alone. Comes out stronger than she was.

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise
The Villain
The Heart of The Story
Meet The Supporting 
The Love Story
Build Your World
Chapters
Discovering the Past

Discovering the Past – NaNoWriMo Tarot

Tea is for Tarot has us discovering the past with this day’s spread! These cards reveal the past events that influence the choices our character makes. To follow along see Tea is For Tarot’s blog post here: Day 11

The Questions

What was hidden?
Two of Wands

A choice that has serious consequences. Austin believes the fallout is major. Faced with a difficult choice, Austin later regrets the choice she made. Believes she acted in self interest/self preservation.

How was it discovered?
Strength

A confession. Austin, in a moment of weakness (or a moment of strength), puts her faith in someone and confesses. It isn’t easy revealing your deepest, darkest secrets to someone.

Why was it hidden in the first place?
9 of Swords

Guilt. Austin feels bad about this choice and what occurred because of it. Blames herself for the consequences of the choice she made. These demons haunt her.

What challenges does this discovery present?
7 of Wands

A similar choice lies before Austin. Will the choice she makes be in line with her core values? Is she going to stand up for what she believes is right? Also, will the people who are following her lose faith in her when her previous choice comes to light? The challenges are both internal and external in this scenario.

How is this valuable in the present?
Justice

This choice shifts the balance. Austin’s choice will either balance or tip the scale. Personal gain or personal growth. Personal benefit or doing what is right. Does she learn from the lesson and work toward balancing that scale? Or does she continue the pattern and further unbalance the scales?

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise
The Villain
The Heart of The Story
Meet The Supporting 
The Love Story
Build Your World
Chapters

Chapters – NaNoWriMo Tarot

Chapters are like mini stories within the story and Tea is for Tarot invites us to draw 10 cards for 10 chapters. As indicated in her post, we are supposed to write approximately 1600 words a day during NaNoWriMo. (Side note: I haven’t started yet! Unfortunately, I am still finishing up all these lovely spreads because I was travelling!). Follow along here: Day 10

The Chapters

We have the option to reorganize the 10 cards what drew into a more cohesive story, but I haven’t done so as I really haven’t had the chance to explore them just yet. Subsequently, the picture represents how I drew them. To start with, I think they look OK on first glance, but let’s explore shall we?

Chapter One
The Fool

Above all, this is the perfect  card for the beginning! Why not start with the first card in the Tarot’s Major Arcana? In the beginning our heroine, Austin, is hopeful and open. She’s looking toward a bright future unaware of what is in store for her. We’ll get to know who Austin is and what her life is like before the drama ensues.

Chapter Two
The Magician

Austin’s repertoire of skills represent the Magician’s energy. However, cunning and subterfuge, the reverse aspects of this card, are dangerous energies to play with.  Moving players about on the grand chess table is appealing for her, but something has to go wrong. I think, at the core of it, a dark choice Austin makes will contribute to the disaster. Over confidence? Weakness of will?

Chapter Three
Knight of Swords

Austin’s ideals are challenged and her analytical skills are put to the test. The villain makes his appearance and leaves Austin totally shaken.

Chapter Four
2 of Cups

Considering this is a mercenary suspense/mystery novel, love is sure in the air! This chapter introduces Austin to her love interest. Pretty straight forward as far as the chapters go.

Chapter Five
Page of Wands

Some of the conflict comes into play here when Austin makes snap decisions. As noted in Finding The Conflict , impulsiveness and the need to win are going to threaten Austins’s sanctuary.

Chapter Six
The Devil

Uh-oh! Will Austin give in to her desires? Will she go to the dark side? In this chapter Austin will wrestle with what her true wants are and what she needs to do to achieve them. Does Darius make her an offer that has her second guessing herself?

Chapter Seven
The Hanging Man

Respite is what Austin is seeking in this chapter. Taking a step back and finding a sanctuary to lick her wounds and reorient herself to where she needs to go.

Chapter Eight
Queen of Cups

Finally accepting her feelings for what they are, Austin connects to her intuition and gives trusting herself a chance. In this chapter, she also reveals how much she really cares for the people in her life.

Chapter Nine
Ace of Coins

Austin sees an opportunity and begins putting her plans into place. These plans will have a favorable outcome but are intense. However, this is only the start.

Chapter Ten
Three of Wands

Well now. We have arrived at the card for the love interest. Will this be the start of something wonderful? Or will something happen to him that Austin needs to act on in a future book? Can’t wait to find out!

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise
The Villain
The Heart of The Story
Meet The Supporting 
The Love Story
Build Your World

Build Your World – NaNoWriMo Tarot

Build Your World is the spread for this day. Tea is for Tarot created a 5 card spread to flesh out the world Austin is a part of. Darn it! I didn’t notice that day that she had a bonus card in there! I took the photos every day but just didn’t have the time to do the blog while travelling. See Tea is for Tarot’s post here: Day 9.

The World

Where does the story begin?
Knight of Pentacles
This is Austin’s card! Will we begin the story in her mind? Could be we start out in her dreaming mind. Might make for a good start!

What place is Austin traveling through?
7 of Cups
A world of choices that looks to be quite an opulent place. Riches abound and there are just so many choices here it is tough to know which way to go. Could indicate a place where there are multiple paying mercenary jobs that are difficult to choose between.

Where does Austin find unforeseen help?
8 of Coins
This card is all about workmanship. This could indicate unexpected help arises in a market or a school of some kind.

Where does the major climax take place?
8 of Wands
Well, well, well. I’m thinking we have some sky action here! We know we meet a bunch of skydiving adrenaline junkies along the way. Does the climax occur in a plane? Or does it occur falling at high speeds from the sky? Oh the suspense is killing me!

Where does the story end?
5 of Cups
A little disheartening on first glance to be truthful. This card is deeply worrying but stepping aside from what the card makes me feel and looking instead at the imagery, I might discern an actual location instead of an emotional ending. The space is dark and dank and appears to have brick walls. Could be a basement, a tunnel, or dungeon.

THE STORY SO FAR

The Genre
The Protagonist
The Journey Begins
Craft Your Premise
The Villain
The Heart of The Story
Meet The Supporting 
The Love Story

6 of Swords – A Music & 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.

6 of Swords

6 of Swords most commonly represents making a change or embarking on an adventure that clearly has obstacles and challenges. Often it literally means travelling, especially by water. However it can also refer to spiritual travels as well as our final journey.

KEYWORDS

  • Movement
  • Journey by Water
  • Anticipation
  • Breaking Free of a Rut
  • Easing Restrictions
  • Destination Unknown
  • Hope
  • Travel
  • Hope
  • Steady Progress
  • Improvement
  • Heading for Trouble
  • Wasted Efforts
  • Change in Plans

MY SONG CHOICE

Come Sail Away – Styx

6 of Swords felt like a fairly easy one to choose this time! As soon as I thought about travel by sea the song just started playing in my head! I especially knew I was on the right track when I noted that the book, Gateway to the Divine Tarot, refers to the River Styx in its description of this card! So the obvious part of why I chose this song is travelling by water and sailing away are a good match up. In addition to this, there is also the lyrics. Essentially they are seeking new adventures. The song notes that there have been good times and bad times. The singer wants to be free. Angels are also mentioned in the song which ties in nicely with journeying to the Otherworlds.

I’m sailing away, set an open course for the virgin sea
Cause I’ve got to be free, free to face the life that’s ahead of me
On board, I’m the captain, so climb aboard
We’ll search for tomorrow on every shore
And I’ll try, oh Lord, I’ll try to carry on

Styx

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Ace of Swords
The Star
4 of Swords
Strength