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

Knight of Cups – 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.

KNIGHT OF CUPS

The Knight of Cups is often thought of as the Knight in Shining Armor. He is charming and charismatic. Often referred to as being romantic. Women sometimes THRILL at the sight of this card! Having artistic capabilities he can represent artists or musicians. Cups (or Chalices) are the suit of emotions and this card makes a lady’s heart just a pitter patter.

KEYWORDS

  • Advancement
  • Proposals
  • New Philosophies
  • Art Appreciation
  • Romance
  • Secretive
  • Love
  • Charming
  • Invitation
  • Unexpected Gifts
  • Artistic Direction
  • Lover
  • Intense

MY SONG CHOICE

Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

First off Alex Turner’s voice is SEXY! Seriously, I am sure this song and his voice have charmed the pants off a few women! The lyrics of this song are an invitation in themselves. Romance is in the air as he sings about wishing “you’d” stay and almost kissing “you.” Seriously! This song is perfect for the Knight of Cups!

So have you got the guts?
Been wondering if your heart’s still open and if so I wanna know what time it shuts
Simmer down and pucker up
I’m sorry to interrupt. It’s just I’m constantly on the cusp of trying to kiss you
I don’t know if you feel the same as I do
But we could be together if you wanted to

Arctic Monkeys

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