The Chariot – 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 moments frozen in time as the music and lyrics pluck memories from our minds.

THE CHARIOT

The Chariot is a card of decisions, will, focus, and choices. Often it also refers to travel. Ultimately it is a vehicle for change and you are the driver. When The Chariot appears it often refers to your choices, and your drive to succeed on your chosen path.

KEYWORDS

  • Drive
  • Effort
  • Dedication
  • Willpower
  • Triumph
  • Self-realization
  • Turning point
  • Choices
  • Victory
  • Movement
  • Destiny
  • Travel
  • Change
  • Commitment

MY SONG CHOICE

Drive – Incubus

Sometimes when I am researching songs for the week’s Music and Tarot post I come across a song and I get a lump in throat and tears begin to burn at the back of my eyes. When this happens, I know, that I have found the song. While there were a few suitable songs for The Chariot, I feel that this one reflects both sides of the Chariot: the good and the bad. Lyrics like “Sometimes I feel the fear of the uncertainty stinging clear and I can’t help but ask myself how much I’ll let the fear take the wheel and steer” speak to how our doubts get in the way. In this song, he’s just coming to the realization that he needs to take control of his life and things are better when he does.

One of the points about The Chariot that has always resonated with me is the aspect of choices and how how our choices guide The Chariot where we want to go. We need to be sure of where we are going and what we need to do to get there. When we are, victory is ours. While this song doesn’t seem to be about victories, it is. If only in a small way. He’s come to a realization and that in and of itself is victory because it is the first step in a definite direction.

So if I decide to waiver my chance to be one of the hive
Will I choose water over wine and hold my own and drive, oh oh
It’s driven me before, and it seems to be the way
That everyone else gets around
Lately, I’m beginning to find that when I drive myself, my light is found

Incubus

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MAJOR ARCANA

The Fool
Strength
The Horned One
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

The Horned One – 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.

THE HORNED ONE

The Horned One (aka The Devil) has a bad rap! He just gets blamed for EVERYTHING! But what he is really about is the base nature of people. When this card appears it represents our desires, our instincts, our temptations, our escapes, or less than moral choices. Some might say he represents the ID brain. Acting on our wants without recognizing the consequences. Giving in to pleasure even when we know it can be bad for us. Doing whatever we can to reach our goals without consideration for others.

KEYWORDS

  • Materialism
  • Temptation
  • Seduction
  • Obsession
  • Addiction
  • Pleasure
  • Indulgence
  • Bondage
  • Primitive Nature
  • Oppression
  • Self-Destruction
  • Promiscuity
  • Mirth

MY SONG CHOICES

First time ever, but I just CANNOT limit myself to one song when there are so many perfect ones! The Horned One is a favorite lyrical topic for many an artist.

The Devil in I – Slipknot
Devil Inside – INXS
Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
Temptation – The Tea Party

The Devil In I

The Devil in I is actually a favorite of mine. The song is a little intense, and I’ll be honest, Corey Taylor could be The Horned One himself! He’s a walking temptation, but seriously, this song really points out where the energy of the Devil card comes into play: internally.  Lyrics like ” Something is tempting the father, Where is your will, my friend?” really highlight that internal struggle with willpower.

The Devil Inside

The lyrics of Devil Inside speak to the common “sins” of life: lust and pride. Even going so far as to suggest that hell is right here on Earth. Like Slipknot, they also indicate that battle with temptation and pride is waged within the individual. Sadly, Michael Hutchence lived a life right in line with all those temptations and it didn’t end well.

Sympathy For The Devil

Another of my favorite songs, Sympathy for the Devil, is an absolute classic and I would be remiss if I didn’t include it here! The lyrics of this song are both a bit mirthful and serious at that same time.  Switching back and forth between the showy “man of wealth and taste” and the evil influence behind the horrible things that have happened in the world.

Temptation

This last song, I feel fits the energy of the The Horned One more truly than the rest. The lyrics speak about being driven by our desires, our fears, our rage, and our loss of control. Chasing after the illusions and seeking escape from the reality of life. The music in this song is both exotic and makes you want to get lost in the beat. That’s definitely a form of temptation for me. Also,  Jeff Martin’s voice is kinda sexy.

Destined by a fate so cruel
And drugged to delight
Laughing as these lies unfold
I’ve lost all control
– The Tea Party

Enjoy this discussion? Check out these other Music and Tarot posts:

MAJOR ARCANA

The Fool
The Magician
The Chariot
Strength
The Horned One
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)

Four
Eight
Page
Queen