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

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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

The Magician – 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 MAGICIAN

The Magician is considered the wise man of the Tarot. He is perfectly confident in his abilities and is continuously learning. Totally, in harmony with his environment he’s knows exactly what to do and when. People follow him willingly and often go to him for advice.

KEYWORDS

  • Wisdom
  • Skill
  • Noble Use of Talents
  • In harmony with one’s environment
  • Showmanship
  • Originality
  • Self-Confident
  • Self-Discipline
  • Diplomacy
  • Manifestation
  • Flexibility
  • Creativity
  • Concentration
  • Learning

MY SONG CHOICE

The Gambler – Kenny Rogers

This song is a classic. Everyone and their dog knows it! Honestly, I wasn’t sure I knew it but I really like the lyrics and went to give it a listen. Sure enough, I KNEW IT.  But really, a mysterious stranger on a train giving you sage advice? Totally a magician thing. The lyrics talk about knowing when to play your cards, when to fold, when to run, and when to walk away. Overall, I think it is a great match for the Magician. He said, “Son, I’ve made a life


Out of readin’ people’s faces
And knowin’ what the cards were
By the way they held their eyes.
So if you don’t mind my sayin’
I can see you’re out of aces
For a taste of your whiskey
I’ll give you some advice.

Kenny Rodgers

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MAJOR ARCANA

The Fool
Strength
The Star
Judgement

SWORDS (ATHAMES)

Ace
Four
Five
Six
Ten
Knight

 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

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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

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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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Music & Tarot – Ace of Swords

Music speaks to the majority of us. So what better way to learn the Tarot than to connect each card with a specific song? While there are so many to choose from, I have been attempting to do just that!

TODAY’S CARD: ACE OF SWORDS

Typically depicted as a single sword with a crown, this card represents catalyst, forced change. The spark that drives you to action.

KEYWORDS
  • Determination
  • Conquest
  • Action
  • Clarity of thought/mental clarity
  • Great Force
  • Achievement
  • Victory
  • Success
  • Intellect
  • Breakthrough
  • Truth
  • Bravery

MY SONG CHOICE:

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Do I even need to explain this one? What better song than the one from the Rocky movies (also, Dean Winchester slays it). The lyrics of this song are all about determination and working hard to win. If that isn’t enough, Sylvester Stalone working his ass off to win should cinch it.

Tell me about your song choice.

It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

Survivor