Ten of Shields – 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.

Ten of Shields

Ten of Shields is all about wealth, prosperity, and community. It is also about inheritance and the wealth that invested time and effort into. Enjoying the fruits of your labors. May also refer to the traditions you have with your loved ones.

KEYWORDS

  • Riches and Wealth
  • Inheritance
  • Completion
  • Legacy
  • Birthright
  • Community
  • Family and Friends
  • Affluence
  • Traditions
  • Sharing Good Fortune with Kin

MY SONG CHOICE

Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles

You know, it is sometimes really difficult to choose songs. I mean everyone writes songs that express and explore pain and suffering. Even in my search for songs today, all the songs I came across had to do with being poor. While that may be the reverse aspect, I really wanted to choose a song that reflected the upright meaning of this song. I settled on Can’t Buy Me Love because they talk about buying whatever you want because, really, money doesn’t mean anything. Love is the true wealth. The lyrics of this song speak to that.

Side Note: I really wanted to pick a song from one of the albums in the photo but I’ve already used Pink Floyd’s Money and the other bands don’t really seem to give a fuck about money! LOL.

What song would you choose? I’d love to hear!

Say you don’t need no diamond rings
And I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of things
That money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money
Money can’t buy me love

The Beatles

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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

Music & Tarot – 10 of Swords

Ten of Swords (Athames/Arrows)

This card’s meaning seems to vary a bit more from deck to deck but overall the card represents a loss, regret, ruin, or conflict. Struggling with the decisions we’ve made and the place they have brought us to. Likely our mistakes have cost us something dear to us. We feel like we have no where to go from here.

KEYWORDS

  • Ruin
  • Troubles
  • Failures
  • Rock Bottom
  • Climax
  • Showdown
  • Defeat
  • Loss
  • Melodrama
  • Pain
  • Sadness
  • Betrayal

MY SONG CHOICE:

Fade to Black 

The lyrics of this song embody the sense of despair that I think the card also represents. The singer no longer sees the way through and seeing no way out of a situation is much akin to rock bottom.

A little secret about rock bottom: When you hit bottom, the only place to go is up and your future is wide open! Ask yourself where you want to be and start taking steps to get there.

Tell me about your song choice.

SPECIAL NOTE

It just so happens that last night I got to hear this song live and in person!!!! Before you ask, I had picked this song months ago and posted about it on my Facebook and Instgram feeds. It feels a bit magical that this happens to be this week’s song.

Hearing the crowd sing along to this really brought to my attention how much every person has been at that point and had to deal with the Ten of Swords energy. We’ve all been there and if you are dealing with this energy, know you are not alone and you can persevere and come out on the other side. Metallica spoke a lot about being a family last night and there is ALWAYS something that connects us to others even if it doesn’t feel that way. We sometimes have to search for that common ground.

To see the clip from last nights rendition of Fade to Black, scroll down to the bottom.

SUICIDE HOTLINES

If you need someone to talk to:

In Canada:

https://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/www.kidshelpphone.ca/

In the US:

1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

http://aaspe.net/

In Europe:

116 123

http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/Europe/

http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

In Australia:

13 11 14 or https://www.lifeline.org.au/

http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/australia-suicide-hotlines.html

In Africa:

http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/Africa/

In Asia:

http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/Asia/

http://www.wiseones.org/anti-suicide/asia.html

In South America:

http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/South_America/

If your country is not listed here:

www.suicide.org and http://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres

I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free

Metallica

If you need help please call one of the lines noted above. You are not alone.

Music & Tarot – Ten of Cups

Ten of Cups (Ten of Chalices/Ten of Vessels)

Cups are a suit of emotions and tens often indicate a state of completion. This card generally depicts a feeling of fullness, satisfaction, or happiness. Generally goals have been reached and satisfaction abounds.

KEYWORDS

  • Radiating Energy
  • Relationship Harmony
  • Happiness
  • Positivity
  • Contentment
  • Family
  • Security
  • Sincere Friendship
  • Love
  • Satisfying Emotional Commitments
  • Reward

MY SONG CHOICE

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
This song is all about seeing happiness and joy in the world. Seeing the people that make you happy and give you wonder. The lyrics give you the sense that he feels happy and satisfied with life.  Looking around he sees amazing things and is just enjoying it all. The Ten of Cups is all about contentment and close relationships and so I think Louis’ song fits with that theme really well.

What song would you choose?

Check back next Thursday for the next card!

I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
But they’re really saying I love you.

Louis Armstrong