The World #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

The World - one path ends, another begins.  The world spins and spins.  My guest DJ for the World is the amazing Theresa Reed.  Let's do this:

Drop The World by L'il Wayne.

The World is about completion, an ending, a chapter coming to a close. When I heard this song, these lyrics grabbed my attention: "And I could die now, Rebirth motherfucker/ hop up in my spaceship and leave earth motherfucker/ I’m gone, mutherfucker, I’m gone". Once one lesson is completed, we are ready to start the cycle all over again. Rebirth motherfucker indeed.  - TR

Rise Again - Brandi Carlile

Theresa and I had similar ideas here, except I went with Brandi Carlile.  Same sentiment, except Brandi doesn't say fuck as much.  :D  The song "Rise Again" is the World card to me.  "Fall like rain, only to rise again."  Brandi is a little more on the edge than L'il Wayne.  I always see the cards in the midst of moving.  Brandi's World card hasn't quite thrown the flaming batons over her shoulder and jumped yet.  If you read the Major Arcana in a neverending  cycle, the next card after the World is the Fool - jump jump jump.  She's just at the edge of changing everything.  Just at the edge.  It's a terrifyingly wondrous place, isn't it?

Judgment #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

The guest DJ for the Judgment card is Theresa Reed.

Theresa is here and has lots of new goodies on her site for readers and clients.  Spend some time there, you won't be sorry.   And I've got nothing to add to Judgment.  What a beautiful story -thank you for sharing it, T.

 I'll Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie.

Judgment is about awakening and rebirth. It's the card of "hearing the call" but it also is a reminder that a phase is coming to an end and it's time to take stock of where you've been. This song has a deep personal meaning for me. When my father was dying, we spoke about how he was "ready" to die and how satisfied he was with his life. He was 94 years old and had lived a long time - he was tired and was prepared to meet his maker. One of the last things he said to me was "I think God is coming to take me. I just want this to end." He slipped in and out of consciousness for a few days. On the eve of his death, I was alone with him for a bit and I sang this song to him quietly. I wanted him to know that even though he was leaving, he was not alone and that we would see each other soon again. He passed away a few hours later. I cannot think of this song without remembering that night.  -TR

The Sun #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

There really isn't a lot you can say about the sun.  It shines.  It makes things warm and chases the shadows away.  It brings definition and growth to everything it touches. 

Dan Pelletier from Tarot Garden chose "I can see Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash.

My choice is the Beatles "Here comes the Sun".  It's all right.

The Moon #tarotmixtapeplaylist #tarot

Theresa Reed tackled the Moon. 

The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen. This song has always been a favorite one of mine. The music has a mysterious feel to it and the singing is moody and full of feeling - perfect for the The Moon! The lyrics create the perfect backdrop for a night of mystery and illusion:

In starlit nights I saw you
So cruelly you kissed me
Your lips a magic world
Your sky all hung with jewels
The killing moon
Will come too soon

My take on the Moon card is Turpentine by  Brandi Carlile.  In the song, she is stuck in the past.  She's wasting her time, she's not sleeping, reality keeps sneaking up on her.  There is a distinct difference between what's going on in her head and what's going on in reality.  She's disconnected and floating.  The Moon card is about anxiety, being insecure and confused.  You're not in Kansas anymore, things have changed.  The key is to take a deep breath and try to reconcile what's in your head with what's going on around you.

These days we go to waste like wine
That's turned to turpentine
It's six AM and I'm all messed up
I didn't mean to waste your time
So I'll fall back in line
But I'm warning you we're growing up

The Star #tarotmixtapeplaylist #tarot

After the Tower falls, the dust flies around and we feel exposed.  The Star steps in to take our hand and tell us that everything will be okay.

I've got two songs for the Star card.  

Shine by Anna Nalick speaks to the getting up and dusting yourself aspect of the Star. There is hope here. This card is about clarity, peace, and good things down the road. This is a card about rebounding, rebuilding and believing in yourself. After the Tower and the Devil and Death flip your life upside down, you get this gentle hand to help you up and show you what's ahead of you. "And you've only begun to shine..."

Isn't it time you got over
How fragile you are
We're all wait-
Waiting on your supernova
Cause that's who you are
And you've only begun to shine

Do You Realize? - Flaming Lips.

These lyrics capture the gentleness of the Star card perfectly. The Star follows the Tower in our trip through the tarot. Everything has gone to hell, and the dust settles, and you look up. There is a shining, beautiful star. The gentle light hits your eyes and shows you that everything is okay. Everything is calm. Everything is beautiful and it's going to be okay. There is a promise there. Do you realize? That you have the most beautiful face...

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

The Tower #tarotmixtapeplaylist #tarot

The Tower - not a great card, but I don't think it's really a bad one, either.  I think that it levels you - but sometimes that's exactly what you need.  

My song for the Tarot MixTape Playlist is "Born on Fire" by Ike Reilly.  It's about those people who are born to make change - the physical embodiment of the Tower card.  

Don't let nobody try to dampen your flame Try to cool you down Try to make you change Try to steal your heat Or mock your desire Take your flames to the street Cause you were born on fire

Here's Theresa Reed's take:  

All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix. From the ominous opening chords to the darkly poetic lyrics, this song has a feel to it that perfectly captures the energy of The Tower. It's that impending vibe. That feeling like something is about to blow! The Tower represents the tearing down of the old in preparation for the new. It is the break down and break through that is necessary to get to the next level. No other song captures that energy as well as this one. - T.Reed

The Devil #tarotmixtapeplaylist #tarot

The Devil card - one of the tarot card whose raw meaning is even worse than the oogie-boogie devil featured on most cards. Hopeless.  Chained.  Addicted.  Yikes.

Theresa Reed is our first guest DJ for the Devil.

AntiChrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson. How can you NOT think of Marilyn Manson when you think of The Devil? I'll never forget the first time I saw them - my husband's band was opening up for them. And when I saw the poster, my first thought was "Oooh goody - these guys are fucked up! My kinda band!" They were crass, dirty, outrageous, decadent, frightening, sexual and dangerous. The perfect representation of all that is dark and forbidden. AntiChrist Superstar is a creepy good album of the very darkest kind. - Theresa Reed

Here is another take on the Devil by Little Red.  I love the differences in the songs and perspectives these two ladies share. They are fascinating teachers - each in their own rights

Shampain by Marina and the Diamonds tells the story of a person who is refusing to take responsibility for herself and sort her sorry ass out.

She's had her heart broken, yes, and god knows that's bloody painful. But rather than spending some healthy time reflecting and coming to terms with her hurt and anguish (boooooring!) she instead heads out on the razzle-dazzle, night after night.

Ultimately she knows it's no good. She feels like she has has a hole in her head (hmm, familiar!) and check out the video for a brilliantly choreographed depiction of Saturday night carnage, top girl style, set in a graveyard (awesome!)  but, despite the hangovers and potential broken ankles, oblivion is still easier than taking the virtuous, self-improving route.  Right?

In fact, she's even managing to kid herself that this is some kinda heavenly experience - the champagne (okay, it's almost definitley Lambrini) she's downing by the bottle is made by the angel 'Glittering Gabriel' and makes her feel 'celestial'.

For me this - along with many of Marina's songs - perfectly encapsulates the way in which we let the energy of The Devil inform our everyday lives. Taking the easy route, numbing our real feelings, living purely in the moment without regard for the consequences and most of all lying to ourselves about what's going on - this is card fifteens's special bondage.

On which note, I shall raise a glass to my ol' mucker The Devil and head down the pub.  xx - Little Red

Thanks, ladies. 

xo LFT

Temperance #tarotmixtapeplaylist #tarot

Temperance - She Talks to Angels - The Black Crowes

I've had Suzi Dronzek (Starcana) featured on here a few times.  Partially because she really knows what she's talking about, and partially because she makes me laugh my ass off.  :D  I love fellow Sagittarian's and she flipping kills me.  I'll let Suzi take it from here.

"The song that immediately comes to mind in relation to Temperance (which is a card that rules Sagittarius) is "She Talks to Angels" by the Black Crowes.  This tune reminds me of earlier years, when I lived like a gypsy, hanging out in a few states, while always traveling alone.  "Yes, she'll tell you she's an orphan, after you meet her family".  Like the card, I learned how to rely solely on myself and my higher resources to get by, while creating genuine connections with so many different types of people.  All was in moderation, as I savored the simple things in life.  Creativity and flexibility (as in Temperance) taught me how to accept the good with the to make the best out of a bad situation...while holding onto nothing.  And "to make everything alright", I talked to angels, god, strangers and their families, along with sympathetic bartenders (my angels in disguise)...who may still "remember my name".  

My choice for Temperance?  A long walk by Jill Scott.  Here are some lyrics:

Your background it ain't squeaky clean (shit)
Sometimes we all got to swim upstream
You ain't no saint, we all are sinners
But you put your good foot down and make your soul a winner

Sometimes, you put your foot down in water, sometimes on land, sometimes in a big pile of shit.  BUT, you find that balance again.  That's the important part to Temperance.  Balance.  Mind/Body/Spirit.  Let's take a long walk around the park after dark....and find out what will keep us sane.

Death #tarotmixtapeplaylist #tarot

The guest DJ's for the Death Card are Catherine Chapman and Valerie Sylvester!  Thanks, Ladies.

From Valerie:  Long White Cadillac - the Blasters

I chose this song for the Death card because of the urgency, the mystery, the imagery, the feeling of being propelled into unknown circumstances, and the idea of “summing up” or mulling over the events of your life--just as you’re leaving it.

It helps to know that this song is dedicated to country music legend Hank Williams, who died in the back seat of his new Cadillac sometime between the last day of December and the first day of January 1952-53.  Even if you don’t know the back story about Hank Williams’ death (the circumstances are murky, involving alcohol, extremely cold weather, heart problems and a “Dr. Feelgood” type prescribing too many drugs), and even though the actual Cadillac was baby blue instead of white, the song still works.  

It’s a midnight wail, a death-rattle cry, an elegy.  The guitars set the pace, with a propulsive beat that rushes forward with the rhythm of a train careering on its tracks. It echoes the forward movement of that ethereal white transport moving through the dark, dark night. The imagery (“Night wolves moan/The winter hills are black”, and “Train whistle cries/Lost on its own track”) amplifies the mood and lets us know we’re entering an alternate realm. The singer (Dave Alvin), stretches out the syllables, twisting them into a plaintive howl of regret, confusion, resignation and ultimately, understanding, as he channels the spirit of Hank Williams on his final journey: “Headlights shine/Highway fades to black/It’s my last ride/I’m never coming back/In a long white Cadillac.”   

Catherine Chapman chose Death Letter from the White Stripes:

We often say the Death card in tarot doesn’t really mean physical death, that it means a transformation of some kind. But sometimes it does mean actual death, and this song perfectly explores the angst in losing someone close to you. Worst of all, someone you lose unexpectedly and aren’t prepared for the loss. They’re never coming back, there’s no time to say “I’m sorry”, or “I love you”, “please forgive me”. Sometimes it’s just too darn late, which adds to the tragedy. For me, this song reminds us that time is precious and even as tarot readers, when the end comes (including the ending of anything, not just someone), we’ll likely be as unprepared for it as the next person. Written by Son House back in the 1930’s, this blues classic has been covered and copied many times. This version by the White Stripes is my favourite with its stripped down but edgy sound perfectly relaying the angst in the lyrics. And of course, it showcases some mean slide guitar work. Lyrical wisdom and slide guitar all in one song. Now, who can resist that?

The Hanged Man #tarot #tarotmixtapeplaylist

The Hanged Man is, to me, about potential energy rather than kinetic energy.  It's healing, becoming prepared to act, observing - this isn't the stillness of one who is lazy or afraid - this is the stillness of someone collecting their resources and getting ready to act.

The song I chose for The Hanged Man is "Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day is through
Yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you
Because you're mine, I walk the line


Our guest DJ for the Hanged Man is Donnaleigh De La Rose.  

Desperate for changing,
Starving for truth
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm running and not quite sure where to go
Just hanging by a moment here with you.  

 - Hanging By a Moment - Lifehouse

When our world is turned on its head, and nothing seems to make sense, we may feel like we're in a useless place of limbo. But there is good reason for our confusion. When we turn our heads to finally  meet the world, we ultimately see things for what they are, not just what we imagined them to be.  For after the Hanged Man (12), that hanging place of "figuring it out, " comes Death (13) -- the clearing out of illusions we created, to make room for balance/Temperance (14), seeing both sides for what they are.

It is through this seeing the same world through new eyes that we are able to progress and grow,  a worldly form of enlightenment.  - Donnaleigh DLR