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When I first started reading tarot, I loved that it was an easy, adaptable practice. I could sit in my Women and Drama class comparing cards to heroines OR find similarity in a card's archetype in the middle of art class.
I especially found inspiration and joy when comparing my Enchanted World tarot to music.
There are hundreds of varieties of music. From genre to tempo to timbre, I began breaking down the basic meanings of tarot and turning them into an audible format. Music became the key to my intuitive door, fully utilizing my right brain and everything it had to offer. The classically-trained songbird in my brain danced with glee!
I'd use my musical tarot deck every day, doing a daily draw or asking complex questions. And you know what - explaining tarot cards as songs was incredibly fun! I even created a playlist for the Major Arcana that magnified my practice.
Here are three ways you can break down a tarot card's meaning and create your own musical playlist:
Even someone who doesn't know the in's and out's of music can tell the difference between Katy Perry and Eminem. Genre allows us to place the songs we hear into different categories, for taste and music composition reasons.
Tarot cards are similar, in that they have "genres" of mood and meaning. The High Priestess and Magician belong to a "mastery of the elements" genre while the Sun belongs to "happiness and optimism" genres.
When you separate a deck into different moods, phases of life or even color music can then be paired with that group. Do this with your own cards and you'll begin creating a subconscious difference between the cards.
Tone and Keys
Songs within the same genre can be placed in a different key - or sang in a lower octave. This gives a contrast from song to song, allowing music to fit your mood precisely.
For example, John Legend's "All of Me" is in a minor chord. It's slow, soothing, and a classic love ballad. Britney Spear's "Dance Until the World Ends" is upbeat, bouncing, and in a major key. Both are Pop, as a genre, but sound different when it comes to tone.
Your tarot cards can be the exact same way - The Sun and Three of Cups are both considered happier cards, yet they give different "sounds". Each of the Minor Arcana is split into genres but they sound different. Pentacles have different contexts than Wands and then break down into sub-genres within their own suit.
Take a look at each Minor suit and see how all of the cards blend together, like a musical genre.
Note Progression and Numerology
In music, the term "steps" talks about when you move up or down from a note. If you sing/play an instrument from A to B on a scale, you went a step up. If you go from B to D, you went two steps up. And so forth.
When I first started comparing tarot and numerology, I'd compare the meanings of Majors and Minors to a number. One, in tarot, goes with the Magician and all the Aces. It shows mastery, individuality, beginnings, and pure forms of energy.
Why not do the EXACT same thing with notes on sheet music?
When I move from step-to-step in the music, we're playing a numerological story. "Fly Me to the Moon" is in constant steps of two - partnership, couples, and duality. No wonder it's a love song!
So, if you're savvy with your music composition, break down the chorus of your favorite song by steps, then numbers, then tarot cards! You'll get the theme of the song AND understand your cards a little better
Want to create your own music playlist?
I'm hosting a 5-day challenge in the Tarot and Tea Facebook group to do exactly that! Join me on March 26-30th and walk away with your own, audible tarot deck.