The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing. -Ben Okri

Gotta respect a fellow who wears a snake for a belt. The Magician in tarot is a confident guy. He’s got to be – we’re his audience. He’s got all of his tools laid out before him and chooses his own magic wand and his finger to work with. He’s electric – kinetic, even. He’s practiced these moves for months, for years, even. Practiced and honed his craft until they were flawless. Only then does he come out to dazzle us.  The Magician has the same degree of swagger that you find in Snoop Dogg or Adam Lambert. He’s not …

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. -William Blake

The Fool means Jump. Even if you’re afraid. If you keep moving forward, you’re winning. Even if you’re moving forward by centimeters. Even if your forward movement is defined by NOT moving backwards.  The base of the card is simplicity. The intent of the Fool is to discover. The passion of the Fool is Adventure. The emotion of the Fool is Wonder. The spirit of the Fool is Joy. Inverted, the Fool is stuck. Lamed. Misdirected. Tarot MixTape Playlist! The songs that come to mind with this card, for Tarot MixTape Playlist ™ purposes are these.  One is highly inappropriate, …

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 – …

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 …

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 youSo cruelly you kissed meYour lips a magic worldYour sky all hung with jewelsThe killing moonWill come too soon My take on the Moon card is Turpentine by  Brandi Carlile.  In the song, she is stuck …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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.  😀  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 …