How to Learn to Read Tarot Cards Through Music

Learning to read Tarot cards requires a lot of memorization and inspiration. You can use popular music to help you. Match the picture on the card with a song of similar meaning. For the most part, the card meanings used are from Joan Bunning's book "Learning the Tarot". The idea to use music was inspired by a quote from Mark McElroy's book, "What's in The Cards for You?" page 24 and his card "Variance" from the "Bright Ideas" Deck. Images used here are from the Rider-Waite Deck. For Example: Match the fool with songs like: "I'm just a Gigolo", Tiny Tim's "Living In the Sunlight, Loving In the Moonlight" (Think Sponge Bob), or Steve Miller Band's "The Joker". The meaning of the card is found in the meaning of the song. Try a beginner reading by shuffling your deck using just the Major Arcana, draw three random cards, lay them down in a row. Let them represent your past present and future. Think of or listen to the music these cards represent. How does this music relate to your past & present? What song represents your future? Now you've done your first musical card reading!

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    Match the Magician with songs like Bruce Dickinson's "The Magician" or Magical Mister Mephistopheles from the Broadway Musical Cats.
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    Interpret The High Priestess with the Beatles song, "Let it Be."
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    Find Peter Gabriel's "Shaking the Tree" featuring Shaggy. It's not easy to find, but what a perfect song for this card.
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    Interpret the Emperor with Fatherly authority and discipline. A Song like "I fought the Law & the Law Won" comes to mind.
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    Use the song "Closer to Find" by the Indigo girls for inspirational meaning. The Heirophant, like the Pope, represents spiritual guidance.
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    You can match the Lovers card to just about any love song, but the deeper meaning of this card is represented by the Spin Doctor's "Two Princes" indicating a choice between two lovers.
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    Imagine the victorious Champion entering a packed arena, with deafening cheers from the crowd. What song would play in the background? Queen's "We are the Champions" of course.
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    For a card that is almost always represented by a tamed lion, match with your favorite version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
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    Think of the band from down under, Men at Work. Check out the lyrics for their song, "Who can it be now?"
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    Match the Wheel of Fortune with Alanis Morissette's "Ironic"
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    One man's justice is another man's crime; use Peter Gabriel's "Biko." to remember the meaning of this card.
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    "Always look on the Bright Side of Life!" from Monty Python's "Life of Brian"
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    Don't be afraid when you see the Death card. Think "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas.
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    "Get the Balance Right" by Depeche Mode.
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    "Use Me" by Bill Withers. Many songs represent the Devil's addiction, vice, and deadly sins, but this song uniquely begs "Keep on using me until you use me up." Definitely something the Devil loves to hear. Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" comes to mind as well as Eric Clapton's "Cocaine".
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    Look at the picture and sing to yourself "Under Pressure" by David Bowie & Queen.
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    "Don't Give Up" a duet by Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush.
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    "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne. Though the lyrics of the song do not fully capture the meaning of the card, you will surely remember to feel that you are under a spell somewhat like a werewolf.
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    "Walk on Sunshine" like Katrina & the Waves.
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    Look at the souls rising to Heaven. Will you be one? Will you be remembered forever? Songs like "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, "Fame" by Irene Cara, and "Immortality" by Celine Dion make great accompaniments to the Judgement card.
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    Be Enlightened with the World Card while Louie Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" or "Ave Marie" play in the background.

Tips

  • Using your own choice of music and cards will give your readings new dimensions.

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