We lost another cultural icon last week, Prince. Prince’s biggest influence for me was his fashion statements and acts of mischief. My absolute favorite song of his is Let’s go Crazy. I love the lyrics “Dearly beloved….to get through this thing called life…Hang tough children…Take me away.” He takes me to church and the dance floor each time I hear it. To me he is The Devil card incarnate. The Devil card, as I see it, is not the scary devil of Christianity but the trickster of more ancient religions, Kokopelli -American Indian, Dionysus and the satyrs- Greek, Lugh- Irish. Tricksters are lovers of music, nature, frenzy/ecstasy, satire, mischief and sex. I think that Prince embodied all those energies.
Prince was known for his androgynous sexuality much like Dionysus. Dionysus was the god of religious ecstasy and theater which Prince proved he could conjure this energy up at his concerts. You can see how Prince’s performance at the Super Bowl was a religious experience. At that performance it was like he called the storm to build and climax with his guitar riffs. The Devil Card’s lesson is to attack our bedevilments with tenacity or humor and to break the chains that limit us. Prince embodied these attributes with writing Slave on he’s cheek, changing his name, and with many of his lyrics ie: Little Red Corvette, just to name a few. Prince was a breaker of rules and limitations- from fashion, gender, sex, race, music, and record companies and his titillating presence will be missed.
P.S. Just a nod to Prince -as a fellow Gemini he got the Judgment card – the Phoenix rises. I have attached songs written by Prince for other artists that may relate to your reading. Remember, when signs have * it’s a big week for you.
Aries – Six of Swords – The Six of Swords simply challenges you to continue moving forward. This is a card of transition with ease. Any trials you feel are not your own. There is only possibilities ahead for you. Do not be burden by things outside yourself. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore for Alicia Keyes
Taurus – Two of Rods – This is a great card for the beginning of your birthday month. The Two of Rods is challenging you to imagine your best future and then be mindful and enjoy the small moments for they make up the journey. Also, this week there will be messages for you along roads and sidewalks. Stand Back for Stevie Nicks
Continue reading Tarotcast for week of April 24, 2016
The Library of Congress National Jukebox is a treasury that I would like to share with you all. These pre-1925 acoustic sound recordings are a free resource. Most of them are owned by Sony Music Entertainment and the Library of Congress has a gratis license to stream them. On the website you can create and share your own playlists. Not only is there music, but there are comedy acts, yodeling and the spoken word.
Here is the coolest part– to make these recordings, “instrumentalists, singers, and speakers performed in front of a flared metal horn which gathered and funneled sound waves toward a thin diaphragm at the small end of the horn. The energy of the sound waves caused the diaphragm to vibrate. The vibrating diaphragm caused an attached stylus to etch the sound waves onto a blank wax rotating cylinder or disc. The artist manipulated the voice and stance before the horn, moving away from the horn for louder and higher notes to prevent distortion, and moving toward the horn to prevent under-recording soft sounds.” They changed the horn length, diaphragm thickness, or the hardness of the wax to manipulate the recording even more. Since this process could capture only a limited range of audio frequencies–approximately 100 to 2500 Hz–the banjo, xylophone, trumpet, trombone, tenor, and baritone voices were the easiest to reproduce and became the predominant sound of the roaring twenties music.
P.S. I have attached some recordings to your signs which may or may not relate to your tarotcast, but they are fun. Thanks for all the feedback last week. Remember, when signs have * it’s a big week for you.
Aries – Seven of Wands – The Seven of Wands’ challenge is to keep focus on what is important in your life. This week you will be distracted by your environment and other people’s agendas. To combat this, you will need to choose wisely what you intend to focus on. Make sure when you choose what to do that it fits either with your integrity and/or your goals. http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/10038
Taurus – Queen of Cups – The Lady of the Cups is here to help you use your imagination and joyfulness to put some fun into the next seven days. As in all court cards, she asks that you look at the people that surround you and invite the ones who bring love and joy into your life. Also, if you can go to some body of water this week, you will find some information waiting there for you. http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/10087
Continue reading Tarotcast week of April 17, 2016
I have been doing this tarotcast for six months and I am wondering what you all think. This was my trial period and I have decided to continue because enough of you have given me positive feedback therefore this experiment seems meaningful. However, I want to hone my craft more and more and your feedback would be helpful. I have found that the astrologers’ weekly forecast vary for signs. For instance Rob Brezny, who writes for the SF Guardian and a bunch of others zines, is a Cancer, and sometimes he seems to miss the mark for his fellow Cancerians. Or I read an astrology forecast from New Zealand which reads spot on for me when I read both Cancer and Virgo (my ascendant). I would say that 70-90% of the time I’m feeling spot on – feeling the vibe of a sign. Because we are human, I don’t think I can hit a homerun every single time. This is a process and I want to keep improving. So if you all think “She is missing the mark for my sign almost every week” or “I don’t really get what she is saying” or “She is not explaining enough”, I would love to hear about it. Also, I would like to thank Elise, my Mom, Bobby Ruth, N & S, Anna and Amber for being my editors elves thus far.
P.S. Remember, when signs have * it’s a big week for you: however, this week nobody got a Higher Arcane card. Ah…..everyone gets a breather. No big stuff – just the details.
Aries – Ten of Cups – Another great card for your birth month. With the last couple of weeks of planning and pondering the future, the Ten of Cups is here to remind you all work and no play makes Jill/Jack a dull person. The Ten of Cups challenges you this week to have a f ‘n good time. Find ways to enjoy your life. You deserve it!
Taurus – Page of Swords – You have some information that you need to dig for this week. Don’t take anything at face value. There is more behind the scenes that you will have to know before moving forward.
Continue reading Tarotcast Week of April 10, 2016
Happy Birthday Month Aries!
Fiction – Aries’ ram is associated with the Greek myth of the golden fleece. King Artharnas who married the cloud nymph, Nephele, had two children, Phrixus and Helle. He divorced her to marry Ino Queen of Thebes. Ino not liking her step children plotted to kill them. She devised a plot. First, she roasted the wheat seeds so they wouldn’t grow. And then bribe the messengers of the Oracle to lie and tell Arthanas that he had to sacrifice his son, Phrixus, on mountain to make the crops fertile again. To save her children Nephele sent down a golden ram with wings to take her children to safety in Colchis. After his sister falls off the ram into the sea, Phrixus reaches Colchis and sacrifices the ram to Zeus. He then gives the fleece to King Aeetes (the Jason and Argonauts myth continues on with the fleece). To honor the ram heroics, Nephele placed the image of it among the stars. This all sounds very similar to the Bible and Quran story of Abraham having to sacrifice one of his sons on a mountain top and an Angel comes down and provides him a ram to substitute for the sacrifice. Who plagiarized who is still in debate.
Fact- Since the time of the Babylonians, The Ram in the sky has been identified as the beginning of the Vernal Equinox. However, because of the axial precession (the wobble of the earth axis around it’s poles) the tail-end of Pisces’ constellation now shows up on the Vernal Equinox and in the year of 2600 Aquarius constellation will lead us into spring. It will take approximately 20,000 more years (it takes 26,000 for full cycle) for Aries to lead us into spring again, but the ram will always symbolize the coming of spring and the beginning of the astrological cycle.
P.S. Remember signs that have * it’s a big week for you.
Aries – Ace of Swords – Ace of Swords is perfect card for your birth month. Last week you were slowly and methodically – experimenting, balancing and weighing out new things to fit into your new life. Now after your experimentation you have some new ideas. The Ace of Swords is challenging you this week to spend time thinking, analyzing and/or strategizing around these new ideas to proceed into your new future.
Taurus – Queen of Cups – Another week of balancing work and play into your life. The Queen of Cups is challenge you this week to find the joy in your life. And since this is a court card look to the people you have around you for inspiration. Each one of them has a little present of happiness to give you, so open your heart and receive the bounty.
Continue reading Tarotcast Week of April 3, 2016