Tarot Chords For Dueling Rock Stars…

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The wonderfully witty Ania M chose a most excellent topic for this Spring Fling Tarot Blog Hop…

Do you think that archetypes are so universal that there is still a relevant place for all, which cards do you think need to be updated, removed or added to reflect our modern society? You can be academic and serious or utterly frivolous…

Well… I am very serious about my frivolity…I set about it with an academic fervor… 😉

So… I wasn’t short of ideas… I do spend a ridiculous amount of time scanning the general public for comedic reference and as source for potential characters for that sitcom that I often fantasise about writing but then shelf again in favour of other projects as I repeatedly come to the conclusion that I can’t create anything funnier or more absurd than what I see on a day to day basis…

My notebook soon started filling with names for cards…

  • The Self-appointed Guru of the New Age
  • The Nam-nasty…
  • The Emperor of Woo
  • Queen of Memes
  • T’n’T (Tits & Teeth) Bunny
  • Soapbox Psychologist
  • V.I.P. Networker
  • The Entremanure
  • LimpedIn Loser
  • Keyboard Assassin
  • The Self-empowerment Tool

Oh dear… I was very quickly beginning to fill a Major Snarkana…

That gave rise to two problems…

First off… What if someone insisted that they resembled that remark…

Secondly… How on earth do you number them, when they are all convinced that they are NUMBER ONE!

I went for a lie down in a dark quiet place…

Mentally I went through all the folks I know and for each and every one, I found that I could describe them using the systems and names already in place… Yes, those archetypes are all still alive and kicking…

But then I got sidetracked as I often do and thought about the debates that flare up whenever there is any talk of changes in Tarot… And I started laughing as in my head I heard this song…

It’s one of those songs that always makes me laugh loudly, as I recall the saga of the pink guitar…

Let me take you back to the early 90’s…

I’d just shacked up with Mr S and so at that point was still capable of feigning some degree of enthusiasm for his interests… even though I found them rather strange…

He played in a band, in fact he played in several bands. He’s a bass player and vocalist, though often his main role was being the guy who fired other guys… He has a pretty thick skin for such things and whereas other band members balked at the task as they didn’t want to be the bad guy… Mr S found it quite easy to fire folks – yeah… you’ve not turned up for the last 3 weeks, we’ve got gigs booked, we’ve replaced you… and the drama that enfolded would then roll off him like hot oil off of Teflon and he would wait for it to stop and then calmly say… see you in the pub for a pint about 9ish? And around just after 9ish, peace would indeed be restored even though the lineup had changed…

But that was before the pink guitar…

Now this was a slow build situation that had been brewing for quite some time… Most of the bands that Mr S played in had 3 members but this band had 4… it had two guitar players and tensions ran high…

I watched with interest for weeks as these two grown men rubbed each other up the wrong way and argued over how this should be done this way, not that way etc…. this key! not that key! And if one said Major then the other would of course say Minor…

Then one turned up with a new guitar…

This caused uproar as MAN!!!! You’ve gone and ruined the whole sound!!!

But that was nothing compared to the following week, when the other guitarist turned up with a new guitar also…

Hey… you’re right, that guitar does sound good, I’ve bought one too…

You’ve bought the same guitar as me?

Kind of…

What do you mean kind of?

Same model… different colour…

The case opened and the big reveal….

WHAT SORT OF MAN BUYS A $%£#@#~^&^&”**$£ PINK GUITAR?!!!!!

And that was the end of that band!

So… I thought that The Pink Guitar would make a good card… but what to name it?

King of Rock? Ace of Bass? Legend? Was it major or minor… it felt to be a minor with major delusions…

It felt to be a mix of cards, indeed a chord… maybe a King of Wands Rx with a touch of 8 of Pentacles and aspirations to be a Star but prone to Tower tensions…

A-ha!!! The 16.5!!!

Karen Sealey Pure & Blessed Tarot

16.5 In that space…

Yes… the 16.5 smells about right… you can have a card between cards… right?

I pondered on it and I stumbled across this quote…

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. ~ Viktor E. Frankl

Yeah… that’s an interesting thought Vik… and I guess it works wonderfully when someone has the capacity to choose wisely… though I can’t help thinking that also in that space lies the mind of the firebrand… dangerously close to narcissistic self-destruction…

When does space become an abyss…

Echo… Echo… Echo…

Mind The Gap!

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18 thoughts on “Tarot Chords For Dueling Rock Stars…

    • If you’re throwing bricks, hold on I’ll fetch my list… Lol The SAG of the NA card would have to been enormous just to fit the title on it… But then I guess they are massively overinflated anyway so… 😉

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  1. Hilarious as ever, Karen. Now I’m wondering what the other ‘half’s could be… I think the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn had an 8.5 Fortitude:)

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    • Thanks Chloe! Lol on other half’s as I read that and thought – yeah… That’s a point… What is that Mr S upto…
      Tarot wise… I think I’ve found a new project and a rather interesting partner in crime to play with… You’ll have to watch this space!

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  2. Wow, this was a trip! I was laughing so hard and then that hard-hitting “16.5 In that space…” Really powerful stuff. So funny and deeply insightful. Mind the gap indeed!

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    • Thanks Joy!that’s some interesting and useful feedback for me. I’ve been looking more closely at how I use humour in my work… It’s gotten me into several spots of bother recently and I very nearly deleted this whole post… Then decided… Ah… Leave it as it is… I’m too lazy to start again! Lol I’m quite glad I left it, it reads much better than how it sounded in my head while I was writing it…

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  3. I love the names for the cards that you have come up with – and to call them a Major Snarkana?! A ‘Minor with Major delusions’? GENIUS!!! *bwhahahahha*

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