Listen to awesome records, and figure out your life at the same time. Vinyl Tarot. A working tarot deck made of records. The cover art, artist and specific song unite, creating the coolest deck ever. Music influences our lives in so many ways. Vinyl Tarot is upfront about that influence.
I have made the Major Arcana (22 Cards)*, but I am working on digitizing the deck with it’s own website, and then completing the deck (78 cards total) during an upcoming residency. I plan to perform Vinyl Tarot at select festivals and venues in Western Canada this summer, then pass the deck into the loving hands of Weird Canada!
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Clockwise, top left; Temperance, Heirophant, Chariot and Magician cards
Clockwise, top left; Hanged Man, Fool, World and Strength cards
Clockwise, top left; Devil, Justice, Hermit and Death cards
Clockwise, top left; Sun, Wheel of Fortune, Star and Moon cards
Clockwise, top left; Emperor, Tower, Empress and High Priestess cards
Left; Judgement and Lovers cards
The first performance of this piece was at Dawson City’s Riverside Arts Festival. I’ve done small readings around the North with this piece, and it was in-residence at Rue Studio on Manitoulin island, Ontario, for a year. I’ve created an accompanying booklet that describes the card’s significance, and how to do a simple, 3 card/song Gestalt reading. Each reading takes about 15 minutes, to explain the card, and then listen to the song.
For example, Billy Joel, ‘Only the Good Die Young’ is the Death card. Boney M, ‘Rasputin’ is the Strength card. Prince, ‘You Got the Look’ is the Magician. Tom Waits is Judgement, The Singing Nun is Temperance and the High Priestess is Aretha Franklin.
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*record selection is minimal in the Yukon, so I need an urban residency to complete Vinyl Tarot