Sometimes you need a little help to set the mood for a tarot reading. Music can block out the noisy neighbor, the frustrating day you just had, or simply bring you from the ordinary world into a space of calm introspection. It’s also hugely helpful when reading for others who might be nervous or skeptical. In this series of posts I wanted to highlight the artists and albums that get me all ready for divination.
If you do e-mail readings, you need music that will both block out the background music of your apartment (or local coffee shop) as well as set a calm mood while you concentrate. I can’t recommend the songs of Explosions in the Sky highly enough as your new go-to for this kind of work. I never get tried of this music, and in fact it has become something I have a Pavlovian-type response to when I need to settle down and work. From East Texas, this group provided the music for the television show Friday Night Lights – not the fist-pumping fight songs you’d associate with a show about football, but instead the tones that captured the open sky of that state, and the slow death of dreams in small towns. If you get a listen to one album, try The Earth Is Not a Dead Cold Place. Only a few songs long, it’s powerful but restrained stuff.