Tarot Cards

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If a psychic were to draw tarot cards that describe various show biz celebs she or he could have a field day! Think Madonna and one sees the wise High Priestess, disguising her inner knowing to protect it, in Madonna’s case with flamboyant show biz shenanigans. Think Hugh Grant and one sees the Fool walking along his path without understanding, little dog nipping at his heels, making mistakes but generally going in the right direction.

David Bowie

Tarot cards express major personality archetypes, the parts within us good and bad that make us who we are. But when it comes to the occult and tarot cards, David Bowie is the artist who stands tallest. In fact, if one had to choose one of the tarot cards to describe Bowie, one could choose the Magician, the magical man, who in Bowie’s case, dabbles in the mystical mysteries of rock and roll. There is no question that David Bowie is not only a genius when it comes to pop culture, but a “romantic” just like the Magician of the tarot is always ready to experiment with the “tools of this trade”. The “tools of Bowie’s trade” might be his capacity to invent multidimensional realities on a daily basis. Coupled with his strong connection to the occult, he has created a unique performing style.

In his 1971 song “Quicksand” he sings,

I’m closer to the Golden Dawn, Immersed in Crowley’s uniform of imagery

Of course he was referring to Alistair Crowley, the infamous Black Magician and also in Bowie’s 1976 song ‘Station to Station’ he also talks about the Cabalistic Tree of Life and how he travelled through it by accessing “magical keys” of knowledge.

Some people might assume that Bowie could have only accessed his enchanting stage personae with “off world” help. But in 1976 Bowie clarified that his genius was strictly to do with personal choice, he said “My overriding interest was in Cabbala and Crowleyism. That whole dark and rather fearsome never-world of the wrong side of the brain, more recently, I’ve been interested in the Gnostics”.

Being a Gnostic would definitely fit Bowie’s bill, as they are known to see the divine in everyday reality and have a broad based take on religious perceptions. This aspect would also fit with Bowie’s multi faceted personality morphing into magical stage personae such as Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, Screamin’ Lord Byron, Tin Machine, Nathan Adler, Earthling or on the Internet with his alias Mr. Plod.

David Bowie’s Visions

Interestingly, Bowie’s own family unit contains some hallucinating relatives on his mother’s side, and one in particular, who received psychiatric treatment at some stage; this genetic inheritance might have helped Bowie break through his “logical” mind set and increase his visionary skills.

Bowie has always sensed that Star Men visit the earth, influencing us all. He channels something mysterious, as he said “I’ve always felt like a vehicle for something else but then I’ve never really sorted out what that was” and

There’s a feeling that we are all here for another purpose.

There is no question that Bowie would have been interested in tarot cards, he was certainly was interested in enlightenment. Between 1967 and 1969, he fasted and slept in a wooden box, seeking to enter spaces of utter silence. He also was said to practice tantric yoga. His ex wife reported that Bowie was fascinated by Tibetan Buddhism, which he saw as a guarding the unconscious mind.

Some say that the main arcane tarot cards depicts man’s journey through life’s stages and the force field of diverse facets of consciousness. In Bowie’s case one could confirm that statement as a truth, for this is a man who is not only a fulfilled father and husband, but an artist who has always sought his own authenticity through the spiritual. That does give us much to ponder on!