The cover of Holy Diver, Dio's first album

Tarot Diver 3

Last time we discussed suffering, and the way out of it. Now it’s time to see where this album leads us.

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The cover of Holy Diver, Dio's first album

Tarot Diver 1

I came very late to Ronnie James Dio. I don’t really know how that happened. I was in the right place pretty much when I was sixteen: devouring the fantasy-laden lyrics of Led Zeppelin, re-reading Lord of the Rings twice a year; and hungry for more of it all. I read the Wheel of Time books, for goodness’s sake! And yet, I never heard Dio’s music until I was in grad school. I believe, at the time, I said something like “this is sad, because I know I would have loved this even more when I was a teenager.” But I love it now anyway. Let’s do a nice tarot reading of Dio’s first solo album, Holy Diver

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The cover of Never Mind the Bollocks, by the Sex Pistols

Never mind the tarot, pt1

Over on Twitter, I bothered Theresa Reed with one of my posts. She’s The Tarot Lady, and if you want to learn a great deal about tarot online, there are few people better to do it. She recently posted a Rolling Stones / tarot playlist, so it seemed somewhat appropriate to bug her. She called my attention to something I hadn’t thought about: The Sex Pistols! Yes, why haven’t I read their seminal (and, uh, kind of only) album, Nevermind the Bollocks? I guess it’s time to fix that!

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The cover of Wishbone Ash's album, Argus

Argus Tarot 1

You’ve may have a favorite band name. It’s not necessarily the name of your favorite band. It’s maybe something odd or weird or even just kind of random. I’m not sure which my favorite is, but “Wishbone Ash” is definitely a contender. I don’t think it’s “random.” I think I read somewhere it has something to do with the wood used to make musical instruments. I suppose it doesn’t matter. Let’s do a tarot reading for Wishbone Ash’s album Argus.

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The cover of Blues Traveler's release of 12 Swords

Tarot Time: Blues Traveler’s Decisions of the Sky

I figured, what with Thanksgiving and all, that maybe I should take it easy this week. In addition, I only just now got my internet back after a three day outage. So what could I do? I haven’t yet left the safe waters of “concept album” to talk about albums that are “just” collections of songs. Well, maybe I did with Abbey Road, but I feel like by that time the Beatles were one step away from making concept albums anyway. So guess what? I remembered that time Blues Traveler released a miniature album for free on their website!

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