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Charms and Songs - Symbolic Associations

In my book Back in Time Tarot, I introduced my BIT Tarot Method, which helps readers learn the cards by "backward" association. That is, starting with a memory, story, event, conversation, movie, etc.--and THEN looking through Tarot cards to make meaningful, cemented associations. (Learn more about it here, here and here.) I even connected 80s songs with Tarot cards!

Similar exercises can be done with any oracle deck or symbolic system, including the Boyer Charming Oracle.

What's the point, you may wonder?

Well, symbolic associations don't happen in a vacuum. Sure, there's universal keywords--but, ultimately, the power of symbols like in our personal meanings and application...whether doing intuitive readings, creating art or writing poetry. The more symbolic associations you add to your personal cache, the more your intuition and imagination has to draw from.

Charms 500

So, if you were to think of a song or watch a video about a symbol--bee, wolf, camera, airplane, eye, dice, knife, clock, feather, wing, etc.--any memories or associations connected with that song (via lyrics, videography or remembrance) then becomes "glued" to the symbol, making a constellation of meanings for any particular motif. 

You can then use your personal cache of associations for ritual work, spread creation, divinatory interpretation, spiritual art, storytelling/poetry--or receiving important intuitive guidance when a particular symbol crosses your path.

In our secret Facebook group, some Charmers and myself brainstormed some songs that matched up with one of the 60+ charms in our Charming Oracle. Here's a few associations we came up with:

WOLF - "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran

Wolf Crop

DICE - "Roll the Bones" by Rush

Dice Crop

AIRPLANE - "Leaving on a Jet Plane" sung by John Denver and Cass Eliot

Airplane Crop

GLASSES - "Somebody's Watching Me" - Rockwell

Glasses Crop

BUTTERFLY - "Butterfly (Come My Lady)" - Crazy Town

Butterfly Crop

 COMPUTER - "Window to the World" - Geddy Lee

Computer Crop

NO - "Rehab" - Amy Winehouse

No Crop

FLIP FLOPS + SUN - "Walking on Sunshine" - Katrina and the Waves 

Flip Flops CropSun Crop

CAMERA - "Freeze Frame" - J. Geils Band

Camera Crop

WING - "Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler

Wing Crop

PAPER AIRPLANE - "Hot for Teacher" - Van Halen

Paper Airplane Crop 

-- Janet

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