Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tarot Lessons: the Diva Card

Were the Tarot to be recreated today, I'd propose the addition of the Diva card. I love a good Diva. Gorgeous in their respective ways, commanding of attention/respect/revulsion, fabulous dressers, full of all the right attitude, and powerful. Very, very powerful. I think the lessons of the Diva card might do well to be remembered.
I don't know whether I loved powerful women in literature first or in music (from whence the modern connotation of the word diva originates), but I've always adored them. Of course, I'm gay, so I'm sure I inherited some Diva-loving gene just like every other gay man out there. (Seriously, how else do you explain the continued career of Cyndi Lauper?)

On the positive side, the Diva card is a symbol of power. She (he?) is a person that has been gifted with something - a phenomenal singing voice, acting ability, mutant power, etc. - beyond the realm of good, beyond the realm of great. Their gifts are legendary. Singers like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion. Actresses like Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Dame Judy Dench. Characters in literature such as Jean Grey, Emma Frost. The lists go on. The categories endless. The characteristics the same. Powerful. Bad ass. Take no prisoners.

Divas can command respect, can command social power, and they can use that power for incredible good. They can be providers, protectors, givers, nurturers. They can connect us to parts of our own psyches we rarely touch. When a diva is in the zone and she's singing some incredible ballad...there's something in my gut, some kind of light that I connect to that I rarely see. Which, of course, makes me an awful, weepy baby, and I must immediately go to the gym to man back up.

It is the reverse of the Diva card, though, that I've been pondering these past few weeks. When Jean Grey becomes the Phoenix, it isn't the green suit that gets the best-selling story line, it's the red suit. It's her Dark Phoenix side, the one corrupted by hedonism and the darker parts of the emotional spectrum, that made her legendary. When the Diva becomes overconfident in her ability and cannot accept help when needed. When the Diva doesn't rehearse or warm up her voice properly, because she's a Diva and she should be able to just show up. When the actress can't seem to land a good role in a few years because nobody will work with her...

This is the part of the Diva aspect I find most interesting, and most tragic. The Diva would be a spiritual sister to the Star card. Ever-reaching for the stars. Sometimes finding heaven, sometimes being corrupted by the world. And, boy, does man revel in the fall of a diva. I think it's a mix of her overconfidence and the fact that she (he?) was blessed with a gift beyond good, beyond great. She was blessed with something that can only be called a power (whether it's a magical voice, or comic book telekinesis).

She is a lesson in what one does when given too many chances, too much power, too many opportunities, and not making the absolute most of it, taking the best care of it.

What would the Diva card look like? I'd actually love to see your ideas, if any of you artistic Rioters want to share.

Were the Tarot to be recreated today, what cards would you see added?

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

 

2 comments:

  1. That's a very nice picture. Red Haired Gothy types are an interesting breed.

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  2. OMG Yes yes yes! Theoretically, you could consider the Empress or the High Priestess as the Diva (which I think is an AMAZING idea). There's no law that says you can't make your own cards, anyway! On that note, I also propose that we should include a Mary-Sue, a Twink, and a Snape. Make it so!

    (BTW, I finally found a way to comment again...but only on Safari. Chrome won't publish comments for some reason. Lame.)

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