Muzoracle: The Tarot of Music

Layout: Interpreting the Cards

Interpreting the Cards. If we consider the Musician’s Die generally a “where” and the Solfège Dice generally a “when,” the cards are for the most part a “what and how” that brings together the meaning of each position as a whole. In practice, this "where", "when", and "what and how" are general indeed: those distinctions fade as each position gels into a more or less single notion. In any case, the card drawn is a position’s most defining element.

There are two basic types of cards in the Muzoracle deck, the Suit Cards and the Compositionals, and their indices, in the Table of Contents at left, are organized accordingly. First are the five suits: Brass, Strings, Woodwinds, Percussion, and Voices. In each suit index, each individual card is defined first by its hermeneutic, then by its Harmony or Musician, then by its suit, then by its “possible shades and subtleties.” The cards that include harmony include sound samples.

The 34 black-and-white Compositional Cards come next in the indices—each card gets its own page. The Compositionals are arranged alphabetically.

The individual elements that define the suit cards—the Harmonies, the Musicians, the suits—are each explored as a whole in the In Depth pages listed in the Table of Contents at left. (In the course of a casting, however, try and stick to the indices, lest you get lost in detail!)

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