Pink's life and music are very aptly represented by the 7 of Wands, the rebel of the tarot deck. At 5'3 with blue eyes, and now pink tinged hair, Pink was born on September 8th 1979 and named Alecia Moore. "I was extreme... from skateboarder to hip-hopper to rave child to lead singer of a rock band-- I did it all, and all at the same time." At the age of 13, Pink met a popular Philly club dancer named Skratch, who she started dancing with. This led to her singing backup in his rap group, Schools of Thought. By the time she was 14, Pink had penned her first song. Songwriting became a way for the future R&B/pop singer to express her feelings and thoughts on her Philly childhood and adolescent experiences, in a therapeutic way. One of her favorite pastimes, going to clubs, became part of her start in the music industry. She would frequent Club Fever every Friday night, where she eventually was given a 5-minute spot. Although Pink was sometimes boo-ed while on stage, she used the negativity as more fuel to the fire of her ambition. "I decided at 15 that I didn't want to be one of those artists that gets up and sings love songs they don't mean," Pink explained in regards to her debut album. "I decided that I was going to be me to the fullest extent, that my songs were going to reflect relationships I've had, things I've been through, and even the stuff I'm embarrassed about." It was at her regular Friday night five minute slot that a rep from MCA spotted and asked Pink to audition for Basic Instinct. Although the group didn't come to much Pink wasn't disappointed as she confessed that she didn't 'see myself as belonging to any group.'
Individualistic is the word I keep thinking as I read about her and her approach to life. While it's true that sometimes the 7 of Wands can indicate someone with a chip on their shoulder, an angry defensiveness, a kind of "it's me against the world" manner, it also indicates a winner who battles the odds and comes out on top. Seeing the figure stand on that hilltop with just his courage and one wand against six, I can just hear him say, "Bring it!" Sevens in tarot, as I mentioned in my last post, are a solitary, "dreamer" number. In the sevens, the individual is thinking, dreaming, wishing, planning, and acting alone by their own lights. Wands are the suit of fire and energy, creativity and action that furthers one's goals. The image on the right conveys this elemental symbolism nicely. It is the Seven of Wands in a deck created for the computer tarot program, Orphalese, called the Michael Whelan Tarot. The powerful dragon is the formidable opponent, but the ball of fire in his hands is the magic that protects him and allows him to see his mission through to completion.
As the card suggests victory against all odds, it's rarely a negative card. Well, except when it shows you're just being defensive and antagonistic and paranoid. You might think everyone's out to get you, but maybe that hoard just came to invite you to a party. Ok, probably not, but this attitude can get in your way if you're fighting when there's no need to fight, so look to the other cards to see if you need to adopt this strong a defensive position or not. In many decks the fighter is in a higher position than his opponents, implying that his is the higher moral position as well. Standing for something important to you, even if it means being unpopular or seen as a rebel or renegade, is something born of deep moral fiber. In the Rider Waite Smith deck the figure is wearing two different kinds of footwear: a boot and a slipper. A boot can kick ass, but a slipper? What was he thinking when he got dressed that morning? A slipper is more flexible and allows the wearer to feel the ground under his feet. The two different shoes show that the fighter is well prepared for anything his flexibility will allow him to use various means to accomplish his goal.
Likewise, Pink can sometimes come across as angry and in-your-face. However, her position, her stance, comes from some pretty strong convictions within her own sense of morality and identity. She is also very flexible, able to cross music genres with ease. If you watch her interviews, she also seems very at ease with herself, not defensive really, and very able to roll with the punches. It doesn't mean she doesn't feel the pain when she gets hit. I doubt the guy in the Seven of Wands will come out of this altercation completely unscathed either. But come out alive and still on top he will. Though we might see him next in the 9 of Wands, injured and self-protected, this is a hill he has chosen to die on, which means he likely won't face defeat.