You ever turn on your iPod (or whatever) and somehow it knows just what to play for you? It seems to know exactly what mood you’re in?
So, that’s part cool algorithm on the part of Apple, but I believe it’s also because our iPod is a direct reflection of who we are.
What do we put on our music players but the songs we love and sing? My iPod is basically the soundtrack of my life since 2008 (and before, because I loaded songs from actual CDs onto iTunes when I first got it). All the music that has entertained, supported, and mirrored me for the last 8 years exists on that thing.
The iPod is full of what moves us, physically and emotionally. It contains the energies of our moods- soft, dark, ecstatic, playful, pained. It is the holder of the moments + music + words of our truth. (That song you play over and over again? That’s your truth right now, isn’t it? And it will change…) And I think that makes the iPod a very powerful tool.
Because the iPod is an extension of our energy, I think you can ask it for guidance.
I certainly do.
When I need or want to know what’s going on with me, or where I’m headed, or how I could help my husband more, I ask the iPod. And it serves up answers that help me find my way.
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Last Saturday, I was on my bike doing intervals and I asked, “please show me the energy for today. What is today about?”
And here is what I got in reply:
Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
You’ve Got A Way – Shania Twain
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
Leave This City – The Sundays
Hearts Like Ours – The Naked and Famous
Dream a Little Dream – Mama Cass
Your Mess Is Mine – Vance Joy
The Way You Do The Things You Do – UB40
What was the message there? Softness and fun. Openness and attention. Love and connection. And that was exactly what the day was about. Perhaps in part because I decided that’s what the day would be about, but perhaps also because that is what the day already had planned, and I simply joined in.
For what it’s worth, I think it helps to have a wide variety of songs on your iPod if you’re using it as an oracle. Three weeks ago, my Saturday ride was all about death and going underground. Any divination tool needs the full spectrum of human emotion and development available in order to tell the whole story.
I have been known to dance on my bike sometimes.
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When we do these kinds of things – divinatory in nature – I think we have to be sincere in our asking. Our heart has to be in the question. And I think we have to ask those open-ended questions like we do with any divination tool. For instance, we don’t ask, “Does she love me?” we politely request, “Please show me how she’s feeling.”
From my own experience, I know you have to learn to see how the songs you’re given actually work out in real life. Just like the ‘Death’ card in Tarot pretty much never means actual, physical death (it usually means transformation), the songs you get back from the iPod oracle might need a little interpreting.
But that’s fine. Just pay attention. Did your iPod serve up ‘Spiderwebs’ by No Doubt because someone is having a bad day, or simply because their phone didn’t work? Pay attention, you’ll figure out how the oracle works for you.