70-The Seven Of Pentacles
This card signals impending fortune, future harvests, as well as the anxiety that goes along with high stakes planning. I’ve chosen this tune because I like it so much. And I think, from an agricultural perspective, May represents a time of anxious waiting after seeds have been sewn—the wait for young plants to take root without being molested by the birds or squirrels. I first heard David Power playing this tune.
67-The Four Of Pentacles
This card seems very appropriate for what is currently happening in the US Legislature. This card represents assured financial gain, lack of generosity, earthly power, and miserdom. It also warns of the solitude and scorn attached to such a station. I think this tune is an obvious choice. My Source is O’Neill’s 1001 Gems, transposed to D (C#) from the original A.
66-The Three Of Pentacles
This card symbolizes craftsmanship, practical arts, commerce, and industriousness. Straw plaiting is a craft with a very long history in Ireland in which various goods are produced out of straw. Thatched roofs, straw hats, ornaments, and various other bits and bobs have been produced from plaited straw. I learnt this tune from my good friend Darcy Noonan.
65-The Two Of Pentacles
The abuility to juggle two or more things is represented in this card. Certainly playing the pipes can feel similar to the situation the hero of this card finds himself in. I’ve chosen The Steampacket due to its long popularity among pipers wishing to showcase the instrument. I try my best to juggle in some regulator vamping for good measure.