Sunday, April 19, 2015


Daily Draw: Philosopher's Stone Oracle ~ Effort

To finish projects
To pull the heaviest lawnmower back up hill
To remember words and dates
To be a good steward of home and finances
To be thoughtful
To be of service
To remember mother in better days

To not be rude, churlish, mean tempered, short sighted
To forget velocity and mind the speed limit

"Be alert in guarding against relapse." ~ Horace 65 BC-8 BC

Philosopher's Stone deck, art by De Es Schwertberge from his Stoneman series, 40 cards US Games Systems edition 1991

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Success Via Randomness

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Magician

The passage from Fool to Magician reminds me of the Roomba vacuum, a robotic round disk. Turned on when you leave for work, it will blunder around the room all day. Theory being even without direction it will eventually get the whole room by accident rather than design. I've never seen one but the different brands get high reviews.

That shot my random path theory out of the water, maybe the Fool is no dummy after all. And that path of success via randomness may be what gives the Magician much of his strength. Standing before his dying city, his greatest tool is knowing by not giving up there is always some measure of success to be achieved.

"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work." ~ Emile Zola 1840-1902

Friday, April 17, 2015

Armored Or Open?

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Queen of Swords/Gift of Birds

This Queen has chosen her path, protect and defend, aggression and blockage. The other option for this Queen is dropping the shield to catch the flute but that isn't enough. She must lay down the pennant of conquest and take off the helmet in order to play the instrument.  

Some days we have to pick our battles. I'd rather err on the side of clear thoughts and creativity rather than live with the assumption everyone is out to get me. Vigilance in that direction is wasteful of what little time and energy we have.

"When in doubt, trill." ~ John Phillip Sousa 1854-1932

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Devil

If I ran the world I might suggest card number 6 be Love rather than Lovers, and card number 13 be Hate. It would open up both cards to wider interpretation.

I'm reminded by this card to me Devil is restrictive. You have to believe in such a thing to begin with, then be saddled with milleniums of mind numbing religious connotations. which lead to guilt, sometimes to the point of suicide, or worse, the 'he made me do it, didn't have nothing to do with me and anyway if I say I'm sorry I accept no consequences, ain't life grand'. But hate, now there is a subject to get our mind around. Self hate, family hate, religious hate, political hate, cultural hate, race hate, species hate, life hate...all having nothing to do with some creature called Devil.  The seed is always in us, and so is 100% responsibility.

My spell check isn't working today..."It is a poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word." ~ Andrew Jackson 1767-1845

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Daily Dose Of Magic

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Knight of Coins/Knower of Stones

In this deck the Knights are the understanders of the suit. Is that enough? One side of my brain understands why boats float and the electric current that runs a freezer; but the other side of my brain, the stronger side still doesn't understand and sees the results as nothing short of magical.

This card reminds me of the minus side of being a scientist.
I'd love to be smart but, not to see the modern magic that surrounds us, how sad.
But to have the brain that understands, wouldn't that be totally amazing.
But to lose the sense of common magic, that would be almost criminal.
But to understand...
luckily it isn't a choice we have to make, our DNA and environment does it for us or we'd be spending our days looking behind the television for the actors.

"Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection." ~ Victor Hugo 1802-1885

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bug Eyed

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 6 of Wands/Trees

Cheerful trees if somewhat abashed...have they have been yarn bombed? Actually their decoration comes from a cache of painted bones 5000 years old. A card of confidence, yet I see her marching blindly over new knowledge and taking no notice of the knowledge that is drifting away.

I'm reminded by this card we often live such closed lives we don't know what is going on next door, let alone the next street or town. This can be a good thing if there is healing to be done but to deliberately narrow our world is a form of self strangulation of the worst degree. I need to remember to look everywhere, and no tricks, the eyes need to be open when looking.

"Playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people don't see or know you."
 Marianne Williamson 1952-

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fresh Vessel

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 9 of Cups/Rivers

Born as a cup of light, fairly soon we've kicked a hole in the container, eventually our cup is in shards. How to reverse the process? How do we, our toughest critic, create recovery and light out of the mad monkey mess in our minds and heart?

I'm reminded by this card and all the broken threads that run though my life that my cup is unmendable. I'm no longer willing to go the extra mile, to forgive by forgetting, to grovel and swallow my feelings and angers, paying the price with my precious light and peace. My solution, because life is short, is a new cup. Hey. Imagine the concept...start fresh, consciously refilling, with a loveliness of light and being.

"Your job today is to pass gas. You do that and we can start feeding you liquids. No fart, no food." ~ Khaled Hosseini 1965-  The Kite Runner

Sunday, April 12, 2015

9 Of Swording

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 9 of Swords/Birds

The symbols in this deck are taken from past civilizations; the bottom shape is a stylized burial urn from the Greek island Lemnos circa 3000 BC. Pollack tweaked the tips to show it morphing into an ax for blood sacrifice.

The ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud is now flat sand, one of many seek and destroy missions of the current crop of  jihadists. I'm reminded by this burial mound and dead trees much of what we hold dear is fragile and everyone has a garden of flat sand in their life. Something or someone we've harmed, something or someone we've irretrievably lost. History's pattern, and the one thing that  never changes, 9 of swording like there is no tomorrow.

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." ~ Seneca 4 BC-65 AD

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Running The World Gamut

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Strength

Strength cards run the gamut from gently coping with passions and prisons, to wrestling with and/or beating to death our demons, to flinging all caution aside and wildly riding the beast into the ground or the sunset.

I'm reminded by this card I once had a teacher whose chosen method of chastisement was having the miscreant running the gamut of two rows of other students hitting them as he/she zipped by. I wouldn't be a school child today for anything. Instead of fearing/embracing a small self-contained world they now have access to everything. Where can children draw the Strength from to cope with the full-tilt world?

"The world is not a playground; it is a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday, but an education." ~ Henry Drummond 1851-1897

Friday, April 10, 2015


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe ~ Emperor

The companion book indicates how various decks present the Emperor, and how readers and querents perceive them, often two divergent areas of thought. Pollack's is an Emperor/Shaman figure, one who rules the outer world but also has the gift of knowing the spirit/inner world.

I'm reminded by this card I often place myself in my daily card in the same manner as house or car shopping. You have to make that mental jump or the process won't move to completion. Emperors are charged to execute and complete as their driving force, yet I can never place myself in the Emperor card.

Without leaders and leadership chaos would reign, but must it always be at the cost of individual thought? I expect that singular trait in Emperors is what keeps me from embracing or even admiring the breed.

"There’s a point when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities." ~ Ursula K. Le Guin 1929-  The Dispossessed