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Monday, July 28, 2014

It's My Life

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 3 of Cups

The marriage of Eros and Psyche. The end of initial courtship (does anyone court anyone anymore or do they just send selfies and likes back and forth?) the real beginning of real life with a partner.

I would hazard a guess at this point there are more couples choosing living together over marriage. I get that, we all need someone in our life. What I don't get is having children, buying houses, entering contracts. It seems like a logistics nightmare to me. I'm reminded by this card there are a lot of things I don't understand, all of it none of my business.

"Why don't you mind your own business, ma'am?" ~ Charles Dickens 1812-1870  Hard Times


Sunday, July 27, 2014

At Will And Whim

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 5 of Wands

Fives are generally about instability, insecurity, struggles. Here Jason, with Medea, who gave up everything for him, battle the dragon for the golden fleece, which was held by Medea's father King Aeetes.

Convoluted story, but my problem is with the fleece. The original owner's task was to fly two children to safety. For thanks it was slewn, shorn, and sacrificed to Zeus, it's golden coat was hung in a tree and many murders followed. I'm reminded by this card, how can stability ever be achieved with wholesale conscription of someone else's goods at will and whim, and no regard for anyone's costs? An excuse can always be found to take...

"Conscription is the vitality of a nation, the purification of its morality, and the real foundations of all its habits." ~ Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821 Political Aphorisms 1848

The deck this week is the Mythic Tarot original edition 1986, art by Tricia Newell, book by Juliet Sharman Burke and Liz Greene. Published by Eddison/Sadd

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Nothing Breeds Nothing

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ Hanged Man

The World Tree, with it's circles of succeeding generations, births and deaths, triumphs and failures.

I'm reminded by this card, and the Canadian First Nations ongoing efforts, change only happens when people are willing to stand up and work for it. Nothing happens when nothing happens.

"I know all must be brought into the Sacred Hoop for it to be mended.
I often wonder how we will bring those who do not see
even the simplest of circles into the greatest circle of all." ~ Gary Night Owl  Wotanging Ikche

Friday, July 25, 2014

Vote To Relax

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 4 of Swords

I'm reading a book right now because it got a bad review. I read the bad reviews, I think they have more truth in them, and they are invariably shorter.

I'm reminded by this card of Mathias, Cluny, Constance, and Basil Stag Hare; in a good tale size doesn't matter.

" '...there's me, Gurth, Dotti, Grenn, an' about a hunnerd shrews. If'n we wants to lie 'round for a day or two then you'll find yore prob'ly out voted.'
'Let's be reasonable about this, friend. Let me explain the rules. One Badger carries two hundred votes and his sword carries another hundred, Agreed?'
Ruff looked from the sword to the badger. He smiled nervously at his huge friend. 'Reason, that's wot I likes, mate. Vote carried. We go after brekkist tomarrer!'" ~ Brian Jacques 1939-2011 Lord Brocktree

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Booga Booga

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 8 of Swords

Swords are air, suit of thought, soul, expansion, often via the school of hard knocks, learning by doing. This card, rather than the standard, tied by our own actions, offers the next step, untying and releasing what we need to let go of, even when we cling to it as the known, vs. the unknown, a possibly bigger worse boogeyman.

Will we ever learn to accept we are the boogeyman?

"Open your fists, and let go of the coals." ~ David James Duncan 1952-  The Brothers K

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Extended Family

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ Temperance

This card reflects the Hunkapi ceremony in which other tribes or nations become family rather than opponents, competitors, or general pains in the backside.

I'm reminded by this card, the other person, tribe, nation, has to want peace and brotherhood before Hunkapi can work.

"You basic extended family today includes your ex-husband or wife, you ex's new mate, your new mate, possibly your new mate's ex and any new mate that your new mate's ex has acquired." ~ Delia Ephron 1944-

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

They Took The Children

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ Hierophant

Here in the Pacific Northwest, what the white man did to the native residents was far worse than the slaughters for land in the East and Midwest. They took the children.
They took them forcibly,  put them in schools far away, took their names and language away from them, tried to erase their very remembered heritage.

Enlightened white men. What can I say? I can only grieve for a past I cannot change.

"Enlightened people seldom possess a sense of responsibility." ~ George Orwell 1903-1950

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Wonder

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Did you know birds can see ultraviolet? It is part of finding that perfect mate and aids in food finding. In many species where male and female are very similar they will have specific ultraviolet markings attractive to the opposite sex.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder, as I often do, why Rob chose me in the garden of love.

"Like ultraviolet rays, memory shows to each man a script that invisibly glosses the text." ~ Walter Benjamin 1892-1940

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cleanse

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 5 of Coins

Smudging with cedar or sweet grass can be a way to rid ourselves of something we can't throw away physically. I had this house smudged about six months after we moved in.
In this image the smudge stick has become a Fire Dance, done at full moon and a powerful banisher because the intent is accomplished to the accompaniment of so much physical effort.

I'm reminded by this 5 of Coins being financially poor is far from the only hardships the standard (two ragged figures huddled in snow) 5 of Coins portrays. Broken spirit, broken health, broken heart are forms of  personal impoverishment.

"You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." ~ Woodrow T. Wilson 1856-1924

The deck this week is Native American Tarot, art by Sergio Tisselli, published 2004 by Lo Scarabeo

Friday, July 18, 2014

Master Plan

Daily Draw: Moon Hare Oracle ~ Hare of Endings

The release of old ways, old patterns.

I seem to have grown a litany; 'it's on my master plan'.
I even have a lot of it on a list.
'On a list' ensures it will get done. In a timely manner. Right?
If the moon is just right, if I hold my head just so,
if Rob is here and mother is not
this sweeping life with a  new broom will be accomplished.

"It is the litany of uncertainty this year." ~ Carl R. Tannenbaum 1960-