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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Travel

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ Knight of Wands

This fine knight travels with his loyal trustworthy tiger.

I'm reminded by this card I'm too pooped to pop, riding is hard work.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Headstone Insignia

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ Death

One of the blessings of being a human, having ego, we seldom see all our own faults. I don't think we could live with full sight....

I'm reminded by this card not only of personal eclectictivities but those regional and national.  I'm in mid-Missouri today and seeing signs campaigning to be able to use the Confederate flag in Southern cemeteries holding Civil War veterans. No problemo here. Also support the pagan insignia on veteran's headstones which was recently approved after a long campaign. After all, who can the dead harm, what do the dead have left? Absolutely nothing but a grave and headstone.

I suppose there are those who think my spool of thread and threaded needle as anti-reverent and even sinful. I don't believe in heaven and hell, only the now, and fabric and thread make me happy. So does our gravestone.

"That's All Folks!"
The Man of a Thousand Voices Mel Blanc 1908-1982 Hollywood Memorial Park; Hollywood, California

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Get Thee Behind Me

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ Devil

Over the past year I've managed to take off the weight I'd gained since the double whammy big C. I don't want to gain it back, and it is always a slippery slope in this nation of good food and yummy treats.

I'm reminded by this card, right out my door is my FitBit Zip's best friend. Motel hallways, Nebraska this morning. Before we even get the car loaded up I've got in at least 2K steps, half of that running. As I pound past the occasional alarmed guest in my pink slippers I gasp out "gettin' in my steps" which always makes them smile or laugh...I don't care if it is at me or with me, it all works for the team.

"Now shall I walk
or shall I ride?
'Ride,' Pleasure said.
 'Walk,' Joy replied."~W.H. Davies 1871-1940


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Couldn't Possibly Be

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 5 of Wands

Struggle against. Don't we just.

As I tear across America to see my friend Kreth there is no doubt what I'm doing. Denial that she is racing down the same maw that took my little sister.  In many respects I think denial is the one defining descriptor for cancer. It is also the first stage of grief.

"It is the denial of death that is partially responsible for people living empty, purposeless lives; for when you live as if you'll live forever, it becomes too easy to postpone the things you know that you must do." ~ Elizabeth Kubler Ross


Friday, October 17, 2014

Carnal Knowledge

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

The deck I'm using and the deck I have scanned are two different editions. The scanned deck has the keywords carnal knowledge. My deck refers to this card as fruitful creation.

I'm reminded by this card of America countryside 1959, Our neighbor Vicki eloped with Herc. She was immediately kicked out of school for the sin of carnal knowledge. They didn't want the rest of us rubes to know what marriage entailed.
Skip to 1969. Two of my classmates brought their babies to graduation with them and I was so proud of both of them for sticking with school through their full pregnancies.
I hate to think what even small children know now when there are no limits of what they can learn. Probably carnal knowledge is the least of the problem.

"There are no things man was not meant to know. There are, perhaps, things man is too dumb to figure out, but that's a different problem" ~ Michael Kurland 1938-

The deck in use this week is Roots of Asia, republished by AGM AGMuller 2001. The original version was published by Amaravati Buddhist Monastery 1988. Artist is Amnart Klanprachar, the paint technique was done with fingers, knives, and rods. Accompanying 87 page digest by Thaworn Boonyawan.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Erratic Life

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ Sun

Like Gollum's Hobbits, these mythic folk are 'tricksy'. Apollo is a shining example.

I lived with mother and her advanced dementia for a year, and I've seen what it is like when there are no buffers or consequences to behavior.  I expect life with gods and goddesses would be the same.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fish Or Cut Bait

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

Chiron, standing in the cave, has told Jason of his royal lineage. As the 2 of Wands Jason knows what he wants to do, but he doesn't yet know the how and when of it.

I'm reminded by this card, plans/ideas are pointless if we never move forward to the action of the Threes.

"Never confuse motion with action." ~  Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm So Pretty

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ Page of Cups

This is Narcissus, so beautiful he fell in love with his own reflection; killed himself because the reflection couldn't love him back.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder about Oscar Pistorius. Is he pure fame and vanity, and can it be possible there is still a place in the world where white is infallible and black is invisible?

"Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty." ~ Edward Gibbon 1737-1794

Monday, October 13, 2014

Firecracker Friend

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ King of Wands

King Theseus of Athens was son of Aethra and both Poseidon and King Aegeus of Athens. To claim his heritage he set forth on wild and impossible adventures, succeeding at all to which he set his hand and mind.

I'm reminded by Theseus of my friend Theresa. There wasn't anything she wouldn't try and she traveled all over the world doing it. I'm so glad I had ten fun filled years to know her.

 "Damn the torpedoes! Four bells! Captain Crayton, go ahead! Joucett, full speed!" ~ Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut 1801-1870

Sunday, October 12, 2014

That Moment Of Knowing

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 9 of Coins

From the myth of Daedalus, portrayed in this card as satisfied with all his many works and machinations. This is perfection and I earned it, he may be thinking.

I'm reminded by this card of the event I attended yesterday for breast cancer survivors. Probably at every table and certainly at ours was "tell your story". No matter how many stories I hear I always get goosebumps.  How a well lived life is going along and wham, that enormous speedbump where everything takes a 180 degree turn. This 9 of Coins to no coins feeling can occur any number of ways, but there is always that instant...and then the drop.

The Mythic Tarot, original edition, by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Green, illustrated by Tricia Newell. Published by Simon & Schuster 1986 and in print ever since. The deck is based on ancient Greek mythology, the kit includes a 218 page companion book, plus there is a 160 page workbook available