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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lethologica

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

Like pencils and tupperware, our mind is a product of sorts, and we spend from birth creating and shaping it.

I'm reminded by this card, and the keyword intensity, I worry a lot about my mind. This deck for instance. I have to read my cheat sheet every morning to see what season is which suit. Four seasons, four corner icons. Should be simple. But my mind isn't the steel trap it once was, it is a sieve in which only the oddest or most useless bits stick. I told Rob awhile back, if I even think I have the onset of dementia I'm putting a bullet in my traitorous brain. He looked at me like I had a carbuncle on my nose, turned and looked at his doggies, and said "We just won't tell her..."  I'm still laughing.

 "Transience: This is the tendency to forget facts or events over time. You are most likely to forget information soon after you learn it. However, memory has a use-it-or-lose-it quality: memories that are called up and used frequently are least likely to be forgotten. Although transience might seem like a sign of memory weakness, brain scientists regard it as beneficial because it clears the brain of unused memories, making way for newer, more useful ones."

Monday, September 29, 2014

Philosophy

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

Huge subject. I answered a request for the Dictionary.com 2014 word of the year awhile back. I chose Doubt. My reasoning? World leaders seem adrift, unsure, at a loss truly, where/what/why/when next. Once they accept there is no winnable war anymore, perhaps over the course of the next 40 years or so, nations as a whole will be able to move on.  Once the backward thinking of the boomers and pre-boomers is history. We can learn from history, but we can't stand on it. Philosophy. Huge subject, 9 of Swords indeed.

I'm reminded by this card I certainly doubt anyone anywhere with any power is working for the whole...But that is the point of philosophy isn't it? Never accepting at a specific point we know the answer, but questing on further and further.

"If enough of the bravest among them ("bad guys" in militaryspeak) are killed, can this somehow be accomplished without creating a whole new crop of brave people who are even angrier about the killing of the last generation?" ~ Jay Barr  AntiWar.com  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bittersweet

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Growth, expansion, and perhaps some excessive celebration...
I can get with that. Please.

I'm reminded by this card, yesterday we off-loaded my FIL's 1953 Jubilee edition Ford tractor with multiple implements and Rob can reclaim his garage space. Today mother's furniture goes and I can reclaim my living room space. A bittersweet celebration really.

"Eventually you realise they aren't a part of your world, you were just briefly visiting theirs." ~ Whimsical Enlightenment

The Runic Tarot includes a major arcana of 24 rune cards in a zodiac wheel broken down into three groups; workers, protectors, prayers, with traditional Norse significance.
This is coupled with a minor arcana of four suits of 13 cards each, based on the four seasons of Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain.
If the reader has additional interests in astrology and elementals this would be a excellent deck for doing readings that involve timing. The Runic Tarot kit includes 76 beautiful cards with art by Caroline Smith, and the 184 page companion book written by John Astrop

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Win Lose Withdraw

Daily Draw: Merryday Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

Poole sees the 5 of Swords as a mindful discriminating attitude. Fight to the finish and be done with it, win or lose with grace, or release and walk away, knowing when to choose a battle that is worth the chance of losing.

I spent the last year living this card. Each day, each hour presented an unwinnable battle with mom's mindset based on dementia. There is no reasoning with dementia. I know I've said it before but it was the keystone to living with her. The battle was always with myself rather than her whether I recognized or admitted it in the moment. Release and walk away. How many times did I remember that? Maybe half.

"…wondering, not for the first time, if there was a kind of dark bliss built into dementia: an immunity from death and abandonment, a way of fixing a point in time so that nothing can change, nothing can be rewritten, no one can leave." ~ Jonathan Miles 1971-   Want Not



Friday, September 26, 2014

Vision

Daily Draw: Merryday Tarot ~ 8 of Swords

Visual sense barred, this figure is feeling his way through unfamiliar territory.

I'm reminded by this card sometimes we need to re-see what we take for granted, re-view the obvious.

"It's easy to see, hard to foresee." ~ Benjamin Franklin  1706-1790

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Feels Like Murder

Daily Draw: Merryday Tarot ~ 9 of Coins

I don't feel like an earth mother. I feel like a murderer.
I had to put one of  my two goats down yesterday.
Last August I had to put both my cats, Conway and Jessie James, and my little constant companion Pembroke down. And before that, Trinity, Windsor, Morgan, Big Duke, Ike Clanton, Chanel, Goldie...

I'm reminded by this card this is part and parcel of responsible pet ownership. But it always feels like murder to me. They all lie just over the hill below me, in a grassy treelined glen where they are each buried with something they loved and part of my heart. But not me. Not yet.

"Grief is the price we pay for love." ~ Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor 1926-

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cannibalism

Daily Draw: Merryday Tarot ~ Tower

The Tower as accomplishment. Now there's a thought. What can we break today?

I'm reminded by this card of breaking addictions; shopping, lying, tv/computer/phone, we can be addicted to anything. Only thing is we don't notice or count the ones we enjoy doing, just ignore the ramifications and results. Once away from that addiction, looking back, it is amazing how we fed it...fed it our mind and life.

 "Addictions started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, showed you things you hadn't seen, were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life-decisions. And they were ... less intelligent than goldfish." ~ William Gibson 1948-

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Retrograde

Daily Draw: Merryday Tarot ~ 10 of Wands

Her uprooted life and uphill battle weighs heavily on her mind.

I'm reminded by this card, life is seldom stationary.  We wouldn't be happy if it were.

"We cannot remain stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades." ~ Mme Du Deffand 1697-1780

Monday, September 22, 2014

Working Wall

Daily Draw: Merryday Tarot ~ King of Cups/Autumn

Our subconscious. Always in there working working while on top we think we already know it all.

I'm reminded by this card of the "working wall" of my mind. It is a quilter's term for a flannel wall where our projects take shape, often multiple versions, before we start sewing components together. My mind is just like that. If I have a knotty problem, I just stick in on my mental working wall and pretty soon I have three or four solutions or alternatives. Cool!

"I just kind of conjured them up out of my subconscious and put them in order of ascending peculiarity." ~ Edward Gorey 1925-2000

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Leaps and Lurches

Daily Draw: Merryday Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

Completions and the rewards thereof.
Versatile adventures and new life dances.

I'm reminded by this card of the Julia Cameron book which had the task of writing down our life chapters in five year increments, a process I'd highly recommend to anyone.  As our chapters formed we could clearly see triggers and lurches and leaps, accidents and epiphanies leading to even odder or more rewarding life experiences.  A companion process with genealogy perhaps...

"We're all stories, in the end." ~ Steven Moffat 1961-

This week's deck is the Merryday Tarot, sometimes called Merry Day. Louisa Poole is the artist and author of the two part companion book, one half on personal numerology, the second half covers each card of the deck and why she renamed or revisioned some of the cards. The minors are based on the Wheel Year. Long out of print, but the deck is still reasonably priced on the secondary market, the book is another story.