Sunday, February 19, 2017

Big Fat Joke

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

Peace. A state without war. Was there ever? There are 710 peace antonyms, 790 peace synonyms 779 terms related to peace. (Power Thesaurus) In the english language. How many more must there be in a world of languages?

This card with the sanctuary pavilion on the left reminds me the world was at peace in 268 years out of the last 2500. We have military troops in 130-150 countries as we speak. Peace? Not in our lifetime and certainly not via US involvement in any way, shape, or form.

"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading."  unknown

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Tower

When is it a Tower and when is it a pothole? It took an hour to go the twelve miles home from town yesterday. Creeping along, creeping along some more. A neighbor said it was because there was a freeway sinkhole just south of us.

I'm reminded by this card a sinkhole big enough to stop three lanes of traffic was a big deal, deeply impacting commerce up and down the state. Turns out it was a section of weather caused potholes. Towers are much the same. Local Tower, large event. Far Tower, interesting news. Keeping them all in perspective is a reflection on our humanity. Syria is a Tower event. My clothes dryer dying isn't even a burp.

"..What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us." ~ Rabih Alameddine  1959-    The Hakawati

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Vision

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Hanged Man

Mr. Haindl was seventeen years old when he was captured, and spent four years in a Russian prisoner of war camp. His Hanged Man suspension and subsequent art work was influenced greatly by that time of fearful isolation and abject hopelessness. Hence the eye on the backs of the cards in this deck both show and see our creativeness is always influenced by our life experiences.

I'm reminded by this barely there Hanged Man I've been reading treatises on the Holocaust and first person interviews of survivors. I'm reading information I shouldn't be stuffing into the darkness of my mind because we should never be allowed to forget. But we do and have. Funny old place, the world, where we never learn from history, but as individuals we create new same old history with each generation.

In respect, Hermann Haindl 1923-2013

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ 5 of Cups

Exaggerated expectations.

Proof we are never too old to set too  much store by someone else's opinion...we read the book, drive the car, watch the movie, eat at the restaurant, see the baby, and then wonder, "Wot?".

"The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations." ~ Eli Khamarov 1948-

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Does It Matter?

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Sun

Starting with a quibble. Pollack says the lines on this sun is a labyrinth.
I see the lines on the outer edge, which look like circles to me. Under deep magnification all of them go fuzzy. Having had two truths turned into myths last week, I'm loath to play the fool again. Without seeing the center I think these are subsequent circles rather than a spiral.

I'm reminded by this sun, does it matter? To an info-junkie everything is game for thought. I've been told there are no straight lines in nature. But there are, particularly in caves and deep underground. Does that matter? Yes, to me.

"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature." ~ Rachel Carson  1907-1964     Silent Spring

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ 8 of Wands

Finding our direction in life, or scattered or contradictory energies. Heat apparently propels the Wands, heat provides the direction. Hexagram 35 is "you progress like the rising sun. The brighter your virtue, the higher you rise."

I'm reminded by the idea of virtue I could easily name eight people of virtue, but not eight businesses. In the course of the day I might think of eight hundred more people of seeming virtue, sadly counterbalanced by eight hundred more public entities who miss or even actively flog non-virtue. Who am I to judge? And has it ever mattered?

"Virtue has its own reward, but no box office." ~ Mae West 1893-1980  An Uncommon Scold

Monday, February 13, 2017

Light and Dark

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Magician

This Magician speaks of light and creation (Rachel Pollack) but what about the extrusion of dark and destruction?

I'm reminded by this card I had pages of words about this Magician, and word by sentence I've taken it back out, reassembled the words, reversed thought again, to be left with one sentence, only partly mine. I can speak of the darkness no more today.

"Maybe you who condemn me are in greater fear than I who am condemned." ~ Giordano Bruno 1548-1600

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wishy Washy

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Ace of Stones/Coins

The eagle is landing, we can tell by the placement of his feet. Is it important? I think so.  We grasp the honeymoon stage of life decisions with this ace, then are shortly pinioned by reality.

This card reminds me one way to gloss over the pinioned stage is to say we wouldn't be what we are today without all those changes. True. But given the chance there are many life decisions I would do differently. On the other hand I wouldn't go back in time to a younger dumber me. Wishy washy wishy washy...

"Reconsider. To seek a justification for a decision already made." ~ Ambrose Bierce 1842-1914

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Making The Leap

Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ 5 of Coins/Mirrors

Odd deck alert... what I'm given in this image strikes me as entrepreneur oriented. In my case it was hairdresser and then elder care. Working for yourself may bring the idea you only work when you want with who you want.

Wrong. I'm reminded by this image of few pots ready for sale and nothing curing in the oven. Quite often in the early days you put in twice the hours for half the money. This potter has chosen to go for it knowing his ability to focus and balance creates a better quality of life.

"The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer." ~ Nolan Bushnell 1943-

Friday, February 10, 2017


Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ Queen/Woman of Swords

Utilizing our past in ways that make us smarter and stronger. Stubborn and stuck is also an option.

I'm reminded by this woman, who looks back in rumination, I can't change or deny the past for love or money, but learning from it is the pivot on which my life revolves.

"Minds free, thoughts gone. Brows clear, faces serene." ~ Chuang Tzu 370-287 BC, translation by Thomas Merton