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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jack Sprat And The Mrs.

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 6 of Wands

Abundance. We've been away four days.

Can anyone say zucchini? Today is errand day, how many places can I leave a cord of zucchini?  Rob is a dab hand at cooking it. I can eat a plateful every day. Abundance indeed...

"The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini. Minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables. At night, you will be able to hear the ground quake as more and more zucchinis erupt." ~ Dave Barry 1947

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Primitive

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 8 of Swords

I'm a complicated dreamer, last night it was about being a part of a small new settlement, full of conflicts. The rabbits wouldn't reproduce, and I couldn't get help holding raw planks against the curve of a boat project.

I'm reminded by this card of the PBS program Frontier House and how the families ultimately did and did not choose to prepare for the long winter and how cooperation was pretty much kicked to the curb. Different mindset though, they had come from modern times, electricity, automobiles, and well stocked grocery stores.  And I'm still worrying about rabbits that won't reproduce...

"We have planned breeding of our domesticated plants and animals, but we have been rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves." ~ Arnold Toynbee 1889-1975

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Attitude Adjustment...work in process

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ Judgement

Potter created this deck based on her understanding of European shamanic practices and the Year Wheel. I share that because her unpublished companion book coverage of Judgement is outstanding and I'm sorry I can't find the WayBack link to the page in order to share it.

I'm reminded by this card of the standard image; people rising up out of their coffins to an angel blowing a horn. I searched my blog for that image of Judgement, undoubtedly because I meant to make mock
I searched my blog for Judgement, spent too much time reading and realized I've written so many words about Judgement and don't seem to have learned a thing. Here I am again judging the coffin/angel mindset. I have zero interest in that concept, why does it bother me how or why anyone else sees themselves in that image?

Oddly enough, my very first blog post was based on the Judgement card. And obvious to me, on vacation I'm not watching the bandwidth clock but rolling in the WiFi trough. I've been working, in a manner of speaking, on this post for over two hours. Am I a better person than when I got up? I hope so, a two hour class in judging surely seeded something in my underbrain?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Solzhenitsyn and Knight

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 7 of Coins/Stones

We were on the road at 4:30 AM yesterday, put 538 miles of beautiful America under our wheels and were tired when we got here. First time this has ever happened, I literally did not sleep a wink. So of course I thought this draw was all about me...

I'm reminded by this Healing card, of books I've recently read. Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Finding Me by Michelle Knight, both prisoners in very divergent ways and places. I doubt either one of them were ever allowed a peaceful sleep or a good meal or a day free of pain. Who was I to be cranky as I drank my fresh brewed coffee and ate my fresh muffin, and walked my doggies in the gorgeous morning...I wish the hope of Healing to all unjustly imprisoned and tortured, the world is full of their tears.

"After years of being in prison a crazy thing starts to happen: the locks move from off of your wrists and your ankles and up to your brain." ~ Michelle Knight 1981-  Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mercator Projections

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Heart open to the giving and receiving of abundance. In many decks this includes awareness of the tendency to swagger, be over self-satisfied, and plain old, I'm better than you, my dad's bigger than yours, my marbles my rules.

My 8th grade class must have studied Mercator Projections when I died and then spent a month in hospital learning to live again.  How did I NOT KNOW you could fit America, China, and Asia into Africa with room left over. No wonder we are known as the big headed peoples.

I'm in Missoula Montana tonight, five hundred miles from my home, which is so influenced by the Ice Age floods originating from Missoula 12,000 years ago.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Proof Of Life

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia ~ Ace of Cups

The breadth and depth of emotions. Is there anything in our lives that doesn't trigger emotion?
Red cover on the mouse. Like. Reminds me of a red blouse I had when I was in one of my thinner modes.
Blue blinking light on the printer. Mild irritation. Reminds me of being hurried.
Big coffee cup. Appreciation for it's beauty, sorrow the shop it came from burnt to the ground.
Wrist gleamers gleaming as I type. Joy in the beauty of man and nature to combine their works. Deep sorrow, each were purchased as turn-around tools to pull back from the abyss.
Lime paint in this room. Laughter, because it is meant to kick (Y) into work mode, not succor serenity.

Go ahead Ace. Make my day. Emotion is proof of life.

"It is the mind which creates the world around us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched." ~ George Gissing 1857-1903

Friday, August 19, 2016

Flounce From The Room

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

Lack of faith in our self, oblivious to the truth, invested in illusions, inability or refusal to concentrate. Poor decision making = distress and failure.

I'm reminded by this card I was tripped up by the assumption mode this week.. First I was ticked, then sick to my stomach, then I realized the answer is the exact process I outlined as the probable steps in the beginning. But here I was, all sweaty and angry..because I'd made up my mind it was all easy. And it wasn't. I admit, I wanted to slam the phone down and flounce from the room. Hard to do on Live Chat...so I got over it and we parted as friends.

"Most of our assumptions outlive their uselessness." ~ Marshall McLuhan 1911-1980)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

It Isn't Enough To "Think"

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

Four peacocks sitting on a head with a sword at its center balanced at the central pivot point of the second. And I'm not completely convinced that isn't a bear nose rather than human. Definitely not donkey or elephant. More right thinking required here, the question being when there is a choice to be made can we rely on our own brain and experiences to know right from "oh crap"?

I truly don't know. Because some decisions can not easily  be taken back. I'm confident in my decision...but then I see acres of other people thinking the opposite, just as confidently, and I question what am I missing? Then I relax, knowing there really is only one choice and ....is that top wing a combover?

"Each makes this cosmos and its construction the pivot of his emotional life, in order to find in this way peace and security which he can not find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience." ~ Albert Einstein 1879-1955

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nipping At The Bud

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ Hermit

Klanpracher's Hermit recognizes and overcomes outer unworthy actions and attitudes, then goes  inward to build confidence and healthy habits that are a credit to our life.

I freely admit before knowing better, to nipping unhelpful habits in the bud by just stopping. It can be done, but with stunted results, the nipping leaves a void and something worse can come forward. Condensed version of tamping down my bossy:
What do you think you are doing?
Stop, that is wrong.
Wait, we need to rethink.
If I were doing it I'd...
Will you try...
Good job, well done.
Amazing it has taken thirty years to arrive at well done. Sometime I feel my head getting bigger like a red balloon with bossy trying to get out. Detach from the outcome and well done works just as well as a sharp pin.

"I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different." ~  Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Realistic Right Mindedness

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 6 of Swords

There is the boat but what a tempestuous ride is offered. We need earnestly to recognize all swords can be lost.

I'm reminded by this card, this deck is about right mindedness in all situations. I wonder if maintaining that mindset is credible for living in the real world rather than the monastic life. Clear insight and understanding will promote better personal decisions but we will always be cheek and jowl with those who have an aggressive stubborn opposite mindset. The art of self control and compromise are key tools to cultivate and in no way equals surrender.

"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself." ~ Michel de Montaigne 1533-1592