Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thousands, Nay Millions

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ Page of Wands/Insects

We once had an invasion of ladybugs, we could scrape them off the front of the house with a shovel. Our annual insect problem is with Boxelder bugs. Black with pretty orange stripes. We never see them until the cool weather sets in then a hot day comes. The front of our house with its south facing windows then attracts them like a magnet. And I mow the lawn before 10 AM, after that the neighbors honey bees come work our clover.

All that said to say, I miss a lot of what goes on around me. Reading Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs last week, bats eat 600 to a 1000 bugs in an hour, swallows scoop up 3-400 in short order for their hatchlings. How can so many bugs be in the air and me not see them. Perhaps I'm just lucky that way....

"It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, Princess. One of those "circle of life" kind of things." ~ Hopper  A Bug's Life 1998

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

In Common

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ Ace of Coins/Guinea Pig

Goals and gains. I have a master plan for this pouring rainy day, and two goals if I get that far along.

I'm reminded by this card all I know about guinea pigs is seeing them in pet stores as I whiz by on my whatever it was missions. So I've had a little whip round the web to learn about them. My consensus, totally cute and no, one wouldn't be a substitute for a kitten. And it is time to hit the floor running and get on with my Ace of Coins day. I have no clue what the deck creator found in common with guinea pigs and coins.

"Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn't." ~  Richard Bach 1936-

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Chinese Redlight

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ Fool/Coyote

You can tell they are here by their voices. They surround their prey and by circling and barking/baying/singing confuse their dinner's sense of direction.

Placed as the Fool, I've been trying to think of Fool-ish stunts. When we first started driving we thought it was the pinnacle of hilarity at stop lights to jump out, tear around the car, and jump back in before the light changed. I think most of my most Fool-ish moments probably involve driving. I'd rather not think about the danger I placed myself and passengers in. Kids. Amazing  any of us make adulthood.

"So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now." ~ William of Baskerville il nome della rosa Umberto Eco

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mental Challenge

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ 5 of Cups/crocodile

 I think crocs are amazing creatures, surviving and in many cases thriving from back beyond time, with a current life span of 70-100 years. I'm having trouble focusing on this card and it's intended negativity so instead I've just had a whip round of favorite blogs.

I'm reminded by this card negativity is a mind set. I've gotten way past that, but it makes me wonder if grief is also a mindset I can't seem to think my way out of. A good mental challenge for today.

"Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first." ~ Steve Irwin 1962-2006

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Good Heart Bad Heart

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ Justice

Self Justice in a nutshell comes down to decisions. Yes, we need to see the full circle of consequences, yes we need to weigh our heart as in good heart bad heart, and whether we want to or not our Justice will also contain some ingrown judgements and injustices.

I'm reminded by this card, and Maat, the ancient Egyptians had acres of gods and goddesses, pretty much one for every circumstance they might be involved in. And I doubt that made day to day life any easier or more pleasant than having one, always guiding via placing it's thumb on your scale. I trust our personal view of justice to be far more fair...

"Truth came home one day, naked and wounded, having been beaten and cursed by the people who did not wish to hear, while his brother Falsehood went dressed in the brightest garments and feasted with every household." ~ Kerry Greenwood 1954-   Out of the Black Land

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~ Knight of Cups/Blue Foot Booby

From the book: "the most dangerous quest of all is the one of the heart". My mind went straight to Barb. From a 2008 post: I once told a friend if we put all the men she'd dated (and married) in a locked room the world would be safe for womankind.  Her judgment in men was obscured by her desperation, she didn't feel complete unless there was a man in her life.

I'm reminded by this Knight, Blue Boobies don't mate with Red Boobies but how do humans ever know who isn't blue and who isn't red? Mostly we don't. I got lucky because I knew at 17 what I didn't want which cut out about 75% of the local gene pool. My Knight is still my choice, but I still don't know if he is the Blue Foot or the Red Foot.  And maybe that is what doesn't matter at all.

The Blue Booby

The blue booby lives on the bare rocks of Galápagos and fears nothing.
It is a simple life: they live on fish, and there are few predators.
Also, the males do not  make fools of themselves  chasing after the young ladies.
Rather, they gather the blue objects of the world
and construct from them a nest—an occasional Gaulois package,
a string of beads, a piece of cloth from  a sailor’s suit.
This replaces the need for dazzling plumage;
in fact, in the past fifty million years the male has grown considerably duller,
nor can he sing well. The female, though, asks little of him—
the blue satisfies her completely, has a magical effect on her.
When she returns from her day, she sees he has found her a new shred of blue foil:
for this she rewards him with her dark body,
the stars turn slowly in the blue foil beside them like the eyes of a mild savior.  James Tate 1943-2015

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thunderous Silence

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~ 8 of Cups/Salmon

The book indicates a quest.  I live in salmon country and its quest upstream in the third year of its life always results in red death. I'm not moved to be that questy. But trying to figure out how this salmon reflects in my life today, I'm reminded  of my annual learn something new efforts.

With forethought rather than whim, I spent three years on the stock market. followed by quilling and paper embroidery. Followed by Tarot, Blogging, Yoga, Nursing, Astrology, Runes, History of Australia, MesoAmerica, Encaustic art, Archaeology via Brown University, Treadle sewing machine, Thoth, Sacred Geometry. Some resulted in epic failure but all were savored.

My brain lost traction and I skipped 2015 and 2016 but 2017 will be back on schedule. The chosen subject, geology of course! Through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera.
This nation offers its residents exceeding valuable gifts, acknowledged with thunderous silence.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Social Breakdown

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~ Tower/Termite

Termites are eusocial with a highly developed social system where everyone has and knows its place. And like bees and ants, have managed to survive intact over eons.

I'm reminded by this card human society over millions of years has always been a case of build the tower, blow the tower, build again. New faces, same old places, same old story.  I'm reading Dinosaurs Without Bones in which the ancient tracks are expected to tell the whole social story. Can't be done in my opinion. Our ancient cycles of human history are mostly mute, subject to interpretation and opinion based on very little. I hope my history is part of the building, not the blowing.

"Some primal termite knocked on wood.
And tasted it, and found it good.
And that is why your Cousin May
Fell through the parlor floor today." ~ Ogden Nash 1902-1971  Good Intentions 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Aimless, Me?

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~ 2 of Wands/Stingray

Am I floating along aimlessly these days or are there directions I'm focusing on?

I'm reminded by this beauty of the sea, yes and no, and also no and yes. In otherwise, life as usual. Which works for me.

"The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off." ~ Abe Lemons  1922-2002

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Big Gray Grief

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~ 3 of Swords/Elephant

I couldn't find proof that elephant graveyards are anything but a myth. A moot point as elephants and their fellow animals and mammals with ivory tusks and teeth are hunted to extinction.

I'm reminded by this card the idea of a romantic death isn't possible. The most we can hope for is a clean one.

"The planet's menagerie has become like shards of broken glass; we're grinding the shards smaller and smaller." ~ Carl Safina 1955- Beyond Words