Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Pendleton Shirt

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ Empress

Hera reversed speaks of a loving personality crossed by jealously.
I've seen marriages and relationships implode via jealously whether deserved or not.

I've only had one brush with this vicious trait and going on 48 years later I still remember how it turned my personality upside down. I'll tell the story and you guess what I was really mad about.

At the foster home where Rob was eventually placed, there was a family with nine daughters across the street. These long term friendships predated me by a lifetime in a manner of speaking.

A few weeks after we were married, before I learned that trust is key, I went through his wallet. And found a picture of him with his arm around a girl's shoulder. Jealous? Wow. How did I know it wasn't an old photo? Rob was wearing the Pendleton shirt I'd gotten him for Christmas. I never said a word, I was too embarrassed over my own behavior.  But I managed to ruin the shirt not long after...

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Thinking This Thought Through

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

Abandoned Success. Now there is a thought.

I'm reminded by this card what we might see in that light may be just the opposite. I might see a good actor or writer abandon that path, leaving success behind. They might see that life as restrictive and depressing.

Now my brain is upside down, thinking this thought through.

Peep As High Point

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ 10 of Coins

The ace was yesterday, here followed by the ten. Which rang a faint bell that the Thothy 10 would be the low point of the suit; think of ten as the first in the run on up to the ace at the end.

Someone smarter than me said it had to do with path-working the tree of life from Malkuth to Kether, with the ace becoming "the ideal pinnacle" at the end of the path.

Now we all know more than I do because I've already forgotten what I was told. So in the 10 of Coins from the RWS system, I'm the old man nodding by the gateway, mostly useless, with a Peep being the high point of my day.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Big Coin

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

"Materiality in all senses, good, evil, and illusionary." Dowson
Big bucks
Big deals
Big deal
Big dummy
Big mess
Big fake
Big surprise
Big list
Big crybaby
Big rent
Big worry
Big sad
Burning time with coin in cheek

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

"Invoked power" Dowson

Parents. Governments. Teachers. Bus drivers. Post Office. Police.
A different viewpoint from heavy thinking and air-y ideas.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hive Magic

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ Magician

Originality. Can also be mind hive.

How many times do we say "why didn't I think of that ?". Or worse, I thought about doing/making that, and someone else makes a mint off of "our" idea. And on several occasions a shiny new technique/gadget is introduced with great fanfare, that we've been doing for ages.

It is a big world with lots of minds. And I kind of like the practical hive mind, makes me think I'm not such a square peg.

Monday, February 19, 2018


Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ Emperor

There is no wind this morning but the smoke from the garage woodstove is in constant flux. Just like authority.

At this minute I can disregard any authority at all.
If I decide to remodel my house suddenly the county building codes, permits, and inspectors rule the job.
Were I foolish enough to get a speeding ticket, suddenly the police and courts hold sway over an important part of living in the sticks. No buses here.
Were I to catch cancer again, I am the authority, but guided by dozens of lesser authorities.

I'm reminded by this Emperor, freedom is an illusion that requires vigilance to maintain.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Foolish Wise

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

Penny Wise Pound Foolish.

Let me count the ways....

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Good Life

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ Fool

Stacks of books on the European medieval and Renaissance era have passed by my eyeballs. As in any age, the rich lived high and the poor worked themselves to death. The Fool is a multi-talented unique character, accepted or reviled across all social strata.

I read long ago books for the tidbits of living surviving life before central heat, nanny states, washing machines and aspirin. There are still pockets on the planet where life hasn't evolved beyond Long Ago. There but for the grace, live I. A small part of me envies the simplicity. A very small part.

Friday, February 16, 2018


Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 3 of Cups

Exuberant celebration.

What takes a celebration beyond normal to exuberant? Just curious.
New Years? Sleep through it. Superbowl winners? No TV, sports puts  me to sleep. Long awaited healthy baby birth? But we mustn't wake the baby.

In my experience exuberant includes alcohol. Equals Sharyn at idiot level. Not going there again. I will think on Exuberant through the day. While I work on  my Barn Quilt.