Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Daily Draw: Rainring Cards ~ Formation

A mentor teaches an apprentice tracking. When the student has passed his tests he will have learned much more.

I'm reminded by this card learning anything requires patience, practice, and attention to detail which brings self confidence on many levels.

"The joy of learning is indispensable." ~ Simone Weil 1909-1943

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Daily Draw: Rainring Cards ~ Beauty + Deflation

I was drawn to both these cards this  morning. The first because we are in the full blast of spring here. It couldn't be prettier and the weather has been perfection. If that doesn't put me in a good mood nothing would!

But behind that, is the angry woman. Me and my hair trigger temper. I gave a rictus grin when I saw her, because I'm very close to doing something basically irreversible which at it's base is cutting off my nose to spite my face. I'll look at the beauty and let the mad dissipate, what does it matter anyway?

"Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life." ~ Ralph W. Sockman 1889-1970

Monday, May 2, 2016

Alone In A Crowd

Daily Draw: Rainring Cards ~ Exhibition

Rainring doesn't have suits but sets of nine grid cards based on type of behavior, with umpires and ex-grid cards. To acknowledge this is a different system than tarot or oracles, I'm choosing cards this week rather than shuffle fan draw at random. All that to say this, I don't know why I chose this card.

If I had to label myself I'd say introvert, unconcerned with anyone's opinions yet comfortable being a extrovert when called upon.

I'm reminded by this card I like who I've turned out to be. Mostly.

"I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds." ~ Laurie Helgoe 1960-

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Turning Tides

Daily Draw: Rainring Cards ~ Tides

While reading Ryley's take on this card I didn't cry.
Yet his words struck my mind and heart and should have, would have had me weeping into the ruff of Churchill's black dog anytime over the last some years.

I'm reminded by this card, and a word search of this blog for suicide, I've made sixteen posts on the subject. Rather above the norm...but I didn't cry today, perhaps I'm finally an odd shade of puce rather than flat black and the tide is turning.

This 94 card deck and 270 page soft cover book are the heart's work of Peter Ryley.
Illustrations by Mary Jane Ansell, Ellen-Marie Kristiansen Richie, Ian Richie, and Vicki Yates.

Peter Ryley has built a cohesive system for his deck, with depth for self observation, a teaching tool to balance the psyche, and a playsite on his webpages. Peter is quick to respond to email which sets him a bit above the average deck designer. Try it, you'll like it...I'm not using the deck as intended, a blog platform can only dip in and out of decks due to copyright.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Starting At The Bottom

Daily Draw: Etteilla Tarot ~ Page/Valet of Cups

Once you know what this page is really doing the image makes perfect sense. Boys and girls from good families were sent to serve the king or queen in return for being educated with the royal children. An  amazing education it was, gaining deep knowledge in subjects never even touched upon until college today.

I'm reminded by this card the privileged still have a leg up the ladder ahead of the hoi polloi, but it only gets them in the door. This young page/valet is chamberlain to the royal bedchamber. His chamberpot bib means no one looks upon the royal leavings. That is starting at the bottom, everything is up from there.

From Yahoo Finance, 2015, Top 10 worst jobs. (I don't agree but it wasn't my job to make the list)

1. Newspaper Reporter
Income: $36,300

2. Lumberjack
Income: $34,100

3. Enlisted Military Personnel
Income: $44,300

4. Head Cook
Income: $42,200

5. Broadcaster
Income: $29,300

6. Photojournalist
Income: $29,300

7. Corrections Officer
Income: $39,200

8. Taxi Driver
Income: $23,100

9. Firefighter
Income: $45,300

10. Mail Carrier
Income: $41,100

Friday, April 29, 2016

Worry Box Duex

Daily Draw: Etteilla Tarot ~ 5 of Wands

In 2013 I shared my worry box. I think today is the first time I've thought of it since. I can barely picture what it looks like.

I'm reminded by this card, have I eliminated all my worries? Have all my worries exploded my small box to smithereens? Have I learned to deal with them better? Did I make a bigger box?
My biggest worry today is the list sitting beside me of where to find papers and accounts to give to my nephew who is our personal representative at death. I've had it for years, with as many cross outs and new numbers as there is original information. It needs to be cleaned up, rewritten. It's been there for three weeks or more.
If that is the extent of  my worries, I should be out dancing on the roof.

"What, me worry?" ~ Alfred E. Newman

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Will It Come?

Daily Draw: Etteilla Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Etteilla was a firm believer in fortune telling. This card gives fortunes by age group; a new attachment in love will soon enter my life.

Maybe. Three years ago August I lost both my cats and my little Pom. It is unheard of for me to not have a cat. I bought a dozen tins of kitten food a few months ago. I have the cat carrier by the garage door. Will it come?

"Cats are connoisseurs of comfort." ~ James Herriot 1916-1995

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

First Impression

Daily Draw: Etteilla Tarot ~ Justice

Would that knife and ball on a chain be Etteilla's version of a flail and scepter? And what an enormous cloak or is it a blanket?

I'm reminded by this card and first impressions, of jury duty. It is never about first thinks, it is about the story behind the story. And probably why sentencing is all over the map for basically the same crimes.

"Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom." ~ Clarence Darrow 1857-1938

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Daily Draw: Etteilla Tarot ~ Prudence

I do try. But being an all in or all out person,
I sometimes go overboard...well, I often go overboard...

"All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end." ~ Publius Cornelius Tacitus 55-117 AD

Monday, April 25, 2016


Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ Misery/Poverty

The lengths people will go to get something cheap or free.
The pervasive sense of entitlement to something not earned.
The blind belief government should provide, not seeing it is us picking up the tab.

I'm reminded by this card misery and poverty are often two different things, a state of mind and  a state of being.

"Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon." ~Woody Allen 1935-