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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Showtime

Daily Draw: Chinese Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

Hoarder, skinflint, setbacks, spendthrift. The art for this card has many variations making it fun when it comes up in a reading, by noting the cards on either side. Our figure here looks to be celebrating what he has, or perhaps making a show of what he owns.

I'm reminded by this card most of us fall into three categories when it comes to money. Those who work to have, those who work to spend, those who choose to not work at all.

"Words are the coins making up the currency of sentences, and there are always too many small coins." ~ Jules Renard 1864-1910

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Cup Is A Cup Is A Cup Is A Cup

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ Ace of Cups/Water

Water as fire. My power is provided by seven dams across the Columbia River which rolls by at the foot of my hill. I see and admire it every day, and I know the dams = energy, but the concept of water = fire hadn't registered.

I'm reminded by this cup there are many things, basic facts of living life on earth, that I am so oblivious to as to make my brain = doorknob. On the other hand I know quite a lot about earthworms. I'm reading The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart. I'm thinking of digging a cup of red wigglers from the garden and treating them to dinner at the compost bin. Worms and bees, we'd have a poor world without them.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Light

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ Hermit

In darkness we are our own light.

Easy to forget... If we maintain dark thoughts, if we seek out dark company, if we hone in on dark news we inadvertently create our own depression, our personal end of the world. Both those things can happen all by themselves, they don't need our help to become. Become the opposition, create the light.

 "I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all." ~ Richard Wright 1908-1960

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Oh Mel

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ 2 of Wands/Fire

On the 23rd we had the Ace, the kindling, the paper, the wood. But no place to put it.  With the 2 of Fire, we have the idea for a pit barbecue.

I'm reminded by this card it seems a simple plan. Dig hole, start fire, toss in Snark. Would that life were that simple. We probably need this fail, to make us realize we need to know how deep, lining, size of Snark to determine how many embers and how long they will burn, what the cover material should be, and if Snarks are even edible.

"Work work work work work"  ~ Mel Brooks Blazing Saddles 1974

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Eldritch

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ 6 of Cups/Water

Titled Pleasure in the Thoth deck, Eakins has renamed hers Faith. A type of slate wiped clean mankind can be redeemed, relationships are worth the work, hold to a childlike innocence of the Waite 6 of cups.

I'm reminded by this card, I'd welcome that world, but having no faith in man the only upside is the eldritch would be easier to spot. I could live with that.

 "Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible." ~ William James 1842-1910

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Physical Mental Spiritual

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ Sun

Triad. Body Mind Spirit. A three part harmony, and a term much overworked.

I'm reminded by this Sun, it isn't too difficult to achieve that union, the problem comes in trying to maintain it.  My spirit stays the course, my mind wanders. My body rolls over and enters a hypochondriac war zone. When dead, all three will revolt from boredom. That's life...

"One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closes friends; if they seem OK, then you're the one." ~ Ann Landers  1918-2002

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Other Truth

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ Knight of Swords/Brother Wind

The sky is falling, Earth is flat, the moon is cheese. Confronted with this our Knight is struggling with belief vs knowledge.

I'm reminded by his pinwheeling arms we can struggle against facts, work to understand, accept, refuse completely. We can busy our minds, work our bodies to exhaustion, troll our brains out in opposition,  that other truth will remain. Did you know there is an active Flat Earth Society? Using unbelievable technology to connect.

"I just bought a closed brain, and I've read that they have sweeper tentacles that come out at night.  So my question is, how far will these tentacles reach?  I mean, I need to figure out how far away to keep him." ~ UtahReefs

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Day Well Met

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ Ace of Wands/Fire

In a Thoth based deck, this is where life and time and journey begin.

I'm reminded by this card to open and go forward each day. Available are options, always. To drug up, to open a new book, to pick up the fight where we left off, to open our minds to something beyond our hardwired belief.

Yesterday I sat in a room with seven other quilters, mostly listening. We are all passionate about quilting, but as stories came out we had all walked paths as different as night and day. There probably isn't another area of our life where we might have met and grown. I'm glad I went.

"Of those qualities on which civilization depends, next after courage is an open mind, indeed, the highest courage is, to stake your all upon a conclusion which you are aware tomorrow may prove false." ~ Irving Dillard

Friday, April 21, 2017

Preppers

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Power of the Small

Hexagram 9
Imprudent to force change, avoid despair
Depend on intuition, be devoted to the truth
Let go of anxiety, doubt, strategies of the ego
Remain detached, maintain gentleness and dignity
Abide by proper principles, share with others
Move forward cautiously and conscientiously

I think there have always been preppers, and certainly post WWI and WWII and the red menace of the 1950s and 1960s when long term food storage became possible. Is their attitude and actions strengthened by associating with other preppers? Or by associating true conditions with practical need?

Did you know you can start fire with a few shreds of steel wool and the contact end of a battery? I'm reminded by this card the world is stuffed with people who will happily take whatever they want, leaving preppers on the curb gnawing on their boot leather.

"The thing about madness was, it just took so damn much energy, and it was so thoroughly tedious in the meantime." ~ Laurie R. King 1954-

Thursday, April 20, 2017

That Chiquita Sticker

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Arousing

Hexagram 51
Shock frightens us, our assumption is it is always bad
Do not resist the unpleasant circumstances
Do not allow shock to propel you into negative conduct
Mired in resistance, living in ego
Repeated shocks occur, quiet is a refuge
Engaging invites disaster.

This hexagram needs to be pasted to my forehead
How could I possibly engage a world governed by madmen.
How can my grief matter against a world filled with grief, how could my resistance possibly matter. Some time chatting with my little girls may be in order.

My banty rooster Peanut, about four inches, he grew to an enormous six or seven inches, and is impeccable in his rooster duty. He also prefers his women larger than himself. Perhaps there is a lesson in that.