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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Can't Do A Thing

Daily Draw: Personal Oracle ~ Just Washed My Hair


Can't Do A Thing With It

Monday, June 27, 2016

Coffin Nails

Daily Draw: Personal Oracle ~ Coffin Nails


Who says smoking is bad for your health? 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Going Out Happy

Daily Draw: Personal Oracle ~ What A Way To Go

Robin Myers
Ask not what your fabric can do for you, but what you can do for your fabric.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Patterns

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

The swords in this deck are represented by animals. Buffalo being one of the most valued by the plains indians. Buffalo carries the world on it's back. But eventually he wears down. His legs fail, his hide disintegrates, his bones break away, and once again, the world goes quiet.

I'm reminded by this card our short personal life and times are also cyclical. Houses burn, employment lost, leaders change, wars profligate. And the more change, the more it is the same. Pattern in pattern out.

“If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.”
 Ursula K. LeGuin ~ 1929-

Friday, June 24, 2016

Seed

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 7 of Coins

Squash and beans were two staples of food and trade in agricultural based tribes. Fine for storage and good keepers. Viable seeds of the Gete Kosman squash, grown centuries ago were recently discovered and reintroduced to farmers with pleasurable hoopla.

I'm reminded by this squash rattle and Gete seeds, of what a small amount of things are really required to survive. Of how native communities worked together for thousands of years and not only survived but thrived and flourished. Their art and structures and even middens tell their heroic stories of life and living. Civilizations like ours are just a fart in a windstorm because money grubbing is today's pitiful form of farming.

"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." ~ William Blake 1757-1827

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Flat Tire Brain

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 3 of Coins

four cardinal points
four sacred herbs tobacco sweet grass sage cedar
four foods
tobacco maize beans squash

I started this post at 5:30 this morning. Here it is 6:00 PM. Above is all I had in me. Because my eyes kept going back to the card. I can hear these little girls laughing but those rats...  One becomes two becomes three and a community is born. I've never read where native americans ate rats, but I'm sure it's possible, certainly prisoners of war have eaten and even welcomed them.

So today is the real  me, flat tire brain and all. To each community it's own.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hobby Horse

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ Temperance

This isn't a warrior counting coup, but a Hunkapi ceremony of binding strangers into friends, being sprinkled with water from the clay jar.

Let's get a cup of coffee; please stay for a cup of tea; the sun is over the yardarm somewhere. I haven't seen my mother in law in three years, I spent a lovely morning with her this week, during which a brother in law I haven't seen for five years turned up, a wonderful bonus. I wanted to see her as I know her before my bent vision makes strangers of everyone. Our temperance was decaf coffee, and well over my one per morning quota, but...it was a temperance inducing visit. I'm glad I went. Time I got off my ruthless hobby horse.

"With a fierce action of her hand, as if she sprinkled hatred on the ground, and with it devoted those who were standing there to destruction, she looked up once at the black sky, and strode out into the wild night." ~ Charles Dickens 1812-1870

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Here And Not Here

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ Devil

Wanagi Yuhapi, the ghost keeping ceremony. Performed to guide or support the dead in a year of ritual.

Across cultures and beliefs, death is a string that ties us all. A million ways to die, a million ways to be dead. All comes to the same thing. Gone.

"Every cradle asks us, "Whence?" and every coffin, "Whither?" ~  Robert Green Ingersoll  1833-1899

Monday, June 20, 2016

New Skin

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ Ace of Cups

Shedding our skin. We don't do it like snakes, all at once, we do it 24/7. 30,000 to 40,000 cells a minute, topping out at about nine pounds a year.  Yet the scars and beauty marks are still upon us.

I'm reminded by this card, humans shed their skin from the inside. We drop things that no longer meet our  needs or interests, and take up new ways, new rhythms, that fit better in the life of we.

"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward." ~ Ellen Glasgow 1873-1945


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Redundant

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Having it all. Far different than wanting it all. Being creatures of both avarice and need, there are times when something more enters the picture.
I saved extra cash in envelope until I had enough for a top of the line electronic typewriter to replace the sleek little manual my folks gave me in my teens. $700.00, Made redundant by progress.
Saved for the first computer, 1996, $2700.00,  also redundant.
Saved for first top of the line sewing machine, $1400.00. Cried like a baby when told the motherboards couldn't be found for love or money.

I'm reminded by this card the computer linked to the printer is better. Printers and computers have come down so much in price, that is a good thing. But redundant sewing  machines. That is criminal. So now I mostly sew on machines from the 1940-1960 era. All metal, parts easily found.  Next week I'm starting a project on my treadle.

"For 50,000 years, ever he invented fire, the wheel and very recently the microprocessor, mankind has been striving endlessly to make himself 100 percent redundant." (no attribution found)