Monday, July 25, 2016

Bend A Little

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ Hermit

Pollen Boy on the sun. His mission was to befriend the sun and allow it to take a rest, giving crops and living things also an opportunity to rest without being burnt up.

I'm reminded by this card to remember strong people also need a rest and to offer a hand wherever possible, allowing them to bend a bit instead of breaking.

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."  ~ Ovid 40BC-17AD

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Buyer Remorse

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 5 of Cups/Water

Incomplete relationships...marriage without love, one-sided friendships, buyer remorse about commitment.

I'm reminded by this card of a friend who has been married eight times, and usually in the wind by month six. Perhaps he is in love with love and has an aversion to the actual daily grunt work of of life in a pairship.

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one'. " ~  C.S. Lewis 1898-1963

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Punica granatum

Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ 6 of Coins/Discs

Amazing where you get to when goofi researching. I couldn't remember if I'd written about Grama Ruth and pomegranates so searched my blog. Which lead to a 2008 post with links to personal finance blogs. Which led to Swagbucks.

I'm reminded by this card that time is money but retired, I have more time and less money. That I grant myself two-ish hours a day for tech related stuff, but some days it only takes a half hour to do my blog so some days I will have time to burn and try the swagbucks way...This post is about all those little seeds and opportunities, and I earned eleven cents for signing up. Stand aside while I rush by with my wheelbarrow full of Pomegranates.
edited to add: this just isn't for me, to make the most cash you have to basically agree to allow the program to take over privacy.  I probably knew that...

"I envied women with signature hair-dos, signature perfumes, signature sign-offs. Novelists who tell Vogue Magazine: "I can't live without my Smythson notebook, Pomegranate Noir cologne by Jo Malone and Frette sheets". In the grip of madness, materialism begins to look like an admirable belief system." ~ Emma Forrest 1976-

Friday, July 22, 2016

Easy It Isn't

Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ Adjustment/Justice

She isn't just standing there static, expecting perfection, but rather showing us the way to balance via constant adjustments.

I'm reminded by this rendition of Ma'at with her heart and feather, well and good are moving targets. Life changes can happen instantly, and what was balance yesterday or five minutes ago, now requires a whole new equanimity toolbox. If it were easy, everyone would do it.

"What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want." ~ Mignon McLaughlin 1913-1983 The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ 8 of Coins/Discs

Oh we of little brains. Looking back our biggest poor stewardship of our finances was buying a  new car every two or three years. What were we thinking? Why weren't we thinking? That came to a screeching halt in the early 90's when the word interest finally sank in.

I'm reminded by this card of my first certificate of deposit CD. Mid-80's, A gift of 5K, earning 13%. The memory makes my knees weak,  I hadn't a clue what that meant. Today, CD's offering .50% to 1% are being touted as high earners.

Daffy Duck puts it in a nutshell...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Expand and Contract

Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ 2 of Coins/Discs

Ever had a pair of shoes or a shirt you wore until there weren't enough tatters left to hold them together? The Thoth two is like that. Squeeze and expand until we are forced to take action.

I'm reminded by this card of being squeezed into action. I've culled  my quilt book shelves many times over the years and I thought what I had left was the true crux of the genre. But in my go overboard manner this spring I culled again, can't read 'em can't keep 'em, right? But since that time I've had all the pulled books, maybe a hundred, stacked to the right of the computer, ready to go up on Amazon or Ebay. Except I haven't done it. I'm going to push back and put them away in the bookcase. They aren't hurting anyone...and it will make the office look like I've cleaned. Win win to me.

"Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives." ~  Anthony Robbins 1960-

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Carry On, Carry Through

Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ 5 of Wands

Pressure builds and seeks release.

I'm reminded by this card there are some serious weapons there, well within reach. Do we strike out for short term release or do we focus on seeking the relief, success, and victory of the 6 of Wands? Much depends on what we learned or didn't learn in childhood. Carry on, carry through has a learning curve some of us never even recognize.

"Passion and strife bow down the mind." ~ Virgil  70 BC-19 BC)

Monday, July 18, 2016


Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ Knight of Coins/Discs

Mellen sees this Knight as the one that takes problems, makes them manageable, and betters the overall purpose. And remembers better is not a static place but a temporary placeholder.

Ah, the slippery slope. As the Knight it is up to me to acknowledge my limits and adapt as necessary to live through the day. I'd be hanging over the ceramic throne or flat on my back paralyzed if I glommed my brain on France, North Korea, China, Brazil...the politicians, radicals, nutjobs, the neighbor's cattle. I've voted in every election since I was eighteen. I minimize terror input, and work on better over all in my reach. My worry box allows my Knight to stop and rest.

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien 1892-1973

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Half A Squidget

Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ 5 of Coins/Discs

Strikes me as a bit of a shrine. To a revolving mental loop that never quits running. The republican that thinks he has found the key to out is pretty funny though.

I'm reminded by the center contraption of my worry box. Holds three things, if something new has to fit in, something old has to leave. Except do I count the eyes as in the box? I don't because if  my eyes are open I'm surrounded by the problem. Can I get half a fourth problem in the box because I could say technically I have half a squidget of space because the eyes aren't in the loop, they are the loop?

"Worry throws daily another loop of fine wire around our souls." ~  Adlai Stevenson 1900-1965

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Struck Dead

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ Death/Lord of Shadows

If you had to make a list of who should be struck dead what kinds of crimes and people would you consider?

Pedifile and cruelty to animals would top my list. The first because I can observe in my own extended family the harm never goes away, it is carried forever. And the current cruelty locally? Strapping firecrackers in animals mouths and lighting them off. Yes, I think struck dead is too good for them

"He lives down in a ribcage in the dry leaves of a heart." ~ Thomas Harris 1940-   The Silence of the Lambs