Friday, October 24, 2014


Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

This figure is in a bit of a pickle. Is the figure on the left lending him a hand and another balancing tool or just the opposite? The central character is not only standing on the head of tiger, he is also poised on the windy ridge of a mountain at the top of a long valley.

I'm reminded by this card of how creative many of us need to be with filling our need for tools and resources vs. financial common sense. We can't make beautiful quilts or glorious paintings or astounding sculptures without base materials. But at what point does that requirement become an obsession of getting, far beyond needing? Coins and Wands often have an uncomfortable relationship requiring balance.

"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life." ~ Jane Addams 1860-1935

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Empty Mind

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Boonyawan would have us empty our minds of the bad in order too refill with the good.

I'm reminded by this card not all tasks are possible. Klanprachar has lived the hermetic life for decades with all the time in the world for reflection and restructuring. In the real world all good all the time would probably get eaten alive.

"He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances." ~1882-1941

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Observing The Ordinary

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 3 of Wands

We often miss what we see commonly and we seldom take a deep look at the uncommon. By the time we've opened our eyes 10,000 mornings auto-pilot is our mode of travel.

I'm reminded by this card of yesterday's mileage between Caledonia and Meridian . The first time I've considered our journey to be mind-numbing. I thought we'd never get somewhere, anywhere, that wasn't four straight lanes bordered with endless pine trees. Of course we did but this morning I'm going to google Mississippi commercial tree farms. Why skinny pulp pines rather than building wood trees like Washington's firs and cedars? Why do so many of the homes have ponds or lakes that seem man-made? Are they pit borrows like sometimes seen at home, left from road building? Another day, to look for the uncommon and interesting, and the blessings of sight and mind.

"We develop all those long-winded ideas which just interpret the reality of our lives in different ways, without really extending our body of worthwhile knowledge." ~  Irvine Welsh 1958-   Trainspotting

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ Knight of Wands

This fine knight travels with his loyal trustworthy tiger.

I'm reminded by this card I'm too pooped to pop, riding is hard work.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Headstone Insignia

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ Death

One of the blessings of being a human, having ego, we seldom see all our own faults. I don't think we could live with full sight....

I'm reminded by this card not only of personal eclectictivities but those regional and national.  I'm in mid-Missouri today and seeing signs campaigning to be able to use the Confederate flag in Southern cemeteries holding Civil War veterans. No problemo here. Also support the pagan insignia on veteran's headstones which was recently approved after a long campaign. After all, who can the dead harm, what do the dead have left? Absolutely nothing but a grave and headstone.

I suppose there are those who think my spool of thread and threaded needle as anti-reverent and even sinful. I don't believe in heaven and hell, only the now, and fabric and thread make me happy. So does our gravestone.

"That's All Folks!"
The Man of a Thousand Voices Mel Blanc 1908-1982 Hollywood Memorial Park; Hollywood, California

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Get Thee Behind Me

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ Devil

Over the past year I've managed to take off the weight I'd gained since the double whammy big C. I don't want to gain it back, and it is always a slippery slope in this nation of good food and yummy treats.

I'm reminded by this card, right out my door is my FitBit Zip's best friend. Motel hallways, Nebraska this morning. Before we even get the car loaded up I've got in at least 2K steps, half of that running. As I pound past the occasional alarmed guest in my pink slippers I gasp out "gettin' in my steps" which always makes them smile or laugh...I don't care if it is at me or with me, it all works for the team.

"Now shall I walk
or shall I ride?
'Ride,' Pleasure said.
 'Walk,' Joy replied."~W.H. Davies 1871-1940

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Couldn't Possibly Be

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 5 of Wands

Struggle against. Don't we just.

As I tear across America to see my friend Kreth there is no doubt what I'm doing. Denial that she is racing down the same maw that took my little sister.  In many respects I think denial is the one defining descriptor for cancer. It is also the first stage of grief.

"It is the denial of death that is partially responsible for people living empty, purposeless lives; for when you live as if you'll live forever, it becomes too easy to postpone the things you know that you must do." ~ Elizabeth Kubler Ross

Friday, October 17, 2014

Carnal Knowledge

Daily Draw: Roots of Asia Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

The deck I'm using and the deck I have scanned are two different editions. The scanned deck has the keywords carnal knowledge. My deck refers to this card as fruitful creation.

I'm reminded by this card of America countryside 1959, Our neighbor Vicki eloped with Herc. She was immediately kicked out of school for the sin of carnal knowledge. They didn't want the rest of us rubes to know what marriage entailed.
Skip to 1969. Two of my classmates brought their babies to graduation with them and I was so proud of both of them for sticking with school through their full pregnancies.
I hate to think what even small children know now when there are no limits of what they can learn. Probably carnal knowledge is the least of the problem.

"There are no things man was not meant to know. There are, perhaps, things man is too dumb to figure out, but that's a different problem" ~ Michael Kurland 1938-

The deck in use this week is Roots of Asia, republished by AGM AGMuller 2001. The original version was published by Amaravati Buddhist Monastery 1988. Artist is Amnart Klanprachar, the paint technique was done with fingers, knives, and rods. Accompanying 87 page digest by Thaworn Boonyawan.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Erratic Life

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ Sun

Like Gollum's Hobbits, these mythic folk are 'tricksy'. Apollo is a shining example.

I lived with mother and her advanced dementia for a year, and I've seen what it is like when there are no buffers or consequences to behavior.  I expect life with gods and goddesses would be the same.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fish Or Cut Bait

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

Chiron, standing in the cave, has told Jason of his royal lineage. As the 2 of Wands Jason knows what he wants to do, but he doesn't yet know the how and when of it.

I'm reminded by this card, plans/ideas are pointless if we never move forward to the action of the Threes.

"Never confuse motion with action." ~  Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790