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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Innies and Outies

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Art/Temperance

I like hidden object games. This deck can be a similar exercise. Can you spot the raven on the skull cauldron guarding or sipping putrefaction? This card features most of the usual suspects found on the Lovers card, now oppositfied via alchemy.

Don't ask me, no clue. But applying yesterday's card to today's Art, having the same thing, only different is a pattern well represented in my own life. Which are or were all the same thing only different.  Folk are funny...

"Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it," ~  George Santayana 1863-1952  Forbes Dec. 2015

"There's no such thing as a free lunch" contradicts "The best things in life are free."

"You're never too old to learn," argue some, but others disagree. "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."

"Birds of a feather flock together," and yet, "Opposites attract."

"Fortune favors the bold," unless you believe that "Discretion is the better part of valor."

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cups. We All Have One

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Knight of Cups

Water in aggression. Shallow. Sweat. Tears. Snow. Ice. Floods. Tides. Tsunami. There must be a better answer to feelings in freefall.

Reflection. Refraction. I'm thinking about my 2017 word. I'm thinking about Reveal. Poking a stick in my brain pond and exposing what will reflect and what will refract. And what will claw itself out of the cup.

ALONE, adj. In bad company.
Ambrose Bierce  1842-1914


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Unfiltered

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Priestess

Is she hidden, or is she hiding?  Does knowledge breed evil or does evil breed knowledge? Thoth Priestess is a combination of the gods Isis and Artemis. Their knowledge and purpose is translated to a veil rather than enlightenment.

I'm reminded by this card knowledge can be a tricksy thing. It changes who we are and how we perceive ourselves and the world. Like a train wreck, we slow down, turn our heads, drink it in, unfiltered. Our baleen plates and blowholes are broken. Has our  world broken us or have we broken the world?

 "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate", ~ Durante degli Alighieri 1265-1361

Monday, December 5, 2016

16

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Emperor

Looks a bit set in his ways, probably dull ways. Don't be deceived, this Emperor represents sulphur, #16 on the periodic table. Where would we be without it? A lot hungrier, it is basic to fertilizer. It is the smell added to natural gas. It is part of majestic beauty in Yellowstone National Park. And a particularly unwholesome weapon of war.

I'm reminded by this card, accepting what we perceive to be flat or basic about someone or something is a sad use of our brains and senses.

"I want out of this place.With no reminders."It stings -sulphur tears in cinnamon rain." ~ Emma Cameron  Out Of This Place

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Magma

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ 5 of Wands

Magma rising. Living in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens I've had personal experience with volcano eruptions. But what about the underworks? What kind of long term pressure per foot does it take to get to the point of release?

How long have I carried a mad? One year. It was unpleasant and I came to the conclusion I couldn't live like that, and spent another year erasing it all from mind and mood. It took that long because those brain loops build up a rut and run of their own accord. I had to listen for the litany. Weird way to spend time but big magma requires big effort to be choked off. Someday I'll tackle the fear magma.

"I feel like a human piƱata. The disappointing thing is, no candy is going to spill out."   ~ Katie Couric 1957-

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Example

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ 3 of Cups

"The fulfilment of the will to love." I grew up in a home filled with love. A neighborhood and extended family, all showing and giving love, leading by example. Loving came natural to me, and is probably the reason I love getting and giving hugs.

I'm reminded by this card Rob grew up in a home where his mother thought showing affection was spoiling. And a father who taught with his hand, board, fence post, whatever came to be handy to hit with. They reared by their own parents example. He was placed in foster care time and time again, until he left home at thirteen. The man I married treated me with generosity consideration and care. But it was some years before he fell in love with me. He had to learn by example. It was worth every minute of waiting.

"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost." ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 1940-

Friday, December 2, 2016

Escalator

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ 9 of Wands

Thoth Wands are the come on baby light my fire carriers. With the nine we need to reach and grasp a victory rather than late and tired, drawing back to the six.

This year I chose Adapt as my 2016 word. I've found a workaround for many of my vision problems and I'd call 2016 a 9 of Wands/Strength success. A freebie was discovering the disease moves slowly so my early blind panic was premature. My newest discovery? I took an escalator up and down Wednesday, a first in years. Depth perception and movement = crash and burn.  It's ok, lesson learned, Adapt and move on.

"There was a power outage at a department store yesterday. Twenty people were trapped on the escalators." ~ Stephen Wright 1955-

Thursday, December 1, 2016

86,400 Seconds

Daily Draw: Tea Leaf Fortune Cards ~ Box

Every day is a gift. Every second of it.

This card reminds me I wish a sign on a stick would pop up and whomp me if my mind gets on the pity train, that train goes nowhere.

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  1940-

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Horseshoe

Daily Draw: Tea Leaf Fortune Cards ~ Horseshoe

Blessed. Bliss. Gratitude. Lucky. Serendipitous.

I know I am  and I never forget, life is good.

 "You are what you feel." ~ Tim Rice 1944

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Out Of The Pan

Daily Draw: Tea Leaf Fortune Cards ~ Frying Pan

Lying to my parents? Can't think of anything more recent than my teens.

I don't know if they believed me, but their acceptance of the lie I was stringing out, and the resulting sticky web, did make me better person, because I wanted to earn that measure of faith.

"Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers." ~ Socrates  470 BC-399 BC