Saturday, September 20, 2014


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

Daily harmony between our needs and our wants, our darker and lighter inner person, our plans and actualities. Another this is life Ace this week.

We spent yesterday uploading Craigslist ads. The reality of moving our wants on because our needs are different. We expected to be in Canada having fun this month, instead we are going to Mississippi shortly to be with a dying friend. The funds I've so carefully eked and clawed out for mothers final needs have to be spent, she isn't allowed to have more than $2000.00 dollars in assets. Aces aren't really lessons learned and then moving on, our Aces are always with us, leavening life.

Holding all the cards
Ace in the hole
Stacked deck
Jack of all trades
Play the hand we're dealt
Keep your cards close to the chest
It isn't in the cards
Don't get lost in the shuffle
What's the big deal

Friday, September 19, 2014

Politically Correct

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Ace of Cups

Feelings, above and below. We are working our way through the Martin Shaw mysteries George Gently. Set in 1964 what jumps out at us was the sheer amount of commonplace ingrained bigotry of the times. I'm sorry I'd forgotten, I was here in 1964 and it was awful. Unforgivable in thinking humans.

I'm reminded by this card the phrase politically correct takes a lot of ribbing, but we all know what it means, equality with zero color bars. I'm appalled there were Little Black Sambo restaurants, the whole early history of television was glaringly white, and the military was divided and there were seats and doors restricted by color. I sincerely hope we've come a long way baby. We'll never evolve if we haven't.

"Don't walk in my head with your dirty feet." ~ Leo Buscaglia 1924-1988 Living Loving and Learning

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nature Knows

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Knight/Knower of Wands

Pollack says this Knower is akin to the trees in nature. They know when to bud and when to shed, how to reach for the sun, and to be unconditional in their being.

I'm reminded by this card, we know too. When our actions aren't right. When love can't conquer all, when we are not enough. When making an effort doesn't cut it. We know and we each learn in our seasons what unconditional is.

"Note to self...BOOMERANG EFFECT." ~ Allan Rufus

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Begin At The Beginning Again

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Ace of Wands

The old begin at the beginning again Ace of Wands. We've been retired for about two weeks now and every single day life has taken a 90 degree turn. Some serious, some funny, some sad.

I'm reminded by this card, that's life.

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on." ~ Robert Frost 1874-1963

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Wheel

Pollack sees the wheel as the first half of life going up the Wheel and the second half as going down.  ?? That seems to indicate you know how long you'll live. Or that there is a real wheel somewhere that knows how long you'll live.

I'm reminded by this card I was a bit taken back when I turned sixty, felt I was at that point middled aged, then realized if sixty was the middle it meant I'd live to be one hundred twenty. So middle was way back when I thought I was young. The little secret no one young believes is our mind stays young, playful, silly, hopeful clear to the end.

"The secret of life is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm." ~ Aldous Huxley 1894-1963

Monday, September 15, 2014

Unacknowledged Uninvited Unrequited

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 9 of Wands

What part of us is hidden even from ourselves? Unacknowledged, uninvited, unrequited. Inanna, the first mythical goddess planted and nourished the first tree, was both heartbroken and furious when others began to claim and home in it. But it wasn't until it was cut down and honed into her crown and bed that she could move on.

 I don't know the answer to this one, don't know if I have anything I don't acknowledge because I've continuously worked to bring myself forward via these cards, work the diamond mine in my own backyard, expose the stony bits and banish them. But what about the stump? We think if the tree is gone it is all over, but the stump and root wad is a big job in itself. I could have a big fat stump left, rotting or worse, producing shoots. I was thinking yesterday of that year of black rage...
"Have I cut down the tree, then used the stump as a place to stand and shout about conservation?" apologies to Adlai Stevenson 1900-1965

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Round One. Reality.

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 7 of Cups

Pollack painted this card as our 7 of Cups fantasies floating cheek and jowl with reality.

I'm reminded by this card and Our New Life, one of the fantasies of of new retirees is travel and snowbirding. We went to a RV show Thursday with the thought of downsizing our enormous 5th wheel I lived in for three years while I cared for Rob's father, and getting a smaller one to poke around the country with. Reflecting on what we learned; sell the one we have and if we travel, use motels. We can get hundreds and hundreds of nice motel rooms and restaurant meals for the cost of an RV with no ongoing expenses of licensing, insurance, campground fees, and upkeep. Plus the fuel to haul it. Our pickup gets 13 miles to the diesel gallon. Our VW Passat gets 45 miles to the diesel gallon. Round One goes to reality.

"Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this 'reality' as you view your dreams." ~ Marcus Aurelius 120 AD-180 AD  Meditations

Shining Tribe Tarot (revised edition) deck, art and 330 page companion book by Rachel Pollack. Published by Llewellyn Worldwide 2001. The first edition was titled Shining Woman. Out of print, still easily found

The suits are elements: Trees/Wands, Rivers/Cups, Birds/Swords, and Stones/Coins.
The courts have been changed to Vision Cards: Place, Knower, Gift, Speaker, and refer to the readers or querents journey. Place enters the suit, Knower understands the suit, Gift is able to use the suit, Speaker shares the suit. A few of the majors have been renamed: Hierophant/Tradition, Wheel/Spiral, Judgment/Awakening, World/Shining Woman.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Destiny Chosen

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Wheel

Is/was it destiny, or a curse, when a parent determines what a child will be?

In this country I wonder what the percentage is of children who join and run a family business vs. choose another field entirely vs. choosing to be rich bums? The ones we hear about in this apparently famous for being a famous mad country are the rich bums. All choices might be a poorly fitting wheel for a few years.

"The job is not the work." ~ Seth Godin 1960-   Linchpin:Are You Indispensable?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Not Hardly

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 8 of Swords

I thought I'd had an epiphany unique to me when I first started reading the cards and realized this prison and binding is of her own choosing.

I'm reminded by this card isn't it funny that family and friends can see so clearly what we refuse to acknowledge. But do we listen? Not hardly.

"Here's some advice. Stay alive." ~ Suzanne Collins 1962- The Hunger Games

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Enough Is Enough

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Temperance

This is a card of positivity in every direction, yet the companion book shares five ancient stories of communities being overwhelmed by in-rushing sea or overflowing wells.

I'm reminded by this card 'too much of a good thing' is a good thing to remember.

"The faster our lives spin, the more things tend to fly apart." ~ Richard Paul Evans 1962-  Lost December