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Friday, May 22, 2015

Doan One Devil Zero

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ Devil

Most of us know what our personal devil is, drink, drugs, sex, money, yadayada. All enjoyable and even healthy in moderation. At some point some spider gets in our brain though and begins making a sticky web that pulls at us until we are ruled by something rather than us being the ruler.

I'm reminded by this card of this family, this story, this town. How they have taken the very devil of an economy, in a devil of an area, combined with bad financial habits as the start, and turned themselves into a  world destination. Where will they be tomorrow? Doan one, Devil zero.

"In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm, in the real world all rests on perseverance." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jumping Ship

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ 10 of Wands/Flames

Our Monday spark has become the real thing. All our energy and effort has been building up to this, the grande finale.

I'm reminded by this card, that oddly enough, this is where many projects fail. We jump ship. Fear of success?  Fear of having to do it again. Fear of full responsibility. Fear of expecting more of ourselves than our lazy bum side is willing to give. And probably why the 10's in Tarot are more about too much rather than the enough the 9's signify. But if it is worth starting, it is worth finishing.

"Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task." ~ William James 1842-1910

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bookmarks

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ Hierophant

When do you effect change? When you are happy or when unhappy?

I'm reminded by this card, for me, when unhappy. I've been cross with Google, I'm in their beta testing program which currently is Bookmarks. Instead of clicking on the star in the search bar, and choosing the folder the bookmark title goes in, you now get a big page with an image from the site you are bookmarking. Every time that comes up I get crosser. I put my inner Hierophant to work and found this.
Google OptOut. Don't get why every app needs to look like Facebook or Pinterest. I much prefer the K.I.S.S. mode.

"Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means." ~ Dr. Koichi Kawana 1930-1990


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Potential Of Holding

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ 5 of Cups

Are these cups empty?Are the feelings dead? A few days ago petty was how I was feeling. Rob's favorite aunt died and no one bothered to tell him. Prickly creature that I am, I was appalled, then mad, then the following day, full of mean and petty thoughts. Early in the afternoon I finally talked about it and poof, all the negative was gone.

I'm reminded by these cups just because we think something is over doesn't mean we can't still be caught by surprise emotions. They can't hurt me, I don't think it is possible, but hurt Rob? Worse than a direct hit on me...these cups are double chambered so right side up, upside down, they still have the potential of 'holding'. And spilling.

"I have had more trouble with myself than with any other person I have ever met." Dwight Lyman Moody 1837-1899

Monday, May 18, 2015

Authentic Spark

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ Ace of Wands/Flames

Motivation, determination, transformation.

I'm reminded by this card the spark has to be in me first. The follow-through comes next. No real spark? No real results. Oh, but when that spark flares...

"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." ~ Robin Williams 1951-2014

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Doubt It

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ Page of Coins/Princess of Spheres

Wisdom, in the realm of Coins/Spheres can be hard to come by. We chase after education and then choose a different field. We grow our savings/investments only to be Madoffed, or treated to an October 29th. We buy houses with hidden problems, we get sidetracked into 'easy' money via gambling, we get addicted to 'stuff'...

I'm reminded by this card, I'm reading a true story about a quilter who came of age during the Reconstruction of the South during the 1860-1880's. Talk about having nothing. If you personally couldn't make it or grow it you went without, period. No fall back relief programs, no safety nets, no WIC coupons, no homeless shelters, no Pell grants, no loan extensions, no bailouts.  But as the Page of Coins I expect a lot of wisdom gained was ingrained, habits never to be changed even when the South finally began to recover. Maybe we can grow wisdom, if the lesson is long and hard enough...but I honestly doubt it.

"The world is a beautiful place to be born into - if you don't mind some people dying all the time - or maybe only starving - some of the time which isn't half so bad - if it isn't you" ~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti 1919-

Ananda Tarot, Thoth tradition; art and 292 page soft cover book by Kurt Pilz, currently out of print. Published by AGM AGMuller 2003.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BFF

Daily Draw: Da Vinci Tarot ~ Lovers/Twins

The twins Matthews refers to are (Jesus and St. John) friends found any time in life, who feel like twinners, with the strongest bond of friendship and ideals regardless of differing backgrounds.

We see BFF, best friends forever, everywhere these days of computer short-speak, and it surprises me how many go waayyy back to childhood. Because we do change over time, march to different drummers but as long as the basic civilities are maintained, and effort is made, there is no reason to lose those old friends. Waves to Theresa and Katherine, friends of 49 years now; any time we  meet it is as if no time at all has passed.

"Let’s swear each with our pinky
We’ll be the best of friends
Until we are old and wrinkly"

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sour Stain

Daily Draw: Da Vinci Tarot ~ 6 of Wands/Fire

Dimmi: What has been achieved or realized?

The companion book says beware of placing myself on a pedestal or glorying in the defeat of others.

I'm long past whatever age competition for jobs or status might have played a part, but this card reminds me pettiness is unattractive at any age and leaves a sour stain on heart and mind.

"Constant darkness is with us everyday, the darkness of the mind, the pettiness and meanness and hatred, which we have invited into ourselves, and which we pay out with generous interest." ~ Dean Koontz1945-   Brother Odd

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Weeding

Daily Draw: Da Vinci Tarot ~ 7 of Coins/Earth

Dimmi: Where must you invest stamina?

People think down around the equator is jungle, that is what we were taught, right?  The real jungle is the land I live on in the pacific northwest USA. Weeds and hay fields grow at inches per day, and there are at least two new weeds beginning their cycles each week.

I'm reminded by this card I've got it all tamed for the moment, except the last fifty feet by six feet of the big front flower bed. I can see them waving at me from the front window, cheeky little sods. Stamina...must have stamina.

"A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows." ~ Doug Larson

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Walk The Walk

Daily Draw: Da Vinci Tarot ~ 3 of Swords/Air

Dimmi: What are you mourning, what is painful?

The figure is St. Sebastian, one of  many murdered/martyred of the early Christian sect by the Romans. Barbaric, but still going on today in some middle east countries when faith is suspect. Interesting what people will willingly do for sport and call it law. Some accounts say he survived a torso full of arrows, was healed by a friend, only to be clubbed to death later for again haranguing Emperor Diocletian.

I'm reminded by this card, to be in the minority can be painful, and more so if we live our differences or cause or opinion, because it can result in isolation. Sometimes, yes I mourn all the still living family I've lost.

"We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding." ~ Rudyard Kipling  1865-1936  The Light That Failed