Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Big Baby

Daily Draw: Gong Hee Fot Choy ~ Trouble
House of Trouble: 8 of Spades

Book wisdom: Trouble worry blues. Cheer up.

Didn't I just talk about this simplistic attitude?
Later: OK. A least it got me to make a doctor appointment which I've been thinking I should do for weeks.

"Jesus Wept" ~ John 11:35

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It Is What It Is

Daily Draw: Gong Hee Fot Choy ~ Moon

House of Moon: Ace of Spades/Swords

Book wisdom...Death

Someone will insult or hurt me. Always possible I guess. Actually someone I care for very much as written me off facebook style, busy erasing me she said. Someone I admire told me she didn't have time to talk about my eyes. That was embarrassing. Mother is fading rapidly. My broadband hotspot device can't keep me online more than a minute...

As my goofy brother-in-law says, "it is what it is". Ain't it the truth.
If I'm missing in action, my hotspot device is dead, the new one won't be here for some days.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Legal Papers

Daily Draw: Gong Hee Fot Choy ~ Seasons

House of Season : King of Diamonds/Coins

Book wisdom...Legal papers

Actually I am waiting for some legal papers, a notice of inheritance. Or the farm could be paid off. I quite like carrying the contract though, it wouldn't hurt my feelings if it goes the full three years.

"Has he come armed, then?" she asked anxiously. “"Has he brought a pistol or a sword?"
Ian shook his head, his dark hair lifting wildly in the wind.
"Oh, no, Mam!" he said. "It’s worse. He’s brought a lawyer!" ~ Diana Gabaldon 1952-  Voyager

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Someone Else's Dark

Daily Draw: Gong Hee Fot Choy ~ Compass

House of Compass: 7 of Hearts/Cups

Book wisdom...Happiness. Indicates I should be happy. If downhearted, cheer up and pick up the happiness vibration, better days to come.

In other words, put a smile on it. Always my mother's response when my little brother was down. He has more reason than most to be discouraged and depressed and has fought to overcome it all his life. Today I will kick the blues to the curb and be grateful I don't have his problems.

"In the real dark night of the soul it is always three o' clock in the morning, day after day." ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896-1940

To celebrate Chinese New Year, I'm using the book Gong Hee Fot Choy Tells Your Fortune by Margarete Ward, soft cover 80 pages plus playing board, published by Celestial Arts 1982. Combined with my only deck of playing cards, the Tokai-Do 53, Landscape paintings of 53 train stations between Tokyo and Kyoto by Hiroshige Ando 1797-1858

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ Moon

I've often thought children can be far crueler than adults. Is it because they have less experience at controlling their behavior or because they often work in gangs, a powerful motivator at any age?

I'm reminded by this card I'll take my advanced age over being a child again under any circumstances. Being a child takes more bravery that I have ever had. They are in the trenches every day, while I channel Aesop.

"It is easy to be brave from a safe distance."  ~ Aesop 620 BC - 564 BC

Friday, February 5, 2016

Switching Gears

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 4 of Cups

When we get out of sorts, after being on an even keel, what happened? In the RWS standard there are three cups out of reach and the figure is ignoring the one beside him. In the Thoth all four cups are overflowing and the card is titled luxury.

Why the difference? Is there a difference? Not really. The cups are all there, we just aren't using them to our benefit. Finding ourselves lax or inattentive, rather than focused = frittering away of life hours, the only real luxury we have control over.

“Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world”
 Cesare Pavese ~ 1908-1950

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Blown Away

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ Ace of Wands

The power of this detail of William Blake's painting Ancient of Days rolls off the image. Our Ace of Wands is the first act of beginning something new. The results are Coins but oh, the creative passion in the Ace of Wands. How could we not go far?

I'm reminded by this card today is the day I need to put my nose to the wheel and find two nights lodging in the San Francisco/Pacifica/Half Moon Bay area for an April visit of friends from England. We need to be able to afford it. And that it accepts our two impeccably mannered small dogs.
Dressed to the shoes, lipstick on, GO!

"There are lone figures armed only with ideas, sometimes with just one idea, who blast away whole epochs in which we are enwrapped like mummies." ~ Henry Miller 1891-1980

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Outside Factors

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 3 of Coins

I am having a great week. There were so many times over the last few years I didn't even have a great minute. Thinking about yesterday's card + this card reminds me that a lot of our great days involve other people, in fact couldn't happen without other people.

>Via an email about an email about an email I've been accepted into a life long study for my eye disease.
>New owners at my favorite quilt store, lively and excited ones. I've committed to a class. You have no idea how happy this makes  me, to have a local shop that does something.
>Moved my (Y) and went to yoga yesterday. Joined by six women my age, that doesn't happen very often, you bet I'll be back next Tuesday.
>Met my cousin for lunch. That has never happened before. Too far, too tired, too busy...bull.
>Going to Volkswagen  dealership today for my 'they're sorry' $500.00 dollar bill. Hope it is followed by a lot more. They're sorry they got caught is more like it.

"My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants." ~ Joseph Brotherton 1783-1857

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Get It Right

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

How many thousands of days have I gotten up, in my right mind, in charge of my life, and screwed it away, or got it right?

Just for today, I'm going to get it right.

"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else." ~ Emily Dickinson 1830-1886

Monday, February 1, 2016

Hie, Hie

Daily Draw: Art Of Life Tarot ~ Knight of Swords

I have a small stack of Moon cards gathered over the years from friends, love the Moon art in any deck. But I realized this morning drawing the Knight of Swords is the tarot card that always makes me hie, hie, onward and upward, let the games begin.

How many times have I hied on and up and hit a wall? Probably close to a billion. I don't care, I'd far rather 'get on with it' than sit around thumbsucking. Action will eventually get me to the right place. If not sheer stubbornness.

I seldom use a word twice in a post, I suspect professional writers and professors of writing could tell me why. So why so many Hies in one post? Because I apparently broke Google's word look up. It doesn't know hie, hie is the start button knights and cowboys use to get the horse going. Shame on Google. And it got my back up.