Saturday, January 20, 2018

Instant Delay

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ 3 of Cups

A gratifying situation. A lovely phrase that has been skewed into the catch-all descriptor, instant gratification. That fine distinction between want and need. I'm lumped in that group also but I'm trying to acknowledge that modern drive and find a better workaround.  Examples:

I bought three yards of fabric that doesn't work with the project I want to use it for. Because I couldn't find the perfect fabric in the shop and am too impatient to continue looking elsewhere because I hate shopping. And my stomach has been in a knot since. Stupid. Instant gratification.

On the other hand there is a little acrylic ruler I'm eager to get and use. Right now! It is at Jo-Anns and only $5.00. Why not get it? Because I'm saving that want/need for fall when I'll be at a enormous national show. Fun souvenir.  And useful. Cool.
Delayed gratification. I love to have something to look forward to.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Door One Door Two

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ 2 of Swords

Painful personal situations we have to work through, avoidance invites ruin.

I'm reminded by this card if we put if off long enough, we become the Hanged Man with public exposure. Probably why we avoided the work-through in the first place. Humans. How'd we get so far...

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ Knight of Cups

Positive situations offering regular positive opportunities.
Wow. Go Minchiate! Bring it on!

If I passed this gentleman in the street I'd probably quickly glance away rather than gawk creating an uncomfortable or rude impression. Which is mean, he isn't invisible after all...
That touchiness comes from living with my little brother and all the reactions I've seen him deal with over a lifetime.

Yet here is our Knight, gentle, different, offering a large portion of positiveness.
I would wish the world filled with kindness for how much have I missed from people who are different from birth? I may present a impression of normality, yet inside I'm just as different as our Knight. We all are aren't we?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Naïveté of Knaves

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ Page of Wands/Knave of Staves

I often whip by Pages as insignificant but in their own way they are the crux of the story. The Person At The Front Desk. The person with the least experience, often a volunteer, the hapless Page gives us our first impression.

What do we know of Knaves? The Knave of Hearts, he stole the tarts and was done and dusted, tied up in court with a rabbit for counsel. A young man with a record and we can guess where his life is going.

Pages? Our nutshell of knowledge begins and ends with Monica Lewinsky, need I say more?

We have to begin life somewhere, sweeping up after horses is I suppose as good a place as any to learn the underbelly  way of life.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pants On Fire

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ 3 of Swords

Romulus and Remus. Myth or truth? Pants on fire, but I believe many truths lie in storied myths. 
As a Julia Cameron exercise I wrote my life story in five year increments. In every sentence someone in this world could say "oh I've done that, been that, saw  that".  Is there anything old that is new again? All of it.

I'm reminded by these ribbon tied swords, even remembering memories we could be inclined to actually be remembering our own myths.
My mother was also a wordsmith and in going through all her papers one by one I found a few of my memories skewed. My drop of Choctaw blood came through Ruth, not Woods.  I have a whole story of Woods grandfather being an orphan and marrying a Choctaw, explaining why there is no history further back.

And why I take oral history stories with a block of salt.
And my myth of Woods is more interesting.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Snuck Up

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ 4 of Wands

Carrying on with the gathering of the fours this week...The Minchiate see this as "it just snuck up on me". Often the product of comfortable mundaneness; we are idling along, singing a song, and we hear the siren behind us.

Heart infarction aside, we pull over, to be told our car tags are six months expired. Two hundred fifty dollar fine in this state.
Hard to believe but I once forgot to make my house payment. Forty dollar penalty.
Trusting my brain, fool that I am, I showed up a week early for a doctor appointment.

I wonder if I kept a list for a year how many of these snucks I'd have? It does speak of calm waters though.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

What's Your Sign

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ Cancer

Emphatic, Tenderness, Kindness. Not sure I know any Cancer folk, but I know one thing, if those three descriptors are their strongest points they might spend considerable time with tears in their eyes and heavy hearts. To live with those traits in reality they would also need a spine of steel.

I'm reminded by this card, "what's your sign" is a pick up line, a fun way of opening a conversation. Beyond that as individuals we are a mix of all signs, how else to cope with life?

"Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World." ~ Christopher Columbus 1451-1506

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Daily Draw: Crystal Tarot ~ 4 of Cups

The fours are a nice place to be. For some people it is enough and they remain there for their life time with the occasional Major to fling them out of the norm.

I'm reminded by this card of stability and structure, and yesterdays card of companionship, how many of our fellow humans never reach this point. And how fortunate I have been.

Friday, January 12, 2018


Daily Draw: Crystal Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

Alliance, collaboration. These concepts are probably well formed by the time we are a year old. How cooperation or resistance works to feed our needs.

I'm reminded by this card this work is honed and refined all the rest of our lives. Wands are the action suit after all, the only path to the coins, life's material results. And the reason we are able to withstand the 5 of Wands, kicking that bad boy to the curb and welcome the victory of the 6 of Wands.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Worth Learning

Daily Draw: Crystal Tarot ~ Page of Coins

Apprenticeship. For it? Against it?
Cosmetology license required 1600 hours over 18 months to two years. I estimate that was about 1/3 study and 2/3 hands on.  Flexibility in the schedule because many students are single parents with time conflicts or were holding down a job.
Rob's journeyman diesel apprenticeship was 4000 hours hand on, 840 class hours.
Real estate license required passing a 150-hour pre-license course and a state licensing exam. I chose to go with a firm that offered an additional six week course in real estate reality.

I'm reminded by this card, anything worth learning is worth learning.