Thursday, October 8, 2015


Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ Gyfu/Gebo

Do you have a lucky number? This rune is apparently the origin of that line of thought. And perhaps where our feeling of obligation comes from when receiving a gift or need to negate when speaking of our talents and skills.

Gyfu/Gebo reminds me today that give and take in all areas is one of the Great Keys to a balanced and lasting relationship. If it is all one-sided quit kidding yourself, you don't have a relationship, you are or have chattel.

"Keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best." ~  Epictetus  AD 55-c.135

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ghost Of Friendship Past

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 7 of Coins/Lughnasadh

Friendship. I remember at about eight years old, Karen Carter bringing an adult cat to school in a box for me to take home. I do not believe I was able to keep it, so it must have went back for another day at school. I also remember taking my little sister, little brother, and cousin to spend different days at school. Doubt that would fly today...

I'm reminded by this card school and life were simpler then. Not better, but simple is good in childhood. I wonder if it was easier for us to cope with the dark sides of childhood or if we understood mental, physical, sexual abuse as natural? I send a hug today to all those ghost friends and hope those with dark childhoods found a lighter brighter adulthood.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Price Of Peace

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 8 of Swords/Samhain

The Thoth 8 of Swords is willpower crossed by disruptive influences time and time again. In the Runic it is a  need to conform. Disruptive to whom? Am I going along to get along...not likely. Or is my personality strong enough to inadvertantly disrupt someone else?  I have seen and been all sides of this coin.

I'm reminded by this card, tradition is fine as long as it isn't blind. I choose to do as I think...which is a long way from how I started out, anything for the sake of peace.  Peace always comes with a price, for me it got too high.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Strong Suits

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ Ur

Standing at the Magician space, the auroch, until hunted to extinction, indicated brute masculine type strength seldom attained by the feminine sex. It also stands for raw elemental power and determination.

I'm reminded by this card, when Ur is required to manage our goal we seek collective strength. The support of our strong suits.

"Brute strength is blind without direction." ~ Samuel Butler 1835-1902

The Runic Tarot includes a major arcana of 24 rune cards in a zodiac wheel broken down into three groups; workers, protectors, prayers, with traditional Norse significance.
This is coupled with a minor arcana of four suits of 13 cards each, based on the four seasons of Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain. The Runic Tarot kit includes 76 beautiful cards with art by Caroline Smith, and the 184 page companion book written by John Astrop. Published by St Martin's Press 2003.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Lion's Mouth

Daily Draw: Karma Cards ~ Moon

Based on my question yesterday "What is too much and when is enough, enough? with respect to visiting the cemetery.

Spiritual: In my defence, the quote I used yesterday.
Mental: What do I accept? There is nothing after death except being dead. It is a very comforting place to be, believe it or not.
Physical: Feelings? If I'm asking the question is the answer go more, or don't go at all?

I'm reminded by this Moon, our thoughts and actions are often based on emotions. Our brain knows what is good and bad for us. But our emotions over ride that toggle switch and we get up and march right into our version of the lion's mouth. The answer for me? It gives me comfort, and for now that is enough. Spring and Autumn, edge the platforms, scrub the granite, lay flowers, these actions seldom make  me cry, and always make me feel better.

"O! Mr Dedalus cried, giving vent to a hopeless groan, shite and onions!" ~ James Joyce 1882-1941

Karma Cards, 1988, published by Eddison Sadd. 96 page book Monte Farber, 36 card illustrations Linda Garland. Three cards are drawn, one each from planet, sign, house. Blue end up relates to working out the process, orange end up is outcome. I'm using just blogging one card here.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Temperance

What is too much and when is enough, enough?

I have a funeral to attend this morning, suppose that is why the question crossed my mind. How often do you visit loved ones at the cemetery?

"It's easier to miss her at a cemetery, where she's never been anything but dead, than to miss her at all the places where she was alive." ~ John Scalzi 1969-  Old Man's War

Friday, October 2, 2015


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 8 of Cups/Rivers

Moving on by choice rather than ennui. I've done both, I expect we all have. Or we've worn our mask until, surprise, we've become the mask.

Many tarot cards are about change. We think we don't because likely most change is glacial, but what are you doing today you didn't even consider ten years ago? twenty? Change we will, in spite of ourselves.

"Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life." ~ John Muir 1838-1914

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Spare Me Reincarnation

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 9 of Cups/Rivers

In Pollack's mind these broken cups represent reincarnation, we keep coming back until we are whole and can hold the light we are meant to be.

What a depressing thought. In my mind each life experience, good bad indifferent, in the next instant, offers options. Start over and do it better, learn a lesson and don't do it again, create a new path. Personally directed redemption is the opportunity to get it right, in the only life we get. Reincarnation is just one more way to excuse ourselves from consequences.

"The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself." ~ Richard Francis Burton 1821-1890

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Conception, Completion, or Recognition?

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 8 of Coins/Stones

Through our art we express reality and imagination and release.
Others may not recognize it as such, most of us aren't artists.
I have a quilt titled Tsunami, would you know it if you saw it?

I'm reminded by this card to honor other's art, as I do my own. No one can know the effort and feelings that go into something even if the result doesn't hang in a museum. Farmer's produce is art, as is the mason's brickwork and a parent's healthy children. Does it become art in conception, completion, or recognition?

"I was yelling at them to run, but they couldn't hear me." ~ Karin Svaerd, Swedish Woman.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Judgement/Awakening

Pollack says this card is about waking up to who and what we are ourselves, where we usually leap straight to harsh judgement mode.

I'm reminded by this card there is a million ways for us to berate ourselves for coming up short. Just for today, how about we concentrate on where we have excelled rather than on our flaws. It is only a short list when we are in blame mode, I expect it is fairly extensive if we open our eyes and apply a little self love.

"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins." ~ Bob Moawad