Monday, September 1, 2014

Faith and Intellect

Daily Draw: Sacred Sites Tarot ~ Judgement

The walls of Jericho take a mickey in favor of the Israelites.
I expect there are many stories like this one in every religion, some provable, some faith based.

As I often do, I took to the web to find some archaeological yea or nay on the subject. One not so hysterical and seemingly fairly balanced was here. I don't know about walls tumbling down, but am amazed that I didn't know the populated city of Jericho dates back ten thousand years and is the lowest city on the planet. I'm reminded by this card sheer staying power would give it a place in this deck and sometimes faith and intellect make friends.

"We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect." ~  Carl Gustav Jung 1875-1961

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Web?

Daily Draw: Sacred Sites Tarot ~ Wheel

      To get to the other site.
I often think of the internet as a big wheel. I've laughed at the advert that shows a black screen and these words. "The end. Begin again." As if that would ever happen. The dictionary has probably doubled in size with the rapid absorption of computereze. I've met people I'd never have imagined knowing pre-computer. Good people who enrich my life. I've learned things I couldn't possibly have known pre-computer.

I'm reminded by this card I've been online since 1996. Eighteen years.
I'm a better person because of it. I've learned to limit my tech time to two hours a day. Because we all know, there isn't any The End, the Wheel goes on and on.

 - How do trees get on the Internet?
      They log in.

 - What do computers like to eat?

 - What is a computer's first sign of old age?
      Loss of memory.

This week's deck is Sacred Sites Tarot by Lo Scarabeo, 2012, art and words, Federico Penco/Massimiliano Filadoro.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Living Spirit

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria Firenze ~ Trumpets

This somewhat resembles the Judgement card in standard tarot, but is referred to as Fame, Angel, Renown, and on a couple of sites that should know better, as a second Justice. It falls at number forty, the last major.

I'm reminded by this card I judge myself far harsher than any court would, Fame is fleeting, don't believe in Angels, and Renown is stacked over there by Fame. This deck was designed in the 1700's, had I lived then I might see her differently. Or not...human nature always having been human nature.

"The ones who count are those persons who, though they may be of little renown, respond to and are responsible for the continuation of the living spirit." ~ Martin Buber 1878-1965

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Watery Peace

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria Firenze ~ Water

Peacemaking without aggression.
I can see how nations call peacemaking sending in troops.
I've never seen it be non-counterproductive, but you can't talk to someone who only shouts.

I'm reminded by this card I don't have any troops, so I've simply quit talking.

"The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out." ~Annie Dillard1945-

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Bone Chain

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria Firenze ~ 10 of Coins

Family. Can't live with them, can't shoot them says the proverb.
But it happens every darn day.

I'm reminded by this card of the animal kingdom, animals that choose to hang out together have pecking orders, pack protocol. Everyone knows where their place is on the hierarchy of the bone chain.  That doesn't insure peace, the littlest chick gets pecked to death, the smallest piglet is crowded out to starve. Don't know where I'm going with this but family are endlessly entertaining and horrifying.

"There's a problem with the hierarchical orientation, though. When the numbers get too big, the thing breaks down. A pecking order can hold only so many chickens."~ Steven Pressfield 1943-

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria Firenze ~ Libra

Stabilizing the situations.

I can only hope. My scales are so out of whack, falling on the porcupine
can only be seen as a relief.

"It is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place." ~ Washington Irving 1783-1859

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Just A Side Effect

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria Firenze ~ Prudence

Is Prudence cautious or is she rash today?
Is she asking the mirror how her actions appear to others?
Why does she even care what someone else might think?
Is she going to unleash the snake on an unsuspecting foe?
How do we get foes anyway?
Doesn't a foe have to be someone with whom we've invested time?

I'm reminded by this card, I'd say my mirror reflects a true me and prudence doesn't come into it because I'm never grey, I'm black and white. Makes life so much simpler and prudence is an accidental side effect.

"Prudent people are very happy; 'tis an exceeding fine thing, that's certain, but I was born without it, and shall retain to my day of death the humour of saying what I think." ~ Mary Worley Montagu 1689-1762

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's Not What You Think

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria Firenza Tarot ~ Fool

The Minchiate originated as a gaming deck (as did tarot)
Minchiate in dialect is translated to nonsense or trifle
Minchionare translates to "to laugh at"
Are they playing a game? Or is a child being beat? Is there a difference?
Is the Fool teasing the child by holding his rattle out of reach?
Has a child ever been entertained by being teased?
Has a child or animal being teased ever drawn a single laugh from anyone but the audience?

I'm reminded by this card teasing is a word people use to thinly disguise a streak of cruelty. They are fools if they think anyone is fooled.

"Patience when teased is often transformed into rage." ancient proverb

Sunday, August 24, 2014

From FrankenFood To FrankenFolken

Daily Draw: Ancient Minchiate Etruria ~ Sagittarius

Extraordinary mind, rising above the commonplace.

As I understand it the species we are closest related to, and whose heart valves have been used in human heart surgeries, is the pig. The genome of pigs was completed 2012, and now offers the opportunity to genetically engineer pigs to provide full human organ transplants. Genetically engineered because pigs live a much shorter life which doesn't change when it's parts no longer live in the pig but the human. I'm reminded by this card of genetically engineered food and my opinion of transplants, and the things extraordinary minds can get up to, given the funds.

"Six Legged Chickens..How do they taste?
Don't know, no one has been able to catch one." Snopes

Lo Scarabeo reprint of  the 1725 Florence Italy Etruria Minchiate, 2011, designed for gaming. A deck of 97 images: 41 majors, 12 zodiac signs, 4 virtues, 4 elements, plus all the usual suspects in the minors and courts.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 6 of Swords

Survival. Our will to survive is much stronger than our ability to survive, proved over and over again through time.

I'm reminded of all those stories today and wondering who am I, cossette and pampered, fed safe healthy, to complain of anything at all.

"The body is a brute beast that knows nothing of reason." ~ Isaac Asimov 1920-1992