Friday, December 19, 2014

Blow Them Off The Map?

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Radiant Sun ~ Mars in the 11th House

When I drew this card I mumbled harangued thought war is stupid war is weird was ever a war worth the cost in lives? Was ever a war not instigated by the gray beards? Have the soldiers ever had shoes that were comfortable? Was a sword ever worn that wasn't awkward and movement limiting? Was there ever a knob of land held at huge cost that wasn't abandoned when the war moved on as it always does? They had numbers in Vietnam, I died for hill 314 has a nice ring for the families doesn't it.

All that said, my little rebellion this morning was working out in a word document how to print Friday's quilt mystery clue with just the pertinent images and directions. Forty-two minutes later...was the ink saved worth forty-two minutes of my life? War is like a ball of saved string, the first string looks simple, but shortly there are a thousand strings all knotted together and no way to get the eighty-first string out without disassembling the ball...No good answers here. Don't start but if you do blow them off the map, get it over and done with?  If this incarnation of civilization all goes up in smoke is it any loss? Not in my mind. But then I'm on the prod about my lost forty-two minutes aren't I?

"The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages." ~ Banksy Wall and Piece

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Universal Design In Retrospect

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Radiant Sun ~ Mercury in the 5th House

What an interesting house this is. Change through creative self expression is how the companion book short-hands it. Drama queen could represent this house, but not for long, they have no goal, attention span, stomach for the long term grand and extravagant.

Retrospect shows this personality, as today is obscured with one hit wonder people. Thomas Jefferson as opposed to George Washington. Clint Eastwood as opposed to Tom Cruise. Jodie Foster as opposed to Miley Cyrus. Scott Hamilton as opposed to Dennis Rodman. We begin with the universal design and instantly begin to individualize for better or worse.

"They say Elvis is dead. I say, no, you're looking at him. Elvis isn't dead; he just changed color." ~ Dennis Rodman

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hard-Hearted Hannah

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Radiant Sun ~ Moon in Pisces

I had an Home Economics teacher who asked us one day, "how often do you cry?". My response was nearly every day. She did a double take and said "Sharyn, you are way too sensitive". It was news to  me...

I'm reminded by this card I obviously still remember that conversation, and I set out to make myself a hard-hearted Hannah. And for the most part I achieved my goal, I've often been referred to as ruthless. Except when it comes to seeing other people cry. Or when an animal is lost or abused, or even just being cute. I expect all of us have an empathy gene, but sometimes we go too far in trying to survive this world and just pave the whole thing over...

"Do not confuse peace of mind with spaced-out insensitivity. A truly peaceful mind is very sensitive, very aware." ~ Tenzin Gyatso Dalai Lama 1935-

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Child Betrayed

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Radiant Sun ~ Mars in the 4th House

A house divided. Yesterday I took the opportunity presented and asked some hard questions. And got the answer I expected.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder if betrayal ever really heals? We live our life applying poultices and potions for those oldest deepest childhood wounds, we rigidly look forward never backward, no, never never speak of it... Is there ever true peace and healing? Was there ever a punishment invented that was harsh enough? I doubt it.

"The more you trust, the greater the betrayal. The more you love, the greater the harm." ~ Ren Guang Xi  Autumn's Concerto

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gave It All

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Radiant Sun~ Saturn in the 12th House

When sympathy and sacrifice go too far. When time and dollars spent in social, religious, fraternal organizations out pace the effort spent on family.

I'm reminded by this card how easy this is to do for people with big hearts. The more involved the less perspective until their personal life becomes a boneyard. And the social, religious, fraternal organizations go right on.

"We can  be obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being." ~ Thomas Merton 1915-1968

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Inner Critic

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Radiant Sun ~ Mars in the 6th house

I don't know about anyone else, but my biggest and sometimes meanest critic is myself. I learned early on to not be a perfectionist, I'm not good enough to think I can do anything perfect. And as circumstances and age have combined to make my short term memory absent from the game, I don't bother trying to learn something new anymore. It is an exercise in pointlessness.

I'm reminded by this card, and the critical self review above, that I have learned to say this is finished, it is my best work, and that will do. Life is short and the next thing sings it's siren song, maybe this time I'll get it right.

"After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others." ~ Edith Wharton 1862 - 1937

A beautiful deck this week from the Smith/Astrop team, Oracle of the Radiant Sun, Astrology cards to illuminate your life. The set contains 84 cards and 144 page soft cover book. Connections Book Publishing 2002. ISBN 1-85906-071-4

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Give It Some Wellie

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 3 of Wands/Rainbows

Her application of practical knowledge has changed hope to actuality.

I'm reminded by this card progress doesn't happen in a vacuum, we need to lean into the wheel too.

"I like stuff designed by dead people. The old designers. They got it right because they didn't grow up with computers. All of the people that made the spoon and the needle and the cotton gin didn't have microprocessors. You could do a good design back then." ~ John Maeda 1966-

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sharyn's Soapbox: Top Five Needs

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 6 of Cups/Buffalo

Two in the hand are worth four in the bush for this traveling Yei?
Remember when we made sure we had a couple quarters in the car and in the pocket in case we needed a phone?

I'm reminded by this card, my first thought was 'I clearly have enough'.
Second thought 'but if I give one away I won't'.
Third thought 'there are more where that came from, I can see that'.
That second thought embarrassed and surprised me.
My stingy bone needs flexed and loosened up. Time to do our $$$ donation to the local animal shelter. We have so much and they have such a tight budget. How many ways can we save and comfort an animal's life today?

#5 Cleaning Supplies
Basic cleaning supplies are always welcome. Dish-washing liquid is needed for cleaning bowls and kitchen utensils. Laundry detergent is always a hot commodity in an animal shelter, where mountains of laundry are commonplace. And bleach is a required cleaning supply at animal shelters.

#4 Treats
Treats help for training and for rewarding good behavior in the shelter. Unopened jars of peanut butter, meaty type jerky training treats, and unopened bags of cat treats, dental chews, catnip, and other treats make great donations.

#3 Toys
Cat toys, dog toys, rabbit chew sticks, Kongs, etc., are always welcome. A bored caged animal makes for an awful existence. Having toys for dogs and fuzzy mice or scratching posts for cats helps make their stay at the shelter a little more tolerable. Birds and other small animals will appreciate toy donations as well, so don’t forget to see if the shelter has a need for those, too.

#2 Fresh Linen
If you’re looking to clean out your linen closet, feel free to donate whatever items you no longer need. Clean towels, blankets, and sheets can be used as bedding materials for cats and dogs, so the fluffier the better. Of course, actual dog beds and cat beds are always received with open arms as well

#1 Money!
Monetary donations are always first and foremost on any shelter’s wish list. Monetary donations allow for animal shelters to treat ill or injured animals that come to the shelter as a result of abandonment or cruelty cases. Additionally, a lot of non-profit animal shelters rely on monetary donations to remain open and to help the community at large.

Thank you...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cup Of Humanity

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 7 of Cups/Water

This Yei stands upright, hands raised as if he is supporting all these cups. In his mind he probably is, but we can see clearly six of them are contained in the clouds and the one free cup is upside down, empty to anyone who is looking.

I'm reminded by this card of 'head in the clouds', a phrase that means ignoring the obvious for the imaginary.  The principles of loving, caring, thoughtfulness, kindness need to be honed, or we become the empty seventh cup. My mother has long forgotten all the magic words and the reasons for using them. One of the things that makes it so hard to be around her, it is how diminished the person becomes without that cup of humanity.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Skill Of Gifting

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ Page of Cups/Water

As son of Water Mother, he was generous with his gifts of droplets, scattering them over the vegetation and communities nearby. But his gift was often consumed by the sun before plants and humans could utilize it.

I'm reminded by this Page how often our gifts fall on fallow ground because we don't know enough yet to give when or where it will do the most good.

"They always gives me bath salts," complained Nobby. "And bath soap and bubble bath and herbal bath lumps and tons of bath stuff and I can't think why, 'cos it's not as if I hardly ever has a bath. You'd think they'd take the hint, wouldn't you?" ~ Terry Pratchett 1948- Hogfather