Sunday, September 24, 2017

Circles and Serpentines

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Dancer of Inspiration

Where does it come from? Is it a blazing light or a small constant trickle charge? Surely it is both. Sometimes it is late to the party. I have a bed topper half assembled and only yesterday realized why it is boring. Each block has four 1" blocks where I put neutrals. Which just die in that spot, it needed something more flash.

I'm reminded by this card, the impetus of doing something I like to do over and over is the results are never the same and each project scrapes off some hidden part of my inspiration to create something wholly new.

Sometimes I'm inspired to mow my acre of lawn in circles or serpentines. Practical? No. Fun? Yes.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Long View

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ Star

Contemplation, renewal, reset. The Firedrake reflects the turbulent and cruel time prior to Uther the Pendragon and the adventures and later ascension of Arthur.

I'm reminded by this card, myths and history both have star crossed times. Hazy math for age of England or Wales, 987 or 200,000,000? By what reckoning, time or government? How old is America, or North America? America is the new baby on the street only 241 vs 200,000,000? Give or take a year or two...

The point with the Star, is we can allow ourselves to be in total turmoil 24/7 by focusing on the instant. Time is a great leveler, reducing moments and people to a grain of sand.  Step back. Take the long view rather than the screen view, contemplate star time. Breathe. Relax.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Liar Liar Pants On Fire

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 8 of Wands/Spears

Ah, way more interesting than eight sticks flying...a sudden opportunity requiring quick decision. The myth of the White Hart surrounds the wedding of Arthur and Guinevere, and the massive chaos when hart, dogs, hunter, crashed though the room, and the fast decisions resulting.

I'm reminded by this myth to make snap decisions ethical. Gawain, Tors, and Pellinore didn't and the Round Table reputation for honor paid the price until things were set right.

I've said it before but I'm still ticked at myself for not refusing to make fake purchase orders for an employer in the 80s. Arguing isn't the same as refusing, not one bit.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sweeping Change

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ Death

Gwyn Ab Nudd is thought to have controlled weather with his horn, so augmenting sweeping change. His place in this myth is as hunter and pick-upper of the dead.

I see the Tower as lightening changes; heart attack, new baby, car wreck. Unless I'm literally dead I see the changes of the Death card as long term, seldom can we change a lifetime habits with lightening strikes.

"The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half." ~ Fyodor Dostoevski 1821-1881

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mantic

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ Temperance

A cauldron, head, and spring, all long thought of as sources of inspiration or prophecy.

What I had typed was "prophecy, if you believe in that sort of thing". Passive aggressive pout including sneer,  because I couldn't figure out how to use the word mantic.

It is easy to miss the moments that cry for temperance, because it feels good to blow off some steam. Except it doesn't make everyone feel better because there is always a target. Generally the next person you encounter.

A work in progress, that's me.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Precious

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 6 of Wands/Spears

I've been sitting here trying to think of anything I've done that could be termed well earned, caused change for the better, conquest and advancement.

I'm having trouble coming up with a 'win', probably because I don't have a competitive bone in my body. Hummm, Pretty exciting to get my lifetime key from weight watchers. But I continue to gain and lose the same 30 pounds over 5 year periods. Mastering clutch and stick was more an end to heart pounding terror rather than satisfaction. Carrying 8 dinner plates in one hand and arm was a pretty awesome skill.

I'm reminded by this card, not many of us have rated a victory parade with lots of horns and horses. What we can hold as precious are the successes personal to us. We just need to pull those memories forward more often. We are each so incredibly special in our own right.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hello?

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 8 of Coins/Shields

Do you remember when it was bad news from the boss if you were caught on personal phone calls at work? I don't think I've been anywhere the last year or so and not seen employees doing their phone thing.

I remember the first five or six years of Rob working away from home all week we didn't touch bases because long distance call costs were outside our budget. It was miserable.

I'm reminded by this card our 'on all the time' lifestyle may have dulled our appreciation of the value of keeping in touch with family.

But I still wonder what the boss thinks and how it affects actual production time today.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wonky Tools

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 3 of Wands/Spears

Subtitled the Horse Fair, this card speaks of fine tuning our knowledge and valuable resources.

As a quilter I use rotary cutters and acrylic rulers to cut my fabric. I noticed while building out my block the 2.5" corners were not aligning perfectly with the 6.5" block they were being set into. On examination my 2.5" ruler has slumped shoulders.

As an experienced quilter I can adjust each block as I sew along, my work is not lost. But as a knowledgeable quilter I am only as good as my tools. Replacement ruler is in order.

"When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good." ~ Jean de la Bruyere 1645-1696

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Revamp

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

Looks like she has already moved her coins away from the door, put them on the fireplace, and thinking about the person who wants in, is taking them back down. Some common sense responsibility going on here.

If I could revamp schooling, I'd eliminate sports that use a small number of players, and add in yoga from year one. I'd have ongoing fiscal stewardship classes beginning year one. By middle school we'd know the name and location of every country in the world. Oh, basic four of coins practically, we hardly knew ye.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Blender

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ Temperance/Sidhe

The Druidcraft name this card Fferyllt or Shaman
The Llewellyn calls her Keeper of the Well
Thoth based decks call her Art
Goddess Tarot calls her Yemana
There is also the Intergration, Mingler, Golden Flower...

She is represented by a giraffe pair, any number of anthropomorphied felines, tigers in surf, angels and faeries, a crane, rabbit, badger, ferret, multiple goddesses, Buddha, muscleman, triclops, figure hanging over the porcelain throne, stick figure...

All that said to say, we can find or seek temperance in any situation. Patience, communication, organization, blending, all in aid of balance.