Wednesday, July 1, 2015

End Of The Beginning

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ Three of Wands

Three is huge in tarot. The original contract, action, thought, or relationship has reached the first apex. From here it stagnates or reforms into something more.

I'm reminded by this card today is Canada Day, followed in three days by Independence Day in the United States. Both still young countries, still working out where we've come from, rather than where we are going.  The US is gangly and impulsive, Canada is shy and withdrawn. Good luck to both as the crowns begin to pass on to generations who've not known the world without pocket sized technology, hunger, war on their own land, government in rout. Will they look and move forward or doom us to more of what isn't working?

"Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in it." ~ John Steinbeck 1902-1968   Sweet Thursday 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Get On With It

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 6 of Coins

Daedalus is being presented with patronage by King Minos of Crete, just about the best thing that could happen for an artist. But as myths circuitously go, eventually Minos had Daedalus imprisoned so he couldn't tell anyone how to get out to the labyrinth he'd designed and built to hold Minos' wife's son the Minotaur. While imprisoned he designed wings for himself and his son Icarus. They were able to free themselves but Icarus flew too close to the sun which melted the wax on the wings, he fell into the sea and drowned.

The point, of what should be a happy card, is we may have the time, funds, and ability to do something really clever, but what will be the consequences? Is the fair risk of something bad occurring as a direct result, worth the effort of what could be good?  I'm reminded by this card and this morning's research this is a conundrum that goes back to ancient times and into mythology. In most cases we simply can't know. So why stand frozen in the headlights, let's get on with it.

"Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner." ~ Anne Rice 1941-  The Vampire Lestat

Monday, June 29, 2015

Love That Brain

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

Athene, goddess of justice. She did not initiate the curse of the House of Atreus, but she did end it. With her (enormous!) double edged sword.

I'm reminded by this card, and human kind's ability to think past a situation, to think beyond an event, when one thing ends our mind thinks up something to replace it. When something new begins we immediately think about ways to grow it, alter it. Everyone that draws an Ace of Swords today will have a unique way of interpreting it, and it will still be the Ace of Swords. How cool is that?

"Imagine the brain, that shiny mound of being, that mouse-gray parliament of cells, that dream factory, that petit tyrant inside a ball of bone, that huddle of neurons calling all the plays, that little everywhere, that fickle pleasuredome, that wrinkled wardrobe of selves stuffed into the skull like too many clothes into a gym bag." ~ Diane Ackerman 1970-   An Alchemy of Mind. The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 10 of Coins

From the companion book: "The ten of pentacles portrays a situation of permanence which outlasts the life of the single individual". Life is short and then you are gone. What will you leave behind?

The quick answer is children, for those that have them. But in this ooo, shiny, world where anything more than eight minutes old gets shifted to the thrift store, what will you leave that will mean something to someone somewhere, enough to keep? None of my 'stuff' is worth someone else's keeping, what I leave perhaps is an influence that ripples on in a few peoples life.

"He looks but he does not contemplate,
he sees but he does not think.
He runs away from time,
which is made of thought,
and yet all he can feel is his own time, the present.” ~  Eugenio Montale 1896-1981

The deck is The Original Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene, illustrated by Tricia Newell. Published by Simon & Schuster 1986.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thank you Pacifica

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Gossip

Gossip, dirty hurtful gossip. Hate it. But I'll tell you a bit of gossip about myself you don't know. I'm a hello-er and good bye-er. I picked up the habit from my friend Theresa. When she entered and left her home she'd always say "Hello house" or "Good bye house, I'll be home soon".
Somehow that became my practice over the last ten years; I'm so grateful for shelter and home.
Except as superstitions are wont to, it has gotten  transferred to my vehicle too. "Hello car" and "Thank you for a safe journey car".

Yesterday I took possession of  my new Jeep and said good bye and thank you to my Pacifica. I hugged it and thanked it for ten+ years and many thousands of safe miles, and cried because it was my last concrete link to two pets and two people I miss every day. I'm reminded by this card and my tears today, you never do stop missing someone, do you?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Acceptance. What A Concept...

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Acceptance

From our root chakra comes the card of acceptance.
What do I have in me to do or be?
What don't I have in me?
When is finished really finished?

I'm reminded by this card how hard it is to take a compliment. It has taken me about 25 years to understand 'thank you' is acceptable. And desired. No one wants to hear why the comment isn't acceptable.
Without dimming my pure pleasure at anything quilting related, in the last 10 years or so I've accepted the limits of my design ability and that I'm not willing to put 600 hours into a quilt anymore. I can live with that.
I've just this past year accepted I have done all I can for all our family and the rest of my life is for me. Hard to do but I can live with that.

"Where's the entrance to the exit?"  Popeye the Sailor Man 1929-

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Quest

"When I am somewhere else my life will have meaning" Tori Hartman
When I was 7 or 8-ish I thought if I lived with my Uncle Charles in Texas for a year and then came back I would be a new person. Somewhere wandering around inside is that person, still thinking the same thing. Things would be different if.

Criminitly, what a hopeless twit. I've often said I have Everything I need, and have been incredibly lucky. Why hasn't that little girl gone away? Or maybe the card has brought up the memory and she is, long gone. But sometimes, there is that faint refrain, I wish I was someone else. I suspect that is the reoccurring underlying theme to the nearly 3,000 posts on this blog...

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth." ~ Umberto Eco 1932

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I See Said The Blind Man

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Mysticism

Seeing the unseen, intuition. We meet this early on when we discover our parents have eyes in the back of their heads. Then our bogus triphammer gets seeded because we believed our big brother had a button in his shirtpocket to control the weather. Then teachers always know when we have gum in our mouth even though we know we aren't chewing. Then we get that 6th sense our steady date is hankering for a new steady. Then adulthood intrudes and we often loose the ability to believe in anything.

I'm reminded by this card we are born with a million year chain of instinct in our DNA. The rest we learn by observation and use. Still, it often seems a kind of magic to me...

"Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition." ~ Madeleine L'Engle 1918-2007 A Wrinkle in Time

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Think Fresh Be Fresh

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Passion

Where does passion end and obsession begin?
When family and home are neglected?
When it takes more dollars out than comes in?
When it interferes with employment?
When self care slides?
When it is done for adulation?

I've glanced off some of the above, the line to not cross isn't very far beyond passionate immersion in what or who we love. A good reminder today. To go outside, get a couple lungs full of fresh air, blow away the cobwebs that bind our eyes. Think fresh, be fresh, stand back and observe ourselves unbiased.

"Passion is a positive obsession. Obsession is a negative passion." ~ Paul Carvel 1964-

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fitting The Mold

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Rejection

The artist is called for but rejected from jury duty, his hermetic life doesn't fit the profile wanted. I'm seldom called out to play, because I've so often said no thank you, I'm busy. Is it rejection or protection?

I'm reminded by this card to be aware of what I am rejecting as opposed to why I might be rejected by others. It is all a circle, if we want to be part of the active side we need to put ourself forward.

"Nobody's talking to me, but nobody's hassling me either. I guess you can't have everything." ~ Beatrice Sparks 1917-2012