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Sunday, March 29, 2015

In The White Room

Daily Draw: Astrological Oracle ~ Venus

Goddess of love, with a wide influence on everything we treasure, hold dear, find  or make beautiful. Her siren song is what pulls us to a person place or thing.

I'm reminded by this card what sterile lives we'd lead without desire. We'd be content alone in a white room with one white chair.

"Silver horses ran down moonbeams in your dark eyes" ~ Pete Brown 1940-

This lush deck was published by Lo Scarabeo 2012. 191 page digest sized booklet by Lunaea Weatherstone, art by Antonella Castelli. Deck edges gilded, card faces illuminated with iridescent silver.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Focus

Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Wachstum

Berkana. Growth, renewal, new beginnings.

Focus on today. What is past is finished, tomorrow is hazy and ill-defined. What I do and think today is what matters.

"Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.." ~ R. D. Laing 1927-1989


Friday, March 27, 2015

Gift Someone

Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Germ ~ Schutz

Algiz. Unwanted influences with support from unexpected places. In a busy life we are buffeted by influences all day long, not all in our best interest, particularly in ways reflected in our inside and outside health.

I'm reminded by this card a 'I don't know what else to say' something is  "keep up your spirits..."  Nothing wrong with that except it is no help at all. If we could don't you think we would? Sometimes there isn't any help and sometimes a smile from a stranger is what gets you through.
I grieve for the friends and family of the 150 people killed in the plane crash, deliberately crashed by a pilot suffering from the blackest depression.  I'm not there today, but the shadow is always close, and I run and run, hoping for that stranger's smile, to gift me that option of being just a tiny bit better for that day.

 "I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full." ~ Sylvia Plath 1932-1963

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Broken Victory


Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Der Krieger

Tiwaz. Go for the victory. Been prodded right along all week haven't I?

I'm reminded by this card and a broken friendship that we probably both feel we've been proved right. But it is all in the viewpoint isn't it? And for every ten billion people there are also ten billion points of view. Where can a victory be in that?

"Cutting people out of your life is easy, keeping them in is hard." ~ Walter Dean Myers 1927-1014

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bubble Over

Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Fruchtbarkelt

Yesterday was get started moving, today is fertility, progress, and achievement, we are going in the best direction, well done us! I decided this winter to redirect my quilting passion. I don't need any more bed quilts, I have two stacks nearly waist high. So I'm doing 40X40 inch quilts to be hung across our loft banister.

I'm reminded by this card that simple decision has opened up a whole new area of quilt making, because hanging quilts are not sat upon or run through the washer or cuddled under on rainy afternoons. So I can think odd shapes, dimensional bits, fragile fabrics, processes that are fiddly or take forever in a large quilt. I don't bother with holidays any more, but seasonal quilts...now there is a broad palette for designs, think about winter solstice in icy fabrics! My mind and fingers bubble over, hurrah for a fresh morning and another fertile day.

"Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful." ~ Mark Victor Hansen 1979-

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Flow

Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Fliessen

After standing pat yesterday, today's rune Laguz encourages us to go with the flow. Get moving. Follow our nose and  see where it leads us.

I'm reminded by this card being stuck is alright, if we are cogitating and planning past being stuck. If we are frozen through fear or laziness, we need to give our self a quick kick up the (Y) and get rolling again.

"Fire wants to burn
Water wants to flow
Air wants to rise
Earth wants to bind
Chaos wants to devour
I want to live" ~ Cassandra Clare/Judith Rumelt 1973-   The Iron Trial

Monday, March 23, 2015

Let 'er ride...

Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Unfassbare

Translates to incredible or incomprehensible. And depending on how you see it, the 'blank' rune, first introduced by Blum, sealed his fate when reintroducing Runes to the modern world; Mauled by scholars, his book has been published in many languages, with well over two million in print.  According to him he was an unemployed Harvard graduate 33 years ago whose wife had just walked out on him when he picked up a bag of runes from a bookshelf and..."So not only was I broke, depressed, out of a job—I was now talking to stones in the middle of the night."

So what does the heretical blank run say this morning? That I have several irons hanging fire, today the answer is unknowable. That not all wishes are meant to come true. Chance can knock even the most thought out and carefully laid plans for a loop. Let 'er ride...

"There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude." ~ Ralph Blum 1932-

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Estate

Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern 2001 ~ Trennung

Runes. Historically significant language, names occasionally translated by "I'll hazard a guess". I've kept five books on Runes, the names given for this one are Othila (inherited land), Opila (inheritance), Othala (own land), Odal (practical issues). Trennung translates to Separation (retreat/inheritance).

All that said to say...inheritance is complicated. What we might expect, what we may get, and how we use it. for better or worse. What we may in turn leave. How the state will divide it up if we are foolish enough to not have a will.

"Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him." ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater 1718-1801

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Love and Hate

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Sun

Llew Llaw Gyffes, another son cursed by his mother...to never have a human wife. Two great magicians, Gwydion and Math created one from nature for him, from blossoms and waves and all was well until she fell for another man with whom she plotted Llew's death.

I'm reminded by this card love is a strange animal, and how love can morph into it's dark twin hate. Can hate morph to love? Not very often I expect, we feed hate, while in so many ways we often starve love.

"Actions lie louder than words." ~ Carolyn Wells 1862-1942


Friday, March 20, 2015

DD214 - I Give Up

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

The State of Washington supplements mother's care at the memory care facility where she lives. The State said I have to get the Veterans Administration on board, via dad's WWII army service, to help pay or mom is in peril of losing critical State financial assistance.

I'm reminded by this card there is nothing remotely relating to dad's DD214 discharge certificate in the few things of mother's that remain in my possession. I've been working on/with the VA since October on this, trying to get a copy of the DD214, without which the VA will accept no responsibility for any benefits. Problem is there was a huge fire in July of 1973 and the records for Army discharged between 1912-1959 and Air Force prior to 1964 whose names begin with I-Z were destroyed.
I've received and sent form after form after form with identical forms coming back to be filled out again, with the warning that the above veterans records were lost in the fire.

I say all this because if you or family were discharged from Army or Air Force in those years, now is the time to find that form in your current possessions. I wish you well rather than an 8 of Cups outcome.

"Caesar's double-bed is warm
As an unimportant clerk
Writes I do not like my work
On a pink official form." ~ W.H. Auden 1907-1973