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Monday, June 30, 2008

Balancing Act

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Stability

Everything about this card shows a sense of balance and that is what stability is all about isn't it? Sometimes we are so passionate about a subject or activity we don't see that our viewpoint and life have become out-of-balance. I certainly recognize the syndrome because I'm an all or nothing type of person. I don't dabble, I get in and do. I don't lurk, I get in and talk. I don't wonder, I get in and learn.

I'm reminded by this card that I love my life, what I do, who I am and I'm grateful for the path that has lead to this spot. I also recognize that being an all the way or no way person it is really easy for me to go overboard. Tools like this card and the others you see on this blog help me remain upright and steady going forward rather than spinning in a whirling vortex of my own making.

If you've read Douglas Adams and the Total Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you know what a "total perspective vortex" is. Let's not go there, but retain and keep our stability.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Light-bulb Idea

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Adaptability

We have a new idea that ignites our passion. Politics, employment, entrepreneurship, home, whatever the source and target, we are on fire. This card relates to how we proceed with the thought and it recommends being adaptable. I've had light bulb moments that I've kept to myself, molding and refining for years before producing them for public opinion. Other times ideas pop into my head and out of my mouth the same instant.

I'm reminded that either path we choose, there probably has never been a great idea that wasn't bettered by some judicious advice and off-hand opinions from others. Usually others are needed to make the plan work and survive, so we need those thoughts to flesh it out. If I have the best idea in the history of the world and the first five people I talk to about it say "but..." I need to reconsider and retool. It's a blessing to be adaptable, bullheadedness is a disability albeit an invisible one.

"The art of life is constant readjustment" ~ Kakuzo Okakaura 1862-1913

This is the second visit by the team of Caroline Smith and John Astrop to Quirkeries, with this 1st edition Moon Oracle, published by Eddision-Sadd 2000. I used their Runic Tarot back in April and enjoyed the art so much I've aquired two more of their decks. The Moon Oracle has been reissued and is available again, all the better for we card lovers. 72 cards and 128 page book offer a practical introduction to lunar astrology including moon phases, elements, mansions, and goddesses, plus Moon Tables for pinpointing signs and phases.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Rap Sheet

Daily Draw: Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

This card gets such a bad rap; in many images the figure could be accused of sneakiness, stealing, or taking pleasure in some else's misfortune. In this one he looks like he's just won the lottery, or maybe his King has singled him out for promotion. Defeat is the keyword for this card by the author, if so he shouldn't have drawn him so filled with exuberance.

I'm reminded by this card that sometimes in defeat we find the very peace we've been seeking. Sometimes the fight goes on long after both parties have forgotten why they are at loggerheads. I can't think of anyone I'm even slightly cross with, but the day will come and I hope I remember to think about whether fighting is worth the effort. Being right isn't a good reason...the other side is probably right also, by their viewpoint.

"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out." ~ Edwin Markham 1852-1940

Friday, June 27, 2008

It's The Thought That Counts

Daily Draw: Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

Do you remember the best gift you ever got? I think one of my favorites was Rob suddenly pulling to the side of a narrow road at the coast, jumping out and going into a farmer's pasture to pick me 3 daffodils. He just handed them to me, started up and drove on. My heart will always remain touched by that romantic and spontaneous act.

I'm reminded by this card that grand gestures like a car with a big bow on it the driveway on your birthday is breathtaking, but it is the smaller spur of the moment, just because gestures that form the latticework of life's best gifts.

"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more." ~ David Steindl-Rast 1926-

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hang The Consequences

Daily Draw: Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot ~ Fool

The Fool is filled with enthusiasm; in his innocence he believes no harm can befall him... if he has given it any thought at all. Yet his next step will plunge him into the abyss, it's right before him, why can't he see it?

How often have you heard the child's query, "But why can't I do it?". And the response is always "I can do it because I'm a grownup, that's why". But if you think about the action, question, and response, you will see that we quite often do the foolish thing...just because we can. Hang the consequences, that's tomorrow's worry and tomorrow never comes, right? Usually our behavior seems benign, but the long term effects build up over time, sometimes to crisis proportions. Have you ever had an emergency you didn't have the funds to take care of? Who hasn't? Yet most of us have hobbies or habits encompassing many thousands of dollars worth of must haves, gotta haves, wanna haves gotta dos. And none of it is any help in a crisis.

What I'm reminded of by this card is my dear friends Betty and Ruth. Both died of cancer, both continued to shop for fabric and tools until they were too weak to do so, and both were faced with treatments they couldn't afford. Betty's in particular was heartbreaking because the new therapy offered would have cost them out of pocket about $300.00 a month. And they just didn't have it because the cost was ongoing, not a 1 or 2 time things. Yet in Betty's spare room were 1000's upon 1000's of dollars worth of thread, patterns, fabric, yarns, tools, books, built up over years of buying because she could...because she was a grownup. To my personal knowledge Betty never completed a single project. She started a lot of them, but never finished any. And they sure could have used some of that spent money back, it is perfectly conceivable it could have saved her or given her many extra good years of life.

This is in no way a judgment because I've done the same thing over the years. I just mentioned it here recently, that Surprise! Quirk shops when she is grieving. My Visa bill last month had nearly $250.00 in Amazon charges. For decks and books. And I never even gave it a thought while I was doing it, but that is half of my monthly Roth funding. Which didn't get funded last month. So who is the Fool? This post has gotten long winded but it is a subject near and dear to my heart. I don't know many rich people but I know lots of people who alternate between ok and struggling financially. Let's together try to give more thought to the future, and less stepping off precipices on blind faith. Faith may move mountains, but it seldom pays the bills.

"Pleasure is the carrot dangled to lead the ass to market; or the precipice." ~ Robinson Jeffers 1887-1962

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

All Dressed Up, Nowhere To Go

Daily Draw: Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot ~ Knight of Coins

I've been watching my way slowly through the BBC period piece Upstairs Downstairs, and this knight makes me think of the son, Major James Bellamy. He was at a total loss for what to do with himself when WWI was on and he wasn't there with his troops in the action. "I'm a soldier" was his response when asked what was wrong.

I'm reminded by this card to beware of becoming one-dimensional. It is a easy thing to do when a job takes up more of your time than it should, or when obsessed even in the nicest way, with hobbies and interests. Get A Life isn't a snappy cliché, it is the best advice we can ever follow.

"When someone says to me 'Live long and prosper', I seriously mean it when I say, 'Get a life'. My doctor's name is not McCoy, it's Ginsberg. And tribbles were puppets, not real animals." ~ William Shatner 1931-

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Something Much Greater Than Me

Daily Draw: Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot ~ World

I've spent some time doing research on this card because at first glance the World card and the Wheel of Fortune card are similar in that you see 'what goes around comes around, or 'what's up must go down'. But none of the Wheel cards are flanked by the four corner figures, given variously as Taurus the Bull, Leo the Lion, Scorpio the Eagle and Aquarius the Man; or feminine and masculine, material and spiritual; the four evangelists from Ezekiel 1:10, angel eagle bull and lion; earth, fire, water, air. The one thing that I have gathered over the years is when connected to the Wheel card we are at the center; when connected to the World card we are at the outside of circle, part of it, but not it.

I'm reminded by this card that the World itself has cycles; long like the Ice Age, shorter like El Niño. Civilizations like the rise and fall of Rome and Egypt, the Inca and the Anasazi. In the greater scheme of things we have the option of believing we are but a grain of sand, or that yes, one person can make a difference. I just get tired some days when I've been ever vigilant on turning out lights, keeping the heat off, not driving anywhere, and then I see a night-time city chock full of tall buildings with all the lights on. What is the point? The point is how we feel about ourselves at the end of the day. Did we leave the world a better place, or did we toss in the towel and join the pigs?

"The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future." ~ Marya Mannes 1904-1990, More in Anger, 1958

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Road Less Traveled

Daily Draw: Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

Take any thousand strangers at a stadium event, and you will find underneath a thousand different reasons why they have arrived in the same place at the same time. Each experience leaves it's mark, remembered or not, that builds into the rich tapestry of who we are. No two of us have the exact same past as the person beside us and the minute our paths diverge we change again.

I'm reminded by this card it is often uncomfortable to be different, to espouse an unpopular view, to follow a different drummer, but if we aren't true to the small still voice inside our life is just a sham, window dressing for strangers who in truth really couldn't care less what we wear, where we go, and what we do. Let's take today and be true to ourselves for a change.

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." ~ M. Scott Peck 1936-2005

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Better Late Than Never

Daily Draw: Royal Fez Moroccan Tarot ~ Ace of Wands

Ah, the 4th ace of the week, I am indeed going to be flipped into something new shortly. I haven't drawn this Ace since last December but it looks like an old friend with those emerging and self-thinned leaves.

I'm reminded by this card of gardens and new interests. In both cases you eventually find there is too much too soon and you begin to thin out the spindly shoots and the overly complicated. By experimenting you see what should be the focus, what needs some training, what needs pruned back. By taking your time to do it right you end with a cornucopia of fruit and vegetables, an avocation that will occupy and entertain for a life time. Don't be afraid to try something new, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." ~ Alan Cohen

A 2nd edition 1975 U.S. Games Royal Fez Moroccan is the deck this week, published by AGMuller in Switzerland. This deck has a fascinating back-story. The 1st edition of 500 was the brain child of Roland Berrill, the founder of Mensa with art by Michael Hobdell. Mr Berrill died just after his deck was published in 1950 and it wasn't offered for distribution until many years later. If you see a deck with Rigel Press London on it snap it up! The second edition is nearly as hard to get as it rarely surfaces on the secondary market.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

All's Well That Ends Well

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ 10 of Hearts

Generally portrayed with a scene of family contentment, something most families really do aspire to but we sure let a lot of old baggage get in the way.

I'm reminded by this card of a family reunion where everyone came, no one argued and griped, and the dogs had the time of their life. All these dearly beloved dogs are gone now, but all the people that were there that day are still alive, and we've never all been together at one time since. Sad that. Every single member is a pleasure to be around individually, yet we don't get together. Such a loss, and the reverse side of the 10 of Hearts.
"Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color." ~ W.S. Merwin 1927-

Friday, June 20, 2008

Wiggle Wink and Twitch

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ Death

Pssst, Mister, Got any bad habits?
More that you want to know, but when I was 13 my appendix burst and I spent 17 days in hospital. When I went into hospital I was a thumb sucker. When I came out I was instead, a lip chewer. I've not thought much about it since other than to be glad I'm not still at 50-something, sucking my thumb. But last week when getting ready for work I caught sight of myself in the mirror chewing my lip. It wasn't a pretty sight so I determined to stop the habit.

I'm reminded by this Death card that habits can be broken if we are vigilant and determined. I was amazed at how often I caught myself at it, every 5 minutes it seem at first. It reminded me of when I quit smoking. Yesterday only twice. I think I'm winning! Death to bad habits! They mean nothing in the course of history, but I don't think I've been chosen to make history, so I work with what I've been given. Do you have any tics and twitches you can turn your powerful self will on?

"Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character" ~ Stephen Covey 1932-

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Brimming with potential

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ Ace of Hearts

Lots of Aces this week! I'm encouraged to see limitless potential on so many different fronts.

I'm reminded by these cards of some of my older friends I've had through the years. In fact the lady I work for now is 80 and I'm usually helping my in-laws who are 90 and 86 on weekends so I'm quite often around seniors in the course of my days; lots of opportunities to observe life at that end of the spectrum.

There seems to be two mindsets. I'm bored with everything so I sit on the couch and do nothing all day; or, Life is short and then we die and I have a lot of living to do. I see my in-laws running a fully functioning farm, a good friend just bought a new home at 87, and has spent the last year having a ball painting and papering and furnishing it. I dearly hope and pray that I will maintain my enjoyment of learning new things, meeting new people, seeing new places. I surely do not want to be one of the couch people.

"Joy comes from using your potential." ~ Will Schultz 1902-1998

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Go Ahead, do your worst

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

Ever been so beset by people or problems that wouldn't go away, you've finally reared up on your hind legs and said "ok, give it your best shot..."

I'm reminded by this card that is usually the turning point. We realize going along to get along, turning the other cheek, maintaining a low profile, working it out, ignoring, talking it over...none of those things are going to work. So we let go of fear and decide to take on what ever it is that is making our life miserable. Go for it, what have you got to lose at this point?

"I am, sir, for the last time in my life, Your Humble Servant." ~ Horace Walpole 1717-1797

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Pain Of It All

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

Apt card for the day, my 15 pound kitten Conway has to go in for foot surgery today. He does love his groceries and has been making a foot patrol of all four missing feeding stations since I picked them up last night.

I'm reminded by this card that many of the things in life that first cause us pain make us feel so much better afterward. I wish I could explain that to Conway. I wish I'd remember when it is time to go to the dentist. Take heart this too shall pass.

"Pain is of life. To reject it is to reject life itself."~ Havelock Ellis 1859-1939

Monday, June 16, 2008

Knowing

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

Sometimes we are presented with knowledge we don't know what to do with. Do we confide in all interested party's or do we ignore what we know as none of our business? Dear Abby always counseled "mind your own business". Our heart whispers "would I want to know"?

I'm reminded by this Ace that there are seldom clear cut answers in this life, we aren't given a manual, and every one of us views things from different perspectives. My perspective says lead with your heart and remember gossip is a double edged sword, a dirty little abuse of the goodness of life itself, avoid taking sips of it's poison.

"The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable." ~ Irving Howe 1920-1993

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fresh outlook, new attitude, restart your engine

Daily Draw: The Enchanted Tarot ~ Ace of Pents

This card addresses fresh beginnings, new jobs or relationships, projects and plans...there is always something new to learn, even about subjects we love, or ourselves.

I'm reminded by this card that at my core I am a fiber artist. It is one of the three constants in my adult life when everything else has changed again and again. But a couple of times I've fallen on fallow ground. Not interested in on-going projects, new ones, fabrics, books, guilds, shows, nada. It is a really weird feeling and at the longest, has lasted a year with me not touching a needle. I've been in one of these fallow times these last 6-8 months and because without the fire it feels like something in me is missing, I turned to my small circle of special friends, the Facets Ladies. I asked for help and I got it. Enough of a nudge to enable me to push myself off the starting block and surge forward. Once again, my spare time is happily filled with fabric, projects, interest in what's new; my needle is humming once again and I've even started a quilting blog. Three cheers for the Ace of Pents--because me without thread and needle in hand just ain't natural.

"What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way." ~ Winslow Homer 1836-1910

The deck this week is the Enchanted Tarot, art by Amy Zerner, charming book by Monte Farber. Amy is a fiber artist and each card image has been made from fabric, lace, embellishments, and fancy threadwork. The perfect deck to celebrate my own renewal. Hint: if you are in their on-line store and click on a category, the items returned are way down at the bottom of the page.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Destitution, down to your uppers

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ 5 of Bolers

This is the first time I've drawn this card in several years worth of daily draws...I have some cards I've drawn up to a dozen times. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have never been to this stage. Broke? Yes. Hungry? A few times. Homeless, Sick, Scared, Alone? Never.

I'm reminded by this card of my fraternal grandmother's story of their life in the depression of the 1930's. She and grandpa and their 8 children share-cropped an Oklahoma farm in the late 1920's. About as far from high on the hog as you can get, but they were eking out a subsistence living until the great dust bowl storms. Flat busted and left with no option but to move on, they butchered and fried the chickens, loaded up the old pick-up with what little they owned and all those children (if you've seen the movie Grapes of Wrath, that was what they looked like) and hit out for California. As they passed through Arizona they gleaned orchards for food. Grandma said her worst memory of that trip was getting to the agricultural inspection station at the California border and the guard made them throw away those oranges, all that stood between them and starvation.

Obviously they didn't starve but they worked as migrant farm labors for several years until they'd saved enough to move north and establish a home in the Pacific Northwest. No, I've never known destitution, thank you Lord for giving me enough.

"It has now come to this - that to want only what is enough is a sign both of boorishness and of utter destitution." ~ Seneca, Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD

Friday, June 13, 2008

The power behind the throne

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ Dui

This is the wise one, the matriarch of the Travelers. A true crone whose lifetime of wisdom can show the better path...if consulted. A secret women can't know until they get there...there is an elegant freedom to aging.

I'm reminded by this card of advice. We all love to give it, seldom ask for it from someone else, and almost never listen to advice offered uninvited. As individuals it is almost like we are hardwired to learn on our own; we only have to look at a newspaper to know history has taught the world nothing, we keep trying to invent the wheel but it is always off-round.

One thing I have learned if I have a new or worrisome project or problem I can say to my husband, "Tell me what you think, don't tell me what to do", and get exceptional wisdom. We are very copacetic as opposites often are but we think so differently it is interesting and informative to seek out his opinions.

"I'm like old wine. They don't bring me out very often, but I'm well preserved." ~ Rose Kennedy 1890-1995

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Self confidence and ego

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ Knight of Bolers

This image so mirrors an image from a dream last night, except my horseman had a raised rusty burn barrel. Same concept though, bravado seems to drive both dream and card Knight. A good thing to have when there is a mission at hand, not so good when boasting, alcohol, and young people are involved.

My 6 of Koros feelings are still with me today; I look at this card and see potential tragedy brewing. If there is a winner then there is always a loser and with the type of enthusiasm on display here, and the Knight's youth, losing often equals damage and injury. We are resilient in our Knight stage, bones heal, as does heartache. Would that we could always achieve a middle ground...the experience of maturity with the energy of young adulthood. But alas, the school of hard knocks will always be with us. I'm a graduate and I'm here to remember the stories so it can't be all bad can it?

"The school of hard knocks is an accelerated curriculum" ~ Menander of Athens 342 BC-292 BC

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Nostalgia and childhood memories

Buckland Romani Tarot ~ 6 of Koros

When siblings aren't fighting they are usually pretty good friends; if you are isolated they are often the only friends you've got. And who doesn't remember their best friends from the early days? Riding bikes like the wind without a care in the world, picking berries, peeling cascara bark, weeding the garden, swimming and picnics at the river and all the let's pretend games. And the first childhood friend to die... Denny, when the snow loaded barn roof collapsed on him. What a shock to the system that is. OMG we might be mortal.

I'm reminded by this card of my little sister, born on my 10th birthday and probably the nicest person I know. She is 40-something now, and to this day I've never heard her say an unkind word about anyone. We've lead very different lives, often with not much in common...except that bond of sisterhood and memories of growing up together. Raising my koros to Delores today ~ Thanks for the memories.

"Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days." ~ Doug Larson 1902-1982

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ 4 of Koros

Being a coffee drinker myself, I see this card as Ma offering Pa the last of the coffee; there is no more to be had. A common occurrence with household commodities when money is in short supply. I did some research on coffee substitutes; the American South got quite creative during the Civil War, and as did many pinched households during the depression of the 30's and the two Wars To End All Wars. Ground dried sweet potatoes seems to taste very close, followed by dried peas, browned like coffee beans. Rye, wheat, corn, potatoes, okra seeds, acorns, persimmon seeds, boiled down molasses, chicory, beets...we are a determined lot when faced with adversity and the loss of our beverage of choice.

I'm reminded by this card not of being discouraged and downcast in the face of adversity, but by just how inventive and creative we can be when we want to be, when we finally have reason enough. It is time America got off it's duff, quit waiting for someone else to take care of us, and started looking for our own solutions to living life. Those empty cups could be the stimulus check. We can surely do much better than that crackpot idea on our own.

"Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee" ~ Stephanie Piro

Monday, June 9, 2008

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ Knight of Koros

This Romani Knight seems ready for a challenge and full of confidence. It is a great feeling to know you've prepared for something and that you are at the top of your form, ready for whatever presents itself.

I'm reminded by this card of drivers tests, job reviews, class finals, all of which I've both passed with flying colors and miserably failed. The difference was always attitude and preparation. Just showing up is never enough in this life, even though we might get away with it for a little while. Any job worth doing, any test worth taking deserves putting in the time it takes to do it well. This Knight know that and shows it in every line of the image.

"You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go." ~ Dr. Seuss 1904-1991

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ 8 Bolers

I'm late drawing my card of the day, we've been away, as we often are, tending another's garden so to speak. Here we see a craftsman at his forge, performing a journeyman's task with grace and ease.

I'm reminded by this card and today's tasks that at some point age begins to tell it's tales, and what was once done well with grace and ease becomes slipshod and difficult. I'm thankful we are able to help pick up the slack in this instance, and Lord willing, one day, someone will be there to pick up the slack for us. Forge on craftsman, all the more power to you!

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." ~ Lou Holtz 1937-1980

This week's deck is by Ray Buckland, with art by Lissanne Lake published by Galde Press. This is the limited second edition, the first edition has been out of print for some time. Mr. Buckland deeply researched the Romani culture and did a great job of representing them fully and fairly in these 78 cards.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Daily Draw: Magical Menagerie ~ Gryphon

An otherworldly creature of lore whose equal in tarot might be connected to the King of Coins. Security and stability are key to this card.

I'm reminded by this card of a period in the early 70's when times were so tight for us. One morning I checked pockets, couch cushions, the washer...and came up with a grand amount of one dollar and eight cents as my total cash reserves. Out of sheer desperation I hooked a ride with a friend and drove to the next state that had a lottery and shot my wad on a ticket. Leaving me the financial bottom line of eight cents. Because of course it was not a winner. But I'll always remember that particular day and how frightened I was, how close to living on the street. So when I see news programs about folks that are down and out I don't poo-poo their misery if I see them smoking or have pets. Until we are down ourselves we don't know how we'd react, what things we might cling to or do to marginalize that misery even if it might seem foolish to someone on the outside looking in.

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." ~ Atticus, Harper Lee 1926-

Friday, June 6, 2008

Daily Draw: Magical Menagerie ~ Crane

Longevity, vigilance, and our links to ancestors and ancient knowledge. We often see cranes and herons in our lowlands here, they are also frequent unwelcome visitors to backyard koi ponds. They are beautiful creatures, both still and in flight. We also have a joke at yoga practice that the crane pose is the yogi's secret handshake...because we can do it anywhere and when another yogi sees us in crane pose they know we are kindred spirits of the philosophy.

I recognize and am thankful each day for my links to the past. I can pull knowledge from long ago conversations with departed loved ones, and through that link still have a thread of caring to the ancestors I never knew. My talents come from that thread as do my physical characteristics. For those grey days when we feel blue and lonely we can raise our face to the light and use memories to connect to better times and ancient sunshine.

"Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Daily Draw: Magical Menagerie ~ Wolf

Wolf is a teacher, communicator, and life-long seeker of knowledge. Strong in family unit protection and sharing.

I don't much like her, but Hillary Clinton had it right when she used the proverb "It takes a village..." No one can survive, grow, and prosper in a healthy manner if we are or feel all alone. Understanding that we all need some type of unit where we are secure and do not have to reinvent the wheel daily in order to survive is of paramount importance. Community involvement, a belief system, decent education, and a stable home are key to turning our country away from the moral morass it has sunk to. We could learn much from a wolf pack.

"It takes a village" ~ African Proverb

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Daily Draw: Magical Menagerie ~ Fox

Quick witted, sly, cunning. The last two traits are no doubt necessary if you are an animal in a changing world. Like coyotes, their natural habitat is now covered by houses and blacktop and shopping malls. Being quick witted is something we can all aspire to.

I'm reminded by this card of all the times that perfect rejoinder has come to me in the middle of the night...hours after the opportunity to say it has passed.

"I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct." ~ William Shakespeare 1564-1616

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Daily Draw: Magical Menagerie ~ Unicorn

Unconventional individualist. Sound like anyone you know? We are all unique aren't we? For most of us, ours is the uniqueness of the masses, we are special but we don't stand out. St. Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, Attila the Hun, Cleopatra, now they were unique in so many ways.

I'm reminded by this card that not many of us are Unicorns but we can all make a difference in our small circle. Raise your face to the light with me and by the end of the day the world will be a better place because you and I are in it.

"Some people weave burlap into the fabric of our lives, and some weave gold thread. Both contribute to make the whole picture beautiful and unique." ~ Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac/Eric Utne 1946

Monday, June 2, 2008

Daily Draw: Magical Menagerie ~ Wyvern

This is a changeling, or mid-grown dragon. They are born in the sea; when they begin to get their full leg growth they move to land. Often seen on shields and crests because they are considered more fierce than a full grown dragon.

Change in humans follows a similar pattern. As children we are shaped and formed, but know not what we will become. In our early/mid-adulthood is when we are the most fired up about projects and causes. That is great! It gets the ball rolling, but it is left to the elders with the knowledge only age can bring to build the platform and guidelines that evolve those projects and causes to fruition. Some of us never develop beyond the Wyvern stage because we are so resistant to anything different. Sad that, because change and growth are most invigorating, what keep us excited and getting up with anticipation each morning. Change for the sake of change is ok, but change by choice is a wonderful thing. If you only ever try vanilla ice cream, imagine when you try chocolate and find it is superb also...and your world of options just doubled. Step outside the box, try something new, stretch those Wyvern wings.

"Embrace Change. True success can be defined by your ability to adapt to changing circumstances." ~ Connie Sky

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Daily Draw: Magical Menagerie ~ Blackbird

We see these Red-winged Blackbirds in the cattail marshes down on the Columbia River. In the Arthurian legends the Knights went first to the blackbird for help in their quest to find the child Mabon because they considered it the wisest and most spiritual of creatures. In this deck it is considered a guide in any spiritual quest, and a check and balance to be sure we remain rooted in this world.

I'm reminded by this card of my Grandmother Pearl's words, "you an be a fanatic about anything". Often without realizing you've become one. When we find the thing that seems to speak to our heart and soul, when it feels like we've finally come home, we have a tendency to immerse ourselves in it to the exclusion of all else. We eat sleep drink talk it pretty much non-stop. Soon life is way out of whack because to live in this world we must be of this world. Not many of us have a care-taker who will pay our bills, see our children fed and clothed, clean the bathroom... This is where the wisdom and advice of the Red-winged Blackbird comes into play. Am I balanced? Are you balanced? Is there anything we are neglecting in our search for the spiritual? It is a good question to ponder on a Sunday morning. I can't think of a legitimate spiritual path that would wish us to be deficient in our worldly duties.

"There is nobody as enslaved as the fanatic, the person in whom one impulse, one value, has assumed ascendancy over all others." ~ Milton R. Sapirstein 1914-1996

I'm working this week with a deck that was a very kind and very anonymous gift, a long distance hug when I so desperately need one. Whoever you are, thank you. You were a lifeline and I will treasure your gifts. The Magical Menagerie, Llewellyn Publications, 2005. 153 page Book by Mike Leslie, 42 card illustrations by Eric Hotz.