Saturday, February 28, 2009
I have two little dachshunds who have four inch legs. We took a tree out this winter at the front corner of the house and it has a four inch stump remaining. The little dogs love to tear around the corner and get up on that stump to improve their visibility.
I'm reminded by this figure up on its globe that a different perspective physically or mentally can result in a true gain of insight and a new viewpoint unconsidered previously.
"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world." ~ Arthur Schopenhauer 1788-1860
Friday, February 27, 2009
This card is often shown as strife, fighting, discord...but this deck has shown a different view. By the faces this isn't a pleasant gathering, but there are only four imps, not five. The fifth Wand stands in the center, the remaining imps and wands form a tableau around it.
I'm reminded by this card of a women's group I used to lead. There were about 40 members of which only one was a royal PITA. I stood it for two years, then finally removed her from the membership. But you know what? She had been with us long enough that her absence was felt by me at least. We all make our impressions on those around us, I hope my presence here on earth is notable enough that my absence will be noticed when I'm gone; not because of negative impact but positive. Alone we are a cypher, our lives only have impact by leaving our impression on others.
"If you think you are too small to have impact try going to bed with a mosquito in the room." ~ Anita Roddick 1942-2007
Thursday, February 26, 2009
If one hundred people were presented with this card as a 'this is your life' snapshot, I wonder what the percentages would be for each of the four places. This is a question asked politically quite often, are you better or worse off than you were four years ago. Rob would probably say riding the downside, I would have to say circling into the coming upside.
I'm reminded by this card about pessimism and optimism and overall attitude. Rob is a pessimist and I am an optimist, but both outlooks by their very nature can and must be cultivated, something pessimists are blind to.
"It's tough trying to keep your feet on the ground, your head above the clouds, your nose to the grindstone, your shoulder to the wheel, your finger on the pulse, your eye on the ball and your ear to the ground." Old Proverb
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This figure lacks focus to do either of her tasks well. The Wands are bundled energy but she is picking rocks with the bundle still on her back. I feel like she does sometimes, I have my own home and employment to tend to like the bundled Wands, but I have also made a commitment for as long as needed, to care for my in-laws and keep them in their own home...the gathering of rocks.
I'm reminded by this card that I can do anything I put our mind to, if I keep focused and spend my energy in appropriate ways. Catching up on my favorite blogs for two hours and then saying I didn't have time to do a task is hogwash and we both know it. Lucky us to even have bundled energy to tap into.
"My biggest worry is I'm running out of time and energy. Thirty years ago I thought ten years was a really long time." ~ Dean Kamen 1951-
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The court cards offer one dimensional personalties by default, and pick up a more well rounded sense by connecting them to the cards that surround them in a spread. All that said, I always enjoy seeing the Queen of Coins come up because she is the one I most identify with.
It wasn't always that way, like so many others, we lived from paycheck to paycheck, charged the big ticket items like appliances, and those payments were added to the burden of already exhausted paychecks. They say when you are ready for the message it will appear...two things changed my viewpoint and actions regarding fiscal responsibility. Discovering FlyLady in March of 2001, and Mary Hunt's book Debt Proof Living later that year. As I worked through my home with FlyLady I saw every day where money had been spent with no return in value and began to live by the motto, "I have everything I need"; with Mary's book I learned how to save rather than spend, in an easy and common sense way.
I'm reminded by this card that old habits die hard. When I'm standing in front of a shiny geegaw my hand reaches for it but I know I have everything I "need" and I leave that momentary "want" there. Better there where I can visit it and someone else dusts it... And when I have a real need, I can afford it.
"It started with shining my sink, getting dressed to the shoes and decluttering for 15 minutes a day." ~ Marla Cilley/FlyLady
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wands are the suit of action. I've drawn the King of Wands four times already this year. So what action do I need to take or step up that I'm missing? The salamander indicates a test by fire...which eliminates the impurities and forges the shape.
I'm reminded by this card that I have responsibilities on a number of levels that require constant oversight, diligent attention to details, and proactive actions, not reactive.
"Look at the word responsibility--response-ability. Proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. Their behavior is a product of their own conscious choice, based on values, rather than a product of their conditions, based on feeling." ~ Stephen R. Covey 1932-
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Sometimes we use the term "just like magic". We usually mean everything came together in the right place at the right time, it all worked correctly and our results were outstanding. In this beautiful Magician we see all the creatures of the realm are working in unison, as tool bearers, messengers, uplifters, reminders...
I'm reminded by this card that when I'm around someone who seems to have it all together and I sigh and wish I could be like that, in truth, there isn't any magic to it at all. There is common sense, pre-planning, practice, delegating,
"Wish in one hand and spit in the other; see which one fills the first." ~ My first grade teacher, Mrs. Ollie E. Camp
The Paulina Tarot, fresh from the presses of U.S. Games Systems this February is the deck of the week. The production values for this deck are terrific and it is certainly a nice change from the heavy Golden Dawn decks of the last two weeks.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I am tired. A lie down would do me a world of good. But needs must and I have a lot more tearing around to do before dusk falls over the hills.
I'm reminded by this card of one of my dreams. A sea cruise, a warm one, where my luggage consists of jammies and all the books I want to read and I can lie around and just read and read and read. Or a good hotel at the coast with an excellent view. And just lie around and read and read and read. As noted before, our dreams sometimes are what really keep us going with the daily slog.
"All religions will pass, but this will remain: simply sitting in a chair and looking in the distance." ~ Vasily Vasilievich Rozanov 1856-1919 (Rozanov starved to death in a cloister in the hungry years following the Revolution...4 of Swords to the extreme.)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Since 1909 this card is usually shown with one of the figures having two faces. Indicating we can continue to do what we have done, with the same results; or we can turn our face to a different path with fresh experiences, gaining new knowledge that will help guide us to better results.
I'm reminded by this card that just because things have always been done a certain way is no indicator that they must be done that way. An example? Yesterday our president signed into law one of the biggest bills ever passed by congress. In Denver Colorado. Not in front of a curtain in Washington D.C. surrounded by yes men and cameras. Any other president in history could have been out and about taking the pulse of the nation...but did they? And nothing ever changed. At least today we have hope for change, but we must change also.
Sometimes it is better to try something a different way because without realizing it we've changed over time. An example? Yesterday I got an inappropriate comment on a blog...the tired old "die you bitch, everyone hates you blahdieblahblah". Ten years ago I might have been bothered; yesterday I laughed out loud, deleted it, and said a prayer for the small cold soul that needs to express its anger in that manner. And forgot about it until this double faced 6 of Cups came up. Bless change and growth~
"To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable". ~ Helen Keller 1880-1968
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Such a beautiful rendition of the Ace of Cups, sometimes it is pictured in a very static manner, but Tavaglione's is rich with movement and meaning.
With this Ace, I'm reminded as I am each day in many ways how very blessed I am. We have food and shelter and jobs, and live in a country where we can follow our dreams, speak our minds, and have individual problems and interests without worry of soldiers with guns coming to our home in the night to say otherwise. It is a big hard world out there and I'm thankful to have accepted I have everything I need. It is wanting that would make me unhappy.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." ~ Herm Albright 1876-1944
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I'm trying to make a decision today and mental clarity eludes me as fear and worry creep in and surround my thoughts.
I'm reminded by this card if my pros and cons are valid and not emotionally weighted then it is time to cut the cords of what ifs and set the plan in motion.
"The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision." ~ Maimonides 1135-1204
Monday, February 16, 2009
In simple fortune-telling the Queen of Swords is often thought to be sharp tongued, the other woman, a gossip...all the court cards can be seen as one-dimensional, the surrounding cards must flesh them out.
I'm reminded by this card we often make one-sided assumptions about people. We only see a professor at the head of class so are dumbfounded to read in the paper she got a DUI. We only know the pastor behind the pulpit and do a double take when we see him in street clothes grocery shopping. All of us have a full life with many facets, I'd do well to remember that next time I take a dislike to someone.
"We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions." ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer 1904-1991
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Fantasy and Imagination. Where would we be without them? How could we get along without them? What a bleak world it would be if our dreams and desires were to suddenly cease.
I'm reminded by this card that fantasy and daydreams are an integral part of living, and without this part of our psyche we would be drones, content with what ever little bit life presented us. Viva La Dreams!
As if the Hermetic Tarot wasn't busy enough, the Tarot of the Stars by Giorgio Tavaglione presents busy in Technicolor and along with tarot gives us astrology, numerology, knowledge of the mystical meanings of both Sanskrit and Hebrew letters, cabala, hermetics and more. This deck dates from 1991, printed by Dal Negro. The cards measure approximately 6" X 3.5". My companion book is in Italian, I'm going to keep my eyes open for one in English.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Defeat and Forgiveness would balance on my personal scales because both mean I realize in my heart and mind that absolutely nothing will change about the situation. I can't change or undo what has been done when it all now lies in the past. And I've had defeats and betrayals enough to prove my theory.
I'm reminded by this card how difficult it is to let something go; we resist because it sounds like Sally-WooWoo pap; because on some level we will take self-pity if we can't get anything else; and maybe because admitting a defeat seems like adding insult to injury. Truly letting go brings a sweet release like no other feeling we can experience...because it lasts.
"Defeat should be our teacher, not our undertaker. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Defeat is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." ~ Denis Waitley 1933-
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Everything is stationary, in fact almost posed to rigidity. Yet the means of movement, the two Sphinx in the foreground seem to be conversing in a relaxed manner. Which speaks much for this decan, Lord of the Triumph of Light.
I'm reminded by this card that knowledge and power go hand in hand. Knowledge without action serves no one, actions without reasoning serves no one. It is only when we combine the two we can go forward with a reasonable assurance of success.
"The fly sat upon the axle-tree of the chariot-wheel and said, What a dust do I raise." ~ Aesop 620-560 BC
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Failed business, failed marriage, failed hopes...
Sometimes in spite of all efforts to the contrary, something we have high hopes for goes belly up. I'm reminded by this handful of dead flowers that the seed for next year comes from this year's spent crop. If we have the fortitude, the seed for the next endeavor is within us. If we learn from our lessons. Amazingly some people never do and are destined to repeat the same patterns over and over.
"You cannot hold on to anything good. You must be continually giving - and getting. You cannot hold on to your seed. You must sow it - and reap anew. You cannot hold on to riches. You must use them and get other riches in return." ~ Robert Collier 1885-1950
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Today's draw is the opposite of yesterday, here we have enough and more of worldly interests. The flowers draw moisture from the cups and offer nectar back in a circle of health, generosity, and common sense.
Many tarot cards call for a return of balance, and no wonder, we get ourselves so out of whack. Too much work, too many obligations, too much time wasted, too many bills, too much technology, too much to eat, too many bosses, too many health issues...and not enough inner centeredness to tell us enough is enough, more is too much. I'm reminded by this card to focus on what or who I have, not on what I think I want or need.
"There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest." ~ Peace Pilgrim 1908-1981
Monday, February 9, 2009
Mary Hunt's Newsletter today offers the news that credit card companies have new rules. Big deal, the damage is already done. When we got married in 1970 we couldn't get credit anywhere because we both failed the cardinal rules for receiving credit. The applicant had to have:
The current address for at least two years
Have held the current job for at least two years
When those were met they then looked at your credit history and income ratio to debt load.
I haven't a clue when credit card companies went from responsible members of the financial community to rabid dogs but easy credit and financial ruin have been the result.
I'm reminded by this card that material goods on credit are only the front, the show, the illusion of success. Real financial integrity is saving for rather than paying on. Empty cups indeed.
"Seven deadly sins: politics without principle; wealth without work; pleasure without conscience; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice." ~ Eli Stanley Jones 1874-1973
Sunday, February 8, 2009
This deck and the 9 of Pents both require some back bone. More about the deck later, the 9 of Pents is the bone of contention here. I doubt anyone among us has not played the game "if I were rich". This card indicates material wealth and if we look around us we can quickly see that material wealth has almost nothing to do with how people see and live their life. Jerks will always be jerks, bubble-heads will always be bubble-heads, saints will always be saints, money just gives the opportunity to be more so.
I'm reminded by this card, once again, that while wealth can mean comfort and security, our true wealth and worth lie within, and is the only thing we'll be judged by when we are gone.
"What right have you to take the word wealth, which originally meant ''well-being,'' and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money." ~ John Ruskin 1819-1900
The Hermetic Tarot, this edition from 1980, published in Spain by U.S. Games Systems. Reconstructed from and based on multiple writings and decks designed by the members of the Secret Order Of The Golden Dawn which was formed in 1888. Part of being in the order was creating a personal tarot deck and many of the features and symbols we see in modern decks are derived from those original Golden Dawn decks. The original Rider-Waite of 1909 and the Thoth deck (published posthumously in 1969) are the two most famous that have survived. Nearly every tarot deck I've used on this blog have been based on the Rider-Waite with the exception of the antique reproductions and oracles.
In addition to the familiar symbols indicating the card numbers and suit, there are astrological and elemental symbols, kabbalah and the 36 decans of the Tree of Life. All exquisitely penned over two years (1975-1977) in black and white ink by Godfrey Dowson. Chances of me picking on up any secret symbolism are slim to none, but it is definitely a beautiful and intriguing deck.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Melchizedek, who represents the Hierophant in this deck, lays the healing properties of the lance tip on the Seekers wound. The wound that has kept him weak and wandering aimlessly in the forest.
I'm reminded by this card of sudden insight, permissions received, money arrived, legalities conquered...those times when abruptly we are able to move on. Whatever has been holding us back is removed and a weight is lifted from us. What a great feeling.
"Sometimes a breakdown can be the beginning of a kind of breakthrough, a way of living in advance through a trauma that prepares you for a future of radical transformation." ~ Cherrie Moraga 1952-
John Matthews The Grail Tarot, a Templar Vision has been an amazing deck to work with the past two weeks. The well written book and totally different spin on the traditional images opens new doors to personal insight. The standard image of 8 of Wands is 8 wands or staves flying through the air. Speed or hurry, but for or to or from what? The breakthrough on a meaning for the card today was indeed, what the card is all about.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Sheba ruled with King Solomon, both renowned for their wisdom. Behind her sits the ship of Solomon which will travel through time to aid the Knights of the Round Table. She has her hand raised in a very curious manner. The book says raised in blessing, but her last two fingers are curled against her palm, the first two upright against her thumb. The hand is cocked at an unusual and unnatural angle also. My mind begs to know why...
With this card of hidden knowledge we are asked to seek where and what our personal purpose, our special talent is. Some of us know from childhood what our calling is, others are oblivious to that call. I'm reminded by this card and all things hidden from us, that we have to seek to find, we have to dare to look deeper.
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." ~ Robert Byrne
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Very interesting take on a card which generally brings bad tidings; this Templar while wounded himself, is still able to walk to safety, carrying the swords of his fallen companions.
Grief shows in a million different ways, and I can testify that it shows differently on the same individual with repeated losses. And there is pre-grief too, when we know someone we love and value is obviously going soon. The shock to the system is enormous however the loss comes. We bleed on the inside in many places for a long time. Better to express our grief, however that is, than to hold it in and suck up...it is going to come out someway anyway.
I'm reminded by this card loss is part of life and teaches us many lessons.
"It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses." ~ Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette 1873-1954
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Overconfidence plays a key part here, the Seeker carries the wound of the lance now. He continues his mission older and wiser.
I'm reminded by this card there are times in life that even with the best intentions we set in motion something that blows up in our face. We have two options. Give up or get up and try again. Failure is only a word, like any other, and not an excuse to wallow in a mire of self-pity.
"Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world - making the most of one's best." ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick 1878-1969
Monday, February 2, 2009
I choose to continue another week with the Grail because of the preponderance of cups or vessels that have come up. And here is another one. I'm getting concerned I'm missing the real message. Or that I'm so worried about the tree I'm drowning in the forest. I think these cards relate to my father-in-law and I, we have an unusual and late-in-life-coming mutually beneficial relationship. I'm there to make his life easier but each visit I learn a valuable lesson. He will be 91 this coming April and some real health issues are making their appearance.
I'm reminded by this card that there would be no apprentice without the journeyman but the reverse is true too. Without apprentices many incredible skills have been lost to the sands of time. I am where I am because I also have journeyman skills my father-in-law needs, I pray I will be allowed to use them.
"The joy of learning is as indispensable in study as breathing is in running. Where it is lacking there are no real students, but only poor caricatures of apprentices who, at the end of their apprenticeship, have learned nothing." ~ Simone Weil 1909-1943
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Daily we are surrounded with miracles, astounding occurances that have become so commonplace we can become jaded and cynical. I am still surprised that there aren't people inside a television, that boats can float, and that planes can fly. But are there any amongst us that would take on a project like seeking the Grail?
In a time of minimal education, perhaps. Jobs were thin on the ground then and becoming a monk or Templar would certainly be considered options. Today's options begin at birth and continue to increase expotentionally with their willingness to dedicate themselves to education and opportunities. Yet so many don't bother. Where did the drive to survive and better themselves go? Too many miracles to bother with?
"To believe in yourself and to follow your dreams, to have goals in life and a drive to succeed, - this is the root of true fullfilment." ~ Sasha Azevedo 1978-