Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This looks like a classroom setting to me, most of the figures are holding their cudgels awkwardly and the larger figure appears to be observing. In a dream world I'd have money and time and access to classes in every subject you can think of because I'm an info junkie. Not because I'm rabid to learn gold smithing and yurt making but because anyone who is passionate about their subject makes learning enjoyable even if you know squat about the subject.
I'm reminded by this card that I'm not dead yet and there is always the opportunity to learn something new each day. Yesterday I learned about harrows and drags. What will it be today?
"You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way. ~ Marvin Minsky 1927
Monday, March 30, 2009
I usually draw a blank on this card...she is often shown pregnant, often as maternal...erm...not me in any way shape or form. I haven't drawn it many times over the years either. But here I am, my first deliberate using of reversals and there she is. All non-maternal, non-pg, nope, no one's mother in this card!
I'm reminded by this card what a blessing it was for children not to have me as a mother. I can't name how many ways I would have been a rotten mom. Things always work out right in the end, don't they?
"There may be some doubt as to who are the best people to have children, but there can be no doubt that parents are the worst." ~ George Bernard Shaw 1814-1885
Sunday, March 29, 2009
In the upright image we see a loving three generation family surrounded by good fortune and blue sky ahead. In the reversed image we see a single figure, restricted in his ability to do or see anything but his money. His life swirls in turmoil and his good fortune serves him not at all.
I'm reminded by this card that money doesn't equal happy/healthy/safe. We need to find that critical center where the money side of our life will work for us and not against us. Money is like love, in many respects the more you give the more you receive. The more you save the more you realize you can save. And there is a lot of difference between financial moderations and Scrooge. This reversed card is a cautionary one of what can be if we don't find equilibrium between having and keeping.
"His solitary life and disdain for those in need will ultimately lead others to find comfort and happiness from his death. No one will mourn his passing and his money and possessions will be stolen by the desperate and corrupt, the very people he condemned in life" ~ Scrooge description based on Charles Dickens figure.
This week's deck is fun for several reasons. One being the artist is an artist. Lines and curves, figures and faces, are all perfectly rendered. Two being Mr. Wong used and understood tarot long before he began designing his deck. Three being the uniqueness of Mr. Wong's vision in creating a deck where each and every card is designed for both sides of the good news bad news spectrum. So in honor of that I am using reversals this week. Revelations Tarot, deck and 200 page companion book by Zach Wong, published by Llewellyn Worldwide 2005.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
From the reward suit: Dawn; It's breezes swim with musk; Wake up! Breathe in this fragrance! This is in line with other admonitions we often hear; seize the day, wake up and smell the roses, this is the first day of the rest of your life, and one of my favorites, live like each day was your last but plan like you will live forever.
I'm reminded by this card just how many days of our lives drift by and are complete blanks. I've spaced a whole decade...I wouldn't remember my 30's if I didn't have photos to prove I was there. Too busy busy busy. I'm doing a lot better with my 50's, living mindfully and taking time to breathe and focus. Airy-fairy I suppose, but I am enjoying life as opposed to when I was Carpe Diem Cras.
"Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways." ~ Stephen Vincent Benét 1898-1943
Friday, March 27, 2009
From the Transformation suit today we have: Anyone who asks to be illuminated now will be made a torch to light up the world.
I'm reminded by this card if we seek to change for the better, change will come and we will be transformed. Problem being, mostly humankind hates change of any kind and resists like mad. We also resist doing work for free, and the road to illumination is a hard slog and often we can't see results, only those around us. Take a chance...
The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to experience." ~ James A. Baldwin 1924-1987
Thursday, March 26, 2009
From the Rewards suit today's card echo's the biblical 'the Lord helps those who help themselves' with the poem: The more you strive to reach the place of Splendor, The more the invisible angels will help you.
It is often said there is nothing sure in life but death and taxes, but this card I believe holds the third sure thing. If we work toward our goals with the highest of intentions help does appear in the oddest ways. I don't believe in gossamer beings in white robes with big feathers growing out their backs, but I do believe we as humans are sometimes moved to help each other in angelic ways. And who among us hasn't been called someone's angel at some point in our lives?
"Sometimes what we believe as coincidence is really just getting ourselves caught in an angel booby trap." ~ Grey Livingston
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
From the Warning suit, today I've drawn:
The carnal soul's food is seeds of evil;
Sow them and they grow and grow irresistibly.
It must be true...I know people have gone bankrupt on their expenditures on porn sites and shops, hookers, and all manner of exotic publications. I have empathy because I do understand compulsions, but I have no pity because of the irredeemable harm they do to the family who loves or loved them.
I'm reminded by this card of balance and moderation, of how it doesn't take much to tip us from healthy interests and habits into fanaticism and mental aberration in any subject.
"In mid-life the man wants to see how irresistible he still is to younger women. How they turn their hearts to stone and more or less commit a murder of their marriage I just don't know, but they do." ~ Chief Justice Earl Warren 1891-1974
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
When I'm finished today I'll have to look in the book and see what the translator thought of this card from the Love suit. My mind begs to differ, referring to the biblical idea of good works won't buy you into heaven. And the cliché, no good deed goes unpunished. Guess I'm in a sour mood~
I'm reminded by this card that each of us, ax-murderer to saint have within our hearts potential for pure and evil. Intention is everything, in the end.
"Each of us will one day be judged by our standard of life -- not by our standard of living; by our measure of giving -- not by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness -- not by our seeming greatness." ~ William Arthur Ward 1921-1994
Monday, March 23, 2009
Rumi was above all things, an optimist. This saffron Birth card tells us: They offered many reasons why the rose is laughing. None of them knew the truth. It's prayer has been granted by Spring.
I'm reminded by this card as I often am, that this too shall pass. I'm suffering a form of pre-grief, knowing our parents will soon be taken from us. Yet having grieved mightily in the past I know that eventually the softness of memory will enfold me and bring a flame of joy to comfort the loss.
"Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl." ~ Rumi ~ 1207-1273
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Rumi felt his greatest learning experience came to him through his dearly loved friend and mentor Shams of Tabriz. The short three years they knew each other they were nearly inseparable. When Shams vanished one night Rumi's sorrow was unquenchable, but through his grief his true mystic and poet self surfaced and much of his most poignant writing is from this time.
Rumi wrote: "You flapped your wings fiercely, and shattering your cage you took flight and soared to the world of the soul."
On his deathbed he said: "When only this remains between lovers and beloved, how can I be afraid?"
I'm reminded by this Reward card and the loss of friends and loved ones, young and old, that through my faith I will one day be reunited with them in some manner. I don't believe they are 'looking down on me'...that would be hell for them and embarrassing for us but our behavior would probably be a whole lot better if humankind really thought that way. I do look forward to the feast~
"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet." ~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi 1207-1273
The Rumi Card and Book Pack is the deck chosen this week. Published by Tuttle Publishing/Journey Editions 2000; 54 cards created and book written by Eryk Hanut and Michelle Wetherbee, based on the wisdom of Rumi (1207-1273).
The 54 cards are broken into six groups, Birth, Love, Ordeal, Transformation, Warning, Reward. Each group of nine cards has it's own color and icon for quick reference. The book is hardcover, 93 pages; 30 pages devoted to the cards, 63 to the life of Rumi.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Royal Star of the Lion
This card is the equivalent of being at the top of the tarot Wheel card. You are at the top of your form and now is the time to make any moves you've been formulating.
The number 23 (2+3=5) reduces to 5 which is ruled by Mercury, the messenger, the trickster, the wizard.
I'm reminded by this card that plans and dreams and notions are great, they keep our mind active and bright. At some point action must be taken, ere we turn into simpletons and daydreamer while the world passes us by. Nothing ventured nothing gained.
Sol gold is, and Luna silver we threpe,
Mars yron, Mercurie quiksilver we clepe,
Saturnus leed, and Jupiter is tin,
And Venus coper, by my fader kin! ~ Geoffrey Chaucer 1343-1400
Friday, March 20, 2009
This card indicates all challenges have been well met and the reward for hard work is at hand. The 21 card reduces 2+1=3 which connects to Jupiter. Jupiter in astrology is the planet of luck, but more importantly in my mind it is the planet of reasoning. Educating oneself about ideology, spirituality, religions and philosophy.
I'm reminded by this card of two kinds of mindsets. The one that finishes a job and immediately moves on to the next, and the one that finishes a job and considers their work done. One flourishes and one stagnates and never understands why.
Rather than a quotation today I'll leave an astrology factoid. I'm having fun with this deck.
"While the Sun organizes what the Moon desires, Mars does the actual work but, it's only through Jupiter that we can make our aims real in the worldly sense."
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This is not reduced as number 33 is considered to be a master number which vibrates to the planet Venus. It is the final or highest card in the deck. At this point we will have reached a state of true harmony and peace...or we have the tools within to do so and the lack of love and contentment is a choice we've made.
I'm reminded by this card that the magic of love, peace, and harmony are not singular to marital relationships. Many times we choose the opposite state; with neighbors, co-workers, family, pets, houses...all the things that impact our lives each day. We go to work mad, the dog gets kicked because we are ticked at the kids...these are choices we make. Breathe. Allow harmony in and make peace where it really matters. Within ourselves. We do have the tools, the magic is within.
"Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice." ~ Nora Roberts 1950-
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This card suggests that with divine and natural help a current difficult voyage can be accomplished. The eight pointed star of Venus can be relied on to send that burst of extra energy when needed.
I'm reminded by this card that only in hindsight can we recognize that things always work out in the end. When I'm out in the night with my dogs I love to look at the Stars and howl at the Moon. Their sheer permanency is a message to me that this too shall pass and in 100 years no one will know or care so why get so wound up? Relax...the help I need will be there when I need it.
"The real voyage consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." ~ Marcel Proust 1871-1922
Sunday, March 15, 2009
A friend who has owned a number of businesses, including once with a partner, told me there are a number of ships, including friendship relationship partnership...and sinking ship. It always made me laugh to hear her say it, but a non-working ship is a sinking ship.
Regarding the numerology of the 26 card, I'm told 2+6=8 and vibrates to the planet Saturn, planet of karma. I'm reminded by this card of the partnership/relationship I've built with my in-laws the last two years. We often see things from completely different viewpoints. This doesn't cause acrimony because their viewpoint is the important one...but it does cause difficulties in providing proper care of them, their home, their farm, their health, because they are often confused and ill. I commit to never turning my back on them and our partnership; and working hard to insure any karma coming to them via me is a blessing rather than a sinking ship issue. (I'll be there most of this week so there will be missing post days)
"Deep in the shady sadness of a vale
Far sunken from the healthy breath of morn,
Far from the fiery noon and eve's one star,
Sat gray-haired Saturn, quiet as a stone." ~ John Keats 1795-1821
Linda Goodman's Star Cards, Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc 2000. 33 card deck based on work by Linda Goodman/Mary Alice Kemery 1925-1995. Book compiled, edited, and written by Crystal Bush, Illustrations by Frank Riccio. The set no longer shows up on the publisher's website and is out of print, but can often be found on the secondary market. There are also a number of astrology websites based on Linda's work and name.
What I know about astrology or numerology wouldn't fill a thimble, so I should learn something new this week. These cards are based on numerology and I'm assured by the book I'll shortly be carrying the cards with me everywhere and consulting them on everything. (rolls eyes)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Our days and lives form a whole, but much of it is individually compartmentalized. So our finances may be on the rise but perhaps some health problems have become apparent. Our marriage may be strong but perhaps we've moved and lost all our root support group.
I'm reminded by this small child simply holding the reins but allowing the ride to go where ever it wishes that life can be like that too. There is much we have no control over and we are better off relaxing and making the most of the ride rather than beating ourselves up or over-inflating our ego to no good purpose.
"There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke." ~ Herman Melville 1819-1891
Friday, March 13, 2009
The Fire Dragon warns me to step back from over-enthusiasm and brittle passions. While they fire up for the short term they break and turn to ash quickly.
I'm reminded by this card that we have difficulty seeing where we are or how far we've come so it is hard to appreciate our personal or spiritual growth. Like weight and age, inner change creeps up slowly. But sometimes our eyes are opened by surprise and we can say "Wow, I didn't get tied in or all wound up about that". A high five for the Fire Dragon today who reminded me of my just say no progress.
"He who moves not forward, goes backward." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The quote at the beginning of the Earth Family chapter says "you have the potential to be grounded in reality while growing spiritually". If you've ever been part of or around a restrictive rule laden religion you know what a great gift true spirituality is to yourself. Billy Graham, who is one of the most spiritual men I know is quoted as saying, "God save me from a religious man". Because there is such a enormous maw of distance between religion and spirituality.
I'm reminded by this beautiful card of all the seeds of knowledge and joy and spirit that are planted in each one of us, often unknowingly. The result being a crop of loving and inspirational humans who help us grow our spirit; and animals, whose own spirit and determination to thrive set great examples for us.
"Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower." ~ Shigenori Kameoka
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This looks like a wistful Jill and the Beanstalk. She has gotten there but where is there? She went somewhere with no goals in mind, and the trip became pointless. A few days breaking the mold in her own home would have served her better to gain perspective on her life.
I'm reminded by this card that ruts are easy to make and difficult to get out of. A week sleeping in a different room, eating at a different place at the table, sitting in a different chair when relaxing, moving to a different desk when working, drive a different route, move the furniture in a couple of rooms...all these tiny changes can reawaken the sleeping you inside and the distance traveled mentally can be enormous.
"It is easy to be brave from a safe distance." ~ Aesop 620 BC-560 BC
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
In the deep of night as I roll around on my pillow trying to sleep the cares of life weigh heavy. Mentally I try to fix everyone and everything, and rerun all the dumb things I wish I could do over. Life seems all dark and negative.
A different me approaches the day. I recognize I can't change the past so offer forgiveness to myself and others freely. I know each day is a fresh start to be the best that I can be. I am so thankful for the balance my daylight brings my darkness.
"I am here again, in a familiar place feeling something I've felt before, wondering why it's still here, why I didn't deal with it more fully before. But I'm glad I have a second chance at it ... I can recognize it sooner and deal with it more readily. This is growth. And, I am happy to be alive." ~ Jan Denise
Monday, March 9, 2009
Given the option would you return to 15 or 20 again? I wouldn't, not for a million zillion dollars.
I'm reminded by this card of all the hard earned knowledge I've gained in my 50-something years, I wouldn't trade that for smooth skin and thick hair. I think of all the love Rob and I have shared for 39 years and I wouldn't trade that for a passionate fling for anything in the world. I feel the pain I live with every day and think of how much worse it could be. I am happy to be who I am where I am and I think that passion is the greatest joy of all.
"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music." ~ Angela Monet
Sunday, March 8, 2009
We have the power within ourselves to overcome any fear and in part that comes from consistently working to keep ourselves in balance.
I'm reminded by this card allowing any part of our life to lie fallow or overwhelm throws everything else out of true. With balance comes peace and an inner joy that always flames, regardless of outer turmoil and stresses.
"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh 1926-
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Humphrey was a man of morals and character, neither swayed by royal blood nor court riches and intrigue from his responsibility to mentor his nine month old charge into a just king.
I'm reminded by this card how seldom we see true golden character anymore. It is one of the reasons we disconnected the television 4 or 5 years ago. It felt like we were being dragged down to the level of the people portrayed on the screen.
"A conviction of self-worth and passion for ideals fuse in a life attitude that is positive, free, noble and spiritually enhancing." ~ Bill Jay
Friday, March 6, 2009
Helena had so much faith in herself, her skills, and her one true love that she managed to make all her dreams come true.
I'm reminded by this card that waiting for a miracle to change or better our lives is a darn pitiful way to live when our own actions are usually what is preventing that 'miracle' from happening. And waiting for someone else to build up our self-confidence is a losers game. We're smarter than that.
"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are." ~ Malcolm S. Forbes 1919-1990
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I had a mentor once who told me I was coming up short because I had a fear of success. Those were wise words and I think true of more of us than not, were we truthful.
I'm reminded by this card that success in anything will require vigilance and more hard work. We don't reach a pinnacle and then quit trying, caring, having setbacks. Then on the other hand....
"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful." ~ Paul Sweeney
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
This card takes its meaning from Much Ado About Nothing, wherein the characters leap to false conclusions, act without thought of consequences, make hasty decisions on faulty information.
I'm reminded by this card, cliché or not, Patience is still a Virtue. Much needed, respected, admired, in these days of instant gratification and information.
"Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith." ~ Adel Azer Bestavros 1924-2005
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This knight is so sure of his own opinions he will always choose a fight to the death rather than compromise or cooperate. Richard and this attitude resulted 32 years of the War of Roses, and all he had to show for his blindered opinion was the death of his son, his own head parting with his body and an entire nation in turmoil.
I'm reminded by this card there are always two sides to a story. Always. We personally are not the center of the universe, nor is the country in which we reside. With instant access to each other the world has become a smaller place. We've yet to learn a lesson from history and more blood will be shed in the name of man's single mindedness. Pity that.
"Whatever happened to a sense of idealism and embracing an idea that will help people?" ~ Rod Blagojevich 1956-
Monday, March 2, 2009
Humphrey Duke of Gloucester stood for Henry VI from the time Henry was nine months old, guiding, mentoring, and loving. Each child should be so fortunate to have someone on their side with no personal axe to grind.
I'm reminded by this card what a treasure above all else a true mentor is. Mentors can be part of our lives for years or only touch it briefly. When we review the building blocks that form our own foundation of thoughts and actions, if we think about it someone somewhere probably planted the seeds of those rocks.
"More than mere teachers, mentors are often emancipators, freeing us from poor technique, clouded vision and personal uncertainty." ~ Paul Soderberg
Sunday, March 1, 2009
It takes a village. It takes open communication. It takes attention.
I'm reminded by this card that if we each do what we do best, and try to be our best every day, our life and the life of those around us can only improve. I'll be dead and dust before anything I could do would change the world, but I can change my own world for the better by being true to myself. And that always makes a ripple in the pond. It isn't our intentions that matter, it is our actions.
You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you'll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless. ~ Caroline Myss 1952-
I'm using the Shakespeare Oracle, book by Bronwyn Llewellyn, art by Cynthia von Bhuler. Published by Fair Winds Press 2003.