Friday, July 31, 2009
I see two figures working together formulating plans, one's Ouroboros has closed in on two ideas, the other's Ouroboros is filled with thoughts still, with room for some to escape, enter, grow.
I'm reminded by this card that nothing is in stone until we actually do it, there is always room for improvement up to that point.
"he's reluctant to commit himself as to whether it's a "wibbly thing" or a "swirly thing." ~ Cat, Red Dwarf 1997
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Maybe they are everywhere, but definitely the Pacific Northwest of the US seems to be awash in old Hippies. I even see the occasional real deal hippie van or bus.
I'm reminded by this card the do no harm, live green, live free attitude has probably always been alive and well and in part is the culture that built my country and keeps its borders open. There was just a peculiar moment in history when we gave it a name and a face. I'm the last person anyone would call a hippie but I'd like to think I've cultivated an attitude of acceptance in my grey years, that I've somehow pushed away the need, nay enjoyment of judging others and turned that spotlight upon myself.
"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others." ~ Peace Pilgrim 1908-1981
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I don't normally read with reversals but for some reason I can't keep this deck shuffled upright so hey...the universe is trying to tell me something. And this card makes sense in that regard. Often shown as someone struggling with balance, juggling, sometimes on a high wire.
I'm reminded by this card that in my normal frame of mind I'm exceeding practical in money matters. But for some reason this week I want to go to Amazon and blow a wad of money. I want to jump in the car and run up to the casino and blow a wad of money. I want to go to Wal-Mart and flush a wad of money down the tubes. It is like being on a diet and seeing a big ice cream sundae and falling upon it with three spoons. Or quitting smoking and finding a pack of smokes in the glovebox...So I am staying busy and trying to maintain my financial equilibrium. But I'll sure be glad when this reversal of my norm passes.
"Common sense is the guy that tells you that you ought to have your brakes relined last week before you smashed a front end. Common sense is the Monday morning quarterback who could have won the ball game if he had been on the team. But he never is. He's high up in the stands with a flask on his hip. Common sense is the little man in the grey suit who never makes a mistake in addition. But it's always someone else's money he's adding up." ~ Raymond Chandler 1888-1959
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The High Priestess and the court cards are the ones that give both new and experienced readers the most trouble. Because their message isn't in your face like the 5 of Cups or 10 of Swords. You have to dig deep for understanding.
I'm reminded by this card of querents who want to read on the same subject (usually love or the lack thereof) many times a day, for days and weeks on end. They are really looking for the cards to turn up that they like, or give them comfort; or a false promise is better than no promise at all. That is no way to use the cards as the High Priestess shows us...the real answer lies within and this is where we need to look in order to see the message in the cards.
"Most people have come to prefer certain of life’s experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain and even ugly paper. In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all costs, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we may never know our strength or our greatness." ~ Rachel Naomi Remen
Monday, July 27, 2009
The Star is a card of promise, of brighter days or times to come. Or is it of darker days and pain to come? Tarot cards always present two sides to the story.
I'm reminded by this card of the sister emotion, hope. Promises of brighter days are short on the ground here, but I can always hope...
"Oft expectation fails,
and most oft where most it promises;
and oft it hits where hope is coldest;
and despair most sits." ~ William Shakespeare 1564-1616
Sunday, July 26, 2009
As I wrote the short introduction of this deck below, I was thinking about all the different ways we can love. There is love for humans and other living or inanimate objects of earth...we might say I love that tree or lake or robin or dog. We also develop a love for stuff or activites...I love my card decks and blogging and so on.
I'm reminded by this card that I've been cautioned that we can't love something that isn't alive. Perhaps so in some definitions of love, but I surround myself with things I love. I don't live in a vacuum, I live in a beautiful but imperfect world and some days, many days in fact there is no human being there to love; but my animals, home, and yes, stuff, give me a lot of comfort and companionship.
"To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others." ~ Anne-Sophie Swetchine 1782-1857
The Australian Contemporary Dreamtime Tarot is an outside-the-norm art creation based on Keith Courtenay-Peto's (1928-2007) experiences in the Australian outback in the 1960's and his own sacred dreamtime, with text/translations by Diacon Courtenay-Peto. Published by Goldrope Pty. Ltd. Queensland Australia, 1991.
The four suits of the minor arcana are kundas/staffs, coolamons/cups, muggils/knives and wariats/pentacles; the court cards are maiden, hunter, earth mother and tribal elder. The numbering system is a large dot for 5's, small dots equal 1's, hence the card in this draw is number 6, the Lovers. Each major includes seventeen different markers in addition to the tarot image.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Generally the suit of cups is associated with the element of water. This king certainly has water related creatures under, before, on him, and carries a trident. But...he has land creatures beside him and wears a peacock hat so what the heck were the author and artist thinking of here? I looked up the symbology of peacock and find numerous references to renewal and rebirth, and the feather eyes have been considered both evil and warders of evil.
I'm reminded by this card that in this life little is set in stone aside from birth and death. We each have 24 hours 7 days in our weeks. So why do some of us decide to stay downtrodden and other choose to rise up beyond their lot? Do some really think a miserable life has been assigned to them and personal martyrdom suits? Or do some just not recognize the signs signals omens and opportunities to effect positive change? Choice and how we use it is endlessly fascinating.
"In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory." ~ Alfred North Whitehead 1861-1947
Friday, July 24, 2009
These little guys at the bottom of the card are cute. Do I know what they are, placed in that moonscape environment? Are they just suggesting different terms for legal tender? Did the beans eat the former bone owners? Does it mean what I know well as an entrepreneur, that some efforts bear fruit and some die on the vine? Does it mean I've got a rocky path to my next paycheck? That gems and gold are out of my reach, or within my reach?
I'm reminded by this card we chose our attitude and have the ability to steer the outcomes of our days on the practical level. Hearing someone whine "I'm broke" doesn't much cut it with me, as long as there are yards to mow, sidewalks to sweep, errands to run, cars to wash, gardens and flower beds to weed.
"Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking." ~ Dame Anita Perella Roddick 1942-2007
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The answers to most querents questions for tarot readers are hidden within the querents themselves. They already know why or where or how or when they should do something, they just haven't faced it yet. They are hoping someone else will take over the responsibility of action. Even strangers with pieces of paper and ink.
I'm reminded by this card of how smart humans really are and how dumb we can choose to be. Seeking answers is a good thing, seeking to be absolved from personal responsibility is not.
"Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn to exercise his will - his personal responsibility." Albert Schweitzer 1875-1965
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Young enough to do it again.
I'm reminded by this card if we discard the mirror we can be and are any age we choose.
"Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth." ~ Natalie Clifford Barney 1876-1972
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
What does it take to make a happy home?
A baby? Hardly, babies have split up more couples than you can shake a stick at.
Extended family? Good relations with relatives help, but millions of couples never see or don't have relatives, so moot point.
Money? Hardly, there are millions of couples that live on little and are happy.
Sex? If both parties are satisfied it becomes part of the whole, but it isn't the key.
I'm reminded by this card that statistics show money, sex, and relatives are the three most common reasons for breaking up a relationship. And they can be the three strongest reasons for staying together. Personal attitude, and willingness to compromise and cooperate are probably the unseen reasons that make or break a couple. My in-laws are celebrating their 62nd anniversary today and looking back on their marriage they are a classic case for multiple reasons to get a divorce. Yet here they are, bound together by attitude and determination.
"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." ~ Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy 1828-1910
Monday, July 20, 2009
No one on this card looks worried, except perhaps that lion...two children, a small monkey, and a lion all seem to fit equally comfortably on those wands. Yet the wands all appear to be the same size. There s no apparent way to get to the top yet there are residents there. Of the three applicants at the bottom, one appears to be resting or satisfied where he is, one appears to be embracing the challenge, and one appears to be carving out a plan (probably the engineer in the group).
I'm reminded by this card that with very few exceptions the world is full of people just like me, who are doing and have done the same things...yet without exception each of us got where we are by different routes and thought patterns and physical efforts. The sheer plenitude of variety and facets of human nature never ceases to amaze and impress me.
"The one thing that matters is the effort." ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery 1900-1944
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Two of cups, new or renewed relationships.
I'm reminded by this card that if love is the root of a relationship then hate is possible...you can't hate someone you don't care about. I am so happy and thankful that the most strained relationship in my little sphere has been resolved and is now filled with love again.
"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?" ~ Kahlil Gibran 1883-1931
This week's deck is the Jolanda Tarot, 2nd edition, published by AGM/AG Muller of Switzerland 2008. The 1st edition was better known as the Swedish Witch Tarot. Illustrated by Hans Arnold, co-creator Rose Bjorkman, also known as Jolanda, well known in Sweden for her expert use of the tarot cards.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Translated to: The present world is but a dream the sleeper imagines to be real.
Sometimes our greatest missteps in life come from our imagination. We imagine what we want in a partner or employment or off-spring or church or friend and miss the reality entirely. Our fault and problem, not theirs.
I'm reminded by this card to not be fooled by appearances, but to look deeper, past the surface, and find the real truth of what I seek. Expectations can be our own worst enemy.
"Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling?" ~ Maurits Cornelis Escher 1898-1972
Friday, July 17, 2009
Translated to: Knowledge is the seal of the kingdom of Solomon.
I'm a high school graduate, from a school that wasn't accredited to get me into college. Everything I've learned beyond that basic education has been garnered on my own. Some from the school of hard knocks, the rest from an info-junkie mind that likes to solve mysteries.
I'm reminded by this card that much of the magic of knowledge is attention and common sense. I kept my frail 91 year old FIL out of the grip of doctor and hospital this week by figuring out why his blood glucose readings had shot up into the 400's. The answer? This week he has forgotten how to wash his hands and his readings have been contaminated with juice from the grapes he nibbles on until his meals are ready. Now we wash his hands for him and mark one more win for dementia but also a win for us.
"We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary
to know the origin of the universe it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge." ~ George Frederick Will 1941-
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Translated as: Seek the Purchaser who is seeking you.
If drawn in a reading there are so many ways this could apply to my life right now.
~I have a single young cousin with no insurance who managed to grow a 20" tumor since Christmas that turned out to be filled with cancer. We are hoping to find a treatment center that will 'purchase' the task of bringing her back to health.
~I'd love a 'purchaser' to spring from the ground and buy our Kalama house. I love my 5th wheel here at the farm where I'm helping out my elderly in-laws, but full-timing in one has some drawbacks and I may be here for years.
~I'd love a miracle that would 'purchase' more time to complete Rob's pension.
~Or, tongue sort of in cheek, that I could 'purchase' a plague of locusts for the greedy narrow-minded corporate brothers who have managed to trash any hope of the miracle mentioned above.
I'm reminded by this card of the reason I cringe when readers spout keywords and call this the wish card...because most wishes/purchaser will never happen. Wishing gives our power away and makes us weak and hopeless. And that isn't the intent of the 9 of Coins.
"Sometimes I wish that I was the weather, you'd bring me up in conversation forever. And when it rained, I'd be the talk of the day." ~ John Mayer 1977-
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Translation: I am as a flower, a string of pearls my sail.
Self Image: Are we ever satisfied as we are?
I'm reminded by this card self-improvement in good cause is a fine thing, seeking internal improvement is 7-fold better than transitory surface improvement;
and to appreciate and be thankful for what, who, and how I am today.
"It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with who and what he really is." ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The translation: God set up these scales so that justice might be done to us in eternity.
Do you believe in ultimate justice? In an afterlife?
I'm reminded by this card death and the beyond is hidden from us. But if you have ever read the news even once in your life, you have to hope there is justice at some point because it is seldom found in this life on this planet.
"Never pray for justice, because you might get some." ~ Margaret Atwood 1939-
Monday, July 13, 2009
The translation says "The soil is faithful to it's trust".
Just about anything of value needs to be nurtured and no one can place the value of something or someone for another. I may value my jars of buttons more than a neighbor might value a child. Doesn't seem right, but there you are...the human nature of nuture..
I'm reminded by this card to keep my priorities in order and not let the task I've chosen overwhelm everything else. Without nurturing what I value it is my life I'm blighting.
"There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are." ~ Chogyam Trungpa 1939-1987
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I said to a friend a few days ago, "There but for the Grace of God go I". We usually hear that in reference to someone in unfortunate circumstances, but it just as easily applies to a person in seemingly fortunate circumstances. How many times have we seen or heard something in the media about someone who apparently 'has it all', and what runs through our mind is "what were they thinking"?
I'm reminded by this card that we all come from dust and each day we are presented with the opportunity to make something good from our life, or make something bad. Choice is what we earned from the Garden of Eden. I wish us all good fortune and the grace to know what to do with it.
By "guts" I mean, grace under pressure". ~ Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961
The working deck this week is The Rumi Tarot, Nigel Jackson. Book and deck published by Llewellyn 2009, based on the writings of Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī, a 13 century scholar and poet.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I am going rest today, at least part of it, I'm taking a creative class in another town. With the rapid decline in my FIL's mental acuity, I'm like old Mr. Grace, I don't get out much anymore.
I'm reminded by this lass that booking in at a fancy resort at the coast isn't the only way to rest and get away from it all. We can gather some serenity in a quiet corner of the yard, in a drive down a country road, taking an animal in our lap...our intent with our time is what matters, not how much of it we have.
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ~ John Lubbock 1834-1913
Friday, July 10, 2009
This card speaks to us of being able to finally see some progress achieved. Of earthly tasks that have been perhaps long in the making but now we begin to recognize the final results taking shape.
I'm reminded by this card for most life projects worth doing we know what and why but seldom will we grasp the long term ramification of the results. And perhaps more importantly, at this point, we can still change the outcome.
"Life without a purpose is a languid, drifting thing; every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves, 'This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught!'" ~ Thomas Kempis 1380-1471
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I did something today I've never done before in a daily draw. Normally I fan the deck and draw at random, today I pulled the King of Batons but I put him back and drew and drew (lots of courts, the Ace of Cups) and then this card appeared and I chose to keep it. Etteilla's majors do not match the commonly found decks. Card seven would normally be the Chariot and you can see this card doesn't reflect that at all. But it is a beautiful card, one of peace, stability, companionship, and that is what drew me to it. I need that today.
I'm reminded by this card that I don't believe in laying down and letting 'fate' run my life. I prefer to captain my own vessel and today I chose kindness and nurturing.
"First you need only look: Notice and honor the radiance of Everything about you... Play in this universe. Tend All these shining things around you: The smallest plant, the creatures and objects in your care. Be gentle and nurture. Listen..." ~ Anne Hillman
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
As a FlyLady graduate I've learned procrastination is a loser's game, what I want to put off never takes as long as I think nor is it as hard. My life and attitude have improved considerably since I learned that lesson. But I have a job today that I've been putting off for a year, and I know it will be just as difficult as I imagine; I need to euthanize one of my cats, Ike Clanton.
In looking at these 10 Batons, I reminded while I've been busy avoiding this task, just like I did with Windsor; Ike is the one that has really been carrying the burden. He is the one that is old and unwell and let's face it, becoming senile. I can't carry the burden for him, all I can do is allow him to lay it down.
"We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.” ~ John Newton 1725-1807
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sometimes we have to make our memories do the work for us. Ever want to pinch the head off someone you love? Ever cried because they exasperate you so? Someone you love ever hurt you so bad you cried for a week? Someone ever so mean you couldn't believe your eyes or ears? Or was that someone ever thee and me?
I'm reminded by this card that in this life perfection is beyond us, and sometimes remembering our better side is the only thing that keeps us in the good graces of those we value and love. Here is to the better side, may it often surface.
"If each man or woman could understand that every other human life is as full of sorrows, or joys, or base temptations, of heartaches and of remorse as his own . . . how much kinder, how much gentler he would be?" ~ William Allen White 1868-1944
Monday, July 6, 2009
I'm trying to think what was the best present I've ever had. Honestly, it's embarrassing, I can't think of anything that put me over the moon. A gift that touched my heart was a red sweatshirt Rob got me for Christmas in the early 70's. To keep me safer when we were out camping during hunting season. One that surprised me was a big Kitchen-aid mixer; we'd been married about 20-25 years and I'd gotten along that long without a mixer...but I love it and use it often.
I'm reminded by this card that I've honestly never met anyone who was impressed by a big pile of holiday presents and when asked a week later could name everything they got. I'm surprised that I can only think of those two things this morning. Am I a square peg in this respect also?
"False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared." ~ Charles de Montesquieu 1689-1755
Sunday, July 5, 2009
She does look like a Regent doesn't she? I'm reading a book on court life in Tutankhamun's time and the sheer weight of the crowns/arm/ankle/chest/ear/finger jewelry should have been enough to bring the boy to his knees. Just one of many reasons royalty 'move with majesty', they don't want any bits flying off or to tip over sideways.
I'm reminded by this card, subtitled Home and Place, bearing the responsibility of keeping everything together can be a heavy burden. Not everyone placed in that situation is cut out to be the boss and the carried cup does not nourish but offers only dust.
"I'm queen of my own compost heap, and I'm getting used to the smell." ~ Ani Difranco 1970-
Last July I used the Grand Etteilla Egyptian-Gypsies Tarot printed in France by B.P. Grimaud. This week it is the Lo Scarabeo reproduction deck of the 1870 Grand Etteilla III, titled The Book Of Thoth Etteilla. My images won't do them justice because I'm photographing rather than scanning, no scanner here at the farm. The borders are a lovely aged taupe, their 2003 deck images are faithful to the original publication. Collectors and readers owe Lo Scarabeo a big thank you for their commitment to reproducing the ancient decks that are out of our reach.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Poppy has renamed this card Dance of Life Web of Fate. Fate is an overrated concept, our thoughts and actions create consequences and steer our life, often into unexpected waters.
I'm reminded by this card of all the interesting places my actions have steered me, situations and places I'd have never thought of on my own had I tried to map my life.
"I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize, that fate and character are the same conception." ~ Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg 1772-1801
Friday, July 3, 2009
This appears to be a closed off image; topped by the crescent moon of the High Priestess enforces the idea. I used to be like this. I wasn't just shy and quiet, I was stony, didn't share any thoughts and dreams with anyone. Hard to believe, the way I flay myself here.
I'm reminded by this card of how far I've come in recognizing the personal is immaterial, the whole is what matters. Unfurling has set my spirit free to think deeper and open further in sukha and sthira, sometimes metaphored as the wings of a bird that flaps with effort (sthira) but flies with grace (sukha).
"Rituals and channels may thwart or help, according to their fixity or openness. When a symbol or spiritual idea becomes rigidly elaborate in its construction, it supplants the idea which it should support." ~ Rabindranath Tagore 1861-1941
Thursday, July 2, 2009
In one respect we are all on the same path, the one that starts with being born and ends with dying. For anything beyond that we do the game of looking for commonalities with which to form a bond.
Yesterday I met a man who speaks a different language, but in the course of each of us of us talking slow and loud at each other goats came up. We are thinking about getting a nanny goat, he has four of them. When Isi got off work he came by, and he who speaks only Spanish and I speaking only English and my FIL who didn't understand any of it went to Isi's house and patted his goats, ate warm ripe raspberries off the vine, and we gifted him with fresh laid eggs. There is always something, if we look.
"It is the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, the differences that make them interesting." ~ Todd Ruthman
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
One of the lovely things about this deck is people of all ages are portrayed. If you are connected to any kind of media you know this is an airbrushed impossibly unflawed world we are assailed with each and every day.
I'm reminded by this Queen of mature years that we are all beautiful, if we will only allow ourselves to be. I'm working this year on keeping the corners of my mouth turned up because at rest they naturally turn down and give an unintentional decidedly surly look, even giving myself a start when I see my reflection. Beautiful inside, beautiful outside. I can surely do this by setting my intent each morning.
"Though we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882