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Monday, February 28, 2011

Revolution

Daily Draw: Celtic Wisdom Tarot ~ Knight of Swords

We are living through amazing times this year. The knights have finally realized they do have power and the old kings are falling. I've long wondered why this hasn't happened long before now.

I'm reminded by this card change like this isn't pretty, my country's history is living proof, but one man with ultimate power is the epitome of ugly, inside and out, regardless of what high ideals he may have had when he started down that path. One man with that power 20, 30, or 40 years poisons the heart of his country. One man standing alone seldom changes anything, but together it may be possible to see a better world.

"One alone in a Chinese square confronted tanks,
while others fled. He stood for freedom for us all."
Jimmy Carter 1924-

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Turning My Inside To The Outside

Daily Draw: Celtic Wisdom Tarot ~ World

I blush to admit this deck is one I forgot I had and have never used on Quirkeries. A real signal of too much 'stuff' and poor stewardship of my finances and belongings. The good news is sitting beside me I have a 2'X3'X2' stack of decks for my spring clear out. That is a lot of decks and a lot of flinging.

I'm reminded by this World card, subtitled the Protector, usually the first thought when it comes up is Happy Days Are Here Again, I'll win the lottery and live in a gorgeous house and never ever catch another cold as long as I live. Utopia...all left up to fate and falala magic. Never Happen. The good life is built with lots of small daily decisions you'd never think of as the crux of that Happy Days world. Decisions and actions that keep my life simple and my heart and face to the light. That Protector is inside us. Is it nurturing body mind soul? Or stomping the carp out of body mind soul with your approval? Hence the setting free of so many things this month, all done thoughtfully but keeping the Good World in my sights.

"The whole world and it's conditions has it's counterpart within us all. Turn the gaze inward. Correct yourself and your world will change." ~ The Seed - Kristin Zambucka.

This week I'm using The Celtic Wisdom Tarot, 144 page hardcover book by Caitlin Matthews, art by Olivia Rayner, 1999 Destiny Books edition. The Majors are retitled, the courts renamed Woman/Warrior/Queen/King, the suits each correspond to one of the four seasons, each with its own story to tell. The renamed suits are: Swords=Battle, Wands=Skill, Cups=Art, and Coins=Knowledge. The cards are relatively large at 5.5 inches X 3.5 inches with art in the naive style.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Door Or Wall?

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

An itinerant knife sharpener. As evinced by the walls and doorway, he has the option to stay permanently in place or continue on the road.

Having done both options I envy neither; there are benefits and drawbacks with either. Satisfaction in work comes down to personality I think. Are you cozy or claustrophobic within corporate confines? Are you all loose ends or fly like an arrow when left to your own devices? And were we born with that personality or did we grow it? Yesterday's card showed the inveterate entrepreneur outsider in me, I will always choose the door.

"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900

Friday, February 25, 2011

How Many Options?

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

He appears to have given up his Vardo for a home with no wheels. Gypsy idea of retirement perhaps. The solidity of the fours brings the question to mind, how is he funding his retirement?

I can see in this card a number of options:
Making wheels for vardos
Renting out the small cottage
Hosting gypsy camps and fairs
Live in the small cottage, use the large house as a rental
As a hostel
As a hospital
As a gypsy retirement home
As a safe house for gypsy children
Sell it all off and live on the proceeds
Sub-divide and develop
Or perhaps no roof over his head simply means he can't afford or has no need of one, and he is taking to the road on foot.
He looks confident, whatever plan he choses, and there is half the battle.

"Be humble, for the worst thing in the world is of the same stuff as you; be confident, for the stars are of the same stuff as you." ~ St. Nicholai Velimirovic 1880-1956

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Expectations

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ 10 of Cups

Unless we are a masochist this is much like what most of the world thinks of when home and family and age are mentioned. The people we love around us, safe and secure surrounding, and plenty in the coffers to tide us as long as we need it.

I'm reminded by this card this isn't exactly a day-dream situation...but, for it to be reality I have to do my bit. Forgive plays a big part because the more love there is the bigger the power to hurt. Forget takes the stage also, cosseting those old wounds takes the white right out of the light. Good stewardship of funds...can be boring and painful, but the enjoy life while I'm young brigade is facing an enormous piper down the road where this image will play no part. Expectations without juice are pointless, get busy doing the work to get from here to there.

"Time is swift, it races by;
Opportunities are born and die...
Still you wait and will not try
A bird with wings who dares not rise and fly." ~ A. A. Milne 1882-1956

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vardo Life vs. Orphanage Life

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ Empress

Mr. Buckland's book tells us the Romani juvvel is the power behind the throne, the real decision maker in the family. True in many cultures if you think about it, but power and options are relative to the situation. No daycare on the road, so mothers would often leave their children at the orphanages that came into being in the 1800's. There are records of gypsys who would do this up to a dozen times before the orphanages would refuse their return.

I'm reminded by this card I've been in a Vardo. Charming and beautiful as they are, the reality of six or so people living in one full time, on the move, through hard thin times, as outcasts, and I can begin to see her wisdom...We may think of Charles Dickens type conditions but perhaps they were better than what she could offer?

"It always comes as a surprise
When I feel my withered roots begin to grow
Well I never had a place that I could call my very own
That's all right, my love, 'cause you're my home"
Billy Joel ~ 1949-

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Can We Triumph Over Time?

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ 6 of Wands

The horse has won a race and the air is filled with testosterone. Six carriage whips flick madly, eyes being of no consequence. Horses were critical to life of the gypsy caravan for wagering, transportation, and pulling the Vardo. Did you know there is a breed and gypsy horse association? A Cob, smaller and slimmer than a Clydesdale but with the beautifully fringed lower leg. Did you know a good whip like this runs 200-300.00 dollars now? Obviously my card has once again taken me on an info-journey.

I'm reminded by this Romani deck and my focus of study on Australia this year, how very little I know about other cultures. Certainly a flaw in the American education, certainly a by-product of age and sieve-like memory. These whips, the wagon, and the Vardos were no doubt crafted by the Romani rather than purchased at the corner shop. I hope our victory implied by this card is that those skills have not died along with so many other crafts but continue to be honed, somewhere.

"Isn't it strange? The same people who laugh at gypsy fortune tellers take economists seriously." ~ Cincinnati Enquirer

Monday, February 21, 2011

Be My Target?

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ 8 of Swords

Even the most talented highly paid experts in their fields can have an off day.

I'm reminded by this card that is why they continue to show up for game practice, continue to wordsmith or paint or refine hybrid orchids. This image made me laugh though, the expression on his face is all "what did I do, where ya going man, you're lucky I let you be my target."

"To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target." ~ Ashleigh Brilliant 1933-

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Unbloating

Daily Draw: Buckland Romani Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

A bittersweet image, the wagons roll toward the brighter future but to do so some of the past must be left behind.

I'm reminded by this card of a couple of things I'm going to delete from my life this morning. Good things, they have served their purpose well but to keep them in my life now would only serve as mental clutter. Realizing it is time to finish is a good thing. So is trimming life bloat.

"Action expresses priorities." ~ Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi 1869-1948

The deck this week is The Buckland Romani Tarot, 2008 second edition from Glade Press. Art by Lissanne Lake, 248 page illustrated book by Ray Buckland.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Gifted Freely

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Dreamtime ~ Kookaburra

Subtitled Reliability, Work, Satisfaction. The Kookaburra is the equivalent of a rooster in the wild, charged with awaking humans each morning reminding them to be alive and aware of all the good freely given us in nature.

I'm reminded by this card of gratitude. We could make a list a mile long before we ever got to family/health/shelter which tops most lists. To stay aware of sun/moon/earth which never fail to show up for work. We wouldn't be here to gripe about all the things we don't have were it not for those three gifts.

"The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another." ~ Thomas Merton 1915-1968

Friday, February 18, 2011

Change The Same

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Dreamtime ~ Butterfly

From the book; if you take a rock from the beach and drop it in the water, it goes from being a beach rock to becoming a water rock, right? Still the same rock though.

This card makes me wonder, as I daily work toward being a better person, am I really any different than I was 40 years ago? I may know more but that's about it. How depressing, a rock is a rock is a rock.

"In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day." ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald 1896-1940

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Struck By Lightning

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Dreamtime ~ Lightning Man

Subtitled Warning, Impact, Power, he is the equivalent of 'may I be struck by lightning if I'm not telling you the truth' who appears during the rainy season.

I'm reminded by this card how lax humans can get with morality when there is no consequence. We will always need the Lightning Man to put in an appearance else just how far down the black road would we go?

"Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men." ~ Thomas Henry Huxley 1825-1895

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Should We?

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Dreamtime ~ Sydney Harbor Bridge

Now here's a card to put me to the test, what in the world can I intuit about a modern bridge? Subtitled Structure, Technology, Achievement. I expect some of our structures are based on what we see working in nature, honeycomb, beaver dam, anthill. Few man made structures stand the test of time, the real marvels were all made from natural substances...now there's a thought I can get behind.

I'm reminded by this card, and the Burj Khalifa as just one example of one of my favorite quotes: They were so busy knowing they could they forgot to think if they should. Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic Park 1993

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Short Life Of Pleiades

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Dreamtime ~ Seven Sisters

Subtitled Initiation, Tests, Convictions. I held my father-in-law's heart and hands for two years as he travel his course through dementia, in the final days knowing nothing but who we were. I'm now charged with holding another who seems to be traveling the same journey, except at the speed of light.

I'm reminded by this card many of the life tests we are put through need to be viewed with a true sense of perspective. In these two cases the grief and fear are my heart and mind's heavy burden to bear, but it isn't my mind falling apart, it isn't me resting in a urn on the mantle. I can hold up to these difficult tests, for them...not for me, for even the Pleiades is dying as we speak.

"When I give I give myself." ~ Walt Whitman 1819-1892

Monday, February 14, 2011

Far From Perfect

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Dreamtime ~ Spider

Subtitled Illusions, Seduction, Charisma. All covered in the companion story, how a community was torn apart by strong opposing opinions and morals.

I'm reminded by the Spider I'm neither God nor judge, how others choose to behave or live is none of my business. To kill or be killed for personal opinions is beyond ludicrous...I certainly couldn't stand up to a public spyglass, I'm as far from perfect as anyone can get.

"Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts." ~ E.B. White 1899-1985

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Respect and Heartlessness

Daily Draw: Oracle of the Dreamtime ~ Crocodile

Subtitled Respect/Heartlessness. It took awhile to for this combination to make some sense.
  1. Tough Love would be a Respect/Heartlessness situation. Tough love is as much for the person doing it as for the person receiving it; we finally fully accept we must respect the addict/child/parent's actions and allow them to deal with the consequences.
  2. The rest would be directed to ourselves and only ourselves. Taking on too much at work. Others are perfectly capable of learning and doing what we clutch to our bosom, oh my precioussss.
  3. Families and relationships and self go begging while our egos are being stuffed with volunteer work.
  4. Oooo, our dirty little secrets. The computer would doubtless be number one. How exactly does Facebook enrich anyone's life in relation to the life it eats? All the chat rooms, forums, lists, videos, news sites...don't kid ourselves those aren't addictions of the worst kind. We disrespect our very life with the hours and months we throw away like empty gum wrappers. We need to wake up and be respectful and heartless/ruthless with ourselves most of all.

"By this curious turn of disposition I have gained the reputation of deliberate heartlessness; how undeserved, I alone can appreciate." ~ Emily Brontë 1818-1848

The deck this week is Australian Aboriginal art based, Oracle of the Dreamtime, first edition published by Journey Editions 1998. 176 page companion book by Donni Hakansom. Card art by six artists: Danny Eastwood, Jamie Eastwood, Francis Firebrace, Leah Dawn Prior, Rocky D. Savage, Ian Bundeluk Watson.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dark Road

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Hierophant

It is dark, there is one bright star, the rune is journey, the figure is looking to the past. Yes, I'm leaving shortly, for a place I've been yearning for, that I haven't visited in twenty-four years. Do you suppose the waitress will remember us?

I'm reminded by this card that some things don't change much over time, and that is a good thing. To touch bases with the past shows instead, how far we've traveled. Again, a good, if bittersweet, thing.

"I haven't a clue as to how my story will end. But that's all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don't conclude the road has vanished. And how else could we discover the stars?" ~ Nancy Willard 1936-

Friday, February 11, 2011

Love And Lookers

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ 2 of Cups

This Haindlized peacock is a beauty to behold...my little black hens are molting and are anything but beautiful, yet which do you think I prefer?

I'm reminded by this card sex appeal is designed to draw us together, but once true love sets in love stays whether sex appeal waxes or wanes. Brilliant gene coding that.

MRS HOWELL: You know there's really more to beauty than perfection of face and figure.
CUT TO: CLOSE UP OF MR AND MRS HOWELL
MRS HOWELL: It also means breeding and poise, and a kind of charm that comes from maturity.
MR HOWELL STANDS AND RAISES HIS COCONUT
PAN UP WITH MR HOWELL
MR HOWELL: Ha…how true. In my opinion, Mrs. Howell is the most beautiful creature, in the world.
Gilligan's Island, Beauty is as beauty does, Joanne Lee September 23, 1965

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dark And Light

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Magician

One fairly constant between decks is the tools of the four suits on the Magician cards. But the portrayal of the Magician on them runs the gamut from street jester to master. Prominent magicians of our time might be Merlin, Gandalf, Albus Dumbledore. What sets them apart from run of the mill would-be magicians, is they never turn someone into a toad in a fit of peevishness. Their intellect runs far beyond that and recognizes the need to see the big picture.

Haindl's image shows our deeper dark side looking forward, our more humanly side looking backward, but that man controls both sides of the brain with the ability of communication. The sword of discovery impales the stone of earthly concerns; the wand of action pierces the cup of thoughts. I'm reminded by this card, until we develop and incorporate both sides of our nature, ever will thoughtless actions and the bottom line be the rulers of our intellect.

"A Thaum is the basic unit of magical strength. It has been universally established as the amount of magic needed to create one small white pigeon or three normal-sized billiard balls." ~ Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE 1948-

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Ethics

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

The spirit of air and the spirit of earth are joined in this card, recognizing our earth based actions and efforts are twinned with our spiritual patterns and growth.

I'm reminded by this card of ethics. In our business dealings, our interactions with other beings, our very ability to lie or not lie to ourselves. Some see ethics as intertwined with karma, once again shoving responsibility of actions and consequences onto something or someone else.

"Man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world." ~ Albert Camus 1913-1960

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Towering Change

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Tower

At 17, Hermann Haindl was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Russia for four years. As a Tower event you know it had to color and shape everything in the rest of his life. I find it interesting, or perhaps telling, the runes he used (upper right corner of the majors) are the Frisian set, the first to have a negative letter. Yr is err, mistake, wrong.

I'm reminded by this card there are two types of Tower moments, self-inflicted, intentionally or unintentionally, and those that come upon us via outside forces. Either way, our mental cogs lurch and life changes. After all, life in a nutshell is change. To deny change is Yr.

"The world of pretend is a cage, not a cocoon" ~ Sindre Bjerga/Jan-M Iversen

Monday, February 7, 2011

And So We Wait

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ King of Wands

Interesting card for today. Right now (5:30 AM) we feel like we are under the foot of Brahma, we answer to the whim of a many headed beast, and all hands are on deck dancing to a nameless tune.

I'm reminded by this card that life is change, and later today this figure could be us rather than over us. And so we wait, having done everything we can do.

"Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I'm tired." ~ Mae West 1893-1980

Edited to add, at 1:15 PM...WE AM BRAMA!!! SO PUMPED :)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Live To Die

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Death

Like the hand that pops up from the grave in the last three frames of a movie, which in turn causes our heart to try to leap from our chest...death is always the last surprise. Even when our eyes, heart, and doctor have told us a loved one is out of time, death is still a surprise and a shock.

I'm reminded by this card humans are so careless with their own life and destructive to others because in the deepest heart of hearts we truly don't think we will die. We may have a will, we may have prepaid funeral plans, we may give away all our stuff because we've been told we are going, we may embrace a religion that says we'll live again...but we don't believe, in our heart, we are going to die. That's why we never get past the first puny efforts to civilize society. With civility comes public and private responsibilities. And each generation thinks they'll have time later, later with all that time we'll have when we don't die.

"People were talking about virtual reality, and some were saying one day we will download our consciousness and live forever in computers. And it struck me as just a load of crap. I wondered why we tell ourselves these fantastic stories, and I found it has been happening since the first caveman took a burnt stick and marked his X on the rock wall." ~ Jeffrey Sconce

I'm working with the Haindl Tarot this week, large German edition published by Lotos Verlag 2002, art by Hermann Haindl. The suits are labeled Wands, Cups, Swords, Stones. Wands represents Indian Hindu, Cups Celtic, Swords Egypt, Stones Native American. The minors include I-Ching, the majors include runes, Arabic numbers, zodiac sign, and Hebrew letters. All this has tried to create a one size fits all deck. I ignore it all and go with the images, as usual. All that said, the Haindl is one of my top ten favorite decks.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sorting Priorities

Daily Draw: Shakespearian Tarot ~ 5 of Coins

Our King Lear has fallen on hard times, fallen into madness and recrimination.

I'm reminded by this card, following up on yesterday's 5, to allow hard times to roll across us and be consumed by them is pretty easy to do. We've all been there at one time or another, and life stinks at the bottom of the barrel. But this fallow period also allows us much time to review what went wrong, when, and more importantly why. We need to drill down to the why, the real why, and make the changes in ourself, our attitude, our life that will ensure the same thing doesn't happen again.

"It's not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow I manage to squeeze in 8 hours of TV a day." ~ Homer Simpson/Dan Castellaneta 1957

Friday, February 4, 2011

I Got A Plan

Daily Draw: Shakespearian Tarot ~ 5 of Cups

Shylock's daughter Jessica spills the sack of golden crowns as she attempts to sneak out of the house to elope. I'm not sure gold would rattle like five galvanized milk pails, but at this point slowly sneaking probably segued into full tilt running.

I'm reminded by this card of plans. We can have a really great plan, but very seldom do things end the way the plan is written. Flexibility in plan A, and plan B to fall back on are always a good idea.

"When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens." ~ Anne Lamott 1954

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Chaos and Karma

Daily Draw: Shakespearian Tarot ~ Magician

A comedy of chaos and madness, the Tempest offers Prospero, who has exiled himself to a island, a chance to get his own back. Who is on whose side? Whose side will they be on tomorrow?

Yes, it's just a story. But if Prospero was a dealer in magic, why did he allow himself to be booted out of the kingdom and his rightful throne? Life is not a story, but I often wonder the same thing...why do people actually allow some of the stuff that happens to them? Anyone can be a magician, it is the true magic of a keeping our personal power instead of giving it away.

"What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do." ~ Aristotle 384 BC -322 BC

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Conveniently Blind

Daily Draw: Shakespearian Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

The pleasure of two heads working better than one.
The danger of one of those heads being a bully.
The strength of a team.
Vs. the too narrow vision of one person.
The balance of two viewpoints.
Vs. the invisible if-I-don't-say-anything-I-can't-be-blamed lurker syndrome.

I'm reminded by this card of the monkey wrench I observed yesterday because one person never takes into consideration what other peoples lives involve. How hard is it to just ask?

"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blind Spots

Daily Draw: Shakespearian Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

edited to add: I wrote this post four days ago, thinking this was the 6 of Coins. No, Orbs are coins...one of the reasons I hate it when suits are renamed and the reason since January of 2010 I choose to be consistent with coins, cups, wands, and swords. All that said to say...I stand by my interpretation :)

I've been thinking about a gentleman who has been in the news a lot this year. Don't men understand that those women are there for the money, not balding heads and sagging body's? Does big money make people big blind?

I'm reminded by this card of blind spots. We all have 'em, sometimes by convenience and sometimes because we are blind to the light. One of my blind spots is cookies with my afternoon tea. They don't have any calories so can't be where that two pounds came from...

"People have blind spots about where they're weak." ~ Scott Erker