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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Big Bulging Brain

Daily Draw: Thousand and One Nights Tarot ~ Knight of Wands

I'm astounded by this turban, which of course led me info-junkieing around the web. I learned a lot I didn't know about turbans, Muslims, Sikhs, but not where or why one this big would be worn. He rides before a pillar of clouds, in the mid-distance a woman with sheep is watching him go, in the far distance the pillar of a minaret...both on the left/past side. Maybe he is leaving. On purpose? With a purpose? A knight of the wands suit is not a sitter, he is a doer.

I'm reminded by this card maybe that wrap is simply to hold a big bulging brain. Each day I'm confronted with how little I know about anything at all and I feel diminished and powerless. And sometimes a turban is just a hat and nothing more.

"There was once a man in Ispahan Ever and ever so long ago, And he had a head, the phrenologists said, That fitted him for a show. For his modesty's bump was so large a lump (Nature, they said, had taken a freak) That its summit stood far above the wood Of his hair, like a mountain peak. So modest a man in all Ispahan, Over and over again they swore -- So humble and meek, you would vainly seek; None ever was found before. Meantime the hump of that awful bump Into the heavens contrived to get To so great a height that they called the wight The man with the minaret. There wasn't a man in all Ispahan Prouder, or louder in praise of his chump: With a tireless tongue and a brazen lung He bragged of that beautiful bump Till the Shah in a rage sent a trusty page Bearing a sack and a bow-string too, And that gentle child explained as he smiled:"A little present for you. "The saddest man in all Ispahan, Sniffed at the gift, yet accepted the same. "If I'd lived," said he, "my humility had given me deathless fame!" --Sukker Uffro"

(Sukker Uffro: IMMODEST, adj. Having a strong sense of one's own merit, coupled with a feeble conception of worth in others." ~ Ambrose Bierce 1842-1914

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Base Of All Coins

Daily Draw: Thousand And One Nights Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

Correct me if I'm wrong, but would you agree the Chariot, 6 of Wands, and 4 of Coins are the only cards which on the surface allude directly to worldly success? I can take all 78 cards and find a correspondence to a single subject because it's all about the query isn't it? But here I have no query, I read the card for what it's worth in my mind each morning. High five to the original Waite-Smith deck and it's innovation of scenic minors for keeping it real.

I'm taught by this beautiful card when all that glitters in the world drops away we still have the world. The real one. We should start from that foundation each day.

"There something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it." ~ John Lennon 1940-1980

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jishuku

Daily Draw: Thousand and One Nights Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

In the face of their incredible loss and mounting danger our friends in Japan, without any kind of order or proclamation have come together as a nation and have imposed a general type of self-restraint. Lights are lower, voices are quieter, wants step aside for needs.

I look at this card and see the two figures who have stepped back and taken a look at the big picture and I can only hope for the same for myself. Our long term needs are far more important than the short term ones. Those are often granted today and completely forgotten about tomorrow. I've already drawn this card six times in 2011, perhaps this is the point it has been trying to pound home all along.

"Grant that I may become beautiful in my soul within, and that all my external possessions may be in harmony with my inner self. May I consider the wise to be rich, and may I have such riches as only a person of self-restraint can bear or endure." ~ Plato 428-348 BC

Monday, March 28, 2011

Could We? Would We? Were They?

Daily Draw: Thousand and one nights tarot ~ King of Swords

I wonder if the badly thought of kings through history were bad by choice or would have been bad at most things? Bad being poor leaders or just plain evil.

I'm reminded by this card how easy it is to judge someone's life when all we know without deeper study is their Top Ten list. I think I'll use my King of Swords intellect today and see what I can come up with as Sharyn's Top Ten list of quirks and qualities. I'll bet history would judge me poorly too. And if we each had all the power and funds at our disposal would we do any better than we have? Could we be leaders?

"But obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies." --Sarah Palin, She who would be king... after being asked how she would handle the current hostilities between the two Koreas, interview on Glenn Beck's radio show, Nov. 24, 2010

Sunday, March 27, 2011

O frabjous day!

Daily Draw: Thousand and One Nights Tarot ~ Chariot

I wonder how they keep that basket carrier on the camel. Makes my neck hurt just thinking about all that lurching about.

I'm reminded by this card what people will endure in the name of fame, fortune, celebrityhood. From my viewpoint it is a crazy life, one to be avoided. From their viewpoint they'd probably rather be dead than live my life. Shout hurray, the world is large enough for all of us and our differences are what make life worth living and celebrating.

"Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' He chortled in his joy." ~ Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 1831-1898

This visually stunning deck is from Lo Scarabeo 2005, art by Leon Carre (1888-1942), graphics by Pietro Alligo. Based on the collection of Ancient Eastern stories and fables (also known as the Arabian Knights) the oldest Arabic manuscript dates from the fourteenth century, although scholarship generally dates the collection's genesis to somewhere between AD 800–900. There is no associated deck book, so if the reader is very familiar with the multi-volume tales they might know which story each card art is alluding to. I haven't read the books so I'm basing my readings on the art before me...your mileage may vary.

The original art by Leon Carre was painted in miniature for an edition of Sir Richard Burton's late nineteenth century translation of these stories. It was published in twelve volumes in the1920s. Assouline Publishing has now printed an abridged version of this masterpiece.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sacred Space

Daily Draw: Magical Forest Tarot ~ 9 of Coins

How often do you physically and mentally stop to smell a rose? Marvel at the pattern in a bird's wing? Pick up an agate and hold it to the light? Admire the movement of a single leaf in a breeze and then be astounded to think just how many leaves there are in the world?

I'm reminded by this card the most sacred space in the world is not some building where we put on our holy face for the public, but is anywhere, anywhere we take the time to appreciate nature.

"See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls." ~ Mother Teresa, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu 1910-1997

Friday, March 25, 2011

Step Out

Daily Draw: Magical Forest Tarot ~ Fool

The Fool perhaps doesn't worry about the precipice and therefore he never comes to the edge and goes over? I know many of the things we spend perfectly good time worrying over simply never come to pass. Why do we do that?

I'm reminded by this card to worry about things when they actually happen. Life is short and pointless worrying is time-wasting behavior. If we put the scardycat part of our imagination in our bandanna on the end of that stick and just set out what is revealed will be beyond our imagination's scope anyway! How cool is life? Note to self: Open heart. Open mind. Open eyes. Step out.

"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." ~ Mark Twain 1835-1910

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Helm's Deep

Daily Draw: Magical Forest Tarot ~ 7 of Wands

Battles fought with overwhelming odds. How can it ever be said 'we won' anywhere when so many are already lost and what the blazes are we doing in Libya?

So he stands, and wonders if the world has lost it's collective mind.

"It occurred to me that my speech or my silence, indeed any action of mine, would be a mere futility." ~ Joseph Conrad 1857-1924

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fish Or Cut Bait

Daily Draw: Magical Forest Tarot ~ 8 of Wands

Yesterday's contemplation is history.
Get off the pot.
Move your carcass.
Get the lead out.
Schnell schnell!
Get on the stick.

I'm reminded by this card why I leave myself time to think, time to organize my brain...at some point a decision must be made. Or it will be made for us, and that is a decision too. I choose to make my own decisions.

"Life is the sum of all your choices." ~ Albert Camus 1913-1960

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Contemplation

Daily Draw: Magical Forest Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

Is he confused or just lost in contemplation? Is he working toward a thoughtful choice or using a magic 8 ball to decide?

I'm reminded by this card I only know my own personality, which is highly inclined to go overboard when it's something I enjoy. I love my computer. Couple that with my personality I could easily be one of the millions walking down the street staring at my Blackberry while listening to an MP3. Or behind the wheel of a car, doing the same thing. I've drawn the line. It's a technical line...I have three computers after all...and live with being on-call 24 hours a day...But my choice was no texting, no phone computer. And I limit my on-line time to no more than two hours a day. It didn't used to be that way...but being on the commonsense side of that line leaves a lot of life left over for living and doing rather than inert staring.

"I've learned to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within myself so I can hear it in others." ~ Marian Wright Edelman 1939-

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wagons Ho!

Daily Draw: Magical Forest Tarot ~ Chariot

It doesn't happen as often as I'd like, but maybe that is the magic of it; when everything aligns right and I jump from bed shouting Road Trip it is akin to John Belushi shouting Toga Toga. Other than getting into the drivers seat there is no planning at all. Any junction I come to I flip my directional quarter and that is my compass.

I'm reminded by this wide-eyed trio sometimes a chariot is just a chariot, and a road trip is the best adventure there is.

"Then all goes well -- he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ripples

Daily Draw: Magical Forest Tarot ~ Tower

Poor Old Tower. Rather than us us us and Tower moments, let's think about the Tower itself for a minute. True Tower moments change us irrevocably so it stands to reason they also change the what and who we surround ourselves with. Oh Dem Bones, the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone syndrome.

This card has made me think back across my last five Tower events, and yes, it had impact on the people I am closest to, where I live, and how I live while there. That is a boatload of power to draw down on us...

"I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way." ~ John Paul Jones 1747-1792

Tarot of the Magical Forest, Lo Scarabeo 2008. This is a reproduction of the Asian Hsu Chi Chun deck, artwork by Leo Tang, card stock thousandfold improved.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

When I Wasn't Looking

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ Queen of Swords

You could say independent and strong willed, or you could say stubborn and egotistical. The tarot courts are one-dimensional by design, a bit like Asperger's syndrome candidates if you will, which makes them sometimes hard to love or bond with.

I'm reminded by this card of becoming. I think I've mentioned this before, but if we think of our dominant personality traits at 20 years old and then zoom forward 20 years, and 20 more, we most often see what were traits or quirks are now set in stone, only more so, the good, the bad, and the ugly. It takes a lot of work and constant vigilance for anyone to maintain a middle road, if you know someone who is doing it, admire them. Pity me if you will, I became this Queen when I wasn't looking.

"First learning then working, to the exclusion of friendship.
One minded and narrow, to a depth never seen.
A gulf holds me far from the mind of all others.
Confused where I fit in; somewhere in between." ~ Introspection, Adrian Flynn

Friday, March 18, 2011

Crazy Cat Lady

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ Queen of Cups

This Queen often has too much ill-directed love to share, which in turn pushes people away, setting up a cycle of loneliness and need. She would be the lady with 42 cats, or the one with the son of 42 whose never left home. She is on 42 committees and seems officious to the point of driving others away.

I'm reminded by this card that love isn't always a good thing. When there is too much we think we are the only person who can love and care for something properly. And you see the result of that in the paper every day. Because they don't know how to care for themselves. I least identify with this queen and given time she is the queen I could most likely become. I think I'll allow some self-love today. It can't hurt.

"It's not good," she adds, recounting how she's given up friends and travel. she says, "It saves the cats but it doesn't save me." ~ Diane, Cat Lady

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Incompatibility

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ 3 of Swords

How many relationships do we bleed over that involve people who, in a perfect world we wouldn't even choose to know? Granted, each person in our life leaves us something...but sometimes that connection hardly seems worth whatever lesson we take away with us.

My run of cards this week perfectly reflects my state of inner mind. My little-me shouts "make 'em pay, revenge and havoc, and...". Fortunately little-me isn't in charge, so on the exterior I'm following my dear friend Clara's advice, "smile 'em to death".

"Staying detached from the outcome creates enough sacred space for an original solution to magically unfold." Rick Levine 1949-

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Victim By Choice

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

In the face of such large scale woes of the world it can seem utterly petty to concern ourselves with personal problems. It doesn't matter who took the garbage out last, how the toothpaste tube was squeezed, or who paid for lunch last. That is just a pile of life crap, step over it.

What does matter, is when real personal problems affect our relationships, job, or day to day living. To ignore them is a disservice to the one life we've been granted. If we are disrespectful of ourself how can we expect anyone else to respect our ideas, viewpoint, decisions? It is time to stop playing the victim. Sometimes our biggest problem is ourself.

"Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself." ~ Abraham J. Heschel 1907-1972

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spent My Little Life

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ Death

Death, disguised as pretty.

As much as we fear being dead it is amazing how many times a day, given two choices we choose a sooner death.

"Gaily I lived as ease and nature taught,
And spent my little life without a thought,
And am amazed that Death, that tyrant grim,
Should think of me, who never thought of him."
René Francois Regnier 1794-1881

Monday, March 14, 2011

Here's To Our Health

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ 3 of Cups

What will you next do to celebrate something coming up? I'm counting the days until our health insurance kicks in, I'll celebrate by having my vision and hearing tested and a mammogram. I've been paying for catastrophic insurance, which doesn't cover living, just nearly dying. One visit to a physician's assistant plus one blood panel 2 years ago cost me $620.00. Being well is so expensive here, who can afford to get sick?

I'm reminded by this card to celebrate my good health. At my age my peers are already dying off.

"The first wealth is health." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nightmare Awake

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

I'm quoting from the book because it is so well phrased. "... she becomes the victim of her own thoughts, and like a martyr repeatedly impales herself on their hurtful points. Her eyes are closed because she cannot bear to look at these fears when she is awake."

I'm reminded by this card why I don't take a newspaper and don't have a TV, and how I speed read the headlines on my home page, selectively choosing to follow up headlines that are actually news of the world rather than screamers which would only reconfirm my grim view of humankind. I recognize that my blog often darkly reflects that viewpoint. I wish I didn't know how black the soul of humans can willingly become. My eyes are closed because I cannot bear to look at these fears when I am awake.

"I don't think they'd let someone like me carry a gun." ~ Leonard Shelby, Memento

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cut The Anchor Loose

Daily Draw: Enchanted Tarot ~ 6 of Swords

You seldom see this viewpoint of the 6 of Swords with the characters looking back. Everything else about the card indicates forward movement, or just arriving at a fresh place in life.

I'm reminded by this card that leavings can be bitter-sweet, but the only way to grow is to move forward, we can't do that with an anchor around our mind, heart, or soul.

On the opposite end of the spectrum of last week's Moon Oracle is this week's deck, The Enchanted Tarot; textile fiber card art by Amy Zerner, 182 page book by Monte Farber. The cards are kind of love 'em or hate 'em, the book is really lovely. This is the St. Martin's Press edition, 1990, with trimmed borders.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Nature and priorities

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Volcano

I drew this card before I turned on the computer and saw the tsunamis racing across the Japanese headlands.
  • My first thoughts on Volcano was how quickly real priorities can be sorted out within seconds of being in the path of natural events of epic proportions.
  • How everyday heroes appear everywhere and give a faint ray of hope that humankind hasn't quite yet lost the chance of redemption.
  • How quickly our dark side arises and people rush out to gather and hoard essential necessities.
"If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today, we sigh." ~ John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton 1834-1902

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Edit Our Individuality

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Individuality

Individuality is defined as self-reliance and personal independence. Sounds simple doesn't it?

I'm reminded by this card, each day we recreate ourselves. Every action and word offers us an opportunity to reverse calcification and encourage something inside ourselves to take a chance and witness a self-miracle. Or take a break, be restful, lay down the tilting windmills lance, let the herd beat the path and just be. Either way is correct to our needs of the moment. Being individual is hard and often lonely work. Sometimes it is a comfort to be a sheeple and another day comes soon enough.

"If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all." ~ Billie Holiday 1915-1959

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Reading The Card

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Challenge

I drew this card last night in a small spread. When I saw the card I saw my error, I was not specific in my query, a common problem when querents ask a question, a stupid one for me to make. Which left me not knowing if this card meant a challenge I created for myself, or someone who has challenged me in some way.

I'm reminded by this card there are always clues if the reader takes the time to hunt for them rather than leaping to shaky conclusions.
  • The moon itself is half and half, a challenge I can accept or deny.
  • On the chart the moon is on the right hand side, suggesting the future rather than current or past.
  • We see the autumnal colors and read fall on the card, another clue that it is in the future, and when.
  • The moon is evenly balanced on the sides, but above and below we see uneven clues.
  • Looking at the pie symbol I see this is an Air challenge, one of thought or learning.
My conclusion? The challenge may come from the outside, but it will be one that I can choose to deny or accept. If I accept it will require an open mind to new training or study in order to rise to or cope with the challenge. As a waning moon I can conclude it will carry on from something I already know. What do you see?

"What I began by reading, I must finish by acting." ~ Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Personal Magic

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Fountain, Moon Mansion 10

Quick quote from the book: This Moon Mansion signifies recognition of your creativity by yourself and others; drawing this card urges you to believe in your own many and varied abilities and their worth to other people.

Lord knows I've heard myself and others put themselves down or turn away honest compliments often enough. What is it that makes white women unable to just say thank you with a smile? Where does the need to nitpick our talents and denigrate our work come from? Being 50-something has many hidden blessings, allowing myself to finally say Thank You with a smile is but one of them. Creativity and imagination are our personal magic. Believe in it. Own it.

"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." ~ Stephen King 1947-

Monday, March 7, 2011

Know When To Hold Them

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Mansion 20 Precipice

And know when to fold them, this is the gambler card. I'm never impetuous, oh no; I'm prone to spontaneous leaps, whole nother world, right?

I'm reminded by this card how differently the doer and the watcher can view a subject. A little forethought never hurt anybody did it? Yet if no one took the leap we'd still be where we were 3000 years ago, right?

"I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint." ~ Hesiod 700 BC

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Achievement

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Full Moon Earth

I suppose parents would know this cycle of completion; not having kids, I'm thinking about the care of very elderly adults in my responsibility. And how difficult it is when communication is blocked and everyone involved pulls in different directions.

It has taken nearly six months of struggle against the tide of "I know best" to get to the place where I am this week, and it is still only one small area of success for the patient, balanced against an avalanche of dangerous advice and actions on so many fronts. Still, we will celebrate this achievement, then quietly gird our loins for the next phase...same song new verse.

"Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people." ~ Nido Qubein 1948-

Elemental Tarot is the website for the John Alstrop and Caroline Smith decks which can also be found on Amazon. The Moon Oracle has 72 cards based on the phases of the moon, moon mansions, and moon goddesses. Art by Caroline Smith, 128 page book by John Astrop. Published by St. Martin's Press 2000. I haven't a clue about moon signs and movement, but as with all my decks, I love the art and go with that, heart, and intuition.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Courting Gods and Devils

Daily Draw: Celtic Wisdom Tarot ~ 3 of Coins

In this card we see Amairgin making a promise to the three Goddesses of Ireland in return for a successful invasion. The accord was reached, the Mil's were successful, the Tuatha De Danann became the Sidhe, and Ireland's alternate name became Erie.

I see so many things wrong with this whole concept as to be gobstopped. The Tuatha De Danann weren't tin-pot dictators waving WMD's at the population. Why would the Goddesses acquiesce to the Mil's proposal? What this card really reminds me of is the phrase "God Bless America". The Creator I know is universal, where did the idea come from, and stick, that we would be singled out as oh so precious and special? I cringe from the potential lightening strike every time I hear the phrase.

Borders are scratched across the hearts of men
By strangers with a calm, judicial pen,
And when the borders bleed we watch with dread
The lines of ink across the map turn red." ~ Marya Mannes 1904-1990

Friday, March 4, 2011

What She Said...

Daily Draw: Celtic Wisdom Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

Communication, the mixed blessing. The police will be the first to tell us, if there are ten witnesses, there are ten different stories. A tool marriage or family counselors use is have one party make a statement, have the other partner then say what they heard. Usually, they might as well have been in different buildings as across from each other.

I'm reminded by this card the world and all its workings do not exist in a vacuum. Human differences will always muddy an issue. If I can listen with my ears and my heart, and not just my mind I will better hear what others are saying rather than what I'm thinking. It's only fair.

"Listen to me slowly." ~ Samuel Goldwyn 1884-1970

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Careful What You Wish For

Daily Draw: Celtic Wisdom Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

Be careful what you wish for, you might get it is the story behind this card. I'm trying to think back to what has blown up in my face, what I wish I hadn't wished for.

My Ipod
Help from my sister in law
The American house on two acres dream
Crocs stock
Well that is a pitiful list after twenty minutes of hard thinking. You'd think by my age it would be longer list than that. Perhaps I'm not the idiot those four things make me feel like. More likely I'm just a person that works things out without any drama. Well not much drama anyway.

"When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again." ~ Edith Hamilton 1867-1963

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Soul Knowledge

Daily Draw: Celtic Wisdom Tarot ~ 9 of Coins

Even for a loner like myself it is uber-easy to get advice today when troubled or puzzled. Got a lump? Did the cake fall? Thinking about raising mink? How much is that book worth? Sure...Google. Thinking about getting a divorce, changing religion, running away from home? We can and often do, turn to internet forums or lists or chat-rooms. Millions of total strangers in the guise of on-line friends. Who are happy to give advice, it is the favorite pastime of humans after all.

I'm reminded by this card and the story behind it advice from outside sources can be filtered for content or used for a prop, but deep inside us, if we have voiced the question, we probably also have the answer. We often behave like fools, but we aren't...we just absolutely refuse to listen to the small still voice within where all our universal and personal knowledge, secrets, truths, instinct, and history lies.

"Know yourself. Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." ~ Ann Landers/Eppie Lederer 1918-2002

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Playing Possum Before Obstacles

Daily Draw: Celtic Wisdom Tarot ~ 6 of Swords

Sometimes we are motionless in the face of conflict or problems because we haven't really figured out what the obstruction is.

I'm reminded by this card, don't shoot the mule because he won't pull the cart...perhaps the cart doesn't have any wheels.

"Life is full of obstacle illusions." ~ Grant Frazier