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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wild Or Farmed?

Daily Draw: Native American Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

The Wild Turkey, prized by many Native American tribes is a noble bird indeed. Intelligent, quick, hearty egg layer, delicious meat, with beautiful feathers used in headgear, dress, and tools. Farmed turkey, raised for meat, has limited intellect and when approaching its commercial weight falls over, legs and heart being unable to bear the weight it achieves via hybridizing.

I'm reminded by this card of duality; the genes of the first have been bastardized into the second, whose state mirrors American mindset and physicality. We've forgotten how to be quick and smart, and now allow ourselves to be farmed by merchants and politicians.

"There's turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami; Some one needs to tell the turkey, man, just be yourself." ~ Mitch Hedberg 1968-2005

I'm using the Native American Tarot, Lo Scarabeo 2004. Deck booklet, Laura Tuan; art by Sergio Tisselli. Suits are Wands, Swords, Chalices, Pentacles. Father Sky and Mother Earth are two extra cards in this deck, 'The utmost favor' is granted when one is drawn My only complaint with Lo Scarabeo; they slap the title Pentacles on the Earth suit when it has no earthly business being there.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Time And Pressure

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

This seed and the tree rings which surround it show the beauty nature can make of waste given enough time and pressure. Fallen forests become petrified wood, tree sap becomes golden amber, nondescript rocks are sliced or broken to reveal vistas in agate or a colony of crystal spheres.

I'm reminded by this card of my own efforts at internal beauty and wisdom. I don't have a billion years and must be ever vigilant against forming hurtful actions, poison words, sour thoughts. The progress is so slow as to be unmeasureable...

"Pressure and stress is the common cold of the psyche." ~ Andrew Christopher Denton 1960-

Friday, July 29, 2011

Vampiric Triad

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ 3 of Swords

Does fear protect us from pain or ensure it? Does anger fuel the pain or release it? They are surely a mirrored triad of the worst kind of vampirism, the type we create for ourself.

I'm doing something today that may cause a number of people pain, including myself. But fear of an outcome is the worst reason for not going forward, stasis benefits no one.

"Ultimately. the other side of every fear is freedom." ~ Marilyn Ferguson 1938-2008

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Have The Ammunition

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ King of Swords

Imprisoned in the clutches of a barren place his mind circles and circles in the grip of a narrow subject.

I'm reminded by this card of my mission and being blocked at every turn. It will no doubt be painful but I'm determined to break out and return to my real path.

"She drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win
We drew a circle that took her in." ~ Charles Edwin Anson Markham 1852-1940

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mother Earth

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ Queen of Coins

Life and death, feast and famine, rock and tree, creek and sea. All wrapped up in this Queen.

I'm reminded by this card I am in and of this world. And when I'm gone I will still be in and of this world. Recognizing the unity of the duality and living my days accordingly is my mission.

"The dictate of the light says: Know yourself and what you are. The dark replies, By all means, but then become afraid." ~ Tanith Lee 1947-

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Forgotten Pearls

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

I live in a country that has depended on consumerism for a strong economy for the past fifty years. We've kicked sand in the face of what we do have and yearned lusted gone into debt for every pretty toy we laid eyes on.

I'm reminded by this card how proud I am of the real people that make up most of the population here for putting the brakes on widget buying and for the first time in a quarter of a century have begun paying down their consumer debt, and gasp, actually saving some cash. I'll take common sense over a slow economy anytime, and look what pearls we've found under the sand already in our own cupboards and closets! 9 of Cups indeed.

"Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase." ~ John Balguy 1686-1748

Monday, July 25, 2011

Burning Bridges

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ Ace of Wands

Fire is an element than can feed itself and grow, and can also automatically combust with no aid. It has the power to destroy and to comfort.

I'm reminded by this card we have the option of being cleansed and set free from both past and future or we can live in the ash crying for something we never really had.

"My land is bare of chattering folk;
the clouds are low along the ridges,
and sweet's the air with curly smoke
from all my burning bridges." ~ Dorothy Parker 1883-1967

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Snowflakes and Leaves

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

We are told there are no two leaves or snowflakes alike. That seems difficult to believe until I think of the billions of humans and no two of us are made the same either.

I'm reminded by this card to avoid putting people in a pigeonhole. The fit will never be right, and I'd be doomed to putting them back again and again. Better to accept we don't all walk the same path to begin with. Our differences are what make life interesting.

"Like snowflakes, the human pattern is never cast twice. We are uncommonly and marvelously intricate in thought and action, our problems are most complex and, too often, silently borne." ~ Alice Childress 1916-1994

The deck this week is the English language/second edition of the Margarete Petersen Tarot, published 2004 by Konigs Furt, beautifully boxed and including a seventy-two page booklet. The cards were painted over a period of twenty-two years in Germany, Bavaria, and Switzerland. The suits are Coins, Cups, Flames, and Feathers. In print again by U.S. Games Systems.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Consciously Content

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ Ace of Cups

The ocean, the moon (always my favorite card) and a cup full of both rich plans and dreams. What could be better?

I'm reminded by this card how much I love my life and all things in it.

"Ah, sweet Content, where doth thine harbour hold." ~ Barnabe Barnes 1571-1609

Friday, July 22, 2011

I'm Shocked

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

Back to the story of Cupid and Psyche who we left torn asunder in the 5 of Swords. Many painful lessons lie between the two cards, but for many of us those shocks to the system are the only way we will come to wisdom.

I'm reminded by this card of the times I've had to relearn a lesson because I didn't wish to see the truth. This beautiful card with it's tenth sword shows the promise of eventuality.

"Truth makes many appeals, not the least of which is its power to shock." ~ Jules Renard 1864-1910

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Worth The Trip

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ Knight of Cups

I had to drive five hours to do it, but I spent special time yesterday with an old friend, one with no ax to grind, no control to leverage, no ulterior motives.

I'm reminded by Prince Tristan we may have to seek love and beauty and inspiration, it won't necessarily come to us, but it's worth the trip...

"Love is not blind; it is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard." ~ James Matthew Barrie 1860-1937

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Begin or End?

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ Tower/Oppression

Carried forward from yesterday's card, I am not surprised to see the Tower come up. The cautionary tale of Dido and Aeneas and their consuming passions; his to leave and found a new Troy in Italy, hers to be subsumed by unhealthy love and finally build and throw herself on a funeral pyre.

I'm am reminded by yesterday's Ace of Wands and today's Tower which mirror each other, to give all our personal power to a person or cause can but end in disappointment or grief, the only real difference being how long it takes. Staining our soul with any obsession is a clear disservice to the one life we've been given.

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hidden Energy?

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ Ace of Wands

Such a exciting start to the Lover's story of Siegfried and Brunnhilde, such a beautiful card promising possibilities and energy.

I'm going to do something I seldom do, wait to see how my day goes before I write about this card, keeping in mind it's vibrant sense of promise. I've had disturbing news and if it is true it signifies an awkward and unpleasant turn in my mission to care for my mother-in-law as long as she needs me. So I'm going to find the truth for myself.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Woman of Independent Means...

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ 6 of Coins

For Danae wealth meant one thing really, the ability to be independent.

I'm reminded by this card, regardless of our methods and paths or what we call it, that may be the crux of what we each seek.

"Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it." ~ John D. Rockefeller 1839-1937

Sunday, July 17, 2011

It's Too Late

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

Psyche grew distrustful and one night while Cupid was sleeping she lit an oil lamp to see who or what he really was. In the process she pricked herself with one of his arrows and burned his chest with lamp oil. He flew away in a rage.

This card reminds us the fevered lust that is usually the start of a relationship must shortly be mixed with conversation and understanding about who and what we've pledged our bodies to. Lust alone will not sustain a long term relationship, and it's better to have our cards on the table early on rather than feel betrayed and scarred later.

Men and women belong to different species and communications between them is still in its infancy." ~ Bill Cosby 1937-

This week's deck is the gorgeous Lover's Path Tarot. Art and 162 page companion book by Kris Waldherr, 2004. One of the most beautifully presented sets U.S. Games Systems has ever published.

Each suit portrays a classic love story, Arrows show Cupid and Psyche; Staves show Siegfried and Brunnhilde; Cups show Tristan and Isolde; and Coins show Danae and Zeus. Each major card, many renamed, represents a singular story from mythology.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

See No Hear No Speak No

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ King of Wands

I'm reminded by this card of Mr. Murdoch and phone hacking.

He heard what he wanted to hear and saw what he wanted to see and printed whatever he wished. Gossip and lies being the first choice. At the end of the day, which was the villain, the publisher or the purchaser?

From the Narrenschiff: On Blowing Into Ears (Gossip)
"A sign of gullibility it is
To believe anything one is told;
A prattler may easily deceive many." Sebastian Brant 1492

Friday, July 15, 2011

Balance? Or Procrastination?

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

Here our Fool appears to be balanced, but according to the Narrenschiff he is stuck, prolonging the status quo, even though everyone can see there is no reason to do so.

I'm reminded by this card to review my current stance with the viewpoint of recognizing on which side of the coin I'm resting.

From the Narrenschiff: Of Seeking Delay
"He who crows 'caw caw' just like a raven
Remains a fool until the grave;
Tomorrow he will don an even larger dunce's cap."
Sebastian Brant 1494

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Voyeur Bullyism

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

Today's bon mot from the 1492 Narrenschiff/Ship of Fools book is more wishful thinking than universal truth. If history has taught us nothing else, we know bullies and meanies breed like flies and have always been with us.

I'm reminded by this card...it is the stander-bys that are worse than the bullies in my mind. But human nature does love it's blood, physical, verbal, or mental. 10 of Swords indeed.

From the Narrenschiff: Of True Friendship
"He who does violence and injustice
To one who has done him no wrong
Earns the ill will of all others." Sebastien Brant 1494

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Eating Visa

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Is this boy's night out or the last supper?

I'm reminded by this card there is a time and place for both type of gathering, but as it relates to this chapter in the Ship of Fools, Sebastian Brant would roll over in his grave if he knew people use credit cards to pay for meals out. Talk about literally flushing your money down the toilet...

From the Narrenschiff: Of Gluttony and Profligacy
"He rightly falls into certain future poverty,
Who always craves pretension and excess,
and keeps company with spendthrifts." ~ Sebastian Brant 1494

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Why Didn't I Think Of That?

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

You know those really great ideas that make you slap your forehead and say 'why didn't I think of that'? When the Narrenschiff (Ship of Fools) was written innovation by the general populace was frowned upon...keep 'em too stupid and cowed to complain was the general idea.

I'm reminded by this card of the worlds general population's resistance to the idea of governmental fiscal responsibility. We are so used to 'spend and wink' financial oversight we don't even recognize how stupid and narrow visioned we are to accept that change is necessary.

From the Narrenschiff: Of Novelties
"He who spreads innovation through the land
Only creates shame and nuisance
And holds the fool by the hand." ~ Sebastian Brant 1494

Monday, July 11, 2011

Oh Books, Of Thee I Sing

Daily Draw: Ship Of Fools Tarot ~ Pope/Hierophant

We think of the world changed dramatically as computers became commonplace. The world really changed following the invention of the printing press in 1450. When the Narrenschiff was published in 1494 education was still pretty much what the church wanted you to know. By 1550 the Reformation was well under way and someone that really wanted to learn and get an education had options. This image addresses the fright in the Roman church when the Ottoman empire with knowledge beyond the church began to spread.

I'm reminded by this card there are a lot of different Truths. The powerful have always preferred to the keep the general populace in the dark beyond their version of their truth. The real power of the internet is our ability to see all the truths and choose for ourself. That is Power.

From the Narrenschiff: Of the Decline of the Faith
"I implore you all,
gentlemen small and great
Think of the fate of the common weal,
And how it grants me alone the dunces' cap." ~ Sebastian Brant 1494

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Right Shoulder Left Shoulder

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ Judgment

Oh those little voices in our ears; do this do that, don't you dare, go ahead, what were you thinking, you'll be sorry, what can a little hurt...it also appears to be raining frogs and flies.

For many free thinkers Judgment and afterlife are a big cypher for often Hell appears to be here in Eden already. Now...do I want cake or an apple for breakfast?

From the Narrenschiff: Of Plagues and Divine Retribution:
"He who feels that God punishes too oft,
and plagues us with will and malice,
From him the plague is less that a quarter-mile distant." ~ Sebastien Brant 1494

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Have And Have Nots

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ 5 of Coins

The rich and the poor always have and always will be with us, there is no way to change that division except by our attitude.

I'm reminded by this card when I have plenty, to share; when I have little, to be grateful for what I do have. With two dogs one can never be poor...

From the Narrenschiff: Of Useless Riches:
He who has riches and delights in them,
Paying no heed to those in need,
Will be forsaken so that he too shall beg.

The deck this week is The Ship of Fools Tarot by Brian Williams (1958-2002) published by Llewellyn Worldwide. The cards are based on the 1494 German book Narrenschiff or The Ship of Fools, written by Sabastian Brant. Almost all the cards depicted are pulled directly from the book and required very little alteration to turn them in tarot. Which shows the more things change the more things are the same...humans were fools then and are fools now in spite of the cloak of modernity we hide under. Kit includes 200+ page companion book, also by Brian Williams. This deck is in my top ten favorites and was last seen here in 2007.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Great Expectations

Daily Draw: Anna.K Tarot ~ 3 of Wands

I wonder if it is just my bah humbuggy or if great expectations are the province of youth alone.

I'm reminded by this card I expect absolutely nothing of or from the world outside of myself. On reflection it seems pretty sad but I see no reasons for changing that outlook. I am willing to be surprised...

"The boy who expects every morning to open into a new world finds that today is like yesterday, but he believes tomorrow will be different." ~ Charles Dudley Warner 1829-1900

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Diverting The Hearse

Daily Draw: Anna.K Tarot ~ King of Coins

Calm, steady, dependable. Three of the most important traits in a friend, employee, or leader.

I'm reminded by this card this is a big part of what I do, and I can only hope for the same when it's my turn to need someone at my side.

"Always thank your nurse, Sometimes she is the only one between you and a hearse. ~ Carrie Latet

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dead At 140

Daily Draw: Anna.K Tarot~ Justice

Anna's Justice sits behind a desk that looks like a set of huge subwoofers.
"Were you speeding?"
"Yes your honor, I'm not happy until I reach full velocity."
"I'll show you velocity you little toerag."
And bam, I'm blown against the wall like limp spaghetti.

I'm reminded by this card traffic court is where I don't want to be, if I need speed there is a steep hill on the other side of the goat paddock. Stand at the top, start running and I'll have all the speed I can stand and then some.

"The initial crash reconstruction investigation determined that Mr. Dunn's vehicle was traveling between 132-140 mph when it left the pavement." ~ West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll June 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gross Feeder

Daily Draw: Anna.K Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

Insomnia.

Trying acupuncture.

Have high hopes.

"Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking." ~ Clifton Fadiman 1904-1999

Monday, July 4, 2011

Oinkers

Daily Draw: Anna.K Tarot ~ 4 of Cups

Look at that poor little face and crossed arms. He has already had too much and there is more to come.

I'm reminded on this July 4th, at least this holiday, in this country, we mostly picnic, standing up, on the move. There is probably just as much food but it's easier to burn the calories off. Viva la Independence Day.

"We are the hollow men / We are the stuffed men / Leaning together." ~ T.S. Eliot 1888-1965

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Responsibility

Daily Draw: Anna.K Tarot ~ Emperor

Anna aligns this card with father figure responsibilities and you can see the weight of that task everywhere in this image.

I'm reminded by this card of my father in law. For the bulk of his adult life he was a harsh man who couldn't share his emotions but when dementia took the man we knew away, we were left with all the good stuff he never dared show in his quest to provide for his family's outer needs. I'm so grateful his family had those last two years with the gentle side of this Emperor.

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant." ~ Max De Pree

The Anna.K Tarot deck from Austria is the workhorse this week. This is the first edition published a few years ago, quickly sold out. Bouyed by it's success she reimaged a few of the cards and printed the second edition. Either edition is lovely with it's rich deep coloring. The original companion book is in German; she had it translated and it is now avaliable for download on her site. (Maybe...I cannot find the offer on the site now)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Light Within

Daily Draw: Waking The Wild Spirit Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

Fact of life, humans aren't much good at anything, without some light to see by. We have an inner light too which sets our intent, our hopes, our goals. You can talk to someone for a minute and know if their inner light glows or has gone out.

I'm reminded by this card without an inner light we are no more than lumps of clay or sticks of wood just taking up space, couch potatoes on the sofa of life.

"It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes." ~ Douglas Adams 1952-2001

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Cycle

Daily Draw: Waking The Wild Spirit Tarot ~ Page of Coins

This card speaks of the cycles we go through as the Wheel Of The Year goes by. Winter greys which are replaced by spring greens, sun fueled activities slowly replaced with cocoon mentality.

Like nature, we have our cycles and seasons. Some take a lifetime to pass through, others like sleep and waking are daily. All serve their purpose, and this card reminds us to take part in those cycles, turn off the automatic button and fully participate.

"If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing." ~ Gail Sheehy 1937-