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Monday, October 31, 2011

Careless Love

Daily Draw: Deirdre of the Sorrows Tarot ~ Knight of Cups

A lover, not a fighter is this Knight, albeit a hesitant and haphazard one. Like parenthood, love doesn't come with any instructions and considering the divorce rate in this country it apparently doesn't come with much  patience, tolerance, compassion, or room for compromise.

I'm reminded by this card and many websites like the enrichment journal, the divorce rate in America
for first marriage is 41%
for second marriage is 60%
for third marriage is 73%. It used to be ridiculously difficult to end a bad marriage; I wonder what the underlying reason is behind today's high rates? Is it as simple as unrealistic expectations implanted by entertainment and advertising media? Are we that dumb? This is a deck of sorrows...

"A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there's less of you." ~ Margaret Atwood 1939-

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pointless Reaction

Daily Draw: Deirdre of the Sorrows Tarot ~ Knight of Swords

Ever ready to shoot off a pinnacle in aid of he knows not what, it matters not. Long on action, short on thought is our Knight.

I'm reminded by this card I was thinking in the night,  and recognized one more sad lonely nail proving my post last week about the Hermit and bedrock. There is never any point in rushing off and trying to fix something broken beyond return. Choosing to turn my back on the sorrow and ride forward is much healthier.

We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss we refuse to see." ~ Terry Goodkind 1946- The Sword of Truth

A deck from Ireland this week, Deirdre of the Sorrows, softcover 176 page companion book by Deirdre O'Donoghue, art by Wayne McGuire. The first ten pages of Tarot Unlocked introduce Deirdre's simplified system of learning to read the cards. Then each card gets a full page full color spot with the opposing page giving the theory behind the scene or action and how to approach the card in a reading, at the bottom of the page are a few keywords for memory prompts. The cardstock is linen-finish, the deck can be ordered from Deirdre O'Donoghue at her website Tarot Unlocked.

Deirdre's own name and the deck title come from the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology about Deirdre of the Sorrows, the daughter of royal storyteller Fedimid mac Daill, at the court of Conchobar mac Nessa, the King of Ulster. The art in the deck alternates between greyscale and full color,  between modern and ancient views, indicating in the end nothing has changed, we all still live out our Swords/Cups/Wands/Coins lives as best we can. My favorite cards are the aces which bear no title at all.
There are no spreads given in the book but something I've not seen included in any other 'how to' book. Deirdre chose three cards for the last page, the Hermit, Page of Coins, the World. She asks the reader to interpret the reading without referring to the book text.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lifekissed

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ Sun

In the Greenwood, Sun is card 20, adjoining World. The figure is open, to receive the warmth of the sun and the abundance of life. I didn't notice until my 40's that my life was a paler shade of grey. Great husband, great job, lovely home...it was me, I was grey.

I'm reminded by this card I'm now officially in my 60's (the new 40's) I have a great husband, great job, lovely home...it is me who has changed, I am sunkissed and inner-lifekissed and even if the mundane world went in the can, I wouldn't, nay couldn't, return to grey. Life is good.

"Be yourself, everyone else is taken." Oscar Wilde 1854-1900

Friday, October 28, 2011

Renaissance Man

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ King of Swords

Court cards, by need and nature, are basically one-dimensional, otherwise you wouldn't have four courts in a deck, you'd have one card, full-faceted. But modern adults have become via choice or circumstance or the time we live in, can-do, one size fits all, multi-taskers of life, required to fill all roles whether we like it or not. Perhaps a blanket statement but something I've been thinking about a lot since I've become a member of the pink ribbon tribe and been observing how males deal/cope with our breast cancer. And reflecting back 40-50 years and how the men of my mother's age dealt with the same thing.

I'm reminded by this card of Rob's sword personality, the thinker who amazes me with how clearly he can pinpoint the crux of a problem and work out the solution. How deeply his feelings run (cups) and how hidden those feeling are from nearly everyone but me. Of how quickly (wands) he can act, and at this time how badly he wants to be able to fix things, make them right, make me whole again. And how at base (coins) he is the worlds best nurturer and provider. He is the all-faceted man, and today on my birthday I recognize he is the greatest gift I've ever been given and just how much I treasure him. King of everything, including my heart.

"More marriages might survive is the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse." ~ Doug Larson 1902-1981

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Outside

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 8 of Wands

The artist sees this as the coming together from eight points. As I spent time examining the image I saw many yods, the energy of radiant heat, baby snakes going out for a lungful of fresh air. Just an indication my mind is currently outside rather than inside the hearth/home.

I'm reminded by this card how important a home to come back to is when the mind or body or spirit is occupied elsewhere. It colors the whole experience without our even realizing it.

"Inside yourself or outside, you never have to change what you see, only the way you see it." ~ Thaddeus Golas 1924-1997

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Power Of Wait

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ Queen of Cups

We often see Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons here. Being so close to the Columbia River there are many marsh areas where they can be observed, observing. Their patience at the waiting game for creatures of the water is legendary, the only thing moving for hours upon hours will be their eyes.

I'm reminded by this card being still, and observing are life skills that must be acquired. From the time we can roll over or pull ourselves along by the elbows humans are on the move. That isn't a fault, but we do miss out on much that would come to us seemingly like magic because we've forgotten stillness and the power of wait.

"Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength." ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton 1803-1873
 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Do Rabbits Fight?

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

I looked it up, yes, they can be vicious little warriors. I doubt many have fought on a board balanced on stones in a pool though. Perhaps these rabbits are recognizing alpha and beta, ears up and ears down...or perhaps

I'm reminded by this card this may just be the dance of "so happy we are different but the same". The world is full of same but different and when given an opportunity to meet one on one there are always connections, veins of similarity, and some way to form a bond of kinship. If we want to.

"Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours." ~  Noela N. Evans

Monday, October 24, 2011

Winter Of The Soul

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ Hermit

Switched to number 15 in the Greenwood, Hermit follows the Death of something, and the subsequent stripping to the bone of what is left, by the Guardian. What is left? Nothing. What comes next? I'm hoping via my own Hermit, it is what I make it.

I'm reminded by this card this past year or so I've left two bedrocks of my life behind. It didn't happen overnight; dropped, cast off, stolen, lost, shoved, withdrawn, sandblasted, dipped in caustic, and chipped off with wear...they are both gone, completely. This leaves two voids. One I'm ignoring for the nonce, the other I'm working hard on a lot of different levels to replace with meaningful enriching brainstretching fulfillment. Because life hates voids and will fill them without my cooperation, like it or not. I want better than what is gone to be by my choice, not indifferent infilling.

"All my life I believed I knew something. But then one strange day came when I realized that I knew nothing, yes, I knew nothing. And so words became void of meaning. I have arrived too late at ultimate uncertainty." ~ Ezra Pound 1885-1972

Sunday, October 23, 2011

When It Runs By

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 3 of Cups

Joy spins out, spills over, reaches higher. I don't think about joy much here, the cards have become a way to identify a problem and how I can bring my mind to a better level, or my actions to a higher ground. But joy, that is a subject to be savored.

I'm reminded by this card my take on joy is it's an inner experience, much removed from happy. Joy is a stayer, it is still there warming even through grief or fear or pain, or boredom. It isn't something you can make like a cake or fake with a funny joke. To be honest, I don't know where my joy came from or what adds to it, only that it supports and circles me and I know what it isn't.

"Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by." ~ Carl Sandburg 1878-1967

This week's deck is the Greenwood Tarot, art by Chesca Potter, published companion book by Mark Ryan, 1996 Thorson's/Harper Collins. Chesca wrote a much better companion guide, downloadable at her link above.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Peace Within

Daily Draw: Wonderland Tarot ~ 10 of Cups

From Chapter One: 'Oh, you wicked little thing!' cried Alice, catching up the kitten and giving it a little kiss to make it understand that it was in disgrace. ... then she scrambled back into the armchair, taking the kitten and the worsted with her, and began winding up the ball again.  Alice Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll.

It is only me and my animals and my lovely quilt room today. The fabrics, patterns, threads are organized and ready, my working space is warm and clean and inviting...perhaps selfish and sinful in some circles, but indeed, my idea of a 10 of Cups day; and certainly time I picked up the important threads of my life again. And quietly, in the background, the seeds of a new direction were planted yesterday.

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." Siddhartha Gautama Buddha c.563 BCE - 483 BCE

Friday, October 21, 2011

I Thought vs. I Know

Daily Draw: Wonderland Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

Chapter two, The Pool Of Tears: 'Not like cats!' cried the Mouse, in a shrill, passionate voice. 'Would you like cats if you were me?' Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
The mouse was easy to offend and Alice did it again and again. She thought they were friends via shared adventure, the mouse knew they never would be.

I'm reminded by this card Rob and I have been married 40+ years and not one of his family have expressed any interest or concern, in any way, about my cancer, nor have they offered any support to Rob. Silly me to think they might; I learned early in the  marriage to never expect anything and I'd never be disappointed.

"It is what it is." Urban Dictionary

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Caucus

Daily Draw: Wonderland Tarot ~ Wheel

The Wheel represents the Dodo's idea of a Caucus race.

'What is a Caucus-race?' said Alice; not that she wanted much to know,...
'Why,' said the Dodo, 'the best way to explain it is to do it.' 
First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, ('the exact shape doesn't matter,' it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no 'One, two, three, and away,' but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out 'The race is over!' and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, 'But who has won?'  Alice in Wonderland, chapter three, Lewis Carroll

Whether we win or lose at life is pretty much like the Caucus race. We all begin at different positions, run different courses, and stop and start when we will. So today I ponder the one-up on the Joneses, status, Salvation Army and Jimmy Choo shoes, royalty and commoners, and why any of us give a rip.


"Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans." ~ 
Adlai E. Stevenson 1835-1914


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lobectomy

Daily Draw: Wonderland Tarot ~ 7 of Wands

Poor Gryphon, such a small part he had in Alice's Adventures; at the risk of enraging him, his was the Vanna White to Mock Turtle's Pat Sajack...only an element to move the story along. In that he excelled, for who would tell him no? That, and he could clearly see and name the false emotions and assumptions his companions labored under.

The Gryphon sat up and rubbed its eyes: then it watched the Queen till she was out of sight; then it chuckled. 'What fun!' said the Gryphon, half to itself, half to Alice. 
'What is the fun?' said Alice. 
'Why, She,' said the Gryphon. 'It's all her fancy, that; they never executes nobody, you know. Come on!' 
They had not gone far before they saw the Mock Turtle in the distance, sitting sad and lonely on a little ledge of rock, and as they came nearer, Alice could hear him sighing as if his heart would break. She pitied him deeply. 'What is his sorrow?' she asked the Gryphon, and the Gryphon answered, very nearly in the same words as before, 'It's all his fancy, that; he hasn't got no sorrow, you know.'     The Mock Turtle's Story, Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll     


I'm reminded by this card, two days ago I was struck by a fancy of my own. That my cancer is directly connected or caused by something that happened in February 2010. Now that it has gone in I'm sure it would take a lobectomy to get it back out. To the believer, a fancy is just as real as reality, it is all we can see.


"This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it." ~ Dorothy Parker 1893-1967                                                                                    


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lunacy

Daily Draw: Wonderland Tarot ~ Strength

The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown:
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town"  Through the Looking Glass ~ Lewis Carroll


I'm reminded by this bit from Alice I've been taught WWII brought the world out of the great depression of the 1930's. I shudder to think how long ago the Lion and the Unicorn lost their minds; to think wars will jump start economies in this dimming world is lunacy, not strength. And to fight for the crown...double proof.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tulip Roots

Daily Draw: Wonderland Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

This is the only paragraph about the cards I could find that didn't have anything to do with painting roses, croquet, or tarts...

On which Seven looked up and said, 'That's right, Five! Always lay the blame on others!'
'You'd better not talk!' said Five. 'I heard the Queen say only yesterday you deserved to be beheaded!'
'What for?' said the one who had spoken first.
'That's none of your business, Two!' said Seven.
'Yes, it is his business!' said Five, 'and I'll tell him — it was for bringing the cook tulip-roots instead of onions.'


I'm reminded by this card, we've all worked, we've all had bosses who gave unclear instructions, most of us have probably been in trouble for doing a great job that turned out to be the wrong job. No need to go into inner turmoil, that kind of creativity registers in the bosses mind on some level and eventually comes in useful. This card is an example of creatively digging myself out of the 8 of Coins/Oysters hole.

"He's very clever, but sometimes his brains go to his head." ~ Margot Asquith 1864-1945

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Give First, Cut Afterward

Daily Draw: Wonderland Tarot ~ 6 of Coins

Alice had seated herself on the bank of a little brook, with the great dish on her knees, and was sawing away diligently with the knife. 'It's very provoking!' she said,  'I've cut several slices already, but they always join on again!'
'You don't know how to manage Looking-glass cakes,' the Unicorn remarked. 'Hand it round first, and cut it afterwards.'  Alice Through The Looking Glass, Chapter Seven

I'm reminded by this card freely given, given with love, given unconditionally seem to be concepts difficult to learn. Mostly we see give to get. It's hard to be perfect isn't it? The Unperfect, another of my tribes.

Deck of the week is The Wonderland Tarot, a collaborative effort of Christopher John Abbey, writer, and Morgana Abbey, artist. Based on the Lewis Carroll books Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass. Published 1989 by U.S. Games Systems, and long out of print. The Suits are renamed Flamingo/Swords, Peppermill/Wands, Hat/Cups, Oyster/Coins. The minors aren't named on the card but simply numbered as in a playing card deck.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Riddle Me This

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Knight of Coins

The Egyptians thought they were the most advanced civilization in their world...until they saw the Hittites had horses. And they didn't. Those horses to the Egyptians were like the computer to the modern world. One key thing that changed everything.

I'm reminded by this card there are nine horses in this deck. A page and four knights have one, plus Strength, Sun, Chariot, and Fool. Six white, one yellow, one black, one brown. Although I've been told there is no such thing as a brown horse. There is no point to this post, I'm too fuzzy to be clever, but being detail oriented I'm wondering if these horses were switched to motors what would these eight be driving, and why so many white horses? And are there any decks with more horses in it? And what do the theme decks like the Ferret, or the Crow, use for the knight's mode of transport?

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth." ~ Umberto Eco 1932-

Friday, October 14, 2011

BFF

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 10 of Cups

We students laughed like loons when our high school biology teacher said there would come a time when marriage was as much about friendship as sex.

I'm reminded by this card that he was right. Of the six girls I ran around with, one divorced and stayed single, the rest of us are all in our fourth decade of being married to the same man. I expect they would all agree with me their husbands are also their best friend. We have the best of both physical and emotional worlds.

"If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend." ~ Stone Temple Pilots

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Eavesdropping

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

Spending the day in a super busy room with lots of people yesterday I had ample opportunity listen to and think about the losses and worries of others. In normal conditions these same patients waiting for surgery for multiple reasons would be the people you'd pass at the grocery, bus stop, or bowling alley and we wouldn't have a clue something was amiss.

I'm reminded by this card, if we did, it would probably make us thankful for the burdens we carry; because the burdens and sorrows many of my bedmates were carrying would have crushed me like a bug. My doctor is confident she got it ALL, every last bit!

"Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, the emptiness of ages in his face, and on his back the burden of the world." ~ 
Edwin Markham 1852-1940

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pink Ribbon, Day Zero

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Page of Cups

What a lovely card to draw on this auspicious cancer surgery day plus I'm under the protection of a full moon... What more could I ask?

I'm reminded by this card when you don't have any other options, optimism and trust will make a great cloak indeed.

"If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you've got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience." ~ Robert Fulghum 1938-

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It's A Good Thing

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 10 of Coins

It's been such a normal week...when it feels like it should be so unique in all areas.

I'm reminded by this card of something we all know. Life and the world just go on. And on. And on. And that is the way it should be.

"As we do at such times I turned on my automatic pilot and went through the motions of normalcy on the outside, so that I could concentrate all my powers on surviving the near-mortal wound inside." ~ Sonia Johnson 1936-

Monday, October 10, 2011

Death, But Not For You Wordslinger

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Death

I wonder how many deaths we see or read in the course of a day? We watched Inkheart yesterday in which most of the characters died twice, once to the people they left behind and once again when turned to ash. On the other hand I read a short story by Stephen Donaldson last night in which two characters snatched their lives from the jaws of Death at the last instant, cheating the Temple and the cauldron of molten iron.

Death in the Llewellyn takes the form of Pwyll, who after a chance meeting with Death while hunting agrees to take his place for one year. The Welsh are complicated...and tough. I think I'll try to keep Death at arms length this week.

"Walter turned three cards; The Prisoner, The Lady of the Shadows, and Death, "but not for you, gunslinger". 
"Go then, there are other worlds than these." ~ Jake, Stephen King, The Gunslinger 1982

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Stop

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Empress

Heavy with child is how many Empress cards are painted which seems a sledge to push a tack and so in-your-face the myriad facets of the Empress are lost in the idea of mommy. Unconditional love and what it births, which crosses all worlds and life forms is represented by Rhiannon. The crux of her meeting Pwyll came after he chased her for three days with the fastest horses in the realm, finally crying out 'stop'. And she did, indicating he could have saved everyone time and trouble if he'd asked that first. 

I'm reminded by this card how important clear communication is in relationships of all kinds. Humans aren't mind readers, if we want or need something we should say, rather than get cross because we think someone who loves us should just know. How often does that happen? Not often enough to count on. Life is short, speak up.

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate." ~ Germaine Greer 1937-

The beautiful 2006 Llewellyn Tarot is my deck choice this week. Commissioned art and 264 page companion book by Anna-Marie Ferguson. Published by Llewellyn Worldwide as part of their celebration of the life of Welshman Llewellyn George, the founder. The majors follow the story line of the Welsh Maginogion. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Road To Oz

I reread the Wizard of Oz last week. It had been so long it was basically a new story to me. I did remember the dog, and the brick road, and the lion and the fraud. I wonder if there is a book worth of missing parts to all my memories? It is sad to  picture my mind as some kind of collapsed parachute, all cover and no stuffing.

I'm reminded by this card, of that book. Maybe the memories are all there but we need a trigger like Faery Godmother to let them surface. For how could we function if everything was at the top all the time? Once again I'm overwhelmed at the marvelous machine we are born as; we are walking miracles, each and every one of us. Rock on...

"Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again." ~ L. Frank Baum 1856-1919

Friday, October 7, 2011

Aquiver For MQX

Daily Draw: Faeries' Oracle ~ Master Maker

We are all master of something, though sometimes we are too coy or modest to claim the title. Writer, quilter, parent, horseman...something. Whether a lifetime project or something we can do in an hour, that mastery will show through because we can't not be a master.

That said, I'm reminded by this card there is always something new to tackle and the next thing I want to master is machine quilting. Some samples by fellow Washington women:
Elizabeth Spannring
Karen McTavish
My cancer surgery is next Wednesday; regardless how that goes, by Friday or Saturday I will be at the MQX show being held in Portland for the first time. I can hardly wait to walk amongst the master works and be awed, inspired, energized.  (edited to add 10/22/11, I did arise and walk and other than fresh air it was pointless. This was a market for long arm machines with precious few quilts which were stuck in the back and displayed on the most gruesome soul sucking green background you could imagine. 0 stars unless you were looking to test drive a machine or take a class)

Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied." ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804-1864

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dance On His Grave

Daily Draw: Faeries' Oracle ~ The Soul Shrinker

Hard to believe there are fun and funny cards in this deck, considering the darkish cards that have been coming up. The Soul Shrinker is the one tucking into bitter fruit when we do something malicious or wish a curse on someone.

I'm reminded by this card, back in those 20's that mostly embarrassed me, there was one man who I cursed maliciously (double serving!) and I'm still waiting to dance on his grave with delight. The only reason it still draws darkness from me is because it was my Rob he hurt, not me. Those are hurts that go deep, when they happen to someone we love, and probably why there is still a shrunken puckery spot on my soul there.

"In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice,  madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps." ~ Leo Rosten 1908-1997

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Glowing Hoof Prints

Daily Draw: Faeries' Oracle ~ Laiste, Moon's Daughter

Laiste, leaving her fairy hoof prints, is a guide of sorts. Following those prints will just as often lead us into a hole as to illumination, her main occupation being jarring us awake, opening our eyebulbs to see and our brainwad to think for ourselves.

When we are in a painful or troubling position it's the easiest thing in the world to "just pull a few cards on this situation". And over and over we see questions like:
What did he think
How did she feel
Why didn't he say
and of course, does he/she love me. No one and nothing can give us third party readings worth a hoot. All we need to know is what we think, what we feel, do we love...and so often we leave that thinking alone entirely, preferring instead, six impossible questions before breakfast.

"The clopping of shod hooves on pavement brings on the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and churn of stomach high up under the rib cage." ~ John Steinbeck 1902-1968


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

O! Status Quo

Daily Draw: Faeries' Oracle ~ O! That Gnome

What if when you slept you rose and when you awoke you came down somewhere else? What if you were in your cups and said something you didn't even know you were thinking? What if you knocked the chocolate bits into the cookie batter and accidentlly invented Chocolate Chip Cookies?

This card speaks of what we can make out of chaos. How silly we can be and how smart when we really put our minds to it. But it's work. Hence the grumpy face...mostly we won't work, status quo is too comfortable.

"Status quo you know, is Latin for "the mess we're in."" ~ Ronald Reagan 1911-2004

Monday, October 3, 2011

Inner Maiden

Daily Draw: Faeries' Oracle ~ The Maiden

This is the fairy of Joy. She exudes it, creates it, lives it. She is reborn each time we awaken and makes getting up worthwhile.

I'm reminded by this card that many things can take Happy away from us but Joy is inner, deeper, remains, even when the external us is depressed or grieving. The key is Joy must be nurtured like anything else worth doing or having or keeping.

"One of the most responsible things you can do as an adult is to become more of a child." ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer 1940-


Sunday, October 2, 2011

It's Just Like Them...

Daily Draw: Faeries' Oracle ~ Faery Guide

It's just like these dang faeries to fling this card at me today. Sixty cards and they give me this one. But this is just the way the deck is. These are not your run of the mill glittery gossamer angelic fairy types. Oh no. These fey have books published about them, which could more be deemed long winded warnings. Good Faeries' Bad Faeries', Lady Coddington's Pressed Fairy Book, Strange Stains and Mysterious Smells...On this card we are to draw our own fairy guide. I've been using this deck for at least ten years and so far all I've managed to do with this card is drive over it twice with the wheels of my office chair leaving some painful looking indentations.

I'm reminded by this card this is pretty much the way I live my life. Straight forward, open like a book, a hard taskmaster to myself. So it's the faeries little joke to see I've indented my Guide card, thereby leaving living proof of their existence and ability to bollix things up with such finesse that even a blank card has their mark and speaks their truth.

"You see children know such a lot now, they soon don't believe in fairies, and every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies,' there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead." ~ Sir James Matthew Barrie 1860-1937

The deck this week is The Faeries' Oracle, 60 art cards by Brian Froud, 206 page companion book by Jessica Macbeth. Published 2000 by Fireside.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Shadow Thoughts

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 5 of Cups

Following on with yesterday's card, this 5 shows lots of drama going on over the the 3 spilled cups. I promise I'm not a drama queen but there are three memories or situations I'd like to exorcise.

I'm reminded by this card to turn away from the shadows and face the gold, put the dark behind me. My actions will make more sense and maybe some good ideas will come along.

"And in the afternoon they entered a land, but such a land! A land hung in mourning, darkened by gigantic cypresses, submerged; a land of reptiles, silence, shadow, decay." ~ George Washington Cable 1844-1925