I expect love was complicated. Here we see not two choices, but the wife and the mother-in-law. The parents of the male hired an agent to present their offer to the female's parents. If accepted, in due time the marriage occurred and then the male generally lived with the in-laws until a domicile of their own could be afforded.
I'm reminded by this card, here, with the exception of arranged marriages little has changed. People get married before they can afford the overhead, get an apartment, have a baby, go really broke, move back home to the detriment of the real potential of the marriage. Life. We are always in a hurry to get in and then fight to get back out.
"A marriage of two independent and equally irritable intelligences seems to me reckless to the point of insanity." ~ Dorothy L. Sayers 1893-1957 Gaudy Night
Perfect card to transport me from 2012's field of study, into a new one for 2013.
I'm reminded by this card there are many kinds of vehicles we use every day, but our minds are surely the fastest of all. Too bad we are so often missing from the steering wheel...
"The mind is a vehicle, held together by soft soap and hunger and with front-seat drivers and back-seat drivers contradicting each other in a bedlam of voices, shouting "go right" and "go left" at the same time." ~ Adlai E. Stevenson 1900-1965
I have many visitors from the Russian and Baltic states, if I miss-name any of these cards, Please do correct me, I'd really appreciate it.
My learning task for 2012 was the ancient Mesoamericans. The Aztec, Maya, Inca, and Toltec. It has been a fascinating journey and I'm glad I took it on. This is the final deck of cards associated with that study and I've left it so long because it intimidates me.
Containing 89 cards, with 6 court cards per suit and 5 fool cards, published in 2003, art (based on blocky Mesoamerican style) by Anna Nikolaeva, 156 page book by Sergey de Rocambole. It looks absolutely riveting, but sadly is in a language I do not read and I'd give my eyeteeth to have it translated
Self examination. Some refer to it as navel watching which I think implies self absorption. Well the one can lead to the other certainly, we probably all know that type of person. As long as we don't have to depend on them for a mental hand up, what does it matter?
I'm reminded by this card, once again, of balance. We all need to look inward occasionally. What makes us really tick, what are our hot buttons and why are they. What lifts and inspires us. The real truth of how we feel and see the others within our daily orbit. After all, honesty within ourselves is a good thing. Honest.
"We've all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining." ~ Julia Cameron 1948-
Daily Draw: Guardians of Wisdom Tarot ~ 4 of Coins
Honing in on the only words that I agree with, "your efforts give you the ability" and it comes back to consistency of those efforts. On the other hand I don't agree with the airy advice "you can have anything you want, if you try hard enough" or even worse "if you want it badly enough'.
I am reminded by this Elder and the people around him in both need and want he is more likely thinking 'why should I give what I've worked for when you haven't made a dedicated effort on your own behalf?'. Elders are often generous of heart, mind, and pocket when they see some genuine achievements. By that time we've figured out we can do it without gimmies.
"Having, then, once introduced an element of inconsistency into his system, he was far too consistent not to be inconsistent consistently, and he lapsed ere long into an amiable indifferentism which to outward appearance differed but little from the indifferentis." ~ Samuel Butler 1835-1902 The Way Of All Flesh
I'm reminded by this card "your actions are not in harmony with external pressures", that if we look at our 'should I do this' actions as though we were before a grumpy judge we'd know what to do. I occasionally need to think this way in emails (would this hurt their feelings?) and on forums (is this just a wisenheimer remark or does it add to the discussion?). I seem to type a lot of responses that never grow up to be posts.
"It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack." ~ Katharine Hepburn 1907-2003
Subtitled Blocked, the figure seems to be sleeping while a giant rock bogeyman lurks under the bed and whose hands keep her oblivious and steal her treasure.
I'm reminded by this card we are the bogeymen, it is just us, lying doggo and avoiding or denying facts.
is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole
lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are
opportunity, and you must knock on the door yourself." ~ Maxwell Maltz 1927-2003
Guardians of Wisdom, subtitled Universal Power Cards is the deck this week. Art by Emy
Ledbetter, words by Todd Hershey, no companion book with this set but it comes with
seven extra cards, four with the story behind the deck and three with spreads
suggested for use with the deck. The entire deck is designed to use both upright and reversed card positions. Printed by Carta Mundi, 2000. The suits are as follow:
Swords as spades, under the Ancient Asian group
Cups as hearts, under the Goddess category
Wands as clubs, in the Angel category
Coins as diamonds, in the Native American category
Majors are marked with a triangle and are the Universal Guardians group.
Oooo, hot button for many. How many times has our significant other said "what's wrong?" and we've responded with "nothing."?
Even though we were deliberately behaving in a manner that would show there was something bothering us.
I'm reminded by this card there should be classes in school in basic communication. I've taught myself to communicate but sometimes our Rob still says 'nothing'.
"The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives." ~ Anthony Robbins 1960-
Both the first and the final post on my KalamaQuilts blog speaks of simplifying. We have 2 chairs in the living room. Nothing else, we never use it because it's the coldest room in the house. Been that way since 1998. The kitchen counters were empty of anything but the microwave until we stopped using garbage service. Now there is a chicken snacks bucket, compost can, and a dishcloth to put the rinsed recycle items on to dry. But you get the idea.
This card reminds me, out of the corner of my eye I see something unusual. A stack of unopened mail. A clear sign all is not well yet in Sharynland. But at least it isn't getting lost in a mess like we see in the card. I'll take a point for that.
"The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less." ~ Socrates 469-399 BCE
This card says "I step into my future with strength and clarity." Well. We can but try.
I'm reminded by this card, as always, each day is a new seed and we don't have to drag some of the stuff we hold onto with us. Sometimes we give the mental image of a small burro roped to an tumble down building, trying to pull it down the road. It will kill us to do it, why not let some of it go? We can not change what happened, to hold on to something thinking we can is soul breaking futility.
"People become attached to their burdens more than the burdens are attached to them." ~ George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950
Funny duck here, I seldom have any noise at all going on. No radio on, don't have tv, I savor the quiet.
I'm reminded by this card why the silence. I love to hear a ticking clock and each room has one. I expect ticking clocks with cool faces will go the way of newspapers and snail mail letters before long. Pity that.
"O, it sets my heart a-clickin' like the tickin' of a clock,
when the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock." ~ James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916
I'm often surprised when someone younger than 1951 turns up for a Quirkeries quotes.
I'm always happy when a quote has some quiet humor in it.
But my favorite part of using quotations is learning about someone I've never heard of before, an ancient whose wisdom is still being heard.
I read last week if the ancient Greeks walked the earth today they would be many times smarter than we are, we dumb down everything, take the easy roads, and study hard at pointless knowledge.
I'm reminded by this card to never stop seeking wisdom.
"Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon or stars." ~ Confucius 551-479 BCE
I'm not sure how I'll get along with this deck, it is from Hay House and I'm not a fan of their products, but hey..I bought it because it looked pretty. If that's all we get from it so be it, pretty can lift spirits too.
Messages from spirit. We have an inner ear that can hear that small still inner voice. It is only been the last couple of weeks that voice has been speaking and that ear has been listening again.
I'm reminded by this card that depression can drive away not just the tangible but can also disappear the intangible. It is only on my reverse journey I can recognize and rejoice the return of some of the things that make life a pleasure.
"If the sight of the blue sky fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, your soul is alive." ~ Eleanora Duse 1858-1924
This image contains nine grim old white men, one Native, Greek columns, and an egg. My mind went to jury duty and when I counted the figures, to the Supreme Court.
I'm reminded by this card, how interesting jury duty has been the four times I've served, and how truly our individuality and life experiences come to bear...and yet don't. And it is certainly nothing like anything on TV. Fascinating process.
"A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the defendant." ~ Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
Absence of sin. I love this card. But when I turned it over to see what keyword I would be working with I had to smile.
I'm reminded by this card it's easy to be sinless locked up behind or sheltered by walls against real life. I could sit in this peaceful courtyard being perfect and 'balanced and centered...' until my knees froze. But I am so far from perfect to claim impeccability would be a sin in itself.
"It's not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity." ~ Francis Bacon 1561-1626
Centering and balance. We throw those two words about frequently but what does it mean?
From the dictionary: Framing used to support an arch or dome under construction.
Another dictionary: point or place that is equally distant from the sides or outer boundaries of something; the middle.
And another: Once you are able to center yourself, the very notion of confines drops away, and you exist in a state of undivided entirety.
Best stop seeking what is already within us and relax, breathe, relax. Now. Wasn't that easy? People work hard to make life more complicated than it is. We little 'uns included.
"Small smile, deep breaths, go slowly." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh 1926-
What struck me from this image is all the animals but one are moving toward the future. The 4th one from the right is undecided. The shelters are all going off the image into the future. The man though is all proud and pumped and caught up in the day because he has ... balanced rocks.
I'm reminded by this card balancing rocks is an art I admire, but by their very nature designed to be here today, gone tomorrow. I'm asking myself to remember the goal we are working toward and not sabotage it with whims because we are forming the very balance of our future.
"All we use are rocks. No glues. No wires. No tricks." ~ Team Sandtastic, Sarasota Florida
Do you know what your essence is? By definition, The intrinsic or indispensable properties that serve to characterize or identify something. The most important ingredient; the crucial element.
I'm reminded by this card of my own bedrock. Rob and quilting. Do you know how I know I'm crawling out of the soul sucking swamp of depression? I'm hunting for a good working treadle sewing machine. That implies forward thinking. For the last 18 months or so all I thought about was getting through each day.
This particular figure refers to a Welsh bard or professional poet dating back to the sixth century. I've tried to think why his hands are hidden, normally the Hierophant holds something of importance relating to his chosen field. Perhaps he couldn't write. Perhaps his limbs were stricken or stunted. Perhaps he never existed at all; never the less, great poetry remains that is credited to him.
I'm reminded by this card until recent times much history was passed down orally, repeated by the elders to the youth. Much of what we think as bedrock began as oral stories. I wonder how the first version varies from the ten thousandth version. Was faithful to the original held in high regard or did the ego of the teller override the telling? Like today's news sources...where it is make up/publish/tell the story first, the heck with checking details. The heck with what harm it does. The heck with destroying lives for no reason other than ratings.
" These talk shows are
trying to get ratings by generating heat, when they ought to be trying to
generate more light." ~ Bill Clinton 1946-
First of all, let me say I feel so much better. According to my doctor log it has been nine consistent days of better. May seem trivial but after the black road I've walked, this change is amazing. This card speaks of those kind of victories, hard fought and hard gained.
I'm reminded by this card of the battles we all fight daily, sometimes for so long we've forgotten we are fighting for a life, our life. Carry on troops, I care about your life, because I care about my own. The two things go hand in hand.
Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca BC4~65AD
When I saw the huge waterwheel jouncing off in a dozen directions at once in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest, that is the image that comes to mind now when the tarot Wheel turns up.
I'm reminded by this card life's wheel is much the same, no steady measured pace with full rotations, it flips about madly, sometimes reversing, some times stuck in a rut. It isn't fair, and that is life in a nutshell. It was never about fair.
"But I also have to say, for the umpty-umpth time, that life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all." ~ William Goldman 1931-
The Princess Bride
Bran the Blessed was a giant among men. Like a Great Dane or Irish Wolfhound he could afford to be gentle because by sheer size he could intimidate.
I'm reminded by this card, at 5'1" I'm occasionally intimidated by tall people. Some years ago when I began yoga my instructor asked me what I wanted to get out of yoga. My immediate response was "taller". She laughed but said it will appear that way because yoga can give you better posture. Sometimes posture is all it takes to fake taller.
"I'm not short. I'm just unusually not tall. ~ Hyesungie
Condensed version: In Welsh legend the Lady of the Fountain changed from a beautiful woman into a grief-ravaged fright over the death of her husband Duncan. Yet she was persued by Owain, knight of the Round Table, until she married him. Owain served the kingdom well...until he flitted off with the knights once again. Like most abusers he came back contrite and full of promises until he won her back.
I'm reminded by this card that abandonment of body and soul is equal crime to other abuses, as the abandoned spends their life wondering what they did wrong. Oh, would that Justice truly be served, but so seldom is.
"Why Brownlee left, and where he went,
Is a mystery even now.
For if a man should have been content
It was him; two acres of barley,
One of potatoes, four bullocks,
A milker, a slated farmhouse.
He was last seen going out to plough
On a March morning, bright and early.
By noon Brownlee was famous;
They had found all abandoned, with
The last rig unbroken, his pair of black
Horses, like man and wife,
Shifting their weight from foot to
Foot, and gazing into the future" ~ Paul Muldoon 1951- Why Brownlee Left
Guess that is me today; I made the decision to not spend a couple hours trying to get the OH deck images uploaded for a post. The lovely Llewellyn Tarot, one of my favorites has all the images posted on-line. Reversed this card can mean overweening ambition. That could be me too...I'm determined to do my morning draw regardless of what is going on in the rest of my life. Good morning world...
regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my
deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough." ~ Hafiz of Persia 1315-1390
I'm using the beautiful 2006 Llewellyn Tarot. 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 Mabinogion.
I drew this set of cards about three hours ago, and what came to mind was Rainbow Bridge. I'm not sure where the idea of dead pets marching across a bridge to the rainbow started, a poem probably. It is an attractive idea for some, to think fun and frolic goes on after death. I certainly understand grief for a lost pet, I still miss our Windsor nearly 5 years on.
But. Three hours later I have a new take on the cards. What is attractive now is on the other side of the bridge over the Cowlitz, a new laptop... Oh for a trustworthy and good computer mechanic.
"In the future, computers may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." ~ Popular Mechanics Magazine, 1949
I am never bored. Perish the thought.
For some reason this card makes me think of the few days we spent on Maui, Hawaii. There are hardly any roads and we managed to put 400 miles on the rental car seeing everything. So much fun. I had the wisenhimer idea to leave the sliding door to the deck open, why not, absolutely perfect weather. When we got back there were hundreds of little black pineapple bugs everywhere, we laughed till we cried. Life is short, keep moving...
"We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with
gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics." ~ Bill Vaughan 1915-1977
I don't suppress anything, and I don't cry over spilled milk. But...In the early years of our marriage there were plenty of times I wanted to throw a beverage against the wall. Mentally it seem like it would really help release anger. And it might. But first I thought "I'll have to clean up the mess" and "this is a rental house, what if it does some damage" and "surely I'm smart enough to express myself without violence".
So I never have. But I'm not done living either. But I still don't want to clean up the mess. So probably not happening here.
"Nothing can work me damage except myself; the harm that I sustain I carry about with me, and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault." ~ Bernard of Clairvaux 1090-1153
This week I'll be using a two deck set called OH Cards, which can be used as a game, or for "Explorations of Self and Dialogues of Acceptance" according to the cover booklet. One deck is large with words on the borders, the smaller group is made up of images. Each deck has 88 cards.
I don't know that I'd ever laugh at a street corner bum, they are everywhere here with their hungry or need work signs. And dogs, and most are smoking. For those smoking, my personal theory is they are better off than I am. At $7.00-9.00 a pack in this state even if I wished to start smoking again I couldn't afford it. Judgmental?..yeah. I'll work on that.
As a callow youth, maybe 14 years old without a mean bone in my body, I was once part of a group of six girls looking for a bum to roll. My guess is we'd have screamed and ran like the wind if we'd run across one. But it shows me the power of a strong or charismatic leader. And how easily a good kid can go bad. When I read stories of young people up to no good, I always wish I knew the rest of the story.
"Modern society calls the beggar bum and panhandler and gives him the bum's rush. But the Greeks used to say that people in need are the ambassadors of the gods." ~ Peter Maurin 1877-1949
Pollack designed her 2 of coins with the I Ching coins in mind, one yen one yang. The positive the negative, the quick and the slow.
I'm reminded by this card the two are going in entirely different directions with different missions in mind. Yet eventually those path cross and meld within us. Else it would be boring beyond belief, being a one-lane-Charlie, one-tune-Tess.
"The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang." ~ Morihei Ueshiba 1883-1969
This is the normal me. Leaping tall buildings in a single bound, unstoppable in attitude and goals.
I'm reminded by this card I can be her again. With time.
In the mean time I think I'll leap tall thresholds today...good practice.
in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between
being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So
what the heck, leap". ~ Cynthia Heimel 1947-
Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 10 of Swords They're Coming To Take Me Away by Napoleon XIV
Remember when you ran away And I got on my knees And begged you not to leave Because I'd go berserk Well you left me anyhow And then the days got worse and worse And now you see I've gone Completely out of my mind
And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa They're coming to take me away ho ho hee hee ha haaa To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats And they're coming to take me away ha haaa
Recorded 1966 by Napoleon XIV aka Jerry Samuels 1938-
Some fun for the day, with many thanks to my Rob, who keeps me on the rails. After pulling this card that song is stuck in my mind. And now it's stuck in yours isn't it? You are very welcome ha ha ho ho he he
Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 10 of Wands Reversed
We are the sum total of our life actions. We are our own solar system, our own audience, and our actions are always an example to others we may never know and those who see us daily.
I'm reminded by this reversed card of how we get tunnel vision, me against the world, me crushed by the world, me abused by the world, me on top of the world. Not so. The world won't ever give a hoot; the life map always leads back to us.
"Tomorrow you will be where the thoughts and actions of today take you." ~ Blaise Pascal 1623-1662
Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 4 of Swords reversed
Ever have an older sibling tip you out of bed just because they could? That warm cozy cocoon you were burrowed down in, dreaming the best dreams, probably a Saturday when it should have been allowed?
I'm reminded by this card to not lie down and give up. Last night curled up in my cozy warm bed a fully formed thought drifted across my mind unbidden...If I were dead I could be buried with my sister. Now there was a mental scream. No, I have gazillions of reasons not to wish that. To keep forcing activity and although I hate the phrase, fake it until I make it. I will, I'm still shuddering that the thought was there at all.
"...it lies in all of us. Sleeping, waiting, and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir, open its jaws, and howl." ~ Angelus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1998
A different viewpoint on the Ace of Swords from Saturday. Pollack posits like the owl, we have a brain, we can see all angles of an issue, and we can work out the best solution in silence.
I've been a drama queen the past year and a half, spewing my fear and pain and grief and anger via my card of the day posts. In my defense I must say, I type very very quietly and do not assault my readers with the dreadful silent screams that occur this side of the screen.
"Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound." ~ Jodi Picoult 1966- My Sister's Keeper
Challenges, overcome. The simple epitaph for any living creature.
I'm reminded by this card, to keep getting up just like real people, getting dressed to the shoes, and one day I'll mean it and be able to kick this bedammed depression to the curb and watch in glee as it falls and turns to ash behind me in the rear view mirror.
"Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat." ~ Jean-Paul Sartre 1905-1980
Shining Tribe Tarot (revised edition) with tribal and prehistoric art style deck, and 330
page companion book by Rachel Pollack. Published by Llewellyn Worldwide
The suits are elements: Trees/Wands, Rivers/Cups, Birds/Swords, and
The courts have been changed to Vision Cards: Place, Knower,
Gift, Speaker, and refer to the readers or querents journey.
Place enters the
suit, Knower understands the suit, Gift is able to use the suit, Speaker shares
A few of the majors have been renamed: Hierophant/Tradition,
Wheel/Spiral, Judgment/Awakening, World/Shining Woman.
In my way of thinking Swords are about discovery, Cups are our decisions about that discovery, Wands are our actions on that discovery, and Coins are the result of those actions.
I'm reminded by this card we sometimes prefer to choose our own truth, regardless of facts. This figure seems to be avoiding truth at all costs, shoving it behind him while he waits for a better answer.
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." ~ Aldous Huxley1894-1963
I'll smite you mightily. Then I'll smite you again for good measure.
I'm reminded by this card of anger and bitterness and a sense of unfairness. Not Fair is probably what triggers most rants, you'd think as adults we'd get it that fair is a useless word with no rhyme or reason, entirely random. And still, wound up we will get, and then it's off to make someone else's day unfair.
"Never mind, never mind, let's get to the part where we smite the unsuspecting. I've brought my most alarming teeth" ~ Nick Harkaway 1972- Angelmaker
Poor guy, his grand idea is crippled. What he is left with now is 20-20 hindsight. Will it do him any good?
I'm reminded by this card a project without heart in it, even when completed shows that lack of love or caring.
"Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus. One morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900
I'm reminded by this card wheels can only go around or pause. If we choose pessimism or anger to be the light that guides our day then we'll be one of these joyless figures going around in an endless cycle of unhappiness. Or bound unwillingly by depression. My least favorite advice? "Put a smile on it." Gee that's helpful. But we could consider it, in privacy, so no one thinks we are just passing gas. Or we could sleep with a clothes hanger in our mouth, train up a smile. I'm game if you are. I'm grabbing at straws...
thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel; I know not where I am nor
what I do" ~ William Shakespeare 1564-1616
Most of the most, best of the best, highest of the highest...and still they shite in their own nest in various ways. Day in and out we see it on the news until we are sick to death with the sin and wonder where is the news?
I'm reminded by this card humans are weak-kneed creatures. Maybe that is why so many are so easily entertained and titillated with the not news. And why we are on a fiscal cliff. They have always known how easily we are distracted. Bosch's art from the 1500's reflects nothing has changed, what was, is.
"The First Amendment is about how we govern ourselves, not about how we titillate ourselves." ~ Robert H. Bork 1927
The cards open previously closed doors to my own heart with their merciless quest for the truth, nothing but the truth. They flay the soul and make me say thank you afterward. Each hour spent with my cards is a new lesson to be learned. Viva la Journey.