Friday, February 28, 2014

Fragile

Daily Draw: Chinese Tarot ~ 5 of Cups

Dispelling melancholy, or he thinks he is.  Probably equal to only the common cold in sheer numbers of medicines available, of which few help and none cure.

I'm reminded by this card how many near escapes I had this past summer. In a client I would have recognized the signs of being overmedicated very quickly, I missed them entirely in myself. All those scientific remedies are long gone, down the loo. Is depression's black sack still with me? Yes. I have built a fragile safe zone I value with my life, literally.

"In every way that counted I was dead. Inside somewhere maybe I was screaming and weeping and howling but that was another person, one who had no access to the lips and face and mouth and head. So on the surface I just shrug and smile and keep moving." ~ Neil Gaiman 1960-

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Miss-Tree

Daily Draw: Chinese Tarot ~ Moon

The artist chose to associate the moon with the feminine side of nature and the luna hare, representative of longevity.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder where these ideas come from.
Is a fir tree male or female?
How about a river?
I thought the sun was female, but sun and moon both can't be can they?
I've been studying Luna Hare, but I've not read they are associated with a long life. Rabbits don't have a   particularly long life span...and who says longevity is a blessing of any kind?

"The other day when I was walking through the woods, I saw a rabbit standing in front of a candle making people shadows on a tree." ~ Stephen Wright 1955-

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Asked or Unasked

Daily Draw: Chinese Tarot ~ Queen of Swords

Whatever this queen has achieved, it has been through her own efforts, self discipline, dedication, and ethics.

It's possible.
More likely she had help along the way, asked or unasked.
We always do.

"I'd like to be Queen in people's hearts but I don't see myself being queen of this country." ~ Diana Princess of Wales 1961-1997

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Walk A Mile In Strange Shoes

Daily Draw: Chinese Tarot ~ 3 of Coins

I wonder if this is a marksmanship task, shooting behind yourself through the coins holes? If all you had to do was train it would eventually come naturally, skills built on skills. I also wonder how many arrows on the average were used in big ancient battles. It had to be more than the standard quiver offers but where were the extras? Did the arrowmen have minions running along side with a basket full? Wiki says at the very most twenty, medieval quivers held a dozen at the most. Didn't take long to get to tea break in those days. And what about the later longbows? Six to seven feet long, I reckon some difficulty was involved in carrying spares.

I'm reminded by this card every occupation and hobby involves much more than we casually glean in passing. And seeing an expert at anything at work is a gift to our intelligence.

"The longbow, because of its rapidity of fire, was a medieval machine gun. It has been calculated that a bowman of the Hundred Years War period, when military archery was at its zenith, could shoot 10-12 arrows a minute." ~ Robert E Kaiser The Medieval English Longbow

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fight The Good Fight

Daily Draw: Chinese Tarot ~ 9 of Wands

There is some exhilaration to be found when fighting a battle for which you are ready and equipped.

It is even better when you win by effort rather than chance.

"Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don't like to do." ~ Albert E.N. Gray

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Come and Gone

Daily Draw: Chinese Tarot ~ Magician

Ever wonder how magicians do their stuff?
I saw a bad magician in Las Vegas. I doubt the dinner show in a inexpensive restaurant was the pinnacle of his dreams. But by his very placement my mind was conditioned to think 'bad'. If I'd seen the same effort on the main stage at the Luxor would I have perceived the same show as marvelous?

I'm reminded by this card of being adequate. No harm in that; I'm joined by the bulk of humanity. But I really do wish there was something of mine I could point to and say 'isn't that bit of work stunning?' or' didn't that bit of work come out fine though?'. Alas. I'm not unhappy with adequate but I'm sorry nothing I've ever done was filled with magic. When I'm gone I'll be gone...along with the bulk of humanity.

"Hmm. Alas. Earwax." ~ Albus Dumbledore 1881-1997

Chinese Tarot, art by Jui Guoliang, published by US Games Systems 1989. Recently republished.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

More Brains Less Ego

Daily Draw: Rosetta Tarot ~ 10 of Coins/Disks

In the Thoth system the minors proceed from Wands to Cups to Swords to Coins. The first three tens lead the progression to the next suit. Not so this ten. The tree of life is complete, the highest wealth is achieved, there is no where to go but to the bottom and restart the life cycle, each time with more of the rough corners smoothed off, more brains less ego.

I'm reminded by this card that sounds pretty good to me. Using cards and blog is an exercise in personal growth. New tasks I take on are deliberately calculated to bring some kind of growth, to keep me moving outside the box. And now, with my history of cancer, to help me focus forward rather than egg-like simply dwelling in the day.

"A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance." ~ Gian Carlo Menotti 1911-2007

Friday, February 21, 2014

When The Planets Align

Daily Draw: Rosetta Tarot ~ 6 of Coins/Disks

With the 6 of Coins everything finally falls together, locks in place, and success is ours.

I don't buy the planets aligning or mercury in retrograde or our birth astrological sign require us to be something. I do believe in steady work, time for play, and sometimes pure luck. As the moon implies though, if it all comes together, it will all eventually come apart.

"Thatsa Life" ~ Mayor Mario Lugatto, Voltafiore Italy

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Too Late To Be Early

Daily Draw: Rosetta Tarot ~ 8 of Coins/Disks

Reversed, penny wise pound foolish.
Upright, intelligence applied to material affairs.

How many ways and for how many days,
could I bang my head on those two sentences.
Cripanitley. Too early to crawl down that road.
Lets just leave it at better late than never.

"To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future or indict the past." ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917-1963

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Uptight

Daily Draw: Rosetta Tarot ~ 5 of Wands

Skhmet, ancient warrior goddess. Uptight? I should say, if she farted she'd be moonbound before she knew what happened.

I'm reminded by this card that turmoil and upset can put the wheel chocks to our life but it can also be a tool for change. Being too comfortable to bother making an effort in our own behalf is just as stifling as harboring pent up anger.

"I would rather be ashes than dust
I would rather my spark should burn out than be stifled by dry-rot,
The function of man is to live, not to exist." ~ Jack London 1876-1916

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Altering The Fact

Daily Draw: Rosetta Tarot ~ Fortune

A ton of symbology here, in respect to the alchemical salt, sulpher, and mercury. What first caught my eye though was the wheel turns but in this version the cog wheel doesn't exist, the eye in the pyramid remains stationary.

I'm reminded by this card if we stand still it won't matter, to deny the wheel has turned for us doesn't alter the fact that is has and does.

"Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic: she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheel." ~ Ivan Turgenev 1818-1883

Monday, February 17, 2014

Short Thinking

Daily Draw: Rosetta Tarot ~ 8 of Swords

Titled interference, this relates to letting our emotions get away from us or allowing our emotions to color choices better made rationally.

Easier said than done. We do things for love, for sorrow, for anger, for revenge...One of the nice things about getting older, I've learned the consequences of those short sighted decisions aren't worth the time and effort to clean up. If I could just remember that all the time...

"I am very short sighted and if I don't like a situation I take my glasses off." ~ Jenny Eclair 1960-

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tenacious

Daily Draw: Rosetta Tarot ~ Prince of Coins/Disks

He drives a dandelion cart, with volocity by bull. You'd be hard pressed to find two better symbols of stubbornness and tenacity.

We have a niece's husband who said he was going to be a millionaire by the time he was thirty. I expect he met his goal and then some. Like the bull and the dandelion, he never lost track of his goals and he never gave up. He didn't try to do what someone else had already done, he went where few had already been. More power to the Prince of Coins.

"Live long and prosper." ~ Traditional Jewish blessing

The deck this week is based on the Thoth system and is the Rosetta Tarot by M.M. Mellen, published 2011 by Atu House.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Peeling

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ Princess of Coins/Spheres

Look at her sphere peeling.

I'm reminded of this card of being thirteen, seventeen, twenty-one.
There are a universe of changes in that age span, opportunities galore to crash and burn and arise again. A glorious time of wide open world. I wouldn't be those ages again for anything. I'll keep the memories, they can have the pain.

"Life is like an onion. You peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing in it." ~ James Gibbons Huneker 1857-1921

Friday, February 14, 2014

Harmony

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ 10 of Cups

A life in harmony. Is harmony and balance the same thing? I think not, balance seems a personal thing; work and play, eat and exercise, hobbies and common sense, service and self care.

Harmony would seem to be community, close and extended family, nature...we can't make our environment by wishing, but leading silently by example might be a good start. Am I part of someone else's harmonics? Of course I am. Today I have an opportunity to be part of the solution. Will I? If I put my crabby nature behind me...if I smile with lips and eyes...

"The solemn echo seems to cry
Here let their discord with them die." ~ Sir Walter Scott 1771-1832


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sauerkraut Mandolin

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

The creative power of thought. Shown a widget from an unknown culture we don't just see a lump and move on, we immediately begin wondering what it is, what it was used for, was it utility or beauty; is it a sauerkraut mandolin or a small god for a wall niche?

I'm reminded by this card, what did I not know yesterday, that I will know today?

"The trouble with having an open mind, is that people will insist on trying to put things in it." ~ Terry Pratchett 1948-

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Crap Shoot

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ Chariot

Are we the driving force or do we allow circumstances to drive us?

I'm reminded by this card we'd all like to think we were in charge of our lives and often a wise choice allows us to at least see the path, but in truth? I think life is just a crap shoot and we are out in front of the chariot because we don't have the sense to get out of the road. So it's back to the five of swords, the dunce cap, and the blackboard for us.

I will not get in front of the chariot
I will not get in front of the chariot
I will not get in front of the chariot

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stay Calm

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ Empress

This card and the High Priestess are at the bottom of my favorites.
Empress because it is so often read as pregnancy when there is a world of depth to this card.
High Priestess because I've never understood the card.
Who cares? Stay Calm and Carry On Typing.

My mother has become the child and I've become the mother.
I never wanted children. Ever.

"Age does not make us childish, it finds us true children." ~ James Anthony Froude 1818-1894

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Big Picture

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

Combined with yesterday's card, we are asked to not just recognize the school of hard knocks, but to actively seek life lessons from tough times and bad luck.

I'm reminded by this card of 'woe is me'. Of 'what have I done to deserve this'. Why me? Why me? The fives ask us to look at the big picture, to step outside of it ourselves, and gain perspective and the available wisdom therein.

"You start with a darkness to move through
but sometimes the darkness moves through you." ~ Dean Young 1955-

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Unremarkable Tower

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ Tower

It isn't a very big tower is it?

I'm reminded by this card what I might call a tower event is of no moment to the world at large. Just as a flood or fire in some far away country barely rates a passing "oh dear". Could we bear life if we took in all the towers? Existence probably depends on that mental filter, cruel as it is.

"Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator." ~ Wendell Phillips 1818-1884

Ananda Tarot, art and book by AGM/Kurt Pilz, 2003, currently out of print.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Saturnalia, Festival of Employment

Daily Draw: Mythic Astrology ~ Saturn

An earthly god who kept order and promoted self-efficiency, another golden age come and gone, myth or not.

I'm reminded by this card Rob and I were part of a tiny little golden age ourselves, 1950-2000. When people without advanced education could get, and keep, jobs that paid a good living, benefits, and retirement income. Rich Man Poor Man would call that poor, but when 40% of young adults today are unemployed, in my view we are rich.

"Believe it, Men have ever been the same,
And all the Golden Age is but a dream." ~ William Congreve 1670-1729

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Neptuneish

Daily Draw: Mythic Astrology ~ Neptune

Immersion.

The story of my life. No dabbler here, though occasionally a dilettante; the Neptuneish life is never boring.

"I am a person who feels compelled and then gets immersed." ~ Chris Hughes 1983-

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Good Old Scorp

Daily Draw: Mythic Astrology ~ Scorpio

From the companion book: (I'm Scorpio by the way)
The scorpion is unique amongst natures creatures, when cornered they will sting themselves to death.

So that's why I do it. I just thought I was the local idiot. A precedence was long set. Who knew.

"Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion." ~ Egyptian Proverb

Mythic Astrology, published 1994 Eddison Sadd edition. 224 page softcover book by Liz Greene, card art by Anthea Toorchen.