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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Think!

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ Wheel

Not to be confused with Tower moments, much of our Wheel of life is more likely to be propelled by our own decision making ability.

Some of the mental processes alluded to by the Wheel: indecisiveness, tunnel vision, unwarranted over confidence, hindsight bias, procrastination, blame laying...which brings us back to human nature, which is what we often need to overcome.

"Think! Think once in a while, will you?" ~ Parentism #1

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Selfie

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ Queen of Coins

The difference from the 1494 image is the queen was holding a mirror and is an emblem of vanity and pride, sitting on a paddle about to be tipped into the fire. Today we'd see a phone taking a selfie in place of the mirror.

All that aside, our Queen's Coin represents generosity, thoughtfulness, and willingness to pitch in. Where on the paddle into the fire comes in is when the Queen doesn't recognize when to stop, to allow her subjects to earn consequences and grow into self directed adults.

"It's a good thing." ~ Martha Stewart 1941-

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Suppressed

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ Devil

Another study taken directly from the 1494 Narrenschiff, when upper management made sure the hoi polloi lived in the grip of fear, a consistant way to keep them in line.

I'm reminded by this card, straining toward the undeserved, unimaginable, or unfathomable isn't a sin but human nature. Suppressed for millennia perhaps, but never snuffed out.

"Some people were born just so they could be buried." ~ Donald Ray Pollock 1954-   The Devil All the Time

Monday, December 28, 2015

Exempt

Daily Draw: Ship of Fools Tarot ~ World

This card comes directly from the 1494 Narrenschiff, mocking those who aren't smart enough or clever enough taking on more than they can chew and getting what they deserve.

Little people involving themselves in big things. Quite an egoist was our Sebastian Brant although I'm sure he prefered satirist. In his ivory tower he missed the point.  We all carry the world, like it or not, no one is exempt. Which  makes me a parodist I suppose.

"There is parody, when you make fun of people who are smarter than you; satire, when you make fun of people who are richer than you; and burlesque, when you make fun of both while taking your clothes off." ~ P.J. O'Rourke 1947-   Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Value Of Companions

Daily Draw: Ship Of Fools Tarot ~ 2 of Cups

Blessing the Animals was begun by St. Francis Assisi around 1210-15. Catholic services now celebrate the occasion on October 4, Assisi's birthday. Many synagogues also celebrate animal companions and emancipation the seventh day of Passover. The original 1494 image was based on mocking people who brought animals to church. There is always a crabbypants somewhere.

I'm reminded by this card I don't do religion, but try to do Green. Wouldn't Assisi's celebration be one of the first steps to Green? Although I suppose our most primitive ancestors also practiced Green in a whole life way, it was key to survival. 2 of Cups to our continued acknowledgement of nature and the value of companions.

"If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss." ~ Francois de la Rochefoucauld 1613-1689

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 Sebastian Brant.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Nothing Here

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 8 of Cups/Water

This Yei is against the wall, between a rock and a hard place.

I'm reminded by this card sometimes the only way out is not where we want to go but where we must go. There is nothing here for her, just the big empty.

"Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive." ~ Bryant H. McGill 1969-



Friday, December 25, 2015

Arf Arf

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 7 of Coins/Buffalo

Unprofitable speculation...do you manage your own stock market investments? A stockbroker would probably fall down laughing but my 'Learn Something New' in 2000 was learning about growing my money.

I'm reminded by this suspended Buffalo my investments have paid handsomely, except for anything to do with food. My current dog? Potbelly Corporation.  Arf Arf.

"The first rule in making money is not to lose it." ~ Steven J. Lee

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Even Compromise

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 3 of Cups/Water

Four seasons and four elements, nature is the quintessence of this card, showing us by example, resolution, closure, conclusion, even compromise. Whatever, it is finished.

Yet nothing is the end, there is only ever beginning. Closure is the opening. A hard thing to accept for we humans, clinging to our millstones and anchors. I laughed out loud yesterday. The sound startled me I hadn't heard it for so long. And didn't even realize it. Perhaps my own resolutions and compromises are at hand. But what will I be, what will I do, if I give up my encumbrances?

"This is the story of a man named Eddie and it starts at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun. It may seem strange to start a story with an ending, but all endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time." ~ Mitch Albom 1958-

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Feeding On The World

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ Chariot

Where do your home contents originate? Bananas from Fiji, canned mandarin oranges from Thailand.  Lettuce from California, celery from Mexico. Dishes from England.  My Jeep is the last model entirely made in the USA, many of my decks were printed in China. B'Ganaskiddy stands for the Harvest chariot. He brings seeds to the People and returns at harvest to gather some for the next planting season.

I'm reminded by B'Ganaskiddy if it was 1940 I'd probably be labeled islationast. As small as the world is now, that isn't an option, if it ever was. Our Chariot feeds on the commerce of the world, gives cause for some hope, creates envy, and current politics offer the opportunity for derision in spades. We are, just average, after all.

"Maggie and Millie and Molly and May went down to the beach (to play one day);
and Maggie discovered a shell that sang so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,
and Millie befriended a stranded star who's rays five languid fingers were;
and Molly was chased by a horrible thing  which raced sideways while blowing bubbles;
and May came home with a smooth round stone as small as a world and as large as alone.
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea." ~ E. E. Cummings 1894-1962

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Twinners, Divided

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 6 of Cups/Water

Even if we were raised as identical twins, side by side though life with identical experiences, we would still come away with different memories, skills, opinions.

This card reminds us just how cool being our own individual is.

"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~  Howard Thurman 1900-1981


Monday, December 21, 2015

Never Too Late

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 7 of Water/Cups

We sow our seeds, and then often assume those seeds will take care of themselves. Bank accounts, investments, autos, homes, children, jobs, health, they all need maintenance.

Sometimes that lesson comes to late to be of any value at all. "It's never too late" is mostly fantasy.

"Doctor Who: you’re running out of time.
Courtney:  For what?
Doctor Who:  Everything.  Human beings have incredibly short life spans.  Frankly, you should all be in a permanent state of panic.  Tick-tock, tick-tock." ~ Doctor Who The Caretaker

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Distress And Disarray

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 5 of Rainbows/Wands

When I start a new deck/new week I always check on the authors/artists. Holly Huber is now dealing with multiple sclerosis and her sister Tracy LeCocq seems to have had her  money and identity stolen.

The 5 of Wands discord can also mean fighting personal battles. Which we often have to tackle from various points giving us a type of multiple personality. The warrior, ombudsman, sad sack, penitent, and more, are all there within us, to be called on in time of distress and disarray. Thankfully. We couldn't get through life being just 'one'.

"A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal ~ George Herbert Mead 1863-1931

The Santa Fe Tarot, by Holly Huber and Tracy LeCocq, published by US Games Systems 1993. The art expresses the story of the five stages of the emergence of the native Peoples. Card images are presented as sand paintings with figures face on and considered to be facing east. Suits are Rainbow/Wands, Water/Cups, Lightening/Swords, and Buffalo/Coins The kit includes a 175 page softcover companion book.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Inspired

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Dancer of Inspiration

Everything we use first came as an inspiration to someone. There was a need or a want and from that comes a product or a method.

This card reminds me, as negative as I am about the human race, I admire this part of us.

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." ~ Walt Disney 1901-1966

Friday, December 18, 2015

Got Tribes?

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Ancestor of Tribes

Got Tribes? Of course you do. Collective interests, collective support, we got 'em whether we accept the idea or not. Family, school, religion or non-religion, interests and/or passions. As adults our tribes range much further and can encompass every group under the sun. With access to the internet we can find tribes we never knew existed and feel closest to people we will never meet.

I'm remind by this card, life is an odd container considering all the paths we travel that shape us, but that is what makes it such a valuable commodity. From November to February my tribe is world wide, and this year its name is Allietare.

"Empathy is the sunlight to the vampire of culture." ~ Stefan Molyneux 1966-

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Phooey

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Dancer of Friendship

Not to put too fine a point on it, I stink at friendship. And the closer the proximity, the worse I am. The 'they are close, I can stop by tomorrow' syndrome.

I'm reminded by this card I think about the people I care most for a lot. And I never do anything about it. Phooey on me.

"Anyone wishing to communicate with Americans should do so by e-mail, which has been specially invented for the purpose, involving neither physical proximity nor speech." ~ Auberon Waugh 1939-2001

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Stasis

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Dancer of Fear

As a child and young adult I was painfully shy, a form of fear.
Over the years worry has come and gone, surely another form of fear. And I'm careful where I go walking, the media has assured me monsters lurk everywhere.

At base I think I can say I'm not a fearful person, more than likely based on impatience, as fear has a tendency to freeze us in place. Life is short, I haven't got time to waste in stasis.

 "Those who fear life are already three parts dead." ~ Bertrand Russell 1872-1970

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Crossing The Line

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Spirit of Healing

I watched a youtube program yesterday debating whether our President Lincoln's wife Mary was crazy or not. She was declared so in court but science and medicine is further advanced now, there isn't any such thing as Crazy. Just conditions which can mostly be helped with therapy and or medicine if the subject is willing.

In most states at the time (1875) all it took to be carted off as crazy was a man deemed of good character to say it was so. Illinois required a court trial so Mary's character and personality went on display for all, but also became part of written history and capable of being analyzed today. I'm reminded by this card there was a time a few years ago when I would have been the poor soul locked in the barn so the stigma of crazy didn't fall on the rest of the family.  Have we come a long way baby? I think so.

"The Edge... There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over." ~ Hunter S. Thompson 1937-2005

Monday, December 14, 2015

Goofy Little Kid

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ The Companion

What were your invisible childhood companions like? I had two, one simple and one complex, who apparently went on to some other little girl after I started school.

I'm reminded by this card, the simple one had no shape or color and had one function, travel companion. When I thought of her she'd start out from home to catch up, by jumping from phone pole to phone pole.
The other was a woman in her thirties from the mid 1800's. It was my task to explain modern inventions. She had dark hair, a red dress and white apron. Haven't thought of her in ages. Now I'm the one that needs the explanations...

"This stillness, solitude, wildness of nature is a kind of thoroughwort or boneset, to my intellect. This is what I go out to seek. It is as if I always met in those places some grand, serene, immortal, infinitely encouraging through invisible, companion, and walked with him." ~  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Brave Words

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~Dancer of Reconciliation

I said brave words back in January. I didn't know then I was going to be gifted with going blind. I'll admit I'm having trouble mentally reconciling myself to the idea.

I'm reminded by this card I'm good with it in my heart.
There are so  many worse things.

"...it occurred to me that I could still see and that maybe, instead of mourning the unknown future, I should concentrate on Now." ~ Ingrid Ricks 1974-  What I learned by going blind

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Unevolved

Daily Draw: Sacred Geometry Cards ~ Peace Offering

The author says this vortice is proof mankind is evolving. I disagree.
Our lives have transformed due to the invention of motors, electricity, and computers, but mankind hasn't. We can just be stupid faster.

I'm reminded by this card I have no peace offering to give that wouldn't be futile and inert. We live in the global twins of the whiteman's 1200's Crusades and 1400's Inquisition on media amphetamines. Payback is a bitch but well deserved.

 "We’re a virus with shoes, okay? That’s all we are."
Bill Hicks ~  Born: December 16, 1961
Died: February 26, 1994 RIP. The only peace we'll ever know, ever.



Friday, December 11, 2015

Shadow

Daily Draw: Sacred Geometry Cards ~ Gentle Creatures

For the first time in years my cards are beside me but I'd not come to make  my post,
my every thought seems dark.  I've laid out so many shadows on my blog I'm surprised no one has come to cart me off or any might be left.
this shadow I don't even recognize.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Short List

Daily Draw: Sacred Geometry Cards ~ Flaming Tropicals

Passion. What have been your abiding passions. The ones that have stayed and deepened over time?

Rob, and words, and needle and thread, and information. A short list, but sufficient to my needs.

"Why should I be worried about dying? It's not going to happen in my lifetime!" ~ Raymond Smullyan 1916- (yes, he is still alive)


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Microwave Popcorn

Daily Draw: Sacred Geometry Cards ~ Above The Storm

We've had five inches of rain in three days. My little four block town has two to three feet of standing water in the buildings.

This card reminds me of deep night thoughts listening to the never ending downpour on the roof. What if this was the tip of the results of nuclear winter. What if, while I was sleeping, the elected gangs, inspired by the nobodies getting too much media attention, brought out the big guns and we were now in end-of-days? No more microwave popcorn would probably be the first cries of a spoiled nation.

"Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner." ~ General Omar Nelson Bradley 1893-1981

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Stewardship On Our Shoulders

Daily Draw: Sacred Geometry Cards ~ Earth Prayers

In this card we are asked what our daily actions would be if we were in charge of the stewardship of Earth for the next seven generations. No handing off to governments, no hiding behind anyone or anything. That is a pretty big what if.

   Off the top of my head I'd do a better job of remembering my cloth grocery sacks when shopping anywhere.
   I'd make oil production a lot less profitable and recycling a lot more profitable.
   Wow, this is really a big question. My mind keeps coming up with things things that are judgement calls, rather than overall strategy. And without governing of some kind, the big things wouldn't get off the ground. Back to what we would do on a daily basis. If we all did it would it make a difference?
   This is a question seven generations of thought couldn't solve.

"Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived. So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have?" ~  Jane Goodall 1934-

Monday, December 7, 2015

One Drop

Daily Draw: Sacred Geometry Cards ~ One Drop

We are each one drop in the ocean of chaos which is life. Figuring out how to make that drop calm is what this card asks.

I'm reminded by this card choosing a monk's cell and silence isn't an answer that will work, but we can choose how much mindless chatter we heap on our plate. Setting and abiding by limits is part of being an adult. Which then sets us free.

"Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves.They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision." ~   V. S. Naipaul 1932-

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Gagging

Daily Draw: Sacred Geometry Cards ~ Freedom of Love

This card would like us to concentrate on universal love. Could it be done? Love everyone? Does that mean unconditionally? Probably. What is love with conditions? Not love I think.

I'm reminded by this card the people I love are because of, not in spite of. And that doesn't cover a lot of people. The whole world?
I'm gagging on the idea already.

"...perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." ~ Arthur Rubinstein 1886 - 1982

Sacred Geometry Cards, 64 art cards integrating math, science and spirituality; and 145 page soft cover book by Francene Hart. Published by Bear & Company 2008

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Check Myself

Daily Draw: Sephiroth Tarot ~ 5 of Wands

Misdirection or misuse. A stolen car, A house full of squatters. Making 150 of something before realizing they are the wrong size. Mailing an invitation to the wrong address. Showing up for an appointment on the wrong day. You get the idea.

This card reminds me to read instructions twice, secure my property, to check myself before leaping off in all directions at the same time.

"A finger pointing with particular aim too far from the goal in effect points at everything." ~ Lindsey Drager   The Sorrow Proper

Friday, December 4, 2015

Go Deep

Daily Draw: Sephiroth Tarot ~ Star

I'm leaving to find myself. I wonder how  many spouses said this in the 60's and 70's? What an amazing time of personal change that was. Today's change is fueled by a tiny computer chip, then, a tiny chip of freedom of choice dropping into place.

I didn't have to go far, I only had to go deep, to recognize and reconcile me to myself.

"Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world." ~ Lao Tzu


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Stew

Daily Draw: Sephiroth Tarot ~ Six of Swords

When heart and mind are on the same page.

That is quite useful actually. I often have the bleeding heart combined with the cynic's mind which just results in a brown stew.

"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." ~ John F. Kennedy 1917-1963

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Love And Hate

Daily Draw: Sephiroth Tarot ~ Princess of Cups

The four Princesses share the sphere of Malkuth on the Tree Of Life representing earth, or the basics in their suit. This Princess is love and hate.

I'm reminded by this card, without the understanding and moderation of Coins, Wands, and Swords, love and hate can become manic exercises in futility.

"Suddenly I wanted to get better. Mania wasn't fun anymore. It wasn't creative or visionary. It was mean parody at best."  ~  David Lovelace   Scattershot

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tamping Down

Daily Draw: Sephiroth Tarot ~ Queen of Wands

Someone whose nature is this fiery can blow up and/or burnout fairly rapidly.

I'm reminded by this card I have a hair trigger temper and a cynical nature, both requiring tamping down and clearly, thinking before I speak. Not much fun but a lot safer all around.

"Excuse me, I think a modicum of gratitude would not be out of line here." ~ Vinny Gambini, My Cousin Vinny 1992

Monday, November 30, 2015

oy vey

Daily Draw: Sephiroth Tarot ~ 5 of Coins

I can go to Walmart and get one for $99.00. To get one made by the craftsman for the Royal Family would start around $15,000.00.  It is something we use every day, seldom think about. There are many in this country whose 5 of Coin situation preclude using one at all.

I'm reminded by this card my magical space age engineered mattress is crumbling. I never lay down on it without whispering "I love this mattress". I just worked out it has cost me .36 cents a night for it's comfort to date. And worth every penny. Sometimes it is only that backward look that gives the real value of an item which gives even this card much value.

"Three things give us hardy strength: sleeping on hairy mattresses, breathing cold air, and eating dry food". ~ Welsh Proverb

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Always Another Lesson

Daily Draw: Sephiroth Tarot ~ Queen of Cups

A card of emotions and openness.

Which can blow up in our face.

"He scratched his ear, the infallible resource to which embarrassed people have recourse." ~ Lord Byron 1788-1824

Tarot of the Sephiroth, published by U.S. Games Systems 1999, art by Dan Staroff, 286 page guide book by Josephine Mori and Jill Stockwell.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

On Fire

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Ace of Wands

Wands are the very root of the Thoth minors. An absolute explosion of energy, both innie and outie, of the Tree of Life.
Just looking at it should give us a combination of energy and goose bumps.

The two months of the Samhain season have settled upon us here in the Pacific Northwest. A week of temperatures in the twenties have done their work. Two hundred feet of blooming nasturtiums reduced to watery looking ground worms. The boxelder beetles aren't clinging enmass to my west facing door. The chard struggles on in a bitter manner. My little hens group to chatter in the coop rather than the play pen.  I love these days, so clear and crisp...with the underlying power of this Ace, lying in wait, setting the stage for the return of Fire. Within I feel the force of the fiery innie, leaping to consume the old life and rebuild the new from it's ashes.

"I have my own views about Nature's methods, though I feel that it is rather like a beetle giving his opinions upon the Milky Way." ~ Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr. 1859-1930

Friday, November 27, 2015

Severed

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Queen of Swords

Independent. Dependent. My ego thinks of myself as a modern independent woman. My reality is quite different if I'm to be honest.

I'm reminded by this card my pension goes to health insurance. I'm a lucky girl to have both, but of course it wasn't my vision of carefree retirement. Which places me as dependent on Rob for food and shelter, also not my vision. And speaking of vision, I can clearly see Rob ramping up around here, learning and taking on tasks a low visioned woman will have a lot of trouble with. Also lucky. But infuriating since I'm being honest. This lolling Queen with the severed dependence would be a hard person to find in my world.

"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you." ~ Anthony de Mello 1931 - 1987

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Intellectual Low Point

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

The deck artist Harris wrote "I have done the 10 of Swords and promptly Russia takes up arms". Apparently if I won't deal with Death, than I can deal with the 10 of Swords. Tarot's little joke.

This card is the intellectual low point. We can't see a way out, no one else can see a way in. The day I threw my anti-depressants in the toilet was such a day. It wasn't triumph of success, it was terror. I was so drugged I could barely put a sentence together. I was blacking out. Ways to suicide was my little mental exercise hobby, a down side of being an info-junkie. After two years it was obvious even to me that wasn't the road to better.

"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 1893-1967

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pffft

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Death

For today I say pffft on Death. Not having Death, too final, not having Renewal, too much work...

"Hungry Joe collected lists of fatal diseases and arranged them in alphabetical order so that he could put his finger without delay on any one he wanted to worry about." ~ Joseph Heller 1923-1999

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Potential Unrealized

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Prince of Swords

Thoughts without action, potential unrealized. Sadly, how I view  those I'd like to help the most.

We are formulating our wills. Many people I have known, won't make their will because they are discouraged in the way their children handle their finances. I used to wonder why elders with more than enough for themselves seldom give their children extra money.  Last time I looked a parent could give a child $12.000.00 a year without the child being required to pay income tax on the sum.
But then they will the entire lot to them. Is it the 'I can't see it so it can't bother me' syndrome?  We never had children, so ours gets a little more ticklish.  Know any good causes where the donations don't go into the director's big pockets?  I'd like our estate to have potential, unlike this Prince.

"When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is die at once" ~ Samuel Butler 1835-1902

Monday, November 23, 2015

Yo-Yo

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

Yo-yoing. This is most commonly heard now in relation to gaining and losing weight, but thinking about it, it also relates to life over time...for me anyway.

Healthy and not. Comfortable and strapped. House from hell, good house. Joy and sorrow.  I'm reminded by this card of balance, just how difficult that can be.

"Life is like a yo-yo. Sometimes you are up, and sometimes you just get tangled in the string"  Unknown


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Unfettered Mind

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Ace of  Swords

We can resist life, we can accept life, or we can pick up the mental Sword and fight for the life we want and need.

I'm reminded by the rather grim suit of Swords, life does drop us in the carpola fairly often. What we make of that, and how we choose to fight is not written in our DNA.  We aren't dandelion fluff floating to wherever, we have minds and will and independent thought.

"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking." ~ A.A. Milne 1882-1956  War With Honour

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Science

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Sun

The Sun tweaks a scientific turn today, wondering if our sun rotates a bigger sun. Not something current knowledge thinks probable, but the Sun, with our own solar system rotates through the Milky Way each 270 million years. Which led to the thought, surely our star system must change also.  Yes. Over a fleeting 10,000 years we will be able to note the recent, relatively speaking,  changes with out aid of telescopes.

I care not if humanoids remain in any form by then, but it makes me rather melancholy that the placement of amazing structures of the ancients to track the timing of equinox and solstice will also be moot. I'm reminded by this card of how slowly but finely the wheel of time grinds.

"Astronomy is the only progressive Science which the ancient world produced." ~ William Whewell 1794-1866


Friday, November 20, 2015

Man Handy

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Prince of Coins

DuQuettte suggests this Taurus Prince could be the ultimate handyman. Somewhere in the recesses of my mind I hear someone asking "would you prefer a handyman or a man handy?". I still don't know my own answer.

Or perhaps the answer is both. Or none. I'm reminded by this card we seldom pick partners based on anything other than initial attraction. And how impossible we are to please while being so easily satisfied. Humans...endlessly interesting.

"Repairing the world one light bulb at a time." ~ Handyman jingle

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Intellect

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Fool

Earth, Air, Water, Fire. At their best.

I'm reminded by this card life always holds the potential of the Fool card. From birth to death bed, all experiences offer expansion of intellect and character.

"Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect." ~ Leonardo da Vinci  1452-1519

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Beep

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

Despair. The dark depths of the four elements, earth wind fire water.

I see this dark card and wonder if I'll be able to see it a year from now. Each day in every way I see how my vision is failing. If my eyes are open the truth is unavoidable. But to put a positive spin on petty despair, this would wake up my FitBit...Beep Baseball, who knew?

"Hakuna Matata."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dance

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

Dance for joy.

If we can't, sometimes fake it until we make it is a permissible substitute. And a little lipstick never hurts...

"Remain calm, all is well." ~  Kevin Bacon  Animal House

Monday, November 16, 2015

Streching Toward More

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ 3 of Wands

In Agatha Christie's Murder At The Vicarage, a twenty year old girl/child sleepwalks through life. The way the character is written, she has never read a book, pencil doodled, walked further than her three block town.

I know people do live this way, I just have to wonder why. Where is the spark that says that book was wonderful, I want another. Pencil doodling was so fun I want to try a charcoal still life. People hold us together, but that spark, which illuminates further, is what carries us forward through a worthwhile life, a life worth getting up in the morning for.

"The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." ~  Jack London 1876-1916

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Obstructed Vision

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ 8 of Swords

Attention to details at the expense of more important things. (Snuffin)

I'm reminded we can clearly see this in other people's lives...not so much in our own.

"People only see what they are prepared to see." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

PetraK Tarot, Petra Reiter-Kock, Published by Piatnik 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Running Over

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ Ace of Cups/Chalices

Is it possible when our Cup runs over, to be truly appreciative? It isn't like we are carrying a over-full cup in our hand to remind us of the good things going on in our life. That myriad of things combining into good times didn't happen overnight, there is no button to push or alarm going off, just, sometimes everything is right, and good, and sweet, and rewarding.

I'm reminded by this card, those times do happen and we do need to be awake enough to appreciate it, but there are mini cup running over moments every day. Those are the moments I really like to remark on to myself, steady proof life is good and it is even better when we don't take it for granted.

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." ~ Thornton Wilder 1897-1975

Friday, November 13, 2015

Giddy Up

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ 3 of Wands

In my mind what we first learned of is Swords, which is considered and pondered in Cups, comes to action time in Wands, with Coins being results.  Uber-simple, but works for me. Here is a man on the bank watching great crates being loaded onto a tall ship. He has made the decision to fish or cut bait and now the idea is being transformed into actions.

This card reminds me of how many (at least a zillion) great ideas we have in the course of a lifetime that we didn't bring to fruition. Followed by so many instances of "Hey! That was  my idea!", or "Hey! What a great idea, why didn't I think of that.". Our 3 of Wands today says get busy or get left.

"An idea has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started." ~ Tim O’Reilly 1954-

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sum Of Life

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ Hermit/Holly King

Time, experience, adaptation.
Does that pretty much sum up a lifetime?

I'm reminded by this card we all begin the same, with that drop of DNA, and time immediately begins the inexorable roll over us. How we adapt to that life is our cerebral/Hermit side. To think our way through, rise above, or be crushed under the weight

"Adapt or perish, now as ever."~  H. G. Wells 1866-1946