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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Get On With It

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 6 of Coins

Daedalus is being presented with patronage by King Minos of Crete, just about the best thing that could happen for an artist. But as myths circuitously go, eventually Minos had Daedalus imprisoned so he couldn't tell anyone how to get out of the labyrinth he'd designed and built to hold Minos' wife's son the Minotaur. While imprisoned he designed wings for himself and his son Icarus. They were able to free themselves but Icarus flew too close to the sun which melted the wax on the wings, he fell into the sea and drowned.

The point, of what should be a happy card, is we may have the time, funds, and ability to do something really clever, but what will be the consequences? Is the fair risk of something bad occurring as a direct result, worth the effort of what could be good?  I'm reminded by this card and this morning's research this is a conundrum that goes back to ancient times and into mythology. In most cases we simply can't know. So why stand frozen in the headlights, let's get on with it.

"Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner." ~ Anne Rice 1941-  The Vampire Lestat

Monday, June 29, 2015

Love That Brain

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

Athene, goddess of justice. She did not initiate the curse of the House of Atreus, but she did end it. With her (enormous!) double edged sword.

I'm reminded by this card, and human kind's ability to think past a situation, to think beyond an event, when one thing ends our mind thinks up something to replace it. When something new begins we immediately think about ways to grow it, alter it. Everyone that draws an Ace of Swords today will have a unique way of interpreting it, and it will still be the Ace of Swords. How cool is that?

"Imagine the brain, that shiny mound of being, that mouse-gray parliament of cells, that dream factory, that petit tyrant inside a ball of bone, that huddle of neurons calling all the plays, that little everywhere, that fickle pleasuredome, that wrinkled wardrobe of selves stuffed into the skull like too many clothes into a gym bag." ~ Diane Ackerman 1970-   An Alchemy of Mind. The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Traces

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 10 of Coins

From the companion book: "The ten of pentacles portrays a situation of permanence which outlasts the life of the single individual". Life is short and then you are gone. What will you leave behind?

The quick answer is children, for those that have them. But in this ooo, shiny, world where anything more than eight minutes old gets shifted to the thrift store, what will you leave that will mean something to someone somewhere, enough to keep? None of my 'stuff' is worth someone else's keeping, what I leave perhaps is an influence that ripples on in a few peoples life.

"He looks but he does not contemplate,
he sees but he does not think.
He runs away from time,
which is made of thought,
and yet all he can feel is his own time, the present.” ~  Eugenio Montale 1896-1981

The deck is The Original Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene, illustrated by Tricia Newell. Published by Simon & Schuster 1986.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thank you Pacifica

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Gossip

Gossip, dirty hurtful gossip. Hate it. But I'll tell you a bit of gossip about myself you don't know. I'm a hello-er and good bye-er. I picked up the habit from my friend Theresa. When she entered and left her home she'd always say "Hello house" or "Good bye house, I'll be home soon".
Somehow that became my practice over the last ten years; I'm so grateful for shelter and home.
Except as superstitions are wont to, it has gotten  transferred to my vehicle too. "Hello car" and "Thank you for a safe journey car".

Yesterday I took possession of  my new Jeep and said good bye and thank you to my Pacifica. I hugged it and thanked it for ten+ years and many thousands of safe miles, and cried because it was my last concrete link to two pets and two people I miss every day. I'm reminded by this card and my tears today, you never do stop missing someone, do you?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Acceptance. What A Concept...

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Acceptance

From our root chakra comes the card of acceptance.
What do I have in me to do or be?
What don't I have in me?
When is finished really finished?

I'm reminded by this card how hard it is to take a compliment. It has taken me about 25 years to understand 'thank you' is acceptable. And desired. No one wants to hear why the comment isn't acceptable.
Without dimming my pure pleasure at anything quilting related, in the last 10 years or so I've accepted the limits of my design ability and that I'm not willing to put 600 hours into a quilt anymore. I can live with that.
I've just this past year accepted I have done all I can for all our family and the rest of my life is for me. Hard to do but I can live with that.

"Where's the entrance to the exit?"  Popeye the Sailor Man 1929-

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Different

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Quest

"When I am somewhere else my life will have meaning" Tori Hartman
When I was 7 or 8-ish I thought if I lived with my Uncle Charles in Texas for a year and then came back I would be a new person. Somewhere wandering around inside is that person, still thinking the same thing. Things would be different if.

Criminitly, what a hopeless twit. I've often said I have Everything I need, and have been incredibly lucky. Why hasn't that little girl gone away? Or maybe the card has brought up the memory and she is, long gone. But sometimes, there is that faint refrain, I wish I was someone else. I suspect that is the reoccurring underlying theme to the nearly 3,000 posts on this blog...

"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

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I See Said The Blind Man

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Mysticism

Seeing the unseen, intuition. We meet this early on when we discover our parents have eyes in the back of their heads. Then our bogus triphammer gets seeded because we believed our big brother had a button in his shirtpocket to control the weather. Then teachers always know when we have gum in our mouth even though we know we aren't chewing. Then we get that 6th sense our steady date is hankering for a new steady. Then adulthood intrudes and we often loose the ability to believe in anything.

I'm reminded by this card we are born with a million year chain of instinct in our DNA. The rest we learn by observation and use. Still, it often seems a kind of magic to me...

"Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition." ~ Madeleine L'Engle 1918-2007 A Wrinkle in Time

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Think Fresh Be Fresh

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Passion

Where does passion end and obsession begin?
When family and home are neglected?
When it takes more dollars out than comes in?
When it interferes with employment?
When self care slides?
When it is done for adulation?

I've glanced off some of the above, the line to not cross isn't very far beyond passionate immersion in what or who we love. A good reminder today. To go outside, get a couple lungs full of fresh air, blow away the cobwebs that bind our eyes. Think fresh, be fresh, stand back and observe ourselves unbiased.

"Passion is a positive obsession. Obsession is a negative passion." ~ Paul Carvel 1964-

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fitting The Mold

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Rejection

The artist is called for but rejected from jury duty, his hermetic life doesn't fit the profile wanted. I'm seldom called out to play, because I've so often said no thank you, I'm busy. Is it rejection or protection?

I'm reminded by this card to be aware of what I am rejecting as opposed to why I might be rejected by others. It is all a circle, if we want to be part of the active side we need to put ourself forward.

"Nobody's talking to me, but nobody's hassling me either. I guess you can't have everything." ~ Beatrice Sparks 1917-2012


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Our Story

Daily Draw: Chakra Wisdom Oracle ~ Dissipating

Squander or waste. The wired world is busier than ever, how is it we manage to find so many hours in a day that are non-productive?

This card asks us, are we living our story or just saying our story, or losing our story entirely by reading someone else's story?

"Many lives I spent, other lives I squandered,
for in my life I never traveled, all I did was wander." ~ Roman Payne 1977-

Chakra Wisdom Oracle, 49 cards illustrated by Gretchen Raisch-Baskin, 96 page companion digest by Tori Hartman, published 2014 by Watkins Media Limited.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Woman, Independent

Daily Draw: Celtic Lenormand ~ Woman/Lady

When we leave our parents home we gain our fourth stage of independence. We've passed baby, youth, teen, now we grapple with adult. No children for me so didn't do motherhood/empty nest independence, now we are in the retirement stage of independence. Our situations and actions at young adult and retired are probably where our widest chance for divergence from our peers lie.

I'm reminded by this card I'm lucky, our retirement could have been a disaster waiting to happen.  Rob worked away from home most of our marriage, my independence was full fledged because I made all the decisions, took care of all the business. Luckily the transition has been fairly seamless.
He has happily taken over the cooking, he cooks I clean up, I'm the winner!
We both have adventures alone, don't have to be joined at the hip. Both winners!
He does want to 'do' everything for me, which drove me up the wall, I had quiet words with him, he understood, win win.  A lot of words to say this newest stage of independence is a fine place to be. Like all the stages our independence is really mostly what we make it.

"There is a limit to the legitimate interference of collective opinion with individual independence:
and to find that limit, and maintain it against encroachment, is indispensable." ~ John Stuart Mill 1806-1873

Friday, June 19, 2015

Thrive In Adversity

Daily Draw: Celtic Lenormand ~ Tree/Holly

What is prettier than an evergreen tree with snow on it?  A promise that we can put down roots and thrive even when our circumstances suggest otherwise.

I'm reminded by this card of our two sides, the one that wants to see do have everything right now, and the side that says, I'll wait until the time is right. And wait. And wait.

"If we see potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then we thrive and grow to our capabilities." ~ Barbara Bush 1925-

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Survival

Daily Draw: Celtic Lenormand Tree/Oak

I saw a few trees like this when I visited England and Wales. As an admitted nature susceptible I could feel the weight of centuries rolling off the trunk. In some ways they hardly look like trees anymore, as all have suffered the slings and arrows of time, but lived to show the story. But what catches my imagination this morning are those acorns in the forefront. The acorns here are tiny, fingernail size, and coat the ground in the fall.  I've wondered if they were edible but was never hungry enough to look into it. Today I have.

The Celtic age dates from 750 BC to 43 AD and acorns would have been a sought after agricultural commodity, high in fats and carbs, critical to sustaining life during fallow seasons. They require processing and like tobacco, cocoa, and coffee beans, I wonder what ancient brilliant worked out how to do it. I'm reminded by these acorns, of all the things today we don't give a thought to, that were critical to the survival of our ancestors.

"Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don't forget food. You can go a week without laughing." ~ Joss Whedon 1964-

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Broody

Daily Draw: Celtic Lenormand ~ Bird/Hen

If I were to pioneer I'd bring goats and chickens across the plains with me, they are each multi-purpose animals and adaptable at foraging food a cow or horse wouldn't eat. My little flock of hens have been such a joy, I never tire of watching them and there were days, there in the dark time, when visiting with them was what kept me from going too far, surrendering to that dark.

I'm reminded by this card of Angel, my banty cochin. She is the only one of the five hens that goes broody. A broody hen will sit in a nest for weeks, in a pretend state of hatching eggs. Basically a non-producer...left to  my own devices, I expect I'd be a broody too. Content in my nest doing nothing but passing the days. I lift Angel out of the nest and deposit her outside, by herself. Two days is usually enough to break the broodiness, but for me and Angel, the broodiness gene is always close to the top.

Perhaps you'd like to spend some quality hen time with this blogger's HenCam? I promise, it is good for what ails you...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Evolve

Daily Draw: Celtic Lenormand ~ Bird/Owl

Shared knowledge, an active watch, limited perception, night flyer, hunters.  I wonder if owls ever group together like crows or doves. They have the same life span as my banty rooster, four to fifteen years, depending on conditions.

I'm reminded by this card an owl knows what it needs to know to survive and that is enough. It isn't enough for us though is it? Our need to push the boundaries of knowledge and experience is what makes us unique on this planet, that and thumbs. I think we just got lucky via evolution.  It could have been us perched on limbs and owls tearing up the environment and working up to the first head transplant.

"It is just the imagination that flies,
While she is wrapped up in her bedsheets
like a nest." ~ Kiera Woodhull   Chaos of the Mind

Monday, June 15, 2015

Cut

Daily Draw: Celtic Lenormand ~ Scythe

The Scythe is the first, last, and deepest cut, the end, finito.

I've cut things out of my life by choice and by accident. Cutee or cutor, it comes to the same thing, something or someone is gone. That kind of cut seems more a hard spring frost than an abundant harvest. In an agricultural society a lost crop spells death. I need to think on this mixed message a bit...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Social

Daily Draw: Celtic Lenormand ~ Garden or Meadow

In this hemisphere this is the time associated with school and relative reunions, family vacations, camping out, picnics and barbeques, gathering at the swimming hole, weddings, all social in nature. I fail miserably at all of them.

I'm reminded by the cauldron in the background...no rock ring for fire containment, fire burning merrily along next to a field of readymade fire tender, of how I approach social occasions. Enough said.

"They basically failed every social interaction test in the book." ~  Luis Parada

Celtic Lenormand Deck, art by Will Worthington, companion book and concept by Chloe McCracken.  Published by U.S. Games Systems 2014.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Complex

Daily Draw: Nature's Wonders Oracle ~ Contemplation

What is the difference required in number of nanoseconds between thinking and contemplating? I'd say I'm contemplating this card while I write my post, but I'm also thinking about the work in the veggie garden I'll do next, the cat we are trying to rehome, the nice day off we had yesterday, my oncology appointment next week, my mother and brothers, my niece's wedding, plus all the catcalls from the madmonkeymind I'm ignoring, yet to all intents and purposes I'm sitting here contemplating this card.

I'm reminded by this card we are complex beings, we'd probably have to go back a hundred thousand years in our evolution to find a time when we were capable of singular thought.

"The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts." ~ Charles Darwin 1809-1882

Friday, June 12, 2015

Everyone

Daily Draw: Nature's Wisdom Oracle ~ Be True To Your Heart

Mob mentality.
But everyone is getting it.
But everyone is doing it.
But everyone is going.
But everyone says it works great.
But everyone says it is the best ever.
Hive mind.

I'm reminded by this card hindsight is 20 20.
Everyone usually turns out to be a few very vocal people.

"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one." ~ Charles Mackay 1814-1889


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Swing Like You've Never Swung Before

Daily Draw: Nature's Whispers Oracle ~ Maintain Childlike Spirit

If near a proper playground I can always be found in a swing, going as high as I can. Who wouldn't? It feels just as great as it did at eight years old.

I'm reminded by this card of the little park set aside for children in the big development below us. I don't recognize a single piece of equipment or what it's use  might be. All designed for safety and not fun I suppose.  The city announced recently they were taking the equipment out and converting the space back to a buildable lot.  What a waste of potential.

"Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them." ~ Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry 1900-1944  The Little Prince

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Open Heart Open Mind

Daily Draw: Nature's Wisdom Oracle ~ Potential Gateway

Funny how open minded still means I'll go this far and no further...The book author of this set seems to be a very successful psychic, reader healer, Reiki Master, and teaches angel channeling world wide.  All of which is over in the scoffing section of my mind.

I'm reminded by this beautiful card a lot of what I might think and do and hold dear to my heart is someone else's scoff and scorn material. Which is good, I truly believe our differences are what make humans interesting.

"To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder." ~ Louis L'Amour 1908-1988


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Clean And Serene

Daily Draw: Nature's Whispers Oracle ~ Culmination of Vision

Where does our vision and our truth part company?

I'd say inside my house. Over 10 years I determinedly downsized by at least half, maybe more. I avoid bringing in 'stuff', try to stick to needs. What remains is beautiful or useful. But it still doesn't look clean and serene... this is an A-frame house and there isn't much storage so things are in sight rather than in cupboards. My culmination isn't going to match my vision. It is what it is, a dream.

"Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure." ~ Sylvester Stallone  1946-

Monday, June 8, 2015

I Wish

Daily Draw: Nature's Whispers Oracle ~ Make A Wish

Blowing out birthday cake candles, saying something the same time someone else does, (I think that one also required twisting pinkie fingers while wishing), blowing out a dandelion seed head, a white horse, the first star, coin in a fountain, turkey wishbone. My personal favorite, wishing on a white horse.

I'm reminded by this card of 'be careful what you wish for, you might get it' and 'spit in one hand, wish in the other, and see which one gets full first'. The world always has a yin for a yang doesn't it?

"the whole point of the wish business was to see to it that what the client got was exactly what he asked for and exactly what he didn't really want." ~ Terry Pratchett 1948-2015  Eric

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Balance and Renew

Daily Draw: Nature's Whispers Oracle ~ Renewal of Peace

Mental, emotional, physical, spiritual. Whew, hard to do continually. Impossible really, we have a tendency to drag yesterday or last week's life bits forward into today.

I'm reminded by this card we have minds and history. But if we view and act by history, we've not much chance of finding peace; where do we need to balance today? Mine is physical.

Nature's Whispers Oracle, art by Josephine Wall, companion booklet by Angela Hartfield. Published by Blue Angel Publishing 2015.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Confident Choice

Daily Draw; Art of Life Tarot ~ King of Wands

Self confidence. Ain't it the truth. Of course that confidence can be confused with arrogance, whole 'nother ball game.

I'm reminded by this card another perk of age is knowing what we are and what we aren't. What we are willing to do, capable of doing, will not do. I like the reduced stress that offers. Do if you wish, but if you don't no one will ridicule you down through history.

"Confidence, not perfection, is the goal." ~ Scott Berkun

Friday, June 5, 2015

Counterproductive

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ Page of Swords

I had a customer once who said, in a conversation about computers, "after you've looked at truck ads what else is there to do?".

I'm reminded by this card our brain is a tool like any other, using a spade to paint a house would be counterproductive.

"Production is not the application of tools to materials, but logic to work." ~  Peter F. Drucker 1909-2005

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Day To Remember

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

Felicity is a word the deck creator used to define the Ace of Coins. The dictionary says: a state of being happy, especially in a high degree; bliss: marital felicity.

I'm reminded by this card Charlene Livingstone's education and occupation is based in the fine arts. I've been told she began this deck as an effort to occupy her mind while nursing her husband through dementia. I look at this detail of a Monet and wonder if the day she choose it as Coin's Ace if it was based on a felicitous memory, or if she and he were having a rare good day then, a day to remember.

"Seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity." ~ Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Winds Of Change

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

Sometimes we are happy, sometimes content, and sometimes we get an itch for change.

I'm reminded by this card change for the sake of change is seldom long term satisfactory, but well thought out change that achieves growth or betterment is always a good thing

"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live." ~ Flora Whittemore 1890-1963

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Uproductive

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

Another card of worry.
"We don't need no stinkin' 9 of Swords".

I'm reminded by this card that worry gives weight to problems. Mary Sunshine attitude is unproductive also, but if worry doesn't bring solutions what good is it?

"Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest." ~ Leo Babauta 1973-

Monday, June 1, 2015

Looking In

Daily Draw: Art of  Life Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

Do you have any false memories? How would we know?

I'm reminded by this card that is just one of many thing I'm never going to worry about.

"Do you realize that the past, starting from yesterday, has been actually abolished?" ~ George Orwell 1903-1950  1984