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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