The swords in this deck are represented by animals. Buffalo being one of the most valued by the plains indians. Buffalo carries the world on it's back. But eventually he wears down. His legs fail, his hide disintegrates, his bones break away, and once again, the world goes quiet.
I'm reminded by this card our short personal life and times are also cyclical. Houses burn, employment lost, leaders change, wars profligate. And the more change, the more it is the same. Pattern in pattern out.
“If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.”
Ursula K. LeGuin ~ 1929-
Squash and beans were two staples of food and trade in agricultural based tribes. Fine for storage and good keepers. Viable seeds of the Gete Kosman squash, grown centuries ago were recently discovered and reintroduced to farmers with pleasurable hoopla.
I'm reminded by this squash rattle and Gete seeds, of what a small amount of things are really required to survive. Of how native communities worked together for thousands of years and not only survived but thrived and flourished. Their art and structures and even middens tell their heroic stories of life and living. Civilizations like ours are just a fart in a windstorm because money grubbing is today's pitiful form of farming.
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." ~ William Blake 1757-1827
four cardinal points
four sacred herbs tobacco sweet grass sage cedar
tobacco maize beans squash
I started this post at 5:30 this morning. Here it is 6:00 PM. Above is all I had in me. Because my eyes kept going back to the card. I can hear these little girls laughing but those rats... One becomes two becomes three and a community is born. I've never read where native americans ate rats, but I'm sure it's possible, certainly prisoners of war have eaten and even welcomed them.
So today is the real me, flat tire brain and all. To each community it's own.
This isn't a warrior counting coup, but a Hunkapi ceremony of binding strangers into friends, being sprinkled with water from the clay jar.
Let's get a cup of coffee; please stay for a cup of tea; the sun is over the yardarm somewhere. I haven't seen my mother in law in three years, I spent a lovely morning with her this week, during which a brother in law I haven't seen for five years turned up, a wonderful bonus. I wanted to see her as I know her before my bent vision makes strangers of everyone. Our temperance was decaf coffee, and well over my one per morning quota, but...it was a temperance inducing visit. I'm glad I went. Time I got off my ruthless hobby horse.
"With a fierce action of her hand, as if she sprinkled hatred on the ground, and with it devoted those who were standing there to destruction, she looked up once at the black sky, and strode out into the wild night." ~ Charles Dickens 1812-1870
Having it all. Far different than wanting it all. Being creatures of both avarice and need, there are times when something more enters the picture.
I saved extra cash in envelope until I had enough for a top of the line electronic typewriter to replace the sleek little manual my folks gave me in my teens. $700.00, Made redundant by progress.
Saved for the first computer, 1996, $2700.00, also redundant.
Saved for first top of the line sewing machine, $1400.00. Cried like a baby when told the motherboards couldn't be found for love or money.
I'm reminded by this card the computer linked to the printer is better. Printers and computers have come down so much in price, that is a good thing. But redundant sewing machines. That is criminal. So now I mostly sew on machines from the 1940-1960 era. All metal, parts easily found. Next week I'm starting a project on my treadle.
"For 50,000 years, ever he invented fire, the wheel and very recently the microprocessor, mankind has been striving endlessly to make himself 100 percent redundant." (no attribution found)
In our big human brains, we can see problems where there are none, and be blind to problems right in front of our face.
I'm reminded by this card our mind co-ops in this seeing game, compensating right up to the time the tag team shouts in our ear, "how could you not see that?". I've lost my close depth perception and have apparently been dithering at curbs, stairs, getting out of vehicles for some time. A few weeks ago Rob said "curb" as I approached one. Mind and eyes suddenly accepted the difficulty, and I'm adapting. How could I have not seen?
"Co-opted convictions will always betray you." ~ Charles M. Blow 1970-
How much is sufficient?
One cup of coffee per day but I use a twelve ounce cup.
Two cookies, three and I end up with heartburn.
Three pair of shoes; winter ankle boots, summer flips, one all purpose.
Four banty hens equal more than enough eggs.
What is on the list, window shopping gives my purse hives.
Life is good.
"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." ~ Viktor Frankl 1905-1997
Think it or not, we each exercise a powerful strain of Faith every day. We open our eyes and admit yes, we are alive.
I'm reminded by the four Virtues this unusual deck contains, not all decks are equal. Certainly not all lives are equal. I look at my parent's four children and can name us, Hope, Faith, Charity, Prudence.
"All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance." ~ Theodore M. Hesburgh 1917-2015
If he doesn't, he will. Look at all that firepower he can't even see while he is doing his best to plight his troth. Or perhaps he went off the rails and he is promising this is the last time, five times was enough.
I'm reminded by this card, loving is like parenting, we learn by example, from birth. If we are paying attention, we see early on love can't be forced.
"Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get." ~ George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950
Self sabotage. We aren't living in a refugee camp. We aren't huddled in front of a bombed out home. Yet many times in a very blessed life, living the myth of the American dream I've unthinkingly shot myself in the foot, ignored the elephant in the room, gone off on unfathomable tangents, and wasted way too much money.
I'm reminded by this card I have and do read what I pull out for examination here... I know I often blame a lack of education, or lack of mentor for my short comings. Ridiculous. What is the first thing parents say to children of reasoning age? THINK! Think a little bit before you do something, will you? My poor folks, bless their hearts. I never did learn the lesson.
"It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society." ~ Thomas Paine 1737-1809 Age of Reason
Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 6 of Swords
Out of the rut, slipping away toward the unknown.
I'm reminded by this card the answer we need is often right in front of us, we're just so deep in habit we neither see nor look. I've scanned 3,280 cards, cropped them and posted them here. It is getting much harder to tell were the edges are with my bent vision. Yesterday I looked in options and settings and set it to auto crop. Hokey Smokes Bullwinkle, where was your head all this time?
"Suffering begins because of ignorance of one’s own reality. This becomes a blind habit which one repeats mechanically." ~ Satya Narayan Goenka 1924-2013
Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ Ace of Cups
The collective imagining and desires that think something into being. This is carried into our daily lives every day. Sometimes we work for it, sometimes we rely on positive thought.
I'm reminded by this card of Rob's first tractor. We were young and broke and it was just a dream. I wondered if positive thought would help, so made him a John Deere quilt, put John Deere buttons on his coveralls, hung plastic John Deere as the motion giver in a big set of chimes. He had a John Deere model M within a few months. Within our small budget. If some smart arse says you are just drinking the kool-aid for thinking...smile because you are drinking the dream to reality.
"I went to the bank and asked to borrow a cup of money."
They said, "What for?"
I said, "I'm going to buy some sugar." ~ Stephen Wright 1955-
Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 7 of Swords
Galahad pulls the sword from Merlin's stone and sets in motion the quest for the grail.
I've not had a huge quest, being the grain of sand I am. But loads of mini quests, information usually being at the top of the list. Followed by information and then generally information in the third position.
"The Castle Aaahhhgggg - our quest is at an end." ~ Monty Python, 1975
Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 9 of Swords
Unrequited love, Elaine of Astolat for Lancelot. He didn't have a clue, she pined away, was put in a small barge to float down the river to Arthur's court, allowing Lancelot and his hood to realize what was what when it was far too late.
I'm reminded by this card suffering in silence + being cruel in life or death isn't abiding love, it is obsession.
"My significant other right now is myself, which is what happens when you suffer from self-obsession." ~ Joaquin Phoenix 1974-
Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 7 of Wands/Spears
Twelve feudal kings pulled together to oppose Arthur and Merlin. Those kings were defeated in the ensuing civil war. The Arch of Twelve Kings was Arthur's monument to that victory.
Monuments are sort of few and far between here. The money could be better used making war in someone else's country. But postage stamps...how many heads have we licked getting our letters home and electric bill paid? Mini monuments, that is our style for glorification. For our 1976 bicentennial we even got quilt block stamps. There is some sense left in a world gone crazy.
"I should be a postage stamp, because that's the only way I'll ever get licked. I'm beautiful. I'm fast. I'm so mean I make medicine sick. I can't possibly be beat." ~ Muhammad Ali 1942-2016
Moving power. Logic, reason, self-control. Or loss thereof.
The time between Tower events is a time of shifting, of movement. That is where I am now. My mental Chariot horses don't like pulling in a reasonable direction, together. But I feel an overall sense of cohesion falling into place. I made a significant blog change this spring and I'm guessing no one noticed. Which is how human progress works, mostly in a glacial manner.
"The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble." ~ Blaise Pascal 1623-1662
Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 10 of Cups
Corbenic, legendary home of the Grail. It is deemed otherworldly and travels where it needs or wants to be.
I'm reminded by this card how many ways we make a new space our own. Faceless motel room? Place the pillows, go get an extra if there are only three. Books/Ipad/phone on the nightstands. Laptop and deck on the desk for morning. Towel down for the dog's water bowl. Grooming stuff on the sink counter. Hand crank set up to sew if we get in early enough. Cooler and dry goods box against wall by the door. Luggage rack opened, ditto suitcase. Takes maybe ten minutes and we are home again, home again, jiggity jig.
"He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home". ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832
Wow. Dancing on the outside, shrieking on the inside. How many millions of us are there?
I'm reminded by this card I have a new doctor and a new to me medicine. I'm feeling better than I have in years, in part because for the first time in my life I'm not dealing with insomnia. Amazing concept. The side effect? Deeply unpleasant dreams. Is it worth it? Jury is still out.
"I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in." ~ Virginia Woolf quotes 1882-1941
Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 8 of Swords/Blood
A scream of triumph, the deed is done, the kill achieved.
My going huntin' rifle is a 44 carbine. Chosen because it is short and light. Short because so am I. We haven't hunted in more than twenty years. The game is the same, it is the people who hunt who have changed. And there is no such thing as free meat.
Early to bed.
Early to rise.
Hunt all day.
Make up lies
The cards open previously closed doors to my own heart with their merciless quest for the truth, nothing but the truth. They flay the soul and make me say thank you afterward. Each hour spent with my cards is a new lesson to be learned. Viva la Journey.