Monday, August 21, 2017

Same Differences

Daily Draw: Victorian Fairy Tarot ~ Worlds

Big peoples little peoples worlds. For some the twain never meet and it is just as well. We can't get along with people just like us for ten minutes, we'd flatten the fairy folk even quicker.

I'm reminded by this card, we come out of the chute fighting with our siblings and soon move on to bigger people. We judge first, then focus on the differences. The lights in the background are people lights. So close yet so far.

I wrote to our president this week. I didn't use bullet points like he prefers, but I kept it short and respectful. I would celebrate for days, nay years if he listened. So would you...so would the fairy folk.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Washed By The Sun

Daily Draw: Victorian Fairy Tarot ~ Wheel of Time

A title not commonly seen, but perfect for today.  I went to the family reunion yesterday, some of the family there I hadn't seen for ten or fifteen years. I think I can safely say the wheel of time has been kind to the Mallows. My dad had eight or nine sisters, all beautiful. Most are in their 70-80's now and kayak, bike, or walk the beach for miles...good stock there.

I'm reminded by this card to remember at any age, life is still what we make of it, and our faces and actions reflect that attitude. We can be a glade washed in sunshine or a closed and shuttered house.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stagnant

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ Is/Isa

Like last Saturday, we are asked to let go of what we can no longer carry, to lay down the actions that do not serve us well, to stop tending what doesn't work.

You'd think it would be simple, just do it. But human nature is to cling to what we know. At its base it is probably some ancient instinct but today isn't ancient times and we have too much of what we don't need, do too much of what doesn't matter.

I'm going to drop my guard and go to a family reunion today.
In truth, it is pretty brave. But it shouldn't be and any reluctance is all on me.  I can do this...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Common Good

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 5 of Coins/Lughnasadh

Thinking about it doesn't cut it with this card. Teams should be organized and in the field pulling together.

I'm reminded by this card of the cracker jack team we had when I was living up north taking care of my father in law as he navigated through dementia. I have no idea how it crashed and burned but I miss that knowing everyone was on the same page working for the common good. It was uplifting and joyful and made for good memories during a very bad time.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Special

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 10 of Coins/Lughnasadh

Ambitious, efficient, predictable, organized. The ten of conformity.

I'm reminded by this card, as much as we like to think of ourselves as unique, it just isn't happening. On the other hand, each of us is incredibly special and should treat ourselves as such. Without becoming 'precious'.

Work work work work work...Mel Brooks. again.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Eclipse Glasses

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ Beltane

The vision to see everyday life can be fun, exciting, engaging, special.

I'm reminded by this card of Vision I picked up our free solar eclipse sunglasses are our little library yesterday, please do not look at the eclipse (fun, exciting, engaging, special!) without eye protection. Here in the US ask at your library, ''''''''/.8'''''''''''''''''''''  ]]]]]]]]]iiiiiii

Posted with the help of kitten Ash walking across the keyboard...w88888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888889999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999p=w

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Belay That

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 5 of Swords/Samhain

In a tarot based on astrology and runes, this card celebrates the first week of December. Harvesting is now completed with the winter squash and nuts and mistletoe. The party season gets rolling, and hopes and expectations are high.

My curmudgeon side says put the brakes on expectations, you will only be disappointed. Belay That! I've been through times where something to look forward to is all that kept me carrying on. So carry on, celebrate, have a little fun. Have a lot of fun if you like, no harm in being happy. And happy with friends is even more fun. And I can guarantee, having fun alone builds on itself. Go for it. Give expectations a try.

Who is this person and what have they done with Sharyn? Yes, I can be cheerful if I put my mind to it...

Monday, August 14, 2017

Civilization

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ Os/Ansuz

What makes a civilization? Writing systems, architecture, sacred kingship.

I'm reminded by this card, to wonder what makes them go? Weather changes for one, which drive ancient civilizations ability to feed the population. All the civilized markers in the world can't be maintained on an empty stomach.

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
~T.S. Eliot, The Rock, 1934

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Moved By Motion

Daily Draw: Runic Tarot ~ 5 of Wands/Imbolc

Not so much in retirement, but our working lives and childhood are much like the figures on this card. We are both the big figures making the motion and the small figures, moved by the motion.

It is raining today, first time in weeks. Yesterday's wind and today's wet have scoured out the air which has been filled with wildfire smoke. While we enjoy the fresh, clean view, we will also go to town and get a part of Rob's chain saw, he is in the middle of a winter wood job, sixty feet of fir. We will run by Bob's and find a new electric kettle. Small stuff, but our store is turning, and our purchases will give a little momentum to the small figures. I like this card, everyone involved.

"I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap." ~ Ani DiFranco 1970-

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Put It Down

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ Death

I like to think of this card as 'taking the cure'. We've finally convinced ourselves to drop the broken tools and put this life project down.

I'm reminded by this card it isn't possible to have every life tool, broken or used or pristine. Recognizing this state is the one tool we all have. It is done, fried, past it's pull by date, last year's prom date, someone else's problem.  Git along little doggies, there is more to life than this.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Savoring Abstinence

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ Hermit

Research Solitude Abstinence. Ouch, abstinence isn't a word that comes to mind in this nation of plenty. Or in my life.

I'm reminded by this skull, and early man in the socket, saying here ye will also be, to give a thought to what I could cut back on, in order to savor it all the more.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Epic

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 2 of Swords/Blood

"The swords, tied together by red represents every action tied to survival". Instead of a pretty maid holding two crossed swords (she must have wrists of steel) we have a figure making decisions left and right that affect every day going forward.

Learning to drive, finishing school, choice of friends, mate, environment, shelter, children, political bent, employment or non-employment...mostly I'm ok with my decisions, I'm not a dithering person. But a few that would have radically changed my life going forward? Rather than going from fathers house to husbands house, I wish I'd had lodgings on my own for awhile. Instead of 'going into' waitressing, I wish I'd gone to nursing school and then volunteered for 'Nam.

And I know I've said it before, but all my worst choices were made while drunk. There weren't so many, but they were epic...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Spear-point

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 8 of Swords/Blood

A departure from the standard, this speaks of satisfaction, plenty, success, victory. It is a step through the looking glass to the other side of self imposed bondage and submission, but recognizes the great effort it takes to down a buffalo with a spear-point. Whatever form your 'buffalo in the room' might take.

I have a friend who has not been able to shuck off the bonds of a poverty stricken childhood. Her spear point took the form of buying. Too much. Now she has a house full of multiple dish sets, too much furniture, a million souvenir tee-shirts. And a sincere wish to divest it all, combined with an inability to do so.

I think my buffalo in the room has been a lack of self confidence. I've forced a million bold moves, but I think they've all come to naught because I fail in the ability to confidently move forward beyond that initial push. Maybe tomorrow....

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Recognition

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 8 of Cups/Soul

This figure is on an obsessive search governed by doubt.

I'm reminded by this card, if we don't know what we seek, it is doubtful we'll ever find it, because we won't recognize it when we get there.

Monday, August 7, 2017

No Healer Here

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 9 of Wands/Nature

Reaping the benefits.

I looks like he has made it home from the wars in fair shape, weapon a little worse for the wear. In truth there are always more weapons where that one came from, one of the main truths of war.

Rob was just home from two tours in 'Nam when I met him. Although I knew the war from the six o'clock news, although I knew many men who went, fought, some coming home in a box, it is only as I mature, and watch the same thing happening again, that I realize what a leap it is from desert or jungle to downtown USA.  I wish I could have been a better support for the transition. I just didn't understand. I did give him love though, perhaps that was the medicine he needed at the time.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Green Lincoln

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ 4 of Coins

Pretense. If America really is drowning in credit card and consumer debt I have to think a lot of what is owed must take the form of pretension.

Our worst case? We thought the Lincoln Mark IV had to be the most sleek exciting amazing wonderful car on the road. We went kicking tires one Sunday, fell into the little sale, big sale, hard sell line and walked out with a mile long green one.

This is the only case of buyers remorse I've ever had. What were we thinking? In 1973, in our early twenties? Talk about giving a fish a bicycle... I had a friend that worked at the Ford dealership, and two days later, I'd traded the Lincoln for a Ford pickup. Exactly what we needed for the lifestyle we had. I lost seven hundred dollars in the trade, probably two months combined wages. And I was happy. Not smart enough to understand what the 8% interest on the loan was costing us, that came a lot later.

It was a valuable lesson though in how embarrassing pretense really is.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Compromised

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

We can husband our health, energy, time, money, possessions until our cups absolutely run over, having built the best life and environment possible. Certainly something to be proud of.

But our personal paths are immaterial to time.  And the monumental announcements and changes charted by people in power don't mean much either. Because in an overview of time, we've already murdered our Earth and humankind along with it.

I'm reminded by this card, seeing, through the glass darkly, seems to be the focus of my mind. But. But. But. shouts my few grey cells. We've already burned up our past chances and the future will come, without humans, once again, because our climate is hopelessly compromised.

Too bad, so sad. And those cups were so pretty...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Ducats Guineas Florins

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 6 of Coins/Guineas

The other suits are sticks, cups, swords. The individual coin cards are sequins, ducats, florins, ounces, sun, and three shields. Go figure. Our six guineas would have us concentrate on today rather than the future.

In Coin talk is that our best option? Spend and buy freely, hang tomorrow? I think we know better. If we utilize what we have, tools, knowledge, skills, we can better honor what we already hold, rather than imploring us to ignore what we have and spend tomorrow today.

Today and tomorrow I'm taking a two day course on precision piecing. I've been making quilts since dirt was new, do I need a class? No. Will I learn something new, I certainly expect to. Much of what we do is by rote, yet new methods to do pretty much everything come along all the time. I'm open to that, concentrating my Coins on tomorrow by doing better what I do today. Was that garbled...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Short and Garbled

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ Gospel

Etteilla calls this #5 card Gospel,  and says it is the emblem of success in love and work. Odd? I guess you had to be there. I expect a lot of thought went into his deck, and research too which was probably difficult in the mid-1700s. He felt divination by cards came out of  ancient Egypt and passed on to Bohemians in the 1500s, and then (magically) picked up and printed by Grimaud.

That is a short and garbled history, but I'm thinking that is how most day to day knowledge enters our brain-pan.  I'm reading Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine and I feel I'm being dragged though a time and space knothole to get my knowledge. So much history, so little time to learn.

All that said, to realize this is the #7 card, Snake...Great Garbled Goofs

As mother would say, learn something new every day and the day has value. I'll go with that.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Short List

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ Queen of Cups/Female Pope

This card holds the #37 spot, which is where the Etteilla Queen of Cups sits, but also his Woman Pope. Makes sense when you know his majors are titled things like Order of the Mopses, Chaos, biblical characters, and freemasonry.

I'm reminded by this thoughtful queen, of my own pecking order of personal majors. People who, if they said jump, I'd jump. Because leaders of faiths and politics are meant to know when to say it, and we are supposed to have the faith to do so.

Well, I'll put my tablet away, the back of an envelope away. perhaps I can make do with the back of a postage stamp. Definitely a short list.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bekemeier's Spun Honey

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ 4 of Swords

Economy and Solitude.  Interesting companions. Do you spend more when alone, just you, your computer, and your credit card? Or when out shopping with friends and/or in public?

I'm reminded by this card I can't think of anything I enjoy shopping for. With the exception of browsing through a big grocery store far from home. I am currently enjoying Bekemeier's Spun Honey from Neosho Missouri on my morning toast.  All the sweeter for the memories of our last trip east.

"The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her." ~ Marcelene Cox

Monday, July 31, 2017

Reality

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ Hermit

With its old fashion 'tall dark stranger' titles, the Hermit meets or exposes betrayal and falsehood.

I'm reminded by this card of 'garbage in, garbage out'.  Reality has mostly been not nearly as bad as I can and do imagine it in my brain. Letting the Hermit's light go dark, now that would be a exercise in denial.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Road Less Traveled

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla ~ Fool

Bewilderment to Madness. At least he has the sense to pack in case he finds clarity instead.

I'm reminded by this card sometimes the line is very thin.

"If I’m perplexed by the fact that I’m constantly lost, maybe somewhere in my head I’ve determined that being lost serves a greater purpose than being found." ~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

Saturday, July 29, 2017

C'est à rire

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

Is it our nature to save, spend, or invest income? Depends on both need and want and how we focus.
What would it take to feel/be wealthy? For myself, an unimaginable number mostly because the news every day is about people so rich, cost of anything is immaterial; and by the way, how do they value things if money is no object?

I'm reminded by this gentleman of the fossil fuel barons, rich as Midas. I'm guessing if I still have a fossil fuel vehicle in twenty five years those barons will be paying me to drive it. Let 'em suck on that coin for awhile.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Good Day Better

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ 10 of Coins

Beginning of the ending of the beginning. Some past thoughts.

May 2007: accepting the responsibility of acknowledging all that I've been given but to recognize worldly Coins are temporary.

December 2013: With the 10 of Coins the total sum is locked in place, be it health or wealth or worldly issues. Outside actions will change nothing. To go forward the self must regenerate.

April 2008: we love to watch all the feathered friends who come to the feeders to nosh. That sort of earthly blessing is part and parcel of the 10 of Coins

November 2011:  I don't have to wear my newest good news/bad news terror like a hair shirt. I have a life to get on with and a snow day all my very own. 10 of Coins day indeed.

I'm reminded by all the dozens of 10 of Coina cards on Quirkeries, life is a forward motion up to the day it isn't. I'll think through the day, how I can make this good day better.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

No Slatterns Here

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ Queen of Coins

Remember the days when mothers were referred to as housewives? And our grandmothers would use the word slattern if the home was in disarray? There have always been Queens who worked outside the home in all professions, not just doing 'women's work' as nurses, teachers, waitresses, cleaners, office help...

I'm reminded by this Queen, of Brenda's mother, a switchboard operator.  I thought it must be the most glamorous job on the planet. And my aunt Gloria and Theresa's Grandma Bessie who cleaned banks. Can you imagine? Being the only one in a bank? All that said to say, a working mother must be special goddess, how they manage to do it all is a great mystery to me.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lunar Lunacy

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ Moon

Web search for crustation returns a spelling correction of  crustacean and definition, diverse arthropod taxon. Above my pay grade I fear. Forcing the search to crustation I'm presented with: microscopic bugs that live in hair, skin and poo; a trip hop band, copper carbonate, and last but also first, given in Latin, crustatus.

All that small foray into mental lunacy is said to say, my favorite card in all decks, and always interesting how the artist presents the pillars, the pack, and the crustation. Next full moon August 7, an auspicious night to howl.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hidden In Plain Sight

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ High Priestess

Knowledge that is neither hidden nor shown.


The Waite tarot, introduced in 1910, with its pictorial minors, is a classic example of hidden but shown symbolism. The Greek cross  offers the four elements, the four directions, and the four winds.

The moon at her feet can symbolize lunacy or illumination . The scroll, the letters, the crown, the pillars, the pomegranates, the colors...

I'm reminded by this card everything or nothing is what it seems, hence knowledge both hidden and in the open.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Magic Seeds

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ Magician

By the time you get to the head of the head of the head of the line, I wonder if reviewing the particles and articles of the beginning may be in order.

I'm reminded by this card by the time we get to the head of our various lines, we've most likely changed directions several times. Nothing wrong with that, it is the nature of growth. But those tiny beginnings deserve some quiet consideration for being the seeds.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Acknowledge

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

Think the eclipse made him flee from or run toward?

The Cups would have us acknowledge the truths of the Swords without blame laying. Or going into full denial. Tall order.

"Skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin". ~ Thomas Huxley 1825-1895

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hermitary

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Hermit

Drawn as Vesta, she shows the way to self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

 I'm reminded by this upheld lantern, of all the Hermits contained in this blog, and how few of them 'light the way' for anyone but themselves.

"Solitude is a defense mechanism in a world that does not deserve to be saved." ~ Robert Ferguson   Alone in America

Friday, July 21, 2017

Turncoat

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 7 of Swords

Daring, undercover, impulsive, detective style actions.
To view this character as just 'sneaky' limits us from grasping both sides of the story.

Are traitors also heros? Of course, depending on which side has them. Turncoats, or just someone coming to their senses? Who decides who our 'enemy' is? Those with a hand glued to the cookie jar.  Even the worst of the worst in my personal experience, traitor to me, certainly aren't seen as traitors to the someone else. Dizzy-making thoughts, good to chew over in the course of my day.

Is Mt. Rushmore a travesty or America's greatest monument? Is it art or is it all ego? Do a few chips of rock matter to the mountain? I'd consider those behind the creation to be traitors to ecology and nature. Do those hordes who stop to view it and buy a bucket of China made souvenirs from the gift shop ever think "why? what were they thinking?".

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Move It Or Lose It

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 4 of Cups

I wish I was anywhere but here
I'm so homesick I could cry
What was I thinking
I thought this was going to be more fun
I'll wait ten more minutes, no more
Pounds mouse like that will help
I'll wait ten more minutes...

Any number of moods or situations can trigger this feeling. The cup we have our back to promises, as always, good bad or indifferent, this too will change.  What we do with those minutes while we are waiting, is what makes or breaks the value of our day. Move it or lose it...

I'm waiting for deck photos to upload to eBay...tick tick tick. I could shoot my internet connection in the eye. Playing with my kittens will be better use of time.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Quick Enough

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ High Priestess

"A fire burns in Sybil's tripod where she sees the Fool's past,  present, future." Steventon

'Past Present Future' is a common quick spread for a reading
along with 'Wants-Bridge-Needs', 'Don't do-Do do', (I did that one once before I drove over to the casino for lunch, don't gamble was the answer). 'Advice-Outcome-Solution' is another, 'Problem-What hinders-What helps' is a good one.

There are still fortune tellers around, always will be I expect; people want to believe someone can tell if there is a dark handsome cab driver in their future. If someone could really tell the future they'd be lottery winners rather than eking out a living in a dingy storefront.

I prefer the queries like above, using the cards to work out a clearer or different viewpoint toward understanding ourselves. Whatever the future holds will get here quick enough.

Most people who wouldn't touch the cards with a ten foot pole, have probably done all this type of readings, they have just done it with paper pencil, and pros and cons. Not nearly as much fun though.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Expansion

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 3 of Wands

Opportunity to expand.

In business I was too cheap or too scared to expand
In a good marriage love always expands
Paperwork will expand to fill the space it is in
Tasks take all the time on offer

I'd like to expand my brain power
I'd like to expand how long kittens stay kittens.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Stuck

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Hanged Man

Suspended in time.

Spring days, stuck in classroom
Stuck in traffic.
Stuck in traffic behind a silage wagon
 It is all relative isn't it

Sunday, July 16, 2017

In The Back

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

Many versions of this card have the figure face down on the ground and the swords give the appearance of having fallen out of a sword tree, wrong place at the wrong time. This figure is running, and the swords are being thrown from behind her back.

Why do we hurt the ones we love the most?


Saturday, July 15, 2017

ByeBye 365

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemontese ~ Ace of Swords

With the Aces we have the complete potential of the suit unknown. Loss and gain, pain and healing, action and inaction, remembrance and forgetting.

I'm reminded by this card, this last week I've been doing clean-up for the 365 quilt, nothing left but the hand assembly. Breaking down the scraps, refolding and putting away the larger pieces of fabric.

Scrubbing off the cutting table, cleaning the millions of thread ends from everywhere, emptying the ort jar, giving the sewing machine a good going over and new needle, running the vacuum, washing the ironing board cover, cleaning the iron soleplate, rolling the lint roller over the working wall, putting a new rotary cutter blade in, filling bobbins...

All of this ending makes room for the beginning Ace, a recycled shirts quilt. Deboning the  clean shirts of their seams buttons pockets, collars, cuffs (Goodwill Outlet Store dollar a pound). Neatly folded into color families, pulling back out the shades I want (blue orange yellow black) starching cutting...
Every ending is a beginning, just the way I like it.

Friday, July 14, 2017

In For A Penny

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemotese ~ Ace of Coins

Do you pick up pennies?  Some throw them on the floor or ground when gotten in change. My nation has debated removing them from circulation, I understand they are more expensive to mint than their actual monetary value.

I'm reminded by this coin my search for Alessandro Viassone led me circuitously around the net, finally deviously depositing me at Ebay thinking about putting Minchiate decks on my watch list. I snatched my one acquisitive brain cell back from the brink in time to regain my senses, having learned little about Viassone and having misspent my meager pennies worth of online time foolishly.

And yes, I always pick up a penny.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Daylight is Burning...

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemotese ~ 6 of Swords

Moving on, for better or worse. I have a bright orange tabby kitten in my lap and a long hair tortoiseshell kitten on my shoulder. I'm still in my jammies, physical comfort food. My morning cuppa is in a favorite mug, although a tiny torty kitten with great big feet has been in it...I just made my final goodbye post to my closing tarot forum.












I'm in the boat, I'm moving to a new tarot home. I've bumped against the shore at Tarot, Tea, and Me. I'm out of the boat. Enough drama queen, daylight is burning, get on with it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Just Wondering

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemontese ~ Knight of Coins

Ready to go forward with talent and experience.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder just how many people go forward based on their first paycheck job? Danny started as a grocery box boy, worked up to produce manager, and on to store manager, where he retired, from the same store that provided his first paycheck.

I moved from coffee shop waitress at that same store, to a more upscale restaurant, to a really nice Armenian restaurant when we moved to Portland, then to one owned by Lebanese.  I thought working for both families as pretty exotic. I wonder if I'd even apply today. Is my mind permanently bent from world news?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Emotional

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemontese ~ King of Cups

"I am the active spirit of this suit, having gained the mastery and use of emotional energies" Signe Echols

How many ways have I epitomized this King lately?
Kitten Kiwi dies of seizures. Lost it
Last uncle dies who was always a favorite person. Keeping it cool, at least until the military service Friday. Up in the air.
Had opportunities to help neighbors, provided cheerfully with gratitude for good people on both sides of us. Win
MIL was in the hospital, no one told us, we didn't butt in when we were told. Win

I'm reminded by this card humans are emotional creatures. Containing and directing that force is an everyday task. Always has been always will be.

"Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness." ~ John Sterling

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Degree

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemotese ~ 10 of Swords

It is all in the degree, isn't it? If you are painting and step in the roller tray, that could be a 10.  Certainly, swear worthy, but not the tower.

This card makes me wonder at what point does it become more than a 10 and segue into the Majors territory.
Stepping into the tray, slipping, and breaking a leg?
Find baby sipping from the paint tray?
Find you are a pint short of paint? And it is an hour drive to the store?
The spouse comes home and pitches a regular shite storm about the mess, which becomes about dinner three weeks ago, which leads to were you flirting at the last party. I think we've passed 10...




Sunday, July 9, 2017

No Regrets

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemontese ~ 9 of Wands

Carrying forward the choices we've made in the 8 of Wands position. I'm going to be a teacher when I grow up doesn't cut it, serious and long term practical applications are required now.

I'm reminded by this card long term planning is a class I missed. I've made my life affecting decisions on the fly. Can't say I regret them, but I missed a lot which is only visible and calculable at the 9 of Wands.

"Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by the decrease in bitterness." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thought To Action

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ 7 of Swords

Futility, time to reevaluate priorities.

I'm reminded by this card of when I used to say (and believe) we couldn't possibly afford a house. My niece and nephew are at that line of thought now. I could help them move beyond that mindset given a month and their desire. I wish. We need these 7 swords to recognise where we are at and why we don't need to live here.

"It occurred to me that my speech or my silence, indeed any action of mine, would be a mere futility." ~ Joseph Conrad 1857-1924

Friday, July 7, 2017

Shouldering Ganesha

Daily Draw: Animals Divine ~ High Priest

This iconic figure serves to thwart obstacles and give guidance. Come out come out where ever you are.

I'm reminded that he probably does; how many times does my mind say "umm, not the best idea" and I rush right on?
The pool table in our first apartment, with about two feet to spare on the long sides. I got pretty good at verticle cueing.
Buying the whole series of Supernatural. We made it through part of the first season of make a circle with salt set creature on fire. Snooze.

Those are pretty funny missteps and didn't break the bank, but really, what was I thinking?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Gated

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ Justice

Are we making the choices that will allow us to live a luminous life?

There were 101 shootings in one city in America this week. And the week isn't over. I have zero ideas, but Judgement and Justice obviously have no solutions either.

I'm reminded by this card of the early science fiction/end of the world books that scared me so badly. Basically that world is here, where the inner cities are left to sort out their own problems and everyone else runs away to gated communities.