Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Frex

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ Tower

 It has taken me twenty-five minutes to craft what I just erased. Perhaps because Tower Yeis closer to home keep our attention to the outer world diverted. Just the way leaders like it.

Rest in peace Freckles, you will be sorely missed. Give Indiana and  Trinity nubbin rubbins from us and thank you for fourteen years of pure pleasure and companionship.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I Got Squat

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ Temperance

As usual I drew my card and thought "I got nothing." So I looked up the definition of temperance.
abstinence from alcoholic drink.
"the temperance movement"
synonyms: teetotalism, abstinence, abstention, sobriety, self-restraint; prohibition
"a strict advocate of temperance"
moderation or self-restraint, especially in eating and drinking.

Eh? Pretty one sided. I wonder what the definition was prior to the temperance movement taking it hostage.  I've only used it once here in in relationship to drinking, are my other forty or so draws wrong? Misguided? Delusional?

"Perfect wisdom has four parts, viz., wisdom, the principle of doing things aright; justice, the principle of doing things equally in public and private; fortitude, the principle of not flying danger, but meeting it; and temperance, the principle of subduing desires and living moderately." ~ Plato  428 BC-348 BC

Monday, December 11, 2017

240 + 480

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 8 of Coins/Buffalo

Apprenticeship. Workmanship, Craftsmanship,

I'm reminded by this card, the task this week for the mystery quilt is 240 rectangles with 480 end pieces. We loose a  number of participants at this point, it is easier to get them wrong than right and easier to drop out than
understand each primary step and procedure that get us to well done results.

If 8 of Coins were easy everyone would do it. Not easy is the draw for me.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Stand Well Back

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 10 of Swords/Lightning

Lightening strikes. Our neighbor's house was hit by lightening some years ago. It blew the knobs off the electronics, fried same, and traveled down the cable to our four month old TV and  blew it out.  That is the only close experience to lightening and hope it is the last.

In this image the rainbow is serving as home protection, and gets fried for its effort. Hard to picture me as a rainbow, but doing so always gave me the same result, fried. Stand Well Back and Pick Your Battles is a 10 of Swords lesson.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Moony

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ Moon

Venus and Apollo

The super moon doesn't get bigger, but closer to earth than normal. 
A blue moon can actually appear red, becoming a blood moon. 
There is also the black moon, harvest moon, flower moon, worm moon...

All said to say, like the  moon, we are variable in our masks and moods. No surprise there. The Moon card from all decks is my favorite, I have a small collection and am always on the look-out for more. But I absolutely don't collect anything. Variable...what can I say?

"Everything has a natural explanation. The Moon is a great rock, and the Sun is a hot rock". Anaxagoras ~  510-428 BCE

Friday, December 8, 2017

Same Only Different

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ 10 of Coins
The Sonnets
Fair Youth, Rival Poet, Dark Lady

If I understand it correctly, this collection was published in 1605, five years after Shakespeare's death. Were they his?  This deck has about twenty extra cards; bad quartos  and false folios. Yesterday I pulled them out of the deck and looked them up.

After thinking about this card and sonnets for four hours I'm reminded there have always been knock-off artists and fake news. People we despise who have good points and good people who do things that shock or alarm us. This card could be said to be a microcosm of the World card. We are all still here, the same only different. So we think.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nap w/Ghost

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ 4 of Swords

Hamlet,  the ghost of Hamlet's father

Upon seeing his father's ghost, who claimed to be held in purgatory, Hamlet was at cross purposes. The government, who ran the church, had decreed there was no hell. Purgatory was now a figment the population was to put out of mind. Believe his eyes, believe his father,  or believe the church?

And once again the play, and Shakespeare, prove his words are ageless, as nothing ever changes. Anything we see as change will fit the bag we choose to put it in. Where do we put the concept that Shakespeare didn't even write the play? No wonder folk need a good 4 of Swords nap.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hand In Hand

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ 10 of Cups

Comedy of Errors: "Let us go hand in hand, not one before the other."  A wonderful take on this card. And what we hope for this season...

The older we get the more complicated our family relations get. I'm sick of it, heartsick.

I wish oldest to youngest were all ten years old again, all at the farm where I grew up, all everywhere over the forty acres, all so equal we didn't even know there was unequal, a different, a chasm of errors to fall into.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Doppelganger

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ Devil

The love story of Othello and Desdemona,
("Destroyed from within, by a steady diet of mistrust, misunderstanding, and misinformation."  Chris Leech)

When I read up on Iago it didn't take long to recognize he has a modern doppelganger.   On the other hand my own love story had no such character, for which I am fervently grateful.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Womanwealth

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ 9 of Coins/Crowns
Portia; Merchant of Venice

Portia was left an enormous fortune, yet by the law of the day it would all pass to her husband when she marries.
Who she would marry was by a complicated father devised lottery, which via pinochle she subverted in order to chose for herself.
She later commits suicide by swallowing hot coals.
Crimeanitly. It is just a story, but it reflects the stringent curbs women have had to live with over millenniums. 9 of Coins was illusion.

I'm reminded by this card and story to be incredibly thankful for the freedoms and rights I have today, in this country. We aren't straw-headed puppets and are free to work toward the goals and results we desire.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Poverty Of Society

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ 5 of Coins/Crowns

Act 2 Scene 2 The Tempest

Caliban, In the dark, cold and alone
Trinculo, Even rejected by fish
Stephano, going for the little
Leech sees this scene as poverty of society.

I'm reminded by this card and current news, when the rich declare bankruptcy, they are still rich, just less so. When I see the skin and bones of the children of Syria or Darfur I grieve and go eat breakfast. Nothing in this world is equal, fair, right.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Trudges Off

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ 10 of Coins

"Wealth and arrival, free from impurities and slag" Petersen

I'm not buying it. I do not believe in the 'original sin' stigma attached to  newborns, and I do believe none of us get out of life pure if we are cognizant and participate in the world. My fun may be your deadly sin. Who is to judge if our life slipped a cog here or there. Not you, not me.

I  do know I make the effort each day to be the best person I can. And usually fail. Even seeing both sides of the bellringers this week, I sneaked by the door ringer yesterday. Her bell was accompanied by whistling. Which was a double assault on my ears. That is my story and I'm sticking to it.

And so fail, yet one more day to be as good as I can be. Six AM and I'm already making fun of someone.

Trudges off...

Friday, December 1, 2017

F or A

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ 7 of Wands

Do you have a tiger in your pelvis and shoulders? Petersen relates this card to that image, equaling it to courage to speak up, to stand up for rights, willpower.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder just how many times I've tried to create or bring to the surface, or use, my own willpower. And failed. Hundreds, maybe billions of times.

My grade would F for failure. Or would that be and A for consistency?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Reassess

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run" Kenny Rogers/Don Schlitz 1978

Times have been good-ish, and forgetting how to be stewards of what is valuable or precious is one of the early signs. What  should we keep, what should we step back from, and how do we envision our future, based on our own actions?

This 4 asks us to reflect on guardianship and reality.

I expected to go through the winter without using electric heat. I clearly underestimated how much wood that would take. We are already looking for a wood seller, but also walking our woods and figuring out what trees can go next spring, what to allow to grow into more firewood later.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Droopy

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ 6 of Swords/Feathers

Petersen sees this six as networking. Using our mental strength to get us past a mistake, error in judgement, a bigger bite than we can chew on our own.

I spent the last five years struggling with depression, struggling to get through the day alive. I am well now, but ever alert for the signs I'm slipping backwards. I was weeping last Friday, so I did something I've never done before. Called and invited ourselves  to Yule dinner. She is excited! How easy was that to do. I quit weeping.

Because that weeping worried me, I put a note on my regional quilt list last night, asking if anyone wanted to meet and create barn quilts after the holidays. While I was sleeping 36 people want to sign up for something I was only contemplating as medicine, something to look forward to. Pull yourself together Sharyn, don't get droopy, there is no reason for it. Life is good.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Magician, Rebirthed

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ Magician/Magic

Recycling is magic to me. Send off the rinsed packaging, and wow, it comes back, rebirthed clean and new. It feels good to do, like one person can  make a difference. Ever wonder how that works? Sorted in the US, bundled, shipped off to China to be broken down and resold back to us.

I'm reminded by this card China is starting a shiny new 2018 by refusing to take most of the world's waste because it isn't cleaned and sorted well enough. Our paper mills are excited because right now they can't afford to buy junk paper to make recycled paper items, China outbids them.

Where will the rest go? Landfill fodder.
But beyond that, I wonder why milk and detergent bottles are recyclable and yogurt and cottage cheese aren't?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cultural Conditioning

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot ~ Son/Knight of Cups

"I rest at the sea bottom where armor softens and cultural conditioning fades away." Margarete Petersen

What a world that would be,
wished for, never realized.
No one wants to be assimilated,
But to be the assimilators.

Unless a rich white man.
We'll take all of those we can get.
Damn refugees, gave no pre-thought about where to be born,
tough luck wrong skin wrong name wrong thoughts wrong world

"I rest at the sea bottom where armor softens and cultural conditioning fades away." Margarete Petersen

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Recalcitrant Haunches

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ 7 of Wands/Flames

The full spectrum of color bundled. And left to hang there, kept back by the plank flooring, the concrete wall. Life beyond if we could get around, break through, pass beyond.

I look at this card and the colors, and wonder why we so seldom realize, the bundle can't all get past whole but there is plenty at the top, we could just drop the baggage and get on with it, leave the blockages behind.

Because sometimes we think the blockages are all we have? We've built them up, cossetted and polished them, and bundled them whole, and we can't figure out how to let go. Still on the outside, taking comfort in our pain and anger. Pretty silly, daylight is burnin', hunkered and still on our recalcitrant haunches, that is our Life burnin'...

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ 4 of Cups

Thoth based decks offer this card as Luxury. Ananda says abundance can be overwhelming as our expectations get higher and higher, and can to turn to dissipation, disappointment, dissolution. In short speak, the tarot fives.

Good to remember this on the biggest shopping day of the year.
My favorite Black Friday things?
#1, not shopping for more stuff for people who say they have too much stuff already.
#2, Today starts my sixth annual participation in a  Bonnie Hunter mystery
#3, Today I'm meeting a quilter to barter a trunk of dolls for a box of 1930's fabrics. Win Win Win!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Periwinkle

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ King of Wands/Flames

If we trust our inner power, our outer power will manifest.

Sometimes. But other than water and air nothing is one size fits all . And if we choose to be the big fish in the small pond over small fish in big pond. I'm probably the periwinkle working my way around the edge...their shells are so much prettier. Pretty wet post for a king of fire.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cut Me Some Slack

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

Mad Monkey Mind.
This isn't the end of thought, but the beginning.

To me, to have gotten to this point, means I've ditched compassion of Cups, the determination of the Wands, the appreciation of the Coins. We are a package deal...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Aced It

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ 3 of Coins/Spheres

Our creativity needs to adjust to personal requirements and current conditions. There is a duh statement I've never thought through.

I'm reminded by this card the current quilt I'm working on is made up of men's cotton shirts garnered at Goodwill Outlet Store, $1.00 a pound. Worked out to 12 pounds which worked out to about 30 yards of fabric.

Retail fabric is $10-15.00 a yard now. To go out and buy fabric for a quilt can run $200-300.00  today. Personal requirements/current conditions. Aced it.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Creepy

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ Tower

Ananda's viewpoint of the Tower is as an opportunity to reach deep within ourselves and work to reach better understanding of our own spiritual dictates and options. And learn from history.

A pretty big price tag... when the bedrock of what we were taught to believe as children is in conflict with hundreds of other belief systems.
Speaking for myself I had blinders thinking what I was taught was the only way.
Then I got older and thought they all have the same story with different name for the hero.
Then I got older and developed a total aversion to religion and its ludicrousity.
Forgive my sins rather than face the consequences? The consequences of our actions is the biggest life lesson there is.
Say prayers to get us out of life's jams?
Maybe someday I'll make full circle but it will never be to clasp religion to my bosom.

I wonder if vacation bible school still allows adults to take six year olds out to the backseat of a car to mumble acceptance to gods? Creepy; and rude and unfair to children who don't know enough to make that kind of life decision. Weird and creepy.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

In A Pickle

Daily Draw: Ananda Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

Are we seeking and drawing in the beautiful and useful best for our life or are we choosing dregs, settling for a vinegary subsistence?

I'm reminded by this card sometimes it is hard to know the difference, pleasure can be disguised until we are knee deep already and our bits are turning into pickles. Would that our foresight was as keen as hindsight. 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ox and Cart

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~Strength

Starting all over. Takes strength to make that decision, strength to stay firm, strength to carry it though, physical and mental.

I'm reminded by this image one good thing if moving household, it becomes miraculously easy to get rid of stuff you were clinging to the week before.

And personally embarrassing to find boxes still packed from the last move...that must really be necessary and important 'stuff'.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Cross The Line

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~Knight of Coins

Know who is for and who is against you, protect your borders and boundaries.

Seems common sense but easier to read it than do it. The prairie dog families are communal, like a business or apartment or planned community; drawing a line in the dirt requires some diplomacy.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dithering

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

Plover. Proactive or procrastive? At what peril do we dither  over decisions?

How often do we say "I should have"? Probably not very often, too  much introspective navel time would be involved. It is what it is as my dear brother in law says.

The one I can think of is my vehicle. I traded in my Pacifica for a Jeep three weeks before I got the MacTel diagnosis. If I allowed myself to think about it I'd be really cross. But it is what it is.

I know what I don't want on my tombstone though...I wish I hadda. Fear and procrastination can doom a life to neutral. Where us the fun in that?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Larder

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

The little echidna. Making good out of bad.
The pantry is decreasing, he is concentrating on what is left,
not what is gone.

I'm reminded by this card of my own pantry. We grew a big garden and I always had a pantry full of the most beautiful jars of veg and fruit. Midway through the season I'd start casting my eye over the remaining stock for what might run out and what was in overabundance, and use accordingly.

By late spring it would mostly be gone, to be replaced by clean shiny jars. But it was Spring! The time of tilling the warmed soil, sowing all the potential treasure. Not what was gone but what was still to come.

Believe it or not over the past ten years or so, it is cheaper to watch the sales and stock the pantry via the grocery stores. The larder never ends up empty but cans and paper labels don't make the heart sing.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pelts

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~ 5 of Coins

Raccoon Dog pelts. Pretty grim for the animals; the catch and sale means food and shelter for the hunter.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder if my lean times served the purpose of anyone else? I can't think how other than the usual 'keep the people hungry, they won't notice what the politicians are doing'.

Lean times do serve a lesson though, if we wake up and listen.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Taz

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~ King of Wands

A Tasmanian Devil.  The companion book and National Geographic would have us know this King has a short fuse and it is all about him 24/7. Minions get no slack because the King is in a good mood, good moods don't happen.

I'm reminded by this creature I've had a boss or co-worker or two with this attitude. Consistently in a bad mood and on the prod for the first thing they can strike out at.

I think there was that  one day, the King was me...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cooping

Daily Draw: Animal Totem Tarot ~ Wheel

The blue chicken coop started life in Woodinville, was moved to Plain, then to Chehalis, then home with my father-in-laws chickens after he passed.  It shows its age and wear.  It is also in the way when we want to bring in a load of gravel etc.

A new tight and dry home is a most welcome turn of the Wheel for my little girls.

"Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.” ~  Frank Lloyd Wright 1867-1959

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Women Are Complicated

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Queen of Cups

Passionate and loyal. Perverse game player. Serene drama queen.

Women.  Complicated.  Surprise! We all have good and bad judgement and personality traits and little tics that might drive our loved ones batty.

We are also united by a culture and world that allows abuse, turns a blind eye... I'm so proud of the girls and women that have come forward to tell their story. And better yet, it is creating consequences.

My grandfather was a pedophile. He started on his own kids, then plowed through their children. No one ever raised a hand to stop it. The older I get the more that amazes me. He's been dead and gone 30+ years and the after effects still ring on.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Used Ideas

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

Hey! I've got an idea!

I intend to keep saying this to myself today, until I actually have one! Too beautiful of a card to waste on used ideas.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Why?

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Strength

Is Strength about pushing back or an amicable coming together? Probably depends totally on what outlook or goal we have.

"if you can't beat them join them" leaves me skeptical there ever was a real division. But compromise is good. Isn't it? I'm wondering the why of my compromises today. Did I ever, or did I just shut up about it?

"One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised." ~ Chinua Achebe 1930-2013  Things Fall Apart

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Can't Stop

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 9 of Wands

Repair and prepare, order and control. The melee has passed, now comes clean up and assessment with kudos and corrections.

I'm reminded by this card of the small inner voice and the raucous outer noise. I don't want to know but I can't stop looking...pass the bandages please. (doesn't can't stop mean won't stop?)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

La-La-Land

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Temperance

The story of Cardigan Bay has several versions, as most myths do, but long story short, the ocean crashed through the stone and sluice barrier, and sixteen villages were inundated by the resulting lake.

Underlying the big story is the small story of the man in charge who left the jetty in charge of others who left the jetty to take care of itself.

I'm guessing there are a lot of true stories on the same theme, and in many of them the little people, the front line, saved the day.

Therein lies Temperance, one foot in current events, the other in La-la-land. As always, we come back to balance...

Monday, November 6, 2017

Boot Camp

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Page of Cups

Even in stormy times our Page keeps a grasp on the small things. The big lessons come when his trusting and naive nature meet duplicity and misunderstandings.

I'm reminded by this card, our childhood creates the basic Page foundation. Actual Page boot camp makes the foundation of our adult character. Would we think a little more if we'd known this? Probably not, like most advice, in one ear and out the other.

Seems a rather haphazard way to build an adult. How many things will we do today that are a reflection of our Pageiness?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Becky

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

Friendship. My first best friend was Becky Firth.
We would comb the woods for that first  Easter lily. Whoever presented one to Mrs. Jones the school bus driver got a quarter.

Mother collected post cards and we used them as mystery props, so many clues, such complicated plots! We would also use those packets of stamps the comics advertised on the back page, X number for a dime, on approval. Whatever that meant.

I thought she lived in a mansion because there were front stairs and back stairs and five bedrooms up there.
They moved to town when we were in the third grade, but we occasionally got to spend weekends, I was there when the Alaskan Easter earthquake happened.
Why do I remember? I cut my foot, Mrs. Firth, a nurse, wanted to take me to get stitches, my mother via the telephone said no. I got stitches...too exciting!

I'm reminded by this card of memories. We can keep ourselves occupied for ages.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Comfort

Daily Draw: Ostara Tarot ~ 7 of Coins

Comfort.
Certainly this word has a sliding scale. If life dwindled to living in a knothole, warmth would be comfort.
If you had everything in the world buying a new gimcrack might bring comfort.

I'm reminded by this card everything in life has a comfort scale.
And it depends on the moment and mental outlook.  My life has navigable options, I can live with that.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dolphin

Daily Draw: Ostara Tarot ~ 10 of Wands

Stress. Never thought of this card as that conclusion although it speaks of overwork, overburden, overtired, sadness and neglect,  much of it self-directed.

I'm reminded by this card, the problem is there is no line in the sand, no whistle that goes off, before we go too far. We can't tell a boss if I do this project I'll get too tired. Can't tell our family we need a break from them. Can't tell the bank we need some breathing room.

On the other hand stress can be a good thing, the adrenaline that gets our mind/heart/feet moving thereby bringing us back to balance.

Epilogue: I wanted to write about dolphins and elephants and extinction. But I'd start my day stressed and I'm not going there. My long years of depression are over. I'd not self-direct myself back.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Knight Bus

Daily Draw: Ostara Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

Focus.

I'm reminded by this card of a Fool card. The weight of the coin will surely pull the field  mouse over the bank. But focus. Maybe he has a plan. Keep hold and let go of fear of finishing? Those look like straw flowers, not very soft to land on. Perhaps swing it over his head and back, thereby pulling himself away from the edge and keeping his find? Does a field mouse need a coin? Does he  need it for a field mouse bus going to town?

Which makes me think of the Knight Bus from Harry Potter. The bus changes shape and speed depending on current traffic needs. Relying on the focus of the driver. Which brings me back to the key to the Ace of Coins.

Harry Potter: "How come the Muggles don’t hear the bus?"
Stan Shunpike: "Them! Don’ listen properly, do they? Don’ look properly either. Never notice nuffink, they don’" ~ Harry talking to Stan the Knight Bus Conductor/

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

It's Worrisome

Daily Draw: Ostara Tarot ~ Sun

If you were having a reading, this is probably the best card to be drawn. Good fortune, success, victory.

I'm reminded by this card to spare a thought for the bees. World wide hive failure/colony collapse has put bees near to the point of being on the Endangered List. Wherever we are on earth/sky/water ecology, diminishing honey bees are right there at the top. No buckwheat flapjacks, no applesauce, no winter squash.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Crash And Burn

Daily Draw: Ostara Tarot ~ Tower

Smited? Smiting? Smitee? Smitor?
Do we own it, or begin another tower build?
In many respects, of identical materials?

Is it called  hope or stubborn?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Funvee

Daily Draw: Ostara Tarot ~ Knight of Coins

Arduous quest and life lesson coming up.

I'll take the Funvee, you take the Humvee...Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man
Didn't work out so well for Iron Man, the Funvee and crew were blown up, putting him right back at quest and life lesson.

I'm reminded by this card most of my quests and lessons weren't marked on a map and I only realized what they were at the other end. Not such a bad thing, we can stand anything for a day, the idea of years is a bit intimidating.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Yanked String

Daily Draw: Ostara Tarot ~ Hierophant

In some decks this is Priest, others dedicate the number five spot to Hierophant and a few to Pope. Generally meaning established social and spiritual mores and searching for deeper meaning. Really? Three different titles?

Of course this is a string I followed this morning, first with image returns of each. Why way more Hierophants than Priests? Popes seem more inclined to live in decks that preceded the 1910 RWS deck.

I'm reminded by this card, deeper meaning makes for richer understanding. And it is easy to yank Sharyn's string.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mousethink

Daily Draw: Ostara Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

I loaded this image upside down, didn't realize it until I recognized the mouse wasn't supposed to be playing Hanged Man.

This is a card of mental acumen and clarity. I have brilliant ideas occasionally but only after the idea has set on my mental working wall and ripened for a few days.

Hey. Thinking is a good thing.

"I like that. I'll have some more later." Lauren Bacall  The Big Sleep 1946


Friday, October 27, 2017

Deadly Sin

Daily Draw: Ostara Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Is this 9 of Cups pride and indulgence? Or resting after  accomplishments?

Does it matter? Is one a earned retreat, and one a cup of sin running over? Is pride a sin? What stage of pride? We need self confidence to make our way through life and suppressing pride in accomplishments seems counter intuitive.

If pride is a sin does bragging rate a red R on our forehead? What signifies crossing the line? When it transfers from thought to word? Is it even possible to brag silently without it become silent sin?

The church of old white men lists pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth as deadly sins.  Where does that put the parents who let their baby die and rot in its swing? Or the ones that fed their boy to the pigs. Or making and sharing pornography involving a baby? Home free? This is one weird world. Maybe there should be a neon list of the seven deadly religions.