Sunday, October 22, 2017

Skill Set

Daily Draw: Ostara Tarot ~ 3 of Coins

The card of the apprentice.

I can sum myself up as lifelong apprentice, master of none. I can live with that, but I've often thought my real skill/mission/talent is hidden from me because there are millions of things to do in a wide world.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder what my skill set direction would be had I been born in Andorra, Curacao, Latvia, Sierra Leone...?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Let It Come

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Hexagram 58 Joyous

Be open to joy rather than seek it aggressively.
Be open, let it come.

I learned this truth twice. By doing three gratitudes a day for three years. Once I got past the food/shelter/family mind set I opened up to a myriad of things I'd missed every day of my life because I took them for granted, beneath importance, brushed them off.

I learned this truth the second time during five years of bleak black depression. I think if I hadn't done my prior gratitudes for those years I would have thought I had nothing to live for. But I knew where joy was, knew it was far fetched from happy. Joy is deep. I am joyous I know how to recognize it, let it roll over me, when I'd seen all the black I thought I could bear. Let it come.

Three Saturday Gratitudes:
Rob's amazing peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. He spent all day Wednesday making my winter stash.

My Kindle book app. Up now: One Small Candle: The Pilgrims' First Year in America, Thomas Fleming. Did you know the muskets of the 1600s were five foot long and if you had a bear charging you there had to be a lit match ready in order to use the gun.

Honcho and Ash, my kittens. A laugh a minute.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Failsafe

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Hexagram 50 Cauldron

Our inner thoughts are who we are, regardless of what face we present to the world.

Scary thought in itself...In my mind, before I stopped wanting to do it, I've killed, many times.

In my mind I've wept at the outrages that are heaped on the weak by the powerful but I've not lifted a hand.

In my  mind I've gathered dozens of interesting ways to leave the world. I'm well now, but I often polish those paths.

The cauldron is the failsafe.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blank

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Upward

I can't think of any way this applies to me today.
I'll think on it.

edited to add at 3:30 PM.. still blank but Rob is making mushroom gravy for dinner.

That is close enough for me...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Burning Daylight

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Hexagram 52 Keeping Still

Non-action, still mind. The closest I've been to created meditation is corpse pose at the end of a yoga practice. But a consult with the dictionary this morning also gives: contemplation, thought, thinking, musing, pondering, consideration, reflection, deliberation, rumination, brooding, reverie, brown study, concentration.

I'm reminded by this card, if we give life some stillness, the brain will fall in line. I probably do most of those definitions daily. Probably because I make a point of stillness in the course of a day. Non-action? Not so much, daylight is burning, get on with it.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ratsaroonie

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Hexagram 64 Completion

Pear shaped.
Round file it.
Right dog's dinner.
Foiled again.
Jiggers, the fuzz.
Ouch.
Cross purposes.
Frog stitching.
That is just off the top of my head, I'm sure there are unlimited phrases to signify loss of faith in a project or relationship.

Hexagram 64, the final one, would have us review ourselves first.
Big fat hurry.
Cutting corners.
Arguments.
Short funded.
And of course our old friend, ego.

Monday, October 16, 2017

I Doubt It

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Hexagram 41 Decrease

Decreasing becomes increasing if we think about it.
Buy what we need rather than want increases our financial stewardship.
Decreasing world chatter increases our ability to think for ourselves.
Decreasing our own ego increases our ability to work with others.

After seventeen years of working FlyLady principles, this year Rob got on board with no word yea or nay from me. I've been so impressed with what he has let go of in his garage.

The biggest mental block to decreasing anything on any level? 'I might need it someday'.  I sincerely doubt it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Equals

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Hexagram 49 Revolution
Revolution = Breakthrough
Revolution = Change wanted and worked toward

I recently read Desperate Sons: Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, and the Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the Colonies to War by Les Standiford. I'd forgotten the actual War of Independence lasted seven years with dedicated efforts the four years prior to that. I did remember the base reason, taxation without representation.

Reflecting my heart: Bring 'em home, bring 'em All home. We have no business conducting other countries revolutions, favorably skewed to old white men.

"Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions." ~ Aristotle 384 BC-322 BC

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Let It Be

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Full Moon in Water

Emotions and events are working toward successful outcomes.

As a Scorpio in this moon, I have a tendency to not leave well enough alone, give it a poke, give it some gas, redo something that doesn't need redone. I'm not a perfectionist..just a muddler I guess.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Time and Energy

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Full Moon in Air

This moon only happens in full opposition to the sun.

I'm thinking most of my personal victories are all in opposition to someone or something. Maybe that is the only time we are willing to expend the time and energy it takes to find a solution?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Prominence or Power?

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Sceptre in Mansion 14

Desire for a position of prominence and or power.

Maybe at one time, no more. If I had to chose I'd prefer to be the 'power behind the throne'. Being on the throne makes one the big fat target for blame for everything under the sun. There isn't enough glory to make that worthwhile.

 "I achieved a lot of my materialistic objectives, and I lost a lot of my personal spirituality." ~ Benebell Wen 1981-

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dishrag

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ First Quarter Waxing Air

Adaptability, book advice: Idea? Obtain reactions from as many people possible, and adjust,  modify and adapt accordingly.

Not in my world. Can we say roll over dishrag?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Slingshot

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Hecate

Virgin, mother, crone.
Bearer of riches, magic, wisdom, victory. Not necessarily in that order.
Known to travel with a pack of hounds.
Lover of remote and dark places.

Not a mother, certainly believe in magic and aim for wisdom.
Travel with my two dogs and two kittens. All four discards, each special beyond words.
Like many of  my compatriots, my mind runs to remote and dark places, driven by outrage, embarrassment, fear, sorrow.

I've taken up the slingshot.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Scrape My Brain

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Black Moon in Earth

Economy is recommended, no new investments, begin nothing that involves risk, cut back on expenses.

If you knew a comet is likely to strike and change the world as we know it, how would you prepare? What are the first things you'd ditch? No power. No fuel. No grocery stores being resupplied. No medicines. No hospitals. No police or army. No government left. Money worth zip.

I'm listening to Lucifer's Hammer Niven/Pournelle 1977. No heroes here, just tough decisions, life or death every day. If living required economy every single day in day out, how would your life change? If the economy was based on barter, what skills do you have that would make you a keeper?

I've only scraped up three things so far, it would have to be a pretty small community to make me worth keeping. Eek.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

No. Just NO.

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Bridge, Moon Mansion 6

Bridging the gap when our heart says no, our brain says oh no, double no. The figures in the card, backed by a blue moon, are making an effort to find common ground.

I'm reminded by this card sometimes the distance is too vast to ever touch, for instance politics. No, double no.  But human interests are wide, is it possible to go sideways and reach out on hobbies, jobs, books, movies, weather? Surely, one forbidden subject doesn't preclude us from turning around and finding a friend with much in common.

"Too often we rush to judgment, race to argue, overlook all the common ground we share." ~ Matthew Kelly 1973-

From this found quote, I looked Kelly up. He is a the founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America. No. Just NO. Yet I'm sure we could have wonderful conversations about dozens of diametrically opposed subjects.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Chewed Leaf

Daily Draw: Lojong for the Layperson ~ Slogan 25

Owning our own internal injuries.
Ignoring the injury causing faults in others.

Do I mean faults of or in others?
Does that mean ignoring? Accepting? Respecting? Not sure where this goes, perhaps it depends on the depth of injury? And whether it is injury to us or self inflicted injury or even imaginary? In reference to others doesn't it all come down to judging someone. Maybe that is the crux of the matter. Stop judging.

I judge myself harshly. I can see that causes internal injuries. I wonder if I can roll those around in my internal hands, recognize, own, then flip them over my shoulder and and tend to what is happening rather than what has happened.

Perhaps the author/artist of this deck will steer me back on the path.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Patterns

Daily Draw: Lojong for the Layperson ~ Slogan 27

Slogan 27 would have us acknowledge the thought patterns, activity patterns, and emotional patterns, not in our best interest.
Excuses boil across my brain.
I have a long table rather than a desk. No drawers, things on the left side have a tendency to pile up. (This would be evidence of all three patterns I think).  For instance:

*A Brilliance Publishing postcard that came out of the current audio book I'm listening to.. I want to see what else they offer, but I'm nearly out of my broadband time for the month.
*The movie Hopscotch on VHS, need to look for it on DVD
*The instruction for the drawstring sheet that came last week
*two magnifers
*Padded envelope and contents, part of a conflict on ebay
*Four of Blades bookmark from Ironwing tarot
*water bill waiting for action.
*the market value notice from the county tax assessor

Just stuff that flows in and out. That bother me every time I sit down just because it exists. While typing I remembered I have two antique wooden in/out boxes upstairs that could be put to better use down here. A pretty junk pile must count as Slogan 27 movement? Then my  2017 Why Not rock reminder and frog card from a friend would be better exhibited?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Astounded

Daily Draw: Lojong for the Layperson ~ Slogan 11

We are to take adversity as it comes, and rebuild. We can and do create our own problems, but owning is good. It creates a situation we can work on. Setting the ego aside that swears everything is caused by someone else and then praying someone else fix it... oh, humans....

Following up on Slogan 48. I hate peas. Enough that I was willing to sit at the table alone until 7-8 o'clock until I finished them. I never did, bedtime would release me. Looking back, what I hated was boiled peas. So, thinking about Slogan 48 I bought Green Giant mixed veg steamers.  Granted, these veg are all starch, but they were delicious. Peas marked off the hate list. My mother would be astounded.

Putting my ego in a Steamers bag for five and a half minutes would probably be, a good thing.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

I I I I

Daily Draw: Lojong for the Layperson ~ Slogan 19

From the chapter on evaluating our practices, we are asked to review what path we follow. Is it a path based on what everyone else is doing or saying. Ego, even a broken ego can run our life in ways we don't even notice because it is routine.

I have said a number of times what I write here is for me, it doesn't have to make sense, it isn't meant to lecture, I don't care if anyone else reads it.

But I realized last week that apparently I do care. I looked at visitor statistics and saw my traffic dropped by half after my tarot forum closed. My ego keeps pointing me to find out how to up traffic. My little ego keeps slapping my face. Maybe by exposing it in these words that itch will go away.

But I want no you don't but I want no you don't But I I I I....

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Box

Daily Draw: Lojong for the Layperson ~ Slogan 48

Life without lines in the sand...

Lojong would encourage us to spend time with people we don't particularly like or get along with. To step over the line and do things we think we don't like to do. To try foods we say we hate.

To stop putting ourselves in a box with the lid closed.

Sounds good in theory...I don't even know where to find those people or things or foods...I must have built my box air-tight.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Eat Me Alive

Daily Draw: Lojong for the Layperson ~ Slogan 58

Time and energy, how is it spent? Quality or frivolous?

Life is nothing without some down time. Slogan 58 doesn't ask that I withdraw to a small cave and do Einstein math 24 hours a day. It asks that I be mindful of what I'm doing throughout my day.

The best way I can visualize this is as calories. If I take a bite of something that isn't delicious I spit it in the garbage and say it isn't worth the calories.  I'd like to think that way with my time and energy. Time is short, energy is limited. Be mindful of the little things that eat my life alive.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Olympics

Daily Draw: Lojong for the Layperson ~ Slogan 15

Give fully without expectation of return
Sit up straight and own my actions
Recognize emotions at the helm which are less than enriching
Accept guidance offered to regain the best of my humanity

From Chapter three, Transforming Adversity

This summer my tarot forum closed. This summer I drew two kittens into my life. What do they have in common? Last night I realized I'd replaced that on-line time with kitten play time.

This is a good path into the light.

Honcho lays on his back under the bed and pulls himself around and around the space by hooking onto the box spring cover. It looks like smooth effortless dry swimming and he appears to be working up to the Olympics. And it always makes me laugh out loud.

This is a good thing.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Foresight

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Shaman of Foresight

"See beyond the moment and ready or adjust accordingly." John Matthews

"Know what the right hand and the left hand is doing."
Sharyn Woerz

Friday, September 29, 2017

Honest Truth

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Hunter of Honor

Honor/Honour. Your choice, both are english.

The cards are hitting my hot buttons this week.

Dictionary.com gives 200+ words that mean truth, at least that many again for honest. Similar words really, simple in application. And the world is drowning in not-true not-honest.

What's that all about anyway? Did we forget to swear on our pinky at some point? Or was that a lie too?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Reap The Whirlwind

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Hunter of Gifts

Sometimes the gift is insight. Brought to  me today via researching why numbers of Australian communities are dropping the idea of celebrating the founding of a county and citizenship based on building penal colonies.
Australia already had citizens with a country long before the coming of the white. Which brought me to

a country whose flag observation has come under scrutiny. A flag raised over the slaughter of the First Peoples, the eradication of their cultural norms, a war with roots based on treason. And money. Of course. Got land? We got beads.

Insight... A gift or a curse? I fly the American flag off my deck every day. I need to seriously rethink that. Thank you Mr. President, may you always reap unexpected consequences.

edited to add later: Still thinking...what about  my post from a few days ago, about how old is a country? Do we measure by government time or time time? Here in my country I believe we've had French and Spanish flags, Mexico's, Union and Confederate, Canadian and British flags, are we usurpers of their cultures too because we were here last?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kablooey

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Shaman of Reflections

The real me.
What is the truth and what is skewed in my own mirror regardless of how I sneak up on it?
Is it all a lie? Is there a corner of truth if I reflect on what my whole consists of?
So much of why we are is buried even from self.
I think our brains would explode if we knew everything, dragged it out in the sun and let it shrivel.

I think our brains would explode.

Kablooey.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lines In The Sand

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Shaman of Purification

Another long post, backspaced to oblivion. I'm not interested in looking up my posts on this card in a few years and reading why, since the mid-90s, I don't fly anymore. Or why I quit buying quilt fabric in 2001. Or why we stopped going to fairs.

But I am reminded by this card, we purify in many ways. To hold our sanity. To hold our civility. To draw our own lines in the sand. 


Monday, September 25, 2017

Elephant In The Room

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Dancer of Reconciliation

Is the figure on the right taking a knee while the three hold hands?

As a woman I have been discriminated against in hundreds of ways. Yet I've never been shot or hung or drug behind a pickup because my skin is white.  I've never had a bone broke, not been served, house burned, denied education, or turned away from communal friendship. I've never been punished for speaking my mind, how I dress, how I exhibit my personal vision.

I'll take a knee any where any place, in support of turning discrimination to ashes. I suspect I'll be taking a knee until my dying day and nothing will change.

"We have met the enemy and he is us." ~ Earth Day 1970

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Circles and Serpentines

Daily Draw: Shaman's Oracle ~ Dancer of Inspiration

Where does it come from? Is it a blazing light or a small constant trickle charge? Surely it is both. Sometimes it is late to the party. I have a bed topper half assembled and only yesterday realized why it is boring. Each block has four 1" blocks where I put neutrals. Which just die in that spot, it needed something more flash.

I'm reminded by this card, the impetus of doing something I like to do over and over is the results are never the same and each project scrapes off some hidden part of my inspiration to create something wholly new.

Sometimes I'm inspired to mow my acre of lawn in circles or serpentines. Practical? No. Fun? Yes.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Long View

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ Star

Contemplation, renewal, reset. The Firedrake reflects the turbulent and cruel time prior to Uther the Pendragon and the adventures and later ascension of Arthur.

I'm reminded by this card, myths and history both have star crossed times. Hazy math for age of England or Wales, 987 or 200,000,000? By what reckoning, time or government? How old is America, or North America? America is the new baby on the street only 241 vs 200,000,000? Give or take a year or two...

The point with the Star, is we can allow ourselves to be in total turmoil 24/7 by focusing on the instant. Time is a great leveler, reducing moments and people to a grain of sand.  Step back. Take the long view rather than the screen view, contemplate star time. Breathe. Relax.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Liar Liar Pants On Fire

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 8 of Wands/Spears

Ah, way more interesting than eight sticks flying...a sudden opportunity requiring quick decision. The myth of the White Hart surrounds the wedding of Arthur and Guinevere, and the massive chaos when hart, dogs, hunter, crashed though the room, and the fast decisions resulting.

I'm reminded by this myth to make snap decisions ethical. Gawain, Tors, and Pellinore didn't and the Round Table reputation for honor paid the price until things were set right.

I've said it before but I'm still ticked at myself for not refusing to make fake purchase orders for an employer in the 80s. Arguing isn't the same as refusing, not one bit.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sweeping Change

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ Death

Gwyn Ab Nudd is thought to have controlled weather with his horn, so augmenting sweeping change. His place in this myth is as hunter and pick-upper of the dead.

I see the Tower as lightening changes; heart attack, new baby, car wreck. Unless I'm literally dead I see the changes of the Death card as long term, seldom can we change a lifetime habits with lightening strikes.

"The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half." ~ Fyodor Dostoevski 1821-1881

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mantic

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ Temperance

A cauldron, head, and spring, all long thought of as sources of inspiration or prophecy.

What I had typed was "prophecy, if you believe in that sort of thing". Passive aggressive pout including sneer,  because I couldn't figure out how to use the word mantic.

It is easy to miss the moments that cry for temperance, because it feels good to blow off some steam. Except it doesn't make everyone feel better because there is always a target. Generally the next person you encounter.

A work in progress, that's me.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Precious

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 6 of Wands/Spears

I've been sitting here trying to think of anything I've done that could be termed well earned, caused change for the better, conquest and advancement.

I'm having trouble coming up with a 'win', probably because I don't have a competitive bone in my body. Hummm, Pretty exciting to get my lifetime key from weight watchers. But I continue to gain and lose the same 30 pounds over 5 year periods. Mastering clutch and stick was more an end to heart pounding terror rather than satisfaction. Carrying 8 dinner plates in one hand and arm was a pretty awesome skill.

I'm reminded by this card, not many of us have rated a victory parade with lots of horns and horses. What we can hold as precious are the successes personal to us. We just need to pull those memories forward more often. We are each so incredibly special in our own right.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Hello?

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 8 of Coins/Shields

Do you remember when it was bad news from the boss if you were caught on personal phone calls at work? I don't think I've been anywhere the last year or so and not seen employees doing their phone thing.

I remember the first five or six years of Rob working away from home all week we didn't touch bases because long distance call costs were outside our budget. It was miserable.

I'm reminded by this card our 'on all the time' lifestyle may have dulled our appreciation of the value of keeping in touch with family.

But I still wonder what the boss thinks and how it affects actual production time today.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wonky Tools

Daily Draw: Legend the Arthurian Tarot ~ 3 of Wands/Spears

Subtitled the Horse Fair, this card speaks of fine tuning our knowledge and valuable resources.

As a quilter I use rotary cutters and acrylic rulers to cut my fabric. I noticed while building out my block the 2.5" corners were not aligning perfectly with the 6.5" block they were being set into. On examination my 2.5" ruler has slumped shoulders.

As an experienced quilter I can adjust each block as I sew along, my work is not lost. But as a knowledgeable quilter I am only as good as my tools. Replacement ruler is in order.

"When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good." ~ Jean de la Bruyere 1645-1696

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Revamp

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

Looks like she has already moved her coins away from the door, put them on the fireplace, and thinking about the person who wants in, is taking them back down. Some common sense responsibility going on here.

If I could revamp schooling, I'd eliminate sports that use a small number of players, and add in yoga from year one. I'd have ongoing fiscal stewardship classes beginning year one. By middle school we'd know the name and location of every country in the world. Oh, basic four of coins practically, we hardly knew ye.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Blender

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ Temperance/Sidhe

The Druidcraft name this card Fferyllt or Shaman
The Llewellyn calls her Keeper of the Well
Thoth based decks call her Art
Goddess Tarot calls her Yemana
There is also the Intergration, Mingler, Golden Flower...

She is represented by a giraffe pair, any number of anthropomorphied felines, tigers in surf, angels and faeries, a crane, rabbit, badger, ferret, multiple goddesses, Buddha, muscleman, triclops, figure hanging over the porcelain throne, stick figure...

All that said to say, we can find or seek temperance in any situation. Patience, communication, organization, blending, all in aid of balance.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Not My Bag

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

This ace often rams worldly success down our throats, but financial gotta haves aren't the only point of this suit. I look at this card and run screaming from the room. I can't imagine giving up life force time to fill and keep this house or multiple houses. Not my bag. Not my idea of a home.

I'm reminded by this card of the 'dream'. Be careful what you dream for, you might get it. And once you got it, you have to care for it.

I'm cognizant that we have different Coin dreams and more power to each and every one of us. I worked hard all my life, today I value my time above all else.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

465,875

Daily Draw: Green Fairy Tarot ~ Knight of Wands

A new endeavor, based on experience already gained. I wish.

Another long post, gone into backspace land. I wonder how many words I've typed that I've untyped over the years? Better that way, they weren't worth reading.

If I average 125 words per post = 465,875 words, spread over 3727 pages. And I look forward to writing a new page tomorrow.  And it is ok if they don't make sense to anyone but me.

My mothers last coherent words: I think I remember something, but I don't know what it is.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Well

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ Death/Lord of Shadows

While my mind composed great words of keeping the life free of stagnation and brimming with fresh growth...I got sidetracked by wondering if ancient wells generally had the equivalent of a thatched roof.

I'm reminded by this card I have no fear of being dead, I will simply be gone. That is perfect for my needs. It is the dying that worries me. so many bad ways to go. Never mind, I'm here today and our own well is pumping along. As is life. Death can wait.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Local

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

Hey, my favorite frogs with sticks!  And the rug weaver!  I know a number of small business owners who lead lives  of quiet desperation. On the other hand Kalama has a tattoo parlor now (where did that association come from I wonder) and what we seem to think will be a gift shop. They have gutted one of the prettiest buildings and have been working on it for at least six months. Who has pockets so deep and how will a 'stuff' shop survive here??

I'm reminded by this card, of the man at Baker Lumber who chided me  for getting part of my list at Home Depot.To me Home Depot employees are all local, so that counts as shopping local. As does Target and Safeway. Amazon is my last resort.

Let's retalk this in ten years, see if there are any local stores left.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Just A Word

Daily Draw: Green Witch Tarot ~ 2 of Cups

 There are hundreds of types of relationships with hundreds of descriptors in all cultures. Across the board, #1 for me is trust.

'Nuff said.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Without Forethought

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Knight of Coins;

Pranayama breath, before battle. But wait, the flail in his right hand was used for threshing wheat. He'd end up decommissioning his horse before he got to the fight. The stag on his helmet was associated with prudence.  Prudence in that 'it seemed like a cool idea at the time' for a hat design?

I'm reminded by this figure no matter how we plan an incursion we will have missed or forgotten or didn't take into account something important. Rethinking on the move is a specialty of this Knight because he has the resources to make it happen.

Friday, September 8, 2017

I Used To Think I Thought

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Priestess

If you were new to earth, pure, innocent, intuitive, what would you make of politics, religions, money? Slavery, war, addictions?

I'm reminded by this card it is difficult to uncolor our perceptions in order to achieve a new understanding. Many are based in childhood, influenced by environment or peers. We often don't recognize our leanings are not our own but inherited. We would be required to really bear down in order to sort out what we thought and what we think, in order to get distance between what we think we thought.

Our daily lives are all influenced by those six subjects. How often do you think what your thoughts really are? It is a small world, and our grain of sand counts.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Coloring My World

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Color plays a part in understanding the decks designed by the Golden Dawn members. The Thoth has had dozens of printings since the first publishing in 1969. Look at the first row here on google images. Mine is scanned from my 'greenie' deck, the one I have in  my hand is from 2006. 2006 has
deep purple background
yellow lotus
golden water
violet cups
red vines.

I'm reminded by this card it isn't much wonder communication is a difficult task and it takes a lot of words and arm waving to get us to the lovely 9 of Cups position.

I also remember in the 8th grade saying as our teacher came in the room, "I feel studious today". I got 3 hacks with a big wooden paddle, in front of class, for whatever he thought I said. I never did find out. Words...can't live with them, can't shoot them.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Cheddar

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Ace of Cups

Reflections and refractions. (Snuffin) The hunt for good fly fishing holes around the state has offered me many beautiful reflections; still water + shore line, as above so below.
And in this rainy state, the combination of light and water brings the refractions of rainbows and I study how far the foot might be, pots of gold don't you know?

I'm reminded by this card the greatest beauty offered us is free for the taking. No human, even with the deepest of pockets can match it or gift it, it belongs to all of us.

Our moon and sun are both cheddar orange from the forest fire smoke. Nature offers beauty in all things.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Smoke 'em if you got 'em?

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ 8 of Wands

I got nothing from this card this morning. Two hours later I'm thinking it refers to this.

I expected to be on the road today, speeding down the freeway to the Rogue River area for some classes. Alas, forest fires are raging through the area.
Early in the week they said to bring eye drops, inhalers if you use them, masks if your lungs were already impacted...then yesterday they cancelled the whole works.

Ratsaroonie. So much for speeding anywhere. The areas we would normally visit since we are ready to go are all in the high 90's to 100 degrees, many of those are covered with smoke also.

I expect in the end I'll just be speeding upstairs to the quilt room. And life is good.