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


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


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


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


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


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


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