Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Hobby Horse

Daily Draw: Animals Divine ~ Wheel

Hunt offers the advice of learn from and follow the lessons of animals. Maybe animals in the wild.

Once tainted by unimaginable cruelty and unthinking misbehavior of man animals are fundamentally changed. We can then learn to cower, avoid, and bite. If there is a better world somewhere I hope animals have it all to themselves.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Full Circle

Daily Draw: Animals Divine ~ King of Wands

Ever wonder how the King of Wands evolved? Hunt suggest we have the same options, choosing creatures from nature and studying their habits and life spans, meditating on the reason they are still with us rather than extinct.

Not something I've thought about before having never wanted to be king in any form. Gama Sennin came to be  called the Toad Hermit, eventually becoming able to assume the toad persona at will.

I don't want to be a toad either, but I can see the logic of deep study of anything, the more we know the more we know, eventually becoming the leader, explorer, risk taker which is the full circle back to the King of Wands

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Pendleton Shirt

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ Empress

Hera reversed speaks of a loving personality crossed by jealously.
I've seen marriages and relationships implode via jealously whether deserved or not.

I've only had one brush with this vicious trait and going on 48 years later I still remember how it turned my personality upside down. I'll tell the story and you guess what I was really mad about.

At the foster home where Rob was eventually placed, there was a family with nine daughters across the street. These long term friendships predated me by a lifetime in a manner of speaking.

A few weeks after we were married, before I learned that trust is key, I went through his wallet. And found a picture of him with his arm around a girl's shoulder. Jealous? Wow. How did I know it wasn't an old photo? Rob was wearing the Pendleton shirt I'd gotten him for Christmas. I never said a word, I was too embarrassed over my own behavior.  But I managed to ruin the shirt not long after...

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Thinking This Thought Through

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

Abandoned Success. Now there is a thought.

I'm reminded by this card what we might see in that light may be just the opposite. I might see a good actor or writer abandon that path, leaving success behind. They might see that life as restrictive and depressing.

Now my brain is upside down, thinking this thought through.

Peep As High Point

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ 10 of Coins

The ace was yesterday, here followed by the ten. Which rang a faint bell that the Thothy 10 would be the low point of the suit; think of ten as the first in the run on up to the ace at the end.

Someone smarter than me said it had to do with path-working the tree of life from Malkuth to Kether, with the ace becoming "the ideal pinnacle" at the end of the path.

Now we all know more than I do because I've already forgotten what I was told. So in the 10 of Coins from the RWS system, I'm the old man nodding by the gateway, mostly useless, with a Peep being the high point of my day.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Big Coin

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

"Materiality in all senses, good, evil, and illusionary." Dowson
Big bucks
Big deals
Big deal
Big dummy
Big mess
Big fake
Big surprise
Big list
Big crybaby
Big rent
Big worry
Big sad
Burning time with coin in cheek

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Invoked

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

"Invoked power" Dowson

Parents. Governments. Teachers. Bus drivers. Post Office. Police.
A different viewpoint from heavy thinking and air-y ideas.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hive Magic

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ Magician

Originality. Can also be mind hive.

How many times do we say "why didn't I think of that ?". Or worse, I thought about doing/making that, and someone else makes a mint off of "our" idea. And on several occasions a shiny new technique/gadget is introduced with great fanfare, that we've been doing for ages.

It is a big world with lots of minds. And I kind of like the practical hive mind, makes me think I'm not such a square peg.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Vigilance

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ Emperor

Authority.
There is no wind this morning but the smoke from the garage woodstove is in constant flux. Just like authority.

At this minute I can disregard any authority at all.
If I decide to remodel my house suddenly the county building codes, permits, and inspectors rule the job.
Were I foolish enough to get a speeding ticket, suddenly the police and courts hold sway over an important part of living in the sticks. No buses here.
Were I to catch cancer again, I am the authority, but guided by dozens of lesser authorities.

I'm reminded by this Emperor, freedom is an illusion that requires vigilance to maintain.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Foolish Wise

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

Penny Wise Pound Foolish.

Let me count the ways....

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Good Life

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ Fool

Stacks of books on the European medieval and Renaissance era have passed by my eyeballs. As in any age, the rich lived high and the poor worked themselves to death. The Fool is a multi-talented unique character, accepted or reviled across all social strata.

I read long ago books for the tidbits of living surviving life before central heat, nanny states, washing machines and aspirin. There are still pockets on the planet where life hasn't evolved beyond Long Ago. There but for the grace, live I. A small part of me envies the simplicity. A very small part.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Exuberant

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 3 of Cups

Exuberant celebration.

What takes a celebration beyond normal to exuberant? Just curious.
New Years? Sleep through it. Superbowl winners? No TV, sports puts  me to sleep. Long awaited healthy baby birth? But we mustn't wake the baby.

In my experience exuberant includes alcohol. Equals Sharyn at idiot level. Not going there again. I will think on Exuberant through the day. While I work on  my Barn Quilt.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Agony

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 3 of Swords

Gauguin's Agony In The Garden led me on a search to see  how others painted the subject. With a pile of sleeping disciples, with a halo in directed light, on his knees, standing, lying down, broad daylight to dark.

I like this version in the 3 of Swords spot, this isn't worrying about things that never happen, he knew what was coming and with those figures life will change unalterably. Better to handle the worst than to prepare for the worst.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Point of View

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

Renaissance man. da Vinci started far more projects than he finished. Perhaps as few as fifteen completed paintings exist. Was he a procrastinator? A perfectionist? A dabbler? A one shot wonder?
If we stick him in the guise of the 9 of Swords, he was pretty useless, because he didn't finish much.

I'm reminded by this card he was a genius. He wasn't 'just a painter', but a sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. Perhaps that is the glory and despair. So many thoughts, so little time. By leaving his starting point journals and projects, as seeds, he enabled generations upon generations the starting point of techniques and ideas that have changed our very way of thinking.

Pretty good for a 9 of Swords man. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Squishy

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

Ambivalent. A good word. I am ambivalent about school, college, professional, and Olympic sports. Going to war and too young to drink or drive. Big weddings.

Can't think of anything else. Does that make me a small thinker? More likely because I have so many things I'm black and white about, no gray squishy ambivalencies left over. Maybe I should put those three things in  my long empty worry box?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Fill

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ King of Coins

Would that I'd molded myself on the king rather than the page.
Would that I'd become a page years sooner.

Spit in one hand wish in the other see which one fills first.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Art of Faking it

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 9 of Wands

We are asked to walk in confidence.
Maybe in high school I worried about fitting in, being clone-ish. But not much in the rest of my life. I don't care what people think about me, none of my business. But it doesn't mean I'm confident, just too lazy to be a sheeple.

I'm reminded by this card and thinking about high school, we didn't miss school for anything. Got up got dressed got there. I have curly hair which was the bain of my life in those days. Someone mentioned sugar water would hold my smoothed hair in place. The question I didn't think to ask was how much sugar. Even all night in rollers the hair still wasn't dry in the morning. What a  mess that day was! Did I care what anyone thought about it? Yeah, I did. I was valiant that day though.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Intent

Daily Draw: Da Vinci Tarot ~ Ace of Swords/Air

Dimmi: What are your intentions?

Stay sane
Guard my health
Treat time with respect
Expand my capabilities
Seek knowledge
Make a personal mark in my day

Thursday we had a cabin fever day and took a drive up the Columbia River Gorge. It was windy and I saw water devils, like dust devils but wet. How often do we see something we never knew existed.

Friday I stripped the refrigerator.  It was time well spent. Oldest pull by date? 2011 ice cream topping.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Three People

Daily Draw: Da Vinci Tarot ~ 4 of Wands/Fire

Dimmi: What is the cause for celebration?

Interesting choice for art, gives a 3 of Cups vibe. The 4 of Wands generally gives a shelter/home/stability/celebratory mood. Proving you can always find what you want to get across in great art and great books.

Proof in the pudding? 3800+ posts on this blog. I don't pick the cards I fan and pull at random. And they generally pinpoint something in my life. But life is big and cards are little, and symbology can be tipped in our favor if we chose. Easy Peasy.

Celebrate? My Barn Quilt base is primed four times both sides. Today I can begin drafting the pattern. And when it is hung sometime down the road I will dance in a circle so fast it will look like three people celebrating...And what could be more homey than a barn? My card nailed it. As always.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Motion and Action

Daily Draw: Da Vinci Tarot ~ Page of Wands/Fire

Dimmi: What kindles your enthusiasm or passion?

As a Page, that apprentice of motion and action? Discovering something new to me. Researching, investing, composting it on the working wall of my mind, figuring out how to do it my way in order to understand the why of the way it has been done.

And seeing in our youth someone like Boyan Slat create original ways to save the innocent lives of ocean going creatures, and the planet.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Respect

Daily Draw: Di Vinci Enigma Tarot~ 2 of Swords/Air

Dimmi: Where is the balance of respect?

I can respect the office while despising the holder
I can respect the belief while not believing a word of it
I can respect the people I meet, like them or not
I can respect our families where ever and what ever they are
I can respect the method if not the maddness
I can respect the skill if not the product

I can respect civilization while despairing of any hope of a future

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Jungle Mode

Daily Draw: Da Vinci Tarot ~ 8 of Swords/Air

Dimmi: What bypasses the limitations surrounding you?

My mind goes straight to the #MeToo movement. Had to look it up to get the name right. Not because I'm not supportive, but because that all is going on in a part of the time suck web where I don't go. And I never had an employer with whom I had to give to get.

But this card reminds me I am a hugger. I had two bosses who were huggers. I would have know the difference if it had motives behind it but I couldn't and wouldn't do it today. I had one boss who hated to be touched at all. The day his twins were born I moved in to hug and he about went through the wall getting away from me. Oops.

All that said to say under our modern layer of civility we still think in jungle mode. The laws won't change that, but carrying a Glock might.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Acquiescence

Daily Draw: Da Vinci Enigma Tarot ~ Hermit

Dimmi: What light shines in his solitude?

Without light lies madness.
Without light lies madness.

Functional madness can be self inflicted via complicit non-action and acquiescence to the point we don't know the light is even missing.

Why are we choosing life on the dark side of the Moon; can't we see we don't have to live there, we are capable of drawing light to us?

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Much Safer

Daily Draw: Da Vinci Enigma Tarot ~ Moon/Conception

Dimmi: What do you intuitively know about this situation?

Mother's love isn't enough. Or is too much. Better we were born and given to animals to raise, where instinct is all there is. Much less complicated, much safer.

Where do people really think all the pre-pubescent pornography images come from?


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Manna

Daily Draw:  Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

When I pull a card and "I got nothing" I usually set it aside and start following a bread trail of information. Sometimes it leads me to five different opinions/recommendations/caveats/conjectures/reviews. 

That is a raven and dove above the whole sword. By the time peace and prey are finished tearing each other down the remaining sword grips are Duct Tape wrapped and the tips are gone.

We live in pants on fire times. To sort out fact and fiction requires effort; the bread on the truth trail is closer to rancid mealybug fodder than manna.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ 4 of Coins/Discs

Usually shown as a crabby little man, possessive, stingy.
The way I saw my parents when as a kid, I'd ask for money.
Knew they had it, couldn't understand why I couldn't have some.
Which makes me wonder if kids who get an allowance turn out to be better stewards of their own finances as adults?

They surely learned "can I have an advance" translates to credit card debt, not more cash? I'm reminded by this card finances is a mum subject in this country. You don't ask and you don't tell. Why? Haven't got a clue. But our 4 of Coins base determines the rest of the suit and our stingy guy knows it. Lose it now, lose the suit.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Voynich and Hubble

Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ Aeon/Judgement

As we pass through the Sun card and burn down to a clean nucleus, all we are capable of, we face and become the Aeon. The opportunity for our cleansed spirit to renew into something better, something bigger than our simple oneness.

I'm reminded by this card what is new shortly becomes old and we again tread through the cycle, creatures of habit. This morning I've been spinning through the Voynich manuscript, and the images brought back from the Hubble. A lifespan isn't long enough to grasp a portion of the available avenues. Yet I can get a taste if I turn away from the daily babble that assails and consumes, and look beyond.