Friday, August 31, 2007

Daily Draw: Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg ~ 6 of Coins

I'm reading a book by David Dunn called Try Giving Yourself Away which looks at giving beyond donation centers and church. It looks at everyday giving of yourself to your neighbors, community, and family. Everywhere we go we have golden opportunities to walk the walk and be of help to someone. Noting excellent service of a clerk to their manager, picking up a shut in neighbor's groceries, telling a stranger they look nice, all the little things that we don't normally take note of doing but which are so important in a civil society. Giving of ourselves routinely has lost isn't tax deductible and if you point out your good works you've also lost credibility and points in the Good Book.

But a civil society depends on these spontaneous bursts of kindness and thoughtfulness. If we become stingy with ourselves our society will certainly reflect that as will an unmeasurable part of the richness of our personal lives.
I'm reminded by this card if I see an opportunity to brighten someones day, do it, don't just think about it.

"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit not knowing why. From the standpoint of daily life there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others, for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected. My inner and outer life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received." ~ Albert Einstein 1879-1955

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Daily Draw: Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg ~ Fool

No Fool all year, then I drew it last Friday and today. I'm a generally serious person so seeing two Fools my mind goes to the idea that I'm missing something important, getting ready to do something foolish that I'll regret. I did a reading exchange with another Tarotist this week and her cards advice was to take some time off and relax, we need to slow down and smell the roses. I think she's right, I told her I'd pencil it for next May...

We do have a lot on our plate, have had all year, and have been going at full tilt 7 days a week but we are coming to the end of it. Within the next two weeks all of our 2007 gotta-do jobs will be finished and we can spend the rest of the year taking some time for ourselves, or at least doing fun tasks that don't have a deadline. I really do think this fool is telling me to put on a funny hat and lighten up, life is short.

In the Russian theme of this deck, the Fool is portrayed as a wandering performer called a skomorokhi. He carries a puppet that looks like himself. Being a mindless puppet is another good example of still being at the Fool stage of life's journey.

"A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry." George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Daily Draw: Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg ~ Page of Cups

A clear sense of faith and spirituality is indicated by this young Page of Cups. Some of the most ornate and beautiful churches in the world are in Russia but for much of the 20th century the citizens were not allowed to worship openly.

Inner faith is much of who I am yet I shudder at what organized religions have become. I don't think it's mankind that is rudderless, it is the churches because they have lost sight of their original purpose of faith in a higher being. They are simply a morass of rules and strictures created by man to control man. Who needs all that claptrap? I don't need a mediator to speak to my God, the door is always open to talk to him directly. I'm reminded by this card that Foxhole Faith is temporary, true faith lives in my heart.

"Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active." ~ Edith Hamilton 1868-1963

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Daily Draw: Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg ~ Temperance

I never noticed before today that many decks show both Temperance and Star with one foot on land, one in water, while pouring liquid from one container to another. How could I have not noticed the significance of that? Yuri's Temperance is depicted as Raphael who aids travelers and healing.

We've had a miracle of healing in our family this year. We keep waiting for the other shoe to drop and a reversion to the old ways but so far so good. If there be Angels amongst us, Raphael is certainly one of them. In the mean time it is counted as a blessing and received with great thanks.

"When I stand before thee at the day's end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing." ~ Rabindranath Tagore 1861-1941

Monday, August 27, 2007

Daily Draw: Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg ~ 5 of Clubs

Difference of opinions do not have to lead to fists, weapons, and blood. We should be able to make our point, listen, and agreed to disagree without tempers coming into it. Sadly we learn to fight at our parents knee or our verbal skills leave us tongue tied when we need to say our piece.

I've learned that listening is a big key to diffusing anger in someone with a hair trigger temper. Knowing when to keep my mouth shut is another tool. Knowing what I'm talking about is another. Blatting on because tempers are high never gets me anywhere. Listening to what is not being said and maintaining a respectful attitude are other keys to peaceful resolution.

I'm reminded by this card that everything I disagree with doesn't have to be a battle, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Knowing when to pick my battles, choosing my words carefully, and listening makes for a lot less heartbreak all around.

"To reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say -- and two-thirds thinking about him and what he is going to say." ~ Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Daily Draw: Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg ~ Star

This resurrection of hope, following the Tower card's cataclysmic changes speaks volumes about our ability to pick ourselves up, dust off, and begin again. The abandoned clothing in the foreground topped with a butterfly speaks the same message of shedding the old and reinventing our life in a better way.

I can look back on the last two years and see the terrible Tower moment and then in retrospect when the Star began to bloom with something to fill the void. Often it is only hindsight that lets us recognize these major moments in our lives...if we knew they were coming we couldn't bear the thought of the bad and surely we'd mess up the good. Memory is also kind if we allow it to be, it will lessen the pain and highlight the joy.

"Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis." ~ Martha Beck 1962-

The stunning deck this week is Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, painted to card size by renowned miniaturist Yury Shakov. To get the fine detail Yury was famous for he often used a single brush hair. This is a gorgeous deck with an excellent companion book by Cynthia Giles.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Daily Draw: Miss Cleo Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

The more you do something the better your results. Usually. I took piano lessons for 2 years as a kid, and another 2 years as an adult and I still can't play a lick. Yet others can play beautifully with no lessons at all.

Humans are marvelous in our diversity and our abilities. The chromosomes and DNA that are our individual makeup is the first miracle and they happen every day thereafter. We are just too busy being chained at the yoke to notice and appreciate the talents we've acquired with practice and use.

We've become do-it-yourselfers for budget reasons but once we try our hand at something normally done by someone skilled we can more fully appreciate what they do. Time and practice is the key to excellence.

"The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work." ~ Vince Lombardi 1913-1970

Friday, August 24, 2007

Daily Draw: Miss Cleo Tarot ~ The Fool

Often a small dog, cat, or fox is seen either warning or cavorting with the Fool as he begins his journey. This dog or jackal wants nothing to do with this Fool and actually seems to be rolling his eyes.

I've started many physical or mental journeys or task as the Fool. We have to start everything somewhere. This fellow seems drunk and unprepared in any way. An unprepared and drunken Fool can and will make the journey but it will take a lot of do-overs.

"I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses." ~ The Procrastinators Creed

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Daily Draw: Miss Cleo Tarot ~ The Chariot

Fred Gettings book, Tarot, explains the Chariot card as the driver representing the mind, the cart representing the body, and the means of locomotion representing the emotions. If these three things are working together our future can be rosy, if one or more are not under control the future is bleak.

I can see this cart is headed for trouble because the driver/mind is trying to drive the lion/locomotion by the tail. The locomotion will become commotion and there will be a big dust-up beside the road. This charioteer is going nowhere fast yet you can see he thinks he has the world by the tail.

He reminds me of the faces we put on to the world. We have a face for work, one for church, one for parties, one for funerals. All the faces are us but when do we get to be a cohesive unit? Are we ever? Humans are so complex it is a wonder that so many of us do get the mind/body/emotions mix in good proportion. I forgot 3 important things yesterday, I could stand some exercise, I'm frequently moody. The chariot today indicates some self-work is in order.

"No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one is true." ~ Nathanial Hawthorne 1804-1864

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Daily Draw: Miss Cleo Tarot ~ 4 of Cups

Indecision. Which direction to turn, what color to paint, where to retire, toast or cereal...some days it seems I'm overwhelmed with decisions of the mundane and all I want to do is run away and not think at all. But I see that camel and rider approaching the pyramids and I remember that my dream is to visit Egypt, so I go back to all my mundane decisions and think which way represents the most efficient use of my money and most fuels my dream. Having long term goals in mind can make short work of those mundane decisions.

"The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment." ~ Earl Nightingale 1921-1989

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Daily Draw: Miss Cleo Tarot ~ The Empress

At its most basic the Empress sends a message of fertility and nurturing in all areas of our life. In reading for others it is astounding how often people turn this key portion of their power away from themselves. They narrow-focus on a small area of their life that isn't working the way they want and miss completely how many areas of their life is working.

Just a few of my Empress-ish areas of life...I live in one of the most beautiful areas of the world. Nature can always be appreciated and enjoyed. We have good jobs. Our health is stable. Our families are well. We have shelter and more than enough food. And beyond those basics we have new plans to nurture and grow. I could choose to concentrate on aches and pains and rain...but I won't. I am making a conscious choice to appreciate what I have, not dwell on what is missing. The Empress will see we get what we need in good time.

"Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is to little." ~ Epicurus 341-279 BC

Monday, August 20, 2007

Daily Draw: Miss Cleo Tarot ~ Temperance

In this deck Temperance much resembles the Egyptian Maat whose 42 principles of truth, justice, and order would certainly indicate having temperance in all things as most of us most areas of our life. I'm thinking today of collections or hobbies. How is it that a normally moderate person can go so far overboard in this one area of life? The hunt for that widget can become an obsession, money no object, until the seeker spends a fortune to fill his house with multiple copies of something that has very little value on the secondary market. Tried to sell a beanie baby or Bradford plate lately? Good luck. Have five Skidoos in your garage but no savings? Have boxes of your widget under the bed, stacked in the basement, and in the trunk of the car? This is when Temperance is called for, time to put the brakes on that obsessive behavior and come to our senses.

I'm reminded by this card of all the things in my home I have more than one of. I don't consider myself a collector of anything yet I can sit at this desk, look to my left and right and see more than I need of a number of items. Time to re-remember want vs. need and get back to basics with Temperance.

"Someone with an obsession is someone who has very little sales resistance" ~ C.S. Lewis 1898-1963

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Daily Draw: Miss Cleo Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

This card often means an auspicious beginning to something financial. An interesting card to draw using this week's deck which was designed for Radar Communications in association with their Miss Cleo psychic hotline ads that blanketed TV 7-8 years ago.

I didn't know anything about tarot at the time, but I knew a scam when I saw one. That aside I really liked the character, Youree Cleomili Dell Harris who always made me laugh with her camp Jamaican accent and props.

My Ace reminds me today that if it looks or sounds too good to be true avoid it like the plague. Tarot can't fix what is broken in your life, but it sure can tell you how to take the steps needed to repair it yourself. Too bad Miss Cleo took the easy route, which is always the hard one in the end.

"Every now and then, Rumsfeld will come out and say, ‘I don't know where. I don't know when. But something awful's going to happen. Thank you, that's all for today, no further questions.' Well, could you give us a clue? What is this, the Central *Intuitive* Agency now? Are you working with Miss Cleo?" ~ Robin Williams

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Daily Draw: Hanson-Roberts Tarot ~ 3 of Swords

Ugh. I see hard news, and I see rain. We will be removing part of the roof from our home this morning and it is threatening to rain. The cards can be very literal sometimes. Well, I'd rather have hard news up front and honest than be in the dark. If someone says there is good news and bad news and which do I want to hear first, I'll always go for the bad news. Good news is fun to anticipate, like having a $1.00 lottery ticket. Get the bad news over and get on with it is my policy.

I'm reminded by this card there is no sense worrying about things that haven't happened or might happen. Chances are good that bad news coming will be out of left field anyway.

"Ram thou fruitful tidings in mine ears, That long time have been barren." ~ William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

Friday, August 17, 2007

Daily Draw: Hanson-Roberts Tarot ~ 9 of Rods

This figure has used his rods to build a defense and stands battle worn but ready for whatever onslaught is coming. We can be attacked or encroached upon in so many different areas of our, employment, relationships, possessions etc. Sometimes the encroachments are small; the neighbors dog comes in your yard, or someone at work feels free to use your desk. These little things are nothing by themselves but when it goes on in all areas of your life then each day can seem like a battle from start to finish. And that is no way to live.

Some intruders are insidious and so pervasive that most accept them without thought. Advertising in the media for instance. One of the reasons much of America is in debt is mind-washing by Madison Avenue cohorts. You must have this useless widget now they shout over and over until someone actually believes they must have it now.

My defenses are multiple and in some minds rather draconian. We don't watch TV, nor do we take magazines or a newspaper. Why pay big bucks to have nothing but adverts delivered to your front room? I've had a computer for 11 years and have never clicked on a banner ad. I don't window shop, I make a shopping list and follow it. Someone else's needs and defenses might take a different form, but we all need them somewhere.

"the newspapers fetches you the troubles of everybody all over the world, and keeps you downhearted and dismal most all the time, and it's such a heavy load for a person." - Tom Sawyer Abroad, Mark Twain ~ 1835-1910

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Daily Draw: Hanson-Roberts Tarot ~ 7 of Swords

Often depicted as a thief or sneak, this card gets a bum rap in most decks, probably because of the attitude of the figure in the foreground. Yet who amongst us has never been the victim of gossip, theft, or betrayal? As shown in the 7 of Swords it can tie and bind you as surely as rope and cage.

Dredging up 3 betrayals in my life and dissecting them in the light of day I can see what hurt most was not the actual circumstances, but the attitude of the betrayer. Humans can get over or at least learn to live with most any situation but our heart never forgets the pain. I've seen some nurture and grow that pain until it becomes their life force, blocking them from all of the good. Today I am reminded to "let it go".

"Whatever life takes from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past you allow yourself to be fully alive to the present. Letting go means you can enjoy the dream that is today." ~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Daily Draw: Hanson-Roberts Tarot ~ High Priestess

I drew this card 3 hours ago and have had a complete mental block as to what she is saying to me today. I've resorted to books and combing the web for some triggers, no dice. In desperation I tried something suggested for a specific spread. To look at the card from across the room and see what stands out. From across the room the only thing recognizable is the white cross on her chest. Without my glasses the only thing readable is the white cross. I take that as what is significant to me today.

I've been thinking about faith a lot lately because this year I've been exposed to many differing beliefs. My personal faith is follow the 10 commandants, believe in my heart in a higher power; and to walk the walk, not talk the talk. My path with world faiths diverges when organized religion comes into it, and congregations are smothered in man's laws. Do I think God cares if a woman does or doesn't cut her hair? Or if there is a TV in the home? Or if I pray on my knees or when driving to work? No. All he asks is that we follow the 10 commandants. That seems to be the one thing mankind is unable to do, hence the proliferation of man's laws and inflexible religious dogma.

I'm reminded by this card that the High Priestess reflects hidden knowledge. Maybe I'm all wet and the 10 commandants are too simple. And maybe God is sitting beside me as I write this, smiling and nodding that I've gotten it right.

"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." ~ Dalai Lama 1935- (for the 14th time)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Daily Draw: Hanson-Roberts Tarot ~ Knight of Rods

The info-junkie side of myself speaks today I think. The part that says give me a chair, hotplate, a cot, and I could live very happily in a library. The quest for why and how, the quest that brought me to study Tarot in fact.

My brain is a double edged sword though, full of esoteric facts and figures, retaining information like what my high school class motto was (change is growth) and how the London Underground works, but often unable to remember what I had for breakfast or how much money is in my checking account. I wish I knew, and I wonder, is the starter pistol for a sideways sashay into a fact finding mission. All great good fun and makes my life a pleasure, but I must remember discipline also...being self employed my sense of time can get wobbly. I know...I need an hour glass! I wonder how long sand timers have been around? I wonder if some sand is better than others? I wonder if it is real sand or synthetic? I wonder how many forms a glass blower had to make to get one that flowed properly? Or was the sand amount altered according to the pinch the blower put in the center and whose job was it to time the timers? Excuse me please, I need to do some research.

I'm not dumb, I just have a command of throughly useless information." - Bill Watterson 1958-

Monday, August 13, 2007

Daily Draw: Hanson-Roberts Tarot ~ Knight of Swords

Looks like a situation that was stuck will now start moving again with the impetus of a committed member of the group. A member who can sometimes be so forceful that the course embarked upon can become self-serving with a narrow focus rather than good for all.

I'm reminded by this card to put my own shoulder to the wheel when it begins to turn but to keep my own counsel and be sure the course chosen serves the good of all, not just one.

"Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." ~ Vince Lombardi 1913-1970

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Daily Draw: Hanson-Roberts Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

This card speaks of arrogance in victory but a premature attitude because it is after all only a 5, there are 14 stages of growth to work through in this suit. Most of life's battles are on-going, lording over someone after a minor skirmish is just asking for more trouble.

The troublesome part is we can see this trait in others and miss it in ourselves. I'm reminded by this card to be mindful in victory, the enemies of yesterday are our neighbors and partners of tomorrow.

"Self-love is often more arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves, but persuades us that they escape the notice of others." ~ Samuel Johnson 1709-1784

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Daily Draw: Morgan Greer ~ 9 of Swords

Bound Chained Trussed Hogtied...this is a situation with little relief in sight because it is mostly a situation of our own design. We are being held by old tapes running in our heads, by old habits, by refusal to change because sometimes making a change can be as painful as remaining bound.

We have to work past the despair, depression, grief, the fear... and see where we are placing these ties that bind us. We need to recognize that our head and our heart are at cross purposes. Every card I've drawn this week has pointed to changing my outlook or situation from one of binding to one of my own purpose. To know myself and do what is right for me.

"We are not victims of circumstances, we are the architect of our circumstances" ~ Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881

Friday, August 10, 2007

Daily Draw: Morgan Greer Tarot ~ Page of Swords

I seem to draw this Page often, probably because of the impatient side of his personality. I try to accept people as they are but my heart knows I'm no saint because it reads my mind. Childish behavior in adults and people who refuse to acknowledge and accept the consequences of their behavior are at the top of my short fuse list. Probably because both type of actions have impact on the people around them.

I'm reminded by this card that no one is perfect, most assuredly including me. Like the columns on the right even the strongest amongst us occasionally fail.

"I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird." ~ Paul McCartney

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Daily Draw: Morgan Greer Tarot ~ 2 of Cups

What comes to mind when looking at this card are the pacts and promises we make to ourselves. We mark a new day with a new list of must do and want to do items, little mini-markers of progress, or we start something big. Quit smoking, start exercising, a fresh canvas and a new paintbox... I'm wondering if we made the same promise to someone else that we make to ourselves if we'd do a better job. Falling off the wagon seems to be a common human plight. That chocolate calls our name, the crew invites us to a Friday night beer, the garden is muddy--a good excuse not to weed.

Is our attention span so short or fractured that we can no longer focus on getting at least one thing right in our life for more than a week or a month? Where does that initial excitement and pleasure of that new path go? My work ethic is start something finish it, make a commitment then carry through. So how come that doesn't work very well in my personal life? I don't have an answer but they say identify and admit a problem and I'm on the way to solving it. Cheers to me and today's plans.

"I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult" ~ E.B. White 1899-1985

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Daily Draw: Morgan Greer Tarot ~ King of Swords

In southern Oregon you'll see the landscape dotted with stately Oak trees and in the fall their limbs are clustered with mistletoe. In this card it speaks of the union of male and feminine, the wheat as fertility and the staff of life. Drawn in a spread I might say this card speaks of strong family life with well grounded leadership, or an important figure of authority.

As a daily card for myself I get the strong feeling of an association with someone who always sees their self as right, a my way or the highway sort of situation. I have a strong personality myself; I'm reminded by tarot, once again, to think before I speak, and to listen before I speak. That quite often someone else is in charge, and is perfectly capable. Relax and let someone else make a decision once in awhile. There are many ways of accomplishing a task and my way isn't the only way.

"A time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate, A time for war, and a time for peace." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Daily Draw: Morgan Greer Tarot ~ Knight of Cups

Cups are about feelings and this knight's are mercurial and can be mythologically connected to the personality types that joined the quest for the Grail. He has waves on his cloak and shoulder signifying change and agitation, scales on his armor and a wide river before him expressing the need for protection and vigilance in the coming change. In fact everything about this Knight signifies something is afoot.

I wonder if this Knight got up, girded his loins, and said to himself "I'm spoiling for a fight"? I wonder if his nerves are jangled, his breathing is shallow, and his hold on the cup is a death grip? The real question to ask myself is whether this surge of feeling can be channeled in a positive way or is is there going to be a ruthless action with the devil to pay later? This card reminds me all this steam must be released. In this case I will take my clue from the river and go down to the wide Columbia at the bottom of the hill and walk off my temper and goblet full of ill feelings. After a couple of miles logic should kick back in...

"Feelings are much like waves, we can't stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf." ~ Jonatan Mårtensson

Monday, August 6, 2007

Daily Draw: Morgan Green Tarot ~ 7 of Cups

Know thy self. Again a card about choices, this one saying I do have some of my dreams and desires within reach...but offers the caution of knowing myself before I make a final choice. Sometimes what I think I need or want so badly is what society or the media has planted in my brain.

Take a cruise for instance. I would love to go on a cruise, the idea of what a cruise offers just seems like Nirvana. But in truth the best vacations we've ever had have all been by car. Because we explored back roads, visited tiny dust-caked museums, sat in cafés and chatted with locals, stopped dozens of times a day to take photos and best of all got to travel with our dogs. I wouldn't get any of that spontaneity on a cruise. So what is it about a cruise that attracts me? If I can define that, I can do the same thing for an nth of the cost.

No responsibilities? Full service? No phones? All the planning done by someone else? Read a book uninterrupted? Endless open vista? Foreign travel with familiar food? If I had these things by the 3rd day I'd be bored out of my gourd and looking for work. Looking for some way to stretch myself. The beauty and peace sound wonderful as I sit here and map out my day and my week, but in knowing myself I can truly make choices that will enrich my life and make me happy. Tarot teaches us to look under the shine and see what it is we really seek.

"You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy." ~ Eric Hoffer 1902-1983

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Daily Draw: Morgan Greer Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

This card has come up so often this summer, signifying all the decisions we are currently making. Long term and short term. Would that we had a crystal ball to see what effect those decisions would have on our life in the long run. This 2 of Wands seems full of promise for healthy new growth with new leaves on the wands and buds on the flowers and green verdant background. I notice too there are two people in this card...see the third hand? One of our biggest decisions involves and impacts 4 people directly, and many more in a ripple effect. Great care in handling is required or that ripple will become an unpleasant boomerang effect.

Today I choose to focus on the feather in the hat, of significance in this card because it signals a knowing, an instinctual knowledge so critical to a successful outcome...and sometimes you just have to wing it.

"There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light." ~ Barry Lopez

This well-worn Morgan Greer deck from 1979, designed by William Greer and Lloyd Morgan is the workhorse deck of the week. How odd is this...there was an extra card with this deck and it was a 2 of Wands.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Daily Draw: Bruegel Tarot ~ 8 of Pents

We are met today by 8 representatives of Medieval working men, all with a key to their craft. The recommendation on this card is to learn your vocation well, but leave it in the workplace, don't carry it around with you.

Marked advice for many of my countrymen, including myself. We feel if we aren't working we aren't earning our air...our right to be here. Without our job to wear like a cloak we aren't sure who we are. I noticed in European countries you don't ever met someone and start the conversation with "what do you do?". It's bad form all around. Yet we define ourselves by our job and would be hard pressed to do otherwise.

By my own choice both of my income producing occupations are 24/7. Doesn't mean I have to work 24/7, only that I will, and do. I'm reminded by this card that by the same token or pentacle I also have the ability to relax 24/7...and should certainly do so more often. I think I'll take the day off.

"If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves." ~ Lane Kirkland 1922-1999

Friday, August 3, 2007

Daily Draw: Bruegel Tarot ~ The Empress

This goodwoman suggests that honey rather than vinegar will get better results and in so doing will help spin your straw into gold. It was true then and it's true now. Our Medieval ancestors may never have dealt with press one now style of customer un-service, but still, a honeyed tongue never hurts when you finally get to a human.

I'm reminded by this card of two instances this past week. In the 1st instance I was furious before I picked up the phone and within minutes I'd hung up in a complete hissy fit. Yesterday I contacted the same company, relaxed, with a fresh cup of coffee at hand and sitting in a comfy rocker, prepared to wait on hold forever... And the customer service rep was an absolute jewel. In part because so was I. My attitude will determine my day, letting someone else's action or reaction ruin it is allowing failure of my personal operating system.

"If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment." ~ Marcus Aurelius 121-180 CE

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Daily Draw: Bruegel Tarot ~ 7 of Chalices

There are a lot of things going on in this card, the key point being the castle in the air, alluding to daydreaming your life away. Obvious in the activity is there was no time for daydreaming in this hardscrabble view of life.

A little daydreaming is important in our days, some of our best ideas become working reality because we took the time to sit on a riverbank or put our feet up on our desk and relax. When daydreams become a fantasy life and begin to take over is where the danger lies.

I'm reminded by this card to recognize a daydream for what it is, something I haven't worked for and earned.

"How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true." ~ Logan Pearsall Smith 1865-1946

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Daily Draw: Bruegel Tarot ~ Knave of Chalices

Like manna in the desert the Knave has found pomegranates in the snow. His faith has sustained him and the arrow in his flagon is the promise of more. Regardless of what or who we believe in, the miracle of having faith is proved over and over again.

I think professing a lack of faith is more a problem of too much impatience. In a world of immediate gratification miracles are expected 'on demand' the impatient say there are no miracles.

"Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear." ~ Lemony Snicket