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 life...health, 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

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