Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Rich Are Different

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights ~ 10 of Cups

I know they put their socks on one at a time just like everyone else, and rich is a relative term, but this card makes me think of the ones that have acres and acres of grounds, the whole of the estate groomed and manicured in total. Those places are really lovely to visit and represent a lifestyle so far outside my realm of understanding as to exist in outer space. I'd leap at the chance to stay someplace like that for a few days, but on the whole I much prefer our wild and woolly west here. Multiple micro-climates in very short distances, homes and towns rising up the shoulders of giant mountains or right at the oceans edge. Weeds, vines, and trees constantly competing for space in what little cultured grounds the homeowners can find time to keep up... The great storms tear down from Canada, rise off the Pacific Ocean, rush down the Columbia Gorge leaving destructions in their wake, then the sun comes out and in that instant we are once again living in the most beautiful spot on earth. Even if it isn't groomed and manicured.

I'm reminded by this 10 of Cups that life is like that too. I wouldn't be happy existing as a pampered princess with minions to do my living for me. I'm happiest when life is swirling about me, making me think on the run, making each corner I turn a new adventure, living on adrenaline and options and choices and the sheer fun of being alive. I'm not a hot house plant, a tame doe inside a high fence. If I stumble I'll get a scrape and resulting scab, but wasn't that moment of falling exciting? Live life, it is the oooonly way to fly.

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." ~ Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865

This visually stunning deck is from Lo Scarabeo 2005, art by Leon Carre (1888-1942), graphics by Pietro Alligo. Based on the collection of Ancient Eastern stories and fables (also known as the Arabian Knights) the oldest Arabic manuscript dates from the fourteenth century, although scholarship generally dates the collection's genesis to somewhere between AD 800–900. There is no associated deck book, so if the reader is very familiar with the multi-volume tales they might know which story each card art is alluding to. I haven't read the books so I'm basing my readings on the art before me...your mileage may vary.

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