Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hi-Ho Hi-Ho

Daily Draw: Bruegel Tarot ~ 7 of Coins

It is off to work we go hi-ho. I can't decide if this is sowing time or reap time...sheaved hay going into the barn loft, bags of wool being carted in, grape vines being groomed, trees being pruned, ground being tilled and seed being sown. Each figure has a job and is getting right to it, a healthy community at work.

I'm reminded by this card of what I understand the Japanese factory work model to be, everyone is trained to do everyone's task. It's a pretty good idea, but I wonder how far that goes. Is it a constant revolving situation? Because where does pride in work and the inner satisfaction of knowing how to do a job and doing a job you like, and doing it really well come in? I've had jobs where I lept from bed because I loved going to work, and a couple of jobs where throwing up was part of the day because I dreaded my workplace/co-workers/work so much. These figures seem to know what they are doing, know their place in the cosmos is important to the whole...and that is priceless knowledge in our hearts and minds.

"The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They're full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

She Wears A LEX Breastplate

Daily Draw: Bruegel Tarot ~ Justice

It is also inscribed in a rock in the stream at her feet. I had to look that up, it's Latin for enacted legislation. Justice is prepared to carry out the law with her scales and terrible swift sword. She is accompanied by Compassion who considers circumstances and need.

When considering need most of us would say it isn't much of a crime for a man to steal a loaf of bread to feed his starving family. Cigarettes are $7.20 now, if that man also is a smoker how would you view it? Would you be Justice's sword or Compassion's Birch limb?

"Justice is a temporary thing that must at last come to an end; but the conscience is eternal and will never die." ~ Martin Luther 1483-1546

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Favored By Chance?

Daily Draw: Bruegel Tarot ~ 3 of Coins

Here we see three distinctly different ways of getting gelt for our daily bread. The first is achieved by luck or divine chance, maybe the lottery or inheritance. The second is by getting up and going out to earn it, the third is by stealing what someone else worked to get.

I'm clearly reminded by this card regardless of how far humankind thinks it has advanced in science and technology it is still the same old world and always will be. If we could move back through time in 100 year increments we would always see these three main lifestyles.

"A lifestyle is what you pay for; a life is what pays you." ~ Thomas Leonard 1955-2003

Monday, September 27, 2010

Can't Believe I Did That

Daily Draw: Bruegel Tarot ~ 3 of Swords

He has cured his tooth ache at the cost of his tongue. I know that look on his face. "Akk, if I could only turn back the clock a few seconds..." But no matter how hard you wish, once a thing is done or said there is no going back for do-overs. It's a done deal.

I'm reminded by this card of how mortifying and unbelievable those slip-ups can be. I suppose it is what keeps us human and the ego humble which is always a good thing.

"Don't be so humble - you are not that great." ~ Golda Meir 1898-1978

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Life Is A Fish Fry According To Bruegel

Daily Draw: Bruegel Tarot ~ Knight of Coins

This guy is pretty old to still be a knight and according to this image he makes his living in a fish eat fish world and his income is chicken feed.

The 2010 census claims 308,400,408 U.S. citizens. That's wrong by at least 2, we haven't been counted since we moved here twenty years ago. The Internal Revenue Service claims just 5% of the population is rich, who knows what their guidelines rule of thumb is anyone who is ten pounds lighter than me or ten dollars richer shouldn't be complaining. Which all shows the world hasn't much moved on or up since Bruegel's day, there are still too many mouths to feed and all of us looking out for number one.

"Because the world is so faithless, I go my way in mourning." ~ Pieter Bruegel 1525 - 1569

The deck this week is the 2003 Bruegel Tarot from Lo Scarabeo last used here in 2007. The inspired artwork by Guido Zibordi Marchesi is based on Bruegel the Elder 1526-1569 and influenced by Hieronymus Bosch 1450-1516. Rich in Medieval meaning and full of fish...try it, you'll like it! Lo Scarabeo decks and kits are distributed by Llewellyn Worldwide in the USA.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Remembered? Or Judged?

Daily Draw: Tarot de Paris ~ Judgement/Angel

The idea of will we be remembered or judged came this morning when reading about America's youngest billionaire. One side says he has been a cheat and a liar and fraud, pretty strong public accusations, on the other hand he just gave a one hundred million dollar grant to education, blowing many older billionaires right off the philanthropy map. The cracked teapot party is supporting a candidate whose current public persona is a paranoid loony without a fiscal brain in her head, but the press is concentrating on something she said she did as a teenager.

I'm reminded by this card I think I'd rather be remembered, not judged. The good Lord knows what a black heart I've occasionally had in my youth which pretty much covers birth to yesterday. And at ninety years old, I'll probably still be doing and saying things I'll regret the next day... I can only continue to work toward all my mistakes and failures being new ones, not old ones from which I've not learned a valuable lesson.

"A man's errors are his portals of discovery." ~ James Joyce 1882-1941

Friday, September 24, 2010

Demons Await

Daily Draw: Tarot de Paris ~ 2 of Swords/Air

St. David has defeated the demon, but recognizes it is a temporary thing, it will be back.

I'm reminded by this card of personal demons many of us struggle with daily. The sheer courage and strength required to get up once again and face the enemy with conviction is an incredible feat and I congratulate each one who does this. The hidden army of the world. Sometimes just knowing someone else is struggling with us gives that extra punch of stamina we need.

"Let them have everything;
health, food, a place to live, entertainment,
they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hasta Mañana

Daily Draw: Tarot of Paris ~ Knight of Swords/Stallion of Air

Ah, my old friend Knight of Swords, the 'get 'er done' guy.

I'm reminded by this card of procrastination and how little time it actually turns out to take to finish what has been put off.

"Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage." ~ Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby (If you ever get to Portland Oregon, go see Alyce at her Hat Museum, she's a kick)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Brilliant Idea

Daily Draw: Tarot of Paris ~ Ace of Swords/Air

Lots of Aces coming up lately for me and looking at my life I can see why.

I'm reminded by this Ace we need not only a good idea, but a good plan. Everyone has good ideas every day, but thinking through, working a plan of action and then actually getting out of the chair, well that doesn't happen so often.

"The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away." ~ Linus Pauling 1901-1994

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

See The Light

Daily Draw: Tarot de Paris ~ Page of Swords/Spirit of Air

I've drawn this card at least three times this month. She is so open and so bathed in the light I can only see it as a willingness or even hunger for the changes that new ideas bring with them.

Hey. I'm all for change...I like it, bring it on.

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. ~Ellen Glasgow 1873-1945

Monday, September 20, 2010

We Haven't Spoken

Daily Draw: Tarot de Paris ~ 5 of Swords/Air

In twenty years. Does it bother me? Absolutely not. Do I still feel damaged? Yes. Do I still care? Not really, I've put it all behind me because I sure as heck can't change the past. Done is done.

I'm reminded by this card to be human is to be imperfect. My shield has fallen, my sword is broken, I don't look for trouble but sometimes it finds me anyway. Twenty years later if the same thing happened I'm much better equipped to deal with it. That's a good thing.

"Nothing can work me damage except myself; the harm that I sustain I carry about with me, and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault." ~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux 1090-1153

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Making Love Fully Clothed or The Story Of Lint

Daily Draw: Tarot of Paris ~ 2 of Cups/Water

In the Adela Bradley mystery Speedy Death Adela deducts the secret relationship between two people by the mere fact of one brushing the lint off the suit of the other. A fact that showed prior intimacy, something a non-intimate wouldn't do. In the last scene Adela says to her chauffeur George Moody, "come George, it's time to go" and brushes lint off his suit front.

I'm reminded by this card of that scene and how Rob and I laughed. And how occasionally in public we will brush a bit of lint off and give each other the knowing eye. Public intimacy in a secret code. You don't have to be naked to make love.

"While you are destroying your mind watching the worthless, brain-rotting drivel on TV, we on the Internet are exchanging, freely and openly, the most uninhibited, intimate and, yes, shocking details about our "CONFIG.SYS" settings." ~ Dave Barry 1947

This week I'm using J. Philip Thomas Tarot de Paris published 2002 by St. Martin's Press last seen on Quirkeries July 2007. A beautifully photographed deck with images from Paris France. I was tickled to find when visiting Thomas' site this morning that he too has fallen under the thrall of the labyrinth. It is one of my dreams to to create one of my own someday soon.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Daily Draw: Gummy Bear Tarot ~ Ace of Cups

Cups represent receptivity, a willingness to be open to and accepting of new relationships. The dove offers the wafer, the Grail awaits our hand.

The cup is asking that we speak to the stranger, who may be transformed into, gasp, a new friend. They are there for the asking, everywhere we go. If we are alone it is our own fault for closing the door rather than lifting the cup to our lips.

Love is a gift. You can't buy it, you can't find it, someone has to give it to you. Learn to be receptive of that gift." ~ Kurt Langner

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Good Idea Isn't Enough

Daily Draw: Gummy Bear Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

Ok, we've had a great Ace of Coins idea, now we have to pull the funding together, real money, not the stuff coming 'when our ship comes in'. And more importantly, have a years worth of income in savings to draw on while the business gets it's momentum.

I'm reminded by this card, the more importantly part is what sinks most small businesses into oblivion. It takes time and money to get rolling and being personally underfunded will close the doors way faster than an underfunded business. This economy is a double whammy. I've been saddened immeasurably to see all the empty storefronts appearing all over town.

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work." ~ H. L. Hunt 1889-1974

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Living Low

Daily Draw: Gummy Bear Tarot
Fool and Ace of Coins

Two cards fell out today, A fool and his money are soon parted. Play with abandon, weep in leisure.

From Judith Briles fact files:

"Is being poor really a concern for today's woman? You bet. Government statistics show that for every 100 women and men who reach 65, only two are financially independent. How do the rest survive? By relying on relatives, the government, friends, or working until they die. What an unfortunate and seemingly unnecessary prospect."

I'm reminded by these cards of my own worry worry worry refrain here. I will congratulate my fellow took a hammer to the head to wake them up but for the 28th month in a row credit card spending dropped. Of course this frightens government and business because our economy is based on spending everything you get rather than financial responsibility but tough noogies on them. The government needs the same hammer.

"He says he's not broke, but he is trying to sell his kidney and corneas."
- Wendy Morgan

"What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of living high." - Doug Larson

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Home and Hearth

Daily Draw: Gummy Bear Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

What do you miss the most when traveling away from home?

I'm reminded by this card and the fact of being away from home 30% of the time:
My own mattress
My own pillows
A full size bathroom
My larder full of healthy food choices
My chickens
My PO Box
My quilt room
My leopard print coffee mug
My weird shaped house
My sacred space

"The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks." ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton 18874-1936

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Paging Of Swords

Daily Draw: Gummy Bear Tarot ~ Page of Swords

Look at that wind blow. But Gummy isn't playing golf he is doing practice swings with his sword. Swords are the suit of intellect and we don't require good weather to think or plan or scheme.

I'm reminded by this of the cards I drew yesterday for a query of my own. I got the King of Wands for the situation King of Cups for the blockage King of Coins for the probable solution/outcome. The immediate truth is right there, it will take a ton of physical labor, Rob is such a conservative thinker he won't leap like I want to, and it would take a big commitment of money but no doubt there is a huge return on the investment. But the three kings in one draw tickles me, so I left the spread there to look at every time I went by to use my intellect to work out alternative answers. I was paging of swords...similar to working crosswords or suduko.

"Thought is free." ~ William Shakespeare 1564-1616

Monday, September 13, 2010

Can't Bear The Truth

Daily Draw: Gummy Bear Tarot ~ 7 of Cups

We've all dreamed the pretty but impossible dream occasionally but it's easier to see when someone else is doing it.

I'm reminded by this card today of some of the people I know who are out of work, have been out of work, some two years and more. They are the ones waiting for 'their' job to come back when the reality is 'their' job doesn't exist any more.

"You never find yourself until you face the truth." ~ Pearl Bailey 1918-1990

Sunday, September 12, 2010

One Stick At A Time

Daily Draw: Gummy Bear Tarot ~ 9 of Wands

Good Heavens. I set down to journal this card a full hour ago and just realized I'd forgotten all about it. As usual that says I have too many fish to fry and need to pull in my focus.

I'm reminded by this card I can't do nine things at a time and do any of them well. I'm not a president or queen with herds of vassals to carry out what I think up. Just carry the one wand and do that wand proud before I go back for the next. And if I start to get carried away, remember, "Do you think that's wise sir?".

"By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity." ~ Saint Augustine 354-430

The deck this week is the Gummy Bear Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems 2004, art by Dietmar Bittrich, previously published by Pendragon Verlag 2001. A deceptively simple RWS clone last used here in July 2007.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I Had A Thought

Daily Draw: Victorian Romantic Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

I love to watch and listen to the old BBC series Dads Army. And it doesn't matter how many times I've heard it, when Captain Mainwaring says he has an idea and Sargent Wilson replies "Do you think that's wise sir?" it always makes me laugh.

I'm reminded by this card of my own personality. I've screwed up so royally so many times, but it always works out in the end, and if nothing else I'm older and wiser and had an interesting experience. Can't know until you try, right?

"A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled." ~ Sir Barnett Cocks 1907-1989

Friday, September 10, 2010

Spoiling For A Fight

Daily Draw: Victorian Romantic Tarot ~ Page of Swords

On the surface I've been in a great mood lately but underneath I keep surprising myself at how on the prod I am. My sword is my tongue and by extension my keyboard, and it is swift and terrible.

I'm reminded by this card I'm an adult and perfectly capable of minding my manners. Being hurtful to someone else is childish and self centered and unnecessary. Sharyn, get over yourself.

"Boomers always struck me as very self-centered and self-important, because there are so many of us. We're always in the middle of the next fun moment at some everlasting party, and we're not able to defer the gratification to tackle the long-term problems." ~ Michael Franc 1957-

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Hands Are Tied

Daily Draw: Victorian Romantic Tarot ~ 8 of Swords

I suppose sometimes it can be sort of fairly trueish maybe, but usually when we say our hands are tied, it means the effort or decision we need to make is one we don't care for. So we live with the one that is in place.

I'm reminded by this card if it only affects me, it is my tough noogies, but when it involves someone else I need to think hard and long about offering that excuse.

"People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent." ~ Robert Allen Zimmerman/Bob Dylan 1941-

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Type A Personality

Daily Draw: Victorian Romantic Tarot ~ Knight of Coins

Type A Personality is 50's-speak now but you know what I mean...This fellow is still not home from work or already gone to work, or jiving in his armor to be off, he is in no way 'in the moment'.

I'm reminded by this card disengaging from family and friends and fun makes Jack a very dull boy indeed.

"My personality doesn't interest me." ~ Andrei A. Gromyko 1909-1989

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Daily Draw: Victorian Romantic Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

Did children ever dress this way on purpose? Is this a troupe of small paid actors? Did green boy forget his lines? Or is his line crying stage left? Is purple girl egging on lime girl? In what context would you have tambourine music with sword play?

I'm reminded by this card which at it's basic is generally some type of discord, there are always different viewpoints. I might think I'm the wrongee and thou the wrongor but the true truth might reversed.

"Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him." ~ Epictetus AD15-AD135

Monday, September 6, 2010

Who Knew?

Daily Draw: Victorian Romantic Tarot ~ World

Lovely basket. I'd like one please.
Is she making an offering to a higher power? Her face looks like her mind is not at ease with the action. A baby is by her hand, is she having second thoughts about what she is teaching her children by example? Is she offering because everyone else is or because she is afraid not to?

What rocks your world? What do you truly believe? What is the truth of your spirituality? Can you make a list? It is often easier to list what we don't believe. And next month the list might change. It might change if we are in a war zone, or ICU, or staring at the charred remains of everything we owned. Religion has dogma which can pin mind and heart in place like a specimen butterfly. Spirit on the other hand... is free to seek and learn with a joy that can see and accept the divine of the World. I started a journal last week on this very subject, because putting something into words forces clarity of thought. There are already a number of surprises in that journal.

"Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them he cried, 'Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?' God said, 'I did do something. I made you'." ~ Sufi Teaching

Sunday, September 5, 2010

At The Tiller

Daily Draw: Victorian Romantic Tarot ~ Temperance

I drew Temperance last Monday; if you look at both cards you will see they are wildly dissimilar yet oddly alike. Being temperate is much the same if you stop to think about it. Someone wealthy might consider being temperate cutting back to spending only $10,000.00 a month; our move in the direction of creating no garbage is comparatively speaking the same action.

This card reminds me being temperate means steering my own boat and not comparing my journey to where someone else might be going. Doesn't matter, I can only effect balance in my own life.

"If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him." ~ Seneca 3 BC-65 AD

The deck I'm using this week is the Victorian Romantic standard edition, last used here July 2007. I also have the gold edition. This edition was published in 2006 by Magic Realist Press in Prague, Czech Republic. They are many deck owners favorite press as their decks are so unique.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ Hanged Man/Sacrifice

Sacrifice is a willingness to give up something or give more of ourselves than we might have to spare. It is a choice, never an obligation or something we can sell for something in return.

I'm reminded by this card that choice doesn't give us the option or right to then use that sacrifice as a verbal stick to beat someone with. Do it or don't, but shut up and move on.

"The sacrifice which causes sorrow to the doer of the sacrifice is no sacrifice. Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy." ~ Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948

Friday, September 3, 2010


Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ Page of Coins/Jewels

For two plus years while I've sort of lived in my uber-frugal in-law's pockets, I've closely observed their habits. Most I've admired, a few I've shuddered at, mainly because they were counter-ecological...burning plastics for one. But we've decided to follow one example and discontinue garbage service. A savings of $360 dollars a year.

I'm reminded by this card beginning anew is never as easy as it sounds, this because it requires a radical change of long established habits. Separating, rinsing, sorting, cleaning, crushing...yesterday I reused my coffee filter and grounds because at the moment it seemed easier than letting them dry, rubbing the grounds into the compost can and adding the filter to the paper sack. We're coming along far for a full week I have only two rinsed jar lids in the garbage garbage. That's it. We can do this, two people working in an ecologically sound manner. Brother, can you give me a green KaChing!

"There’s no better way to understand how disconnected we are from our environment than to ask the big metaphysical question, the question that if we had a clear answer for it, would unlock the deepest mysteries of life on this planet: Where does our trash go?" ~ Rob Bell 1970-

Thursday, September 2, 2010

As I Say, Or As I Do?

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Origins ~ Page of Swords/Blood

Behind this child of six or seven years there is a rack of bones silhouetted in the setting sun. Right behind him is a beast, either dead or preparing to deal death.

I'm reminded by this card that many of our ideas, ideals, and prejudices are planted in us via our environment before we even know enough to make choices. I hope I've never planted the seeds of hate in a child by so much as a cocked eyebrow, let alone word and action.

Nothing is so contagious as an example. We never do great good or evil without bringing about more of the same on the part of others." ~ François de La Rochefoucauld 1613-1680

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Comfort Zone

Daily Draw: Tarot Of The Origins ~ 10 of Cups/Soul

One of the reasons I got this deck was because it was different. Like many of Lo Scarabeo's decks, it steps outside the Rider-Waite method of reading. This is shown clearly in the Cups/Soul suit where 7-10 more mirror the standard suit of Swords as it relates to 'inner work'.

I'm reminded by this card that shifts in our perceptions and thinking patterns can be scary because it changes how we view and interact with others. We've set up our life with comfort zones and now some of those zones no longer feel safe. We find ourselves viewed as different, something which human nature doesn't find comfortable.

"Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less." ~Norman Mailer 1923-2007