Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Magic and Skills

Daily Draw: Minchiate ~ Juggler Magician

I spent some time yesterday with a woman who knew her job inside and out and came away full of respect and useful new knowledge.

I'm reminded by this card as I often am, watching someone perform a job well is as good as paid entertainment. It takes "walk in someone else's shoes" to a whole new level.

"If I had more skill in what I'm attempting, I wouldn't need so much courage." ~ Ashleigh Brilliant 1933-

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wade Right In

Daily Draw: Minchiate ~ 8 of Swords

The Minchiate isn't read like tarot so the first thing I must do is put aside the obligatory tied woman in a circle of swords.
Kaballa ties 8's with Hod, Mercury, passive psycho-bio processes.
In various cultures numerology ties 8's to perfection, infinity, totality, balance, sun, organization, understanding and taking power.
At top is a part human part beast that might be Pan observing a ring, and below, an opossum observing something still smaller, perhaps a cockroach who will join them in surviving the world going dark.

I'm reminded by this card nothing is as simple as it seems on the surface. There is habit, history, symbology to be found in the most common of things, and to look beyond the obvious in order to enjoy and appreciate the depth that can be found in life. Why float mindlessly when I can wade in and be a part of it all?

"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." ~ Galileo Galilei 1564-1642

Monday, February 27, 2012

Bollix I Say

Daily Draw: Minchiate ~ Gemini

Do you believe in fortunetelling? Bollix I say. If the future is already set, why bother getting out of bed in the morning, it will happen with or without you. Beware the Con messing with your mind if you are paying good money for prescience. The cards can be made to say anything they choose. Today's card will be an example.

Today is our anniversary 42. 41 missed the party because 40 was the worst day of my life and I was still working through the pain and shock this time last year. I'm not quite right yet, but I have physically, verbally, and mentally taken back our anniversary. How can the Con make this card reflect that if I am the rube with money to burn?

The last of the Minchiate astrologicals, Gemini.
The sun's transit through this sign concludes at the moment of the vernal equinox.
Litha, the time of the big sun is historically a time of parties, festivals, feasting, joy.
Go forth little rube, it is safe to come out and celebrate with your heart twin.
Don't forget to leave twin $50's on the table when you leave.

I prefer my way of using the cards...poking my ego, prodding my memory, peeking under my hood for surprises.

"Going to the fortune teller's was just as good as going to the opera, and the cost scarcely a trifle more - ergo, I will disguise myself and go again, one of these days, when other amusements fail." ~ Mark Twain letter to Orion Clemens, 2/6/1861

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Better Than A Beamer Dude

Daily Draw: Minchiate ~ Hermit

Time flies by and our Hermit has gone grey and bald and somewhere along the line has lost a leg. He is nicely buff, a subject echoed by the stag; and because the Hermit has always traveled without baggage he is still free to live life on his terms.

I'm reminded by this card, in spite of age and misfortune, or perhaps because of the knowledge both have brought to the table, this Hermit is still miles ahead of Beamer dudes in my book.

"From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction. We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes." ~ Sissela Bok 1934-

Something entirely new to me this week, a 97 card Minchiate deck, a really lovely 2011 Lo Scarabeo reprint of the Etruria deck from 18th century Florence Italy. The deck consists of 41 Majors, 12 zodiac signs, 4 virtues, and 4 elements, and all the usual suspects in the minors and courts. Designed for gaming, there is no particular proscribed way of using them for divination or introspection so I'll just go with what comes up.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lay A Ghost To Rest

Daily Draw: Marco Polo Tarot ~ Empress

On my desk and nightstand are sticky notes with phrases or words from books that hit a sore spot, had elegance of wordsmithing, or words that I just liked rolling over my tongue. One note says "To fight with a ghost locks it tighter to you". Running old hurtful harmful tapes in my head came to mind with that one. 

I've been rocked back with sudden insight by these two Empresses, young and old, Eastern and Western, that the mother I've avoided for the last 30 years isn't there any more. In my mind she has morphed back into the young mother I knew on the farm growing up. The one who nurtured and encouraged and loved. I'll take that particular silver lining and lay a ghost tape to rest. 

"Ghosts seem harder to please than we are; it is as though they haunt for haunting's sake--much as we relive, brood, and smolder over our past." ~ Elizabeth Bowen 1899-1973

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thought First Action Second

Daily Draw: Marco Polo Tarot ~ Hierophant

The further I get from any god, the more I admire the historically documented figures who chose to walk the good walk. I'd like to think of this image as Gandhi drawing strength and inspiration from peaceful thoughtful  men who had gone before him. 

I'm reminded by these three Hierophants walking the walk requires putting one foot in front of the other, keeping the foot that isn't on the ground out of the mouth, and do unto others. Today we have an opportunity to do unto someone else what we'd like to see done unto us... thoughtful spirit and generous heart. I think he'll remember for a long time and carry it forward.

"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." ~ Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Broom

Daily Draw: Journey to the Orient Tarot ~ Tower

Two Towers, one crumbling to time and inattention, one being pulled over purposely. Both temples to something whose time has passed.

I'm reminded by this card sometimes after along series of old brooms, a new broom sweeping out and starting fresh, while disruptive and challenging, can be a very good thing. The only flaw in the action is the old proverb, "a new broom is only good for three days". Politics, relationships, religion...sweep or pull? Fish or cut bait? In a few minutes free choice won't be an option.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Still Water

Daily Draw: Marco Polo Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

Lovely scene. I stopped yesterday on the way north, in the pouring rain, to try to center myself by my farm pond. It helped a little. The koi aren't showing yet, water is too cold for surface play but I know they are there. The water is high so the floating dock deck is extended quite far over the water now.

I'm reminded by this card thinking calm helps make calm, like yogic breath. I'm grateful both for my peaceful pond sanctuary and yoga training, allies in my life journey.

"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem." ~ Theodore I. Rubin

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Daily Draw: Journey to the Orient Tarot ~ Queen of Swords

I knew this card would come up today, and when it did I wanted to shove it back in the pack. My mother's mind, always sharp as a sword, is failing. Today I travel to see if my little sister and I can come to some safe situation for her.

I'm reminded by this card, I was supposed to be the safe situation, and I've failed. Dementia and cancer, what a pair of sharpies we'd make.

"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis." Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882

Monday, February 20, 2012

Place Not On A Map

Daily Draw: Marco Polo Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

Do you know anyone who doesn't daydream while they take care of business? I suspect most of us have a daydreamer or bucket list planner in our minds.

I'm reminded by this card it's the steady worker bee side of me that pays my bills, but the dreamer side making mental world travel lists while I slog along metaphorically weeding carrots and driving endless miles is what makes it fun and keep me going.

"It is not down in any map; true places never are." ~ Herman Melville 1819-1891

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Crossing Paths

Daily Draw: Marco Polo Tarot ~ Hermit

Two Hermits, crossing paths. One a scholar w/transportation, and one a monk. 

I'm reminded by this card, even loners have their moments of sociability, intended or not; and I'm betting humans had animal companions from the time they stood upright. I tag myself as a loner, but I'd go mad within a week if I didn't have my animal companions and the ability to reach out to other humans via phone, computer, or auto. Best of both worlds. 
If this were reversed and I were a fortune teller, I'd say you were about to have something precious stolen by the last person on earth you'd suspect.

"I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone." ~ Lord Byron 1788-1824

A dual named deck, Tarot of the Journey To The Orient or Marco Polo Tarot. Published by Lo Scarabeo, 2002. Marco Polo traveled the world that was unknown to his Venetian countrymen for twenty-four years. The artist Severino Baraldi created another duality, the twenty-two majors all have two scenes portrayed. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Personal Delphi

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ Sun

Apollo in all his physical glory, nicknamed Phoebus which means The Brilliant. One of his many tales involves setting off to make his own sanctuary, Delphi. For a tired mother with a house full of kids, a locked bathroom door can be a sanctuary, we can make one when we need it, but when I think of the word it is always with a capital S.

I'm reminded by this card how incredibly important my personal sanctuary is at the farm, which I've spoken of often on my KalamaQuilts blog. It wasn't planned, only came about because it spoke so strongly to my heart. I have one forming here at home, also accidental; I've been walking back and forth across it for 22 years...but it was only last year that it spoke to me. Now to step onto it can both raise the hair on the back of my neck, and calm and soothe my heart instantly. Blessings of Apollo have indeed shone upon me, to have two places of power and peace that require nothing but my presence.

Sanc-tu-ar-y /'saNG(k)CHoo,ere/  Noun: A place of refuge or safety.
Inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: "Know Thyself"

Friday, February 17, 2012

What to do, what to do?

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 7 of Coins

In this card we see Daedalus, who has built up wealth and position under King Minos, being offered door number three. Which may hold success beyond his imaginings or failure and ruin.

This card reminds me of the Rich Dad Poor Dad theory, our human nature clings to the path of what we've known, we seldom strike out for the potential because of fear of change, and/or fear of success, or even because the idea never entered our head. Big success can create problems of it's own. What to do, what to do? So most continue on with what they know. That isn't a sin, just human nature. Daedalus choose door three by the way.

"A sobering thought; what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?" ~ Jane Wagner 1935-

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Simply Beautiful

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 3 of Cups

Psyche and Eros, in happier times. 

This card reminds me to wonder why big expensive weddings seem to be so important. In truth the wedding itself is least important, what is crucial is each day that follows needs to be viewed as the most important day of the marriage. With none of the consumer-driven hoopla to obscure the key thing, one couple, on their own, making a team.

"Are there good third-party software packages or tools that can be used to manage labor and material estimates during the project process?" ~ Question on wedding forum

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Dark Loop

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot 5 of Cups

Psyche broke her promise and lost Eros, egged on by her sisters to do the one thing he asked her not to do. I wonder if I've ever betrayed anyone, hurt their heart badly. I really don't know.

I'm reminded by this card, when asked, the parents of adult children often have no recollection of the hurtful words or actions adult children hang on to so tightly, looping over and over in their mind. I sincerely hope I'm not the dark loop in anyone's mind.

"Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love." ~ John LeCarre (David John Moore Cornwell) 1931-

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Junk Drawer Inventions

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

Daedalus, with a lively open mind, has invented the saw and the ax; when he sees a need he doesn't complain, he figures out how to fill it. Ever said 'why didn't I think of that'? Daedalus did.

I'm reminded while all of us can't be inventors of needed things we can be quite clever and inventive when we need something that isn't at hand. Can anyone say duct tape? Junk drawer, source of odd fixments. A good kick. All two of coins work-arounds.

"no great discovery was ever made without a bold guess." ~ Isaac Newton 1642-1727

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sword Without Impetus

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

The suit of Swords tells the final chapter of the House of Atreus which begins with King Tantalos chopping his son to bits and feeding him to the gods for dinner. For that crime and arrogance his line was cursed. Reader's Digest Condensed version? The chopping continues unabated.
In this five we see Orestes, pinned by the curse, being offered a sword to kill his mother.

Rather than give the plot away...(in this deck I chose for the gentle vibes...) the dreadful new sword hanging over me since November has been stayed, maybe for now, maybe forever. Carrying forward from my January 22 post, I'll know it's still there with it's vile poison, but I've been released from cowering on the ground. A sword without impetus is akin to no sword at all.

"Mankind's greatest gift, and also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear." ~ Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross 1926-2004

Sunday, February 12, 2012

River of Hate, River of Woe

Daily Draw: Mythic Tarot ~ Temperance

Temperance is represented by Iris, goddess of the rainbow. She was also a messenger, because of her incredible speed and multiple modes of movement. It was she who went to the River Styx for goblets of water upon which gods made their mighty oaths.

I'm reminded by this card in addition to the Styx, river of hate, there were four more rivers separating the underworld from the aboveworld, rivers of: forgetfulness, fire, lamentation, woe. Is it no wonder we put death off until the last possible moment, before we cross those rivers to the other side? Here is to a temperate life aiding in that effort...

"He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses." ~ Horace 65 BC-8 BC

The Mythic Tarot, original edition, by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Green, illustrated by Tricia Newell. Published by Simon & Schuster 1986 and in print ever since. The deck is based on ancient Greek mythology, the kit includes a 218 page companion book, plus there is a 160 page workbook available.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Little Has Changed

A kneeling man appears to be pulling a snake out of a hole in the riverbank. Snakes and eels are both common foods so that isn't the problem.
The standing man retains his stick, appears to be better dressed and is holding the kneeling man's arm in a peculiar manner. His face could be said to be calm or even supercilious.
There is a shorter stick on the ground, perhaps for poking snake holes?
The sailboat is in light chop moving to the right, or the future.

The standing man could be a gamekeeper, and may be causing the kneeling man to push the snake back in the hole.
The standing man could be mentor or master, in teaching mode.
I'm inclined to go with the latter, a lesson, because of the sailboat, the tree's efforts at life. The fate of the world has depended on less :) Now, what will google tell us?

The proverb translated googlishly from Italian to English:
to beat the snake from the hole with the hand of others
I wasn't far off, we're back to the rich and powerful will always throw those they deem as less than them at the danger; little has changed since Giuseppe Mitelli's life in the 1600's. I've offered this deck as a round robin challenge to a group of fellow readers, off it goes to Jema in Sweden next. I learn something from each deck and this was no exception, it poked me in sore spots I'd rather pretend aren't there.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Long Ornamenti Short Intellect

Daily Draw: Proverbi Figurati

Encouraged or bullied by the cards, in an effort to 'get out' I went to a Look Good Feel Better program (at night!). I assumed and shouldn't have. Assumed it would be about our internal health with suggestions that when implemented might lead to feeling and looking brighter on the outside. Errrm, no. Can we say Makeup?

I'm reminded by this card I've always known get dressed, comb hair, put some lipstick on, and we can fool anyone into thinking we were feeling better, including ourself. It's intent plus attitude isn't it? It was nice to talk to other ladies in the tribe, but I haven't sit that long in front of a mirror since I was fifteen years old.  The Estee Lauder color lip gloss is yummy; the enormous red bag of everything else is in the entry, help yourself!

Giuseppe Maria Mitelli's proverb, Googlishly translated:
Women often have the long ornamenti and short dress the intellect.
That chauvinism instantly gets my back up...but who was at the makeup fest this week?   Not Mitelli, rest his 400 year old dust. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

I'm Sorry

Daily Draw: Proverbi Figurati

Hey, look what came up today, our angry man and his horse have made their peace. A good omen I'd say.

The fact that he is carrying the saddle rather than riding the horse reminds me we punish ourselves in many ways or choose odd ways to make amends for behaviors that are unacceptable. The next time I see someone doing something that doesn't make much sense I'll think of this saddle and the beating it took yesterday and how human we all are.

The proverb Googlishly translated?
Mad man, which goes afoot for the convenience of the horse.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Jonah and the Fish, Too Close To Call

Proverbi Figurati ~ Mini Celtic Cross
I've had a hair-trigger temper all my life. It didn't take long to learn standing on it with all my feet and choking it with all my thumbs was the only way to get through life retaining any friends and staying out of jail. But when cancer got tossed in the pot, that temper... It's so huge and so instant it's out and gone before I'm even awake to the why. Looking at the environment here my info-junkie mind has to stop and wonder where he got the stick, but I recognize the hot white lightening running through his being.

The Challenge 

  • Somewhere from both within and without I need to design an early warning system or the big temper will eat the better me.
  • I can join a support group (not likely though, knowing me)
  • I can talk to any or all of my four main doctors
  • I can bow to the temper and just let it out figuring it is a form of healing
  • I can assume at some point I will have assimilated that ticking clock into my brain, it is said people can get used to anything, and then the temper will subside also. 
  • I do the equivalent of going fishing; staying busy and including things that make me happy and/or relaxed. See me in a year, we'll see how it went. 
The proverbs Googlishy translated:
Card one: Who can not beat the horse, beat the thing which can not fight back
Card two: Big fish eats the minute but the hour finds peace

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Knit and Unravel

Proverbi Figurati
Needed To Knit:
Do I see myself as the cherub of largess? The benevolent benefactor? The Sister taking in aid of others? The down and out who could really use a hand up? In a well lived life I can say all these things. Which part needs some knitting? Today, the Sister I think.

When I had my brick and mortar salon I often sponsored others by bring them to the attention of my clients. Maybe this year it's time to Walk the Walk myself. A quick google shows the American Cancer Society is doing a local kick-off tonight, for this year's Walk For Life and Bark For Life...something I and my doggies could do for others? Hell yes. I was out after dark having fun last night. Two nights out in the same week let alone the same month? These cards are little instigators...

Need to Unravel:
By the same token, there are things I'd love to do for the betterment of the world; for one, take every person who raped in the name of a cause/war and hang them by the testicles until dead. Would that help lighten the load of the world? I don't know, don't even know if it would make me feel better, probably not. What did our mother's teach us? Two wrongs don't make a right.

I need to let some of the crushing weight of the world go in order to clear my mind for fights that might or can make a difference. Engaging in unwinnable global battles of the mind obscures real potential for personal movement and change, within and without.

Mitelli's Proverbs? Googlishly translated:
I grow never too poor to give alms.
He who has nothing but anger dies.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Yin and Yang

Proverbi Figurati ~ Yin and Yang

The theory of yin and yang seems to date back to sometime in the III Millennium BC. The Chinese set great store in balance while acknowledging you can't have black without white, good without bad. What do I need in yin and yang to balance this day?

Yin, or of the earth
Our power is going to be off much of the day while some underground lines are replaced. We are on a well so that means no electricity or water. This card tells me my earthly balance is simply found, look no further than what I can see for myself. I'm clothed, fed, sheltered. Take this time to ponder the simple things found at hand that form the basis of our all.

Yang,  of the air or mental
This young man is taking, or judging by his face, being given instruction. "If you do as I say, you too can have a lump as big as mine. You only have the start of one, you must apply yourself to become all you can be." The older I get the more I wish for and seek a mentor. I'm going to my first not a medical appointment cancer meeting tonight. I've been pushed/counseled/advised into doing it. For my yang, obviously a better attitude is in order. How many times in my long life has mental attitude prevented me from finding that mentor I've so needed?

Mitelli's Proverbs? Googlishly translated:
Card one: In each home is king.
Card two: Think and then tell me.  Seems I was closer today to the author's original intent.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Gather and Release

Proverbi Figurati ~ Something To Gather
The workhorses of the world, the donkey/ass/burro has been a choice beast of burden, seemingly since time began. Anywhere animals can be used to turn a profit, the option for abuse reigns high. Did you know they shouldn't be carrying work loads until fully mature, 5-7 years old? And you wouldn't know from watching movies and travelogues, regardless of the size they shouldn't be carrying more than a quarter of their own weight.

What can I gather from the caring ministrations to the small burro shown? Proper care maintains value; everyone and everything can use a kind word and touch; when I'm blue all I have to do is step outside and my goats and hens will return my loving care with succor and comfort.

Something To Release
From the placement of the rear figure's hand perhaps this slave or beggar is being drawn back from the abyss. If he were being pushed into the pit that hand would more likely be centered mid-back.

What can I release? Oh, but if I could...That hand is mine. It keeps drawing back black tape loops to run over and over in my mind. My mental screams of stop it, stop it, let me go just echo hollowly, bypassing the tapes entirely, that run and run and run.

Mitelli's Proverbs? Googlishly translated:
He who washes his ass loses time and soap.
Blind lead the blind, both fall into the pit. 

Something different this week, neither tarot or oracle, Proverbi Figurati, a gift set of 48 cards produced by IL Meneghello in 1985, featuring the prints and proverbs of Giuseppe Maria Mitelli 1634-1718 whose book Proverbi Figurati was published in 1678.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Time On Their Hands

Daily Draw: Tarot of the III Millennium ~ 3 of Wands

At a loss of what to think about this card, other than it gives off negative vibes, and might have made a better 3 of Swords, I googled for numerology information and got:

  • Negative 3's: Scattered energies, exaggeration, unfinished projects, lack of direction, Moodiness, self-centeredness.
  • Positive 3's: Inspiration and keen imagination, artist gifts, accurate impressions and insights, never ending optimism.
Ermmm, think this falls in the negative territory. The figures are all well fed so they aren't sacrificing a dog for food. The faces read as directionless, empty. Nothing makes me think of deprivation although depravity comes to mind in the sense they may have too much of everything, including time, so life has skewed sideways from the invigorating side of the positive 3's.

"What you might see as depravity is, to me, just another aspect of the human condition." ~ Aria Asia Anna Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento  1975-

Friday, February 3, 2012

Used Car Salesmen

Daily Draw: Tarot of the III Millennium ~ 5 of Swords

This is the face and attitude of a prospective vehicle buyer, circa 1980. In my own experience the hard sell, each closer you are handed to being bigger and more determined than the last, are gone. Good riddance to bad rubbish. 

I'm reminded by this card, if there are any skirmishes today it will be between my socks full of pennies, and the bottom line. 

"There were constant skirmishes, and it was scary as hell but I miss it sometimes." ~ Jimmy Pantoja

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Daily Draw: Tarot of the III Millennium ~ Ace of Wands

Go on. Tell me when you were a kid once in awhile you didn't dream of going away for a year and coming back someone new. I won't believe it. Enough adults do run away to show those seeds have probably been nurtured for years. Or the "I'm sure I'm adopted" theory that consumes us around eight years old.

I'm reminded by all the circles within circles and the Wand which once again doesn't look very healthy, the root is still the same regardless of where you plant it. My dream escape was Texas and Uncle Charles. The laugh was on me as years later I learned what a soap opera of chaos that was. Better to stay in my own group of circles and come to terms with it.

"Mistress Kiema Buie is no longer in touch with the Circelus. There is no hope of it being other than that which we most fear when a member of our order is so certainly cut off from us." ~ Ewan Corinsson, Red Dragon Inn, sonnet 44

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Know Thyself

Daily Draw: Tarot of the III Millennium ~ Queen of Swords

When women come to tarot they often chose the Queen of Swords as a significator, she has a mind like a steel trap and the mojo to back up what she thinks and does. We recognize not only what this woman must have, but what she must sacrifice to be this queen.

I'm remind by this card many women come into their real power later in life, because they finally understand it isn't about pushing anyone else back or down, it is about pulling themselves up. Whole different thought process requiring know thyself, rather than take no prisoners; a wholly different journey that has nothing to do with pay and position.

"Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962