Friday, November 30, 2012

Flitted Off

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Justice

Condensed version: In Welsh legend the Lady of the Fountain changed from a beautiful woman into a grief-ravaged fright over the death of her husband Duncan. Yet she was persued by Owain, knight of the Round Table, until she married him. Owain served the kingdom well...until he flitted off with the knights once again. Like most abusers he came back contrite and full of promises until he won her back.

I'm reminded by this card that abandonment of body and soul is equal crime to other abuses, as the abandoned spends their life wondering what they did wrong. Oh, would that Justice truly be served, but so seldom is.

"Why Brownlee left, and where he went,
Is a mystery even now.
For if a man should have been content
It was him; two acres of barley,
One of potatoes, four bullocks,
A milker, a slated farmhouse.
He was last seen going out to plough
On a March morning, bright and early.

By noon Brownlee was famous;
They had found all abandoned, with
The last rig unbroken, his pair of black
Horses, like man and wife,
Shifting their weight from foot to
Foot, and gazing into the future"  ~ Paul Muldoon 1951- Why Brownlee Left

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Good Morning World

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Queen of Swords

No Nonsense...independent and decisive.

Guess that is me today; I made the decision to not spend a couple hours trying to get the OH deck images uploaded for a post. The lovely Llewellyn Tarot, one of my favorites has all the images posted on-line. Reversed this card can mean overweening ambition. That could be me too...I'm determined to do my morning draw regardless of what is going on in the rest of my life. Good morning world...

"One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough." ~ Hafiz of Persia 1315-1390

I'm using the beautiful 2006 Llewellyn Tarot. Commissioned art and 264 page companion book by Anna-Marie Ferguson. Published by Llewellyn Worldwide as part of their celebration of the life of Welshman Llewellyn George, the founder. The majors follow the story line of the Welsh Mabinogion.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Over The River

Daily Draw: OH Cards ~ Attractive

I drew this set of cards about three hours ago, and what came to mind was Rainbow Bridge. I'm not sure where the idea of dead pets marching across a bridge to the rainbow started, a poem probably. It is an attractive idea for some, to think fun and frolic goes on after death. I certainly understand grief for a lost pet, I still miss our Windsor nearly 5 years on.

But. Three hours later I have a new take on the cards. What is attractive now is on the other side of the bridge over the Cowlitz, a new laptop... Oh for a trustworthy and good computer mechanic.

"In the future, computers may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." ~ Popular Mechanics Magazine, 1949

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Urophorus humeralis

Daily Draw: OH Deck ~ Boredom

I am never bored. Perish the thought.
For some reason this card makes me think of the few days we spent on Maui, Hawaii. There are hardly any roads and we managed to put 400 miles on the rental car seeing everything. So much fun. I had the wisenhimer idea to leave the sliding door to the deck open, why not, absolutely  perfect weather. When we got back there were hundreds of little black pineapple bugs everywhere, we laughed till we cried. Life is short, keep moving...

"We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics." ~ Bill Vaughan 1915-1977

Monday, November 26, 2012

Probably Not Happening

Daily Draw: OH Cards ~ Suppress

I don't suppress anything, and I don't cry over spilled milk. But...In the early years of our marriage there were plenty of times I wanted to throw a beverage against the wall. Mentally it seem like it would really help release anger. And it might. But first I thought "I'll have to clean up the mess" and "this is a rental house, what if it does some damage" and "surely I'm smart enough to express myself without violence".

So I never have. But I'm not done living either. But I still don't want to clean up the mess. So probably not happening here.

"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." ~  Bernard of Clairvaux 1090-1153

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bum's Rush

Daily Draw: OH Cards ~ Laughter

This week I'll be using a two deck set called OH Cards, which can be used as a game, or for "Explorations of Self and Dialogues of Acceptance" according to the cover booklet. One deck is large with words on the borders, the smaller group is made up of images. Each deck has 88 cards.

I don't know that I'd ever laugh at a street corner bum, they are everywhere here with their hungry or need work signs. And dogs, and most are smoking. For those smoking, my personal theory is they are better off than I am. At $7.00-9.00 a pack in this state even if I wished to start smoking again I couldn't afford it.  Judgmental?..yeah. I'll work on that.

As a callow youth, maybe 14 years old without a mean bone in my body, I was once part of a group of six girls looking for a bum to roll. My guess is we'd have screamed and ran like the wind if we'd run across one. But it shows me the power of a strong or charismatic leader. And how easily a good kid can go bad. When I read stories of young people up to no good, I always wish I knew the rest of the story.

"Modern society calls the beggar bum and panhandler and gives him the bum's rush. But the Greeks used to say that people in need are the ambassadors of the gods." ~ Peter Maurin 1877-1949

Saturday, November 24, 2012

One Tune Tess

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

Pollack designed her 2 of coins with the I Ching coins in mind, one yen one yang. The positive the negative, the quick and the slow.

I'm reminded by this card the two are going in entirely different directions with different missions in mind. Yet eventually those path cross and meld within us. Else it would be boring beyond belief, being a one-lane-Charlie, one-tune-Tess.

"The heart of a human being is no different from the soul of heaven and earth. In your practice always keep in your thoughts the interaction of heaven and earth, water and fire, yin and yang." ~ Morihei Ueshiba 1883-1969

Friday, November 23, 2012

Leap Tall Buildings

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 8 of Wands

This is the normal me. Leaping tall buildings in a single bound, unstoppable in attitude and goals.

I'm reminded by this card I can be her again. With time.
In the mean time I think I'll leap tall thresholds today...good practice.

"When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the heck, leap". ~ Cynthia Heimel 1947-

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hee Hee Ha Ha Ho Ho

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

They're Coming To Take Me Away by Napoleon XIV
Remember when you ran away
And I got on my knees
And begged you not to leave
Because I'd go berserk
Well you left me anyhow
And then the days got worse and worse
And now you see I've gone
Completely out of my mind

And they're coming to take me away ha-haaa
They're coming to take me away ho ho hee hee ha haaa
To the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time
And I'll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats
And they're coming to take me away ha haaa
Recorded 1966 by Napoleon XIV  aka Jerry Samuels 1938-
Some fun for the day, with many thanks to my Rob, who keeps me on the rails. After pulling this card that song is stuck in my mind. And now it's stuck in yours isn't it? You are very welcome ha ha ho ho he he

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Sum Total

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 10 of Wands Reversed

We are the sum total of our life actions. We are our own solar system, our own audience, and our actions are always an example to others we may never know and those who see us daily.

I'm reminded by this reversed card of how we get tunnel vision, me against the world, me crushed by the world, me abused by the world, me on top of the world. Not so. The world won't ever give a hoot; the life map always leads back to  us.

"Tomorrow you will be where the thoughts and actions of today take you." ~ Blaise Pascal 1623-1662

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I Didn't Mean It

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 4 of Swords reversed

Ever have an older sibling tip you out of bed just because they could? That warm cozy cocoon you were burrowed down in, dreaming the best dreams, probably a Saturday when it should have been allowed?

I'm reminded by this card to not lie down and give up. Last night curled up in my cozy warm bed a fully formed thought drifted across my mind unbidden...If I were dead I could be buried with my sister. Now there was a mental scream. No, I have gazillions of reasons not to wish that. To keep forcing activity and although I hate the phrase, fake it until I make it. I will, I'm still shuddering that the thought was there at all.

" lies in all of us. Sleeping, waiting, and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir, open its jaws, and howl." ~ Angelus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1998 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Silent Screams

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

A different viewpoint on the Ace of Swords from Saturday. Pollack posits like the owl, we have a brain, we can see all angles of an issue, and we can work out the best solution in silence.

I've been a drama queen the past year and a half, spewing my fear and pain and grief and anger via my card of the day posts. In my defense I must say, I type very very quietly and do not assault my readers with the dreadful silent screams that occur this side of the screen.

"Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound." ~ Jodi Picoult 1966- My Sister's Keeper

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Arise Victorious

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Chariot

Challenges, overcome. The simple epitaph for any living creature.

I'm reminded by this card, to keep getting up just like real people, getting dressed to the shoes, and one day I'll mean it and be able to kick this bedammed depression to the curb and watch in glee as it falls and turns to ash behind me in the rear view mirror.

"Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat." ~ Jean-Paul Sartre 1905-1980

Shining Tribe Tarot (revised edition) with tribal and prehistoric art style deck, and 330 page companion book by Rachel Pollack. Published by Llewellyn Worldwide 2001.
The suits are elements: Trees/Wands, Rivers/Cups, Birds/Swords, and Stones/Coins.
The courts have been changed to Vision Cards: Place, Knower, Gift, Speaker, and refer to the readers or querents journey.
Place enters the suit, Knower understands the suit, Gift is able to use the suit, Speaker shares the suit.
A few of the majors have been renamed: Hierophant/Tradition, Wheel/Spiral, Judgment/Awakening, World/Shining Woman.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Different Truth

Daily Draw: Bosch Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

In my way of thinking Swords are about discovery, Cups are our decisions about that discovery, Wands are our actions on that discovery, and Coins are the result of those actions.

I'm reminded by this card we sometimes prefer to choose our own truth, regardless of facts. This figure seems to be avoiding truth at all costs, shoving it behind him while he waits for a better answer.

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." ~ Aldous Huxley1894-1963

Friday, November 16, 2012

Smite You Mightily

Daily Draw: Bosch Tarot ~ Queen of Swords

I'll smite you mightily. Then I'll smite you again for good measure.

I'm reminded by this card of anger and bitterness and a sense of unfairness. Not Fair is probably what triggers most rants, you'd think as adults we'd get it that fair is a useless word with no rhyme or reason, entirely random. And still, wound up we will get, and then it's off to make someone else's day unfair.

"Never mind, never mind, let's get to the part where we smite the unsuspecting. I've brought my most alarming teeth" ~ Nick Harkaway 1972- Angelmaker

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Daily Draw: Bosch Tarot ~ Ace of Wands

Poor guy, his grand idea is crippled. What he is left with now is 20-20 hindsight. Will it do him any good?

I'm reminded by this card a project without heart in it, even when completed shows that lack of love or caring.

"Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus. One morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Put A Smile On It

Daily Draw: Bosch Tarot ~ Wheel

No joy in this Wheel, top or bottom.

I'm reminded by this card wheels can only go around or pause. If we choose pessimism or anger to be the light that guides our day then we'll be one of these joyless figures going around in an endless cycle of unhappiness. Or bound unwillingly by depression. My least favorite advice? "Put a smile on it." Gee that's helpful. But we could consider it, in privacy, so no one thinks we are just passing gas. Or we could sleep with a clothes hanger in our mouth, train up a smile. I'm game if you are. I'm grabbing at straws...

"My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel; I know not where I am nor what I do" ~ William Shakespeare 1564-1616

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What Was, Is

Daily Draw: Bosch Tarot ~ 10 of Coins

Most of the most, best of the best, highest of the highest...and still they shite in their own nest in various ways. Day in and out we see it on the news until we are sick to death with the sin and wonder where is the news?

I'm reminded by this card humans are weak-kneed creatures. Maybe that is why so many are so easily entertained and titillated with the not news. And why we are on a fiscal cliff.  They have always known how easily we are distracted. Bosch's art from the 1500's reflects nothing has changed, what was, is.

"The First Amendment is about how we govern ourselves, not about how we titillate ourselves." ~ Robert H. Bork 1927

Monday, November 12, 2012

I've Been Both

Daily Draw: Bosch Tarot ~ 7 of Swords

Our bird isn't just harming something, he is reveling in it.

I've been on both sides of the 7 of Swords; I sincerely hope I'm old enough to know better to never be the swordor and strong enough to be the swordee.

"It is the habit of every aggressor to claim that he is acting on the defensive." ~  Jawaharlal Nehru 18889-1964

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Alternative Paths

Daily Draw: Bosch Tarot ~ 2 of Cups

Both figures seem to have the same goal in mind, get their delivery to the dock on time.

I'm reminded by this card, where there is a will there is probably a way. I had the OH deck chosen this week which contains two decks of cards. One with a word border, the other smaller cards have painted images on them. You set the smaller on the larger and talk about what you see. I drew Beginnings and an image of a made bed. From which I deduced what I was about to start wouldn't work and I should go back to bed.
The cards were right, neither the scanner nor the camera card slot will work today. I'm not going back to bed but I will work on the will/way idea. And I'm using a deck which has all the card images on line.

"He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement." ~ Samuel Smiles 1812-1904

The Bosch Tarot was published in 2000 by Lo Scarabeo based on 16th century art and times of Hieronymus Bosch as interpreted by the artist Alexandrov Atanassov.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Potential Potential

Daily Draw: Druid Animal Oracle ~ Earth Dragon

He speaks of potential. Real or imagined, chosen or ignored, realized or abandoned.

Why do we so often run from our potential? Are we really that frightened of change? Are we really that lazy? I wouldn't believe we are too dumb to see potential. I'm reminded by this card I chose a side project this month doing something I've not tried before. It is already showing signs of success, I can't believe I ignored it's potential for three years.

"It is important to do what you don't know how to do. If you know how to focus, unfocus. If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos." ~ Carlos Casteneda 1925-1998

Friday, November 9, 2012

All Us Bees Is Happy

Daily Draw: Druid Animal Oracle ~ Bee

Bees are loaded with good qualities, harmonious organization included. In a few weeks it will be time to begin an annual quilting event, Bonnie Hunter's Mystery. Quilters the world over have been busy choosing their fabrics and sharing their ideas, asking and giving advice and help.

I'm reminded by this card I'm one of those busy bees, my fabrics are chosen and neatly stacked by the working wall. I've replaced the old ironing board cover with a cheerful yellow one. I've deep cleaned the cutting table and prewound a dozen bobbins. All us bees is happy. And it is a good place to be.

"Organization isn't about perfection; it's about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life." ~ Christina Scalise, professional organizer

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Daily Draw: Druid Animal Oracle ~ Otter

Defined by the authors as representing joy and play. At first I thought, joy? Can an animal feel or understand joy? But then I thought about how our two Long Dogs greet Rob when he comes home. There is pure joy, unrestrained by any worries whatsoever.

I've said I have joy in my heart that is unaffected by the tribulations of daily life. It's far different than happy or cheerful, much deeper. I think I've forgotten this year to draw on that resource. I'm amending that mistake and may play also...sounds like a premium idea.

"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." ~ Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Questionable Honor

Daily Draw: Druid Animal Oracle ~ Bear

What do you suppose he is thinking this mid-winter day when he should be hibernating? Bear is said to combine power, intuition, and instinct, and has been central to many human ceremonies going back thousands and thousands of years. Warriors wore the pelts,   and once structured religion entered the picture they were often reduced to a caged life of bear baiting. Adding insult to injury the Chinese still cut the feet off living bears.

I'm reminded by this card being a powerful leader has got to be tough. T'were me, in spite of the honor I'd rather be a garden worm. Being honored carries far too high a price.

"The Puritan hated bear baiting not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators." ~ Thomas Babington Macaulay 1800-1859

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Dare To Think

Daily Draw: Druid Animal Oracle ~ Hare

No white fluffy in the backyard hutch bunny is this. This isn't your mindless holiday rabbit with invented task of hauling candy eggs around to keep the hoi polloi occupied. This is an old world Hare; smarter, faster, more intuitive to what the stalkers were up to, screams like a child if caught, and whose hide was a rounded depression in the grass, used interchangeably with the plover at laying time. He stands alert to danger but will not live a life of quivering anxiety. He has a brain and doesn't kowtow to what Little Golden Book stories have reduced his descendants to.

I'm reminded by this card how grateful I am to be born in a country where I can think for myself. Where I haven't been selectively bred to be a rabbit. I can choose what to believe and even better yet, what not to. I can vote for whom I wish and never have to think in time of trouble, who can I pay off to make this go away. Where basic education is the right of all, occupation is not preselected for us and who we marry or don't and if we have children or not are decisions left to us. We may be on the handcart to eventual oblivion like civilizations of the past, but in the meanwhile I wouldn't be anywhere else.

"We must dare to think about unthinkable things because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless." ~ James William Fulbright 1905-1995

Monday, November 5, 2012

Faux Gatekeeper

Daily Draw: Druid Animal Oracle ~ Fire Dragon

In myth and tale, story and song, dragons protect deeply hidden treasure. Material wealth, or forbidden places of initiation, or hidden knowledge.

I'm reminded by this card all those places are now available to us by our own choice, so why do we allow the idea of a dragon to keep us from goals or growth? Is it that dreaded fear of success again? If we go that far then we will have to deal with change? We are going to change anyway, that is life in a nutshell, so why not choose the change, admit the dragon is a harmless gatekeeper we've self-created?

"I wonder how I'd feel
If ever I should be so enchanted
As to get a taste of what is real." ~ Shelley Pete 1955-, Witness The Change

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Deal With It

Daily Draw: Druid Animal Oracle ~ Raven

We don't have ravens here, but crows are plentiful. I say good morning as they fly off in a murder to work, and good evening when the murder returns home. They are both smart and clever birds which according to Druid lore can signify the ending of old conflicts and fresh starts. This is reflected in his posture, turned toward the future, looking at the past.

I'm reminded by this card I've spent a lot of time this past year analyzing. I've let a number of things fly free, I've uncovered a common thread which explains much. Instead of denial I've chosen acceptance and help. I've made a couple of enormous commitments and kicked a few millstones of carrion to the curb. For being such a black year I hope never to see the like of again, as always, some good has come from it. In Ravenspeak I had to recognize what I'd swallowed as carrion. We take it in, digest it endlessly and then forget or refuse to pass it back out.

"Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?" ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900

 This week's deck is The Druid Animal Oracle, written by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm with Bill Worthington doing the card art. I love this deck, Mr. Worthington's art is beautifully rendered giving much food for thought.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Taking A Flyer

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Precipice

Icarus, enthusiastic to the point of impetuousness, disregarded the advice not to fly too close to the sun. The wax on his feathers melted, he fell to the sea, he drowned.

I'm reminded by this card as children we fly close to the sun because we don't understand the consequences. As young people we do it because it is exciting to push the envelope. As a grown up we sometimes fly close to the sun because our lesson was long forgotten, and sometimes we do it because we've figured out the fix. Regardless of what the media and our elders tell us, getting older isn't all for the birds, some parts of it including gaining a large body of intelligence is very good indeed. I wouldn't go back a day.

 "Life is a gamble, at terrible odds. If it was a bet you wouldn't take it." ~ Sir Tom Stoppard 1937-

Friday, November 2, 2012

Keeping Up Appearances

Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Mask

This could be me, keeping up appearances. Could be me hearing what I want to hear, could be me saying what I think someone else wants to hear.

I'm reminded by this card we all know we have different masks for different situations and people. It's too bad life has to be like that but much of our life revolves around the workplace, place of worship, community, clubs, school...where judging is done wholesale and if you don't fit you are out. In a perfect world we wouldn't care, but this is far from a perfect world. So we choose our mask and off we go, and really, under the mask we are all those people anyway, just some parts of us get to come out more than others.

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Daily Draw: Moon Oracle ~ Fortuna

Fortuna's Moon Mansion placement draws good fortune. Just checked, my Moon Mansion helps in besieging cities. Just my luck...

I'm reminded by this card something I truly believe is good fortune is what you make it. I can take any bad thing in my life and say what good came out of it. It isn't luck it's a willingness to look at the whole picture, see where those Tower moments have brought me and then decide for myself what good place I want to move toward next. Besieging myself with good Fortuna by choice.

"We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate  successes are mixed with sadness." ~ Pierre Corneille 1606-1684