Monday, December 31, 2012

It's Complicated

Daily Draw: Rocambole Tarot ~ Lovers

I expect love was complicated. Here we see not two choices, but the wife and the mother-in-law. The parents of the male hired an agent to present their offer to the female's parents. If accepted, in due time the marriage occurred and then the male generally lived with the in-laws until a domicile of their own could be afforded.

I'm reminded by this card, here, with the exception of arranged marriages little has changed. People get married before they can afford the overhead, get an apartment, have a baby, go really broke, move back home to the detriment of the real potential of the marriage. Life. We are always in a hurry to get in and then fight to get back out.

"A marriage of two independent and equally irritable intelligences seems to me reckless to the point of insanity." ~ Dorothy L. Sayers 1893-1957 Gaudy Night

Sunday, December 30, 2012

All Purpose Vehicle

Daily Draw: Rocambole Tarot ~ Chariot

Perfect card to transport me from 2012's field of study, into a new one for 2013.

I'm reminded by this card there are many kinds of vehicles we use every day, but our minds are surely the fastest of all. Too bad we are so often missing from the steering wheel...

"The mind is a vehicle, held together by soft soap and hunger and with front-seat drivers and back-seat drivers contradicting each other in a bedlam of voices, shouting "go right" and "go left" at the same time." ~ Adlai E. Stevenson 1900-1965

I have many visitors from the Russian and Baltic states, if I miss-name any of these cards, Please do correct me, I'd really appreciate it.

My learning task for 2012 was the ancient Mesoamericans. The Aztec, Maya, Inca, and Toltec. It has been a fascinating journey and I'm glad I took it on. This is the final deck of cards associated with that study and I've left it so long because it intimidates me.

Containing 89 cards, with 6 court cards per suit and 5 fool cards, published in 2003, art (based on blocky Mesoamerican style) by Anna Nikolaeva, 156 page book by Sergey de Rocambole. It looks absolutely riveting, but sadly is in a language I do not read and I'd give my eyeteeth to have it translated

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Self Examination

Daily Draw: Guardians of Wisdom Tarot ~ Hermit

Self examination. Some refer to it as navel watching which I think implies self absorption. Well the one can lead to the other certainly, we probably all know that type of person. As long as we don't have to depend on them for a mental hand up, what does it matter?

I'm reminded by this card, once again, of balance. We all need to look inward occasionally. What makes us really tick, what are our hot buttons and why are they. What lifts and inspires us. The real truth of how we feel and see the others within our daily orbit. After all, honesty within ourselves is a good thing. Honest.

"We've all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining." ~ Julia Cameron 1948-

Friday, December 28, 2012

Let Go

Daily Draw: Guardians of Wisdom Tarot ~ 6 of Swords

Pulling himself into the future.  We can see some of the things he is leaving behind, but his eyes are closed against them.

I'm reminded by this card our lives are way to short to hang on to situations and people who do us harm and drag us down. The only reasonable change has to be us.

"This life's dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie

When you see with, not through, the eye"
William Blake 1757-1827

Thursday, December 27, 2012


Daily Draw: Guardians of Wisdom Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

Honing in on the only words that I agree with, "your efforts give you the ability" and it comes back to consistency of those efforts. On the other hand I don't agree with the airy advice "you can have anything you want, if you try hard enough" or even worse "if you want it badly enough'.

I am reminded by this Elder and the people around him in both need and want he is more likely thinking 'why should I give what I've worked for when you haven't made a dedicated effort on your own behalf?'. Elders are often  generous of heart, mind, and pocket when they see some genuine achievements. By that time we've figured out we can do it without gimmies.

"Having, then, once introduced an element of inconsistency into his system, he was far too consistent not to be inconsistent consistently, and he lapsed ere long into an amiable indifferentism which to outward appearance differed but little from the indifferentis." ~ Samuel Butler 1835-1902 The Way Of All Flesh

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Who's To Judge?

Daily Draw: Guardians of Wisdom Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

I doubt it is complacency that usually holds humans in stasis, it is fear of change and fear of success which will result from that change.

I'm reminded by this card perhaps what we view as complacency in someone else can be comfort as they have already made the changes required to their satisfaction. Or not...

"I'm afraid of being lazy and complacent. I'm afraid of taking myself too seriously." ~ Barbara Hershey 1948-

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Daily Draw: Guardians of Wisdom Tarot ~ Justice

Third reversed card and back to the B-word again.

I'm reminded by this card "your actions are not in harmony with external pressures", that if we look at our 'should I do this' actions as though we were before a grumpy judge we'd know what to do. I occasionally need to think this way in emails (would this hurt their feelings?) and on forums (is this just a wisenheimer remark or does it add to the discussion?). I seem to type a lot of responses that never grow up to be posts.

"It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack." ~ Katharine Hepburn 1907-2003

Monday, December 24, 2012

Get Out Of Dodge

Daily Draw: Guardians of Wisdom Tarot ~ King of Wands

 There is a beautiful horse in this image, reversed, reflecting the idea of fight or flee and running away from situations.                                                                  

Can't run, can't hide...we take our self with us, both the good and the bad.
                                                                                     "Running, you should know, is a kind of stillness." ~ Tiphanie Yanique, How to Escape from a Leper Colony

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Eek, Bogeyman Alert!

Daily Draw: Guardians of Wisdom ~ 8 of Swords

Subtitled Blocked, the figure seems to be sleeping while a giant rock bogeyman lurks under the bed and whose hands keep her oblivious and steal her treasure.

I'm reminded by this card we are the bogeymen, it is just us, lying doggo and avoiding or denying facts.

"What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door yourself." ~ Maxwell Maltz 1927-2003

Guardians of Wisdom, subtitled Universal Power Cards is the deck this week. Art by Emy Ledbetter, words by Todd Hershey, no companion book with this set but it comes with seven extra cards, four with the story behind the deck and three with spreads suggested for use with the deck. The entire deck is designed to use both upright and reversed card positions. Printed by Carta Mundi, 2000. The suits are as follow:
Swords as spades, under the Ancient Asian group
Cups as hearts, under the Goddess category
Wands as clubs, in the Angel category
Coins as diamonds, in the Native American category
Majors are marked with a triangle and are the Universal Guardians group.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Give Up Crabby?

Daily Draw: Gateway Oracle Cards ~ Grace

This deck was misnamed, it is no more oracle than a rolling pin. It is however pretty, even though it is a box of affirmation cards. Hay House...rolls eyes.

I'm reminded by this card I'll gratefully accept a state of grace by either definition but it isn't likely, I'd have to give up cynical and crabby.

"When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. ~ Victor Hugo 1802-1885

Friday, December 21, 2012

Softly And Clearly

Daily Draw: Gateway Oracle ~ Communication

Oooo, hot button for many. How many times has our significant other said "what's wrong?" and we've responded with "nothing."?
Even though we were deliberately behaving in a manner that would show there was something bothering us.

I'm reminded by this card there should be classes in school in basic communication. I've taught myself to communicate but sometimes our Rob still says 'nothing'.

"The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives." ~ Anthony Robbins 1960-

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Daily Draw: Gateway Oracle Cards ~ Action

Each year I pick something new to learn. In 2006 it was learning to blog. 2012 was anything connected with Mesoamerica. For 2013 I've chosen learning how to sew on a treadle sewing machine.

I'm reminded by this card I don't do New Year resolutions, I choose new actions, a better me is my  everyday job.   

"Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible." ~ Richard P. Feynman 1918-1988

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Simplified Life

Daily Draw: Gateway Oracle Cards ~ Simplify

Both the first and the final post on my KalamaQuilts blog speaks of simplifying. We have 2 chairs in the living room. Nothing else, we never use it because it's the coldest room in the house. Been that way since 1998. The kitchen counters were empty of anything but the microwave until we stopped using garbage service. Now there is a chicken snacks bucket, compost can, and a dishcloth to put the rinsed recycle items on to dry. But you get the idea.

This card reminds me, out of the corner of my eye I see something unusual. A stack of unopened mail. A clear sign all is not well yet in Sharynland. But at least it isn't getting lost in a mess like we see in the card. I'll take a point for that.

"The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less." ~ Socrates 469-399 BCE

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Daily Draw: Gateway Oracle Deck ~ Healing

This card says "I step into my future with strength and clarity." Well. We can but try.

I'm reminded by this card, as always, each day is a new seed and we don't have to drag some of the stuff we hold onto with us. Sometimes we give the mental image of a small burro roped to an tumble down building, trying to pull it down the road. It will kill us to do it, why not let some of it go? We can not change what happened, to hold on to something thinking we can is soul breaking futility.

"People become attached to their burdens more than the burdens are attached to them." ~ George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tickata Tickata

Daily Draw: Gateway Oracle Cards ~ Quiet

Funny duck here, I seldom have any noise at all going on. No radio on, don't have tv, I savor the quiet.

I'm reminded by this card why the silence. I love to hear a ticking clock and each room has one. I expect ticking clocks with cool faces will go the way of newspapers and snail mail letters before long. Pity that.

"O, it sets my heart a-clickin' like the tickin' of a clock,
when the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock." ~ James Whitcomb Riley 1849-1916

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ancient Wisdom Pointless Knowledge

Daily Draw: Gateway Oracle Deck ~ Ancient Wisdom

I'm often surprised when someone younger than 1951 turns up for a Quirkeries quotes.
I'm always happy when a quote has some quiet humor in it.
But my favorite part of using quotations is learning about someone I've never heard of before, an ancient whose wisdom is still being heard.
I read last week if the ancient Greeks walked the earth today they would be  many times smarter than we are, we dumb down everything, take the easy roads, and study hard at pointless knowledge.

I'm reminded by this card to never stop seeking wisdom.

"Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon or stars." ~ Confucius 551-479 BCE

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hearing The Message

Daily Draw: Gateway Oracle Cards ~ Messages

I'm not sure how I'll get along with this deck, it is from Hay House and I'm not a fan of their products, but hey..I bought it because it looked pretty. If that's all we get from it so be it, pretty can lift spirits too.

Messages from spirit. We have an inner ear that can hear that small still inner voice. It is only been the last couple of weeks that voice has been speaking and that ear has been listening again.

I'm reminded by this card that depression can drive away not just the tangible but can also disappear the intangible. It is only on my reverse journey I can recognize and rejoice the return of some of the things that make life a pleasure.

"If the sight of the blue sky fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, your soul is alive." ~ Eleanora Duse 1858-1924

Gateway Oracle Cards, 87 art cards by Jesse Reisch, 90+ page digest sized book by Denise Linn. Published by Hay House 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Jury Duty

Daily Draw: The Power Deck ~ Individuality

This image contains nine grim old white men, one Native, Greek columns, and an egg. My mind went to jury duty and when I counted the figures, to the Supreme Court.

I'm reminded by this card, how interesting jury duty has been the four times I've served, and how truly our individuality and life experiences come to bear...and yet don't. And it is certainly nothing like anything on TV. Fascinating process.

"A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the defendant." ~  Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865

Thursday, December 13, 2012


Daily Draw: The Power Deck ~ Impeccability

Absence of sin. I love this card. But when I turned it over to see what keyword I would be working with I had to smile.

I'm reminded by this card it's easy to be sinless locked up behind or sheltered by walls against real life. I could sit in this peaceful courtyard being perfect and 'balanced and centered...' until my knees froze. But I am so far from perfect to claim impeccability would be a sin in itself.

"It's not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity." ~ Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Small Smile, Deep Breath

Daily Draw: The Power Deck ~ Centering

Centering and balance. We throw those two words about frequently but what does it mean?
From the dictionary: Framing used to support an arch or dome under construction.
Another dictionary:  point or place that is equally distant from the sides or outer boundaries of something; the middle.
And another:  Once you are able to center yourself, the very notion of confines drops away, and you exist in a state of undivided entirety.

Best stop seeking what is already within us and relax, breathe, relax. Now. Wasn't that easy? People work hard to make life more complicated than it is. We little 'uns included.

"Small smile, deep breaths, go slowly." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh 1926-

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Transitory By Nature

Daily Draw: The Power Deck ~ Balance

What struck me from this image is all the animals but one are moving toward the future. The 4th one from the right is undecided. The shelters are all going off the image into the future. The man though is all proud and pumped and caught up in the day because he has ... balanced rocks.

I'm reminded by this card balancing rocks is an art I admire, but by their very nature designed to be here today, gone tomorrow. I'm asking myself to remember the goal we are working toward and not sabotage it with whims because we are forming the very balance of our future.

"All we use are rocks. No glues. No wires. No tricks." ~ Team Sandtastic, Sarasota Florida

Monday, December 10, 2012

Get Up To Tricks

Daily Draw: The Power Deck ~ Witness

I wonder how many times strangers have been witness to things I'd rather not be seen doing? Probably often, in my youth. Not so often now. Too tired or busy to get up to tricks.

I'm reminded by this card to lead a blameless life; wouldn't it be an extraordinary surprise to the ones who know me...

"Live as if someone is always watching you
In all you do
Live as if someone
Is always watching you

Eventually you will find
That both of you will need to come to some compromise
Maybe one or the other could agree
To sleep at different times
Or go off alone
Or at least shut their eye

Shut your eye off once in a while
Shut your eye off once in a while

So at least one of us
Can with some conviction say :

I am not of this glutty room
Or of this flubby body" ~ Live as if someone is always watching you, Smog, Rain on Lens

Sunday, December 9, 2012

At It's Essence, Pure Fun

Daily Draw: the Power Deck ~ Essence

Do you know what your essence is? By definition,
The intrinsic or indispensable properties that serve to characterize or identify something. The most important ingredient; the crucial element.

I'm reminded by this card of my own bedrock. Rob and quilting. Do you know how I know I'm crawling out of the soul sucking swamp of depression? I'm hunting for a good working treadle sewing machine. That implies forward thinking. For the last 18 months or so all I thought about was getting through each day. 

"Fun is good." ~ Dr. Seuss 1904-1991

This week's cards come from Lynn V. Andrews, The Power Deck-Cards Of Wisdom, with art by Rob Schouten. The set includes 45 cards and a 126 page book.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Oral Traditions and Ratings

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Hierophant

This particular figure refers to a Welsh bard or professional poet dating back to the sixth century. I've tried to think why his hands are hidden, normally the Hierophant holds something of importance relating to his chosen field. Perhaps he couldn't write. Perhaps his limbs were stricken or stunted. Perhaps he never existed at all; never the less, great poetry remains that is credited to him.

I'm reminded by this card until recent times much history was passed down orally, repeated by the elders to the youth. Much of what we think as bedrock began as oral stories. I wonder how the first version varies from the ten thousandth version. Was faithful to the original held in high regard or did the ego of the teller override the telling? Like today's news sources...where it is make up/publish/tell the story first, the heck with checking details. The heck with what harm it does. The heck with destroying lives for no reason other than ratings.

" These talk shows are trying to get ratings by generating heat, when they ought to be trying to generate more light." ~ Bill Clinton 1946-

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fighting For A Life

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 6 of Wands

First of all, let me say I feel so much better. According to my doctor log it has been nine consistent days of better. May seem trivial but after the black road I've walked, this change is amazing. This card speaks of those kind of victories, hard fought and hard gained.

I'm reminded by this card of the battles we all fight daily, sometimes for so long we've forgotten we are fighting for a life, our life. Carry on troops, I care about your life, because I care about my own. The two things go hand in hand.

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca BC4~65AD

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Get Off The Cross

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 6 of Coins

When you have it share,
when you need it accept.

I'm reminded by this card how incredibly difficult it is to ask for help, or to accept help when offered.

Get off the cross, we need the wood.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

Ever been paralyzed by too many good choices?

I'm reminded by this card sometimes I resort to flipping a coin, I so dislike dithering. Makes life interesting.

"To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there." ~ Kofi Annan 1938-

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

What? Why? How?

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

Are those ships coming in or going out? Is that hat akin to Ben Franklin's kite and going to attract lightning? Is that a snake on the right or more belt? And is that Really a fox tail?

I'm reminded by this card a lot of our questions never do have answers, so why dance on the head of a pin trying to make up our minds about them?

"Perhaps depression is caused by asking oneself too many unanswerable questions." ~ Miriam Toews 1964- Swing Low

Monday, December 3, 2012

It Was Never About Fair

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Wheel of Fortune

When I saw the huge waterwheel jouncing off in a dozen directions at once in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest, that is the image that comes to mind now when the tarot Wheel turns up. 

I'm reminded by this card life's wheel is much the same, no steady measured pace with full rotations, it flips about madly, sometimes reversing, some times stuck in a rut. It isn't fair, and that is life in a nutshell. It was never about fair.

"But I also have to say, for the umpty-umpth time, that life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all." ~ William Goldman 1931-  The Princess Bride 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tough Love

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 2 of Cups

Curious what the winged lion head might refer to in the context of the 2 of Cups I find it called a Lamassu or Shedu and used as a representative of protection at it's roots.

I'm reminded by this card, of over-protection, not a good thing combined with love. The thing most being protected from is usually the thing we are most required to live through.

"I was so overprotected, I used to think I was as delicate as people said I was." ~ Natalie Woods 1938-1981

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Size Matters?

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Emperor

Bran the Blessed was a giant among men. Like a Great Dane or Irish Wolfhound he could afford to be gentle because by sheer size he could intimidate.

I'm reminded by this card, at 5'1" I'm occasionally intimidated by tall people. Some years ago when I began yoga my instructor asked me what I wanted to get out of yoga. My immediate response was "taller". She laughed but said it will appear that way because yoga can give you better posture. Sometimes posture is all it takes to fake taller.

"I'm not short. I'm just unusually not tall. ~ Hyesungie