Sunday, June 30, 2013

Flight of Fancy Day

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Queen of Coins

Practical and casual and relaxed. Life is good.

I'm reminded by this card of J.C. Penny's this past Friday. I passed three clerks before I realized what they were, in Friday casuals, identified only by tiny white tags. On the other hand there were lots of them, something you don't find much anymore, anywhere. Times change even when life is good. And personally, I think their financial problems would be reversed if they reopened Pennylets in downtowns across the nation. The spaces they left 30 years ago are still sitting there waiting...empty. Pardon the flight of fancy day, this Queen does make me rabbit on and on.

"An idea, narrative, suggestion, etc. which is extremely imaginative and which appears to be entirely unrealistic." ~ Wiktionary

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Sunflower Queen

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Queen of Wands

This queen doesn't sit in committees and on boards running her gums about what needs done. She is out doing it. In her hands is an ouroboros, a symbol of time and continuity.

I'm reminded by this card the Queen of Wands is often shown associated with sunflowers, a symbol of longevity. I didn't think of that when I chose them as my personal icon of wellness but how could anyone see a sunflower and not feel the warmth, see the nourishment and vigor, the strength-filled stems holding an enormous gift?

"In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer." ~ Albert Camus  1913-1960

Friday, June 28, 2013

Runs With Swords

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

Saturday matinee, it is just Hunt's catsup they told me. In the next scene they will be fine, once again. And again. And again.

I've already drawn this twice this week, as outcome card. Did I get the message? Tomorrow is the interment for my little sister and I not only cannot believe she is gone, I'm still looking for ways to fix her. Running figure with 10 Swords indeed.

"Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle
Everything I do is stitched with its color." ~ W.S. Merwin 1927- Separation

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bed Of Roses

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 3 of Wands

Ahh, dressed to the nines, and waiting  to see what treasures her ships have brought home. A successful melding of the ace and two of wands brings fruition in the threes.

I'm reminded by this woman there have always been women at the top, the ones who persevered, not just for a salary but for the doing of the thing, thriving on internal competition. I'm past wanting to be the CEO of anything more than my home and life, but the lessons I learned in business serve this small world well.

"Do one thing every day that scares you." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Words In Action

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Knight of Swords

I need a knight of words, to sweep in, make a contract, zip it through to the end, and sweep back out of our life.

I'm reminded by this card they are everywhere, but how to identify the needed knight from all the pretendy ones?  This one looks like a young hierophant, that should be a good sign...

"What this task requires is a sense of unity and power of judgement, raised to a marvelous pitch of vision, which easily grasps and dismisses a thousand remote possibilities an ordinary mind would labor to identify." ~ Carl von Clausewitz 1780-1831

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Flip A Coin

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

Blindfolded, at night, on a tightwire, over immense waterfalls and throw in the noise and heavy mist it would make just for fun. She doesn't want to make a decision at all so she clings to the idea if she doesn't choose it will all go away by itself.

I'm reminded by this card distant events like voting on what color to paint the school will blow over and away if we do nothing. But the choices that affect us directly? Even flipping a coin is better than choosing the high drama route.

"“What kind of tea do you want?"
"There´s more than one kind of tea?...What do you have?"
"Let´s see... Blueberry, Raspberry, Ginseng, Sleepytime, Green Tea, Green Tea with Lemon, Green Tea with Lemon and Honey, Liver Disaster, Ginger with Honey, Ginger Without Honey, Vanilla Almond, White Truffle Coconut, Chamomile, Blueberry Chamomile, Decaf Vanilla Walnut, Constant Comment and Earl Grey."
"I.. Uh...What are you having?... Did you make some of those up?”"
Bryan Lee O'Malley 1979- Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

Monday, June 24, 2013

Aid And Succor

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Hierophant

Chiron was half horse half man and rejected at birth by his mother Philyra. He had a wound that would not heal from Hercules poisoned arrow. Although all efforts to heal himself mentally and physically were futile, he took the High Priestess hidden knowledge and transformed it into something he used to heal those wounds in others.

I'm reminded by this card of Chiron's choice to use everything he learned, joining rather than withdrawing from life. Aid and succor aren't just the bailiwick of doctors, lawyers, priests; we can share our own book of knowledge and experience to assist and relieve others.

"...that breath of relief that there is someone in the world, finally, who understands what hurts you." ~ Lysley Tenorio, Monstress

Sunday, June 23, 2013

World Tree

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

She is part and parcel with the world tree whose roots lie deep in the ground and whose limbs grasp the sky.

When I look at my life as big big it seems tornado like with enormous ups and downs through it all. But when I step back and see it little little in context with the world I truly recognize how stable and secure I am. Life can turn in an instant but today I appreciate what I have, not had or could have.

"Weep not that the world changes, did it keep a stable changeless state, it would indeed be cause to weep." ~ William Cullen Bryant 1794-1858

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Concept of Joy

The Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Death

That Black Place. Hades and Persephone and Dementors. A place where no joy can exist, where even the very concept is only acknowledged by it sheer absence.

"If I'd known what was coming, I would've called in sick." ~ Rick Riordan 1964- The Demigod Files

Friday, June 21, 2013

Bright Mocking Screen

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Fool

I feel foolish. I've spent at least 30 minutes getting the sidebar deck image to the right size. It would've taken about 45 seconds on the old outdated dead computer. Ooo that bright mocking screen. I would be perfectly happy if technology didn't change so fast.

I'm reminded by this card, no I wouldn't. My first computer was given to me by a neighbor in 1994 who told me the first moon missions had smaller computers than that one. All I could ever get it to do is type letters. Not print mind you, just get them on the screen. But I do foolishly pointlessly wish the learning curve each time wasn't quite so painful.

"Any fool can know. The point is to understand." ~ Albert Einstein

The Spiral Tarot is the deck for this week, 158 page companion book and card art by Kay Steventon; published in 1998, US Games Systems. Kay is based in Australia, and often lectures and teaches there. The Spiral is based on archetypes from Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Authurian myths, and includes symbols from the Kaballah's Tree Of Life.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Good Grief

Daily Draw: Tailor's Tarot ~ Historical Epic

Bless the seamstresses who created this deck, but I have to ain't tarot. So today I'll open the little booklet that came with the deck and see what they called the majors drawn the last two weeks. And I have absolutely zero idea what this Epic is...

Well carpola. The little booklet doesn't say what major each card represents. Well that is a letdown. Anyone want this deck?

"I try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face." ~ Johnny Depp 1963-

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Waste of a Waist

Daily Draw: Tailor's Tarot ~ Insidious Device

Going with the Moon on this one, the hidden side of fashion.  The human waist can be narrowed down to the size of a quart jar mouth with enough pressure over time. Of course breathing is a problem. Removing the bottom rib can be of aid, nothing too harsh in aid of stardom or failing that, publicity. Or fanaticism.

I'm reminded by this card one of the reasons for the dreaded muffin top is directly related to low rider pants. When fashion cycles back to waist cinched styles, "oh what a novelty" the fashionista will announce, and women's waists will no longer equal the hips.

"You're only a rebel from the waist downwards... ~ George Orwell 1903-1950 1984

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Daily Draw: Tailor's Tarot ~ Impossible Fit

I'm going with the Hierophant as my guess

Because in a GodMan it is impossible to get it right two days running. It is all no and don't, and never a reach for the stars to be heard.

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me...
Anything can happen, child. Anything can be" ~ Shel Silverstein 1930-1999

Monday, June 17, 2013

Unfolding Adventures

Daily Draw: Tailor's Tarot ~ Imported Fabric

I'm thinking this is the chariot, not drifting along but with form and purpose and unfolding adventures.

I'm reminded by this card material goods from vehicles to fabric should have at least a modicum of purpose, like life. A few days of drifting is good for putting things in perspective but real life requires feet on the floor, hands on the reins.

"We may run, walk, stumble. drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way." ~ Gloria Gaither 1942-

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Petite Parasol

Daily Draw: Tailor's Tarot ~ Petite Parasol

A second week with the Tailor's, a second week of guessing what Major these cards represent. I'll look at the end of the week...I'm taking this one as Temperance.

I'm reminded by this card I'm struggling with Temperance, a  new laptop and working the Windows 8 learning curves.  Once I figure out something I'm entranced, well, pleased anyway, but some of the simple things...Why isn't there a task bar at the bottom of the page? Where in the world did time and date go? Where do I go to get apps that would work for me? I've uninstalled most of the pre-installed as useless. So I work awhile and curse a little and go out and play awhile. And once again, I need to teach spellcheck Sharynisms. Temperance indeed.

"Spin the parasol three times and repeat after me: Pursuit of truth is my passion. This I vow by the great parasol." ~ Gail Carriger Heartless

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Daily Draw: Tailor's Tarot ~ Fabulous Scissors

I think this is the Sun card. Personal experience as a life long quilter shows me a good pair of shears is our friend, hence the more the merrier. I probably have two dozen pair from four inch Ginghers to ten inch Case, plus at least five rotary cutters and a small slide cutter for paper. Oh, and my expensive hair cutting scissors. And some beautiful scissors fobs!

I'm reminded by this card, you can't do a good job with bad tools and good tools are a joy to work with; all is right in the world.

"What's more disturbing is that the 'good' scissors
implies the existence of the 'evil' scissors.."
"Those are the ones we 'ran' with as kids. And I turned out just fine." ~ » Urban Legends » Old Wives' Tales

Friday, June 14, 2013

Inner Devil Is Driving The Bus

Daily Draw: Tailor's Tarot ~ Horrible Bride

This has to be the devil. I'm sure there is good income to be had in making wedding gowns but I'm also sure they earn every penny of it.

I'm reminded by this card in late 1969 two of my best friends had big weddings. Being the maid of honor in both I got an eye full of the stress involved. As a direct consequence, in February 1970 Rob and I grabbed the first two friends we found at home, drove to Montesano, and a justice of peace married us. I've never been sorry and would recommend it to anyone, and do it again in a second.

"This is ideal, you’ll see. We do everything backward. It’s just how we are. We began with an elopement. After that, we made love. Next, we’ll progress to courting. When we’re old and silver-haired, perhaps we’ll finally get around to flirtation. We’ll make fond eyes at each other over our mugs of gruel. We’ll be the envy of couples half our age." ~ Tessa Dare A Week to Be Wicked

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Oh, My Kingdom

Daily Draw: Tailor's Tarot~ Instant Mend

I'll guess at Star. Walter Hunt is credited as inventor of the safety pin, patented in 1849. Shortly thereafter he sold the patent for $400.00 in order to repay a small debt to a friend. Who knew there would be billions made and sold?

I'm reminded by this simple invention I've probably got 200 in a jar in the quilt room, I use them for basting quilts. And remember those 1960's bras which always had a strap break at the worst time? Oh, my kingdom for a safety pin...yes, this is better and faster than wishing on a star.

"Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed." ~ Tom Clancy 1947-

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Women Who Wax

Daily Draw: Tailors Tarot ~ Seamstress's Friend

I'm guessing this as the Fool and it got a good laugh out of me.

I'm reminded by this card, women who wax also think of this as a friend and it is often a prequel to tattooing or so I'm told.

"It is the wine that leads me on,
the wild wine that sets the wisest man to sing at the top of his lungs,
laugh like a fool – it drives the man to dancing...
it even tempts him to blurt out stories better never told." ~ Homer 800 BC-701 BC The Odyssey

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Curious Implement

Daily Draw: Tailors Tarot ~ Curious Implement

I've used one of these tracing wheels many times, back in the day as they say. Believe it or not, before lycra and spandex, clothing had darts. To define and tailor a garment to fit the wearer. Now we wear potato sacks or a second skin of cloth, color optional.

I'm reminded by the wheel of precision fit, and yesterday's card, my world has become way too casual for my own comfort. How we present ourselves is a matter of dignity and self-respect. Long before we go out in public because the public's opinion is immaterial.

"Rational free spirits are the light brigade who go on ahead and reconnoiter the ground which the heavy brigade of the orthodox will eventually occupy." ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 1742-1799

Monday, June 10, 2013

Dress Up Day

Daily Draw: Tailor Tarot ~ Stylish Chapeau

I have a number of stylish hats, haven't worn any of them for several years. Shame, that.

I'm reminded by this card (the Empress?) my entire wardrobe is made up of blue jeans and colored jeans and t-shirts. That is also a shame. This is also what passes for work attire in the banks and shops here. I need to get out a chapeau, dig deep for something besides jeans and smarten myself up a bit. The better we look the better we feel.

"Cock your hat;- angles are attitudes" ~ Frank Sinatra 1915-1998

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Vintage Fan

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Tailors ~ Vintage Fan

I purchased this laptop in 2008. I can't imagine why the fan is determined to keep shutting me down. We are down to about 15 minutes running time.

I'm reminded by this vintage fan that nothing lasts forever. But if a machine can be of sentimental value this one is. It helped entertain Rob's dad when we were in the home hospice stage. He enjoying seeing the wall paper changing out, he enjoyed seeing the vintage tractors Rob would pull up for him, and he enjoyed seeing the satellite image of his farm.

"One of Sir Topher's rules was to never indulge in sentimentality, never return for what was left behind."~ Melina Marchetta 1965- Finnikin of the Rock

 Lookie what I found, stuffed in the back of my deck drawer. A tarot, more like an oracle, designed and published by two tailors who have a corset shop and site. Scroll down for the cards.  22 cards, self published 2002, by Marie Cooley and Payne Fifield

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Why Bother?

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Gnomes ~ Hanged Man

I often feel this way, hung by choice or fear. I suspect most people faced with cancer diagnoses often feel the same. 

I'm reminded by this card of the early 2012 days when I resented even going to the grocer for milk and bread, being in the mental place of "I won't be here to finish it so why bother buying it?". I still can't bring myself to commit very far but I am considering getting a bubble machine for the deck...

"Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful." ~ José N. Harris 1962- MI VIDA

Friday, June 7, 2013

Aftertaste Of Hunger

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Gnomes ~ 5 of Coins

Another version of Skint. In spite of all good intentions and precautions it happens to the best of us. But don't be quick to judge by looks. I know a number of  people who could buy and sell me ten times over that look just like this. Hayseeds in Wal-Mart.

I'm reminded by this card our current crop of elders lived through the 1930's depression and many have a lifetime of being frugal as a consequence. Their shirts often looked like this 30, 40, 50 years later, the aftertaste of hunger, burned into the collective memories of all those children.

"Wisdom oft lurks beneath a tattered coat." ~ Caecilius Statius 220 BC - 168 BC

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Silent Clamor

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Gnomes ~ Hermit

The Hermit. Is he seeking or hiding? How many ways can he be portrayed? Have a look
He is carrying a: lantern, hourglass, book, snake, ankh, candle, flute, mala, burning branch, mirror, painting, scroll, shield, skull, trident.
He is also shown facing left and right, looking up and down and forward, floating, kneeling. He is shown sitting,walking, reclining, and in one, naked looking down, which at my house means a scale is involved.

I'm reminded by this card each artist, each reader, each publisher present their own viewpoint. Sometimes the silent clamor is deafening. 

"Too lazy to be ambitious,
I let the world take care of itself.
Ten days' worth of rice in my bag;
a bundle of twigs by the fireplace.
Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment?
Listening to the night rain on my roof,
I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out." ~ Ryōkan Taigu 1758-1931

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Later Gater After While Crocodile

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Gnomes ~ 6 of Wands

Here is a lady going for the potential of good fortune via luck. And getting a face full of water for her pains.

I've been skint enough to scrabble under furniture cushions for a dollar's worth of coin, to drive across the state line to buy a lottery ticket. It was new and exciting then. But all I ever got was a face full of water. I look back on it now and know if I had fuel in the tank I wasn't broke, I had options. Older and wiser, but too late to put the buck in savings. It is late days for lots of things.

"There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late." ~ Og Mandino 1923-1996

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Power On Little Knight

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Gnomes ~ Knight of Wands

The 'gimme at 'em' knight. Methodical and predictable, the one who is at the back of each mighty project when begun, and is still there at the finish, when the glow and the easily distracted are just a memory. The completer.

This guy reminds me of the note Inner Whispers left on yesterday's post. Completing personal goals and projects is a grand feeling. But this knight is the one who:
  • washes the car
  • takes out the garbage
  • mops the floor
  • cleans the bathroom
  • dusts and sweeps and vacuums 
  • sweeps the porch
  • feeds the livestock
  • does the laundry
  • cooks the meal
  • pays the bills
  • mows the lawn
  • cleans the gutters
All those chores that, once finished, begin again. A good cookie and a cuppa were invented for completing chores. Power on little knight, we are all beside you, mops and dust rags at the ready.

"Seems to me that there is a fine line between insanity and dedication…I call that line commitment." ~ Jeremy Aldana

Monday, June 3, 2013

Wine On The Hoof

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Gnomes ~ 3 of Cups

I read once 'the amount of firewood you use in a winter is in direct proportion to how hard you had to work to get it'. Having cut, hauled, stacked, burned firewood I can agree.

I'm reminded by this card there is a special sense of satisfaction that goes deep in birthing a job well done. The wine tastes better, the fire is warmer, life is good.

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." ~ Vince Lombardi 1913-1970

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Daily Draw: Tarot of the Gnomes ~ Fool

I was the fool, yesterday. I mowed the lawn (5+ hard miles) in one go. When finished I felt like putty and just fell down on the ground in a sort of near sunstroke condition.

I'm reminded by this fool, Yipee! Today is a free day! Mine, all mine! I knew it was a Martha Steward 'good thing'. If I don't play the fool, how will I know the days when I'm the Heirophant? Gotta have something to compare.

"Any fool can turn a blind eye but who knows what the ostrich sees in the sand." ~ Samuel Beckett 1906-1989 Murphy

Tarot of the Gnomes, one of Lo Scarabeo's quirkeriest. It defies classification but trods it's own path, as fun or deeply thoughtful as you care to make it. For anyone steeped in Rider-Waite mindset, this deck will come as a surprise, with many differences that sit on the Thoth side.
Art by Antonio Lupatelli, Published 2000 by Lo Scarabeo, Torino Italy

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Jettison The Crud

Daily Draw: Merryday Tarot ~ Knight of Swords

Renamed Spring Warrior, perhaps protective suits both rider and steed best.

I'm reminded by this card I can't have renewal unless I jettison that which holds me down or back. There is no room for petty or anger or crud or negativity in my mental gear box.

"Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own." ~ Bruce Lee 1940-1973