Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ship Trip

Daily Draw: Cross Stitch Lenormand ~ Flower + Fish + Ship

Thoughtful remembrance from a sleek traveling salesman.
Dry your eyes, there are other fish in the sea.
Bon Voyage, good husband hunting on the cruise.

Insert-wise, thinking of the Concordia: The high-stepping girlfriend caused Captain to drown his common sense and passengers by floundering off the shore.

"So how long do I have to pack?" ~ Don Darkes  6692 Pices the Sailfish

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Stork Then Ring

Daily Draw: Cross Stitch Lenormand ~ Girl + Stork + Ring
Even a lenormand virgin like me can see this draw might make a young girl asking her fortune, happy.
Perhaps not in the order she or her parents might wish but still. 

Looking at it from a cartomancy view we have the 7 of Swords, Queen of Cups, Ace of Wands. 
7 of Swords in this view might mean the girl did not want to be pregnant, but who at 16 or so who would insist on safe sex, when that cute guy overwhelmed her with charm. Queen of Cups, regardless, she will be a good mother, with enough pure love to make up for beginners mistakes. And that Ace of Wands, rings do not equal happiness, but signifies it will take both to make it work in the long term. 

I haven't  a clue if these card inserts are read as matched to tarot cards...I doubt it because the pictorial lenormand predates the pictorial minors in tarot, perhaps someone will come along and set me straight. 

"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." ~ Friedrich Nietzshe 1844-1900

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

More Fun With Lenormand

Daily Draw: Cross Stitch Lenormand ~ Roads + Books + Dog

The sheep are working the cat is sleeping, the dog is alert.
Two paths to chose from, Google information first, take a guide.
Both paths are blocked, turn around and sleep on it, then trust companions advice.
Perfect Sunday: a drive in the country, good books to come home to,  and loyal companionship.

Reading the card inserts:
Queen of Swords, 10 of Swords, 10 of Cups
I told you so, you got exactly what you deserve, go to your room (always my favorite place)
Mother's advice, didn't follow, but home is where they always have to take you in.

"Here's some advice. Stay alive." ~ Suzanne Collins 1962- The Hunger Games

Monday, October 28, 2013

Who Were The Idiots?

Daily Draw: Cross Stitch Lenormand ~ Mice + Ruler + House
I had an interesting dream last night, a couple I didn't know were explaining they had declared bankruptcy because they were broke with twenty-five million dollars worth of debt. They thought they were being clever by having mailed everything they owned to a different address so they could keep it. This mice with the giant cheese, screw the rules, and beautiful home could be read like my dream. And I'm thinking who were the idiots that allowed them credit?

"Those who made the laws have apparently supposed, that every deficiency of payment is the crime of the debtor. But the truth is, the creditor always shares the act, and often more than shares the guilt, of  improper trust." ~ Samuel Johnson 1709-1784

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wherein Sharyn Exposes Ignorance

Daily Draw: Cross Stitch Lenormand ~ Dog Bird Man

You now see pretty much all I know about using Lenormand cards. Shuffle and lay out a line.
And hard and fast rules or you get your fingers rapped by those in the know.

They seem to date back to Marie Lenormand 1772-1843 who did cartomancy divination with them.
They probably have been in use ever since, in a low key way, until with the ease of gathering images and printing  them out, Lenormand decks are the hula-hoop of today. This deck is from the mind and fingers of Katt, a cross stitch aficionado, and as a Needleslinger myself I had to buy a Cross Stitch Lenormand deck of my own.

Dog Bird Man
A faithful friend who is cheerful is a friend to keep for life.
An instinctive nose for news, shared  with a friend, soon travels far. 

Or if you read with the center card first, flanked by the other two:
Companions; A steadfast mate with a roof over our heads uhhh, oommm? 
I'll think on it and come back later...

"If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people." ~ Victor Cousin 1792-1867

If you are a lenormand buff, I'd really appreciate you sharing in the comments how you'd read these cards, I'll learn a lot from it! Thanks!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Worm's Eye View

Daily Draw: Sacred Sites Tarot ~ Ace of Cups

Mt. Fuji, with it's snowcapped dome is a Japanese icon. And anyone with a popular tourist draw in their backyard will know the attendant problems from the worm's eye view. Too many people packing in too much stuff and leaving it. Too many people, too few toilet facilities. Too many people out for a good time without recognizing a mountain has fast changing weather and thinner air at altitude. Too many people, overcrowding walking trails.

I'm reminded by this card all of the above is unpleasant and needs addressing. But the eagle's eye view? No wonder people love to be close to this mountain, if only once in their lives. It is gorgeous. It rises from the island Honshu and is one Japan's three holy mountains. What does that have to do with Cups? It represents an emotional plateau; once visited or hiked a bit of a letdown is likely, a sort of well, what's next? We need that following 2 of Cups to get revved up again.

"You are wise to climb Fuji once and a fool to climb it twice." Japanese Proverb

Friday, October 25, 2013

Master or Acolyte?

Daily Draw: Sacred Sites Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

I'd like a meditation garden. The images always show them clean and serene...but we have falling maple leaves, shedding cedars, and fir needle duff here and I imagine keeping nature's carpet out while keeping the gravel in would be a full time job.

I'm reminded by this card sometimes it is better to have our day dreams than work down a bucket-list. If I really wanted to master something I'd have already made the time and effort to accomplish it.

"The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are are but an acolyte." ~ Vera Nazarian 1966-  The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stacked Five High

Daily Draw: Sacred Sites Tarot ~ Death

The Jewish Cemetery 1439-1737, Prague.  When the original grounds ran out of space for burials, new top soil was added. In the linked image various levels of gravestones attest to the layers of the dead over the 300 years the cemetery was in use. This is easy street compared to the Panteon Civil de Delores in Mexico City which holds 700,000+ bodies, stacked 5+ room at the inn.

I'm reminded by this card funerals are for the living. The dead have bigger things to worry about.

"The mourners were summoned. They came from the village, from the neighboring hills, and wailing like dogs at midnight, laid siege to the house. Old women beat their heads against the walls, moaning men prostrated themselves. It was the art of sorrow, and those who best mimicked grief were much admired. After the funeral everyone went away, satisfied that they'd done a good job." ~ Truman Capote 1924-1984  House of Flowers

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Daily Draw: Sacred Sites Tarot ~ Knight of Swords

Mount Tabor. A mountain in flatlands, a bump in mountain country. It's early importance was as a junction for trade traffic. It was also the site of numerous battles over the centuries, both to rule the trade traffic and to exert political or religious control. The current controlees best work so far has been to reforest the site.

I'm reminded by this Knight, sword raised, humans will always find something to fight about. It is a wonder any nation can still field Knights regardless of the banner flown. And has it been sin by Knights or sin against Knights?

"Reforestation is human repentance for sins against nature." ~ E.C. Drury 1878-1968

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Eye And Heart For Art

Daily Draw: Sacred Sites Tarot ~ 8 of Wands

Nazca Lines. Estimated at 1300 years old, these immense drawings  in Peru's red earth surface have astounded and astonished. Mostly because their depth and breadth have only been known and appreciated since the invention of the aiplane. The view from the surface is nondescript, the view from the sky is breathtaking.

This hawk-eyed 8 of Wands reminds me of humanity's determination over the eons for artistic expression. My mother doesn't know where she is now, one minute to the next, but her eye for art remains clear. Yesterday I hung dozens of the framed photos she took during the 20 years she and dad traveled the North American continent. Her eye for art clearly shows and she remembers them all.
Her need to express art is now reduced to collecting ink pens. For three years she has kept an ever changing pen cup on her tray. She arranges the different colors in varying patterns often.
This morning she would like to turn over her orange juice glass and use the square bottom as a pedestal for something important. The eye and heart for art is there.

"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud." ~ Emile Zola 1840-1902

Published by Lo Scarabeo, Sacred Sites Tarot, subtitled Magical Places of the World, 2012, by Massimiliano Filadoro and Frederico Penco.

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Daily Draw: Bella Sara ~ Pedro

This card recommends 'do everything with joy'.

Is there any other way?

"Life is short only if you are not living your purpose."
T.F. Hodge 1969-   From Within I Rise

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Is It True?

Daily Draw: Bella Sara ~ Halloween

This little white ghostie horse's quote says "I will keep you safe".

I'm reminded by this card the nursing home where my mother is goes all out for holidays. There are wall spiders, ghosts, pumpkins, witches, tinsel, cobwebs... everywhere in the public areas. Viewed through the eyes of late stage dementia it is wildly confusing and mother no longer knows where she is in relation to her room when she goes out for her walks.

I'm reminded by this small horse ghost who says "I will keep you safe", tomorrow is moving day for mother. We are bringing her home with us and we are all looking forward to it.  Mother actually teared up in the hall when she saw me coming in. She said I know there has been some kind of talk about going home with you, but I couldn't remember, is it true, is it true?

I hadn't intended to do any packing yesterday, lest it confuse her today, but she insisted. There are dozens of pictures on her walls and each one has a story. She told it as we took them down, and she will tell it again when we put them up on her new walls tomorrow. For myself, I won't miss the two hour drive during which I cry going north and cry coming south.

"Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before." ~ Steven Wright ~ 1955-

Friday, October 18, 2013

Lighting The Dark

Daily Draw: Bella Sara ~ Rimfaxe

Ha, I just thought I didn't have any cards that weren't packed. I found a little collection I think came originally from some kind of collector's game cards. What they all have in common is there is a moon in each of them. I collect moon cards...

I'm reminded by this card's phrase "Give others the gift of your love". The cards were a total surprise out of the blue a few years ago, someone somewhere who cared enough to make an action. Which keeps on giving...thank you.

"May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien 1892-1973 The Fellowship of the Ring

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Suffice It To Say

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

I filled the page with words, pounding the keyboard like it was an old black Royal.
Then I breathed deep and let it go.
Internet rants make my eyes glaze over and hit the back button so why add to the pile?

Suffice it to say technology gives me a nine of swords headache in the posterior.

"We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works." ~ Douglas Adams 1952-2001 The Salmon of Doubt

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Push And Twist

Daily Draw: String of Pearls Tarot ~ Page of Swords

The knowledge he needs to lift the sword is available, but it takes both time to access it and faith to achieve it.

I'm reminded by this card of the Social Security Administration, the arm of our government that works on behalf of senior citizens. I've been to the office four times in the last two weeks, each time being told something different has to be done before mother's account will be in order. Each clerk has been positive the others were totally wrong. I'm dragging on that sword mightily. I wonder if it is like a Chinese finger puzzle and I need to push and twist rather than pull?

"Today knowledge has power. It  controls access to opportunity and advancement." ~ Peter F. Drucker 1909-2005

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

True Truth

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ Sun

Whew. Too much of too much.

The sun on reality is a mental steampunk widget, awash with the gears of true truth and imaginary truth, both going too fast to see.

"There is the joy in pursuing truth which nearly counteracts the depressing revelations of truth." ~ H.P. Lovecraft

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sharpen Or Soften

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ 3 of Wands

Rather than back to the world facing the sea of change, this figure has back to sea and sailing ships, and appears to be cogitating on what comes next and how the vines of life interwrap into patterns.

I'm reminded by this image of my own patterns. Yes I have them even though I like to think I'm so out of the box to be patternless. Our nature leads us to those patterns, and I'm not sure it is possible to change, only sharpen or soften.

"Our nature is often hidden, sometimes overcome, seldom extinguished." ~ Sir Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Life Personified

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ 4 of Swords

The runes say conflict over a gift which places an obstacle to personal power. So he sits hemmed in by his swords and thinks. He can leave his box to sleep by the fire, he has a stream in which he can bathe or drink, but he also has a personal pennant with a matching one  on his helmet, and a shield. Fight or flight?

I'm reminded by this card we can run but we can't hide. Sooner or later a course of action will be required before forward movement can be achieved. We can fight over the gift or we can remove it from the equation. Often a difficult choice but there we are, life personified.

"When you can stop you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't." ~ Luke Davies 1962-  Candy

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Death, Disguised, Is Still Death

Daily Draw: Pearls of Wisdom Tarot ~ Death

Shhhhh, she whispered. Come closer. We don't want to be heard being cruel. But sometimes we poke fun at new readers. Every question seems to be "will the guy I saw on the bus become my soul mate" or "why did she unfriend me". And they keep drawing cards until they get the one which suits their wishes or needs.

I'm reminded by this Death card the joke is on me. I drew the 9 of Swords from the PetraK deck this morning. Because I didn't like the shadow that cast on this coming week of changes, I drew another. And another. And finally thumbed through the entire deck. And put it away in favor of this week's Pearls of Wisdom. And look what I drew. This deck was drawn as an outlet for the grief of the artist for her mother and son. I honor her grief by creating an outlet for my own.

"If we  never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer's day." ~ Anthon St Maarten

Pearls of Wisdom was painted over several years by Roxi Sim as a outlet for her grief; the pearls represent her mother, the rainbows and gems represent her son. The digest sized 150 page booklet which is boxed with the second edition cards is very well done with a color image of every card, two or three pages for each major and a full page for each minor. Roxi recently published a companion workbook.
Now out of print, the first edition has white borders and a much smaller book, (2007) the second edition has narrow blue borders, a much better frame for the art. (2008) Both published by 7th House, The Woodlands, Texas.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fact and Fiction, Truth and Myth

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ 6 of Swords

The seat of intelligence and cognitive thinking. Our scientific side which wants to know the who what when where why, the root of fact and fiction, truth and myth.

I'm reminded by this card of the brains around me. How each one works differently, arrives at different conclusions, makes conflicting arguments, yet create cohesive results. How cool is that?

"Science, in all its greatness, is still subject to human creativity. It starts the first moment a child tries to reach up and grab at the clouds. Soon, the child learns his own hands cannot reach the sky, but his hands are not the limit of his potential. For the human brain observes, considers, understands, and adapts. Locked within the mind is infinite possibility." ~ Yukito Kishiro 1967-   Aqua Knight Volume 3 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Brain Rubble

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Tower

Far more restrained than the Thoth Tower upon which it is based.
This is also the shortest tower I've ever seen. The Thoth tower lightning comes from the ground up, this one I can't tell whether it hits the eye above, or originates from it. But there has been very little damage. So far.

I'm reminded by this Tower which is more like a small turret at the castle gate, many Tower moments sneak up on us. We wake up under a pile of rubble wondering wahappened. The crack is here, like the dementia in my mother's mind, but I still have time to make the final fall as gentle as possible. I actually like this little Tower, that door might represent hope rather than impending disaster. Then again, maybe I'm under the rubble and have yet to wake up.

"I became comfortable with what I knew would be the process of trying to pick up the pieces of brain that were in the rubble." ~ Art Spiegelman 1948-

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Enjoyed or Endured

Daily Draw: PertaK Tarot ~ Fortune

The Thoth Wheel card is based on the Titan myth of Saturn, Cybele, and their sixth child Jupiter. Because Saturn didn't want change he allowed none of their children to survive. Cybele managed to spirit Jupiter away and as a consequence the first five children came back from the dead. In avoiding change Saturn was rewarded with the wheel taking a tremendous lurch he couldn't recover from.

I'm reminded by these doors within doors within doors if life remains status quo, the best parts can be missed completely, we don't even get a glimmer of the great potential. Without movement there is no spark of creativity, without continual movement forward the spark dies rather than blossoms, and that third door behind the first two? Where the new reality can be nurtured and shaped, enjoyed or endured, and moved past.

"Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that," he said, "shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass." Ray Bradbury 1920-2012  Fahrenheit 451

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Gnome Alert

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Prince of Coins/Discs

Gotta love the decks based on the Thoth. This prince has the original titles Prince of the Chariot of Earth and Prince and Emperor of the Gnomes. It is difficult for me to imagine Aleister and Lady Freida discussing a decan that contained Gnomes.
On the other hand this prince is an avid learner of new things. And don't we see little bearded blue hatted red cloaked gnomes in the oddest places? Looking wise?

I'm reminded by this card just because I don't understand something on the first pass doesn't mean it is un-understandable. It is simply time to install a bigger cat door for my brain, catch the passing gnome's eye, and invite them in for mutual edification.

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly." ~ Pat Frayne  Tales of Topaz the Conjure Cat

Monday, October 7, 2013

Humbling And Empowering In One Fell Whack

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Ace of Wands/Staves

There is a broad range of art representing the Ace of Wands in the Thoth decks, from the original Golden Dawn hand holding a stick to yods and shooting flames, but what it all comes down to is Wands begin the suit order (wands/cups/swords/coins) and Ace of Wands is the literal base for every single one of the minor cards.

Reminds me of genealogy. My wand will end with me, no children, but while I am here I'm of identical and equal importance to the other 7,184,232,587 (and counting) members in our human tribe. Quite humbling and empowering when you stop to think about it.

"I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have
been/seen/done, of everything done to me. I am everyone/everything whose being in the world affected me and was affected by me. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come." ~Salman Rushdie 1947-  Midnight's Children

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Personal Magic

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Light Magician

Mercury in motion. My aunt and I spent childhood hours playing with some mercury she'd gotten from a thermometer. It is almost hypnotic to see it separate and reform. The FDA was not involved in our experiments...I wonder if that is where my tachycardia stems from.

I'm reminded by this card our personal magic of day to day thoughts and actions are also dividing and reforming continually. For me this can only be a good thing. For others thoughts and actions in stone guide their life, more power to them. We all do what we must on the journey.

"There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our own life." ~ Anais Nin 1902-1977

Saturday, October 5, 2013

New and Improved

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ 5 of Wands

Constant resistance working against the push for activity.
Pressurized magma clamped down by the weight of the mountain. (DuQuette)

Where does it end? Should it end? When is running forward sheer foolishness, yet at what point do we allow ourselves to fall back to the luddite choir?
The internal common sense is gasping for air. Faced with thousands of NEW and IMPROVED choices each day, where can we go for a time out? When we go to work in our invisible flying machines should we still have a Walkman duct taped to the dash? There's your 5 of Wands...It's us pushing and dragging ourselves along trying to catch up with ourselves. Senseless isn't it?

"At Starbucks I like ordering a 'tall venti in a grande cup.' That is basically me asking for a small large in a medium cup." ~ Jarod Kintz 1982

Friday, October 4, 2013

Far Too Costly

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ 7 of Wands

In Thothville this 7 relates to courage and valor.

I'm reminded by this card I have the courage to never again allow my life be ruled by someone else's whims or proclivities.
And the valor required to never allow anger to rule any part of my life again. Never Ever. The cost is far too high, the gain is nill.

"Anger blows out the lamp of the mind." ~ Robert G. Ingersoll 1833-1899

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Diary Of Dementia

Daily Draw: Petrak Tarot ~ Hanged Man

Good morning Mom, I can see from here you don't have your bottom teeth in.
Oh. Don't I? (tongue action)
Hey, someone has taken my teeth.
I'm looking for them mom. Do you know how long they've been missing? (pointless query)
Something is missing, what is it?
I'm looking for your teeth mom. Did you have them at lunch? (futile query. All time questions are futile but it engages her brain so it must be a good thing, right?)
I know something isn't right, but I can't...(taps head)
Hey! You've put them in your used kleenex drawer by your bed!
Your used kleenex drawer, see, here they are!
Where? My teeth are missing, where are my dentures?
I'm soaking the kleenex off mom. Maybe you took them out in the night.
Well something isn't right. I looked but then I didn't know (taps head, what she was looking for)
Hey! Where are my teeth?

Hanged Man indeed. I took care of my father-in-law for three years and watched this same scenario play out until there was nothing left but sad eyes. The worse it gets the more you want to do, the less you can do. Any change from what they still recognize and know is disastrous and speeds up the process. Change the color of the water sipper cup? Won't be there next day, dropped in the garbage, not theirs. New clothes? They will say every time they put them on, not theirs. Washing hands, combing hair? The need has escaped them. I'm even considering asking a friend to borrow a one-level house sitting empty. But would it be a service to my mother? Yes in that we could see each other from anywhere in the living space. No because it would be change. Should I take a recliner and stay with her in her room? If I wasn't in the recliner she wouldn't recognize it's presence and would stand in the hall asking people to take it out. Oh thou dirty rotten Hanged Man.

"My mother is treating her sore leg with powered creamer."
"She sees the photograph of two vases of sweetpeas as dad and grandpa in military uniform with their arms entwined."  ~ Sharyn

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Muddy The Water

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ 7 of Swords

Futility. Thy secret name is self-obfuscation.
  1. To totally obscure with non-germane information in a verbose manner, with the intent to provide a non-answer, and provide total befuddlement.
I'm reminded by this card of how often we clasp a futile situation to our hearts and just keep on driving the swords in, often falling on them to be sure they are up to the hilt and make us seem the victim. Better to look inward and recognize what personal boogers need to be speared and yanked out.

"When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche  1844-1900

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Daylight's Burnin'

Daily Draw: PetraK Tarot ~ Ace of Coins

This ace represents the unshaped energy, the clear potential, the gift of pure productivity available at the root of the suit.

I am reminded by this card today I'm doing something I didn't think I ever would again, I thought that stream of income had long gone dry. I'm kind of excited, better stir my stumps as they say in this part of the world.

"Potential has a shelf life." ~ Margaret Atwood 1939-  Cat's Eye