Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Daily Draw: Astrological Oracle ~ Taurus

My father in law was a Taurus and my mother in law always described him as such. 'Taurus..stubborn as a bull'. If he was he learned it from her.

I suspect all of us have that streak. I know I can be, it is probably part and parcel of my ruthless side. Not sure how we'd get through without that backbone support, life being a river full of eddies and boulders of events and emotions.

"Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche  1844-1900

Monday, March 30, 2015


Daily Draw: Astrological Oracle ~ Jupiter

Ah, the big Kahuna. When he is happy, everyone is happy. We often hear that proverb in relation to families. When (insert name) is happy everyone is happy. Not that it would ever apply to any of us...

This card reminds me of my moodiness as a teenager. No wonder mother eventually lost her mind. I haven't a clue how parents make it through the long haul, but good on them for managing to do it.

 "We speak of a person as Jovial, as being born under the planet Jupiter or Jove, which was the joyfullest star and the happiest augury of all." ~ Richard C Trench 1807-1886

Sunday, March 29, 2015

In The White Room

Daily Draw: Astrological Oracle ~ Venus

Goddess of love, with a wide influence on everything we treasure, hold dear, find  or make beautiful. Her siren song is what pulls us to a person place or thing.

I'm reminded by this card what sterile lives we'd lead without desire. We'd be content alone in a white room with one white chair.

"Silver horses ran down moonbeams in your dark eyes" ~ Pete Brown 1940-

This lush deck was published by Lo Scarabeo 2012. 191 page digest sized booklet by Lunaea Weatherstone, art by Antonella Castelli. Deck edges gilded, card faces illuminated with iridescent silver.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Wachstum

Berkana. Growth, renewal, new beginnings.

Focus on today. What is past is finished, tomorrow is hazy and ill-defined. What I do and think today is what matters.

"Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.." ~ R. D. Laing 1927-1989

Friday, March 27, 2015

Gift Someone

Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Schutz

Algiz. Unwanted influences with support from unexpected places. In a busy life we are buffeted by influences all day long, not all in our best interest, particularly in ways reflected in our inside and outside health.

I'm reminded by this card a 'I don't know what else to say' something is  "keep up your spirits..."  Nothing wrong with that except it is no help at all. If we could don't you think we would? Sometimes there isn't any help and sometimes a smile from a stranger is what gets you through.
I grieve for the friends and family of the 150 people killed in the plane crash, deliberately crashed by a pilot suffering from the blackest depression.  I'm not there today, but the shadow is always close, and I run and run, hoping for that stranger's smile, to gift me that option of being just a tiny bit better for that day.

 "I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full." ~ Sylvia Plath 1932-1963

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Broken Victory

Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Der Krieger

Tiwaz. Go for the victory. Been prodded right along all week haven't I?

I'm reminded by this card and a broken friendship that we probably both feel we've been proved right. But it is all in the viewpoint isn't it? And for every ten billion people there are also ten billion points of view. Where can a victory be in that?

"Cutting people out of your life is easy, keeping them in is hard." ~ Walter Dean Myers 1927-1014

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bubble Over

Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Fruchtbarkelt

Yesterday was get started moving, today is fertility, progress, and achievement, we are going in the best direction, well done us! I decided this winter to redirect my quilting passion. I don't need any more bed quilts, I have two stacks nearly waist high. So I'm doing 40X40 inch quilts to be hung across our loft banister.

I'm reminded by this card that simple decision has opened up a whole new area of quilt making, because hanging quilts are not sat upon or run through the washer or cuddled under on rainy afternoons. So I can think odd shapes, dimensional bits, fragile fabrics, processes that are fiddly or take forever in a large quilt. I don't bother with holidays any more, but seasonal quilts...now there is a broad palette for designs, think about winter solstice in icy fabrics! My mind and fingers bubble over, hurrah for a fresh morning and another fertile day.

"Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful." ~ Mark Victor Hansen 1979-

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Fliessen

After standing pat yesterday, today's rune Laguz encourages us to go with the flow. Get moving. Follow our nose and  see where it leads us.

I'm reminded by this card being stuck is alright, if we are cogitating and planning past being stuck. If we are frozen through fear or laziness, we need to give our self a quick kick up the (Y) and get rolling again.

"Fire wants to burn
Water wants to flow
Air wants to rise
Earth wants to bind
Chaos wants to devour
I want to live" ~ Cassandra Clare/Judith Rumelt 1973-   The Iron Trial

Monday, March 23, 2015

Let 'er ride...

Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern ~ Unfassbare

Translates to incredible or incomprehensible. And depending on how you see it, the 'blank' rune, first introduced by Blum, sealed his fate when reintroducing Runes to the modern world; Mauled by scholars, his book has been published in many languages, with well over two million in print.  According to him he was an unemployed Harvard graduate 33 years ago whose wife had just walked out on him when he picked up a bag of runes from a bookshelf and..."So not only was I broke, depressed, out of a job—I was now talking to stones in the middle of the night."

So what does the heretical blank run say this morning? That I have several irons hanging fire, today the answer is unknowable. That not all wishes are meant to come true. Chance can knock even the most thought out and carefully laid plans for a loop. Let 'er ride...

"There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude." ~ Ralph Blum 1932-

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Daily Draw: Runes Blum/Gern 2001 ~ Trennung

Runes. Historically significant language, names occasionally translated by "I'll hazard a guess". I've kept five books on Runes, the names given for this one are Othila (inherited land), Opila (inheritance), Othala (own land), Odal (practical issues). Trennung translates to Separation (retreat/inheritance).

All that said to say...inheritance is complicated. What we might expect, what we may get, and how we use it. for better or worse. What we may in turn leave. How the state will divide it up if we are foolish enough to not have a will.

"Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him." ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater 1718-1801

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Love and Hate

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Sun

Llew Llaw Gyffes, another son cursed by his mother...to never have a human wife. Two great magicians, Gwydion and Math created one from nature for him, from blossoms and waves and all was well until she fell for another man with whom she plotted Llew's death.

I'm reminded by this card love is a strange animal, and how love can morph into it's dark twin hate. Can hate morph to love? Not very often I expect, we feed hate, while in so many ways we often starve love.

"Actions lie louder than words." ~ Carolyn Wells 1862-1942

Friday, March 20, 2015

DD214 - I Give Up

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

The State of Washington supplements mother's care at the memory care facility where she lives. The State said I have to get the Veterans Administration on board, via dad's WWII army service, to help pay or mom is in peril of losing critical State financial assistance.

I'm reminded by this card there is nothing remotely relating to dad's DD214 discharge certificate in the few things of mother's that remain in my possession. I've been working on/with the VA since October on this, trying to get a copy of the DD214, without which the VA will accept no responsibility for any benefits. Problem is there was a huge fire in July of 1973 and the records for Army discharged between 1912-1959 and Air Force prior to 1964 whose names begin with I-Z were destroyed.
I've received and sent form after form after form with identical forms coming back to be filled out again, with the warning that the above veterans records were lost in the fire.

I say all this because if you or family were discharged from Army or Air Force in those years, now is the time to find that form in your current possessions. I wish you well rather than an 8 of Cups outcome.

"Caesar's double-bed is warm
As an unimportant clerk
Writes I do not like my work
On a pink official form." ~ W.H. Auden 1907-1973

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Queen of Wands

For some reason this Queen always reminds me of a classic 'committee woman'.

Where would we be without them (probably happier, if a bit disorganized) but I'm reminded by this card I know one when I meet one, and I'd rather see one than be one.

"A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled." ~ Sir Barnett Cocks 1907-1989

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tattered Life

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Wheel of Fortune

In the fourth branch of the Mabinogion the tattered story of Arianrhod is pieced together. She still has some of her ancient powers combined with a willful nature and bad temper which work both for and against her two sons.

I'm reminded by this card we are often buffeted by the moods and whims and attentions of others, which we do in return. It is in fact what makes up time, were it just us in a vacuum we could call it a perfect life, but it wouldn't be true as there would be no Wheel turning, what would be the fun in that?

"Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational. ~ Hugh Mackay 1938-

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Clocking In

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 7 of Wands

Determination and creative thinking. Guarding principles.

The slippery rocks, the water pressure, the waiting wands; I'm reminded by this card of being a wage earner. Of the things I tried to change. Of the good bosses and the rotten. Of bonuses, and of being fired. Of the pleasure in taming a mountain of paperwork. Of the occasional intrigue Below Stairs and Upstairs. Of favorite customers, probably all long gone now. Rock on 7, be the best you are capable of being, it is your life after all, playing out a day at a time.

"I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn't that a little like saving up sex for your old age?" ~ Warren Buffett 1930-

Monday, March 16, 2015

More Will Be Required

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Emperor

"He who will be chief let him be a bridge; to whom more has been given, more from him will be required". Bran the Blessed.

I'm reminded by this card, a life in public service exposes the server to the vilest headlines and cruelest jests, those most baseless the larger and louder proclaimed. It is a wonder anyone bothers to seek higher office. What good they do will never be remembered, but the bad will tar them through history. Maybe it is the gravy train with biscuit wheels (Kingpin) which follows...

"Sometimes people just fall into the honey pot..." ~ Patrick Duffy 1949-

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ King of Wands

We spent the day yesterday at our first Fly Fishing expo, many King of Rods there, totally fun to listen to and watch effortlessly working their line.

I'm reminded by this card of Frank Moore, a 92 year old World War II veteran who put on a special show for us. Trim and upright, dressed in his Army uniform and mind sharp as a tack...he is the Master of fly fishing in the state of Oregon. Honorable, artistic, articulate, master of success in his field.

"Master yourself, and become king of the world around you." ~ Mike Norton 1988-

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sagebrush And Crags

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 9 of Cups

Being humans we seem determined to mess with perfection. A golf course is better than a meadow, a billowing fountain is better than a natural creek.

I'm reminded by this card, there are two sides of the State of Washington. Divided by  the Cascade mountains, the west side wet and green jungle, the east side sagebrush and crags. All gorgeous, all created by time and nature. Can we not protect our nature from our nature?

"The earth is not a mere fragment of dead history, but living poetry like the leaves of a tree, not a fossil earth, but a living earth." ~ Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862

Friday, March 13, 2015


Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 4 of Swords

The scene and season shout dormant or hibernation.

I'm reminded by this card I've done both, not purposefully, but woke up to find I'd done it accidentally to life. Fortunately, while I was 'away' the well refilled and and when I'm 'back' from that mental place life has a fresh gleam and attraction.

"The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. Second, absence of pleasure. It appears like an innocuous illness. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death." ~ Anais Nin 1903-1977

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Imagine The Concept

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ 9 of Coins

A prudent woman with discerning taste and habits. Treats people with compassion and honor but allows few into her life.

I'm reminded by this card it is good to have an example to follow. I have massive good plans for my day but now it is already 8:30 AM and so far I've managed to drink a cup of coffee. Oh. You mean I have to stand up and move to get something done?  Imagine the concept.

"Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start." ~ which ate up another ten minutes looking for the author... which I couldn't find.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Only The Young Die Good

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Star

The life of Branwen is just too sad to tell this early in the morning but there are  many women who have walked in her footsteps through time.

I'm reminded by this card of the ludicrous 'only the good die young'. If they are young they haven't had time to make their good bad indifferent mark on the world yet. Perhaps better said, only the young die good? But what about the christian belief they are all born with and in sin? If there is no escaping why walk the high road at all?  Apparently I've hit one of my triggers...this Star stands for hope, escape, grace, and peace.

"Revolutions produce other men, not new men. Halfway between truth and endless error, the mold of the species is permanent. That is Earth's burden." ~ Barbara W. Tuchman 1912-1989  The First Salute

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Small Chariots

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Chariot

While mother and son were hanging frozen from the golden bowl for seven years, their spouses were left alone in a land devoid of people courtesy of the otherworld.

I'm reminded by this card of end of the world books. One of my favorites is Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven, which I think Kevin Costner's film The Postman was based on, Stephen King's The Stand, and M.K. Wren's A Gift Upon The Shore . In classic human behavior patterns good and bad are attracted to their kind and together get better and worse. Is there ever a victory chariot in these stories? Of course. Small Chariots, because each day dawns anew and we start rebuilding a world all over again.

"You can't survive the end of the world without first surviving the world we have now." ~ anonymous survival blog

Monday, March 9, 2015

Eye Contact

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Knight of Cups

Via Ferguson's companion book I'd think of this Knight as "the person you'd most like to meet" in all the "when will I meet my soul mate" questions we get. Wow, what a guy...

I'm reminded by this card we live in a scary scary world. If I allowed the world news to color all my life I'd never leave the house. And what a personal loss that would be. I had some time to kill before the NW Tarot Symposium Saturday so I stopped at a fabric store. I petted the rolls of fake fur as I went by, looked up and there was a burly unkempt man doing the same. We looked at each other and laughed and I gave him a hug as I went by. I could have avoided eye contact and missed out on a hug and what a shame that would have been. Eye contact and a smile, that's my ticket away from fear.

 "We look at each other with shy relief. It's the look two odd socks give when they recognize each other in the wild." ~ Fiona Wood  Six Impossible Things

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Make Our Choices

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Tarot ~ Hanged Man

Pryderi entered a castle that wasn't his, then reached for a hanging golden bowl that was none of his business. And was paralyzed, stuck hanging from it for seven years, along with his mother Rhiannon who rushed in thinking she could fix the situation.

I'm reminded by this card most of us would willing take a punishment rather than have it fall on a loved one. Life seldom gives us that option though, we make our choices and live with the consequences. Or consequences are thrust upon us when we had no choice at all.

"Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First we make our choices. Then our choices make us." ~Anne Frank 1929-1945

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.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wax And Wane

Daily Draw: Pictish Oracle ~ Double Crescent

Waxing and waning. Funny how our interests do that. And some don't. Every day I get up wanting to work with needle and thread. I always look forward without fail to what thought my cards (or tile) will spark. I've been fascinated by all things Egypt for as long as I can remember but I've had three new books on Egypt on my nightstand for at least a year that I'm ignoring. Weird that.

I'm reminded by this tile we are but humans in a world where there are seemingly no limits on what we can know and do. So not surprising a few things will fall through the cracks and be supplanted by something else.

"The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well." ~ Horace Walpole 1717-1797

Friday, March 6, 2015


Daily Draw: Pictish Oracle ~ Pictish Beast

Benevolent creature. We may all have something not human that gives us a feeling of comfort or safety.

I'm reminded by this tile of the moon. I have no inkling why I track the moon phases, watch for it on clear nights, howl when it is full...I just like it and it makes me happy. That is good enough reason for me.

"The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished." ~ Deng Ming-Dao 1954-  Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tool Or Weapon?

Daily Draw: Pictish Oracle ~ Bow and Arrow

Is it a tool or is it a weapon? The Pictish experts aren't sure. We experience what I now think of as Sunday Shooting. Someone north and east of us uses automatic weapons every Sunday, most of the daylight hours. It started shortly after 9/11 and it made me nervous so I went down and talked to the police about it. Now I just make the assumption it is a survivalist or heavy duty hobbyist and ignore it.

I'm reminded by this tile how easy it apparently is for children to amass weapons and ammo on-line. How we never really know people. Of the Keep It Simple Stupid method of knife + head so popular now. And how it all never ends.

"Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival." ~ Steve Maraboli 1975-    Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Daily Draw: Pictish Oracle ~ Hammer and Anvil

As small villages began to form, out of the iron age came the beginning knowledge of making ore bloom into iron from applied high heat. The Smithy was often the big fish in the small pond as his skill and art was required by all.

I'm reminded by this card how easily something we didn't know existed morphs into something we have to have. How much we miss those things when they break or wear out. Modern manufacturing and the use of vehicles rather than horses spelled the end of the village smithy with his alchemy and usefulness. I wonder what he morphed into? The hardware store perhaps? Auto body shop?

"The Crucible
Forge Your Own Blacksmithing Tools
March 4-March 31 2015
Wednesday 7-10pm
Price: $445.00"

(for those interested, what appeared to be a mass on my mammogram last week, disappeared completely in yesterday's retake. happy camper here!)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Daily Draw: Pictish Oracle ~ Ogham

Ogham is an Irish alphabet whose time frame coincides with the Pictish. If the Siberians crossed into the Americas via the Beringia circa 10,000 BCE it is easy to imagine the Picts and Celts crossing paths in both battle and trade goods at later more modern dates. The author says this tile is often transliterated as the root meaning is unclear. I had to look up transliterated. In SharynSpeak it is a form of I said, you said, they said, and it comes back to me unrecognizable as mine.

All that said to say...I'm reminded by this tile of communication to keep my mind and ears turned on today. Exaggeration and imagination are put on hold, lest I misunderstand really good news as dramatic doom; it is a human trait to only assimilate what we think is relevant, and transliterate the rest.

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." ~ George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lumine Motus

Daily Draw: Pictish Oracle ~ Crescent and V-Rod

These tiles are so beautifully and precisely drawn and carved this morning I did some deeper research. Guess what. The originals look like these tiles, they too were precisely drawn, hardly random squiggles of an illiterate barbaric tribe but features of a civilization struggling with keeping itself viable during hundreds of years of depredations by the Vikings, Romans, christians.  

This written construction has been interpreted variously as weather, death, seasons, sundial. I'm reminded by this tile of our own passage, macrocosm and microcosm, of the shadows and shadings placed on our lives by circumstances outside our control. Our life is a series of ticks around a sundial, the shadows move on allowing one more tick, one more chance, one more day.

"A lumine motus
  I am moved by the light."
        Maeterlinck 1862-1949  Measure of the Hours

Sunday, March 1, 2015

First Impressions

Daily Draw: Pictish Lenormand ~ Mirror and Comb

I once took a loathing to a neighbor because his hair wasn't combed. Turned out he was loathable for a lot of reasons, but it has always bothered me I felt that way based on first appearances.

I'm reminded by this mirror and comb to reflect on myself, how I present myself to both inner and outer world,  Dressed, hair combed, braced and ready. Bring 'er on.

This week I'm using the Pictish Oracle by Beverly King 2013, 24 tiles drawn from the class one stones carved by the Picts in the 6th and 7th centuries. They can be found on Etsy via AlaskaLaserMaid