Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Reduced or Lifted

Daily Draw: Rosetta Tarot ~ 5 of Coins

Meleen would have us flip the switch and move on. I know there are families 'off the grid', leaving modern life behind. I can think of situations where we'd all be reduced to that life. Or to be fair lifted to it.

I'm reminded by this card of the PBS House series, Colonial House, Manor House, Frontier House, 1940 House, 1900 House. I'd recommend any and all when feeling pressured by modern day life. The good old days weren't. Today is the good old day to improve tomorrow.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Heart Beat

Daily Draw: Rosetta Tarot ~ Tower

What is a Tower?
"RCMP commissioner warns continued IT failures will have 'catastrophic' consequences"

"Here's how the worst flub in Oscar history went down"

They both are. Why? Because that is what Towers do, take you down fast, and take you down slow. When you are in it and the fall begins the heart beat is identical.

"The splendid thing
about falling apart silently...
is that you can start over
as many times as you like." ~ Sanober Khan   A Thousand Flamingos 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Scylla and Charybdis

Daily Draw: Rosetta Tarot ~ Moon

Scylla and Charybdis represent being trapped between rock and hard place; down to two bad choices and no option to pass the buck.

I'm reminded by this card, I've never been in a concentration camp, a typhoon or tornado or tsunami, a train wreck, a cruise ship going down...in which I've needed to make instant decisions that impact life or death to those nearby. What would I do? In the mean time the myriad tiny decisions today certainly impact the rest of my own days.

"Do you shovel to survive, or survive to shovel?" ~ Kimifusa Abe writing as Kōbō Abe  Woman in the Dunes

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Last Unicorn

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ 5 of Swords

The ancient unicorn in this painting has chosen the swords rather than go forward in an unforgiving world.

I'm reminded by this card, refusing to stay is a harsh but available option. Each day I inch along, keeping my head down, denying the massive part of the world with which I am unable to cope. Because it has always been this way regardless of  space time continuum. We are who we are where we are when we are.

 "If a unicorn should call to you
Some moon-mad night all washed in dew,
Then here's the prayer to whisper:
Grant me the heart to follow." ~   Bruce Coville under pen name Beatrice Farrington   Old Ragged John

Friday, February 24, 2017

Chaos Wrapped In Lies

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

Hexagram 41: Be still, lessen the power of ego, and misfortune will be avoided.
Would it were so for our first nations, our native peoples.

We are, all chaos, all the time. I'm reminded by this card, and Chief Seattle's words of environmental and cultural concern, part of which is in the lower right.

"We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes on the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy - and when he has conquered it, he moves on." ~ Chief Seattle 1786-1866

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Key

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Hierophant

Ritual. Law. Ethics.

I'm reminded by this card, I'd not like to live to see what creatures we are without them.

"Much that passes for education is not education at all but ritual. The fact is that we are being educated when we know it least." ~  David P. Gardner 1933-

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ World/Universe

I've read seven pages of tiny print about Haindl's Universe, now my brain feels like it swallowed a water balloon.

I'm reminded by this card it isn't necessary to know everything. Some things just are.

"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." ~ Eden Phillpotts   1862-1960

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Moon

Haindl's Moons expose the back of our mind, where the oldest knowledge resides. When drawn there, purposefully or not, it can be a long road back to logic and reality.

I'm reminded by this card and the magnifying bubbles, of Garrick Ollivander and his wand shop filled with small boxes that seemed to stretch on and on. I sometimes go to a similar dusty place of old memories to think, to shuffle some boxes around, maybe bring a few hidden ones back with me. I don't know that is a safe place for me, but I must remember to not forget.

"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it." ~ Robert Heinlein 1907-1988

Monday, February 20, 2017


Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

Perfection. The bubble held in the hand is a magnifier.

I'm reminded by this card we see what is not perfect because we are looking to closely.  I've been practicing a quilting technique which I feel is coming along oh so poorly. On three inch blocks, some with 20 or 30 pieces. Seeing this bubble I'm thinking I should take all my practice blocks, put them on the working wall, and stand back. I'm guessing they will probably be fine. Or fine-ish which is close enough for me.

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in." ~ Leonard Cohen 1925-2016

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Big Fat Joke

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

Peace. A state without war. Was there ever? There are 710 peace antonyms, 790 peace synonyms 779 terms related to peace. (Power Thesaurus) In the english language. How many more must there be in a world of languages?

This card with the sanctuary pavilion on the left reminds me the world was at peace in 268 years out of the last 2500. We have military troops in 130-150 countries as we speak. Peace? Not in our lifetime and certainly not via US involvement in any way, shape, or form.

"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading."  unknown

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Tower

When is it a Tower and when is it a pothole? It took an hour to go the twelve miles home from town yesterday. Creeping along, creeping along some more. A neighbor said it was because there was a freeway sinkhole just south of us.

I'm reminded by this card a sinkhole big enough to stop three lanes of traffic was a big deal, deeply impacting commerce up and down the state. Turns out it was a section of weather caused potholes. Towers are much the same. Local Tower, large event. Far Tower, interesting news. Keeping them all in perspective is a reflection on our humanity. Syria is a Tower event. My clothes dryer dying isn't even a burp.

"..What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us." ~ Rabih Alameddine  1959-    The Hakawati

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Vision

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Hanged Man

Mr. Haindl was seventeen years old when he was captured, and spent four years in a Russian prisoner of war camp. His Hanged Man suspension and subsequent art work was influenced greatly by that time of fearful isolation and abject hopelessness. Hence the eye on the backs of the cards in this deck both show and see our creativeness is always influenced by our life experiences.

I'm reminded by this barely there Hanged Man I've been reading treatises on the Holocaust and first person interviews of survivors. I'm reading information I shouldn't be stuffing into the darkness of my mind because we should never be allowed to forget. But we do and have. Funny old place, the world, where we never learn from history, but as individuals we create new same old history with each generation.

In respect, Hermann Haindl 1923-2013

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ 5 of Cups

Exaggerated expectations.

Proof we are never too old to set too  much store by someone else's opinion...we read the book, drive the car, watch the movie, eat at the restaurant, see the baby, and then wonder, "Wot?".

"The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations." ~ Eli Khamarov 1948-

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Does It Matter?

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Sun

Starting with a quibble. Pollack says the lines on this sun is a labyrinth.
I see the lines on the outer edge, which look like circles to me. Under deep magnification all of them go fuzzy. Having had two truths turned into myths last week, I'm loath to play the fool again. Without seeing the center I think these are subsequent circles rather than a spiral.

I'm reminded by this sun, does it matter? To an info-junkie everything is game for thought. I've been told there are no straight lines in nature. But there are, particularly in caves and deep underground. Does that matter? Yes, to me.

"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature." ~ Rachel Carson  1907-1964     Silent Spring

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ 8 of Wands

Finding our direction in life, or scattered or contradictory energies. Heat apparently propels the Wands, heat provides the direction. Hexagram 35 is "you progress like the rising sun. The brighter your virtue, the higher you rise."

I'm reminded by the idea of virtue I could easily name eight people of virtue, but not eight businesses. In the course of the day I might think of eight hundred more people of seeming virtue, sadly counterbalanced by eight hundred more public entities who miss or even actively flog non-virtue. Who am I to judge? And has it ever mattered?

"Virtue has its own reward, but no box office." ~ Mae West 1893-1980  An Uncommon Scold

Monday, February 13, 2017

Light and Dark

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Magician

This Magician speaks of light and creation (Rachel Pollack) but what about the extrusion of dark and destruction?

I'm reminded by this card I had pages of words about this Magician, and word by sentence I've taken it back out, reassembled the words, reversed thought again, to be left with one sentence, only partly mine. I can speak of the darkness no more today.

"Maybe you who condemn me are in greater fear than I who am condemned." ~ Giordano Bruno 1548-1600

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wishy Washy

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Ace of Stones/Coins

The eagle is landing, we can tell by the placement of his feet. Is it important? I think so.  We grasp the honeymoon stage of life decisions with this ace, then are shortly pinioned by reality.

This card reminds me one way to gloss over the pinioned stage is to say we wouldn't be what we are today without all those changes. True. But given the chance there are many life decisions I would do differently. On the other hand I wouldn't go back in time to a younger dumber me. Wishy washy wishy washy...

"Reconsider. To seek a justification for a decision already made." ~ Ambrose Bierce 1842-1914

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Making The Leap

Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ 5 of Coins/Mirrors

Odd deck alert... what I'm given in this image strikes me as entrepreneur oriented. In my case it was hairdresser and then elder care. Working for yourself may bring the idea you only work when you want with who you want.

Wrong. I'm reminded by this image of few pots ready for sale and nothing curing in the oven. Quite often in the early days you put in twice the hours for half the money. This potter has chosen to go for it knowing his ability to focus and balance creates a better quality of life.

"The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer." ~ Nolan Bushnell 1943-

Friday, February 10, 2017


Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ Queen/Woman of Swords

Utilizing our past in ways that make us smarter and stronger. Stubborn and stuck is also an option.

I'm reminded by this woman, who looks back in rumination, I can't change or deny the past for love or money, but learning from it is the pivot on which my life revolves.

"Minds free, thoughts gone. Brows clear, faces serene." ~ Chuang Tzu 370-287 BC, translation by Thomas Merton

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Turn Around

Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

Rather than walking away from it, this 8 would ask us to make right whatever is wrong.

I'm reminded by this image, I think my big mouth has offended two people I care about, one a fellow blogger and the other my favorite cousin.  My heart feels something is amiss. With my tendency to isolation I could keep walking...but I won't. I need all the friends I can get.

"Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living." ~ José N. Harris 1962-

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bright vs Burnt

Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ 10 of Wands

When do our brilliant ideas pass from intensity to obsession? Why do we think brilliant thoughts and not birth them?

I'm reminded by this card bright, brilliant, and burnt are found in our brain, the key being, yes again, balance.

"The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn." ~ David Russell 1953-

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ 4 of Coins/Mirrors

Boundaries in life, earth, substance.

I'm reminded by this card
Life: Too tightly wrapped for balance yet wouldn't bother me to wake up dead.
Earth: Well balanced in respect, thought, and action.
Substance: What I still own wouldn't have value to anyone else but has beauty and usefulness to me.
Ah well, life is a process.

"Knowledge once gained casts a faint light beyond its own immediate boundaries. There is no discovery so limited as not to illuminate something beyond itself." ~  John Tyndall l820-1893

Monday, February 6, 2017

Big Fat Story

Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ 7 of Swords

A relentless search for the how and why and willingness to take unusual paths. I think the sneak thief 7 is now crushed right out of my stock of keywords.

On the other hand it isn't always pleasant to find I've allowed my mind to be lead down false paths. Have you heard (and believed) that the Great Wall of China can be seen by orbiting astronauts? A claim from a 1794 letter and made again in 1895. Big fat story. I'd also heard and believed when the fog lays in my beautiful Columbia River it can be seen from space like a big white snake. I'm crushed to find that is a big fat story too. I need to do a better job of aggressively vetting my facts. Oh well, this morning it lead me down a lot of google images paths, that can't be all bad.

"What are your historical Facts; still more your biographical? Wilt thou know a man by stringing-together beadrolls of what thou namest Facts?" ~ Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Peas and Soil

Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ Page Coins/Child Mirrors

This deck is one of optimism, suggesting with this Page that beginning and leaving unfinished projects is part of educating our mental palate how to do and be better.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder where the line in the sand is. What is a project to a six year old? Legos? Color books, puzzles? Is a child excused from clean up?  Boredom with a project or outgrowing it and walking away isn't the problem, it is understanding the consequences.

"The sower may sow his peas crookedly: the peas make no mistake, but come up and show his line. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To the peas and soil it means nothing. But what does it mean to the child?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Instant Aversion

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ Emperor

If we take an aversion to people is it because they exhibit traits we ourself have? Drawing the Emperor immediately puts me on the prod.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder if mini-me has partaken of the kool-ade.
Still hate the emperor.

"I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Sneak Thief

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 7 of Swords

I woke up thinking about poor old 7 of Swords, doomed to be thought of as the sneak thief/betrayer by the 1909 RWS deck which first presented pictorial minors as a story. See image here.  My seven takes a more tender view...

I'm reminded by this card of pinterest and yesterday's post about culture can change in one generation. Has there ever been a bigger gathering of theft and betrayal than pinterest, anywhere? Ever?

"If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozing out."  ~ Sigmund Freud 1856-1939

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Worm Always Turns

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ King of Coins

I was looking for the source of "it takes three generations to make a fortune and one generation to lose it". A misremembrance. My query resulted in a lot of similar findings regarding how long it takes to lose something. No wonder our Kings of Coins always look so grumpy.

  • How long does it take to lose a culture? One generation. Ken Ham
  • It Only Takes One Generation for a Church to Die. Sean Lucas
  • 70% of Rich Families Lose Their Wealth by the Second Generation. Chris Taylor, Reuters 
  • In three generations, a dynasty will have run its course. Douglas Tong
A perfect example?  William Henry Vanderbilt’s (1821-1875) heirs. His fortune at death? Over $300 billion in today’s dollars. However, by 1973, in just two generations, not a single heir was even a millionaire.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." ~ Ronald Reagan 1911-2004

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

Hard to find a quibble today.

I'm reminded by this card we can thinketh all we want
but without chooseth, we are just ciphers sittething.

"Inactivity is not rest; it is a preparation for the tomb.". ~ Robertson Davies 1913-1995