Friday, June 30, 2017


Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

Eight arms. Short lifespan (2-5 years). What to pick and what to leave.

I'm reminded by this creature we probably don't remark on what worked out well, we quickly become accustomed, take it for granted. But the wrong pick...that burns our biscuits for a long time. We brood, are quick to anger and snap, get embarrassed if anyone brings it up, we try to walk away from the whole subject.

"Your longevity is stupidity if you were leading a worthless life." ~ Michael Bassey Johnson

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Instinctual Moon

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ Moon

We can learn from books and observation, of both people and animals. Terms for animal behavior come as sly, or cunning, the dark side of the Moon. Yes they are, so would you be if you had to catch your breakfast on the fly. But they are funny, experience grief, and have inborn instincts that serve them all their days. I think modern humans begin to sluff off our instincts from the day we are born, big loss that.

All that said to say we adopted two new family members this week, Kiwi and Ash. Introducing Kiwi. They are busy teaching me things,
I've already learned to not roll around in my office chair.

"I'm standing on the moon, with nothing left to do, with a lonely view of heaven, but I'd rather be with you." ~ Grateful Dead  1989

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ 6 of Coins

Ripples of reciprocity spreading out from good works.

Bar none we live in the most generous country in the world.
Yet a proportion of people and/or their children keep trying to hide assets from the government so they don't have to pay their own way in senior care homes.

I'd gotten this far in my thoughts then closed my blog and went out to mow our lawn. (Seven+ miles of walking, now half finished).
I do not know why my mind always sees the dark side. Like newspapers, bad news is more interesting and sells more papers? But I'm not looking for eyeballs, I write my posts for me. Is this just a place to let out mental rants? If so that is a pretty stinky way to use my precious time.

I don't know where my blog is heading but I have four knee high stacks of decks I'm going to put up on ebay or amazon. Leaving me with the best of the cream of the best. Then perhaps my posts will also reflect the best of me.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Peace in Preparation

Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ 4 of Swords

Rather than resting on his coffin lid our figure is peacefully working in an organized manner.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder how much our need for peace and rest is self-caused. If a big job is at hand and we have to keep running off for material and tools we forgot. If traveling we keep needing something we forgot at home.  If studying we find ourselves sidetracked by all manner of diversions.

"If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy." ~ Blaise Pascal 1623-1662

Sunday, June 25, 2017

New Age

Daily Draw: New Earth Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

Harmony and balance are being restored, rather than the standard slump-shouldered caped figure leaving the scene. The author/artist indicate this deck was created for the new age. 'New Age' is often a term said with sneering derision.

I'm reminded by this card of the people and movements I've encountered with a new age mindset. The people who embraced hippydom, with their let the world burn man mindset. Of the Peace Corp mindset who thought they were saving the world, one small country at a time.
What these groups birthed was today's green movement. Divided by the same two groups of the 70's. Stop progress at all costs, and let the earth burn man.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Get Over It

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ Prince of Cups

'A dreamer of happier places and times' Waldherr.

I'm reminded by this card today is the good old days.

Friday, June 23, 2017

A to Z

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ 10 of Wands/Staves

This fire, bright as the sun, signifies Siegfried and Brunnhilde's task to destroy Wotan's ring. The leaves signify the personal growth achieved following the path.

Many 10 of Wands portray the carriers back nearly bent double at this stage, and the Thoth system flat calls it oppression. I'm reminded by this card life isn't an A  to Z journey, many burdens we carry may be by choice and short term, but more I think are lifelong. And most are invisible and would be difficult to explain, so we don't. Here is a hug to all of us, for keeping on keeping on, there is hero in that stack of staves.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Around The Corner

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ Prince of Coins

Perseus, son of Danae and Zeus, whose claim to fame is slaying Medusa. Which made me wonder about Medusa...ahh, Greek myths, there is always another corner in the story.

Polydectes desired Perseus’ mother, sent Perseus to Medusa, to cut off her head. A fools suicide mission if there ever was one. Of course he was given magic cheats. While Medusa was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time (Poseidon, who desired her and ravaged her in Athena’s shrine. Which ticked off Athena and resulted in Medusa wearing snakes for curls)

I'm reminded by this beautiful young prince, the card might better be seen in reverse...he wanted the big bucks and used any means possible to get it. No doubt becoming an every day captain of industry.

Medusa? The winged horse Pegasus sprung out from her neck, the child of the Medusa and Poseidon coupling...making for more around the corner myths. Court cards, gotta love 'em.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bowl and Spoon

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ Death/Transformation

Death is represented by the six months above, six months below solution to the Persephone/Pluto relationship. Persephone and her mother Demeter had no say in the arrangement, resulting in Demeter's angry penalty of six months of fallow earth while Persephone was in deep earth.

Can we make bargains with Death? Never. Modern medicine is as powerful as ancient god myths, but that won't put off the inevitable day for long.

If tomorrow was your day, what would you do with this one?
I'd like a bowl of soft ice cream maybe.

I've had a charmed life and would go without regret. My space is ready, the stone is in place, and I'd be with my parents and sister. What more could I ask for?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Golden Prison

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ 2 of Coins

Juggling important choices. Acrisius longed for a daughter but it was foretold if he had one, her children would cause his death.  His solution was keep the daughter but imprison her for life in a golden tower.

I'm reminded by this card twisting fact and fortune out of true isn't a solution but a prison of our own making.

"Gold is mined deep in the earth by poor men who then give it to rich men who immediately bury it back in the earth in great prisons, although gold hasn't done anything to them." ~ Mike Harding 1944-

Monday, June 19, 2017

Fertile Facts

 Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ Empress/Fertility

We probably wouldn't know Cleopatra if it weren't for a couple of blockbuster movies. Did you know she was Greek? Egypt was a shambles (circa 50 BCE) and Rome was well on its way to being the world power.

I'm reminded by this card a fertility of facts + alternative facts gives us the option of choosing the ones we want to believe.

"I really don't remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on." ~ Elizabeth Taylor  1932 – 2011

Sunday, June 18, 2017

What Were You Thinking?

Daily Draw: Lover's Path Tarot ~ 4 of Wands/Staves

Siegfried and Brunnhilde, blissful in love. More like blind in love, considering the nature of her husband Hunding. Run, Run!

I'm reminded by this card, stability is relative. And love really is blind, which is quite often a blessing and likely how marriages that manage to survive those first five years do so.

"Stability itself is nothing but a more sluggish motion”
 Michel de Montaigne ~ 1533-1592

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 4 of Stones

Do you know why most homes built are fairly close to the road? Because it is expensive to put in utilities. Close is a relative term, many homes in Europe have doors that open to the street. I've read in Italy when you move you take everything, including plumbing fixtures. How does an igloo stay warm? You fill it with people until you are so warm you have to go outside to cool off.

We can and do sleep and eat anywhere. I'm reminded by this card home is more about people than structure. When we are on the road homesick is the place we started from. When at that home homesick is usually the place we grew up. When I'm homesick I go to the cemetery.

"I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all. I'm not afraid, but it seems as if I should be homesick for you even in heaven." ~ Louisa May Alcott 1832-1888

Friday, June 16, 2017


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Ace of Cups/Rivers

River land sky life. What more could we want?   To know where the river came from, what treasure the land holds, how the sky provides the clean breath for every living thing.

Pretty simple when reduced to the Aces. Life got complicated as each generation shared its accumulated knowledge with the one succeeding it. It is easy to remember back to the world my great-grandparents lived in, I knew them from my grandparent's stories. But 300 hundred years ago? 900 years ago? It is all caveman. Not really but we've complicated living nearly beyond coping with it. Why? When everything we need is contained in the Aces. Funny old world...

"I'm here to talk about Ancestral Knowledge and Thrumming Stone and potential ways to do ridiculous and embarrassingly complex things with the two of them in play at the same time.
Mmmm Endless ripple effects and the ability to stack an entire library in one turn... brilliant I say.. Brilliant!!" ~ shazbot on metagames

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ High Priestess

Pollack: "She is in some ways the most powerful of the trumps, although she does nothing." She is the part of us that knows without learning.

I'm reminded by this card, I'd call that instinct and intuition. The things we know without knowing we know until we need the knowledge. Cool.

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." ~ Socrates 470 BCE-399 BCE

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bête Noire

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Moon

Pollack's Hunter Moon pulls at the things that disturb us most. If I made a list where would unsavory characters or nightmares be rated? Which would be rated higher, dystopia or thoughts exposed?

I'm reminded by this card I've always rated nature number one, and the folk who inhabit earth at the bottom of how many numbers there are. Our current climate has me barely speaking or leaving the house. I hadn't realised it until my cousin inquired if I was alright. Not the same as black depression, but just as dangerous.

"If you're betwixt and between, trust the one with red hair." ~  O.R. Melling  The Hunter's Moon

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Queen of Cups/Gift of Rivers

The outer Queen and the inner Queen flow together to make a whole. Am I different in public? When do I tamp myself down?  Where am I when I let myself go?

I'm reminded by this card I wonder what I might have been had I been someone else somewhere else.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Soft Shrink

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 2 of Swords/Birds

Do you believe the theory people who bother you reflect your own qualities? I was told that once by the person who irritated me the most of anyone I've ever met.

I'm reminded by this card I think the idea is worth considering if for no other reason than it makes us think about the why. A quick search show lots of pages that smell of soft shrink talk. I don't believe it...or can't...or won't.

"As blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise." ~ George F. Will 1941

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Grain of Salt

Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ Queen of Coins

A personal cartouche of Pollack's trek to the Ġgantija Temples in Xagħra, Gozo. The central shapes being the view of the buildings from the air, and her connecting the site to the Queen. It is the little square altar upper right that interests me.  After a lengthy description how the five shells are related to her interpretations it is noted as 'left by a German woman named Eva'.

I'm reminded by this card I respect and value the world's ancient peoples thought and intent and action, known or not. But at what point does historical authority dip into well meaning speculation? Best to have a grain of salt handy. even if the word of the Queen is involved.

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ 2 of Wands/Trees

"The trees form a gate to new experience" (Pollack)

The two of wands keeps telling me this. I have my eyebulbs peeled and a pocket full of change for the trolley. Taps fingernails on the desk. Perhaps my new experience is patience. Tough one.

"When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day?"
 George Carlin  1937-2008

Friday, June 9, 2017


Daily Draw: Shining Tribe Tarot ~ World

 In shortspeak, the figure of the world woman dances, complete.
If you focus your eyes on the white space, there is also a figure dancing.

I'm reminded by this card if consumed by the mad monkey mind, good bad or indifferent, we totally miss what lies within us to make the true whole.

"She nourishes the poison in her veins and is consumed by a secret fire." ~ Virgil 70 BC-19 BC

I don't see this as a negative card but the quote from Virgil reminded me of the year of my life I lost being consumed by rage. What a waste of time and energy.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Daily Draw: Elemental Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

My eye focused on Clay this morning, thinking of the garden here with lots of clay soil. Which clumps in spite of tons of amendments over the last twenty years.

I'm reminded by this card we probably shouldn't bother, good money and time thrown in the soil might be better stewarded elsewhere. But property is the foundation of the four of coins, a literal concept most anyone can understand and grow into a cornerstone of their worldly goods.

A little clay google showed an amazing amount of uses for the substance, I'm totally impressed. While cursing and altering my own, clay is out there practically moving the world commerce.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Loose Cannon

Daily Draw: Elemental Tarot ~ Queen of Swords/Mother of Air

Amadai is earth in spring. Blue clouds before her and yellow wagging tongues behind her, indicating some difficulty with rumours and gossip.

Is she the gossipor or gossipee? This week Harvard University withdrew their acceptance of ten freshmen because their internet behavior was unacceptable in a private FaceBook group. I am absolutely a champion of consequences. If all our internet behavior was liable it would make the web a lot less dangerous.

On the other hand who amongst us can cast the first stone? I've felt my country's lost moral compass was triggered twenty-five years ago and has been a careening loose cannon ever since. But the proclivities humans express have always been with us. Too bad about that.

Monday, June 5, 2017


Daily Draw: Elemental Tarot ~ Ace of Swords/Air

A unique new concept with uncharted potential.

I'm up for it, let's go.

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." ~  Douglas Adams 1952-2001

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bread and Brood

Daily Draw: Elemental Tarot ~ 2 of Wands/Flame

Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love.
Ishtar, one of the biggest flop movies of all time.

I'm reminded by this card there has been and always will be, massive catastrophic fails when we put our creativity into concrete form. Sometimes before then, when we tell another person about our great idea and enthusiasm. The biggest crusher of aspirations?  Mothers. And that look.

I wonder what the world would be like if, in the classic sense, mothers went out to earn the bread, and fathers raised the brood? I'm thinking by the time she got back we'd already be building the concept with legos, adding brilliant ideas as we went.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Armchair Traveler

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Sephiroth ~ Chariot

This morning, thinking on this card, I've been from the Diavik Diamond Mine to North Sentinel Island. So radically different as to be not on the same planet.

I'm reminded by this card travel broadens you. If you allow it to.

Friday, June 2, 2017


Daily Draw: Tarot of the Sephiroth ~ 4 of Coins

This card shows all four elements on four coins, but no way to get across the moat. One of the more stricter cards of the 78.

Material power is at the root and a stern master it is. No sleeping at the wheel, eyes rolling madly, even the one in the back of the head, weight scale at the front, what has been taken from one must be replenished to keep the balance.

It doesn't indicate parsimony; in life things flow out, things flow in. If we have a death grip on our four coins that doesn't give much margin for diversification.

"Among the propensities of human nature which almost exceed understanding come the parsimony of the rich and the extravagance of the poor." ~ unknown

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Daily Draw: Tarot of the Sephiroth ~ 5 of Wands

Misuse of energy. In me this can be recognized as procrastination. I could be sitting here flinging decks and dvds onto Ebay.

My 5 of Wands isn't about tussles with others, but about internal fighting. Not doing something because we are having too much fun doing something else.  I limit my time on-line, but that doesn't mean I'm doing something worthwhile or amazing in another room.
The plus side of procrastination is it Never takes as long to do something as I think it will. When I finally get to it. Another FlyLady lesson.

"Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?  Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?" ~ Dale Carnegie 1888-1955