Monday, July 31, 2017


Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla Tarot ~ Hermit

With its old fashion 'tall dark stranger' titles, the Hermit meets or exposes betrayal and falsehood.

I'm reminded by this card of 'garbage in, garbage out'.  Reality has mostly been not nearly as bad as I can and do imagine it in my brain. Letting the Hermit's light go dark, now that would be a exercise in denial.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Road Less Traveled

Daily Draw: Grand Etteilla ~ Fool

Bewilderment to Madness. At least he has the sense to pack in case he finds clarity instead.

I'm reminded by this card sometimes the line is very thin.

"If I’m perplexed by the fact that I’m constantly lost, maybe somewhere in my head I’ve determined that being lost serves a greater purpose than being found." ~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

Saturday, July 29, 2017

C'est à rire

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ 4 of Coins

Is it our nature to save, spend, or invest income? Depends on both need and want and how we focus.
What would it take to feel/be wealthy? For myself, an unimaginable number mostly because the news every day is about people so rich, cost of anything is immaterial; and by the way, how do they value things if money is no object?

I'm reminded by this gentleman of the fossil fuel barons, rich as Midas. I'm guessing if I still have a fossil fuel vehicle in twenty five years those barons will be paying me to drive it. Let 'em suck on that coin for awhile.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Good Day Better

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ 10 of Coins

Beginning of the ending of the beginning. Some past thoughts.

May 2007: accepting the responsibility of acknowledging all that I've been given but to recognize worldly Coins are temporary.

December 2013: With the 10 of Coins the total sum is locked in place, be it health or wealth or worldly issues. Outside actions will change nothing. To go forward the self must regenerate.

April 2008: we love to watch all the feathered friends who come to the feeders to nosh. That sort of earthly blessing is part and parcel of the 10 of Coins

November 2011:  I don't have to wear my newest good news/bad news terror like a hair shirt. I have a life to get on with and a snow day all my very own. 10 of Coins day indeed.

I'm reminded by all the dozens of 10 of Coins cards on Quirkeries, life is forward motion up to the day it isn't. I'll think through the day, how I can make this good day better.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

No Slatterns Here

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ Queen of Coins

Remember the days when mothers were referred to as housewives? And our grandmothers would use the word slattern if the home was in disarray? There have always been Queens who worked outside the home in all professions, not just doing 'women's work' as nurses, teachers, waitresses, cleaners, office help...

I'm reminded by this Queen, of Brenda's mother, a switchboard operator.  I thought it must be the most glamorous job on the planet. And my aunt Gloria and Theresa's Grandma Bessie who cleaned banks. Can you imagine? Being the only one in a bank? All that said to say, a working mother must be special goddess, how they manage to do it all is a great mystery to me.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lunar Lunacy

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ Moon

Web search for crustation returns a spelling correction of  crustacean and definition, diverse arthropod taxon. Above my pay grade I fear. Forcing the search to crustation I'm presented with: microscopic bugs that live in hair, skin and poo; a trip hop band, copper carbonate, and last but also first, given in Latin, crustatus.

All that small foray into mental lunacy is said to say, my favorite card in all decks, and always interesting how the artist presents the pillars, the pack, and the crustation. Next full moon August 7, an auspicious night to howl.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hidden In Plain Sight

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ High Priestess

Knowledge that is neither hidden nor shown.

The Waite tarot, introduced in 1910, with its pictorial minors, is a classic example of hidden but shown symbolism. The Greek cross  offers the four elements, the four directions, and the four winds.

The moon at her feet can symbolize lunacy or illumination . The scroll, the letters, the crown, the pillars, the pomegranates, the colors...

I'm reminded by this card everything or nothing is what it seems, hence knowledge both hidden and in the open.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Magic Seeds

Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ Magician

By the time you get to the head of the head of the head of the line, I wonder if reviewing the particles and articles of the beginning may be in order.

I'm reminded by this card by the time we get to the head of our various lines, we've most likely changed directions several times. Nothing wrong with that, it is the nature of growth. But those tiny beginnings deserve some quiet consideration for being the seeds.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Daily Draw: Druidcraft Tarot ~ 8 of Cups

Think the eclipse made him flee from or run toward?

The Cups would have us acknowledge the truths of the Swords without blame laying. Or going into full denial. Tall order.

"Skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin". ~ Thomas Huxley 1825-1895

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Hermit

Drawn as Vesta, she shows the way to self-sufficiency and self-reliance.

 I'm reminded by this upheld lantern, of all the Hermits contained in this blog, and how few of them 'light the way' for anyone but themselves.

"Solitude is a defense mechanism in a world that does not deserve to be saved." ~ Robert Ferguson   Alone in America

Friday, July 21, 2017


Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 7 of Swords

Daring, undercover, impulsive, detective style actions.
To view this character as just 'sneaky' limits us from grasping both sides of the story.

Are traitors also heros? Of course, depending on which side has them. Turncoats, or just someone coming to their senses? Who decides who our 'enemy' is? Those with a hand glued to the cookie jar.  Even the worst of the worst in my personal experience, traitor to me, certainly aren't seen as traitors to the someone else. Dizzy-making thoughts, good to chew over in the course of my day.

Is Mt. Rushmore a travesty or America's greatest monument? Is it art or is it all ego? Do a few chips of rock matter to the mountain? I'd consider those behind the creation to be traitors to ecology and nature. Do those hordes who stop to view it and buy a bucket of China made souvenirs from the gift shop ever think "why? what were they thinking?".

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Move It Or Lose It

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 4 of Cups

I wish I was anywhere but here
I'm so homesick I could cry
What was I thinking
I thought this was going to be more fun
I'll wait ten more minutes, no more
Pounds mouse like that will help
I'll wait ten more minutes...

Any number of moods or situations can trigger this feeling. The cup we have our back to promises, as always, good bad or indifferent, this too will change.  What we do with those minutes while we are waiting, is what makes or breaks the value of our day. Move it or lose it...

I'm waiting for deck photos to upload to eBay...tick tick tick. I could shoot my internet connection in the eye. Playing with my kittens will be better use of time.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Quick Enough

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ High Priestess

"A fire burns in Sybil's tripod where she sees the Fool's past,  present, future." Steventon

'Past Present Future' is a common quick spread for a reading
along with 'Wants-Bridge-Needs', 'Don't do-Do do', (I did that one once before I drove over to the casino for lunch, don't gamble was the answer). 'Advice-Outcome-Solution' is another, 'Problem-What hinders-What helps' is a good one.

There are still fortune tellers around, always will be I expect; people want to believe someone can tell if there is a dark handsome cab driver in their future. If someone could really tell the future they'd be lottery winners rather than eking out a living in a dingy storefront.

I prefer the queries like above, using the cards to work out a clearer or different viewpoint toward understanding ourselves. Whatever the future holds will get here quick enough.

Most people who wouldn't touch the cards with a ten foot pole, have probably done all this type of readings, they have just done it with paper pencil, and pros and cons. Not nearly as much fun though.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 3 of Wands

Opportunity to expand.

In business I was too cheap or too scared to expand
In a good marriage love always expands
Paperwork will expand to fill the space it is in
Tasks take all the time on offer

I'd like to expand my brain power
I'd like to expand how long kittens stay kittens.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ Hanged Man

Suspended in time.

Spring days, stuck in classroom
Stuck in traffic.
Stuck in traffic behind a silage wagon
 It is all relative isn't it

Sunday, July 16, 2017

In The Back

Daily Draw: Spiral Tarot ~ 10 of Swords

Many versions of this card have the figure face down on the ground and the swords give the appearance of having fallen out of a sword tree, wrong place at the wrong time. This figure is running, and the swords are being thrown from behind her back.

Why do we hurt the ones we love the most?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ByeBye 365

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemontese ~ Ace of Swords

With the Aces we have the complete potential of the suit unknown. Loss and gain, pain and healing, action and inaction, remembrance and forgetting.

I'm reminded by this card, this last week I've been doing clean-up for the 365 quilt, nothing left but the hand assembly. Breaking down the scraps, refolding and putting away the larger pieces of fabric.

Scrubbing off the cutting table, cleaning the millions of thread ends from everywhere, emptying the ort jar, giving the sewing machine a good going over and new needle, running the vacuum, washing the ironing board cover, cleaning the iron soleplate, rolling the lint roller over the working wall, putting a new rotary cutter blade in, filling bobbins...

All of this ending makes room for the beginning Ace, a recycled shirts quilt. Deboning the  clean shirts of their seams buttons pockets, collars, cuffs (Goodwill Outlet Store dollar a pound). Neatly folded into color families, pulling back out the shades I want (blue orange yellow black) starching cutting...
Every ending is a beginning, just the way I like it.

Friday, July 14, 2017

In For A Penny

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemotese ~ Ace of Coins

Do you pick up pennies?  Some throw them on the floor or ground when gotten in change. My nation has debated removing them from circulation, I understand they are more expensive to mint than their actual monetary value.

I'm reminded by this coin my search for Alessandro Viassone led me circuitously around the net, finally deviously depositing me at Ebay thinking about putting Minchiate decks on my watch list. I snatched my one acquisitive brain cell back from the brink in time to regain my senses, having learned little about Viassone and having misspent my meager pennies worth of online time foolishly.

And yes, I always pick up a penny.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Daylight is Burning...

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemotese ~ 6 of Swords

Moving on, for better or worse. I have a bright orange tabby kitten in my lap and a long hair tortoiseshell kitten on my shoulder. I'm still in my jammies, physical comfort food. My morning cuppa is in a favorite mug, although a tiny torty kitten with great big feet has been in it...I just made my final goodbye post to my closing tarot forum.

I'm in the boat, I'm moving to a new tarot home. I've bumped against the shore at Tarot, Tea, and Me. I'm out of the boat. Enough drama queen, daylight is burning, get on with it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Just Wondering

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemontese ~ Knight of Coins

Ready to go forward with talent and experience.

I'm reminded by this card to wonder just how many people go forward based on their first paycheck job? Danny started as a grocery box boy, worked up to produce manager, and on to store manager, where he retired, from the same store that provided his first paycheck.

I moved from coffee shop waitress at that same store, to a more upscale restaurant, to a really nice Armenian restaurant when we moved to Portland, then to one owned by Lebanese.  I thought working for both families as pretty exotic. I wonder if I'd even apply today. Is my mind permanently bent from world news?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemontese ~ King of Cups

"I am the active spirit of this suit, having gained the mastery and use of emotional energies" Signe Echols

How many ways have I epitomized this King lately?
Kitten Kiwi dies of seizures. Lost it
Last uncle dies who was always a favorite person. Keeping it cool, at least until the military service Friday. Up in the air.
Had opportunities to help neighbors, provided cheerfully with gratitude for good people on both sides of us. Win
MIL was in the hospital, no one told us, we didn't butt in when we were told. Win

I'm reminded by this card humans are emotional creatures. Containing and directing that force is an everyday task. Always has been always will be.

"Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness." ~ John Sterling

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Degree

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemotese ~ 10 of Swords

It is all in the degree, isn't it? If you are painting and step in the roller tray, that could be a 10.  Certainly, swear worthy, but not the tower.

This card makes me wonder at what point does it become more than a 10 and segue into the Majors territory.
Stepping into the tray, slipping, and breaking a leg?
Find baby sipping from the paint tray?
Find you are a pint short of paint? And it is an hour drive to the store?
The spouse comes home and pitches a regular shite storm about the mess, which becomes about dinner three weeks ago, which leads to were you flirting at the last party. I think we've passed 10...

Sunday, July 9, 2017

No Regrets

Daily Draw: Tarocco Piemontese ~ 9 of Wands

Carrying forward the choices we've made in the 8 of Wands position. I'm going to be a teacher when I grow up doesn't cut it, serious and long term practical applications are required now.

I'm reminded by this card long term planning is a class I missed. I've made my life affecting decisions on the fly. Can't say I regret them, but I missed a lot which is only visible and calculable at the 9 of Wands.

"Growth in wisdom may be exactly measured by the decrease in bitterness." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thought To Action

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ 7 of Swords

Futility, time to reevaluate priorities.

I'm reminded by this card of when I used to say (and believe) we couldn't possibly afford a house. My niece and nephew are at that line of thought now. I could help them move beyond that mindset given a month and their desire. I wish. We need these 7 swords to recognise where we are at and why we don't need to live here.

"It occurred to me that my speech or my silence, indeed any action of mine, would be a mere futility." ~ Joseph Conrad 1857-1924

Friday, July 7, 2017

Shouldering Ganesha

Daily Draw: Animals Divine ~ High Priest

This iconic figure serves to thwart obstacles and give guidance. Come out come out where ever you are.

I'm reminded that he probably does; how many times does my mind say "umm, not the best idea" and I rush right on?
The pool table in our first apartment, with about two feet to spare on the long sides. I got pretty good at verticle cueing.
Buying the whole series of Supernatural. We made it through part of the first season of make a circle with salt set creature on fire. Snooze.

Those are pretty funny missteps and didn't break the bank, but really, what was I thinking?

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ Justice

Are we making the choices that will allow us to live a luminous life?

There were 101 shootings in one city in America this week. And the week isn't over. I have zero ideas, but Judgement and Justice obviously have no solutions either.

I'm reminded by this card of the early science fiction/end of the world books that scared me so badly. Basically that world is here, where the inner cities are left to sort out their own problems and everyone else runs away to gated communities.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Alas Poor Yorick

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~ 2 of Wands

Call the Waaablance, my tarot forum is closing in a few days. What made AT great was the sheer volume of users, someone always had an answer or a question, an opinion or knowledge, and the good friends found there.

I'm reminded by these dragonflies there are lots of ponds in the world. The order of the day in my tiny pond has been do blog, read AT, read Quilting Board, tear into my day. While railing against the idea of routine, I have discovered my card and this routine sets the course of my day very nicely thank you. So I'll clack my two wands together while I think how to resourcefully change those morning minutes.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

With or Without

Daily Draw: Animals Devine ~ Knight of Cup

Does our life flow, or jerk, bob, drag bottom, get caught in snags, drown a bit, and flow once again?  All of the above.

I'm reminded by this Knight how resilient human beings are. Bombs go off, bridges fall down, leaders go off the rails. It is the smallness of our individuality that protects us from the big things. Because life flows on, with or without us, over or under us.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Meaty Subject

Daily Draw: Animals Divine/Shakespeare Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

Mental expansion and enlightenment.

I'm reminded by this card of my current enterprise. the Shakespeare Tarot by Chris Leech.  About 10 years ago I purchased the entire works of Shakespeare annotated, and read it all. Not much is retained except the interest. Do click the link above and take a look.

I've been working with it for weeks and don't even have all the cards identified yet...that is how much fun this deck is. Easy isn't my cup of tea.

"I understand a fury in your words, But not the words."
 William Shakespeare 1564-1616

Sunday, July 2, 2017

One Is A Lonely Number

Daily Draw: Animals Divine Tarot ~3 of Wands

Integration. Water and coffee. Leaves and trees. Numbers and totals.

I'm reminded by this card not much of our life is stand alone. What a sterile life it would be otherwise.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." ~ Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Will You

Daily Draw: Animals Divine ~ Queen of Swords

Athena would have us consciously employ the left side of our brain, the analytical part. The part our parents meant when they used all manner of inflection to say "use your brain will you?".

I'm reminded by this card when I've pulled that response I've usually been thinking with my Cups brain or acting with my Wands brain, which means there is no one at the tiller. And age has zero to do with it, I'll still be oblivious to the need for the Queen of Swords when I'm old and gray.

"Negative thinking destroys your brain cells and causes global warming. ~  Teslovan Adrian