Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ 6 of Cups

Being retired with Rob. Eating meals together. We seldom got to do this when working.
Good health restored.
Living in the USA.
Something to look forward to.

the short list of a long long list, one that goes on forever.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Sharing Satiety

Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ 10 of Cups

The problem of knowing when enough is enough, is the inability to recognize what is too much until it is too late.

I'm reminded by this image crossing the line is easy to do.
What is hard is cutting back.
I'd hate to count all the pens and pencils in this house.
I once overdosed on a mineral supplement. Who knew?

Should I even keep photo albums? I sent shoe boxes full of photos to cousins from my mother's bins full. I guess for every 100 images we might have known who one person was.
Meditating on that, if I'll be somewhere with family I pull every single photo I have of them and pass them on. A present that always fits. Sharing satiety is one way to reduce it.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Life and Breath

Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ Wheel

If we accept the truth of it, we can look back and recognize the times the great Wheel has rolled through our life. We can flash back to times when it felt like we were in the Wheel, falling, flipping, folding. Others we see roll away with what we hold dear.

I'm reminded by this card the Wheel is impersonal, just another version of life and breath. This is a beautiful rendition, not sterile and stiff, but dedicated to the life it touches. This is the Wheel I could survive. And live in if required. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Lot Of Bull

Daily Draw: Tabula Mundi Tarot ~ Prince of Coins/Discs

Ah. Wheels. Were they a tool of earth shattering effect? Or were they folly, pushing a pox upon us, too  much too soon, all the faster to the fight?

There is a lot of bull in this card. A survival life changer in an agrarian society. I look at this Prince who sees all hears all and I wonder if he would give up the high seat if he could.  If he'd prefer leading the bull rather than be driven by it.

Does the Prince take on the trappings of a virile and courtly presentation by his position, or does the position make the man? I think not, modern representations shows a thug with a wheel is still a thug, in spite of the trappings attendent to the rise.

"I don't want the cheese, I just want to get out of the trap" ~
 Spanish Proverb

Saturday, January 27, 2018


Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 4 of Coins/Stones

"I take care of what I've worked hard to get" (Signe Echols)
Which, until the new wears off is fairly true.With the probable exception of our body. This Dolmen got me to wondering how long skin and meat stay on an untreated corpse, and how long bones remain. Skin and meat, a week under the right conditions. Bones, thousands of years under the right conditions.

Looking under the Dolmen I wondered what comes back in the cremation box. Somewhere I had it in my mind that there were bones left that get raked out and? Sent to the dump? Buried in some morticians cemetery for leftovers?
Actually what comes back in the box is just bones, all that is left after 3-4 hours of 1000-1400 degrees of intense flame. Brittle ones easily broken down in a big grinder/blender.

I'd like to say I've been a good steward of my body, but I had french fries and soft ice cream yesterday. Dirt for Rob, Fire for me. Booya.

Friday, January 26, 2018


Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 7 of Coins/Stones

This card touches me on both spiritual and physical levels. If I walk through my days fast enough I can believe I'm not broken anywhere, healing has been and all is well and well and well.

With Reality as my 2018 word, as January has marched on I recognize I'm not healed, not in any way that matters. Going even faster in ignore mode is not a route I care to follow.

Imbolc is soon here, I have a small plan, baby steps, beginagain. I have no right to blame my own mind and body for pain, when mind and body are distanced, hiding in the trees and stars, don't touch her, she isn't right, pretending to be looking on. Got some laggards there, time to get all my parts in unified motion. If not now, when?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The One Tree

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 10 of Coins/Stones

The Tree of Life. Whose roots are our conscious and unconscious connection to our ancients.

I'm reminded by this card to recognize the shortness of our span in the drift of time, to honor this fleeting gift rather than squander it.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Chicken and the Egg

Daily Draw: Greenwood Tarot ~ 3 of Wands/Fulfillment

On the Wheel of the Year, the threes are connected to Beltane with a base in Lovers.

I'm reminded by this card we can be bereft of connections to a balanced base and not know it; how can we engage our heartwood if we've never experienced the tree?

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Instant Delay

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ 3 of Cups

A gratifying situation. A lovely phrase that has been skewed into the catch-all descriptor, instant gratification. That fine distinction between want and need. I'm lumped in that group also but I'm trying to acknowledge that modern drive and find a better workaround.  Examples:

I bought three yards of fabric that doesn't work with the project I want to use it for. Because I couldn't find the perfect fabric in the shop and am too impatient to continue looking elsewhere because I hate shopping. And my stomach has been in a knot since. Stupid. Instant gratification.

On the other hand there is a little acrylic ruler I'm eager to get and use. Right now! It is at Jo-Anns and only $5.00. Why not get it? Because I'm saving that want/need for fall when I'll be at a enormous national show. Fun souvenir.  And useful. Cool.
Delayed gratification. I love to have something to look forward to.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Door One Door Two

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ 2 of Swords

Painful personal situations we have to work through, avoidance invites ruin.

I'm reminded by this card if we put if off long enough, we become the Hanged Man with public exposure. Probably why we avoided the work-through in the first place. Humans. How'd we get so far...

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ Knight of Cups

Positive situations offering regular positive opportunities.
Wow. Go Minchiate! Bring it on!

If I passed this gentleman in the street I'd probably quickly glance away rather than gawk creating an uncomfortable or rude impression. Which is mean, he isn't invisible after all...
That touchiness comes from living with my little brother and all the reactions I've seen him deal with over a lifetime.

Yet here is our Knight, gentle, different, offering a large portion of positiveness.
I would wish the world filled with kindness for how much have I missed from people who are different from birth? I may present a impression of normality, yet inside I'm just as different as our Knight. We all are aren't we?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Naïveté of Knaves

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ Page of Wands/Knave of Staves

I often whip by Pages as insignificant but in their own way they are the crux of the story. The Person At The Front Desk. The person with the least experience, often a volunteer, the hapless Page gives us our first impression.

What do we know of Knaves? The Knave of Hearts, he stole the tarts and was done and dusted, tied up in court with a rabbit for counsel. A young man with a record and we can guess where his life is going.

Pages? Our nutshell of knowledge begins and ends with Monica Lewinsky, need I say more?

We have to begin life somewhere, sweeping up after horses is I suppose as good a place as any to learn the underbelly  way of life.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pants On Fire

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ 3 of Swords

Romulus and Remus. Myth or truth? Pants on fire, but I believe many truths lie in storied myths. 
As a Julia Cameron exercise I wrote my life story in five year increments. In every sentence someone in this world could say "oh I've done that, been that, saw  that".  Is there anything old that is new again? All of it.

I'm reminded by these ribbon tied swords, even remembering memories we could be inclined to actually be remembering our own myths.
My mother was also a wordsmith and in going through all her papers one by one I found a few of my memories skewed. My drop of Choctaw blood came through Ruth, not Woods.  I have a whole story of Woods grandfather being an orphan and marrying a Choctaw, explaining why there is no history further back.

And why I take oral history stories with a block of salt.
And my myth of Woods is more interesting.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Snuck Up

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ 4 of Wands

Carrying on with the gathering of the fours this week...The Minchiate see this as "it just snuck up on me". Often the product of comfortable mundaneness; we are idling along, singing a song, and we hear the siren behind us.

Heart infarction aside, we pull over, to be told our car tags are six months expired. Two hundred fifty dollar fine in this state.
Hard to believe but I once forgot to make my house payment. Forty dollar penalty.
Trusting my brain, fool that I am, I showed up a week early for a doctor appointment.

I wonder if I kept a list for a year how many of these snucks I'd have? It does speak of calm waters though.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

What's Your Sign

Daily Draw: Minchiate Etruria ~ Cancer

Emphatic, Tenderness, Kindness. Not sure I know any Cancer folk, but I know one thing, if those three descriptors are their strongest points they might spend considerable time with tears in their eyes and heavy hearts. To live with those traits in reality they would also need a spine of steel.

I'm reminded by this card, "what's your sign" is a pick up line, a fun way of opening a conversation. Beyond that as individuals we are a mix of all signs, how else to cope with life?

"Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World." ~ Christopher Columbus 1451-1506

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Daily Draw: Crystal Tarot ~ 4 of Cups

The fours are a nice place to be. For some people it is enough and they remain there for their life time with the occasional Major to fling them out of the norm.

I'm reminded by this card of stability and structure, and yesterdays card of companionship, how many of our fellow humans never reach this point. And how fortunate I have been.

Friday, January 12, 2018


Daily Draw: Crystal Tarot ~ 4 of Wands

Alliance, collaboration. These concepts are probably well formed by the time we are a year old. How cooperation or resistance works to feed our needs.

I'm reminded by this card this work is honed and refined all the rest of our lives. Wands are the action suit after all, the only path to the coins, life's material results. And the reason we are able to withstand the 5 of Wands, kicking that bad boy to the curb and welcome the victory of the 6 of Wands.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Worth Learning

Daily Draw: Crystal Tarot ~ Page of Coins

Apprenticeship. For it? Against it?
Cosmetology license required 1600 hours over 18 months to two years. I estimate that was about 1/3 study and 2/3 hands on.  Flexibility in the schedule because many students are single parents with time conflicts or were holding down a job.
Rob's journeyman diesel apprenticeship was 4000 hours hand on, 840 class hours.
Real estate license required passing a 150-hour pre-license course and a state licensing exam. I chose to go with a firm that offered an additional six week course in real estate reality.

I'm reminded by this card, anything worth learning is worth learning.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Horse You Rode In On

Daily Draw: Crystal Tarot ~ 5 of Wands/Staves

Curse you and the horse you rode in on.
So she flounced from the room and went.

In today's world the 5 of Wands situation is more likely to to be a sparring of words rather than weapons.
So what? I'm not mad. Nothing's wrong. Go away, get out then.
All said with that forehead tension that feels everything is wrong. My first forehead wrinkle of the day? This article and the verbal put down dissing her nails. Going for the passive aggressive sneer without doing the easily found research.

Taffy. What kind of name is that? Doubt anyone takes her writing seriously. Taffy got her article published because of the new movie, not her fine writing skills. This is the kind of article that comes out  as space filler reporting, easy to see why Taffy isn't getting North Korea, DACA, climate change assignments.

A full paragraph of 5 of Wands talk. Doesn't make me a better person to spew invective nor does it help the hapless woman being interviewed. It is just a scratchy horse blanket to chortle over as I ride my steed back out.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Daily Draw: Crystal Tarot ~ Death

From deadly serious to crack me up, the Death card runs the gamut.
Old fashion shriek in the dark readers to party hearty good times readers, the result is generally the same for the querent. The sky is falling the skyisfallingwhydidIask...

I'm reminded by these cards I probably felt the same when I began to study tarot. Some readers even leave the card out of the deck, nope no death for me, not going there. Many tarot deck creators rename it something other than the bony beast it is.

Modern readers may define it as renewal, going forward, moving on, transformation. Probably doing it the hard way by being forced to recognize fossilized habits. A rather benign card recommending a restart lest the Tower arrives. There is the real sky is falling event...
(card 2 Andriy Zholudyev)

Monday, January 8, 2018


Daily Draw: Crystal Tarot ~ Sun/Happiness

I did not know until this morning Bitcoin mining existed. Am I happier knowing that? No but it did give me a good laugh to start my day.

I'm reminded by this card what makes me happy all day long is the long distance from depression I've traveled. When I look back I can't understand how I made it through. Maybe my sense of humor was the key to survival. Even in a black place the human condition leaves room for a good laugh. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Daily Draw: Crystal Tarot ~ Strength/Energy

Subduing personal fear.

No idea why I'm afraid of moths. Always have been probably will be always. Used to be afraid of horses, and would faint dead away if one was presenting anger. Did manage to pet a few equine noses in the past decade, a banner win.

I'm reminded by these three sunflowers they are one way of fighting fear of cancer. As an icon sunflowers have gotten me a long way from fear of cancer to strength of attitude.

Rob plants them for  me every year. It helps to have a icon against fear. And a Rob.

Saturday, January 6, 2018


Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Queen of Cups

I have trouble with my depth perception. I looked at this card trying to understand why the horizon line was there and what did it mean, that submerged second Queen?
I pulled up google images and found an enormous card, where it was immediately obvious the bottom of the image was a pond and I was seeing a reflected view on the surface, not a second Queen below the water line. Doh.

All  that said to say, sometimes we see ulterior motives, an underlying conspiracy, signs of trouble ahead, or unverified wishes being granted. It takes time to ferret out the whole picture and we don't always have it or take it, life is hurry hurry hurry. Reflections can be honest, but seldom real, a ripple changes the entire image.

And wearing our heart on our sleeve invites a too willing nature to believe what we think, rather than what we see.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Both Please

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~10 of Coins

Golden Coins are connected to outer wealth.
The Tree of Life arrangement signifies inner wealth.
Which would you rather?

Can I have both please?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Electrified First

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Ace of Swords

An electrifying idea. (Banzhaf/Theler)
The first practical and efficient sewing machine was patented by Isaac Merritt Singer  on August 12th, 1851.
Patchwork and quilting by machine came shortly thereafter.
The first electric machines were developed by Singer Sewing Co. and introduced in 1889.

Janome is still making treadles, $7.83 per month if you prefer a payment plan. A lifeline to income and industry in areas of the world without electricity, or communities that forbid electric items.

All that said to say, today, for the first time, I'm going to sew the binding to a quilt completely by machine. Normally I like to sew down the second side by hand. This one is 110"X96" and would probably take the entire day. Daylight's burnin' I got things to do places to be. Hooray for electricity.

Finished, yehaw! Not my most beautiful, but one of the fastest quilts I've made in the last few years. An exercise in actually using brown. I never think of it as a color, but mixed browns provide a richness not found in many other groups of color.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Carried Away

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Prince of Cups

Getting carried away with yourself. It reads as both insult and discouragement. I can hear mother saying it. The Page/Prince has gone to a lot of effort here in aid of his showmanship or goal.

The world would be gray and poor if people all quit getting carried away. No authors, actors, community leaders, musicians, think tanks, professional athletes, astronauts; the list would be endless.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bah Humbug Worry

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ 5 of Coins/Discs

This image on the screen resembles a face to me. The card on the desk is stylized discs. What does reality say?

Today, for me, worrying about something means it hasn't happened. I can apply any face to it I wish. I'm choosing drawing the 5 of coins is the worst thing that will happen today. Which translates to a very good day indeed. I'll take it.

Info-junky had to look up humbug. A beetle and a striped candy. I've not sampled either.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Makes A Change

Daily Draw: Thoth Tarot ~ Fool

Hello 2018

The Thoth deck has enough symbolism in the imagery to keep a dedicated tarotist busy for a life time.  Favorites on this auspicious dawn?
Unbiased. The key to unity were it universal.
Aleph. Ox and plowshare. Mankind's efforts would exponentially explode were we willing to team up rather than alpha up.
 Lunacy. A little bit never hurt anyone...makes a change from moronic.
Hello 2018