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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Eldritch

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ 6 of Cups/Water

Titled Pleasure in the Thoth deck, Eakins has renamed hers Faith. A type of slate wiped clean mankind can be redeemed, relationships are worth the work, hold to a childlike innocence of the Waite 6 of cups.

I'm reminded by this card, I'd welcome that world, but having no faith in man the only upside is the eldritch would be easier to spot. I could live with that.

 "Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible." ~ William James 1842-1910

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Physical Mental Spiritual

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ Sun

Triad. Body Mind Spirit. A three part harmony, and a term much overworked.

I'm reminded by this Sun, it isn't too difficult to achieve that union, the problem comes in trying to maintain it.  My spirit stays the course, my mind wanders. My body rolls over and enters a hypochondriac war zone. When dead, all three will revolt from boredom. That's life...

"One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closes friends; if they seem OK, then you're the one." ~ Ann Landers  1918-2002

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Other Truth

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ Knight of Swords/Brother Wind

The sky is falling, Earth is flat, the moon is cheese. Confronted with this our Knight is struggling with belief vs knowledge.

I'm reminded by his pinwheeling arms we can struggle against facts, work to understand, accept, refuse completely. We can busy our minds, work our bodies to exhaustion, troll our brains out in opposition,  that other truth will remain. Did you know there is an active Flat Earth Society? Using unbelievable technology to connect.

"I just bought a closed brain, and I've read that they have sweeper tentacles that come out at night.  So my question is, how far will these tentacles reach?  I mean, I need to figure out how far away to keep him." ~ UtahReefs

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Day Well Met

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Spirit ~ Ace of Wands/Fire

In a Thoth based deck, this is where life and time and journey begin.

I'm reminded by this card to open and go forward each day. Available are options, always. To drug up, to open a new book, to pick up the fight where we left off, to open our minds to something beyond our hardwired belief.

Yesterday I sat in a room with seven other quilters, mostly listening. We are all passionate about quilting, but as stories came out we had all walked paths as different as night and day. There probably isn't another area of our life where we might have met and grown. I'm glad I went.

"Of those qualities on which civilization depends, next after courage is an open mind, indeed, the highest courage is, to stake your all upon a conclusion which you are aware tomorrow may prove false." ~ Irving Dillard

Friday, April 21, 2017

Preppers

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Power of the Small

Hexagram 9
Imprudent to force change, avoid despair
Depend on intuition, be devoted to the truth
Let go of anxiety, doubt, strategies of the ego
Remain detached, maintain gentleness and dignity
Abide by proper principles, share with others
Move forward cautiously and conscientiously

I think there have always been preppers, and certainly post WWI and WWII and the red menace of the 1950s and 1960s when long term food storage became possible. Is their attitude and actions strengthened by associating with other preppers? Or by associating true conditions with practical need?

Did you know you can start fire with a few shreds of steel wool and the contact end of a battery? I'm reminded by this card the world is stuffed with people who will happily take whatever they want, leaving preppers on the curb gnawing on their boot leather.

"The thing about madness was, it just took so damn much energy, and it was so thoroughly tedious in the meantime." ~ Laurie R. King 1954-

Thursday, April 20, 2017

That Chiquita Sticker

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Arousing

Hexagram 51
Shock frightens us, our assumption is it is always bad
Do not resist the unpleasant circumstances
Do not allow shock to propel you into negative conduct
Mired in resistance, living in ego
Repeated shocks occur, quiet is a refuge
Engaging invites disaster.

This hexagram needs to be pasted to my forehead
How could I possibly engage a world governed by madmen.
How can my grief matter against a world filled with grief, how could my resistance possibly matter. Some time chatting with my little girls may be in order.

My banty rooster Peanut, about four inches, he grew to an enormous six or seven inches, and is impeccable in his rooster duty. He also prefers his women larger than himself. Perhaps there is a lesson in that.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nope No Nada

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle Dispersion

Hexagram 59
Heal misunderstandings
Hold a moderate view of others
Dissolve grievances and unstructure your attitude
Sacrifice the attitude or short term goal
Gather around a positive ideal
Focus on the positive, neutral, calm

Ain't happening here. They started it.....
Funny how I view my life as a positive,
and can be totally negative in one respect.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Untoxic

Daily Draw: Tao Oracle ~ Decrease

Hexagram 41
Give aid to others
Truly help others
Relinquish the inferior, replace with superior
Cultivate innocence
Follow the good at every turn
Be still, be generous

Good advice all. I see the words I read the words
yet within my footprint I'm doing none of this.
At the moment it is all about me and being frightened.

A million people will die tomorrow, I doubt I'll be one of them. I need to untoxic my brain, too much carpola floating at the top. Can it be done? According to Hexagram 41, yes.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

8-Bit

Daily Pick: 8-Bit Tarot ~ Moon

Art based on arcade games.  What more is there to say at the end of Moon week? If you can think it, you can take tarot's iconic images and do it.

I'm reminded by this card not every idea is worth birthing unless as an amusing exercise akin to sheep jumping the shark, somewhere between waking and dreaming.

"Jump the shark. Reach a point at which far-fetched events are included merely for the sake of novelty, indicative of a decline in quality." (origin from Happy Days with Fonzie on skis in his leather jacket)

"Sometimes they are so busy knowing they could, they forget to wonder if they should." ~ Jeff Goldblum 1952-   Jurassic Park

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cry Baby

Daily Pick: Japaridze Tarot ~ Moon

The moon card says something in our dark side is up and active.

I'm reminded by this tethered eyeball, I cried yesterday, for the first time since I was diagnosed with a disease of the retina, MacTel 2. Which tells something about me...I cry when I'm furious, not when I'm sad.

I see what you see, I just see it bent. I'm fortunate and thankful to see what I do. The bigger problem is the depth perception. The eye of a needle is bent to the left. There can be two or three thread ends. Eyeglasses on, headband magnifiers on, looking through a magnifying glass...nose to the project, I depend on luck. Sometimes it takes five minutes of trying to get lucky when needle, needle threader, and thread come together.

In webspeak this is TMI Too much information. Just having a whine. And this moon card reminds me, I'm glad I didn't buy this deck, I'd really be whining.