Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Frex

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ Tower

 It has taken me twenty-five minutes to craft what I just erased. Perhaps because Tower Yeis closer to home keep our attention to the outer world diverted. Just the way leaders like it.

Rest in peace Freckles, you will be sorely missed. Give Indiana and  Trinity nubbin rubbins from us and thank you for fourteen years of pure pleasure and companionship.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I Got Squat

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ Temperance

As usual I drew my card and thought "I got nothing." So I looked up the definition of temperance.
abstinence from alcoholic drink.
"the temperance movement"
synonyms: teetotalism, abstinence, abstention, sobriety, self-restraint; prohibition
"a strict advocate of temperance"
moderation or self-restraint, especially in eating and drinking.

Eh? Pretty one sided. I wonder what the definition was prior to the temperance movement taking it hostage.  I've only used it once here in in relationship to drinking, are my other forty or so draws wrong? Misguided? Delusional?

"Perfect wisdom has four parts, viz., wisdom, the principle of doing things aright; justice, the principle of doing things equally in public and private; fortitude, the principle of not flying danger, but meeting it; and temperance, the principle of subduing desires and living moderately." ~ Plato  428 BC-348 BC

Monday, December 11, 2017

240 + 480

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 8 of Coins/Buffalo

Apprenticeship. Workmanship, Craftsmanship,

I'm reminded by this card, the task this week for the mystery quilt is 240 rectangles with 480 end pieces. We loose a  number of participants at this point, it is easier to get them wrong than right and easier to drop out than
understand each primary step and procedure that get us to well done results.

If 8 of Coins were easy everyone would do it. Not easy is the draw for me.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Stand Well Back

Daily Draw: Santa Fe Tarot ~ 10 of Swords/Lightning

Lightening strikes. Our neighbor's house was hit by lightening some years ago. It blew the knobs off the electronics, fried same, and traveled down the cable to our four month old TV and  blew it out.  That is the only close experience to lightening and hope it is the last.

In this image the rainbow is serving as home protection, and gets fried for its effort. Hard to picture me as a rainbow, but doing so always gave me the same result, fried. Stand Well Back and Pick Your Battles is a 10 of Swords lesson.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Moony

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ Moon

Venus and Apollo

The super moon doesn't get bigger, but closer to earth than normal. 
A blue moon can actually appear red, becoming a blood moon. 
There is also the black moon, harvest moon, flower moon, worm moon...

All said to say, like the  moon, we are variable in our masks and moods. No surprise there. The Moon card from all decks is my favorite, I have a small collection and am always on the look-out for more. But I absolutely don't collect anything. Variable...what can I say?

"Everything has a natural explanation. The Moon is a great rock, and the Sun is a hot rock". Anaxagoras ~  510-428 BCE

Friday, December 8, 2017

Same Only Different

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ 10 of Coins
The Sonnets
Fair Youth, Rival Poet, Dark Lady

If I understand it correctly, this collection was published in 1605, five years after Shakespeare's death. Were they his?  This deck has about twenty extra cards; bad quartos  and false folios. Yesterday I pulled them out of the deck and looked them up.

After thinking about this card and sonnets for four hours I'm reminded there have always been knock-off artists and fake news. People we despise who have good points and good people who do things that shock or alarm us. This card could be said to be a microcosm of the World card. We are all still here, the same only different. So we think.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nap w/Ghost

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ 4 of Swords

Hamlet,  the ghost of Hamlet's father

Upon seeing his father's ghost, who claimed to be held in purgatory, Hamlet was at cross purposes. The government, who ran the church, had decreed there was no hell. Purgatory was now a figment the population was to put out of mind. Believe his eyes, believe his father,  or believe the church?

And once again the play, and Shakespeare, prove his words are ageless, as nothing ever changes. Anything we see as change will fit the bag we choose to put it in. Where do we put the concept that Shakespeare didn't even write the play? No wonder folk need a good 4 of Swords nap.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hand In Hand

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ 10 of Cups

Comedy of Errors: "Let us go hand in hand, not one before the other."  A wonderful take on this card. And what we hope for this season...

The older we get the more complicated our family relations get. I'm sick of it, heartsick.

I wish oldest to youngest were all ten years old again, all at the farm where I grew up, all everywhere over the forty acres, all so equal we didn't even know there was unequal, a different, a chasm of errors to fall into.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Doppelganger

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ Devil

The love story of Othello and Desdemona,
("Destroyed from within, by a steady diet of mistrust, misunderstanding, and misinformation."  Chris Leech)

When I read up on Iago it didn't take long to recognize he has a modern doppelganger.   On the other hand my own love story had no such character, for which I am fervently grateful.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Womanwealth

Daily Draw: Shakespeare Tarot ~ 9 of Coins/Crowns
Portia; Merchant of Venice

Portia was left an enormous fortune, yet by the law of the day it would all pass to her husband when she marries.
Who she would marry was by a complicated father devised lottery, which via pinochle she subverted in order to chose for herself.
She later commits suicide by swallowing hot coals.
Crimeanitly. It is just a story, but it reflects the stringent curbs women have had to live with over millenniums. 9 of Coins was illusion.

I'm reminded by this card and story to be incredibly thankful for the freedoms and rights I have today, in this country. We aren't straw-headed puppets and are free to work toward the goals and results we desire.