Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hive Magic

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ Magician

Originality. Can also be mind hive.

How many times do we say "why didn't I think of that ?". Or worse, I thought about doing/making that, and someone else makes a mint off of "our" idea. And on several occasions a shiny new technique/gadget is introduced with great fanfare, that we've been doing for ages.

It is a big world with lots of minds. And I kind of like the practical hive mind, makes me think I'm not such a square peg.

Monday, February 19, 2018


Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ Emperor

There is no wind this morning but the smoke from the garage woodstove is in constant flux. Just like authority.

At this minute I can disregard any authority at all.
If I decide to remodel my house suddenly the county building codes, permits, and inspectors rule the job.
Were I foolish enough to get a speeding ticket, suddenly the police and courts hold sway over an important part of living in the sticks. No buses here.
Were I to catch cancer again, I am the authority, but guided by dozens of lesser authorities.

I'm reminded by this Emperor, freedom is an illusion that requires vigilance to maintain.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Foolish Wise

Daily Draw: Hermetic Tarot ~ 8 of Coins

Penny Wise Pound Foolish.

Let me count the ways....

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Good Life

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ Fool

Stacks of books on the European medieval and Renaissance era have passed by my eyeballs. As in any age, the rich lived high and the poor worked themselves to death. The Fool is a multi-talented unique character, accepted or reviled across all social strata.

I read long ago books for the tidbits of living surviving life before central heat, nanny states, washing machines and aspirin. There are still pockets on the planet where life hasn't evolved beyond Long Ago. There but for the grace, live I. A small part of me envies the simplicity. A very small part.

Friday, February 16, 2018


Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 3 of Cups

Exuberant celebration.

What takes a celebration beyond normal to exuberant? Just curious.
New Years? Sleep through it. Superbowl winners? No TV, sports puts  me to sleep. Long awaited healthy baby birth? But we mustn't wake the baby.

In my experience exuberant includes alcohol. Equals Sharyn at idiot level. Not going there again. I will think on Exuberant through the day. While I work on  my Barn Quilt.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 3 of Swords

Gauguin's Agony In The Garden led me on a search to see  how others painted the subject. With a pile of sleeping disciples, with a halo in directed light, on his knees, standing, lying down, broad daylight to dark.

I like this version in the 3 of Swords spot, this isn't worrying about things that never happen, he knew what was coming and with those figures life will change unalterably. Better to handle the worst than to prepare for the worst.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Point of View

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 9 of Swords

Renaissance man. da Vinci started far more projects than he finished. Perhaps as few as fifteen completed paintings exist. Was he a procrastinator? A perfectionist? A dabbler? A one shot wonder?
If we stick him in the guise of the 9 of Swords, he was pretty useless, because he didn't finish much.

I'm reminded by this card he was a genius. He wasn't 'just a painter', but a sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. Perhaps that is the glory and despair. So many thoughts, so little time. By leaving his starting point journals and projects, as seeds, he enabled generations upon generations the starting point of techniques and ideas that have changed our very way of thinking.

Pretty good for a 9 of Swords man. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 2 of Swords

Ambivalent. A good word. I am ambivalent about school, college, professional, and Olympic sports. Going to war and too young to drink or drive. Big weddings.

Can't think of anything else. Does that make me a small thinker? More likely because I have so many things I'm black and white about, no gray squishy ambivalencies left over. Maybe I should put those three things in  my long empty worry box?

Monday, February 12, 2018


Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ King of Coins

Would that I'd molded myself on the king rather than the page.
Would that I'd become a page years sooner.

Spit in one hand wish in the other see which one fills first.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Art of Faking it

Daily Draw: Art of Life Tarot ~ 9 of Wands

We are asked to walk in confidence.
Maybe in high school I worried about fitting in, being clone-ish. But not much in the rest of my life. I don't care what people think about me, none of my business. But it doesn't mean I'm confident, just too lazy to be a sheeple.

I'm reminded by this card and thinking about high school, we didn't miss school for anything. Got up got dressed got there. I have curly hair which was the bain of my life in those days. Someone mentioned sugar water would hold my smoothed hair in place. The question I didn't think to ask was how much sugar. Even all night in rollers the hair still wasn't dry in the morning. What a  mess that day was! Did I care what anyone thought about it? Yeah, I did. I was valiant that day though.