Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Drainers and sustainers

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot, Mother of Coins

This struck me as quite an arid queen of coins card or maybe it's gold and my perspective needs to change? 

I learned about the exhaustion funnel today (although I already know it experientially). The top circle is us when we lead a balanced life (work, family, friends, hobbies, exercise, creative pursuits). 

Then we get overloaded at work or a family member falls ill. Usually the first thing we drop is something non-essential that won't involve letting others down (like yoga practice, listening to music, seeing a friend). By the end of the week we feel more stressed because we didn't do one of the things that keeps us nourished. So we drop something else, further narrowing our lives and the next week feel even more depleted. 

So on until we reach almost the bottom - a life that has been stripped down to merely doing what we have to do to stay alive - work, cleaning, food shopping. I shudder when I think of what comes next. 

I spent time with a lovely group of ladies at my mindfulness class today. Women who have been or are really sick, and/or caring for relatives, or helping their families through bereavement. We were in agreement. You can't look after anyone else until you look after yourself first. 

Picking up the things that we once enjoyed takes effort and we can make all kinds of excuses. I suppose it comes down to whether to remain a husk...

When mood is low, motivation follows action,
rather than the other way around. When you put the action
               first, motivation follows.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Heart's expression

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot, Queen of Cups

Being water of water this queen represents fluidity and depth. This card reminds me there is more than one way to reveal a mood or express a feeling. 

The heart may find its expression in a colour, a shape or a texture. The queen in her creative element is someone I am keen to know better. 

Sunday, 26 March 2017


Daily Draw: The Margarete Petersen Tarot, Four of Coins

I was thinking of our four year plan for a new set of walls when I drew this card which means occupying a space, solidity and structure. 

In this deck the serpent appears as a lemniscate in the two of coins and looks outward in the Ace. Here the head is inward perhaps indicating the dangers of self-imprisonment. On the surface it appears there is more gold outside the boundary drawn by the snake's body than within it. 

Yet as well as stillness the snake represents mobility and flex thereby overcoming the rigidity of holding on too tightly. 

As Petersen explains this card offers four possibilities - a solid space, security ensuing from that, the power of boundaries and going beyond all limits. 

A practical and earthy four of coins which speaks of the freedoms that come from structuring oneself and ones resources while hinting at the need to remain flexible. 

Saturday, 25 March 2017


Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot, Six of Coins

The Ammonite named after the Greek Ram-horned God Ammon has a positive earth energy. It may signify taking a spiritual spiral path to the centre. 

Pathways can be experienced at once physically and spiritually. As Petersen writes walking on different terrains, sand, stone, moss, meadows forms an exchange with earth that refreshes body and mind. As the feet take in the hands give away. 

One pair of feet two pairs of giving hands. Enough to convince me to get out walking in the sunshine today. 

Now shall I walk or shall I ride?
'Ride,' Pleasure said;
'Walk,' Joy replied.” 
W.H. Davies, 1871-1940

Friday, 24 March 2017

Damp air

Daily Draw Margarete Petersen Tarot, Son of Feathers

The Son of Feathers tells a story of a warrior who bathed in dragons blood and thought he was invulnerable but died by the spear of his own shadow while drinking from a spring. 

Perhaps why this 'knight' in a complete reversal of the usual depiction sits in lotus position meditating and condensing himself. He's accompanied by a vermillion dragon which in Chinese mythology blesses lakes. 

The message is self-awareness. Still I find this an oddly watery air card...

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.” 

Francis Bacon, 1561-1626

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Dare seize the fire

Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot, Seven of Flames

I dreamt of a tiger and lo she appears. If a tiger appears as a guide it can be interpreted as a prompt to develop the qualities associated with this animal. Those attributes of free will, strength and self-expression figure in Petersen's interpretation of this card which urges us to realise our own needs and desires. This involves taking responsibility for our own emotions but not those of others. 

The seven of wands is sometimes described as the price we pay for the triumph in the six. Yet it is possible to experience the onslaught of the seven without having knowingly been in the six. When it seems that no matter how small we make ourselves others cannot accept the mere fact of our being. This is when we need to rekindle the fire of our unique purpose, power and energy. As Marie White has written 

'the tiger is all you, ALL you, without judgment or pretence, nothing purged or watered down, tamed or humbled' 

This means not being a victim of circumstance and tearing up patterns of self-restriction that we may have imposed on ourselves. 

The tiger heals quickly both emotionally and physically. She has to in order to survive. With humans it is not so life or death. Or is it? I wonder what limits I can burn free of today. 

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? 

In what distant deeps or skies. 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes? 
On what wings dare he aspire? 
What the hand, dare seize the fire? 

And what shoulder, & what art, 
Could twist the sinews of thy heart? 
And when thy heart began to beat, 
What dread hand? & what dread feet? 

What the hammer? what the chain, 
In what furnace was thy brain? 
What the anvil? what dread grasp, 
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

William Bake

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Daily Draw: Margarete Petersen Tarot, The High Priestess

In the LWB Margerete Petersen writes that the major arcana wasn't painted in chronological order. Instead the cards chose her through 'dreams in random sequence'. Having had three vivid dreams myself last night this intrigued me prompting me to select this deck for the week. 

Then High Priestess pops up...The link to the subconscious mind who asks us to pay attention to dreams and intuition. 

The three moons in this card remind me of my night dreams. One about finding a beautiful book of tarot cards where the interpretations took the forms of stories (and cooked food), the other less well remembered about packing, exodus and travelling with tigers and one in between which I don't recall at all other than it seemed highly illuminating when I woke from it. 

The pearl on the left below the faintest moon reminds me that not all can be accessed through the conscious rational mind and accessing the far off subconscious takes effort. I might keep a dream journal this week...  

For some she came in a dream. For others in words as clear as a bell: it is time, I am here. She may come in a whisper so loud she can deafen you or a shout so quiet you strain to hear. She may appear in the waves or the face of the moon, in a red goddess or a crow.

Lucy, H Pearce,