Saturday, 22 April 2017

Energy hoops

Thursday's Draw: Witchlings Deck, Rejuvenation

I feel the need for some gentle positive energy this week so will be working with Paulina's beautiful Witchlings. The deck comes with a 200 plus page book of spells which could also be called rituals, or mindful practices.

Twirling her energy hoops Trillium arrives to remind us to take time to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit. She urges us to take time for ourselves and do things that bring us happiness and good health so that our energy may be restored. 

Paulina writes that a healthy glow, freshness of thought and a light hearted feeling can be with us every day if we harmonise with rejuvenating powers. I'd settle for every other day - that would be a huge result.

So many ways to do this. I went to yoga on Thursday and came away walking on air. I've been using the calm app  free guided meditations and relaxing music. Shortly I'm off for a trot through the woods with R and B. 

For those lacking in time or really low on energy the spell book has some less demanding suggestions. Taking time to enjoy a glass of sparkling spring water or doing a skin brushing detox. Apparently the latter tones the muscles. Learned something new...

What can you do to refresh mind, body and spirit today? 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Not playing

Daily Draw: Dreaming Way Tarot, The Magician


My first thought good to see a clever looking female magician with a full head of grey hair and then I read the guidebook...

Someone with infinite wisdom usually aged 20-40. Really? Additional meaning an attractive person. Over forty does not fit this category? 

I take a little umbrage. Perhaps this lady does too (see hands in pockets not touching the tools). I imagine her saying if you're not according me the status (or paying me what I'm worth) then I'm not doing the work. Good on her I say. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Bloodless

Daily Draw: Dreaming Way Tarot, Page of Swords


This strikes me as a more mature Page of Swords. Rather than relishing the turbulence or adding to it by wildly waving a enormous sword she wraps up against it. This will protect her from being buffeted about in a continually reactive cycle. 

The guidebook says this card is about asserting what is right and fair and acting with integrity. This young lady uses her grey matter and chooses her battles. She knows that if she doesn't no-one will listen when it really matters. 

Her finger and thumb together seem to say 'speak your truth but do so in a measured way.' The grey behind her and the dagger carried low reminds me sometimes a 'bloodless' narrative is best. 

Let us retreat when we can, not when we must. 

Barbara W Tuchman

Monday, 17 April 2017

wooden coin

Daily Draw, Dreaming WayTarot, Ace of Pentacles

Nice place to start from pentacles-wise eh? My assumption England or Wales. What was once backward is now the dream (just look at the flock circling). Former 'castles' in the city skies catastrophic. Or not depending on whether social housing or a £1 million triplex. 

Pedantically pentacles in my outlook. Viewing through a lens...All day arguing with this card because where it is is where I am not and where I am it isn't. 

Perhaps just accept the energy and begin with a wooden coin...


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Peace

Daily Draw: Dreaming Way Tarot, The Hierophant

This is an earthy hierophant. Different from the traditional RWS rendition he has no acolytes and does not raise his hand in benediction. His plain but warm woollen clothes recall simple monastic dress rather than the elaborate vestments of high office. 

The cross on the crown suggests he was ordained but it is interesting he has taken himself out of the structure of the church and into nature. 

Sitting comfortably with a straight back, hands softly resting in his lap he appears to be meditating. Or is this teacher waiting patiently for a learner to come to meet him? Or both. What mysteries do those keys unlock? What growth is suggested by the earthy tone of this card? 


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Restoration project

Daily Draw: Dreaming Way Tarot, Six of Swords

The recovery card follows on well from the Hanged Man yesterday. The sea in the forefront is a choppy but in the distance the waters are calm. This suggests a move away from turmoil to tranquility. 


If we have been experiencing a really difficult situation sometimes it is necessary to put some distance between ourselves and all but the most positive of energy so we can find peace of mind.

We have a restorative sea trip planned next month. For the first time in thirty odd years I am going to go in it and on it. 

What restorative thing can you do to be kind to yourself today? 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Upside down again

Daily Draw: Dreaming Way Tarot, The Hanged Man

In this depiction both feet are bound to the tree. The woman can bind herself further by spinning one way or unravel the binds by spinning the other way. She chooses to maintain the position by gently swaying this way and that observing the world from a different perspective. The aqua blush on her cheeks symbolises serenity, calmness and openness and through that discovery and balance. The green leaves suggest renewal as the result of halting for a while.

The coat hangers may represent the threefold benefits of halting, observing and thinking. I am reminded also that an item used to create order may symbolise entanglement. How hard is it to pull one hanger from a messy stack at the bottom of the wardrobe?

This is the message of the card. To disentangle from situations in which we cannot function is a sufficient action in itself. Deciding what to do next can come later.



Thursday, 13 April 2017

Which way?

Daily Draw: Dreaming Way Tarot, Two of Wands



The traditional meaning of this two is broadening horizons. This version seems to suggest taking a 360 degree perspective. There are two worlds spinning within this person's sight and possibly a third - the one the figure is standing on. Not sure what to make of this but I am intrigued and looking forward to seeing more of this deck this week. 


Sometimes you have to turn the world upside down to see it right side up

Kristin Hannah

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The rabbit has it right

Daily Draw: Paulina Tarot, Eight of Cups

I think this is an untrustworthy 'now you see it now you don't' sort of tree. If the gent turns back I bet the 'candelabra' of cups will become into eight candle snuffers. He's right to walk away from those games. 

Our man's hat and beard point in the right direction. The rabbit's thumping leg encourages him to heed his intuition while the butterfly beckons him to a better place ahead. Put one foot in front of the other while the bridge is still there...

You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened... or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the [ahem] on.

Tupac Shakur





Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Eight of energy

Daily Draw: Paulina Tarot,  Eight of Wands

This determined gal glides swiftly towards her goal. 
Sensibly she holds one wand firmly touching another with her toes allowing the remaining six to shoot alongside her. The moons on her skirt recall the passage of time, the stars her hopes. The flowers growing from her head are ideas that must be cultivated and the butterflies hint at their transformative power. 

Urgent things and important things. The former demand immediate attention, are usually about achieving someone else's goals. The ones we focus on because the consequences of not dealing with them are instantaneous. 

The important activities are the ones that move us forwards in any sphere of life (career, finances, home, family, health etc). They are easy to put off as they relate to longer term goals, may be ill-defined and if we don't achieve them we only let ourselves down. 

In this card the eight represents structure and wands raw energy. I am reminded we do need structure in our lives but we also need to be mindful of how and where we expend our energy. 


I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, quoting Dr J. Roscoe Miller.


Monday, 10 April 2017

Curious light

Daily Draw: Paulina Tarot, The Hermit 

I was thinking how odd it was to get last minute called into the office on a Hermit day and then I arrived for my meeting a whole month early...

Should have paid more attention to the card as well as my emails. 

This hermit is supported on her meditative journey by two contemplative companions carrying their own light. One eyes closed under cover of a brain shelter, the other awake carrying a gold pocket watch. 

Not sure if the message is hurry up your hermit time or take longer. It's mindfulness class tomorrow so I might take my steer from that. 

Time and space - time to be alone, space to move about - these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow. 

Edwin Way Teale

Sunday, 9 April 2017

devil's can can

Daily Draw: Paulina Tarot, The Devil

Since beginning daily draws I've only pulled the devil twice. This card strikes me as a curiously camp and comedic devil. Yet even this lady in her finery is underdressed compared with modern 'fashion'. 

I'm thinking of cheap, throwaway fashion one of the markers of which is over embellishment. I wonder what tempts a designer to furbish a single t shirt with sequins and beads and pockets and zips and stitching and slogans and glitter all at once? What tempts someone to buy it? Why would member of the opposite sex find it a good look? 

Ethically highly embellished fast fashion is the worst - produced by children working into the night stitching in poor light on a penny an hour.  

Give me a well cut white t-shirt any day of the week except no-one takes pride in crafting something beautifully simple any more. 

Elegance is refusal

Coco Chanel

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Frogs and stars

Daily Draw: Paulina Tarot, The Star


I was about to write a post about the biggest star coming out to meet us to day but no...A quick fact check reveals the sun is just an average sized star ( a yellow dwarf) that appears so large because it is so close. 

An average sized star that could fit one million planet earths inside it...The largest star (subject to debateVY Canis Majoris is so big the Sun would fit inside it about 2100 times. Flying a plane around it would take 1100 years...

Hmm well this makes me think of perspective. Something to mull on as I pick up the watercolour paints and pad I bought a year ago. 

Yes I am in the garden. No I don't hear any frogs but SUCCESS there is one in this card wishing me luck...

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Rude sea and mad stars

Daily Draw: Paulina Tarot, Six of Cups

I thought these were flowers at first but actually the mermaid's son is offering her a cup full of stars. The substitution of stars for blooms suggests to me this is a hopeful, moving forward six of cups rather than a nostalgic one. What a gift! 

I have a thing about stars. I have star jewellery, bags, shoes, and shirts but don't think I've ever seen the sea and the stars together. That's the real thing and it's going on the list. 

Since once I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song:
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,
To hear the sea-maid's music.


William Shakespeare

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Neither fish nor fowl who cares?

Daily Draw: Paulina Tarot, Nine of Pentacles

This looks to be an interesting garden party. A white rabbit in a red dress, a whippet faced worm (forgive me I am claiming that as part hound) and a hawk? (I googled bird with a tassel on its head and got nowhere). 

Out of the lady's hand a ninth flower sprouts reminding me that friendship can blossom in the unlikeliest places and between people who on the surface appear very different.

I was reading today that by observation we can work out what elements are influencing people's actions - air, water, fire or earth. 

In reality few people are all fire or earth or water - they may be influenced by more than one element or have different influences at different times. Certainly I can spot the faults of all in myself. 

In this card I see air (the bird), earth (the worm thing) and fire (the rabbit's red dress). The water is the feeling of friendship they share. I'll take that...

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A bit of a hotch potch

Daily Draw: Shadowscapes Tarot, The Fool

She stands on the precipice with only the ribbons and doves to hold her up if she makes that leap. The fox cannot understand the leap of faith she is about to take. The guidebook asks who is the fool? The woman for instinctively embracing the unknown or the fox for being too rooted in rational thought? 

The monkey beneath her feet gazes intently at a tiny glowing heart. The bees buzz that passion needs to meet industry. The butterfly whispers of courage to change. The primate on the left reminds us to take time to smell the roses. 

The answer to yesterday's questions seems to be back to the beginning. The sun tattoo on the fool's foot reminds me to keep the almost end in sight. I have been naughty with this deck (demanding answers, berating it for its honest responses) but tomorrow I will miss it. 


Monday, 3 April 2017

mañana

Daily Draw: Shadowscapes Tarot, The Sun

Numerologically this card interests me. The one signifying beginnings the nine almost completion. Together they add to ten - full completion which reduces down to the one -beginnings again. Or should I add together in Roman numerals? 10 + 1 + 10 which would be a three. 

The sun has set on another day and I've no idea if I am at the beginning or almost end of my thesis work or somewhere in the middle...I'll know more tomorrow I guess. 




Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tread lightly

Daily Draw: Shadowscapes Tarot, Page of Pentacles

The Page offers the opportunities for growth and prosperity. It is up to us what we make of the ember she holds - a smouldering coal or a bright rising star. 

At the bottom left of the card there is a sinister looking trio. Did they walk along the viridian path of the dragon's spine and become so absorbed with dreams of possessing material wealth that they turned to stone? 

So how can she avoid a similar fate? 

The owl perched on the slim branch suggests it will be wise to tread lightly along the dragon's back. 





Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them... 

So throw away your baggage and go forward.
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.
That’s why you must walk so lightly. 


Aldous Huxley, 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Wise cups

Daily Draw: Shadowscapes Tarot, Two of Cups

These two look to be insanely in love. Hands matched perfectly, they wrap themselves around each other in an embrace as fluid as smoke. One tentatively offers a heart, the other a cup from which they both drink deeply.

A sylph keeps watch over larger cup balanced precariously on an outlying branch. Is one lover holding something back or holding something in reserve? 

This card reminds me of how young people in love will put up with all manner of privations to be together because just being together is enough. I remember a young couple who spent their last penny on a deposit for a flat, couldn't afford crockery and took in turns to have a cup of tea for a few months. Long term they didn't make it. 

The first flushes of romantic love only take us so far. The lengths people will go to to be together is an indicator. How we respond when life throws up a major test is a better predictor. The lavender dryad is wise to keep a cup in reserve for that time. 



Friday, 31 March 2017

Spring forward

Daily Draw: Shadowscapes Tarot, Four of Wands


Spring is here and the Kierun fly forth in a moment of celebration. Got me thinking...

Month three of the four year plan and we are still on target - Unicorn leap one

Got back into a joint research paper. It IS difficult but doing it is LESS stressful than not - Unicorn leap two

The house is looking a lot better than it did at the beginning of the year - Unicorn leap three

Unicorn four awaiting take off (the dreaded thesis) but could that be about to come up roses? 

Another thing - almost three years experience as a lecturer now so a respectable career leap could be on the cards. 

Could this fifth as yet invisible unicorn give unicorn four a kick up the bum? 

Wishing all a happy leap into the weekend and the fourth month of the year...















Thursday, 30 March 2017

Whether a flicker or a flame

Daily Draw: Shadowscapes Tarot, Page of Wands

Raising her bow the Page strikes a note of confidence and assurance which is irresistible to all who hear it. Three foxes raise their heads to the melody as other creatures of the forest draw near. Dressed in orange with gold and flame hair the girl resembles a spark or an ember. The red ribbon on her arm recalls the red ribbons worn by the fool (a red feather in the classic RWS). At the tip of her bow green leaves shoot out symbolising growth. 

At the girl's feet two foxes remain sleeping - one in the open and the other covertly. Politely turned the other way (as they know no-one wants to be woken by a drum banging in their face) two nymphs take up their instruments and softly play. The gentle regular beat of the drum says 'awaken! take action!' 

Where will your wand take you today? 




Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Open chanel

Daily Draw: Shadowscapes Tarot, Ace of Cups

The Aces convey something new within their suit. So possibly new beginnings relating to emotions, family, or spiritual development. I've read that it can refer to a new home and especially so if it follows the Queen of Pentacles (yesterday's card). 

The message is to remain open and receptive and perhaps also to continue curating my scared space this weekend. 

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content. 

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.

unattrib.


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

Structuring

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

Pathwalking

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

illuminate

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, 


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Locomotion

Daily Draw, Everyday Witch Tarot, Ace of Pentacles

The witch has her coin, the cat her cream, the sun is shining. It's new beginning. 

The fresh broom tells me it is time to get moving and not let the grass grow under my feet. 

I don't want locomotiary substitution or remote intransitory convolution; only one precise solution is the key: substitutiary locomotion it must be!

Eglantine Price, Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Monday, 20 March 2017

Providence doesn't care

Daily Draw: Everyday Witch Tarot, Wheel of Fortune

I admit to feeling a bit uneasy to receive this card again. If I've set my intention why ask me to choose again? A warning perhaps? 

Mulling it I think there are big opportunities in life and everyday ones which can add up to a big one or at least preparedness for when it comes along. 

This card reminds me of my tendency to dream small. Lurking within there is a fear that dreaming big will trigger a providential backlash at the implied critique of my present fortunes. 

It's a belief that sedimented in some hard life lessons in my twenties and I'm not sure I will ever unlearn it. All I can do is keep trying to move forward and if the wheels come off not take it so personally. 


No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.

C.S. Lewis 1898-1963





Sunday, 19 March 2017

Salt of the earth

Daily Draw: Everyday Witch Tarot, King of Pentacles

Despite being pictured seated with chocolate cake and wine this king is the slimmest in the deck. He likes physical work and keeping fit in the process.  This ensures he stays lean and sinewy enough to look good in his yellow leggings. 

The snoozing dog suggests this is a moment of pleasurable repose after a day of hard work. 

I am reminded of when we bought the house, how hard we worked to make it liveable. Every day we had a challenge and most evenings an achievement to celebrate if not a mishap to commiserate. How satisfying it was. 

This king is a timely reminder to keep on track with the four year plan and not idle away time and money in the shopping centre today. 

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears or the sea, Karen Blixen, 1885-1962. 






Saturday, 18 March 2017

Gifting

Daily Draw: Everyday Witch Tarot, Six of Pentacles

This lady offers gifts of coins and food to those in need. Her green dress symbolises not only prosperity but balance, harmony, and healing. The mauve indicates the offer is grounded in compassion. 

This image gives us a snapshot of generosity but really it is an ongoing and reciprocal process. The young man on the right looks like he is off to college, one day he might develop a medical cure that helps many people. The crone on the right may be the younger witch's teacher kindly sharing her accumulated knowledge.  

The multiple shafts of light in this card suggest that the outcomes of giving are multidirectional and may grow exponentially. 

I wonder what I can give today.  





Friday, 17 March 2017

Sea time

Daily Draw: Everyday Witch Tarot, Nine of Cups

The seaside where I go to fill my cups. If time heals all things 'sea time' is faster than ordinary clock time. 

Creating a coastal feel at home with candles, sounds and colour is well and good but sometimes you've just got to be there. Time to book a break...

We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.

Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862




Thursday, 16 March 2017

Doublespeak

Daily Draw: The Everyday Witch Tarot, Justice

This card didn't immediately speak to me today so I dew again and again and got her numerical counterparts the two of wands and the two of pentacles. These clarify the message of justice today - making a choice and achieving balance. Both difficult to do in a state of reaction. 

The preceding cards (in the deck and ones that I have recently drawn) are relevant here. The hermit offering clarity through critical distance and the wheel which reminds us of the patterns and cycles of life. 

The curtain and the blindfold suggests there is still more to be revealed and my plans may need to adapt accordingly but for now it feels good to have an outline agenda. 

The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything

Warren Buffet, 1930 - 






Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Heath warning - academic rant

Daily Draw, The Everyday Witch Tarot Tarot, Page of Pentacles

I usually identify with representations of this page as a scholar. This version offers a different perspective. Actually in this deck the it is the Page of Swords who appears with a bag of books. 

According to the book this page is the best prepared for the journey ahead and yet he tosses a coin to decide why way to go. Really? I can imagine the raised eyebrows at home if they knew. Or perhaps daddy pentacles is too rich to care...

The ivory tower is not in this chap's line of sight at all indicating that he is interested in practical knowledge with immediate applications not theory. 

This rendition calls into question my cherished assumptions about this court. A quick whip around the web reveals that popular interpretations of this card often emphasise learning something to make money. 

This reminds me of current trend towards the commodification of education - an impoverished view of learning which alongside other factors is causing the demise of the arts and humanities - disciplines which develop creativity and critical thinking skills and in the process encourages the development of decent, well rounded human beings. 

On the other side the research focused institutions/ivory towers which host those disciplines are culpable. A major special collections library (funded by the taxpayer) is still making it really difficult for anyone outside the university to access the catalogue let alone the collections. Although public membership is theoretically possible it requires something akin to a masonic initiation. 

I spent a good four hours today on their website and am still none the wiser about what they actually hold. If with all my accumulated research skills I can't find a way in then god help anyone else. 

In my day digitised (scanned) resources available on the web was the dream but to young people today that is old hat. They want books in audio. 

Perhaps this youngster is not so disinterested in book learning after all - a smart kid he's sussed early on he hasn't got time to waste knocking on a locked door that will never open. 

If only we were all better educated. If then, higher education would at last be a journey for skill and knowledge rather than for power and status.

Criss Jami, 1987-