Saturday, 15 July 2017


Daily Draw: The Llewellyn Tarot, The Moon

Occultation - when one celestial body obscures another as a result of moving between the observer and the object being observed. The star is no longer visible and here we have the moon representing the night and the amethyst sky the gift of intuition that gets us through it. 

Could the owl symbolising magic, mystery and wisdom be the high priestess in animal form returned to fool in a dream? When all cannot be seen it is not any imaginings but fretful imaginings that we should seek to avoid. I'm reminded of a quote I read this week 'when you are tired sleep'

the night was busy making the moon
i gathered my quilt
and softly
told my heart
we'd come back 

Nayyirah Waheed

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Calm focus

Daily Draw: The Llewellyn Tarot: Two of Wands

This two of wands is quite different from the Llewellyn Classic version I draw a little while back. The woman's posture (seated and eyes on the orb) here appears less expansionist and more calm and meditative. Her beautiful bodice in Gaugiunesque colours suggests to me she is a creative type. 

Perhaps she can use her artistic skills together with intuition to search out new possibilities and hidden options. The gold and rose sky hint that she will experience enrichment beyond monetary gain if she can remain centred and focused while continuing her practice. 

if the ocean 
can calm itself
so can you
are both
salt water

Nayyirah Waheed

Sunday, 25 June 2017


Daily Draw: The Llewellyn Tarot, The Lovers

This card can mean being made brave with love. Indeed the word courage derives from the Latin 'cor' meaning 'heart'. Most people would recognise the experience of being made brave for one's nearest and dearest. But bravery on behalf of strangers perhaps less so? 

I like to look past the obvious connotations of romantic love in this card which is a bit of a challenge given the central image this particular rendition. So focusing on the colours instead...

The red drapes symbolise courage, action and initiative. It is no coincidence that red is often the colour of revolutionary social movements. Active mind is signalled by the orange hues, progressive change is well thought out. 

The yellow (and the candle) also picks up this theme of intellect and brightness although this colour also harbours the less desirable attributes of bitterness, deceit and cowardice. 

A good reminder that when we embark on any course of action we examine our motives for doing so. Back to love...

As Birdie MacDonald (foster carer of over 800 children) puts it so well: 

'Love is wholesome, love is power' 

Saturday, 24 June 2017


Daily Draw: The Llewellyn Tarot, Queen of Swords

Eschewing small talk and the niceties she sees as conversational 'fluff', Queen may not instantly connect with others. Here we see her up on a mountain with the air above providing the headspace that she so needs. Yet she is not cold as in some interpretations. Actually she is the only queen who reaches out with her hand. It takes lot for her to do this and that hand may not be offered twice. 

She is not the kind of friend who will call umpteen times a day or want to spend every weekend together. Respecting your privacy she won't turn up at your home uninvited and hopes you will respect her privacy too. Months may pass but when you do get together she will pick up exactly where you left off. She will listen quietly when you pour out your heart but she won't mirror those emotions. If she comments at all it will be to offer a logical solution. When someone is in a ditch don't jump in there and cry with them offer them a way out she says. 

I think she is more interested in ideas and theories than in understanding what makes people tick. Perhaps my similar tendencies explain why it has taken me so long to get to know the courts. I do find it a struggle but she has reached out her hand to me and I'd be a fool to turn down the offer of friendship from a kindred spirit. 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Personal shopper

Daily Draw: Llewellyn's Classic Tarot, Page of Cups

I was reading today that this page is sartorially the most stylish. Whereas the Page of Pentacles wears expensive but practical clothes in fine fabrics his style is too safe and predictable for the Page of Cups who likes to be more creative.  

When he appears it can be a reminder to treat yourself to a new item of clothing. As a shopping companion he would say cheap throwaway fashion is a false economy for you and not good for the environment. Far better to spend a little more on something really lovely, that is comfortable, suits you and which you will wear often. 'Think cost per wear' he whispers in your ear. 

He would also encourage you to 'shop your wardrobe'. I can imagine him yanking out bright slacks, sequin tops, sparkly knits, rhinestone boots, handbags in their dustbags, all that stuff being saved for a special occasion and saying 'what are you waiting for?' Scraggy old leggings get 'the look' not because he's a snob but because he thinks you deserve better. Comfortable clothes don't have to be drab (back to the investment buys again). 

Of course this page may appear simply to acknowledge your love of fashion and dressing up. I might have more in common with the cups courts than I thought...

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Exceeding the brief

Daily Draw: Llewellyn's Classic Tarot, Three of Pentacles 

This is usually a favourite card however my immediate response to this version is that the sculpture is an unnecessary addition and the beautiful stone work at the top is enough. Why exceed the brief? Is he showing off or did he overshoot? Perhaps a lack of confidence that the stone work wasn't sufficient? 

Mused a little bit and maybe this is a metaphor for my PhD (or four PhDs as the case may be). It reminds me of what we were told at induction that the task was not to pursue a nobel prize and probably only two people would read the work...

A friend put it to me that writing a monograph on Mr Bourdieu is a life times work not a doctoral thesis the purpose of which is to demonstrate I can carry out a research project independently. On the other hand if you're going to be late be great... 

Future wise the two figures to the left hint at the importance of gaining feedback. I have just had some on a research paper which is that it is good enough to publish. If I hadn't forced myself to share the work I'd still be writing it now...

Deep breath, time to unveil the thesis for some feedback...

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Daily Draw: Llewellyn Classic Tarot: Two of Wands

Whenever I draw this card I think of the song 'he's got the whole world in his hands...'. Second response irritation that it's a man owning the globe. Then again wands are traditionally thought of as masculine energy - sigh. If I was feeling political today I might write about climate change but having news binged for a week I'm a bit politicked out. 

The figure faces the opposite direction to the figure in the RWS who holds the free wand in left hand. This reminds me that the left has often been associated with evil. Our English word sinister derives from Old French 'sinistre' meaning left. 
Dexter is the opposite of sinister from Latin 'on the right'. Synonym of dexterity, adroit (skillful) comes from the French 'a droit' meaning according to the right'. These popular associations right/good left/evil were promoted by the church and the monarchy. 

Here the wand on the left is secured with a bolt symbolising a safer choice or opportunity. (I hadn't noticed there is also a bolted wand in the original RWS). The wand on the right is a riskier venture. So back to pondering politics again. This being a wands card passion and courage are foregrounded. When this combines wth the cool logic of the swords, the compassion of the cups and a pentacles concern for all living things the outcome could be tremendous. 

bolt and boots...

Sunday, 18 June 2017

and sprint

Daily Draw: Ace of Wands

An Ace of Wands in my Magician month offering a double dose of drive. I have been feeling a renewed sense of energy and purpose these past few weeks. 

The clouds remind me to use this energy wisely as eventually like all things it will dissipate. The wand as baton tells me I don't have to do this alone. If I work with others in a kind of relay race each of us doing a wild sprint the outcome will be faster and better. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Harmless moon

Daily Draw: Llewellyn Classic Tarot, The Moon

I was reading on Tarotwikipedia that The Moon can show up when there are a lot of creative energies storing up inside the seeker. A good question to ask is what would you learn if learning was only to nurture your soul rather than to get a job or a pay rise. 

Someone asked me a similar thing today. I came up with a formula: What do I really want to do? Can I do it? Will the outcome be beneficial? I was talking about research but my partner in dialogue reminded me these are existential questions about life. 

My first response to the sketch of the man's face in the moon was irritation. Design wise it jars the overall style of the card. Made me think just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. On reflection things can look good and be injurious. This moon may be ugly but in practical terms it is innocuous. I can live with that. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Virtue of necessity

Daily Draw: Llewellyn's Classic Tarot

The theoretical love of my life Pierre Bourdieu in a chapter entitled 'Sorcerer's Apprentices' (can you see why I like this guy) describes how in order to make it in academia the student's first and only task is to make himself disappear as a student. Which means to see and make his studentness as temporary a state as possible. 

As career routes are less certain for females (the blindfold) they are more likely to embrace the experience and identity of being a student and less likely to fake to make an academic identity. Thus they condemn themselves to being everlasting students. 

This work was written in the 70s and things have changed. Although I wonder if there are still echoes. 

One of the meanings of this card is 'insufficient data'. Story of my life. I could read and make theory for ever but have less than zero interest in doing empirical research. I am reminded by the card that equates to zero interest in my career. The two swords indicate choice and truth. Make a virtue of theoretical richness, make data out of it and allow the work to be what it wants to be. 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Be fast or be faff

Daily Draw: Llewellyn's Classic Tarot, Knight of Wands

This knight has something very specific he wants to achieve. I could learn. 

I've spent the morning faffing around online. Discovered Bloglovin. Signed up and claimed my blog. Hence the weird preceding post which did not add bloglovin button here as promised. Anyhow sorted feed which should be good for following others but hardly life changing. 

What I've actually been meaning to do for months is sort out my Instagram but now I'm bored of passwords and instructions that don't work... 

So off to learn a few tarot lessons which was my plan for today. This is a new deck for me which uses traditional RWS imagery so should be good for connecting with the core meanings of the cards. Some online reviews of the book have critiqued it for being too basic. I actually like it especially as it provides a key to the main symbols. The introduction to the court cards (with which I struggle like many new readers) I've found useful also. Although I still don't know which queen is most like me. Probably the one that faffs around...


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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Saturday Magic

So inspired by Carolyn's post I went in search of a wand today. No luck yet. But I did find these beauties. Thanks to Carolyn for the reminder that we all deserve a little magic in our lives. 

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sun, moon, truth

Daily Draw: Spiritual Buddhist Cards, Sun, Moon, Truth

With eyes downcast this struck me as a sombre face but perhaps I am wrong. Reflexive philosophy alerts us that we view the world through lenses and filters which are the product of position and experiences within it. Putting reflexivity into action means both unsettling those assumptions including by considering alternative perspectives. 

With that in mind other interpretations of the card and verse are very welcome today.  

Three things cannot be
long hidden:
the sun, the moon, 
and the truth. 

- attrib Guatama Buddha

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Just be

Daily Draw: Spiritual Buddhist Cards, Just Be 

With right hand raised to shoulder height, arm bent, palm of right hand facing outwards with fingers upright and closed this is figure adopts the Abhaya Mudra hand posture. The pose symbolises protection, peace and the dispelling of fear. A couple of weeks ago  I may have overlooked this as 'just nice words'...

The verse on the back reads:

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream 
of the future,
concentrate the mind 
on the present moment.
- Gautama Buddha 

A good philosophy for the weekend. The orange robes, green splashes and twinkling white lights suggest joy, hope and simplicity may be found by just being in the moment. 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Learn to forget

Daily Draw: Spiritual Buddhist Cards, Learn and Forget.

Another beautiful card in one of my favourite colour combinations of aqua, blue and gold. There is more to this than delighting my visual senses though. 

Scallop shells (seen at the base) were one of the earliest and most iconic badges worn by medieval pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela. More than just a physical journey this bivalve suggests something deeper. Scallops are filter feeders who clarify water thus they are sometimes referred to ecosystem engineers. As Greer writes they symbolise digesting psychological rubbish from the unconscious in a process of evolutionary growth. This fits with the amethyst tones (spirituality) and the verse on the back which reads: 

To learn the Buddha Way
is to learn one's self.
To learn one's self
is to forget one's self.

This figure appears to be in that process. The shadow self (dark blue contours) is known and a radiant self has come to the fore with strobes of light emanating outwards. Still the figure continues to shed not shards of gold but soft flecks of gold leaf. 

The sea is where I go to forget myself. Where is it for you? 

Monday, 29 May 2017


Daily Draw: Spiritual Buddhist Cards: Heart. 

I am so pleased to have drawn this card today which says to me 'heart'. The verse on the back reads: 

I'd like to divide
myself in order to see,
among these mountains,
each and every flower 
of every cherry tree


Fifty maybe sixty years ago someone took the decision to plant cherries all over the communal green space in this neighbourhood. Their stunning blossom canopies are one of the first joyful heralds of spring. When they fall they form the most beautiful pink carpet - always a 'sigh' moment for me. 

I've tried to find out who it was and no luck but what a heartfelt legacy. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017


Daily Draw: Spiritual Buddhist Cards, Spiral. 

I see the three figures in this card as one emerging, forming and firming spiritual being. 

The first, somewhat effaced and abject, is flesh toned symbolising the vulnerable human condition. The next is mostly blue meaning truth, spirituality, calmness and peace but perhaps also depression and melancholy. 

The third formation retains some of this but also in amongst the murky tones there is a small quantity of gold or wisdom. 

The increasing turquoise in the upper right suggests an opening of communication between the heart and the spoken word which heals. 

The reverse of the card affirms:

'We are not going
in circles,
we are going upwards.
The path is a spiral
we have already climbed
many steps.'

- Hermann Hesse

The logic of the spiral which encompasses, includes, develops, and yes-ands, of far greater use to us than the rock logic of 'I am right and you are wrong'. 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Outside words

Daily Draw: Spiritual Buddhist Cards 

Visually this is one of the more complex cards in the deck with an array of colours and patterns in contrasting shades of darkness and light. The quote on the reverse confirms that:

'The truth is
not always beautiful,
nor beautiful words
the truth. 

- Laotse

How to avoid writing something beautiful yet false? The tree on the left, whose energy appears to infuse the heart side of the seated figure, provides a clue. Perhaps a time to find beauty outside of words. 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, 1929 -1968

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

no words

Just woken to news of the terrible attack in my city last night. 

Twenty two people including children lost their lives.There are still people missing, parents and friends still trying to find them. 

Feeling moved our emergency services who drove right into the danger zone and have worked so tirelessly ever since. Also by my fellow Mancunians who took to social media and to the streets to offer tea, lifts, beds. 

Please hold all those affected in your thoughts. 

Saturday, 20 May 2017


Tulip says there is magick in enthusiasm and life is brighter when you wake up to this wonderful feeling. 

Well I have. So am off to do a few things with gusto. 

I don't pay attention to
world ending
It has ended for me
many  times
and began again in the morning

Nayirrah Waheed

Monday, 15 May 2017

Love times two

Daily Draw: Witchlings Deck, Love

Named after my favourite flower Peony arrives with a love pocket. To me she looks to be walking on air. The guidebook makes no reference to romantic love instead speaking to my preferred interpretation of inner love and light (including love and care for oneself) connecting with universal love and from there radiating out to others. 

Paulina writes that when we open our hearts every moment becomes charged with the breath of love, a breath that transforms negative energies into positive. Such opening may be a challenge. Being unloved is learned behaviour that sediments over time leading to the closing of the heart. Yet I am reminded by Sharon Salzberg's book on Faith this closing is not irreversible. 

I also drew 'Love' from the Haindl which is one of the most beautiful Two of Cups I have seen. The peacock appears to ask 'what will you do with your star filled vessels'. Hexagram 1 'the creative' suggests an answer. Love is creative for the world as well as for individuals. Love (as well as bruises) may give us the inspiration to make something of our lives. When we receive this creative power we must use it for good purposes putting energy back into the world. 

I'm not sure what this means for the day ahead but will try to keep eyes and heart open. 

you haven't felt yet
give them time
they are almost here

Nayyirah Waheed

Sunday, 14 May 2017


Daily Draw: Witchlings Deck, Meditation

Jasmine's pose speaks of centering reminding me I've been living in my head for quite a few days now, leading to a 'hardening up'. So have checked in with my calm app for a loving kindness class. As it is going to be sunny I may try Paulina's tree root meditation later. Being transported to a place of bliss might be a tall order. Just dipping a toe back into mindful practice is a start and for that reason I am grateful I drew this card. 

be softer with you.
you are a breathing thing.
a memory to someone.
a home to a life.

nayyirah waheed

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

More fuel

Daily Draw: Witchlings, Manifestation 

So I managed to manifest a sexist old snake today who tried to diminish my expertise and undermine my position. He told me there will have to be interviews for the leadership role to which I have already been assigned. Yet only last week he was arguing organisations should cut the XXXX (his swearword not mine) and adopt the Hollywood model of just hiring who they like (a system that systematically excludes women). 

Funny the back flip into the need for a fair recruitment process when the shoe is on the other foot...Did someone write something about out of date old grey men running the world in their own interests? 

It reminds me of something that Alison Pullen said about epistemic injustice which occurs when our knowledge is rejected because of who we are. Yet I'm feeling unusually irrepressible. It's all fuel for my research cauldron...

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Wands and brooms

Daily Draw, Witchlings Deck: Protection

This being an Ace of Wands month I have been working on wanderly things like my research. I had to smile when I drew Protection by Delphinium. She kindly reminds me of the need to maintain sacred space to keep out negative energy. I can hear her tut tutting at the state of my former sanctuary which is currently given over to multiple piles of journal articles and my own writing. 

No room at all to cast a protective circle as she advises. Perhaps her arrival will give me the extra oomph to wrap up a paper and I can claim back my happy space. Silly me for neglecting the cards and what they can teach these past weeks. 

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


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


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...