Saturday, April 29, 2006

Weekly Tarot 04/29-05/05 6 of Swords

6 of Swords
Sharman-Caselli Deck

This is a brand new deck for me. I really like it's interpetation on the traditional Rider Waite, the colors and art really appeal to me. Let's see how it reads.

The couple in the boat look ravaged and tired. They've been through the wringer and whatever is waiting on the other side of the river has got to be better than what they've already been through. They are leaving the rough seas behind them and it looks like clear sailing ahead. Sixes always represent a state of balance, harmony, and the suite of Swords is concerned with our mental state. There's been a great deal of mental stress, tension and quite possibly even depression for these folks, but now they are at last free to move beyond that, releasing the negativity.

Look for situtations that have appeared stagnant and insurmountable to break loose this week. There'll be movement toward a better, more secure future. You'll not want to completely forget your past lessons ( you don't want to repeat them!) but you no longer are tied to them. Very possibly, this transition has forced you to leave something behind that you once valued, but you will find that you don't miss it. Something is changing in your world for the better. This could be something as simple as rearranging your furniture for a new look or it could literally involved moving or taking a trip. Don't get too bogged down in the packing.

Friday, April 28, 2006

3 of Cups Manifested

Last Saturday when I drew the 3 of Cups for the week, there were several irons in the fire and I was happy with the draw, expecting them to turn out well. There were 3 things in particular that I had in mind. One was a change of job situtation for me. It was in the bag. I was all excited. Then at the last minute, something changed and I chose to decline the offer. Bummed out most of the week. Then the second thing didn't come through. Two strikes on the tarot playing field.

But, as the week ends, some really good things have happened this week. An greatly anticipated event in my daughter's life is about to become reality. I don't know who's more excited me or her! A fantastic out of the blue event occurred when one of my two sisters discovered a previously unknown photo album of our ancestors, tracked it down and now has learned that she will be able to acquire the album. In a beautiful twist of fate, the whole adventure of the album actually began almost 5 years ago when my other sister ( sister 2 ) posted on a genealogy board. Her question was just a nonevent in cyberspace until somehow Sister 1 came across it this week. The album had already been sold and we were thrilled to just have scans of the photos. More than just the photos, this event has given us a chance to rekindle our friendships.

Oh, and tonight just at twilight, I saw the most beautiful bird at my feeder. A Painted Bunting! Hope he comes back for a photo op! So, this really has been a great 3 of Cups week.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Weekly Tarot 04/22-04/28: 3 of Cups

3 of Cups
Universal Waite

The planning and scheming is done and now it's time to celebrate! You may find yourself with invitations to family parties, bridal showers, baby showers or reunions this week. It been said that all hearts come home at Christmas, well they also come home for many other family events. It may not be your literal family that is rejoicing a triumph this week, it can also be your family of choice - those friends nearest and dearest to you. Your college roommate may have good news to share, someone from your church family. Plans you've been working on with someone else are falling into place. Look for happiness and a festive air to be present wherever your true heart lies.

If you've been distracted or a bit depressed lately, you'll notice that easing a bit. You'll find yourself better able to look outside yourself to brighten your spirits. You may even find an opportunity to help someone else who has been struggling. Take inspiration in music and the return of spring. If you haven't listened to your favorite songs in a while, do it this week. You will be amazed at how energized you'll feel!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Exciting news today! I was accepted into the allinfoabout network to develop a tarot site. I'll bask in the glow today for a few hours and then the hard work begins. I've been enraptured by tarot for 30 years, student, reader, teacher and now I can write about it and share my passion with even more people.

My card of the day today is the 2 of Cups from the Universal Waite tarot. This is the true card of the Lovers. So many people confuse the major arcana Lovers with the true intent of this card. The major arcana Lovers is about choices. The 2 of Cups is about commitment, renewed relationships, understanding the underlying causes of events and a decision to be cooperative. It's not about the wild hormone rush of a teen age romance in your life. 2 of Cups is acknowleding the long term passions that keep the creative and romantic fires going in your life.

This card is also about trust and compassion between friends and within yourself. It's a good card for starting a new creative professional realtionship.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Weekly Tarot - 04/15-21: Art

Voyager Tarot
Major Arcana IV - Art

In traditional tarot, this card is known as Temperence, which has a lot to do with the alchemy of creation. This has always been the most challenging card in the tarot to me. Voyager is my favorite deck to work with.

Art is represented by the Greek goddess Athena, the patroness of the arts. You may know Athena also for her intelligence, fierce loyalty and clear vision. Art and creativity serve to remind us that we are the ultimate creative force in our own lives. Our ideas, visions, dreams, emotions are all manifest into the physical by what we do with them. The lightening strike of inspiration is present at times for us all, if we do not close our eyes at the brightness.

Sometimes it seems as though our lives are like unraveling sweaters and nothing we can do will stop the rows and stitches from coming apart. Sometimes, all we are left with is a pool of tears or the fragments of something we've held too tightly. These are the time when we can become most magical, most creative and most in charge, by taking the pieces of what was and creating them into something totally new and our own. Choosing to recognize that nothing is static in this life and that we can be constantly and actively recreating our own reality...that is the real secret to living a creative and fulfilling life.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Number 9 & Tarot

You Are The Star

You represent the ultimate in truth and purity.
Insightful and illuminating, you provide guidance for others.
You also demonstrate unselfish, unconditional love.
You posses many spiritual gifts, including the ability to heal.

Your fortune:

Your future is looking brighter by the day.
The near future will be a time of both hope and healing.
Luck is about to come your way, perhaps the best luck you have ever seen.
Life is about to get a lot easier and much better!

What Tarot Card Are You?

Here's something fun, based on who knows what. All you do at this site is enter your name and you get your card. No silly quiz. I like quizzes. At first I thought it might be related to numerology, but it isn't. Calculating out my first name only, which is what I entered into the tarot thing, I am a 9... and that's not the Star. Nine in tarot's major arcana is the Hermit. I think 9 fits me pretty well.

Here's what I found about a 9 name at the
Numerology Guide.

Traits:generalist, multi-talented, teacher HUMANITARIAN, healer, artist, old-soul, actor

The number 9 symbolizes the principle of a universal philosophy or consciousness. It is the dreamer, and feels at home in the realm of the arts, medicine, religion, drama, and philosophy and metaphysics. It is a healer and educator, acting always for the benefit of others. The 9 looks for solutions from the inspirational, intuitive, and creative worlds. Its energy is loving, compassionate, diffuse, and global.

Gifts: Understanding, communicating, influencing

Challenges: Drifting, tolerance, losing focus, bad habits

Personal Goal: To make an impact in a big way; expansion

Fears: Restriction of any kind, losing control of emotions

Succeeds as: Minister, occultist, health/body worker, counselor, artist/craftsperson, world/community leader

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Personal Archeology Meme

1. Do you have a picture of yourself as an infant, toddler or youngster in your own scrapbook, picture album or shoebox? If so, how old were you? What where you doing?

Here's my Grandma Opal and me. It looks like a three candles on the cake. She would have had to be visiting us in CT from her home in NE. I recognize the background as Navy housing.

2. What is the oldest piece of clothing you have in your closet. What is it? Do you wear it or just keep it for sentimental purposes, or because you haven’t had time to give it away yet?

The oldest clothing I have stashed is more accessory than clothing. It's my Girl Scout badge sash, hat and patrol cords. I was a superscout. I'll never have anyone to give it to but I just can't bear to part with it. It represents the best of my childhood.

3. Do you have any souvenirs? If so, what is the oldest one, where is it from and how did you come to have it?

How can you not have souvenirs? Can't even imagine that. I have a couple of high schoolnotes that my 2 best girlfriends and I use to pass each other. We had made up names, in case we ever got caught. I was Cassandra. They were Josette and Junie.

4. Do you have an appliance, utensil, dish, glass, platter, etc., or cooking implement in the kitchen that you got from a relative when you moved away from home? What is it and who gave it to you?

Yes, measuring cups that I got from my Girl Scout leader at a bridal shower.

5. What’s the oldest thing in your medicine cabinet? (and maybe it’s time to toss out the expired stuff!)

Oil of Olay from about 5 years ago.

6. Was the place you currently live in occupied prior to you? Did they leave anything behind? What? If not, have you ever heard any stories about folk who lived there before you did and would you share one?

Lots of people have probably lived here before. It's 60 year old military housing. The only things left behind were some beer cans in the attic. We only discovered them when my daughter had to go up there to rescue some kittens.

7. Do you have any old IDs, business cards or other bits of old flotsam in your purse/wallet? What is the oldest thing there and why do you keep it?

Does my dresser drawer count? An Navy dependent ID card from when I was 10.

8. Do you have your yearbooks? When was the last time you looked at them? What is the thing you like most about your favorite yearbook? What’s the thing you like least about your least favorite yearbook? (I don’t know if this is a ‘global’ question – so forgive me if you are from somewhere that getting a yearbook is not a tradition)

High School yearbook 1973. I haven't looked at it in more years than I can remember. I only have my graduation year. What I like most is the sweetness of the inscriptions. All lies. :)

9. Do you have a(ny) old key(s)? Do you know what it/they’re for? Why did you keep it/them?

Old keys? Yep... a tiny jewelry box key. I think I still have the jewelry box somewhere.

10. 100 years from now, what would you wish someone had as a memento of you?

A memento of me? Something I have made, maybe a cross stitch piece or that Girl Scout Sash.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Take More Pictures

I decided this week that I am going to take more photos of nothing. The everyday things that seem to be just nothing at all. Don at his computer. Kira or Michael just hanging out. I wish I had taken more pictures of everyday things and not always waited for "the event" as Kira was growing up. I have a few of those everyday moments as she was growing up and they are by far my favorite photos.

So, motherly words of wisdom. Take more pictures, it really is the small moments that make up a lifetime.