Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Knights running off in the wrong direction

Several years ago Caitlyn Matthews spoke at the Readers Studio in New York. She got our attention by singing into the microphone 🎵 which shut up our babbling in a hurry.
Part of her presentation was about reading directionally - the way people are facing in the images as they are laid out side by side for a reading.

  • Are they looking at each other or do they have their backs to each other?
  • Are they moving forward or going back from whence they came?
Of course there was much more to it than that, but it's enough for this post.

Last week these nine cards from the Everyday Witch Tarot were on my table. I was playing around with making a 9-patch pattern (3x3). As I was here a few years ago. And most everyone was heading to the right or standing still, except for the...

...Knight of Wands. Where on earth is he going?
What kind of impetuous sprint is this? What's caught his attention, or distracted him?
(Admittedly a dragon is a pretty big distraction...)
Will he lose sight of his primary objective and/or be rewarded by a serendipitous finding?

Knights aren't like Queens and Kings. The Knights' grasp of their suits is not yet fully formed and developed. They haven't always figured out how to wield their element calmly and rationally. But they have a lot of energy and enthusiasm for their quests! Especially the Knights of Wands. All that fiery get-up-and-go. 

I decided to investigate more Wands Knights. Are they all off on a potential wild goose chase?
The answer is...a whole lot of them are!

Going through my shelves alphabetically there were 16 backwards-going or thinking-about-it Knights just in the first 5 letters A-E! Imagine how many hundreds more are out there, racing off to the ⟽ ⟽   

Here they are, in alphabetical order. First - those who are already on the move, riding to the left.

All Hallows Tarot

Bruegel Tarot 

The Ceccoli Tarot

Circle of Life Tarot
This one is debatable, because of the direction her unicorn is facing;
but look which way her hair is blowing.

The Druidcraft Tarot

The Ellis Deck

and the Knight who started this whole post...from the Everyday Witch Tarot

 And now - those who've not yet decided but are seriously thinking about heading back.

Don't you love his grumpy face?

Animal Wisdom Tarot

AnnaK Tarot

Aquarian Tarot

Cat's Eye Tarot

Chrysalis Tarot

Dreaming Way Tarot

Efflorescent Tarot

There you have it! Sixteen Knights-Possibly-Errant.


In neighbourhood news...

Stratford, ON, where Shakespeare and other playwrights reign supreme for 6 months each year, swans glide by on the Avon River (along with the ever-present Canada geese), and trumpet fanfares announce the imminent start of each production not once, but four times. A very Knight-ly start to the proceedings.

This year's theme is The Will To Be Free.

I saw three plays this year and loved them all for different reasons.

The Tempest, written about 1610-11, when Knights were still in service to the Monarchs.
The Music Man, set in 1912. No Knights, but certainly trumpets and uniforms galore. And a horse.
To Kill a Mockingbird from 1960, set in Alabama in 1936. Atticus Finch is the Knight in Shining Armour.


Sunday, September 16, 2018

A box for a trimmed and edged Llewellyn Tarot

My Llewellyn deck has been cropped (including the card titles) and edged with gold Sharpie. It was my first edging project, and probably could have another coat to make it more evenly coloured. Although I like the antique-y weathered look; it suits the era of ancient Wales where this deck is based.

Before cropping...

After cropping... (I numbered the Majors in the bottom left corner - some were a bit ambiguous)
I love how the images can speak to each other now without the impediment of the wide borders; the cards are a bit squarer than standard decks and fit beautifully in my hand at 2.56" x 3.5".

The video instructions I followed: DIY Tarot Boxes
(It's the same link as in my previous post about making boxes.)

The box:
Some tiny dishes from IKEA came in it. Thinner than book board but heavier than a cereal box. It's quite a small deck so thinner card is fine; it doesn't wobble or squish in when being handled.

The cover papers:
Both from Michael's, scrapbooking aisle

The title:
I photocopied it from the companion book and glued it on.

The round seal:
Photocopied the back of a card, cut out the seal and glued it into the lid.


Next time, pictures throughout the process. Which deck needs a new home? Hm...


Friday, August 31, 2018

Interview with THE 90 QUESTION DECK

This was not the post I intended. Andrew McGregor's deck of 90 questions just took over. That's a pretty good indication that the deck is compelling, wouldn't you say?

"Interview" may not be the right word for what's going on here. I've got some questions, and the deck will answer back with its own questions. A Q&Q format, if you will.
Just as with a standard reading or deck review, I've shuffled and pulled cards at random.
Note: Andrew has included 5 extra cards with suggestions for putting his deck to use. I've not referred to them before creating the following questions.

1. There are other decks of cards that help people formulate questions. Are you different?

2. Ninety questions seems like more than enough.
Do you hope to fill everyone's need for a pertinent question?

3. You are square. Like coasters. Any particular reason?

4. Sometimes your questions are unexpected, and may lead to unintended lines of inquiry.
Is that your plan?

5. The artwork and lettering makes the questions seem casual, almost off-the-cuff.
Do you think that encourages people to dig into areas where they might not otherwise go?

6. For your last card, will you please leave me with a question to ponder?

Many thanks, Deck of 90 Questions!

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In neighbourhood news

I'm just back (reluctantly) from the peaceful shores of Pelee Island, Canada's southernmost community.


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Just like TV - summer reruns batch #2

Welcome back!

This week's reruns feature a nifty spread

I'm off to Pelee Island on the Jiimaan. I hope there's something summery in your week too!


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Just like TV...summer reruns batch #1

In the olden days, when I was roaming the neighbourhood with my fellow dinosaurs, TV series ran all year and went to reruns in the summer.
For instance, in 1963 Ed Sullivan produced a whopping 42 shows, Leave It To Beaver and My Three Sons each aired 39 episodes, Bonanza 34, and Andy Griffith (that slacker) a mere 32.

Well, I'm taking a leaf from the old ones' books, and running some reruns for the next few weeks! 

And finally, July 31, 2013: Fools Rush In

Thanks for tuning in!

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Too busy following the caterpillars...

to write a proper blog post.
They've once again taken up residence on the driveway dill, and are little green/black/yellow eating machines, stripping the plants to skeletons and growing larger almost while I'm watching. They will become black swallowtail butterflies. Quite gorgeous. And although every year I watch them gorge themselves to caterpillar fatness, I've only ever seen one swallowtail butterfly.

There were 6 of them, but I went away for a few hours today and now there are 5.
Where did Number 6 go? There's still plenty of dill.
Did it go climb into its cocoon? And if so, where is it? These guys aren't that fast - it must be around here somewhere!
Did a bird eat it? Are there caterpillar thieves roaming the 'hood? Did it have a fight with the others and crawl off in a huff?
Perhaps it over-ate and exploded? Victim of a rare dill allergy? Someone mistook it for a pickle and put it in a bologna sandwich?
It's a mystery.

Perhaps this wise guy knows the answers.
Alice Tarot

Anyway, gotta go. My daughter and her family are walking over soon to see my chubby crop of 'pillars.

Here's a post from earlier times. It's about...caterpillars.
And so is this one.

In neighbourhood news...

A nearby town is experimenting with its first ever Uncommon Festival this weekend. I drank butterbeer, found the Wizard's Cup at the centre of a maze, and sat near a roaring dragon. And ate lime creamsicle ice cream and peed in a pink portapotty. And on my way to the car walked around in a splash pad to cool off, which may have been a mistake...my damp-seated closed-up car will smell like wet dogs.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Do I have enough courage?

We've had some ugly things happen here in Ontario recently. Hate spewing out all over people, with bullets and words. The most recent one: a white male shouting at a Muslim family:
"This is my fucking province!"

You know those times when you go over things you could've said if you'd been thinking quickly enough, or would've said if you'd been there? Well, my head has been composing rebuttals to that person all day. But it's easy to be brave in your own home, in your own head.

And I wonder...would I have done anything had I been there? Would I have been courageous enough to stand up to that bigoted bully?

I'd like to think so, but of course I don't really know.

So today's post is about the "courage" card - Strength. Not physical but moral courage. Like this breathtaking young woman on a plane who took a stand. Quite literally.

Strength. I have a feeling that we're going to need it for the times ahead.

~~~ Standing your ground ~~~

Little One-Inch (Japanese tale) 

~~~ Getting your fierce on ~~~

 This is the Queen Elizabeth I that was in my head as Strength

~~~ Protecting the defenceless ~~~

~~~ Blowing right back at the bullies and blowhards ~~~

~ Standing quietly by, collecting your thoughts before speaking ~

Blooming where you're planted

Osho Zen Tarot

~~~ Using your strengths to help ~~~

Approaching with an open heart     Animal Wisdom Tarot

Mediating and peacekeeping     The Alice Tarot

Bringing your gifts to the situation     Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot

In neighbourhood news...

Recipe for a 2 1/2 year old's summer activity:

Grasshopper lands on the driveway
* Child runs toward it
Grasshopper flies off to a safer spot
Child shrieks with laughter
Repeat from *

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