Sunday, November 17, 2013

To comment or not to comment, with the Fantastic Menagerie

Lately I've been looking into the advisability of allowing
comments on one's blog (or not).
all images from the Fantastic Menagerie, Baba Studio

When I visit a blog, I'm there to read what that particular blogger has to share.
New thoughts, great links, wild rants, cool ideas, dismal failures, hot-off-the-press products,
valuable services, brilliant insights.

I find strings of comments distracting.

It may be that my brain intake valve is too small, or perhaps it's the fact that
I was hatched in the time of the dinosaurs.

For whatever the reason, I find that I prefer commentless blogs.
I may be alone in this; who knows?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Testing, Testing: The Housewives Tarot

TABI has opened a new forum thread called Practice Question of the Month. Originally it was begun to give everyone on TABI, not just the Free Readers, an opportunity to try out reading the cards with the benefit of safe feedback (TABI-ites are kind and supportive; they're an amazing group) and without worrying about serving a flesh-and-blood client.

I decided to test out the seemingly lightweight Housewives Tarot and see how it behaved. (June Cleaver wanted to help but was worried about messing up her pearls.) What follows is the reading I might have sent out to "Sagit" had she been a real person with an email address. I think this deck did a great job!

"I am a 30-year-old Sagittarian and mother of two. I have recently given up full-time employment to start my own consultancy business from home. This is all feeling a bit scary. Am I doing the right thing, or should I seek regular employment again?"

This is the spread I cooked up for you in the test kitchen of the Housewives Tarot, Sagit, and these are the cards that came up for each position.

1. WHAT YOU'VE GIVEN UP - Knight of Pentacles


3. TESTING, TESTING - The Hermit


Wow! Two Majors have come to share; they're acknowledging that this is a big deal, life-changing decision you've made.

How interesting, Sagit. The cards feature one man as WHAT YOU'VE GIVEN UP, and two women for WHAT YOU'VE GAINED and TESTING, TESTING.
You've given up a workplace where presumably there are males (perhaps even your supervisor), to work at home as your own boss.


1. WHAT YOU'VE GIVEN UP - Knight of Pentacles
This young handsome Knight of Pentacles is mowing the lawn (actually he's mowing a large pentacle symbol!) while wearing a tuxedo.

Pentacles is the suit of EARTH, finances, material goods, security. As WHAT YOU'VE GIVEN UP, this Knight represents your steady paycheck and with that, some degree of financial security.
If your workplace was dressy (like the Knight in his tux) then goodbye panty hose!
The flip side of this coin, Sagit, is that you have also GIVEN UP being under the supervision of someone else. This Knight of Pents is standing in for your boss at your recent place of employment. Bring on the freedom!

A beaming young woman holds up a blue-ribbon-winning cherry pie; she is surrounded by row upon row of prize ribbons arranged in concentric circles around her.

WHAT YOU'VE GAINED by freeing yourself from employment is the opportunity to be the STAR of your own business!
This woman makes this win appear effortless with her perfectly applied lipstick and fresh smile, yet we know that all these wins took time, hard work, energy. This current success didn't arrive overnight; there are bags of flour, bowls of cherries, dirty dishes, and some inedible pies behind the scenes. She's rolled up her sleeves, donned a kerchief to keep her blonde locks out of the way, and pitched in.
YOU'VE GAINED the chance to craft your own work life, Sagit, and given yourself the opportunity to be a Star in your own consulting constellation!

3. TESTING, TESTING...- The Hermit
A young blonde woman (what's up with all the blondes in this 50s deck?) has pinned up her curls and is unwrapping a fresh bar of Lux soap as she luxuriates in the bathtub.

The Hermit spends time alone with her own thoughts and dreams. Now that you've settled yourself at home to sculpt your own business, Sagit, the TESTING, TESTING will come on several fronts:
  • Will you thrive working at home without the company and/or annoyances of colleagues?
  • Given enough time, will your solo endeavour provide the income you need?
  • Are your children school age, giving you hours of uninterrupted work time, or are one or both still at home requiring your care and attention?


These cards are telling a positive story regarding the success of your new business, Sagit!
You've GIVEN UP being accountable to the Knight of Pentacles bossing you around at work.
There is also the loss of income connected to this card, but I'm thinking that you probably wouldn't have felt inclined to quit your current job if you weren't supported at home (financially and emotionally) by your partner.
YOU'VE GAINED the opportunity to shine as a Star in your field of expertise! Not that becoming a success (in whatever way you measure that - finance, self-esteem, independence) will be achieved overnight. Nor will you likely be "rolling in dough" anytime soon!
Like the young woman in the card, you'll find work to be done, plans to be made, connections to be capitalized on. I hope you savour this process as much as this Star baker seems to!
TESTING, TESTING...Will you enjoy the life of a work-from-home consultant? Time will tell.
There is a cheerfulness in all three of these cards that bodes well for your endeavours, Sagit. And as you mentioned in your question, you can always seek outside employment again, should your home business not pan out as you hope. Any experience gained will look great on your resume!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Prolific Perception

I wanted to find out how many words can be made using the letters in perception.
The site has the answer; are you ready for this? 328!
(Most of which I confess I've not seen before.)

My favourite of all is coin - as in "the flip side of the same" which is absolutely perfect for how perception works.
(Although a crone and a cretin sharing a recipe for potpie washed down with a pint of pinot noir, followed by crepes for dessert while enjoying the ripe tones of a trio of tenors were also in the running.)

Last night I heard Margaret Atwood speak about her latest book, MaddAddam (she's fond of palindromes). Although most of her books are not on my re-read list, I was jazzed to hear her in person. She was fluent, fluid, funny.
A critic might describe her style as condescending and affected, her mind preoccupied with body parts and swear words, her answers to audience questions flippant.
A fan may say she is brilliant, knowledgeable on diverse subjects, hilariously down-to-earth, and likely to turn silly questions back over to the asker.
Same subject, same event, two perceptions. I love it!

Water or Weeds

Water or Boat with Heron Carcass (Gaian Tarot)

Female or Male (Gaian Tarot)

Boobs or Buildings (Prague)

Cluttered or Interesting (Fantastic Menagerie)

Fire Red or Lava Grey (Dark Goddess Tarot)

Coming or Going

Going. 'Bye for now!