Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve, and not a clue...Pearls of Wisdom Tarot

what to write about.
The pixel equivalent of crumpled balls of paper is strewn all over the computer. Rejected ideas, foggy barely-formed notions, ill-conceived concepts. 

Yesterday on CBC radio I heard a beautiful interview with a young woman whose New Year's resolutions included donating her bone marrow to a needy recipient. Astonishing. So, forget any paltry post about what I might be considering for 2018!

Which tarot deck could help? 
Randomly scanning the shelves...The Lover's Path Tarot? Nice, but nope. Maybe the Osho Zen. Nah, not feeling zen-y today. Halloween Tarot? Love you, but it's not your season.
The Pearls of Wisdom? Yes! Drop those little moon-like orbs right here, Roxi Sim!

Next decision: choosing cards. Deal from the top of the shuffled deck? Cut the deck into little piles and use the top card from each? Just keep shuffling until some cards fly out and land on the floor?
I know! Today is December 31, 2017, or  12 + 31 + 2017 = 2060, which reduces to 8. Every 8th card it is.

King of Cups
Three of Pentacles
Knight of Cups

At first glance
There sure are a lot of Cups here! Relationship work in store, apparently. And three of Pents, the apprentice card. Learning about...?

Looking at it from an elemental (Fire, Water, Air, Earth) point of view
High-level Cups (the suit of Water) flanking a measly 3 of Pentacles (the Earth suit).
All that water sloshing around a tiny bit of dirt makes for slightly muddied water, but there's not even enough Earth to make mud, or mud pies... This is a reading dominated by the world of Water: emotions, feelings, relationships, with a wee bit of the practicality of Earth thrown in.

The cards one by one
King of Cups 

Be generous with what you have.
This isn't Pentacles, so we're  not talking about literally being generous with material goods.
With what, then?
With your cheerfulness, your emotional support for those around you who might need it. Even though they may not be in your immediate circle of family and friends, offer it anyway.
Issue more invitations to your home. Ask people over for picnics. 
You don't need to be a King to let generosity flow. Just do it! 

Three of Pentacles

Oooo, that looks like fun!

Try some stuff.
Like what?
Who cares? Pick something that looks shiny and give it a whirl!
I'll be terrible at it.
Yup. Probably. Your point?

Got any unfinished projects lying around? 
You're kidding, right?
Pick one. Eeny-meeny... Dig it out. Do something with it, or discard it. Next...

You're talking about the dreaded D-word, Decluttering, aren't you?
Perhaps. But with the F-word thrown in. FUN!

Knight of Cups

Go for a ride.

Visit some friends. 
Bring a little gift - maybe some wine or homemade liqueur or a jar of butterscotch sauce.

Doesn't need to be mapped out in advance. Go where your nose leads you. Follow some path to its end and spend some time there. Maybe that nearby town you've been meaning to explore? Chat with some of the locals. Ask them which restaurant they recommend. Buy a new mug from the pottery shop.

Take a riding lesson at that stable out in the county. Maybe you'll get over your fear of horses!

And last, but certainly not least, the first card I saw before shuffling the deck - 
The Fool

See the name of my boat? It's SERENDIPITY. You do believe in serendipity, don't you?

Relax and enjoy the ride! 
Go with the flow. 
Look up! not down at the possible perils below.

You old fool - live your life while it's still your turn!

Many thanks, Pearls of Wisdom

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

What the heck?? So stressed about all this good stuff!!


My Christmas tree is in a bucket of water in the garage, waiting for Emily and me to drag it in.
The house is scented with gingerbread and my Gram's thimble cookies.
Three fruitcakes are nestled snug in their beds, awaiting this year's tasting.
Singing gigs (are they still gigs if you don't get paid, except maybe with dinner?) are ramping up.
Jacquie Lawson's Advent calendar presents a new treat every day.
Kids and grands will soon flood in for Christmas dinner. (OK, maybe flooding is an exaggeration, but there's definitely some bit of exponential multiplying magic thing that happens when exuberant six-and-seven-year-old cousins are reunited.)
Friends and I are heading to Toronto for a couple of concerts, some festive dining, the Toronto Christmas market, and my first ever in-person visit to Wonder Pens. Woo-hoo!

All great stuff, right? So why the frazzle?

I figure there must be others out there who feel this way. Just in case, here's a small gallery of a few of my favourite comical or relaxing tarot images.

Breathe deeply, release your shoulders from where they're tucked up around your ears, and enjoy!

First, a chuckle from the AnnaK Tarot

                                                       Warm friendly purrs from the Cat's Eye Tarot

Mmm, a winter moon ~ Badgers Forest

Inhale...exhale... from the Gaian Tarot

Love the golden glow in the Victorian Fairy Tarot!

This one from the Whimsical Tarot needs no explanation!

In neighbourhood news

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