Monday, March 27, 2017

Self defeating

Yesterday the four today the Five of Cups.

Well yesterday sitting under the bodhi tree, deep in concentration of the three cups before me I did not see the offering of the fourth cup and now there is a second one to encourage me to turn away from fear, worry, and the evening news.
The other day I saw my twenty-five year old niece skipping down the walkway from her parents home to her car.  I watched her and appreciated the simple joy that is expressed in skipping and wondered when the last time I felt like skipping?  When I was about the same age, a long way back down that river.  I remember a manager at the place I worked at back in 1980/1981 telling us that times ahead where going to be tough and that we better begin preparing. I was 23/24 and I think I spent a good part of my days skipping to and fro. 'Who cared about tomorrow, when we had today,'  a much better place to live from.  If I can just turn away from fear, worry, and anxiety and  pick up the cups of simplicity and joy maybe I can put some skippity-do-daa in my days.

The Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Self evaluation

Sometimes in those quiet moments I can really listen to my own thoughts.  The trick is to quiet my mind.

Today this Four of Cups reminds me of the telling of Siddhartha Gautama sitting beneath the bodhi tree.  After years of searching he finally found a quiet space and sat with himself, tuning out all distractions.  The search is within.

Rider Waite-Smith Tarot

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Basic Nature

This card reminds me of the Scorpion and Turtle fable.
A scorpion unable to cross the river asks a turtle to give him a ride across.  The turtle replies "no way you will sting me" and the scorpion replies that it will not because then they would both die crossing the river.  The turtle agrees and of course the scorpion does sting the turtle.  The turtle laments and asks why the scorpion stung him as they now will both die in the river and scorpion replies, "because it is my nature."

I guess I best not trust everyone.

The Tarot of Durer cards

Friday, March 24, 2017

Stormy weather

As above so below?

This card feels like a microcosmic version of The Wheel. Maybe the Wheel in action in day to day events.  Here is birth into troubled times.  Yet something new brings renewed hope instead of the apathy normally present in the four of cups. 

I also saw the bird in reverse action.  Earlier in week the feather, than a few days later, a bird in repose during stormy weather, and now the birth of the bird.  Ending, middle, and beginning; the flow of time in reverse?

The Tarot of Durer

Thursday, March 23, 2017

At the ready


He jests at the scars that never felt a wound.
-Act One of Romeo and Juliet

The Tarot of Durer ~ concept by Manfredi Toraldo art by Giacinto Gaudenzi       -Lo Scarabeo

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


I don't get this World depiction and for that matter I don't get our World in action.

At the base of the card the creator of the deck has given us Aere perennius.  I had to look it up.  It comes from a poem penned by Horace as "Exegi monumentum aere perennius" translated as 'I have made a monument more lasting than bronze.'  Horace attributed this to his poetry that would outlast him and most anything else.

Whatever happens in the World, the World will outlast us.  Eons have passed and things constantly change with the lovely planet Earth.  I am but a footprint that will disappear with the rotation of time.  Does that forgive inaction?  Is there something that I can do that will make a significant contribution?  Ethereal questions that whisper in my mind. 

The Tarot of Durer