Database in the Post Modern World

Posted February 20, 2017 by JJ
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Collectors often have a focus or specific genre in their deck collecting. I tend to like plant and animal decks, but I also like decks with history or art history in them. One of the finest decks for a ramble through art history is the glorious PoMo Tarot – A Postmodern Deck For Navigating The Next Millennium by Brian Williams. I miss Brian’s creativity and fresh outlook, he always had such terrific ideas for decks.

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It contains 78 Cards plus a paperback book in a slipcase. PoMo stands for “Post Modern” and this deck has a very modern sensibility with reference to current culture. As well, the Minor Arcana are caricatures of well-known art and sculpture throughout history.

In the book, each card has phrases and colloquialisms from different cultures and languages to explain it, as well as some quirky art and renaming of the classic suits. They are large cards with shiny lamination and a compact but interesting little book. This definitely gets applause for original thought in both art interpretation and interpretation of archetype. It’s a very unusual set and not for everybody. Of course, it’s for me!

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Brian Williams is an artist I like, I like his line art and subtle colouring and backgrounds. The deck is timeless, and humorous, and still a delight 23 years after it was published in 1994. Brian died in 2002 and I feel him slipping away as the latest tarot decks get published. Don’t forget him, he was a special artist and writer with much depth and research in his writing.

This is out-of-print but if you enjoy art and art history, this is a winner and can be scrounged up in the secondary market; anyone who references my beloved Giorgio de Chirico is a winner.

What, you don’t know Giorgio? Go thee explore…

I Don’t Need This, But…

Posted February 20, 2017 by JJ
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One of my relatives is ill so I spent all day making a cute pop-up card for him, using a free tutorial where you insert a tissue box that pops up inside. I mean, come on, is this the cutest 3.5-inch thing you’ve ever seen? Pops of joy all around!

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Having spent the last week sick again from food and/or food allergies, I am back to my nice, gentle vegan diet, minus bread for a while to see if that can rectify some things. Feeling sorry for myself while swamped by detox nausea, I am planning to order these two decks by Lisa McLoughlin.

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I have had the Plant Ally Cards on my wish list for months and months, but the other one goes so well with it that I might order them both depending on the shipping cost. The Tree Wisdom Cards have faces in the trees which initially put me off, but maybe the faces want a chat about logical positivism?

I can’t deny a tree a chat about philosophy, that would be cruel.

 

 

 

Plummy Daydreams

Posted February 12, 2017 by JJ
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PLUM
(blue leaf kallima)

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I was browsing through my Botanical Postcard Oracle and decided I liked these colours for today. They remind me of the Damson plum tree in my backyard which was surrounded by 4 feet of snow last week. No mail or driving for three days as we were snowed in. Finally the plough came and we were able to get to the grocery store.

When we lived in Ontario, this sort of weather was usual for the month, and they had the equipment to deal with it, but out here where they rarely get more than six inches of snow it has been interesting to see how things come to a standstill. I ordered a Kindle Paperwhite to better read classic books, and it would have been here Friday but for impassable streets, and I shall have to be patient until tomorrow.

So, a much-needed break to contemplate plums. According to the blurb on the postcard, domesticated plums are hybrids, and thus have many variations. Plums have delicate white blossoms that attract butterflies like the Blue Leaf Kallima which is the South Indian blue oakleaf (Kallima horsfieldii) according to Wikipedia, and this colouring seems to be one it sports in the dry season, it’s a bit more subtle but still with lovely gradations and spots.

That’s it! I’m having a dry season, dreaming of summer.

 

That Chipper Bower Bird

Posted January 26, 2017 by JJ
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This Seven of Pentacles is one of my favourite cards from the Linestrider Tarot.

SEVEN OF PENTACLES
FIVE OF PENTACLES

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I was thinking about my sketchbook and how I haven’t been working in it although I have a terrific idea I want to execute, so I drew these two cards in a query about what I should do.

The Seven is about hard work and waiting for fruition. It reminds me of something I saw in a book by Andrew Matthews about waiting for water to boil and thinking that nothing is going on when in actual fact there is, and in an instant the water starts bubbling and boiling even though you were watching it and it was not moving at all. It’s a long-term thing, it doesn’t happen overnight.

Then I see the Five card as a complication of injury, a loss of belief in myself and confidence, and maybe yet another nod to future ill health if I don’t do something now. Maybe all the physical stuff is coming to an end and I can work hard again?

I think when I am in pain I do get disheartened and certainly lose confidence, but the cheery bower bird plugs away, chipping away, adding just the right flowers and decoration.

Ennui and the 4 of Cups Across Decks

Posted January 25, 2017 by JJ
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What to do when you feel…nothing? Examine the 4 of Cups in several decks, get a good look at it, eat an apple, wait for something to happen, try to muster up enthusiasm for the sixteen projects you have on-the-go, eat a strawberry, eat homemade potato and leek soup, look through a bunch of old art magazines that you bought ten years ago.

Wait. Slump in the chair, look out the window at cats passing by, go to the library, hang with insomnia for a bit, clench your teeth, read about the 14th century, read about old varieties of roses, vacuum out the fan on your laptop, clean the kitty litter, look at the wall, wonder if the guardian angel appears in the mirror of your dresser or leaps from behind the bathroom door, exiting with a graceful dance after bouncing in to perform various miracles for you.

Wait some more, do laundry and hang the clothes on the rack in the front hall, where you haven’t painted the beige wall a grey colour with a white tree yet, eat a slice of mango and contemplate re-heating jasmine tea in the microwave, sigh and look out at the little girl in the pink coat walking her dog as she skips by going downhill in front of your house and laughs.

Well, you get the drift, hence the 4 of Cups. There is a scent of self-flagellation or self-indulgence with this card. Be wary travellers in self-pity!

I have a large collection so only pulled a few decks at random. Strangely, this has rather cheered me up. Nothing like a good ramble through cards to perk me up. My favourite card (at least this time) was the one from the Infinite Tarot, a deck I don’t see used much but I like the artwork.

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Natural forces have you trapped. Oh yeah, I knew it couldn’t be me (cough). Mention here is made of being fearful of death, poor diet, malnourishment, and a lot of negative self-talk. Your own thinking encourages this downfall. Improper choices in thought and deed—look there for rescue.

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Here we all are turning away, closing our eyes, with our sad sack mouths, oblivious to that nice kestrel offering us a possibility. Sometimes it’s good to turn away, get a bit of rest, cure your weariness of life with a quiet spell, but not drunkenness. The danger is in never coming back to life and all the good, positive things in life.

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The Experimental Tarot has a woman contemplating her ecstatic vision of life. The problem is she’s trapped in a moat. That big hand might be holding her up or holding her in place. Another dreamer with her eyes closed, drifting into a permanent state of bliss while missing the action of life. The German word graben on the card means past or to dig, dig in the past. We get our English expression “grub in the earth” from this word. Put your head in a hole in the earth, don’t ever look at what’s happening now. Oh, she’s in ecstasy, but the things she’s contemplating aren’t real. She’s floating in a moat, permanently wet, come back to reality missy.

In the Scapini deck it’s like all the visions are held in urns, unable to get out and she won’t play, won’t ride her dragon. Eyes covered again, we mustn’t look at the good things, the possibilities. Sad faces everyone.

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Don’t you just love the grey and taupe tones she’s used in the Linestrider? It captures the feeling and her eyes are closed, her head is wrapped in a scarf, and she has a large fish on her chest. The fishy emotions have obscured her breasts, the bubbles coming from the fish pop and the sounds “Sad sack, wet blanket” envelop her.

The Aquarian picture is similar to the Fradella in the first group, the hand of God offers life and a big cup but he/she won’t look. The lady in the Heart Tarot is reading a letter, perhaps the final letter from a long-ago sweetheart, dreaming of joy and love, she sits slumped at the table barely holding her head up. The hermit crab in the Animal Wisdom contemplates the glory and protection of shells.

Wet blankets and sad sacks, steeped in wine, misery, and about to go over the falls, there must be better choices. Swim to shore, dry off and get out your pencils and draw a cartouche! Of course, the exact cure for sad sacks, drawing cartouches. Add a lizard, add a condor, get the wet sack off the condor and go. Start in small steps to drag yourself to shore, concentrating on the thorn-tailed rayadito in the tree. What do you mean you don’t see it, it’s bright yellow and black, it’s right there?

Open your eyes.

 

Lenormand Five for Health

Posted January 17, 2017 by JJ
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I am using the human body associations that Sylvie Steinbach uses in her Lenormand book, coupled with additional nuances of meaning from the excellent book from the Celtic Lenormand. I like Chloe’s insights from that book and often use them although I am not using that deck today. Today I am using the Lenormand Wahrsagekarten which has German notes for meanings on additional cards in the deck.

My question was: I’m worried about my health, what can I expect?

9 Bouquet; 10 Scythe; 25 Ring; 2 Clover; 19 Tower

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9 BOUQUET – (face, smile, hair) Beauty, recovery, wellness, happy times, blooming, Spring, renewal. Maybe a literal nod to health improvements making hair and skin look much better?

10 SCYTHE – (teeth, mouth) Cutting without hesitation surgery, surgeon, harvest, shock, cutting down what was. Tough love will bear fruit, drastic change, cut out habits or things that don’t serve the highest good.

I was a bit worried about this because of the surgery aspect. Perhaps I can take it as a warning that if I don’t make changes I’ll be heading for surgery? Because of the nicer cards around this I thought I’d take it to mean simply cutting out. The mouth association reminds me of eating unhealthy foods and cutting those out. Since I fell last week I have been eating properly and feeling a lot better.

The German word for scythe is sense, as outlined in the explanatory cards, which is not the English meaning of sense but I like the dual aspect between German and English. Use your sense in change.

25 RING – (lymphatic system) I do have some problems in my legs with circulation and lymphatic problems. Here is my clue to wise up. The idea of completion, commitment, and a satisfying solution is good here. Chloe had a few extra ideas in her book about breaking out of a cycle or person that ties you to an unhealthy way of being. Bind or lock an intention in place, honour your commitments. The spouse often eats twice as much as me, so portion control is difficult but not impossible.

The lymphatic system is something we take for granted, but as we age it is worn out and sometimes damaged by our Western lifestyle of eating. Ring also makes me think of cinching in a belt or indeed leg irons or shackles, a negative meaning.

2 CLOVER – (ethereal body, aura) Whatever the ethereal body is (a Theosophical term) and I don’t believe in auras, so maybe I could say “energy spirit” instead? Luck, opportunity, hope happy endings, unexpected outcomes. Seize the opportunity, seize what life presents. Positive thinking toward life is a better energy to emit for sure.

19 TOWER – (spine and back) Guards, protects, officialdom, buildings, high ideals, big goals. Solidity, refuge (like the birds find refuge in the Tower as depicted on the card), authority, structure, security, isolation. Gain perspective.

I like Chloe’s idea of gaining perspective with this. Isolation is helpful and the high ideals of commitment to the cause are good. I think the sense (!!) of being too isolated or too inflexible echoes here. Inner security is like a tower that cannot be assailed by outside circumstance, and buildings do move slightly in the wind.

I have problems with my spine and back which would be greatly improved by eating properly to decrease edema and inflammation, and losing weight. The spine is the inner core and yet remains flexible, absorbs shock. I’m wondering if the ‘flu I had several days ago was actually my body saying “Enough!” and purging itself? Since then I’ve been eating properly, and doubly so after I fell, like the shock of the scythe, sometimes the body takes action.

This seems good with some caution connected to the scythe.

In the Process

Posted January 11, 2017 by JJ
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After having stomach flu for a day, I had another bad fall yesterday and whacked myself and my bad shoulder and knee but didn’t break anything. My leg swelled up and I couldn’t sleep comfortably and I cried and cried, so, feeling sorry for myself, I pulled a card from the Health and the Law of Attraction Cards by Esther and Jerry Hicks.

WHENEVER I AM FEELING BAD, I AM ATTRACTING THAT WHICH IS UNWANTED

In capitals no less. It’s like you can talk to the dark angel swooping in over your shoulder, or the light angel trying to encircle and comfort you.

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This is tough when you repeatedly injure yourself, because you feel like it’s never going to get better.

“Without exception, the reason for negative emotion is that you are focused upon something you do not want or upon the lack or absence of something that you do want.” After a few choice words to the spouse about letting the dogs lie on the kitchen floor while he’s cooking so that I constantly trip over them, I realized that a lot of my upset had to do with not feeling like anyone cared about me, or cared enough to listen to my concerns about safety.

What is it I DO want? To feel healthy. Which is up to me.

You always have yourself.

After my Dad died I bought some art technique books, and two books on fashion history, and a biography of John James Audubon. I also joined a reading group and I’m reading a classic book with the group and tracking my reads for the year. My library didn’t have this classic book so I’m reading it on my tablet, and it’s going pretty well. It’s certainly much easier to read an eBook on a tablet rather than on a laptop. I was pleasantly surprised.

Remember to be in the process to attract joy, stimulating things for the mind, and all the other things I do want!