Of Duvet Covers and Blackthorn

Posted March 28, 2017 by JJ
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After scanning and entering four new decks into my database, I thought I’d play around with these. I laid the cards out in seven rows and dealt them; I don’t riffle shuffle large decks like this and prefer putting them in piles and doing a small mediation as I do so. Wouldn’t you know, I drew the same card as last time.

BLACKTHORN – SURVIVAL INSTINCTS

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I didn’t realize that these trees look so similar to a hawthorn tree. I wonder…we had a tree that self-seeded on our old property and I thought it was a hawthorn but it wasn’t. I wonder if it was a blackthorn though? The birds ate fruit and their droppings planted the tree, and the tree grew like mad. That tenacity reminds me of the title on this card.

I saw some lovely postage stamps of hawthorns online so I included a sample in this montage along with a botanical illustration.

Yesterday I was looking at duvet covers at Wayfair, and they had a lot of bright covers with splashy botanicals like this. I was thinking that I need something bright and modern to take away the frumpiness of my bed. Miss Blackthorn agrees with me I think, given the similarities between her card colours and the duvet colours.

We favour these two:

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“Which one?” she says to me. Juggling the sword of decision, she disparages my lack of resolve in making a decision.

 

 

New Tarot Cupboards

Posted March 28, 2017 by JJ
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I’m into my tenth day of trying to organize my bedroom. I have one tiny half rack I’m using for clothes in the walk-in closet, and the rest is all craft, art supplies and doll or dollhouse stuff. Yeah, I’ve got MY priorities straight.

These are flat-pack pantries or wardrobes. These are fairly light and hold a lot with the extra wire racks I put on the shelves. I had one extra shelf cut for each cupboard and still they are filled up.

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Now I have to organize and put away the mess at the end of my bed. I have ordered a nice wooden blanket box in a “chocolate cherry” stain but that won’t be here for weeks. My quilts are reeking of plastic after being stored for 2 years or so in a Rubbermaid plastic bin. Never again. I’ve washed the ones I can, but the quilt tops can’t be washed so I’ll try to air them out in other ways.

I can actually get to my decks now and I found I had room to display my tarot bags facing toward the front—so pretty. I JUST had room for all the boxes too. While reorganizing the decks, I got rid of two so I’m still under 400 at 399 decks. I couldn’t fit my postcard collection in the cupboards, so they’ve gone into the closet for now. I wondered while looking at some of these decks why I bought them but I think the Internet has a lot to do with fuelling the purchase of stuff.

My next task is to enter my four new decks in my database. I received the 72 Names of God deck by Orna Ben-Shoshan yesterday and I really love it, it has such depth in information and artwork.

Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 7: Rejuvenate

Posted March 23, 2017 by JJ
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Two days ago we both had some energy and felt we should go into my bedroom and build the two wardrobes we bought last September to hold all of my card decks and books. First we had to move two other bookshelves which we did, although one of the bookshelves did not fit in the corner we’d planned to put it in. Exit another shelf to make way for this bookshelf on another wall.

I had these cards all picked out but didn’t post them, but they are a good example of how we felt.

REJUVENATE – Okanagan Oracle
21 JOYFUL MIND– Lojong for the Layperson Cards
AGGRESSION – Dreaming in Color Luman Deck
CELEBRATION OF LOVE – Blessings from the Heart Oracle Cards by annie b.
THE WORLD – WATERMELON TOURMALINE – Tarot of Gemstones & Crystals

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Pretty in pink peonies with a whole bunch of other pink, joyful goodness.

The spouse went to build the first wardrobe but one of the long sides was cracked at the bottom. He called the store and they agreed to open another box and exchange this one piece. Then we had to make room somewhere else for a third bookshelf, which the second wardrobe was replacing and we made room for it in the walk-in closet after taking down a wire shelf and filling some holes in the wall.

Then, while putting decks back in the first wardrobe, I decided I needed another shelf and some wire expandable racks (originally made to hold stacks of plates in kitchen cupboards). We went to Canadian Tire and got those and some shelf paper. Then we came home and took measurements and went to Home Depot to have two white melamine shelves cut (one for each wardrobe) and buy some extra pegs for holding these shelves.

Now I’ve got to try and organize wardrobe 1 and then the spouse has to build wardrobe 2, and we have to go to another town to buy more expandable wire racks and a desk lamp.

This has spilled over into two other bedrooms where some reorganizing and shifting of furniture has to happen. So, a simple task turned into a revamp of 3 bedrooms and a walk-in closet. It’s going to take days and we are both sore all over.

Still, I feel rather heartened that we got started. After a winter where we did nothing on the house we have tackled it with aggression and feel rejuvenated.

I always wanted some Watermelon Tourmaline, but it’s so expensive. Hey, this tourmaline has Yin and Yang in one crystal, kind of like a husband and wife doing home reno projects together, balancing each other’s energy.

Right? Yeah, of course. I’m assuming the word “rejuvenate” has the same root as the word “juvenile” so I can dance around singing “You make me feel so young, you make me feel as though spring has sprung…”

Lalalala…back to work.

Blackthorn Pricks Survival Instincts

Posted March 18, 2017 by JJ
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While browsing through the new Plant Ally Cards, I was attracted to the message on the Blackthorn card, so I pulled it out and remembered several other decks that have Blackthorn in them.

SURVIVAL INSTINCTS – BLACKTHORN – prunus spinosa [sic]

The first word in the Latin name should be capitalized. I’m also disappointed in the abstract drawing and painting of these plants. I could identify about 10% of them and the rest just looked baffling. To be fair, these were never advertised as scientific illustrations, but still.

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The woman looks like a fierce warrior, she’s ready to get out there and make sound choices about her life. “You may feel in a bit of a hole with no obvious way out.” That’s how I felt yesterday at least, but today I thought I would catch up with some correspondence and clear the way to spend the weekend doing our income taxes. I immediately felt better—action always alleviates anxiety I find.

Blackthorns are thorny obviously but they are often used for walking sticks because of the strength and the density of the wood. Go ahead, keep walking, don’t be resistant to change, you have no choice really but you have to accept the things you need to face.

Right then, income taxes it is.

Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 6: Protection

Posted March 17, 2017 by JJ
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If you bother me I’ll clobber you with my chestnut conkers.

PROTECTION – Okanagan Oracle
4 DRAGONFLY – MAGIC – SOUTH GUARDIAN – Wisdom of the Four Winds
SQUIRREL – PREPAREDNESS, ACTIVITY – Spirit Animals Card Deck
II – The Mystic Rubaiyat by Penelope Cline
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A flask of Wine, a Book of Verse – and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness –
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
TALL TAIL – Charley Harper Birds Postcards

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Oh no, another brown card. But wait shoppers, we have several shades of greens and golds, and chestnut, beige, and black so not just brown.

Wilderness is paradise with the planning power of squirrel and the swiftness of the road runner, the iridescence of dragonfly among reeds, a canopy of oh so many greens, and you picking up conkers for protection as you pull the sleeves of your black sweater down to keep your hands warm.

Storing energy for protection. I had a day yesterday when I pulled these cards where I sat around in my nightie and thick red sweater all day, needing a shower but wanting to snuggle under blankets and read and watch dog shows on television. A bit like Fall, the feeling of Autumn, but it’s Spring and I must go about today after my day of rest and protection, thinking green thoughts of growth and the shimmer of dragonflies in the heat.

Reeds make a good breathing tube, like a tall cactus in the desert reaches for sky.

 

 

Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 5: Wonder

Posted March 15, 2017 by JJ
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I got a bit behind in posting this. Some days I feel like scanning, sometimes I don’t, so I have separate bundles of cards here and there waiting for the magic tour de force of image importing in Photoshop.

I thought when I pulled this “Oh no, not another brown card” with a sinking feeling. There ARE brown and gold shades, some green and reddish maple and wine barrels painted a red-violet turning to grey, and a vibrantly white skull, so plenty of scope outside earthy browns. Browns with panache, and a dash of fermenting wine and oak gold.

WONDER – Okanagan Oracle
TEN OF WANDS – TOURMALINE, RED/PINK (RUBELLITE) – Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals
STRENGTH – Graven Images Oracle
FOREBODING – Dreaming in Color Luman Deck
CROW – Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards
GOOSE: QUEST, TRAVEL – Spirit Animals Card Deck

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The Wonder here is in all the colours of the earth, the process of fermentation, the chemical magic of nature. That looks like it might be a bear skull, but the spouse thought it might be an elk. Alas, no information is given on the subjects in these cards. I would appreciate a downloadable PDF file with citations for the location and contents of the photos; I always love things like that.

Skull and foreboding, the aged wine of death and Crow transforms like skull. The Goose travels from winter to spring, wine-ready for a new season of raising young and feeling the sun and wind, imagining summer. The masons rebuild, strength needed for the work, the transformation.

The rubellite colour of this tourmaline is very appealing. Another heart stone but also used for healing and blood circulation and blood vessels, a problem of mine. The suggestion is there of struggle, burden and responsibility with the Ten of Wands, but the wonder lies in doing it. Humans are amazing in what they can bear.

Wonder is an Old English, Dutch, German, Old Norse word. One of those earthy tricky things, it could be a noun, a verb, or an adjective. Do I wonder in amazement or do I wonder with feeling, why or what or how? Perhaps I wonder in amazement at this juxtaposition among the trees of bones and wine-dark rhythms of transformation?

“What a world of wonder” breathe goose and crow as they fly past marvelling at the scene.

Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 4: Grateful

Posted March 15, 2017 by JJ
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Oh, that blue in the upper left corner! I’m not sure what this object is on the card. It looks like a drying rack, maybe for fish, I don’t know.

GRATEFUL – Okanagan Oracle
WISTERIA LAMP – Curtis Freshel, leaded glass on bronze base, designed for Tiffany Studios c.1900
SERENITY – Graven Images Oracle
21. THE DESTINY OF ONE – Messenger Cards by Sandra Kunz
NITYANANDA PRABHU – DELIVERER OF THE MOST FALLEN – Gods and Goddesses Deck
QUEEN OF SWORDS – HAWK’S EYE – Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals
ELECTRICAL DISTURBANCES – Deep Sleep Deck by Chronicle Books

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The subtlety of colour in this deck is pretty good to work with. There are a lot of earthy colours, browns and taupes in many of the photographs, but small details of other colours seem to leap out at me, providing lively interest.

So, be grateful for ice and snow and blue sky peeking out from clouds. Serenity, light, lots of reflected light in ice, and The Destiny of One looks like the world spider from mythology. As an introvert, I’ve always found the concept of global oneness with all people difficult to embrace, but there it sits with circular cascades of ice: heal one and you heal all, the web binds us all.

Nityananda Prabhu is the embodiment of compassion and empathy and love for mankind, distributing the holy names of God to all. The electrical disturbances refer to electronics and not having TVs, radios, or computers in your bedroom, as they can contain radiation, and more importantly to me, way too much light, disturbing sleep cycles. Also a suggestion of being boxed in, bombarded by disturbances.

The Queen of Swords is most definitely my personal card. Yeah, she’s not embracing tonglen today, more’s the pity for her rock hard heart. The Hawk’s Eye is a blue-grey Tiger Eye in its original unoxidized form, which has quartz crystals running through it. Lustrous bands of light and sheen much like ice crystals, Hawk’s Eye is for spiritual challenges, accepting change and death, perhaps a factor for me after my Father’s death recently.

A focus today on the light of others and how pleasant it makes the world if you are open to it: gold serenity among blue skies and light.