Stay Awake, Chew, Meditate

Posted March 28, 2015 by JJ
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Today I grabbed the All About Tea Knowledge Cards which I like because they have so many interesting bits of information.

No individual graphics, so I have to add my own.




Stay awake seems to be the message for today! Two versions of the story have either a Buddhist monk or the founder of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma, trying to stay awake.

The first fellow unfortunately falls asleep and dreams of women and when he wakes up he tears his eyelids off in anger and repentance and throws them away. Later he discovers they have grown into a bush of Camellia sinensis, or tea, which helps sleepy people stay awake.

Similarly, Bodhidharma is trying to meditate and keeps falling asleep and chews on some leaves from a plant, which wakes him up and allows him to continue meditation. the plant is of course the wild tea plant.

I always find it fascinating to watch people pick tea leaves as you can only pick the new leaves at the top. This is regrowth and renewal and staying awake to possibilities for the day.



Waves and Water and the Confidence of Crows

Posted March 27, 2015 by JJ
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This is one of my favourite cards from the deck. Today I see precarious tree roots with a crow building a nest, and a sand spit across the water.

It’s a beautiful place and an uncertain place. It seems very open to me with churning waves.

II OF CROWS (2 of Pentacles)


I always think “balance” with this card but I like the idea of adaptability with it too. You go with what is there.

I am stiff and in pain this morning. Some time during the night of my 5-hour sleep, my back and neck muscles just locked in tension, it’s quite painful as it affects my arms and legs and brings sciatica. Lordy loo, the same old loop.

So, I’m adapting like the crow and building despite the iffy surroundings and weather. Lots of water and veggies today, keep clearing out toxins.

Windswept trees keep growing, enjoying the sound of waves.



Quench and Feel, Alert to Possibilities

Posted March 26, 2015 by JJ
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New endeavours, clever ideas, I think today I’ve got the more positive side of the Magus. All those good, inspirational things he brings, the self-confidence and determination.

I like a raccoon with this, the mask gives a hint of the darker, trickster side to the Magician, but also the animal highlights the energy and curiosity of the Magician. On a good day they are great to have around, very humorous and playful, bursting with ideas.

For today I’m thinking about healthy choices in food and drinking lots of water. I get weary of the roller coaster of health, so the piercing eyes of the Magician can help with that. He has his paws in water, not afraid to feel emotionally and cut through it with his intellect, and quenching his thirst physically and emotionally.

Drink from the life-sustaining river.



Rocking the Outcrop Heights

Posted March 25, 2015 by JJ
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Big Horned Sheep


Steady on their feet, scrambling around deftly in high, rocky places, these sheep take pleasure in every day things. The feel of the sun, his surefootedness, new territory to explore, has this sheep almost smiling with happiness.

Looks like a good day ahead.

I was writing in my two journals last night but my wing must have been hanging without support because all the muscles in my chest on the right side hurt and tendinitis has flared up as well as pelvic pain and arthritis in my index finger. The interconnectedness of things in the body always surprises me.

I need to start on a drawing today, so I must sit at the table where I have proper support, and wear my tendon cuff, like the Big Horned Sheep steadying himself on rocks, no matter how tiny the outcrop.



Database for Healing Symbols

Posted March 24, 2015 by JJ
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This is a deck I call the Energy Healing Oracle (by Judith A. Johnston and Yvon Boulianne.)


The idea was developed initially by a French member of an online tarot group, Yvon Boulianne, who generously allowed downloads of 27 symbols in low resolution. I deleted five and added symbols drawn myself and some from an online symbol dictionary or public domain clip art for a total of 60 cards. I kept Energize but changed the picture.

I created a template in Photoshop with a nice border to contain the symbols and re-jigged them in high resolution for printing. I used the same font as the original (Embassy) and printed them on my inkjet printer in black ink on blue cardstock, and then sprayed them with a fixative.

I have them in a paper maché box where there is room to “grow” the deck and add symbols to it as the notion took me. I never did add to them as I felt 60 cards to be an adequate amount.

On the scan, the first six symbols and the last symbol were ones I added using online symbols and some from public domain clip art that I resized.


For copyright reasons this is not something I would sell or reproduce, but it was an interesting exercise for me in connecting words and symbols. For instance, the Distilling card is like a glass bottle (swan neck or goose neck type) that I remember Louis Pasteur using in his experiments, and it goes perfectly as a symbol for Distilling.

I once offered to write a book for an oracle when the creator wanted to connect the cards to herbs. She refused because she wanted a herbalist to write it, which never made sense to me since a good reference book and my own imagination in connecting things works fine. I create the system and symbols, and make it fit together. There is no magic to it, just common sense and personal interest. Needless to say she never wrote or paid for a book to go with that deck which is shame.

I often tell people that you can create your own decks and systems and make them believable. I made my own Lenormand deck and write-up, and I expanded on these symbols, more than doubling the symbols and words, expanding it with concepts that were meaningful to me, to make an entire deck.

Why? I was interested.

Creativity is not motivated by running and marketing a business and potential sales, it’s about developing interesting ideas, using your mind and experience in interesting ways, applying yourself just because an idea fascinates you. Any successful business has an idea behind it. That idea, the initial spark, is not to make money, it’s about developing an interest or idea that you hold in your mind.

Test that theory yourself.



Starches and Sounds in the Moonscape

Posted March 24, 2015 by JJ
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I had two books on order that I could not afford. The spouse went into a sulk, I thought about it for a day, then I cancelled the order and put through an inter-library loan for the books. This was okay but I felt rather withdrawn. I read somewhere that when you start running out of room for books and buying too many, that you should read what you have. I have some fantastic art and reference books that I have dipped into but not read through, so this seemed like a good idea.

I had a dream last night where raw potatoes were floating in the sky. The eyes and bruises had been cut off but the skin was still on. Then I thought I heard a puppy crying in distress and woke up. I searched around the house thinking one of the pets was sick, but nothing. I wondered what this dream might be about.



That Moon looks like a big, raw potato on the sky, and the wolf might have been calling a few seconds ago. You never know.

The Moon is the world of dreams and the unconscious. Mystery and connecting deeply to the soul and illusion. Maybe something about potential, the raw potatoes, scrubbed and trimmed and ready to go, floating magically in the sky of potential, and the fear, the sound the frightened puppy made.

I wake very easily, particularly with sound, so maybe the puppy was trying to wake me up? Also the thought of heaviness, a heavy potato, floating effortlessly, as if all the burdens in my mind were weightless.



Stay a While Winged Black One

Posted March 22, 2015 by JJ
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As yet, I haven’t found a crow figure to go with this deck. Considering a whole suit is devoted to crows, I hope I stumble across one. I’ll have to start looking at erasers and key chains for crows to see if I can scrounge one up. There are several decks with good crow cards here and there but I like this one.

QUEEN OF CROWS (Queen of Pentacles)


I often see the plodding earthiness of this suit with the Knight of Pentacles, not so much with the Queen, but that’s what I feel today.

It’s a day for letting the flock fly on while you stop and speak to other little creatures on the ground like this sparrow. Feel a fallen tree under your claws, smell the grass, look up at the sky but stay put. Let’s be honest, they are probably talking about Dave’s new lambs and wanting to go see them in the barn.

Happy Sunday!




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