Thank You James Ricklef

Posted May 24, 2017 by JJ
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Aha, I just discovered that James Ricklef is offering his tarot books in Kindle format. I tried a couple of years ago to get The Soul’s Journey but it was so expensive and hard to get in paperback form. I’ve also enjoyed his Pithy Tarot sayings on his blog and he offers them collected in a book for $6.55 CAD for the Kindle.

I really appreciate that he offers them in this format, readily available and with instant download. I have been awake all night with pain and insomnia, but I will have something positive to look forward to tomorrow. I like a good spiritual tie-in to tarot and James has some depth in his writing and passion for tarot.

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Feeling discouraged by life in general, I knocked a deck off the wish list that I’ve wanted for months, and ordered the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot. With the shipping, it costs a lot for international orders but the creativity and artwork of this deck has always impressed me.

Here’s to feeling better!

 

 

 

Contemplating Walden and Foxes

Posted May 14, 2017 by JJ
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Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 8: Transformation

Posted May 4, 2017 by JJ
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I love cemeteries and cemetery history, so I really enjoyed pulling out this card. It is such a missed opportunity for the locations in the deck not to be identified. I love to explore and look things up in a deck, but this hunt and peck sort of thing for basic information is maddening.

In looking this up at Find a Grave, the stone is in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, one of two cemeteries in Kelowna and the stone is for Clarissa Graves 1878-1912. Only 34 years-old, perhaps she died in childbirth; we see you still Clarissa, that’s the nice thing about cemeteries.

TRANSFORMATION – Okanagan Oracle
VEINTE-QUATRO ANT – Paraponera clavata – Bugs Knowledge Cards
BORON – Photographic Card Deck of the Elements
A STREET MUSICIAN – Platinum print by J. Furley Lewis – Pomegranate Postcard
29 GRAVE – FUTHARK RUNE EA (ear, grave) – Rune Cards by Linsell/Partridge
THE LAKE WITHIN – High Priestess – Fragments of an Illusion Tarot by Steven Bright (1st edition)

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Gosh, aren’t these interesting together? I was looking for grey tones as well, rather than strictly black and white. The ant is among tens of thousands of species of ants, but the sting of this giant species can incapacitate you. So can death and transformation.

Boron is found in the more common borax but is rarely seen in its pure form, these brittle, impractical lumps. Yeah, you lumps out there with your brittle attachment to life, it’s impractical, accept that death is coming, the atomic weight of the grave will roll over you eventually.

I chose the postcard with the violinist because it reminds me of the mournful music played in cemeteries, and yet look at the bright, captivated face of the child, young and old, music binds the spheres and makes life better, transforms fear.

There is literally the grave in the rune card. Again, stop wrestling with the idea of death or the grave that awaits you, but think about sunlight on stone, a life of contemplation in gardens with birds, the end, the transformation is part of the companionship of death.

Lastly, The Lake Within, what a beautiful name for the High Priestess. I think of dark and light, death and life, opposites, and the way you know things deep inside, the progression and transformation of life is a lake within.

 

 

#33 – The 72 Names of God

Posted April 30, 2017 by JJ
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33 – Yod-Chet-Vav
Illuminating the dark corners
(Revealing the Dark Side – Berg)

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The first thing that struck me about this image was the open drawer on the tower.

When you find yourself saying “What did I do? or “Why is this happening to me?” then this card will help. Negative traits or shadows can emerge and express themselves, particularly when spiritual light enters your life. Darn those nasty dust motes that show up in sunlight!

Those ropes or lemniscates are so flexible, they can lasso the moon or bind you or help you pull out the crumbs in that drawer so you can clean it and put a new liner down. Old patterns, shoved in drawers pop out to bite you. Let them see the light and release them and yourself.

Easier said, but be aware that these old patterns can be let go of. It’s possible to clear them out and the light will fill the spaces left.

All Kinds of Boundaries

Posted April 30, 2017 by JJ
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I drew this card last week and just wanted to ruminate on it before posting. I have often lacked the will to enforce boundaries with people but I am getting better at it.

BOUNDARIES – YARROW (Achillea millefolium)

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While on a reading group and being either ignored or browbeaten despite putting some effort into reading books with the group and contributing thoughtful write-ups, I decided that these people were not wanting to challenge themselves or admit anyone with different ideas. It seemed to be more about statistics and who had read the most books than actual discussion. I left once but was persuaded to come back; the second time I simply left without a fuss.

Part of boundaries is deciding to hang around people who are positive, creative and have imagination and want to learn different things and explore. If it means reading on my own than that’s what it means. I’ve got my reading nook exactly as I like it now.

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During a visit by a family member whom I rarely enforce boundaries with, I decided to be more careful of what I said and it went well. I shall continue my awareness of such things.

An important card and visually one of my favourites in this deck. I had yarrow in one of our gardens years ago and there’s a bit of the feeling of coming back to myself and my own interests with this card.

 

 

 

Laugh and Eat Candy Floss

Posted April 8, 2017 by JJ
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This is my 9-year anniversary on WordPress. We must have a post then.

OLD MANS BEARD – SENSE OF HUMOUR – (Clematis vitiable) [sic]

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While vitiable is an actual word, I think that is a typo on the card (caused by an over-eager spell-check facility on a computer perhaps) as no clematis exists with that name, the name I found for Old Man’s Beard is Clematis vitalba. It is also called Wild Clematis or Traveller’s Joy; another UK plant that I am not familiar with, and we do have it in Canada on Southeast Vancouver Island, imagine that. It’s quite invasive and can choke other plants out, which is similar to the way humour can get away from you and be infectious.

I didn’t realize it but this plant is one of the ingredients in the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy and the essence be used on its own for for dreaminess and inattention. Oh, those candy floss dreams, they can surely get away with your attention.

So, the old Clematis comes to see me today. Be playful, surrender to what is, pay attention to your candy floss daydreams. All those seeds scattering about can manifest a good outcome.

Go wild, order that new sewing machine. Done.

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You’ve got to watch sewing machines and their fondness for candy floss.

The Golden Machine

Posted April 6, 2017 by JJ
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GOLDEN IRIS – DISCERNMENT – (Iris pseudacorus)

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I like the line on the card about “…mastering the impulses that impair good judgement.”

“Water only those things that sustain and help you to thrive.”

I am chipping away at appliquéing two doilies that a friend made me as a housewarming gift. It is hurting my arm so I have to prop it up more carefully on pillows to provide support for my elbow. It is getting a bit discouraging, but they look so beautiful I have to persevere. Such fine crocheting, and I don’t crochet so I am loving these beauties.

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Yesterday I was looking (again) at Janome sewing/quilting machines and considering if I could afford the Memory Craft 8900 with money from my deceased father. It’s a whopping price but the mere thought of doing automatic buttonholes and machine quilting on something other than a 25 year-old machine is appealing. The old machine can’t handle machine quilting well any more and I’ve got at least 11 tops to quilt, and several others planned. Quilting is indeed one of the things that help me thrive.

Perhaps Golden Iris is telling me to master my impulse? The meaning of the botanic name is “false acorus” which makes me think of impulses as false, not what they seem.

Well, I went into the Janome dealer last year and was frightened off by prices, but I might venture in with some questions about other models. I was making notes yesterday, watering the golden idea.