The Random, Rambling Montage Thingy Doo-Dah

Daily Draw March 15th, 2013

My husband bought a pot of forced hyacinths for the living room and they are blooming so the scent is in the air. I love hyacinths, and after they bloom we will plant them in the garden to naturalize. We do that with Easter lilies marked down at the grocery store too. It saves them from the garbage.

Today I thought I’d do a random montage and went into my spare room and picked a few decks. Then I browsed until a card struck me and this is the group photograph. They are quite excited to be together, peering at each other and saying “Oh, I haven’t seen him for a while” or “I think she’s changed her hair style since I saw her last.”

1) Preposterous Playing Cards – Just a note because you can’t discern the writing, on the Simon Drew artwork it says “…the garden had suffered severe molestation.” There are moles waiting for the train in the Underground! It’s a pity while they’re tunnelling they never seem to get rid of dandelion roots. I love Simon Drew’s word play and artwork, this is such a great deck.


2) The Relax Deck – shows a garden too and it’s about how the mind is like a garden and must be tended. So you must prune the garden of your mind each day and discard flower heads so new ones will bloom, and for each weed you pull up some nice green grass has room to grow. The fountain in the middle of the garden might represent each day’s achievements, and it flows as a symbol of positive energy.

3) 24 – The Dragon – The Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Cards – What a beautiful piece of artwork by Gary A. Lippincott. Dragon represents power and strength which is not found outside of you but in your soul. True strength is found within. I love this thought: “Never mistake a gentle man for a weak one.”

4) Pair of Censers, Qing Dynasty, 1800s. Jade (nephrite) 10 x 2 1/8 inches.
The Art of China Knowledge Cards – Censers are, not surprisingly, made to burn incense, and the Chinese have a long history of burning incense, back to about 770 BCE. These censers have beautiful gardens, houses, trees and water carved on them.

5) Silence – Grace Cards – The floating calm of being alone, yet not afraid. I think this is important for humans to realize: being alone, being silent, is a happy thing. It brings a heightened sensitivity to beauty, inner peace, and a feeling of connectedness to other living things. I like to think in this picture that the glowing orb is her connection to her own soul.

6) Carpet Python – Boy Scouts of America Deck of Snakes – what day would be complete without viewing a lovely snake? This snake has such pretty patterns that he is named after an Oriental carpet. It is good camouflage for when he wants to be silent and ponder the trees I expect. These snakes can live for 20 to 25 years. He paces himself.

I only had three hours of sleep last night and felt weepy and cranky today, but after a little meander through some gardens I feel calmer.

Time to put lunch on and feed the pets, and contemplate light through my living room window.




2 thoughts on “The Random, Rambling Montage Thingy Doo-Dah

    • Chronicle Books used to publish this sort of deck. There are four of them that I like:

      The Relax Deck
      The Perfect Calm Deck (another fave)
      The Essential Meditations Deck
      The Perfect Sleep Deck

      They are great for card-of-the-day things and have nice bright paintings but they are out-of-print. I bought mine circa 2002-2005.

      I also have their Yoga deck and one of their Genius decks (Color Puzzles), which are not as good. They do some excellent City Walks decks on walking tours of various large cities.

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