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In the Process

January 11, 2017

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!

Don’t Resist Peace

December 29, 2016

RELEASING RESISTANCE

“Today I will simply accept. I will relinquish the need to be in resistance to myself and my environment in any way. I will move forward in joy by accepting where I am right now.”

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My Dad has been in end-of-life palliative care for some days. His body is dying, and he’s been going downhill all year, so it’s a peaceful thing and they are so good about making people comfortable in this type of palliative care and being respectful. We have been writing back and forth preparing his obituary and remembering pleasant things.

Still, it’s hard to think of him dying and leaving us with no anchor for the family. It’s a natural thing but I worry and wait. I’ve always liked that old maxim “Body at rest, spirit free” that you see in obituaries.

All kinds of release at hand today.

The Insanity of the Visual Imperative

November 12, 2016

Crazy Card Lady Story #59

I was reading before bed last night and when my eyes got tired I pulled out the Wisdom for Healing Cards which I haven’t seen for a while to browse through. “Oh, this card reminds me of another card” said I in card comparison mode. This often happens to me, and I can generally put my hand to the card I’m thinking of, but last night memory was a bit swirly-misty.

Three hours later and about 18 decks (which isn’t bad actually) I had sort of remembered a girl with red hair and a white dress in a doorway. Knowing the style of the painting I pulled out Kay Steventon’s Celestial Tarot which didn’t have the card but I knew it was in her other deck, one of the first decks I bought, and then I couldn’t remember the name. By this time it was 2 a.m. and I had to go down to the computer and look it up. Back upstairs I was puzzling over where I had put the Spiral Tarot, when I remembered vaguely sticking it in one of my handmade tarot bags. I had swapped out the Zerner Farber deck in the first bag I made myself and put the Spiral in there. By this time it was 3 a.m. and I thought I’d better go to bed and scan and discuss the two cards in the morning.

I needed a fresh, alert mind for this vital discussion.

IDENTIFY CHANGE
EIGHT OF CUPS

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Am I ever going to change? Is the imperative to find cards in the dark while everyone else is sleeping going to change? Not a bit. One has skills you see, visual skills and memory that need honing now and then.

Girls in dresses at doorways to the sky and garden; they exist, my brain wants to find them. Change and moving on, these cards go well together. The change is that I now consider this perfectly normal to hunt for cards for three hours at night, a joyous, peaceful kind of thing, swathed in the mystery of night and stars, cozy in my eyrie, sifting through numerous card decks and thinking “Wow, the art on this is so good!”

It sure is.

Eagles Across Decks

May 15, 2016

I thought I had all my cards unboxed from our cross-country move but while searching for particular animal decks, I realized that some loose ones that I wrapped separately from their boxes were missing. Fortunately the spouse rounded them up for me. You would think with 394 decks I would forget but Judith never forgets a deck!

An overview with an attendant eagle figure, this one by Schleich.

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And don’t forget those other four decks Jude. The eagle in the card with the yellow border has taken a fancy to my figure, he’s zooming toward him with some urgency. Figures inspire everyone I suppose.

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The KING OF SWORDS  was the card I drew today from the Animal Totem Tarot that started the eagles flying. I had mentioned to someone recently how my deck collecting had gone down lately because I just want to buy art created by hand or at least created by hand in Adobe Illustrator. Upon taking these cards out my heart sang with the impact and beauty of the art and each artist’s expression and composition. It does not get better than this for me as a collector, this stuff makes me happy and inspires my own artwork.

The King, in his highly analytical way, enjoyed this comparison. In this card as you fly higher you strip away what isn’t important, your soaring height makes things clearer, shifts the focus, lets you drop nonessentials. Not a bad reflection of how I currently feel about card decks.

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The Magical Menagerie was one deck I couldn’t find this morning so I knew I had another box somewhere. The Pathfinders deck holds up, it’s one of my favourites. Susan Seddon Boulet has been dead since 1997, but her Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards are still in print, and no wonder; what a legacy.

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I think the Animal Messages deck is out of print now but I’m so glad I bought one when it was readily available, it’s a treasure, and Sue Lion’s Spirit Animals always looks so fresh and comes in a tin with a window so you can put your card of the day in view. The Animalis deck is also a fresh vision with lots of bones and unusual compositions.

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More decks that hold up for me: the Tarot of Reincarnation is one you have to hunt for the species and some of the names have changed. I have a fuller discussion and small review of it here. It has nothing to do with reincarnation, unless you figure the original illustrations (long out of copyright) have been reincarnated.

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I absolutely love both these bird decks, they are definitely treasures both for the art and the variety of images. I rarely use the Medicine Cards but they are neat in their own way. At the time they were published I don’t think there were many animal decks in existence, so it was important.

Ah, the satisfaction of a card comparison after a long break from my cards. It’s like coming out of a desert to drink a glass of ice water. Cool baby.

Happy Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rikbiel Hands Me the Key

April 7, 2016

I found this little set while unpacking my card decks. It is called Gold & Silver Guardian Angels by Angela McGerr, and comes with a book called The Book of Angels: A-Z of 100 Angels. There are three suits: 48 Silver Angels and 48 Gold Angels and 48 Key cards. 48 + 48 does not add up to 100, so I’m not sure who the extra angels per suit are in the book. There are actually 102 angels in the book.

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The reason this set irritates me is that the well for the cards isn’t deep enough and the cards intermingle and fall out of the box a lot. Also the book and card well has become unglued from the cover. When unpacking, I found them all over the bottom of the mover’s box, then gathered them up and frustratingly found another loose one some minutes later.

At that point I was tired and got into a little snit and was carrying this found card all over, while I whined about it all, tempted to rip it up and throw the box out. Fortunately the next day I had calmed down but I couldn’t find where I put the loose card. I looked everywhere three times and then upon going past the bookshelf in the living room for the third time, my husband found it on the top shelf.

So here it is with a Key card drawn to augment the lesson:

RIKBIEL – Love will find a way to solve all
The KEY is to focus firmly on the present

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These angels, I sometimes wonder where they got the names, but Rikbiel seems to be legitimate and in charge of a chariot, or teaching people to ride chariots. That of course reminds me of Apollo, which makes me wonder how much mythology had to do with creating /naming angels or vice versa!

So Rikbiel when invoked can help you send the healing power of love to a situation or person. Mention is made in the book of the in-out breath and how breathing in and out and sending love is good. Reminds me of Tonglen in Buddhism, which is a meditation practice for sending and receiving.

A bit of a mish-mash are angels I find; let’s throw in some Osho too and make them truly modern. Osho was a great one for mixing religions and philosophy.

The Key card says to focus firmly on the present and this is really helpful since my mind tends to roam into areas of fretting when I focus on planning and future unpacking and how to do everything. Hopefully love will step in and solve some things too.

Yeah, ever the cynic I smirk and say “Sure it will.”

Perhaps a nice shower will help?

The Nourishment of Balance

April 5, 2016

We spent 4 to 5 hours yesterday shuffling things around and getting five bookcases set up and one partially filled. I am seriously thinking of selling two of my three dollhouses. I feel that time has passed since the 90s when that was my big passion, and I would like to concentrate on making art and sewing, weaving, writing, and reading. I’ll think about it further.

15 BEAR
FINDING BALANCE

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“What is nourishing in small doses can be dangerous in excess” says Chloe. Apart from food this also points to passions in life. I tend to throw myself into things, buying excessively, and then find myself overwhelmed with stuff. Resisting cravings for food or material things, is a good reminder, a reminder that I have limited time at my age and I want to concentrate on things that have meaning.

I’ll always keep and work on my first dollhouse, because I built it from scratch and worked on it after my Mother’s death and after my favourite Aunt died so their memory is within it, and my grief at working through the loss. I still enjoy making things for it but the other two simply were too much of a good thing.

The Finding Balance card suggests that an effective way to restore equilibrium is to list and prioritize activities and parts of your life, then resolve to maintain the balance for what you need and enjoy. This is a reflective year for me anyway, since we moved across the country and I am turning 60. All things that make me realize what’s important to keep and what I can let go.

I’m finally getting to the boxes with all my card decks, so today I can enjoy seeing them again and dusting them and getting them set up just right.

The Mice Stay Calm at the Crack of Dawn

April 2, 2016

THE ISLE OF CALM
23 MICE

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I am up early because the chap is coming to hopefully repair our furniture and he said on the phone he’d be here early. Those nibbling Mice would not let me sleep or relax. I like the idea for this that you can’t let go of something, or someone, or that someone is nibbling at your energy and yet if you remain detached things flow along, neither good or bad.

That is a continual lesson for me. When things feel bad, they must be bad, right? Maybe not. There is a pattern my husband and I have developed that is damaging to my health, and I thought when we moved it would all go away. Fat chance of that literally, so that is on my mind.

The Isle of Calm says to breathe when tense or anxious, like the flow of waves, the rhythm of life restored in a relaxed state. Those fish can flow, but they can also nibble. Oooh I’m itchy, nibbly little biters everywhere.

Here’s a thought from Chloe in the Celtic Lenormand booklet: “I forgive myself for imperfect situations.”

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And then I got busy and made myself a cheerful montage of the new Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen in the Retro Pop green colour that I ordered.