Decks, Database, and Updates

I’m in the studio today sewing on some quilt blocks for a baby quilt. I got the area all cleaned and dusted and organized some other sewing projects. It’s warm enough that it’s nice to putter away in the studio, which is simply floor space behind the chesterfield and TV in the family room, but it’s a fancy studio to me at least.

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I thought I’d better get my last deck loaded in my database, so I entered the Oracle of Mystical Moments and the program needed to be upgraded to the 64-bit version because Apple is not going to be supporting 32-bit programs much longer. So then I thought I’d better do a back-up and was shocked to see I hadn’t backed up the hard drive since November 2017. I did that and then remembered that I hadn’t entered the Deviant Moon Tarot in the database either, so I did that and updated my written lists of decks, and then found the tally didn’t jive with the database. I don’t think I’ve missed anything so I’m not sure. 

What I did know was that I didn’t want to be bogged down in finding out because I need to sew while I have daylight, so enough of all this!

Here are my two favourite cards from the Oracle of Mystical Moments.

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Being an introvert, I have always considered myself an Observer, but the other card is so much like me, up in the sky daydreaming; I am a Stratos-dweller at heart.

And here are these beauties from my visual for the database.

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I don’t often find I need new decks these days but the collaged artwork in this is stunning, a mix of modern surreal and Victorian or Renaissance style. My kind of thing.

The next deck I’m waiting for is one Bev from the By the Sycamore Tree blog notified me of: The John Bauer Tarot that is due in September 2018. I love these old-timey illustrators and he was Swedish working in the early 20th century, so that reminds me of Carl Larsson, another favourite artist of mine. 

And speaking of Bev, I did a nice digital jigsaw puzzle of her Elements of Recovery deck recently. I forgot to get a screen shot off my tablet, where I was doing it in the new app I got for that  called Jigsaw Puzzle Epic by Kristanix. I still prefer the Jigsaw Galore program on the desktop Mac but I still like to do the odd one on the tablet with card photos, so that’s my other card-related update.

I wrote to U.S. Games because after taking the cards and booklet out of the Deviant Moon Tarot tuckbox, I cannot fit the cards and booklet back. They just won’t all go in. This is crazy stuff, having to store the booklet outside the box. They either need to stop using tuckboxes or allow an extra 3/16th of an inch to get things back. Can you imagine after using and shuffling the deck for a time (whereupon it expands), how impossible storage in this crazy box will be? I am so ticked off after spending all that money, not to be able to get the bloody stuff back in the box.

Off to Studio Jude, computer be gone!

 

 

 

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Earthbound Oracle Favourites

I’ve been having fun scanning cards and entering them in my database. These two are my favourites at the moment:

HEALING
PERMANENCE

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It’s one of those things that occurs, every card you see relates to what’s going on. I am referring to this as “my healing year” and have started my Green Man Healing Journal, and I’m wanting this to be THE year, the one where I change and recover my health.

The wounded bird reminds me of injury and pain, but it also reminds me of how it can be difficult to heal, to change. And Permanence is just IT, the permanent change, the permanent change in patterns.

The background for this is a piece of fabric I will be using for the Arthur Rackham Oracle. I am still waiting for a reference book on crazy patchwork as I want to try some different things and after three weeks it hasn’t arrived.

Permanent healing, a healing of permanence. Whatever way I turn it, that’s the message.

 

 

Another Deck Gift for Me

Boy, this has been a tough year. My parents’ 75th anniversary would have been this weekend, but at least their ashes are together again in the sea.

I’ve been buying a few treats, I think discouragement and depression about the chronic pain I experience is causing it. I vow to reform my scandalous spending by the end of the year. I was deliciously bad and bought The Arthur Rackham Oracle by Doug Thornsjo in the jumbo size for myself. I don’t think it will get here before Christmas, so it will be a nice New Year’s 2018 gift.

After doing that I downloaded the ePub version of Peer Gynt with the Rackham illustrations. I’ve loved the music of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite for years, but I’ve never wanted to read the Henrik Ibsen book so I figured I would rectify that; several of the Peer Gynt illustrations are in this deck, so it was relevant that I do so.

Anyway, we need a visual eh wot?

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Positive thinking and art etcetera.

 

 

 

Pansy Love

PANSY – REASSURANCE

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Pansies always remind me of my Mom because she used to plant them every year, and all her children do too in remembrance.

Next month we are finally after decades disposing of my Mom’s ashes in a nice place along with my Dad’s. To do this we are gathering in one place, two of us travelling a great distance. It’s a worry because we often fight when together, and one of my siblings kept mentioning fighting with my brother last time I saw her as if she was expecting a big drama.

Sigh. So here’s a pansy come to reassure me that I am loved and to put doubts aside about that.

The author obviously never encountered the Sword Family.

 

 

Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 10: Unknown

OKANAGAN ORACLE – UNKNOWN
PAGAN OTHERWORLDS TAROT – THE HIGH PRIESTESS
ANIMAL MESSAGES – SCARAB BEETLE – What is unregarded or discarded holds a secret, a seed of creation.
FLOWER READINGS CARDS – QUEEN OF THE NIGHT – Power (Selenicereus grandifloras)
CREATURE TEACHER CARDS – OWL – I Always Tell the Truth

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I am so happy to be doing one of these finally on the new computer.  I decided to limit myself to fewer cards in these studies from now on, as the last one I did had so many cards that it became tedious to manage.

This one has five cards total which is manageable and a little extra work due to sharpening and colour adjustment and having to make individual shadows instead of using Photoshop to copy the drop shadow into each layer in seconds. However I do find that with the cards turned I can more accurately move the shadow to reflect the light source. But then I have to group the shadow with its card so I can easily move it around.

I thought this was a mysterious group with keywords of power and truth and the unknown. The Scarab Beetle reminded me of my old computer which I despised and the seeds of creation on this one. The write-up for this also says it might mean unguessed-at-knowledge which ties in with what is unknown.

The High Priestess looks like the Virgin Mary with her blue robe and roses, the mystery of knowing and intuition. So perhaps we may feel we are stepping into the unknown but the psyche supports us? This really ties in for me with the Queen of the Night flower and secrets revealed and intuition. The shadow aspect of the self brings opportunities for growth; dreams, cycles and life transitions. The Latin name for this plant starts with a moon reference as Selene is the goddess of the moon, and on the High Priestess card are phases of the moon, held.

With the unknown comes a lack of confidence, I’ve been feeling that all year, but these cards seem to say that it’s only a feeling, the reality underneath is different, there are seeds in the dung.

Owls are most active at night, I’ve been out at night and heard them hooting, wishing I could connect and see one. I am hoping to draw and paint an owl this year using my photo reference book for owls. Don’t lie or pretend things didn’t happen, that’s a dark way even if you have good eyesight. Again, the real unknown versus what we perceive as unknown.

The interesting thing is that I chose these cards by colour without bothering with meaning but they fit together into a meditation.

Laurels That Sort of Rest

I thought of the phrase about not resting on your laurels with this. Laurel leaves and victory and accomplishment ring out today because I finished painting my tree mural yesterday after ten days.

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I am very sore and I have my diptych over the fireplace yet to do, but I am feeling a bit scatty. I find when I complete a huge task it is often this way. I am partly let down after the euphoria of completion, and partly tired, and partly so jazzed up with excitement that I can’t settle myself to the next task. Now what?

LAUREL – (Prunus lusitanica) – RESOURCEFULNESS

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Resourcefulness, full of resources, full of ideas, but attention is fragmented. Lisa says to take time for your true intentions to become clearer. Hold your vision and create smaller steps for your goals. As I saw with painting the tree, I can’t do too much in one day lest I set off a chain of pain, so this card is supporting that.

I have a couple of drop caps to draw and want to take the day off and take it easy. Next week our front steps are hopefully being built, I also have to go to the bank, and relatives are coming for five days. It’s not really the time to start something big but I might try to seal my wood panels preparatory to putting gesso on them.

I don’t want to lose this great momentum but I’m not able to focus either.

Sunday IS a day of rest. Happy Sunday!

 

 

Are you Bletted, Blessed Folk?

I am still fiddling with selecting my cards out from the background in Affinity Photo. I still can’t believe that this is so hard not to get ragged edges and faint remnants of the background. Today I tried feathering and shrinking the selection and finally resorted to using the one row selection to delete some edges.

Anyway, I shall continue experimenting. For today’s card, you get two: the first one is a bit jagged, and the second one is not, although the background on the second one is not as pretty.

MEDLAR – Mespilus germanicus – MOTIVATION

Channeling I Claudius I say in reverent tones “Ah, the noble Germanicus…”

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Lisa says on the back of the card, “What creative thinking can you apply to each task so that you can see the value in them?” which is a bit like living in the moment so that each task does not seem unexciting because you’re in the Zen groove of fetching water.

Barring that you can put Langhorne Slim & the Law on and contemplate the way we move.

Interestingly, the fruit of the Medlar needs to be bletted before you eat it which means that it has to ripen into mushiness, so that it develops full sugars to be edible. The idea here of creativity and ideas ripening to just the perfect time, letting things come to fruition and knowing when it’s time to start a project is rather neat.

Let things ripen to activate those creativity sugars.