New Year with Mr. Bright

Steve Bright had a great 2-card draw for the New Year so I decided to try it.

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Ace of Swords – Normally this is a great card for me, and it does represent good ideas and the power of thought and mental energy. I finished my hand-embroidered nightgown and my tree mural in the front hall and the rest of the year I felt dragged under by hopelessness, caught up in physical pain and depression. Part of that might have been because my Dad died, but still.

Instead of reaching for creativity I bogged down in painful, unhappy thoughts, my sword focused on whining words of defeat. I didn’t believe in myself, I let all that inspiration fizzle out, I didn’t carry through. What a horrible year it was.

The Chariot – Set out, guide my life, no one else will do it for me. This card of success and momentum carries me along. “The being is the doing” as James Ricklef says, describing how in the Being, we accomplish what we need. I like the focus and balance of the skateboarder in this. He’s racing along, unstoppable, yet enjoying the whole experience. It’s not a daydream of success that moves us along, it’s the small moments and acts, experiencing life and joy.

 

 

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Discover the Path

PINK HEULANDITE

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I have never heard of this stone before. In the pairings she mentions vetiver and oregano as going well with this and I love the scent of both vetiver and oregano. “One discovers the path while walking it.” is the reminder with this card. It’s supposed to aid those who feel shy and awkward which suits me today as a neighbour has asked us over for a Christmas visit.

It provides a sense of where the person is going and why, linking seemingly disconnected aspects of life.

I just love the colours.

 

Vast, Mysterious, and Dreamy

Yes, it’s the Universe today!

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I was up until 4:30 a.m. upgrading and installing the Electric Quilt 8 program. I have version 6 on my old Windows laptop and it was frustrating me that I couldn’t just use it. Mostly these days I print off paper piecing miniature patterns or make graphics to use for other things as you can see here. I hated version 6, so this was pleasant to upgrade and I’ll try and use some of the other tools as well. It certainly saves a clearer block and the fabrics fill much, much better than in EQ6.

I also updated the Garmin Express software on the Mac computer and then updated my Garmin portable GPS device.

This stone really does look like the aurora borealis. Wouldn’t we all want a chunk of Labradorite? Of course. I bought myself a chrysocolla sphere for Christmas, after wanting one for 16 years. I never had the money but I was able to afford it now so I kept the dream and fulfilled it. One of the enchanted aspects of the Universe is that when you’re old there are still dreams to be had.

Always carry the ethereal quality of the Northern Lights with you.

 

 

The Ferric Impurities of the Season

CITRINE

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I have some citrine chips that I use when making jewellery but not a larger stone, so I loved this big picture. Citrine is composed of quartz with “ferric impurities” which explains it’s translucence and smoky look.

What I liked about the write-up on the back of the card was the noted ideal pairings of cinnamon, gold, and frankincense, making this a great tie-in to the Christmas season. Citrine is good for “finding the energy to address blockages in projects or group dynamics.” You can build unselfish devotion to your own needs and self-worth. Definitely something I can use, as I’m bogged down on all my projects and feeling blahsville.

As part of self-care I decided to look around for Christmas ornaments. I couldn’t find the big Santa I’ve been looking for, and the pattern I bought to sew one last year didn’t quite work out, so I bought a used, uncut McCalls sewing pattern for a 15-inch Santa and some sheep locks to make his beard. They will be mailed after Christmas but hopefully I can get one sewn for next year.

When we were out yesterday I found this little fellow in a store. He’s a tree ornament, but much too big for my tabletop tree, so he thought he’d roister about those presents under the tree (which are fake), and because he’s on a spring, he likes to dance and wobble to Christmas carols. As you do.

I think he has some gold embroidery on his bag, making him vitally interested in Citrine.

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He’s also super excited because my Arthur Rackham Oracle has shipped. Good season to you!

 

 

 

The Spirit Within Crystals and Colour

Finally, my two Crystal Portraits decks arrived yesterday. Worth the wait, I thought I’d do a small colour exercise with the Spirit Within Tarot and some of the new crystal cards. Because I can. Because it’s Saturday and I just finished a playing card jigsaw even though my arm hurts, and so I can fiddle with my cards.

There is nothing better than a rummage through cards.

FIVE OF SWORDS
HEMATITE
HOWLITE

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Actually I do find Howlite relevant here because of the anguish of the person in the background of the Five of Swords, and Howlite’s properties for helping people with PTSD. It calms haunting energies and anxiety. Due to an attack that happened to me when I was 18, I do have PTSD, which flared up after a horrible incident at the job I had before I retired for good. Nightmares and other things. Both Hematite and Howlite refer to being patient, to calming temper.

You are where you are, this is what you’ve got, but nothing is wrong, it’s just the way you think about it. Did I lose the battle or did I simply find a way to be tranquil? I like the thought of art with Hematite because red ochre comes from it, and that was used for cave painting. Even in the Hermitage as I call it, or the cave, I can be creative and enjoy life.

I can also enjoy starting a digital jigsaw from the montage I made yesterday of The Arthur Rackham Oracle. Arthur knows about art.

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Ain’t so bad Rock here in the quietude of the Hermitage.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Cryptic Cards by Immy Smith

When I received this deck and book the artist included an extra image and some business cards with cards from the deck on the reverse, so I immediately wanted to get them framed. The lighter mat on top is a bit lighter than in the picture, but you get the idea. This is going on the wall near the wardrobes I keep all my cards in, so I can be surrounded by delightful things.

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The deck and book are wonderful, I am so glad that after having this on and off my wish list, I bought it.

The Queen of Hearts blurb from the book:

“Queen of Hearts – Sciartist’s bat moth & small insomniac moth
(Ascalapha scientartifex & Utetheisa insomnia)

These species illustrate the diversity of form found in the Erebidae family, which tiger moths are now part of. They represent me; a little itinerant insomniac, and sciart polymath. I’m really very proud of these cards.”

As you can see, Immy has a sense of humour. Although the moths are real ones, she has taken liberties in the nomenclature and the descriptions. This is the reason I bought the book, so that I could read all these stories and get the Latin genus and see the plays on words. The genus is true, the rest isn’t, but you can still explore the various moths and see her gorgeous artwork.

Up creative insomniacs!!