The Spirit Within Temperature Man

As I was doing this draw I kept seeing my mini thermometer on the bookshelf in my living room, and it felt appropriate to the moment.



This is about my bank. Interesting that he is blindfolded which can or can’t be a good thing, as I saw with this card in the Ostara Tarot and the Stellar’s Jay with the blindfold.

I notice those circular roiling clouds in the background indicating a state of mind that’s roiling as well. Lead with the head and be rational, don’t leap in emotionally. Words can provide balance or they can cut; red or blue zone. I’m inching into the red which might be good for the temperature in my house but not so good for my mind. Sometimes you have to stand with worry or anxiety, keeping yourself balanced, and breathe.

To blindfold my emotions today might be apt. Quarter moon, quarter those anxieties. I feel that grip, those heavy swords, the idea of anchoring, despite turmoil. After I wrote this my confirmation from the bank came in the mail so I can let that anxiety go.

The Two of Swords holds me steady. Oh, and I noticed that the mini thermometer’s plastic case was a bit skewy after I took this photo, so I rotated it back into alignment. The perfect tie-in for Temperature Man.





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The Spirit Within Rutilated Spheres

I felt I needed some augmentation with this card. Kuan Yin and her cat Lotus Blossom have been behind cupboard doors, so they grabbed the chance to leap out and have a chat with this Queen.



This is one of the only true crystals I have. I bought it on eBay from a seller who described the rutiles in the quartz as “fairy inclusions”, leading Lotus Blossom to forever look for fairies in the sphere in the hope that he could bite their heads off and snack on them.

Kuan Yin often listens to Lotus Blossom babbling about fairies, she is quite like the Queen of Cups that way, ready to listen, especially to cats.


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The Spirit Within the Database

Okay all visual database geeks, I have entered the new beauty into my database. Today I am not picking a card I am merely showing a screen shot of the database all neat and tidy, my newest entry in its exact spot. There is something to be said for organization.


I decided to cancel my book order for Judy Hall’s Crystal Bible volumes 2 and 3. While looking through book 1 in a refresher browse, I found that I could not tolerate the new-age bumph. What put me over the edge was the description in the back about Crystal Forms, specifically Cathedral Quartz:

“Cathedral Quartz is a cosmic computer that contains the wisdom of the ages. It is a Light Library, holding a record of all that has occurred on earth.”

“The Light Library can be accessed by meditating with a Cathedral Quartz. It aids attunement to the universal mind, and acts as a receptor and transmitter for group thought, which is raised to a higher vibration through contact with the pure energies of the crystal. It also provides access to the Akashic Record. 

“It is believed that Cathedral Quartz makes itself known every two thousand years to aid the evolution of consciousness by raising thought to a higher vibration. Cathedral Quartz can be programmed to being about a better world.”

Quartz, forming in the earth, does in some way hold what has occurred on earth due to its own formation, but to extrapolate from that that it holds secrets and wants to aid the evolution of consciousness is pure human hooey. Every two-thousand years indeed, why not every year or every hundred years? Human fabrications are like that about time.

Cathedral Quartz just whispered to me “I was a cosmic computer in my last life, now I want to create wall murals.” I’m with you buddy.

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The Spirit Within Lovey-Dovey



Oh boy, after decades of marriage we are definitely not like this card.

I did however see many young people like this at a concert we went to last night. Some were hugging and some got up to dance at the front of the stage. They allowed draft beer and canned beer in the venue which I’d never seen before, so everybody was having a good time. It was nice to see people on dates too, what a great idea for a date, go to see a music concert, grab a beer and some popcorn, be with your sweetheart.

This wasn’t jazz or classical music, but I went because the spouse likes the artist. I really enjoyed myself, but the spouse didn’t seem to. He wouldn’t talk when we got home and I asked him in the morning if he didn’t enjoy it, and he was hesitant, said he felt funny about it and was still trying to figure it out. After all that happy anticipation he seems closed up.

The two people on the card are right in the moment, among the trees and grass, soaring like the bird in their hearts, the glow more than sun but some inner sparkle.

A reminder perhaps that in love and music, there is nothing to figure out, nothing to analyze, just enjoy the moments of joy, be with your surroundings, and the feel of the day.


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The Spirit Within Gratitude

Oh, those wonderful manifesting and energetic Aces. I think of the Earth, actually I am literally thinking of the Earth because I bought those two Crystal Portrait decks. In rummaging through my books, I hauled out Judy Hall’s first Crystal Bible and decided to buy volumes 2 and 3. [Update: a couple of days later I cancelled the order due to the proliferation in the books of new-age gobbledygook.]


There are many subjective “properties” ascribed to crystals, and every author seems to have their own take on that, which is why I describe them as subjective. I really want these books for the photographs and information about where they are mined. I am not interested in crystal healing but I like crystals and gemstones, anything from the Earth is interesting.



There we go, hand me the Earth on a platter.

“Boost to health” indeed, because I like to learn and that makes me feel better. I did five loads of laundry today. Big, heavy dog blankets, towels, and lighter fleece toppers for the dogs. They went to the groomers and I wanted them to have nice, fresh bedding. Laundry is the epitome of earthy things today, as are sweet-smelling dogs, exhausted and conked out on fresh blankies.

And I am grateful. I have slipped up a bit with my Gratitude Journal because I feel sick or down most of the time from physical pain, but there is something to be said for the hand of God handing you the Earth. Something to sing about, this pentacle of mine.




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Katie Rose Inks Along

I bought deck 1 and 2 of Crystal Portraits by Katie Rose Pipkin. On Etsy she goes by the name of Peony Coin Archer in an unfathomable obfuscation, but after further exploration online I found that Katie Rose is her real name. She also drew and published The Efflorescent Tarot, which is one I missed.

Oh, she does lovely pen and ink work and likes cats, who would be better for inspiration? Until I’m dead I look for inspiring artists to buy cards and books from.

You get 25 cards in each deck and the information on each crystal is on the back. The fact that these are inked and coloured (with coloured pencil I think) was what set me off. This could mean drawing my own little set of gemstones and crystals juxtaposed with cat figurines perhaps, or art supplies. You’ve got to work such things in some way or other for maximum pleasure.

Here is a snippet from her shop of the two decks.


I’m not sure when these will ship but it’s nice to have ordered them, along with the Cryptic Cards for Christmas. Incidentally, Katie Rose designed a moth generator on the computer, samples of which can be seen online. I thought it was quite synchronistic that I bought her decks with Immy Smith’s moth playing cards.

Yeah, it’s a big, old coincidence, a big, fat synchronistic extravaganza, or I’m not a moth lover, by gum arabic.



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The Spirit Within Two Cards

Here is Steve’s new spread for this deck for me today.

1) NINE OF CUPS – Spirit: what Spirit wishes you to know
2) THREE OF PENTACLES – Within: highlights our own deep-rooted desires and needs with regard to the message received already.


I thought it amusing that Spirit wishes the “Wish Card” for me. That is often what the Nine of Cups is called, so I take it to mean Spirit wants me to know that I have everything I’ve ever wanted or needed.

Building on this I browsed through James Ricklef’s thoughts on this card in his book The Soul’s Journey:

“…examine the things in life we wish were different, find the meaning and lessons in them, and seek satisfaction and gratitude in them instead of regret and discontent.”

“…but it’s the much harder practice of appreciating the value of everything in our lives that brings us deep and lasting joy and serenity.”

“…and we must remember that appreciation is a matter of attitude more than circumstances.”

For the Three of Pentacles, it’s about Art to me, my art. Maybe a desire to work with others or be taught, which is uncharacteristic for me. I also have this feeling of being trapped in a room with the world outside and that fellow with the roller in his right hand, up a ladder, showcasing things I can no longer do due to pain and the inability of my right shoulder to move. Certainly regret and my need to do what I can’t do, my mental focus on what’s lacking, that all the big things to build are not mine any more.

James Ricklef again:

“We need not build a castle…in order for our lives to have value. Rather, is is the sincerity of our efforts, the care we take in them, and the spirit we put into them that creates worth and greatness in anything we do.”

Last night I picked up a book I have been reading now and then before bed called No Self, No Problem by Anam Thubten and came across another buttressing passage:

“We are like a person standing in a freely flowing river yet feeling very, very thirsty. We are holding an empty cup, begging everyone we meet to give us some water. Does the person standing in the river have even one convincing reason why he or she should not drink from the river? There is no reason. The only reason is that the person is looking in the wrong direction. He or she has forgotten to look down. All we need to do is look down a little bit and then we realize immediately that we are standing in a river with a never-ending supply of cool, fresh water.”

Trust the Nine of Cups, trust and appreciate what you have. You don’t have to build a castle to have value.


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