Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 2: Release

This is a great exercise to do when you have insomnia. These cards remind me of Beverly King’s Lojong for the Layperson cards in that there are some wonderful close-ups of plants and trees.

RELEASE – Okanagan Oracle
THE LOVERS – RUBY – Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals
FREE YOUR MUSCLES – The Perfect Calm Deck
PEACH BLOSSOMS (momo no hana) – A Year in Japan Postcards
Stones: Rhodonite (left) Rhodochrosite (right)


Free your muscles and release says this montage. Apart from chronic pain, I am burdened with chronic muscle tension. Self-massage of the tight muscles will help them open like roses and peach blossoms. The lampshades are beautifully and tightly finished but there is still room for fun and frills within the framework, the skeletal body of a lampshade holds things together but the skin opens like a blossom at the bottom.

Ruby bring energy and vitality, it encourages a love of life and keen passion, blood flow. Rhodochrosite brings healing but of a more spiritual and emotional kind; it allows the release of emotions. Rhodonite is also good for emotional healing and good for gaining equilibrium after challenges in life.




The Bento Box of Life and Pickled Treats Throughout the Day

This is one of my favourite postcard sets, A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson, with 30 postcards. She wrote a book too but I only have the postcards.

You might think it a bit strange that there is so much white space in this card, but in Japan the style is to leave blank space on the front to write on. I learned that from my set of postcards from Leonard Lauder’s fabulous collection. You can refresh your memory on that here.

“I bought this boxed lunch (o-bentö) whenever I went on a long train trip.”


It almost sounds like a song. Just for fun I thought I’d do a small montage of bento boxed lunches, but then I found that there is a Flickr group devoted to images of these boxed lunches so have a rummage if you dare.

The Japanese do these wonderful little pickled things that are accompaniments for rice or meat and fish. I notice that many Moms in North America have taken up the bento box idea. How much nicer to have a child eat something like this rather than a sugary chemically-laden sandwich on Wonder Bread.

Today, this reminds me of…it’s like a metaphor for life and opening the box of Today and finding particular treasures for this day. Mix and match your experiences, taste the full flavour, admire the packaging.

Gosh darn, those tomatoes look good.



The Ephemeral Cherry Blossom

Daily Draw July 2nd, 2012

It is a holiday Monday here which is nice. I opened up my card database and was browsing visually and chose A Year in Japan postcards by Kate. T. Williamson.


Koi are bred extensively in Japan for their beautiful colours and odd patterns. We call them carp but koi sounds prettier. I looked up the actual symbolism for them and they represent good luck or good fortune, as they are strong swimmers, and there is a legend in both China and Japan about them swimming upstream to the final waterfall where they turn into dragons.

Perseverance, strength of purpose, and the determination to overcome obstacles is embodied in this fish.

In this card they swim through cherry blossom petals, fallen on the surface of the water. Cherry blossoms represent the ephemeral nature of life. They are beautiful, but only for a time, the petals a metaphor for our transient lives and change and death.

A gentle day of swimming and working and enjoying ephemeral moments of life.


Blue Days of Understanding

Daily Draw March 25th, 2012

I drew this card and then put it back because I’ve already used it on the blog. Then I thought I should see what the meaning of the flower is and go with it today because that is what I drew after all. No cheating Judith, this is what you got.

Kate T. Williamson; 2008
Watercolour and ink
A Year in Japan: 30 Postcards


There are several meanings for hydrangea but this one is blue, so blue is for comfort and serenity and calm. The hydrangea itself, because it’s a showy flower, can mean pride, or to some it means understanding and devotion. Several online sites mention that it can be used to express gratitude for being understood.

Of course this reminds me of my dog, who will have to go to the vet tomorrow to be euthanized because she is failing fast. The woman who made the rescue trip for her and picked her up in the States, is coming for a visit today to say “Goodbye.”

My house is a bit messy but I have time to tidy and clean lightly despite leg problems, but I still feel rather embarrassed—perhaps this is where pride comes into it. Also, when I see this woman I am going to start crying, I’ve been weepy all day, so I’m embarrassed about that too. It’s only pride, a fleeting emotion.

And I shall most certainly feel gratitude for this lady’s understanding as my dog feels gratitude that I am devoted to her and understanding how sick she is. Palliative care can only do so much; I know the dog is grateful that I understand. I stayed with her last night in the living room for comfort and played some soft jazz for her and gave her lots of pats.

We’ll do that again today and have a nice visit with her old friend that rescued her.


Sacred Connections

Daily Draw September 7th, 2011

I picked another A Year in Japan postcard for today’s draw:


I’ve learned another new thing. I suppose if one had the book that Kate Williamson wrote she would have extra details about this. When I looked up Futami-ga-Ura I found that it is a beach in Ise Province. Near it are the famous “wedded rocks” or me-oto-iwa, which are considered sacred and are connected by a rope with a shrine on top. It is a pilgrimage place, but also a lovely place for tourists to visit.

Hiroshige also did an image of these rocks in the 19th century.

It is odd to contemplate a bamboo lounge and chatting and drinking at chic tables, juxtaposed near this shrine and the sacred rocks. Yet there is something peaceful about both. The clean modern lines of the lounge furniture against the mural of growing bamboo, give me an idea of the two chairs being connected like the sacred rocks, and the stripes on the chairs like the stripes on Hiroshige’s famous print.

There are all kinds of sacred connections in the world.

Dot Fanned Herself in the Heat of the Day

Daily Draw September 6th, 2011

I’m a bit late today as I had to write a letter to my Dad and then I got browsing the library OPAC so that I could give the spouse a list of books to pick up, then I had to shower and eat and get my latest deck into my visual database, and the day just went by.

I do have one deck on order. It has been on and off my wish list for some time but I love the artwork and figured the positive affirmations would be good for me. It is the Health and the Law of Attraction Cards by Esther and Jerry Hicks. At one time I had two of their decks and a book of theirs, but I traded one deck and the book away. So I have their original deck and this one coming and that’s enough for me.

I like the basic premise of the Law of Attraction but as someone once mentioned: “Are you telling me that a six year-old child attracts torture, rape and murder to itself?” Uh-huh. As I said the basic premise is good but it doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Thoughts are things, there is no doubt we can attract negativity to ourselves with thoughts and bad visualizations. Positive thinking, visualization and clear ideas about what you desire also work to attract good stuff. Let’s leave it at that.

Today I honestly don’t feel like talking so let’s have a nice picture for the day…this is another one of my Art Postcards (now up to 654) and is one from Kate Williamson’s A Year in Japan, which is both a book and a postcard book.


Summer in Japan is marked by festivals, fireworks, and an array of cooling treats to eat. The circular fan (uchiwa) is a common and useful festival accessory and is tucked into the back of one’s obi, the sash worn with a kimono, when not in use.

Stay cool, and if you can do it with polka dots, so much the better.

Washing Out

Daily Draw April 26th, 2010

From A Year in Japan postcards with artwork by Kate Williamson:

This looks like a hydrangea plant. I’ve always loved these but you have to grow them in soil with the right level of pH or their colour washes out and they exhibit a pale, creamy almost yellow colour instead of the vibrant blue tones they are known for. They like acid, neutral soil makes them blanch.

That feels like me. I’m afraid I’m washing out lately and not beaming my true colours around. I don’t want to get into it as I prefer to keep such things under wraps but it sure would be nice to turn blue again.

I love pen and ink and watercolour. I keep meaning to practice but I never do. A reflection of washing out.