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Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 5: Wonder

March 15, 2017

I got a bit behind in posting this. Some days I feel like scanning, sometimes I don’t, so I have separate bundles of cards here and there waiting for the magic tour de force of image importing in Photoshop.

I thought when I pulled this “Oh no, not another brown card” with a sinking feeling. There ARE brown and gold shades, some green and reddish maple and wine barrels painted a red-violet turning to grey, and a vibrantly white skull, so plenty of scope outside earthy browns. Browns with panache, and a dash of fermenting wine and oak gold.

WONDER – Okanagan Oracle
TEN OF WANDS – TOURMALINE, RED/PINK (RUBELLITE) – Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals
STRENGTH – Graven Images Oracle
FOREBODING – Dreaming in Color Luman Deck
CROW – Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards
GOOSE: QUEST, TRAVEL – Spirit Animals Card Deck


The Wonder here is in all the colours of the earth, the process of fermentation, the chemical magic of nature. That looks like it might be a bear skull, but the spouse thought it might be an elk. Alas, no information is given on the subjects in these cards. I would appreciate a downloadable PDF file with citations for the location and contents of the photos; I always love things like that.

Skull and foreboding, the aged wine of death and Crow transforms like skull. The Goose travels from winter to spring, wine-ready for a new season of raising young and feeling the sun and wind, imagining summer. The masons rebuild, strength needed for the work, the transformation.

The rubellite colour of this tourmaline is very appealing. Another heart stone but also used for healing and blood circulation and blood vessels, a problem of mine. The suggestion is there of struggle, burden and responsibility with the Ten of Wands, but the wonder lies in doing it. Humans are amazing in what they can bear.

Wonder is an Old English, Dutch, German, Old Norse word. One of those earthy tricky things, it could be a noun, a verb, or an adjective. Do I wonder in amazement or do I wonder with feeling, why or what or how? Perhaps I wonder in amazement at this juxtaposition among the trees of bones and wine-dark rhythms of transformation?

“What a world of wonder” breathe goose and crow as they fly past marvelling at the scene.


Cawww Me

March 16, 2009

I have a bad cold and fever today, and my asthma has returned to keep me from lying down and sleeping. I have never been on steroids or ventilators for asthma but I’m going to need them soon if I don’t find an alternative.

Late last year I discovered the Buteyko method of breathing, which has about a 90% success rate with alleviating asthma.

It does actually work but you need to do daily breathing exercises to get a higher control point of how many seconds go by before you inhale (thus building up proper levels of carbon dioxide in the body.) I don’t want to go through this for another year–I couldn’t even get in to see the doctor last year, they told me to go to a walk-in medical clinic–good one since I can’t drive or get to a walk-in clinic. However, I stopped doing the breathing exercises and I’m back propping myself up to sleep at night in the living room–because I didn’t stick to the routine of the breathing exercises.

So, I must banish laziness and do breathing exercises four times a day for about 3 months and then keep it up. I’ve been doing my daily stint of reading 10 to 20 pages of Ulysses by James Joyce every day, and I’ve been doing a daily sewing stint, so I’ll just wrap the breathing exercises into a similar routine. It’s only a trick of the mind to do these things until the habit forms.

From the Celtic Messages deck:


Actually I did see a crow today when I took the dogs out early this morning. I love the sound of the crow in the early morning and the cardinal was singing a lot this morning too along with the trilling of the redwing blackbird.

Crows pick those bones clean, they clear up all the messy stuff and tidy up. Yeah, discard old habits and be more discriminating in how you spend your time.

I have recently been spending a lot less time online, as I’d rather be doing something concrete for myself and my life than e-mail. I have certainly done a lot lately, which has been great–very much like a new start.