Under Glass Today

I was surprised that someone from Llewellyn actually did offer to send me a replacement for the damaged card in the Animal Totem Tarot. Unfortunately, it took a few days to contact me and I’d already sent the deck back to Amazon. My replacement deck is coming and is supposed to be here tomorrow. Fingers crossed that it’s fine, but if not, I now have a contact name.

4 OF SWORDS (Solitude)


It feels like an uneasy respite. I have to take it easy as my right side is in a bad way with various pain. We have geared up for more unpacking, and unpacked another 11 boxes, and now need to hang some pictures and put together a glass cabinet from a box for the dining room so I can put breakables away.

Great, another home reno type of project with the spouse. The spouse is getting older and a bit…confused about working things out or making decisions or remembering details. So to put this cabinet together I will have to read the instructions and provide valuable assistance. Ha-ha.

Oh boy, hot diggity. Maybe that glowing green light in the card will suck me away to the planet Zoltar.


Aces and Amazon

1 WANDS (The Beginning)


Luck is on my side apparently. I hope so because I ordered a replacement for the Animal Totem Tarot and I’m sending the one with the damaged card back. It’s going to take ages, but I didn’t feel right after spending all that money.

So this card is about new beginnings and spinning with new ideas, the dawn of creativity.

I bought a meter of fabric yesterday because I have an idea for sewing a new table runner as well as pillows and painting the large abstract for above the fireplace. We cleaned the gutters out yesterday which were a terrible mess and we are waiting to get an estimate for putting new ones in plus downspouts.

Behind all that is the creative urge, a good thing.



Dipping Toes in the Progress Pool

I wrote an interesting letter yesterday where you had to use as many words as possible beginning with the letter “A” and I did that plus a nice drop cap “A” at the beginning with a flower motif in the lower corner too. All hand inked and coloured and I used Diamine Damson in my fountain pen which is a nice greyish purple. Then I mailed it in a handmade envelope with wildflowers inked and coloured on it.

That’s pretty much all I did apart from a 3-hour nap. I’m having a pain flare-up and nerve pain and not feeling well and lacking zip. I need to unpack and organize some more but I hurt, just plain ache all over, which kind of kills any impetus I have for anything.

7 OF PENTACLES (Progress)


This is one of my favourite images in this deck. I never noticed before how the progression is hinted at in the style and expense of the chairs. I need to get a new chair for an old desk, so it makes me smile.

Progress is often a slow thing. One book I have mentions that it’s like water boiling: nothing seems to be happening and then all of a sudden bubbles appear and seconds later the water is roiling and boiling.

This is an auspicious card, things grow, the magic happens, but it takes time. While waiting you can take stock and reevaluate goals and where you’d like to go, look at your dreams, and decide that you’ve done well so far.

If momentum wanes, keep moving, however slowly. Unpack one box, write one letter, draw one picture. Look after the body, eat properly and take care of it. Waves and cycles, even the dips allow growth and creativity, although it doesn’t feel that way.



Look Boss, the Plane, the Plane



One of my objections in decks with new art is the devotion to the conventional image of the heart stabbed by three swords on the 3 of Swords. This card’s more inventive, thank you Lo Scarabeo, for being you!

I started to feel sick today with a funny headache and sniffles. After buying some kraft paper to make envelopes and drawing and colouring motifs on one, plus going for a dog walk, I felt slightly better but still not myself.

My husband and I have developed some poor patterns over the years and this plane reminds me of weathering the marital storm. After moving and thinking everything would change, it hasn’t. We are having difficulties as always on some matters. We are feeling that turbulence.

However, I’m starting to think that painting a tree silhouette in the foyer might help. Of course, that’s just THE solution!



The Magus Cobbler

I – THE MAGICIAN (Planning)


Yes, I plan to cobble together a pair of shoes today because nothing says Magus energy like a shoe last. Ah the quirkiness of Lo Scarabeo decks!

“Establish a line of conduct to make your dreams come true and act according to strategy but with flexibility.”

I like this bit about establishing conduct. As we know, the Magus can be the most inspiring and compelling person in the world but he can tend to slip into unpleasant trickster ways if you don’t watch him. You think he’s a ragged old cobbler sitting by the side of the road with tired, hooded eyes, until in a flash, he gets up and you see his rags are made from silk and leather and his old hat is a silk fedora and his two-tone shoes are new and polished and he’s got his very alert eyes on you.

A good day to think about conduct and maybe the way people present themselves and how mistaken you can be.




Perky Reflections



Someone’s jolly today. Well, I think she’s gearing up to copy out her tax forms in good. Pausing before the chore, she decides to go for a brief walk in the woods, taking off her accountant hat, suit and sensible shoes in a moment of ecstasy, contemplating the razor sharp points of…

Okay, well before abandoning herself totally, she’s going to check off her receipts against her credit card bill. While doing that she sees again in her mind the blue mantel and new chesterfield and chair and numerous decorative pillows. It’s almost as good as the feel or water on her skin.


Similar colours to water though, providing the alchemy of tranquility and moderation while sitting in a bright living room, reflecting.


I’m voting for having a browse through those books on abstract art techniques. That mantel needs a BIG piece of art.

Happy Sunday!

The Harmony of Forms Completed



Yeah, you’ve got it, I completed the rough copy of our income taxes yesterday. It took me almost two hours to get the paper copies organized as I had to download and print some of them for the previous province I lived in. Nothing says “Joy!” like downloading and printing two copies of 4-page forms ad infinitum. Hours later I’ve double checked my figure work and I’ll check it again when I write it out in good.

In celebration I went to a shop and bought two decorative pillows for the living room because I was advised my new sofa and chair were coming next week. Rewards for efforts. AND the guy in the shop I went to gave me 25% off on the pillows. Plus I didn’t have to drive two hours to another town, I bought them locally.

Wrangle those seemingly chaotic forms into a nice yin and yang pattern, that’s the way.

Now if I could get those dozens of pictures hung and card decks put away. It’s that kind of day, I shall spin around with the spouse and a hammer and meander through the task and dream of colour and design.

Because I got those #£&/$”* taxes done.

Persevere kids, lalala.