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Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 10: Unknown

August 8, 2017

OKANAGAN ORACLE – UNKNOWN
PAGAN OTHERWORLDS TAROT – THE HIGH PRIESTESS
ANIMAL MESSAGES – SCARAB BEETLE – What is unregarded or discarded holds a secret, a seed of creation.
FLOWER READINGS CARDS – QUEEN OF THE NIGHT – Power (Selenicereus grandifloras)
CREATURE TEACHER CARDS – OWL – I Always Tell the Truth

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I am so happy to be doing one of these finally on the new computer.  I decided to limit myself to fewer cards in these studies from now on, as the last one I did had so many cards that it became tedious to manage.

This one has five cards total which is manageable and a little extra work due to sharpening and colour adjustment and having to make individual shadows instead of using Photoshop to copy the drop shadow into each layer in seconds. However I do find that with the cards turned I can more accurately move the shadow to reflect the light source. But then I have to group the shadow with its card so I can easily move it around.

I thought this was a mysterious group with keywords of power and truth and the unknown. The Scarab Beetle reminded me of my old computer which I despised and the seeds of creation on this one. The write-up for this also says it might mean unguessed-at-knowledge which ties in with what is unknown.

The High Priestess looks like the Virgin Mary with her blue robe and roses, the mystery of knowing and intuition. So perhaps we may feel we are stepping into the unknown but the psyche supports us? This really ties in for me with the Queen of the Night flower and secrets revealed and intuition. The shadow aspect of the self brings opportunities for growth; dreams, cycles and life transitions. The Latin name for this plant starts with a moon reference as Selene is the goddess of the moon, and on the High Priestess card are phases of the moon, held.

With the unknown comes a lack of confidence, I’ve been feeling that all year, but these cards seem to say that it’s only a feeling, the reality underneath is different, there are seeds in the dung.

Owls are most active at night, I’ve been out at night and heard them hooting, wishing I could connect and see one. I am hoping to draw and paint an owl this year using my photo reference book for owls. Don’t lie or pretend things didn’t happen, that’s a dark way even if you have good eyesight. Again, the real unknown versus what we perceive as unknown.

The interesting thing is that I chose these cards by colour without bothering with meaning but they fit together into a meditation.

Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 9: Equality

June 6, 2017

The rainbow spills down the page – I had a hard time stopping myself from finding cards but I ran out of room.

EQUALITY – Okanagan Oracle – this is a painted crosswalk in Kelowna, BC with rainbow stripes in support of LGBTQ people.
HULA AND LEI – Island Heritage Postcards; art by Frank McIntosh circa 1930s.
3 – CELEBRATION – 3 of Cups – Bright Idea Deck
60 – LAUGHTER – Osho Transformation Tarot
7 0F WANDS – VALOUR – Parrott Tarot
FIRE – 9 INTEGRITY – 9 of Wands – Mythical Goddess Tarot
KING OF FIRE – PATH – King of Wands – Infinite Tarot
I THE MAGICIAN – Whimsical Tarot
DISNEY LAND – Richard Lindner 1965. Oil on canvas; Dover postcard

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The wholeness of The Magician, with words like path, integrity, celebration, valour, laughter, equality, and some welcoming leis from Hawaii, the Disney world of being different in a society that does not encourage difference.

We had a temporary rainbow crosswalk in town that was not allowed to become permanent. There was the son of friends of my parents who was transgender and eventually took the plunge into surgery and the medications that killed him far sooner than necessary, as his body became sick, but he wanted to be himself, the woman he had always felt like.

What must it feel like to constantly hide or not feel like yourself when you look in a mirror? What must it be like to search for trusted friendship and love, to have people hurl insults at you on the street, to long for children and be vilified as a parent?

Way back in the 1970s during my Pentecostal phase, I was at a bowling alley with a fundamentalist Christian woman who, looking at a man dressed in women’s clothes standing about seeking a new friend, screwed up her face and said “That is so sad” and kept staring at him with her face locked in a grimace. What was sad was his desperation, his courage to let everyone know he was different, and then to face such comments repeatedly. I can still see him standing there, alone in the light, in his dress, high heels and inexpert make-up, so lonely, hoping someone would speak to him. Jesus would have bought him a coffee and had a chat, I’m quite sure.

I couldn’t do it, be out there. I would be a hider, afraid, avoiding. In reading online about the four crosswalks in Kelowna that are painted, some comments were left about the Bible and homosexuals, and taxpayers money funding such atrocities. I think it’s pretty and highlights the intersections well, but think to yourself, what must it be like to see this paint and feel some support in a terribly cruel world, to have someone notice you in a happy way for a change?

What does it feel like to be the other person?

 

Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 8: Transformation

May 4, 2017

I love cemeteries and cemetery history, so I really enjoyed pulling out this card. It is such a missed opportunity for the locations in the deck not to be identified. I love to explore and look things up in a deck, but this hunt and peck sort of thing for basic information is maddening.

In looking this up at Find a Grave, the stone is in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, one of two cemeteries in Kelowna and the stone is for Clarissa Graves 1878-1912. Only 34 years-old, perhaps she died in childbirth; we see you still Clarissa, that’s the nice thing about cemeteries.

TRANSFORMATION – Okanagan Oracle
VEINTE-QUATRO ANT – Paraponera clavata – Bugs Knowledge Cards
BORON – Photographic Card Deck of the Elements
A STREET MUSICIAN – Platinum print by J. Furley Lewis – Pomegranate Postcard
29 GRAVE – FUTHARK RUNE EA (ear, grave) – Rune Cards by Linsell/Partridge
THE LAKE WITHIN – High Priestess – Fragments of an Illusion Tarot by Steven Bright (1st edition)

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Gosh, aren’t these interesting together? I was looking for grey tones as well, rather than strictly black and white. The ant is among tens of thousands of species of ants, but the sting of this giant species can incapacitate you. So can death and transformation.

Boron is found in the more common borax but is rarely seen in its pure form, these brittle, impractical lumps. Yeah, you lumps out there with your brittle attachment to life, it’s impractical, accept that death is coming, the atomic weight of the grave will roll over you eventually.

I chose the postcard with the violinist because it reminds me of the mournful music played in cemeteries, and yet look at the bright, captivated face of the child, young and old, music binds the spheres and makes life better, transforms fear.

There is literally the grave in the rune card. Again, stop wrestling with the idea of death or the grave that awaits you, but think about sunlight on stone, a life of contemplation in gardens with birds, the end, the transformation is part of the companionship of death.

Lastly, The Lake Within, what a beautiful name for the High Priestess. I think of dark and light, death and life, opposites, and the way you know things deep inside, the progression and transformation of life is a lake within.

 

 

Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 7: Rejuvenate

March 23, 2017

Two days ago we both had some energy and felt we should go into my bedroom and build the two wardrobes we bought last September to hold all of my card decks and books. First we had to move two other bookshelves which we did, although one of the bookshelves did not fit in the corner we’d planned to put it in. Exit another shelf to make way for this bookshelf on another wall.

I had these cards all picked out but didn’t post them, but they are a good example of how we felt.

REJUVENATE – Okanagan Oracle
21 JOYFUL MIND– Lojong for the Layperson Cards
AGGRESSION – Dreaming in Color Luman Deck
CELEBRATION OF LOVE – Blessings from the Heart Oracle Cards by annie b.
THE WORLD – WATERMELON TOURMALINE – Tarot of Gemstones & Crystals

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Pretty in pink peonies with a whole bunch of other pink, joyful goodness.

The spouse went to build the first wardrobe but one of the long sides was cracked at the bottom. He called the store and they agreed to open another box and exchange this one piece. Then we had to make room somewhere else for a third bookshelf, which the second wardrobe was replacing and we made room for it in the walk-in closet after taking down a wire shelf and filling some holes in the wall.

Then, while putting decks back in the first wardrobe, I decided I needed another shelf and some wire expandable racks (originally made to hold stacks of plates in kitchen cupboards). We went to Canadian Tire and got those and some shelf paper. Then we came home and took measurements and went to Home Depot to have two white melamine shelves cut (one for each wardrobe) and buy some extra pegs for holding these shelves.

Now I’ve got to try and organize wardrobe 1 and then the spouse has to build wardrobe 2, and we have to go to another town to buy more expandable wire racks and a desk lamp.

This has spilled over into two other bedrooms where some reorganizing and shifting of furniture has to happen. So, a simple task turned into a revamp of 3 bedrooms and a walk-in closet. It’s going to take days and we are both sore all over.

Still, I feel rather heartened that we got started. After a winter where we did nothing on the house we have tackled it with aggression and feel rejuvenated.

I always wanted some Watermelon Tourmaline, but it’s so expensive. Hey, this tourmaline has Yin and Yang in one crystal, kind of like a husband and wife doing home reno projects together, balancing each other’s energy.

Right? Yeah, of course. I’m assuming the word “rejuvenate” has the same root as the word “juvenile” so I can dance around singing “You make me feel so young, you make me feel as though spring has sprung…”

Lalalala…back to work.

Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 6: Protection

March 17, 2017

If you bother me I’ll clobber you with my chestnut conkers.

PROTECTION – Okanagan Oracle
4 DRAGONFLY – MAGIC – SOUTH GUARDIAN – Wisdom of the Four Winds
SQUIRREL – PREPAREDNESS, ACTIVITY – Spirit Animals Card Deck
II – The Mystic Rubaiyat by Penelope Cline
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A flask of Wine, a Book of Verse – and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness –
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
TALL TAIL – Charley Harper Birds Postcards

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Oh no, another brown card. But wait shoppers, we have several shades of greens and golds, and chestnut, beige, and black so not just brown.

Wilderness is paradise with the planning power of squirrel and the swiftness of the road runner, the iridescence of dragonfly among reeds, a canopy of oh so many greens, and you picking up conkers for protection as you pull the sleeves of your black sweater down to keep your hands warm.

Storing energy for protection. I had a day yesterday when I pulled these cards where I sat around in my nightie and thick red sweater all day, needing a shower but wanting to snuggle under blankets and read and watch dog shows on television. A bit like Fall, the feeling of Autumn, but it’s Spring and I must go about today after my day of rest and protection, thinking green thoughts of growth and the shimmer of dragonflies in the heat.

Reeds make a good breathing tube, like a tall cactus in the desert reaches for sky.

 

 

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

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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.

Okanagan Oracle Colour Study 4: Grateful

March 15, 2017

Oh, that blue in the upper left corner! I’m not sure what this object is on the card. It looks like a drying rack, maybe for fish, I don’t know. UPDATE: It’s apparently from the Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm and according to Suzy is a “wishing tree” where people write their wishes on a ribbon and tie it to the tree/rack. Very neat!

GRATEFUL – Okanagan Oracle
WISTERIA LAMP – Curtis Freshel, leaded glass on bronze base, designed for Tiffany Studios c.1900
SERENITY – Graven Images Oracle
21. THE DESTINY OF ONE – Messenger Cards by Sandra Kunz
NITYANANDA PRABHU – DELIVERER OF THE MOST FALLEN – Gods and Goddesses Deck
QUEEN OF SWORDS – HAWK’S EYE – Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals
ELECTRICAL DISTURBANCES – Deep Sleep Deck by Chronicle Books

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The subtlety of colour in this deck is pretty good to work with. There are a lot of earthy colours, browns and taupes in many of the photographs, but small details of other colours seem to leap out at me, providing lively interest.

So, be grateful for ice and snow and blue sky peeking out from clouds. Serenity, light, lots of reflected light in ice, and The Destiny of One looks like the world spider from mythology. As an introvert, I’ve always found the concept of global oneness with all people difficult to embrace, but there it sits with circular cascades of ice: heal one and you heal all, the web binds us all.

Nityananda Prabhu is the embodiment of compassion and empathy and love for mankind, distributing the holy names of God to all. The electrical disturbances refer to electronics and not having TVs, radios, or computers in your bedroom, as they can contain radiation, and more importantly to me, way too much light, disturbing sleep cycles. Also a suggestion of being boxed in, bombarded by disturbances.

The Queen of Swords is most definitely my personal card. Yeah, she’s not embracing tonglen today, more’s the pity for her rock hard heart. The Hawk’s Eye is a blue-grey Tiger Eye in its original unoxidized form, which has quartz crystals running through it. Lustrous bands of light and sheen much like ice crystals, Hawk’s Eye is for spiritual challenges, accepting change and death, perhaps a factor for me after my Father’s death recently.

A focus today on the light of others and how pleasant it makes the world if you are open to it: gold serenity among blue skies and light.