Karma Gets the Joke of the Wild Rider

Here’s a strange little juxtaposition for a Sunday morning: the Karma Oracle and Simon Drew’s Preposterous Playing Cards.

I only got 6.5 hours of sleep, thus my weird thoughts of using two odd decks together began when I was reflecting on cards while trying to sleep.

I bought the Karma Oracle many years ago when I became interested in Hindu mythology and literature due to buying The Gita Deck. This oracle is a small deck with only 33 cards and a short booklet. The first series of cards depicts gods, while the second series has animals often associated with particular gods, and the third series is about objects and symbols. In the Hindu pantheon, gods often hold objects, like Shiva and his trident, which are part of the recognition of each god or particular avatar of a god.

ACE OF HEARTS – Prawn to be wild


Oh, my old friend Sarasvati! I did a small study of the various Sarasvati cards that I own which you can see here.

The goddess of wisdom, she is patron of the arts, so some sense of creativity today. The booklet talks about accepting what you have become even if it doesn’t match your standards of beauty or perfectionism. My dissatisfaction is attachment to what I used to be, or in my case what I used to be able to do. Being different does not mean being ugly. Something vital for me to remember.

Take up the brush or pen and forget what is bothering you. If it’s not perfect, tomorrow there will always be something you will do better than today.

And the Ace of Hearts is funny because we don’t expect to see shrimp riding motorcycles. It doesn’t bother him though, he just wants to be wild for one day, to forget for one day, to ride with the wind in his face and the air and trees around him, going somewhere, for one day.

A very kindly person sent me some information on different art supplies she thought I might like. While I couldn’t get them all, I can get a set of 24 Derwent Drawing pencils which are supposed to be soft and have quite a different lay down than regular coloured pencils. While there I will add the value scale and kneaded eraser I’ve needed for some time. I have been thinking about it for a couple of days just to make sure and read reviews. I like to be sure, so this week I will try and get them along with a Strathmore Toned Art Journal with grey paper. The only Strathmore paper I’ve ever had is a pad of their Windpower Bristol board so I am keen to try the coloured paper out. I am also getting a pad of Canson C à Grain paper to try out. I don’t have access to many choices in art paper.

Sarasvati gave me the okay.

Happy Sunday everyone!



Saraswati is Flowing

It’s that kind of day, full of mythology and music. I was speaking to someone about the Muses and the tie-in to creativity. The Muses I discovered through my card collection and subsequent purchases of attendant books.

Someone then mentioned the Hindu goddess Saraswati (also spelled Sarasvati), and how she is linked to libraries, learning, science, and music. Naturally I had to explore my deck collection to find her. I’ve seen her many times and never made the connection, but in thinking about her in relation to Greek mythology and the Muses she leaps out at me, she is a muse.

I wondered why Saraswati is sometimes depicted with a peacock and sometimes a swan. According to my book Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend it is a hamsa not a swan. The hamsa is a goose (Anser indicus) also known as the bar-headed goose, and is often translated as “swan.” Brahma rides a hamsa, and Saraswati is his wife so that’s probably why she is sometimes shown with a hamsa.

I like the peacock myself and it reminds me of The Chariot that I recently discussed when exploring attractive cards in the new Tarot of Pagan Cats deck.

I scanned these in and then left them sitting in a row on my ironing board in an effort to change the vibe in my mind. Because of her association with music, every time I heard a song on the radio that I liked I made a note of it to see if there were videos at YouTube for them.

Here is another piece of music I’ve been wanting to track down for ages. This is so hauntingly beautiful it makes me sick. Yeah, one of those. I don’t usually like ballad type songs but this is an instrumental that has an edge to it. It’s so hauntingly sad.

Stoner Hill by Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band

I’ve heard this next one a couple of times on the radio. It’s one of those things where you head snaps up and you think “What is THAT?” This fellow is from Hawaii, quite an imposing man. I didn’t realize he was dead, he died from his obesity. It seems the world discovered Iz after he died. What a loss. This song was released in 1993 and has been featured in movies, but it’s new to me. Yowza, it’s a big wide world full of music I’ve never heard. If this doesn’t make you cry, you are dead.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Farmer’s Trust by Pat Metheny

Well, it’s Pat, the man that brought me back to jazz.

I thought The Moon Song he did on an album with Charlie Haden was great too. Oh man, this takes me back to 1999. I used to listen to this over and over. It’s one of the most beautiful pieces of music in the wonderful world. Just keep playing it over and over and look out at the night sky.

The extreme beauty of music at 2 a.m.

Saraswati is flowing.