Cheese is Ephemeral Next to the Suffering of Cows

Up at 3 a.m. again. I went back on the vegan diet yesterday and my inflammation went down quite a bit, so I must realize that I have to change the way I eat permanently. I was getting anxiety about making an evaluation appointment with a physiotherapist so I put that on simmer for a time.

Now I have an infection in my right thumb. Really, I have to laugh. I should change my name to “The Polysporin Kid” and be done with it. I think my body needs a hug.

17 – STAR


I rarely get the Star, but this seems peaceful and full of light today: radiance and hope for the future.

I once had a blue budgie named Puffin. She was a crabby bird—poor little soul, we woke up one day and she was dead on the floor of the cage and her companion Welly, our first budgie, had to sit with her until we found her. Welly stood for “Wellington Boot” (a nod to Billy Connolly’s Welly Boot Song.) He was a cheery, lovely, green bird but I’ve always felt I let him down, I find it hard to think of him. Over the years I’ve had numerous cats and dogs and these two birds and I often feel I let them down.

Ah dear, down the memory lane of pets. Two days ago I was racing through a mystery book, and having been fed twice, my cat Stitch flaked out on a pillow on my lap and stayed there for three hours. He was absolutely out of it. I felt so close to him, it was nice, as he is not too robust these days and tends to worry himself and get agitated over eating due to his inflammatory bowel disease. I had a flannel blankie over him so he didn’t get a chill. He was happy and safe and loved, so peaceful compared to how skittery he has been.

I’ve been hugging all my pets more this week, with feelings of closeness and unity. There is a hint of spirituality with this card, the feeling of connection to all animals.



Good News Across the Stars

Daily Draw July 29th, 2012

16 – STAR

This is one of my new Lenormand decks, the Piatnik No. 1941 which in this case is numbered 194115, and the 15 I assume is the edition number. I have to find a shorthand way of referring to this, so I think I’ll just call it the Piatnik Lenormand. I could call it the FPS Lenormand because of the FPS icon on each each card in the upper right, for Ferdinand Piatnik and Sons, but I like the plain Piatnik designation.

A Letter means good news from afar, a letter or document, so perhaps aliens from the stars will contact me? The Star is a sign of good fortune, so that’s…well…good.

A good day all around. I love that peaceful landscape in the Star card.

Shipments Arrive on a Star

Daily Draw July 3rd, 2012

I did not have a good day yesterday, I seem to be sinking again in spirit and I can’t figure out why. Anyway, today three books came via UPS, and the bird book is absolutely breathtaking. I also received the Judith Bärtschi Lenormand, complete with its German book. I don’t find German as easy to translate as French or Italian but I do love a bit of a challenge. The book is very nicely done with colour reproductions of the cards.

I also received the delightful Blue Dog Rose Tarot by Nakisha Elsje VanderHoeven, and I am almost at the point where I can spell her name without looking. The cards are separated as they come off the sheet, so I had to put them in order which was a bit dicey on the Majors. Batting a thousand for my lack of memory on card order after X, I did manage them all except I mixed up Temperance and the Tower. How shockingly bad of me. I must remember that the Tower comes after the Devil and Temperance before. As you can guess, there are no Roman numerals or numbers on the Majors. I love it though, it’s like a puzzle.

I particularly liked Chained Dog as The Hanged Man—how apt. And for my friend Steve, I knew he’d get a kick out of the blue budgie being the Star, since he just rescued a blue budgie in the garden and called her Ariel. Because of the radiant light, the budgie does look rather angelic.

So that’s my card of the day.


Hope and radiance and the future, with a dash of help and acceptance.


Raven Light, Sheerie Light

Daily Draw March 20th, 2012

I had to take a break although I drew a postcard at home yesterday which was another Susan Seddon Boulet print called Raven’s Love of Light done in oil pastel, ink and pencil.

This reminded me of holding the light of my dying dog close to me.

And here she is sunning herself in the garden two days ago; an old and wise soul.

Yesterday I had the surprise of my life when a package came in the mail for me from my friend Steve. You picked the right day Stever, I needed a pick-me-up.

He sent me a delightful I Ching deck and the Tarot of the Celtic Fairies deck. I love my folklore and mythology so I was delighted at all the characters and atmosphere in this deck. I spent some time putting the cards in order and then going through the booklet, and today I spent some time separating the cards into piles and shuffling them out of order before my draw.


This is a deceptive Sheerie using false stars to lure people to their doom! Mwuahahaha. So I got out my books on Celtic mythology and another book on fairies to have a rummage. Not surprisingly, I can’t find any entries. Aha, on the Internet they refer to it as a Water Sheerie which is in one of my books and is apparently the Irish term for a Will o’ the Wisp, the light that shines over marshes, often attributed to bog fairies, and the English term for this is Jack o’ Lantern, from which the Halloween pumpkin is named. Sometimes the lights are helpful but more often malicious. I think Tolkien drew on this legend when describing marshes in The Return of the King. Frodo doesn’t listen to avoid the lights, tsk, tsk.

Wikipedia has a huge page of folklore regarding this phenomenon.

So today, he is beckoning into the dark paths of depressive reflection, but I must resist. While tempting to slog through the gloom chasing after lights of the past, I must get on.