That Poor Kitty with the Bad Leg

This card is always a bit fraught and sad, but with the cats depicted, particularly the small one with the bandaged leg, it seems even more poignant.



Maybe about feelings of lack and feelings that no one cares? We all get in that rut I expect, but often outsiders can’t help anyway, it’s just something you have to get through.

Also, are you really suffering or is it all in your mind? Failing to see positive things in your surroundings can bring on this feeling. A good way out is to just start doing something, and putt along building momentum. Self-esteem, inner impoverishment, a good day for feeding the soul with happy music and books.

The card reminds me that I’m tired of snow and would like to get out in the garden. There IS a slow momentum, a feeling of weariness with snow at this time of year.




Muddy Legs

I have several of the Lark 500 series of books that show wonderful photographs of handmade things. While looking through a Lark book on 1000 handmade glass beads, I got a bit sad remembering all my beading projects and necklaces that I haven’t touched for two or three years. I was discussing it with a friend and she said it could be the “been there/done that” syndrome or it could just be that ill health and house repairs took my attention and energy. I seem to be drowning in ennui and insomnia and can barely lift my hands to make my weekly sketch.

While sorting the Tarot of Pagan Cats into piles preparatory to drawing a card, I thought about this as a question about what’s going on.



The first thing that occurred to me is how small children have oodles of energy and can tire mothers out. Wands are fire energy, lots of hot energy, often related to creativity and passion.

Maybe Queenie is trying to spur me to action? I feel like I’m moving through mud in slo-mo, like I’ve lost my innate energy. She could signify someone trying to help me, I don’t know. I used to have inexhaustible supplies of creative thought and ideas, I miss that fire. I feel that these two cats are looking at me, waiting for me to say something. Or do something.

I drag my leg up from the mud and put it down in front of me. Heavy with mud.


Demeter and the Four of Three

I picked a card from the Experimental Tarot and then thought I’d grab the card from the other three decks I have down here and do a comparison.



The Experimental card reflects all cultures, a global Empress, which ties in nicely to the way I think of this card being about leadership. Apart from the leadership and guidance involved in motherhood, the Empress to me does not necessarily mean Big Mom, but a mother to the world, a leader, someone who rules wisely.

Big Mom as a Persian cat with gambolling kittens in the Tarot of Pagan Cats, gets back to that pregnant Empress vision that I don’t really like but she IS regal and looks wise. Fertility is also about ideas not just physical fertility and this cat looks like she is pondering a great mystery.

The Sacred Sites Tarot shows Demetra (a.k.a. Demeter) and the Eleusinian mysteries, the rites tied to worship of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. They were secret rites and this reminds me of the Empress being self-contained and able to keep a secret as you would expect from a good ruler.

The Sorcerer’s Tarot shows the big heart of the Empress, her ability to take care of others. Sort of a practical woman, she knows she’s going to have to kiss that frog to get her Prince, but what of it? One has to do what one has to do to rule the kingdom wisely.

For today I think of overseeing, taking care of the home and others, being slow to act and thinking about things first, weighing the options. It also reminds me that my friend’s Mum is ill, so I think of her and how mothers can keep to themselves in order not to worry people, and how when they are sick, the home just doesn’t feel the same.

Get well, we are thinking about you here.



Ace of Pentacles/Coins Across Decks

I saw in my statistics page that someone had come to my site searching for images of the Ace of Coins. I thought to myself that this might make an excellent study.

Danger, danger, hours later after searching through dozens of decks and scanning, adjusting, rotating and labelling in Photoshop, I’m a bit punchy. When you’re in a funk, nothing helps like a bit of sorting, categorization, and organization. This was more than a bit, but hey it made for a keenly interesting day.

Dealing mostly with the Rider-Waite model (here used in the Universal Waite deck) I decided that there were three kinds of imagery with this card: the classic “hand of God” approach; the figurative approach related to the theme like in the Golden Tarot; and the pattern and shape decorated or changed similar to a pip in transformation playing cards, like in this marvelous Ace of Pentacles in the Sun and Moon.

In this study I am ignoring the figurative approach, and looking more at the other two.






I don’t see too many people using the Fradella deck but it’s one of my favourites.

















I’ve talked about that Universal Fantasy card before, it reminds me so much of an old brooch.

So that’s it, about 8 hours of work and 39 decks!



This Ain’t No Disco, This Is L.A.

Daily Draw February 3rd, 2012

All I wanna do is have some fun
I got a feeling I’m not the only one

I was giving my CDs that I burned with iTunes stuff a spin this morning. I mailed off the one I made for my sister with Sheryl Crow’s All I Wanna Do on it which is not really my sister’s thing but I juxtaposed it with Rosemary Clooney, so that makes it okay!

Absolutely okay space rangers.



The spouse and I had a sandwich as a treat for Friday lunch and were laughing about the brain fog men seem to exhibit at home in comparison to the wünderkind persona they exhibit at work. Some sort of biological downtime switch affects the male brain at home, we are convinced. He even acknowledged this himself.

We were having a chuckle because for the second time in three days he sat there puzzling and puzzling over one of the iTunes songs I downloaded. Was it Pat Metheny? Nope. I could see the gears working until he went over and read the insert for the disc. It was Radiohead’s Everything In Its Right Place. Three days ago he went through a similar enactment of puzzlement over the same song. Earth to Jack, your ship has docked in the fog.

The Two of Cups is often about deep relationships and affection and love. Universal love and joy and laughter and goofing around. I got a feeling I’m not the only one.

Cornflower Juxtapositions

Daily Draw January 17th, 2012

I must rename this Juxtaposition Month.

Aaaaagh, I can’t get the top off my jar of gel medium!!!! So forging on, I re-jigged the wish list at iTunes for the 50th time. I am a very careful shopper as it’s not often I get $25 to spend. I will take action soon, but I’m deciding between the last three. Smalltown Boy is battling it out with Tell Me a Bedtime Story. Jimmy says “Pick me, pick me!”

“Disparate musical taste” describes that one nicely I think.



It’s my card! Wheee, today she is razoring through lists, swishing her tail and taking her time, letting the bean-counting mass of goo in her head work it out subconsciously while she enjoys watching bright things flying around her.

We are communicating today, we can talk to all species, even the ones we eat. Our sword is tempered by butterflies and we are on our comfy blankie under the bluest of blue skies, smelling the grass and cornflowers.

As we look off in the distance, we see something good coming. We are the Queen of Destiny.


The Non-Polarized Kitten in the Cup

Daily Draw January 16th, 2012

My cat woke me up at 3:30 and I’m still awake at 4:30. What better thing to do than draw a card? Oh wait, perhaps we could do some fancy double photo corners to enable us to set a piece of Canson Mi-Teintes paper into the old sketchbook over the gessoed bit?

I like this clean, elegant look next to those shapes next door.


Now what to do on that pristine surface? I’ve been in a ruined architecture kind of mood so I might look for a reference photo—I’ll just browse in general and see if something strikes me, then I can do a big, scrawly mess of it on this pastel paper.



Gee, I don’t think I have ever drawn so many cups in a week.

When I bought this deck, I wrote a fellow cat and tarot lover to tell him in case he might be interested. He wasn’t, and made some disparaging remark about what was next the Pagan Christian Cats Something Something Tarot. I was a wee bit hurt to have my enthusiasm shot down but I never was politically correct with his crowd so I just forged on. This is not my favourite deck but it does have remarkably nice illustrations of cats.

So, another cups card and the 6 of Cups again. It’s a nostalgia kind of day. I like that the young kitten is exploring. Mom is looking back on her own youth and vitality and recapturing that via the youngster. I don’t have children so shall consider this a nod to happy exploration in a homey setting. Oooh, Mom has the polarity of her colour points but the kitten is a tabby where black and white are all mixed up—no polarity. This is an attribute of youth that I might be nostalgic for.