Posted tagged ‘The Healing Deck’

Affliction, Shadow-self, and the Dog in the Car

June 16, 2017

K’OUEN – L’AFFLICTION – I Ching 47 – Exhausting (Huang translation)
SHADOW – I face my shadow-self bravely


This Page is so young, so bursting with enthusiasm. James Ricklef refers to this enthusiasm as living life like a dog in a car. That tail wagging, ready-to-go, hanging your head out the window to see what’s coming up kind of feeling.

Which is not something I’ve felt for a while since being undermined by health problems, but the Yi King card (which is in French) refers to solitude and patience as a way out of affliction. When you are exhausted sometimes the best thing is to do nothing, to be patient.

The card from The Healing Deck mentions anxiety and self-doubt that poisons relationships and weakens our resolve, hardly things this Page would feel or think. Allow your light side to triumph, but allow time, bide your time, be patient. Reflection, interior solitude, let the faiblesse, the weakness and dimness pass.

This Page wears a mask, cut from a lion apparently whose dead legs hang down from his costume. Perhaps a way of feeling good is to put on the mask and act as if you felt well, as if you were strong, and then wait in your solitude for your light side to triumph.

Database Tiptoes Through the Fabric Collage

October 12, 2015

Another of my favourite decks by Chronicle Books is The Healing Deck: 36 Affirmations for Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Wellness by Monte Farber and Amy Zerner. My first tarot deck was the Zerner Farber Tarot by these two, and I love Amy’s artwork because I love fabric and sewing.


It’s a small, charming set and I like it. Today I felt like this sort of cheery, elegant colour. Sometimes that’s the best recommendation for a deck. Good words, good art, pleasant colour: the best.


I spent 4.5 hours sewing up a cushion cover to go with the baby quilt I am making, so fabric and colour was much on my mind today and I wanted to celebrate that with these cards. I culled together some leftover quilt blocks and extra border and backing fabric and the pillow turned out lovely, it’s really going to make a good little set.

It’s a holiday here today and the weather is a warm, sunny fall day which just makes the heart glad. Plus I got something done that I needed to do.

I started a new week in my planner and found three quotes regarding procrastination that I found timely.

1) Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill. [Christopher Parker]

2) If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it. [Olin Miller]

3) Let’s make progress, not excuses. [Justin Cotillard]