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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

More on Tarot

I mentioned how many different versions of Tarot cards there are... There are also other kinds of divination cards that may or may not strictly speaking be called Tarot. A deck that someone read for me once was quite different. It was at the Rainbow Gathering in Washington's Okanagon region about 20 years ago. They were called Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards. The cards are square, and divided diagonally each way to form 4 quarters, each full of symbols. When they are laid out side by side,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Speaking of Tarot...

The Tarot cards come in many forms but basically the same format: the 'minor arcana' which are the basic suits that looks like a playing-card deck but with the addition of the Page, before the Knight of each suit; the 'major arcana' which is comprised of 22 individually named cards. The minor cards are generally interpreted as matters, events, and influences affecting the daily life, the present lifetime of the subject. Staves or Wands (clubs in the playing deck) focus on life itself; Hearts are... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Reading the Cards

There is a new blogger in our midst, who is focusing her writing on the Tarot. I read the cards years ago, finding I had the knack when I was in college, around the age of 18. The classic deck, the one called the Waite Deck, was designed in the 1800s with medieval images and symbols. There are many decks: Some are new artistic renderings of the classic symbols, others are based on other symbologies. Each card is a picture and each picture... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

In the end, nothing material is real.

Imagine what we'd think if we watched a monkey in the zoo going to extraordinary lengths to get control of all the bananas. Grabbing all the bananas it can, snatching them from other monkeys, using tricks to get them and hide them, biting anyone who tries to take one, or keep one... Fear of future hunger drives this distorted mentality that is blind and deaf to anyone else's needs or happiness. It is an illness, a dysfunction, and it applies to all kinds of fears rooted in s urvival: animal... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Pass/Fail Test

RPresta's previous comment leads to expanding in this direction from my previous post in this blog. Passing the tests of Reality means, at least, more sense of connection, 'one-ness' with Reality, the Divine, The Universe... however one defines that. When we 'go with the flow' of how things really are, we aren't fighting the current, we are making gentle progress. We have the option to use the easy flow to increase our own progress--like walking along the conveyer-walk in the airport to get... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

To feel, to think, to understand...

Feelings are all very well, very important to being human and living among other people. Empathy is feeling, love is feeling, faith is feeling. Feelings are from deep down among our subconscious beliefs and desires; feelings are how the body communicates with the mind, how it reports on its current state of experience, especially when it likes or dislikes intensely! Reason, rationality, analysis, logic all derive from thinking, from consciously considering what we consciously observe about the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Speaking of New Zealand...

Another thing that makes New Zealand kinda wonderful is a spiritual aliveness that permeates the country. When Europeans arrived with intent to stay and colonize, they met the Maori. The Maori (pronounced like 'cowrie') were not quiet folk like the original Australians or the first Americans who were first met by Europeans arriving on those shores. The Maori are a fierce people who welcome newcomers with the haka, a loud, body-slapping, face-making, weapon-waving dance that says, "Welcome, New... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 6, 2016


We have been operating for so long on such simplistic notions of how the world works, what other animals and even things are and can do... When we traded in instinct for intellect, maybe we also lost a sense of the connectedness of everything, of the wonderful intricacy of all that connectedness. That's what was left behind in the Garden of Eden, along with being provided for, with not having to be responsible for our own lives and livelihood: that sense and the sensation of being part of it... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Stuff and Nonsense

Once again, a person defining herself by her religion has prefaced her remarks to me on FB with, "I don't expect you to understand where I am coming from..." For some reason, I feel quite insulted by this phrasing. Her worldview, as she calls it, is easily encompassed by mine and I know just where hers settles in its own place in the Bigger Picture. There are many similar coves and mountain tops and plains and landscapes, all part of that borderless, multi-dimensional infinite Cosmic Jigsaw... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pretty much this...

It isn't far off my own concept of life and being human and why we are here and how It all works... In fact, it is simpler than mine, so maybe truer. It will make sense to anyone who has progressed far enough to even consider the question. If it doesn't, that's all right, too. Sign in to see full entry.

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