Tarot Talk: It’s looking Swordsy

I did a little informal intention setting for the new year that I wanted to get serious aboutTarot Talk updated doing my daily card drawings and I’ve been doing pretty well.  I got myself another Fools Dog ap which helps because sometimes lately, digital is all I’ve got the energy for.  The two decks I use most in Ap form are the Ostara Tarot and the Tarot of the Hidden Realm.  I also have both of them in physical format as well.

And MAN, all this week SWORDS.  I use yellow in my tarot journal to indicate swords/air andScreenshot 2018-01-10 13.51.17 the whole week is yellow.

I had the seven of swords twice in a row this week, from different decks even.  And then this morning I drew the Ten of swords.  Yikes.  I’m pretty sure the ten came up expressing my frustration around an incident where an “Ally” acted like an uneducated person and I was pretty much on the spot to speak up for all queer people (which happens a lot).  I felt a little 10 of swordsy.  Literally wrote in my notebook:  “TFW when you gotta educate the “Allies”.  Fucking Tired.”  This was around trans issues and I’m a cis person.  I can’t even imagine how frustrated and tired my trans friends must feel around this crap.  Sending so much love.

Screenshot 2018-01-10 13.51.23In other, more fun news. I’ve been holing up in my studio and Quilting All The Things!  Tarot card mats have come off the machine recently.  Last year I took an online class in watercolor quilting and I’ve finally gotten around to trying out the new skill.

You can see the pretty watercolors in the background of today’s 10 of Swords draw.  You paint the fabric with this fabric paint/dye and after it dries you use free motion quilting to outline the color shapes.  I’m crazy into it right now.  I have a few more squares of fabric to paint up and then I’ll probably have a few more mats to show you.

IMG_5389I got inspired by another reader on IG and I made a simple three card layout mat as well.  I took a bunch of more ‘curated’ photos of it and then I decided to share this long shot with you.  Fighting that, everything must look perfect vibe.  I did light a pretty candle here, but in the background you can see my hexie paper punch, my wife is painting with water colors over on the left, and the leftovers from a D&D gaming session cover the far end of the table.  Is it Instagram Perfect Beautiful?  Nope, but does it work?  Sure does.  Sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got.  And sometimes that’s a messy dining room table or a sink full of dishes because I spent more time at the sewing machine than I did with a sponge.  #RealLife 🙂

Love to you all in the new year.  May your 2018 be Beautiful and Creative.

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Weekly Readings

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I’m coming at you on the tail end of working two back to back 12.5 hour shifts so these links could be a little squirrelly.  And don’t ask me how many attempts it took to correctly write these two sentences, because it’s a little embarrassing.

I’ve been all about the quilting lately, the bug bit me and it hasn’t let go yet.  I’m a quilting machine when I’m not eating or sleeping.  I want to try making some new more fancy zippered tarot pouches but I’m not sure what I want them to look like.

What do you look for in a tarot pouch?  Room for just the cards?  Cards and some crystals?  A notebook pocket?  Let me know.

But you NEED to see these Resistance Quilts by Completely Cauchy.  The one made in Honor of Eric Garner is a punch in the gut.  As it should be.  Also her Give a Fuck quilt block series is damn cool.

 Not your spirit animal: Cultural appropriation, misinformation, and the Internet.

Like most things on the internet, however, this is not only wrong but extremely offensive. The culturally-appropriative way that the term “spirit animal” is used in everyday speech is extremely harmful and so casual that most people don’t even think twice about it.

The reason why the term spirit animal has risen to popularity on the Internet is because it’s so easily understood. What people are saying is that they like this thing a lot and that makes them happy. It’s that simple. Using “spirit animal” is a short hand that shows how into something they are.

The problem is that the continued use of the phrase is a part of the cultural appropriation of Indigenous culture that seeks to commodify and erase the realities of Indigenous people.

Sunday Sewing

wooly-thoughtsIt’s a quiet Sunday at our house, which is a nice change for us, these past few weekends have been sort of rough with all our plumbing nightmares and other assorted stresses.  Thankfully we’ve got all new pipes down in the basement, the toilet is flushing and everything is draining.  I never quite realized just how nice it was to have running water until suddenly we were without it.  Very first world of me, I know.  I’m just very grateful for the repair technicians and the new pipes, even if the bill is a little frightening.  I’m just going to make one more wee plug for my Tarot Bags that you can purchase or if you’d like some guidance you can book a reading with me!

gameI had friends over for game night on Friday night.  My wife and I are playing halfling identical twins and other friends are playing a druid and a giant bear.  We found some ancient ruins and a little treasure and then found a baby dragon that I tried to befriend.  It did not go well and a magical dragon lady took the baby dragon off with her.

It’s always such a fun time, relaxing time with friends where we laugh, kill monsters, and work together to solve puzzles.  I got to use my climbing skills to get our party across a pit with spikes at the bottom.

aaWe spent yesterday sewing, quilting, and baking cupcakes and filling them with lemon curd and then we drove to a cemetery a few towns over where the person my wife role plays for Strawbery Banke is buried.  It was pretty neat to find the headstone of the actual woman she’s portraying for work.

Later today we’re heading over to my wife’s parents’ house for dinner and this morning I slept in a little bit and hung some quilts on the walls at my house.  I worked on a post about my Tarot reading space (it’ll go up on Monday) and I did some laundry.  It’s been really peaceful and lovely.  And right now I’m sitting in my studio with a lavender scented candle that smells amazing.  Out my window I can see a gorgeous sunny day and our rainbow flag is billowing in the wind out in front of our cozy little house.  I’m feeling really lucky and happy.

I hope you’re all feeling the same.

Wooly Wednesday

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You guys, I have been SO SICK for the last few weeks!  It’s been just a cold, but I have asthma so for me, just a cold turns into this interminable coughing jag that lasts forever!  Poor me 😉

But what that means is that I’ve been out of work a handful of days and I’ve spent those days making things!  I picked up quilting and I just cannot stop making quilts!!

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My gramma, who passed away January of last year, was an avid and accomplished quilter.  She made so many quilted things in her life.  I have a quilt that she made for me when I went to college and so do my brothers.  And while she was alive, I liked her quilts, thought that they were beautiful, but I had no real interest in making one myself.

I inherited a bunch of her fabric and her quilting books after she passed last year and I’ve just suddenly got the quilting bug.  My gramma, when she was alive, could be a little bit difficult at times, and towards the end when she was struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia it was tough.  For me, this sudden surge in QUILT ALL THE THINGS, is giving me a way to remember her with more fondness and less difficulty.  It feels rather like an inheritance in and of itself.  As though she’s given me this ability, passing it on to me even after she’s passed.

After all, I have her books and some of her fabric.

I’m having so much fun making things.  So, thanks, gramma.

Weekly Readings

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How to be of Service  In spiritual communities, it’s often believed that at your lowest point, to be of service to someone else can turn your entire situation around. That looking past our own suffering for ways to alleviate the suffering of someone else is a key to happiness and fulfillment.
No time like the present to test the theory, right?

Use Your Words: how speech can shape the revolution.

A new tarot spread from Asali Earthwork about transitioning from Winter to Spring.

Also from Asali: Ritual and Honey for casting away.

What I’m knitting: Eternal Spring socks: because everyone needs some red lacey socks!
What I’m playing: Lego Jurassic World (SO FUN)
What I’m eating: I’m experimenting with meal replacement bars because I’ve been making lots of terrible eating choices and my health is suffering because of it.  These are helping me keep my blood sugar in check.
What I bought: All the unicorn related sock yarns!  From the Lemonade Shop and Sheepy Fibers.
What I’m learning: how to quilt!  I found a craftsy class I liked and I’ve sewn a simple patchwork quilt top!  Then I went on to make a wee pieced block.  It turned out all wrong and wonky, but I learned!  Who knew you had to add on seam allowances?   Well, I would have if I’d read the instruction section 😉  Sometimes I have too much Swords (I-know-how-to-do-it-already!) energy and not quite enough earthy Pentacles (let’s-read-the-instructions-first) energy.  I’m great at starting and less great at finishing.  Did I mention that my sewing machine wasn’t working and I figured out how to fix it all by myself?  Pretty proud of that little feat 🙂