I did a little informal intention setting for the new year that I wanted to get serious about 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 and 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.
In 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.
I 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.