Sunday Revue: 100th post!

Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

Hey check it out, this is my 100th post here!!

What worked

  • doing my shoulder exercise a lot
  • having just one or two Must Dos per day
  • making a decision about time
  • focusing on housework
  • not listening to podcasts this month has reduced my anxiety by a lot

Next time I might

  • look at my Could Dos and Must Dos every day
  • look at my Focus Page every day – I just made this up ^_^ – It’s a page listing just four things I want to focus on for this season
  • leave work when I feel a headache coming on. Just leave.

The Hard

  • ansty and angsty at work
  • some unnecessary stress on others at work is going to bleed onto everyone else
  • feeling fed up with a lot of things

The Good

  • feeling fed up with things means I’m shifting into the right mindset
  • wanting to move towards positive things rather than escape negative things
  • making a schedule change
  • yummy noms!
  • my partner and I started watching Stranger Things and I like it so far – I was convinced I should watch it from the amazing title sequence song, the first theme song that’s ever gotten me to watch a show (have a listen! For an hour, even)
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Sunday Revue: Tarot and tomatoes

Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

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What worked

  • Tarot Tarot Tarot! Recent Tarot readings have made things really clear
  • doing a simple exercise to relax my shoulders (see below)
  • entertaining the idea that I avoid people to overcompensate for having weak boundaries
  • naps, resting, not doing
  • focusing on housework
  • journaling more than usual

Next time I might

  • do a Tarot reading for every excruciating situation/problem as soon as I realize it’s a problem

The Hard

  • bored at work
  • feeling the SAD coming on (Seasonal Affective Disorder) – can’t wait for the time change!
  • needing information about X and it’s not happening yet!
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • feeling like having weak boundaries is a character flaw rather than the result of living under multiple oppressive systems

The Good

  • OMG my tomato babies have fruit!! Little adorable green fruits!
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  • feeling lighter
  • I tried something new in dance class and my students liked it
  • yummy noms
  • re-watching Over the Garden Wall – such a masterpiece of storytelling *u*

Here’s the shoulder exercise:
Stand close to a wall so your shoulder is next to the wall (you’re perpendicular to the wall, not parallel). Gently press the backs of your knuckles or fingers to the wall for 10 to 20 seconds.

During this time, you’ll feel your shoulder relax, because you’re using muscles in your back and this signals to your shoulder muscles that they’re not needed. Be sure to have equal weight on both feet, and not stretch or curve your spine – just stand straight. You can also do this sitting down and pressing your elbow or forearm against the arm of your chair, as long as your arm is hanging down.

Resting in October

I write a Monthly Passage, which I learned from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self, to let go of last month and enter the new month with intention.

What worked in September

  • naps
  • not deciding
  • dry brushing
  • writing down what I did during the day
  • lunches and dinners chart
  • Body First
  • choosing a season length of time (three months) for a Big Project
  • my analog dashboard of lists and to-dos
  • asking the Tarot what to do
  • saying no

Next time I might

  • get back to my after-work schedule, because it works
  • not question my desire
  • recognize a Should sooner
  • let things go sooner and sooner!

Qualities I want for October
Rest. Lightness. Security. Strength. REGAL.

Things I’m working on

  • not deciding – listening for the decision I’ve already made
  • being cunning and sneaky
  • cleaning house – literally

Looking forward to

  • more relaxation, more rest

Asking and hoping for

  • for the decision I’ve already made to come through
  • courage to be sovereign

I’m ready for

  • freedom from Shoulds!

My Tarot Message
The Queen of Swords (talk about REGAL):

  • courage in adversity
  • determination, willpower
  • judging fairly
  • patience
  • be more assertive
  • wisdom
  • proud
  • focused
  • structured
  • vigilance
  • trust your instincts, listen to your intuition
  • wise woman
  • compassion
  • keep a strong objective
  • communicate clearly and frankly

My Tarot resources are The Tarot DirectoryTarot Teachings, and Labyrinthos Academy.

Sunday Revue: magical resting

Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

What worked

  • not doing, not thinking, not deciding
  • resting
  • Body First
  • being present
  • recognizing that if X isn’t working for me now, it’s not going to work under times of stress
  • lunch & dinners chart

Next time I might

  • nap even more

The Hard

  • bored and sleepy at work
  • feeling generally sad
  • worried that I’m becoming too sensitive to function when there’s less sunlight

The Good

  • a wonderful Saturday
  • yummy noms
  • my partner finally made it through the worst episode of Voyager so we can move on
  • re-watching Over the Garden Wall and seeing all the foreshadowing!
  • re-reading Havi posts and e-books while I wait for her monthly article
  • got a package in the mail and it was awesome!

Sunday Revue: Safety First

Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

What worked

  • napping
  • not thinking about biz stuff
  • asking “What does my Body need right now?”
  • welcoming emotions
  • writing down my accomplishments
  • saying No

Next time I might

  • remember there is no perfect me who will Power Through times of dissatisfaction and impatience
  • remember my desire for safety is absolutely legitimate and all these biz coaches talking about “getting out there” and “get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable” don’t get to tell me what to do

The Hard

  • too much work at my job and it’s not fulfilling
  • being around people who are… gullible
  • wondering if I should believe the thing the gullible people believe (the answer is NO)
  • aches and pains
  • cat pee problems… yep
  • thinking myself in anxious circles and NOT remembering that I Have What I Need

The Good

  • if things aren’t working, that means I can make new systems to nurture myself
  • delicious noms
  • Body First took a lot of weight off my shoulders
  • did a Tarot spread on my anxious thoughts and it helped out a lot
  • two fun things coming up this week

Sunday Revue: lots of naps

Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

What worked

  • lots of naps to recoup from [good but slightly stressful thing]
  • not doing
  • being observant of my patterns
  • keep on going!
  • my analog dashboard of Could Do, Must Do, and some other to-dos

Next time I might

  • dance… I totally didn’t dance this week
  • not replace meditation with naps
  • recognize distractions sooner
  • not question my desires

The Hard

  • my right shoulder hurts : (
  • feeling bleh
  • making up shit to feel anxious about

The Good

  • yummy noms, and yummy noms in progress – I’m simmering some broth right now
  • BAMFtW progress!
  • sunny weather : )
  • my tomato plant has two flowers on it!!

Sunday Revue: just not enough

Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

What worked

  • 15 minutes WITH long hours of blogging
  • accepting that 15 minutes of a Big Project just isn’t enough for me
  • crafting much larger time containers for Big Projects – 3 months (a season)
  • letting go of other projects – rather, putting on the back burner – when they are not Big Projects

Next time I might

  • not sure, since I’m trying out something new

The Hard

  • my partner likes to buy expensive things and it makes me feel scared
  • feeling tired and bored at work
  • my right shoulder has been bothering me
  • some dance plans have fallen through

The Good

  • my partner’s first paycheck from his new job is… very good! A huge sigh of relief for money problems – I can finally replenish my savings account!
  • making excellent progress on writing art blog posts ahead of their publishing schedule : D
  • Jen Louden held a live writing session that I could attend, just in time as I get serious about my BAMFtW project

Sunday Revue: chickpeas for days!

Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

What worked

  • forgiving myself for not doing some things
  • sitting with negative feelings
  • 15-minute, 30-minute, and some 60-minute sessions of tasks
  • taking care of mail right away!
  • physical activities in the early morning on Saturday and Sunday to keep myself awake
  • leaving some tasks go for the next day so I could get to bed earlier

Next time I might

  • not forget to meditate in the evening, eep!

The Hard

  • negative feelings about X
  • too much work at my job and too-early due dates
  • when people think that things are bad Just During This Special Time, but I’m fairly sure it won’t magically get better after This Special Time
  • headaches from the weather
  • September = immediately chilly
  • dancing fell by the wayside this week and now I have stiff muscles

The Good

  • yummy noms
  • chickpeas for days! a.k.a “2 1/2 cups of dried chickpeas equals WAY MORE than 2 1/2 cups of cooked chickpeas”
  • everyone’s safety
  • my strawberry plant!
  • good progress on an art project
  • good progress on writing my art blog posts ahead of time

 

Welcome, September

I write a Monthly Passage, which I learned from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self, to let go of last month and enter the new month with intention.

What worked in August

  • 15 minutes
  • 30-30 rule (fun-housework)
  • writing down my accomplishments
  • Could Do/Must Do List, and moved it to a small notebook
  • one cup hawthorn infusion in the evening
  • planning, but flexible planning (having two to four options)
  • dinners and lunch chart!
  • saying no
  • blogging before work every day
  • deciding to reduce my art blogging
  • shrugging off all the weird things as “Whatevs, Mercury is in Retrograde”
  • sitting with my fears

Next time I might

  • reduce more and reduce sooner
  • don’t stop doing Neat Bee (Nip It In The Bud)! Everything piles up so fast when I stop Neat Bee-ing.

Qualities I want for September
Inside. Steady She Goes. Focus.

Things I’m working on

  • finishing up projects so I can start really focusing on my webcomic, aka BAMFtW
  • preparing for an unknown move date

Looking forward to

  • finishing things
  • my partner wearing snuggly sweaters : )

Asking and hoping for

  • Frankly, I need some money, because supporting myself and my partner for eight months drained my savings. I want my Redbubble store to see some sales and a raise and/or bonus at work. Other positive ways to receive money are also welcome.

I’m ready for

  • preparing and nourishing myself to make my webcomic!

Tarot Message
Even as my savings have dwindled, the cards have been reassuring me in July, August, and now September that I will be okay in the financial department. And I will, now that my partner has a job – we just have a transition period when funds are low, but we’ll make it through.

This month’s Tarot theme is The Emperor, who reminds me that I will be okay! He also represents:

  • authority
  • solidity and structure
  • manifesting creative ideas
  • realizing goals
  • focus
  • boundaries
  • strategy
  • scrutiny
  • grounding
  • inner strength
  • motivation
  • leading by example

Month of Grace
Havi says September’s Quality is Grace, which I’m looking forward to understanding, and the superpower is I Have What I Need. Yes yes, thank you!

My Tarot resources are The Tarot Directory and Tarot Teachings.

Sunday Revue: Mercury In Retrograde

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Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

What worked

  • recognizing when I’m expecting too much from myself
  • shrugging everything off as Mercury In Retrograde
  • resting and napping
  • dinners & lunches chart
  • dry brushing
  • 30-30 rule
  • reducing my art blogging even more

Next time I might

  • reduce even earlier, reduce more things

The Hard

  • having to be a chauffer
  • running low on funds
  • a lot of work with very short turnaround times
  • two weather-induced headaches : (
  • still worried about not being focused enough on the right things

The Good

  • yummy chana masala I made, from chickpeas I soaked and cooked
  • my partner’s safety
  • resting
  • I watched Moana and I thought it was really good, also I cried pretty much through the whole thing

Sunday Revue: the eclipse was cool

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Every Sunday I revue – the fun kind of review – the past week. I base this on the old style Friday Chicken from Havi’s blog at The Fluent Self.

What worked

  • sitting with my fears, some of which are for my physical safety
  • fifteen minutes of blogging every day and keeping track of this
  • writing down my accomplishments
  • having taken Friday off, which unknowingly prepared me for yesterday being crazy and exhausting
  • reminding myself Mercury is in Retrograde
  • I changed my 40-20 rule to be 30-30 to get more housework done
  • planning dinners and lunches on a chart
  • dry brushing – it’s really helped with reducing blackheads on my face

Next time I might

  • tallying up my last Tarot Feature time – 7.5 hours for research, writing, and selecting images – I decided to reduce my art blog posts for the rest of the year, and breathed a huge sigh of relief
  • stop worrying about my 10.15 bedtime – which I never hit anyway – and try going to bed when I’m tired, which will probably be earlier than 10.15

The Hard

  • driving on the highway four times yesterday, when the last time I drove on the highway was over a year ago
  • worries about dying
  • worries that I’m focusing on the wrong things – they’re good things but they’re not The Thing I want to be my Legacy

The Good

  • my partner got his car fixed
  • my day off was nice : )
  • yummy noms! I’ve been making one meal a week from Good and Cheap and they’ve all been delicious
  • I got to see the eclipse! It was cooooool

Tarot Feature: I Tarocchi di Vetro

(crossposted at Sketch by Sketch)

There is so much going on with the gorgeous, intriguing I Tarocchi di Vetro by Elizabetta Trevisan. Today I’ll talk about:

  • The Art Itself
  • Unusual Symbolism
  • Names of the Deck
  • Printing History

The Fool

The Art Itself
This is one of the most distinctive, beautiful, and well-composed decks I’ve ever seen. Rendered in tempera and pastels, the effect is that of stained glass. The overall style, in my opinion, is a blend of Art Nouveau and Art Deco – the human and animal figures are realistic and have soft shadows as in Art Nouveau, but the rest of the elements are geometric and sharp like Art Deco. The pip cards (1 through 10) have no people and so emphasize geometry more. You will find yourself tracing the dynamic lines and swirls over and over with your eyes.

The Hermit

While you are doing this, you will discover the clever ways zodiac symbols and the symbols for the suits fit into the compositions. I especially like how the Queen of Chalice’s throne is a chalice.

Queen of Chalices

Unusual Symbolism
One of the first things you’ll notice is that the suits have unusual elemental associations. Typically,

  • swords = air
  • cups = water
  • wands = fire
  • coins = earth

In this deck:

  • swords has primarily water imagery with air as a secondary element
  • chalices (cups) seems to suggest both water and air – like a lake environment in the summertime, with lily pads floating on water while dragonflies zip above the surface
  • wands feature fire but tree imagery frequently overtakes the fire in prominence
  • pentacles are earth (no change there)

Knave (Page) of Swords

These differences exist because the Minors of this deck are based on designs by Eudes Picard. Many of the Majors are influenced by Oswald Wirth’s Arcana of the Cabbalistic Tarot, which is itself a modified version of the foundational Tarot of Marseilles.*

Wirth on the left, Tarocchi di Vetro on the right

Picard on the left, Tarocchi di Vetro on the right

The Minors (pips) may at first look like they’re devoid of meaning, but if you look closely, you’ll see helpful symbols.

Three of Wands

Some Minors are nearly identical, though

Also, you may notice that the kings age as you progress through Swords, Chalices, Wands, and Pentacles, which is pretty cool. I don’t know what it means, but I like it.

Ageing Kings

Names of the Deck

This deck has been marketed as “The Crystal Tarots” but that’s an inaccurate translation of the original Italian “I Tarocchi di Vetro”. I’m learning Italian and while I’m no expert, I have learned that “vetro” means “glass” – not “crystal”. Maybe a marketing person thought “crystal” would appeal to the New Age audience.

“Tarots” in the plural sounds weird to English speakers but is accurate because “tarocchi” is plural in Italian. There is also a singular word, “tarocco”, and I admit I’m not sure which to use. There are many decks out there called “Tarocco Whatever” and “Tarocchi di Whatever”. If anyone has some insight on this, please leave a comment!

The Empress

Printing History

Trying to find out when all the editions were printed is like squeezing blood from a turnip while trying to pull the turnip’s teeth. (…It’s really hard.) I used WorldCat, Tarot Garden, the Aeclectic Tarot forums, and Albideuter.de for help.

  • The deck started out Majors-only, possibly as early as 1987.
  • According to Albideuter.de, images from the Majors-only deck appeared on the covers of Lo Scarebo’s catalog from 1987-1994, but I haven’t been able to verify this.
  • At some point, Lo Scarebo published an Edizione d’Arte (Art Edition) on large cards with only Italian labels, which was one of many in a series. I don’t know how many cards this deck has. It may have been the first edition.
  • 1995: Lo Scarebo published the 78-card deck, with labels in several European languages; the High Priestess image is reversed for some reason.
  • 1996 and 1998: U.S. Games Systems published the 78-card deck.
  • 2002: Lo Scarebo published 78-card deck with five Majors printed in reverse (High Priestess, Hierophant, Chariot, Judgement, and the World) – the World being kind of a problem given that the four corners have specific symbols for them. There’s no explanation for this – it was probably a mistake.

The World, reversed

Again, any insights you can provide about the printing history would be great for comments, thank you!

This deck is gorgeous and a wonderful addition to any collection. If you’re used to Rider-Waite-Smith or its many derivatives, though, you may have initial difficulties with the pip cards. But it’s worth it because they’re so beautiful!

Here are the rest of my favorites:

The Hanged Man

The Stars (usually singular “Star”)

The Moon

Four of Pentacles

Queen of Wands

Back of the cards

Links for Tarocchi di Vetro:

*Interestingly, the Universal Wirth Tarot, by the same publisher (Lo Scarebo), used this same Wirth + Picard combination over a decade after I Tarocchi di Vetro was produced. I wonder how many decks are out there with this combo.