Tarot Feature: Tarot of Trees

(crossposted at Sketch by Sketch)

I love Dana Driscoll’s Tarot of Trees – so vibrant! Also I love trees.

Driscoll says that she started the project because she couldn’t find a Tarot deck that really spoke to her, so she decided to make her own. She painted the images in watercolor, acrylic, and ink – you can definitely see the watercolor in the winter skies of the pentacles. The original paintings were four by five-and-a-half inches and took a bit over a year to make. Head on over to her Process page to see several in-progress photos of the Three of Swords – I like how she builds up the background.

The deck comes in two forms: a physical one and as an app made by The Fool’s Dog, an app company specializing in Tarot.

Below are some of my favorite cards.

The Fool

The High Priestess

The Moon

The World

Page of Swords

Ten of Wands

Nine of Pentacles

Page of Pentacles

Queen of Pentacles

Sunday Revue: lots of angst

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

  • journaling
  • repeating “Next Indicated Step” to myself
  • Oasis

Next time I might

  • heed the voice that says not to discuss something with my partner
  • keep going with the Next Indicated Step, don’t question it, just go

The Hard

  • questioning my Next Indicated Step and crying a lot
  • getting frustrated really quickly
  • being fueled by desperation instead of love
  • feeling bored at work
  • I’ve kind of done the opposite of what I should have for my sprouts – I planted them too deep, over-watered, and didn’t think to move them away from the windows at night ^^;;

The Good

  • being a plant mom!
  • more sprouts came up – I think all the ones that will come up have done so, and I’m glad it’s not too many
  • the sprouts that have survived are the strongest!
  • my partner has been very encouraging about a new idea
  • I’ve picked up genealogical research after a hiatus and lots of new records have been digitized in the meantime

Sunday Revue: beginnings

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

  • welcoming all emotions and desires
  • journaling
  • following signs
  • using my nubby ball

Next time I might

  • realize my monsters have more than just one tactic to keep me from uncomfortable zones

The Hard

  • Is the dentist’s office not one of the. most. “Be a Good Girl” places in modern life?
  • perky people can really drain the energy out of me
  • wavering between so many options
  • money makes decisions very difficult
  • my partner’s emotional baggage made it difficult for him to comfort me
  • I forgot I can comfort myself
  • getting more evidence that “story of my life” stuff is actually true when I don’t want it to be true!

The Good

  • I’m a plant mom!!!!! More on this later!
  • possibilities and Yay I Get To Begin Again!
  • I cooked my first Indian dish, a masala omlette, even though I didn’t have all the ingredients – and it was yummy
  • my shoulder loosened up a lot
  • Havi published her April post and two ideas really stood out to me:

You are a jewel … and you need a better setting

yoga told me that I am a BODY OF WATER.

  • I left my first comment on the Oasis! It was in response to a question about what clothes make us feel good, and I said:

I’m a long-time lurker but your invitation to talk about clothes has lured me out! I feel great about myself when wearing swishy A-line skirts and dresses, collared blouses, lots of rings, big earrings. I love wearing Vibram toe shoes in warm weather because it’s like wearing no shoes at all – I feel rooted and solid when my feet have room to spread out on the ground. I also belly dance in big skirts with hip shawls and coin belts, and these layers can take up quite a bit of horizontal space – they let my Body rightfully and joyfully take up space.

Sunday Revue: sitting with desire

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

  • still taking it easy
  • working knots in my back with my nubby ball
  • getting into bed at 10.45, which is what sleepyti.me told me
  • sitting with and writing about my desires
  • listening to Jen Louden
  • being honest and speaking up
  • napping
  • comparing Stardew Valley to real life

Next time I might

  • schedule 15 minutes of space-out time at the end of the day

The Hard

  • inefficiency makes me crazy
  • shoulder pain all week : (

The Good

  • the shoulder pain is almost gone
  • feeling a lot better body-health- and mental-health-wise
  • I’m flirty!

Welcome, April

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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 March, Month of Pleasure

  • baking blackberry muffins – I didn’t know blackberries turn red when you bake them!
  • reducing or eliminating my to-do list as needed
  • 15 minutes of 4 things per day, 5 days a week
  • asking and being honest
  • dancing
  • recognizing when I’m ready
  • welcoming feelings and desires
  • quitting what wasn’t serving me
  • remembering my monsters’ sneaky methods
  • going ahead with imperfect creations
  • resting
  • nourishing myself
  • remembering I am capable

Next time I might

Qualities I want for April
Health. Rest. Right Ingredients. Boundaries.

Things I’m working on

  • returning to more health/more wholeness
  • speaking up
  • finding the Right Ingredients
  • exploring my relationship with technology

Looking forward to

  • growing in wholeness from this illness
  • warmer weather

Asking and hoping for

  • the Right Ingredients

I’m ready for

  • Glowing Fiercely

Tarot Message
I drew Temperance, card of “combining properly”. It represents:

  • the Right Ingredients
  • balanced, flowing emotions
  • healing
  • merging, connection
  • subtle shifts
  • bridge between mind and body
  • reconciliation of opposites
  • a middle path

My Tarot resources are The Tarot Directory and Tarot Teachings.

Sunday Revue: exquisite self-care

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.

(Last weekend the internet was out at my place, so I wasn’t able to post a Sunday Revue – and it’s a Sunday-only thing, so I just skipped it.)

I was pretty sick this week, and took amazing care of myself.

What worked

  • taking off work
  • drinking and eating nourishing foods
  • meditating, resting, napping, and sleeping
  • using acupressure points
  • welcoming all emotions and desires
  • following my Body’s desires for food and rest

Next time I might

  • Keep doing more of the same

The Hard

  • feeling sick – physical pain
  • trouble sleeping through the night
  • my partner was gone for two days

The Good

  • receiving healing energy from hugs, from a distance, from the Earth, from my cat, from food
  • it’s very freeing when self-care is my only concern

Tarot Feature: Shadowscapes Tarot

(crossposted at Sketch by Sketch)

I love Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s Shadowscapes Tarot so much! Actually, I already wrote about it in 2014 but I wanted to bring it to your attention again because it’s lovely. (This post has all-new images, so be sure to look at both.)

What I notice this time around the “scapes” part – the landscapes and how many of the cards show two or more “worlds”, like sea and sky, and how the main figures on the cards often occupy the space between. Click on the images to see the details at Pui-Mun Law’s website, Shadowscapes.com.

Also, see her YouTube channel for some cool painting videos!

Shadowscapes Tarot, The Tower

Shadowscapes Tarot, The Star

Shadowscapes Tarot, Two of Cups

Shadowscapes Tarot, Three of Cups

Shadowscapes Tarot, Queen of Pentacles

Shadowscapes Tarot, Page of Swords

Shadowscapes Tarot, Two of Wands

Shadowscapes Tarot, Three of Wands

Sunday Revue: 15 minutes!

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

  • having four pots on the stove and spending 15 minutes a day doing tasks for each
  • remembering my very sneaky monsters make me feel hopeless just when I’m making good progress
  • gamifying my 15 minutes – for each first 15 minutes, I get to play a day in Stardew Valley (therefore limiting Stardew Valley time, motivating me to do the 15 minutes, and limiting potential for over-work)
  • resting my arm when I had Repetitive Stress Injury symptoms
  • going ahead with imperfect creations

Next time I might

  • get ready for bed at 9 even if I don’t actually go to bed right away

The Hard

  • rush job at work for a project that everyone knew about for months
  • bitter cold
  • upcoming invasiveness

The Good

  • feeling hopeful
  • getting tons of housework done
  • finishing stuff, like my Leda with Horns, which is in my Redbubble store!

 

 

Sunday Revue: 1-to-3 ratio not so good

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

  • being extremely self-forgiving
  • following the rabbit hole
  • 10 minutes
  • deciding to quit something that wasn’t serving me

Next time I might

  • quit earlier
  • have a list of things to do when I don’t feel like doing anything

The Hard

  • my recent getting-things-done ratio is 1 week to 3 weeks… that’s 1 week of progress and then 3 weeks of nothing : (
  • cold weather
  • invasive bullshit at work
  • middle-aged women talking shit about welfare mothers and teen mothers, even though none of them has ever talked to one

The Good

  • quitting makes me feel more free
  • I got up with my alarm both days this weekend : )

Tarot Feature: Tarot of the Magical Forest by Leo Tang

(cross-posted at Sketch by Sketch)

Tarot of the Magical Forest, by Leo Tang, is a deck featuring cute animals. The animals’ wide eyes have a touch of creepiness to them, but not so much that it’s off-putting (to me, anyway).

Strength is my favorite, and is my favorite Strength card of any deck I’ve come across – so cute and really only possible in an animals-only deck.

The Hanged Man bat, likewise, is clever.

The Major Arcana show several kinds of animals, but the Minor Arcana have just one type of animal each:
pentacles = foxes
swords = cats
cups = rabbits
wands = frogs

Below are some other cards for your perusal. You’ll notice that there are two editions – the one with the swirls is the 2005 Taiwan printing and the one with six languages is the 2008 Lo Scarabeo edition.

The Chariot

The Hermit

5 of Wands

10 of Cups

4 of Swords

Sunday Revue: showing enthusiasm

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 putting too much on my to-do list
  • showing enthusiasm for stuff I like to do at work
  • accepting Important Intel about future biz plans
  • dancing every day
  • eating yogurt
  • being forceful with my partner about his need to have boundaries

Next time I might

  • not sketch after 10pm because I will be up all night
  • ritualize the very moment I think “I should get ready for bed now”

The Hard

  • cold-hot-cold-hot
  • my partner basically raised his younger brother and so feels a lot of pressure to still do this, even though his brother is an adult

The Good

  • it’s sunny today : )
  • yummy noms
  • watching Rear Window last night
  • receiving my over-arching biz mission in clear terms

Hello, March!

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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 February, month of Reflection:

  • journaling, journaling, and more journaling, and even more!
  • dancing every day
  • calming self-talk
  • blueberry muffins for breakfast & eating yogurt at least every other day
  • watching videos at work
  • asking for work
  • showing interest
  • Oasis!
  • Rally!
  • Desire Retreat!
  • 10 minutes of various activities
  • tapping (EFT)
  • belly dance videos for breakfast
  • intentional not-doing

Next time I might

  • tap on visibility
  • set my weekend alarm for 8 am whaaaat
  • focus on one thing
  • ritualize arriving home & starting business work

Qualities
Pleasure. Accomplishment. Flow. Firm. Boundaries. New. Ease. Curiosity.

Things I’m working on

  • making hard work pleasurable
  • persevering
  • truly relaxing

Asking and hoping for

  • more exciting projects at work
  • more recognition

I’m ready for

  • steady progress