5. The Hierophant


Tarot Sentence:

Upright: Authority * teaches * with certainty.

Inverted: Control * imposes * with intolerance.


Special Guidance:

MundaneIt’s better to endure suffering or abstention than to be in a position where you’ll have to compromise yourself or your values. 

EsotericIf your mind is filled with all the things it thinks it wants and needs, there can be no room for betterment.  For the Higher to enter, some of the debris must be cleared away.  Let go of your attachment to the past, feelings of loss, or your old routine; move into the new and unknown.  That is where you’ll find your opportunities now.

Best Course of Action: Don’t allow yourself to be pulled under or overcome.  Learn to operate in a new way and develop more strength of will.

Outcome: You will be prevented from moving forward or advancing at this time by the “powers that be.”


Keywords: religion, education, knowledge, hierarchies, social and religious institutions, conservative values, discipline, social conventions, tradition, formality, groups, conformity, orthodoxy, obedience, blessing, marriage, alliance, assembly, servitude, mercy and goodness, society, social contracts and agreements, theology

Reversed: judgmental attitudes, intolerance, criticism, fear, guilt

Archetype: The head of a hierarchy that preserves his religious and cultural traditions.

Astrological Sign: Taurus

Planet:

Hebrew Letter: Vau

Element: Earth

Affirmation:

I am inspired and guided by my highest wisdom for the greatest good, finding it within myself and the world.

I am the preserver of family and cultural traditions that provide each new generation with a sense of communal identity.

I am awareness of the spiritual, in touch with a collective wisdom that enriches life’s journey.

I am a teacher, a carrier of beliefs, rituals, and values that underlie personal identity.

I am a bridge between the human and divine, a link with forgiveness and renewal, truth and meaning.

I am a mentor, offering each generation a chance to choose what they will practice and preserve.

Gem: Hierophant

Rune: Berkano – Growth

Printable Habit Trackers

After reading Atomic Habits I decided my planner needed a habit tracker. Here are some of the ones I found online:

Fiction Friday 03.13.20

There is a warehouse in the clouds. It holds an unusual collection. Right by the door is Pierce the archaeologist. He is preserved under glass. His eyes follow you as you enter. If you stare at him for more than a moment he begins to furiously blink out morse code. Help… Me… His blinks are translated by the placard in front of him. There is a yellowed index card taped to the display. It reads: ‘Ignore Pierce. He is imprisoned for crimes against the empire. Go see the octopus instead.’ Most people nod and go off to see the octopus that runs the place. A cat naps on a nearby velvet couch. The octopus is in an octagonal tank. This tank is larger than most swimming pools. That is because Henry is the size of a volkswagon bug. Seven of the tank sides are touch screens that Henry is busy furiously tapping at. Strange images appear and he sorts them into a never ending cascade of folders and to do lists. The eight side is open and there is a velvet rope curtaining it off. A large placard on a pedestal reads in large letters: ‘Do NOT tap the glass.’ In tiny print below someone has scribbled: ‘violaters will be aten’. You stand patiently. The cat stretches on the nearby couch. The screens are a blur of images and folders and images and folders. A loud voice booms from the ceiling above. “How can I help you?”

You stare up at the ceiling trying to figure out where the speakers are hidden and who is speaking. The glass in front of you is tapped twice and you jump. Henry’s tentacle is suctioned to the glass.

“Are you going to stare all day or are you going to tell me why you are interrupting my work?”

You pull yourself together and nod. “I apologize Mr. Henry. Sir. I have taken the ride by rainbow to reach your location. The head office would like to know if you have finished your report on the tale of textiles.”

The water in the tank agitates subtly. The screens blur from the moving water. “I don’t have time for regulars and randoms to be coming in here and questioning the way I do my job. In the time I have been talking with you I have not catalogued at least 73 items. Ninja! Get this fool his report and then show him the door.”

You nod your head and try not to irritate the enormous octopus any further. The cat stretches leisurely and hops down in front of you. “Well. Come on then. You’ve done a terrific job of irritating Henry. You’re lucky he didn’t decide to drench you. If I’d gotten wet because of you, there would be hell to pay.”

You nod to the cat and follow him as he leads you further into the warehouse. There are marvels stacked neatly beside each other everywhere you look. A statue sings opera next to a pixie trapped in a mason jar. Around the next corner there is a black void hangs from the shelf with a velvet rope sectioning it off. Finally you reach a row of filing cabinets that goes off as far as you can see. Ninja stops and licks his paw. “It’s in the fourteenth cabinet on the left. I must warn you that the filing in this place is haphazard at best. I don’t have the thumbs required for true organization. It’s in the second drawer from the bottom marked ‘Foo.'”

“Thank you Mr. Ninja. I’ll be back shortly.”

Ninja’s only response is a meow and a flick of his tail. You walk down to the fourteenth cabinet on the left. You wonder why no one has been able to retrieve this report yet. At least three agents have been sent. The hairs on the back of your neck stand up as you bend down to open the drawer. The moment it opens you hear yelling. “Jump away! Run! Don’t look!” Of course you look to see the source of the noise and you see three tiny agents in a dollhouse built into the drawer.

“Shit.” Is the last thing out of your mouth as the spell takes hold. The pain is excruciating and everything around you grows bigger in size as you are miniaturized. You lay on the floor of hallway for a moment but then you hear the thuds as Ninja comes closer. Without thinking you duck under the drawer. There is a narrow crack between the cabinets that you are able to squeeze through. You push yourself through it while Ninja’s now giant paw continues to bat at you. It gets darker and darker but you can see light on the other side. You squeeze and fight your way through until you reach the back of the cabinet. The shelving you had passed on your way here now towers over your head. You find a spot to hunker down and begin to plan. Somehow you must escape the warehouse in the clouds and get a message back to HQ.

The prompts for today’s story:

  • ninja 
  • regulars and randoms 
  • a tale of textiles 
  • pierce 
  • rides by rainbow 
  • in the clouds 
  • cat naps 
  • archaeologist 
  • octopus 
  • velvet couch 
  • warehouse

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Wisdom of the Oracle Mod

I am part of a wonderful Facebook group called Tarot with Scissors. Its a group for modifying Tarot and Oracle decks. Don’t go there if you think altering your cards is a crime. 🤷‍♀️

Yesterday one of the member posted that they had trimmed their Wisdom of the Oracle deck. It looked gorgeous! I have had this deck forever and it is just too damn big. Plus that big white frame just irked the shit out of me. So I decided to do my very first deck mod.

I started trimming with a paper trimmer but my 5 year old wanted to try and she sliced off an extra 1/4 inch on one side. Plus it was hard to get the rounded corners after using the trimmer to cut the straight edges. I attempted an exacto knife… it was dull. So scissors it is!

Scissors worked best.
Co-Create Before
Co-Create After
Chaos and Conflict Before
Chaos and Conflict After
In progress
Deck finished and edged.

After all of the borders were trimmed off, I edged the deck. I separated the cards by the dominant color on the front and then used stamp pads to color the edges. I used dylusions and distress ink stamp pads. The colors came out darker than I would’ve liked. I have no idea if the stamp pads are archival. Considering that I was willing to trade this deck away before and now I LOVE it, I think it’s a win. Even if it falls apart in a year, I can always get a new one to modify. Now I’m eyeing up my other unused decks to see how I can modify them. 😈

Deck used: Wisdom of the Oracle

Day 27

Goes to write in journal this morning…
It’s Tuesday. 
No Wednesday. 
No it’s Tuesday. 
No I wrote Tuesday yesterday. 
Did I mess up yesterday’s entry? 
Checks phone. 
Checks watch. 
No it’s Wednesday. 
Writes the date at the top of the page while mentally repeating 
Wed-nes-day 
(anyone else have to sound out Wednesday to spell it right? I’m a grown ass woman. I should just know how to spell it… no? 🤣)
#whatdayisit #lostalltrackoftime

4. The Emperor


Tarot Sentence:

Upright: Leadership * rules * with firmness.

Inverted: Power * controls * with suppression.


Special Guidance:

MundaneAn opportunity will arrive that could well be the foundation of a very successful future.  This will be a very propitious happening. 

EsotericIf your foundation was built correctly, the manifestation will follow.  If not, you will have to rebuild or start over.

Best Course of Action: Accept that which is coming your way and don’t delay.

Outcome: You will achieve most, if not all, of your desires, and someone (perhaps a man) will be very beneficial to you or to that which you seek.


Keywords: law, stability, power, control, dominion, authority, protection, reason, logic, confidence, war, conquest, victory, strife, ambition, leadership, power

Reversed: tyranny, abuse or misuse of power, poor leadership

Archetype: The authoritative protector and provider who rules the civilized world.

Astrological Sign: Aries

Planet: Mars

Hebrew Letter: Heh

Element: Fire

Affirmation:

I have the willpower, discipline and ambition to take the first steps on the path to meet my highest goals.

I am achievement; I have the power to translate my dreams into reality.

I order and structure my life to create a stable base for my activities.

I define limits & establish boundaries for myself/my world to smooth my relationships & protect my inner authority.

I respect my vision; use my reason to prepare a plan, and act in disciplined ways to achieve my ambitions.

I value my accomplishments, honor my success, and use my experience to empower others.

Gem: Ruby

Rune: Tiwaz – Warrior

Fiction Friday 03.06.20

Juliana walked her parisian poodle, Mimsy, down by the river. The night breeze tangled her hair as they wandered. They reached the end of the river where the water stood still in a large pond. The candle bridge crossed the river right before the pond. It was lit up to fight off the darkness of the new moon. It was Juliana’s favorite night to go for a walk. No one else was there yet. She stepped onto the bridge and walked to the center. The candles reflection danced across the still pond. Mimsy curled up at Juliana’s feet to take a nap. Juliana let out a deep sigh. She grabbed the dirty penny from her pocket and held it tight to her heart. Juliana transferred every hope in her heart to the filthy, misshapen penny. She smiled and tossed it into the pond. It was the night of wishes after all. The pond’s surface split into a thousand tiny waves and rings, making the candlelight dance and fracture across its surface. 

A muppet claw grasped the edge of the bridge. Juliana backed away quickly. A battered teddy bear with a single unexpectedly human eye, climbed up onto the bridge. Juliana stared and Mimsy started to bark. The bear spoke. “Listen Dollface, you were the one that wished for the awakening eye. You can’t back away from the wishes of your heart.”

Juliana took a single step forward. “I thought that prayer would awaken the eyes of one who would love me. Not… whatever you are.”

The bear took a step closer. “I will love you forever, all you have to do is take my hand and come inside.”

Mimsy kept barking and pulling on the leash. Juliana felt the leash slip through her fingers but was too mesmerized by the creature in front of her. “Come inside where?”

“My home of course. Where we will live together forever.”

Juliana thought of all of the lonely days in her tiny studio apartment. She couldn’t return there. Even Mimsy never fully chased the loneliness away. Juliana threw caution to the wind and took another step forward. She grasped the creature’s hand and they both vanished from the bridge. 

The prompts for today’s story:

  • standing water 
  • muppet claw
  • doll face 
  • unexpectedly human 
  • parisian poodle 
  • candle bridge 
  • teddy bear 
  • awakening eye 
  • come inside

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Day 20

My life cart

It holds everything 
My planner
My pens
My projects
The whole house is my office
I roll from room to room
To where the kids are
To where the kids aren’t 

But the cart 
Can’t hold
My sanity
My certainty
My calm
I keep finding
And losing 
These things

Over

And over

Again