Crafts

Though writing is a craft in and of itself. I’ve given it it’s own category.  This section will be to discuss things we make.

I like to make jewelry using Art Clay Silver, natural stones, wood, glass, and beads.  I also make Wine Charms, Book Marks, Fan Pulls and other miscellaneous items.

Lately I’ve been incorporating some pewter elements that I bought from various places.  I’m not sure how I feel about it.  Theoretically, I could make all these charms using art clay silver, however, the time and expense of it would be astronomical and my finished product would not be as refined as some of the things I see in the stores. I guess it’s the same as using stones I didn’t drill the holes in myself or get from a mining excursion or wood that’s pre-cut and fashioned from a tree I didn’t personally chop down???

It’s therapeutic to create my own things from Art Clay silver, but it isn’t always practical. There is a time for inspiration and a time to get the job done.  I just want each piece to reflect my own creative process in some way.  If it becomes like assembly line work, I won’t find that very rewarding at all.

D~

2015 Tarot update

It’s been a long time since I posted anything here so I’m just writing an update.  Tarot is still very much a part of my life. I even conducted a workshop called “An Introduction to Tarot”.  It was to help dispel myths and misconceptions about the Tarot and also to provide the basics to people who wanted to learn to read for themselves or others. I actually think I might enjoy teaching the Tarot more than doing readings.

I’m still a Volunteer Reader at the American Tarot Association’s Free Reading Network.  We give one card readings via email.

I still have my own Tarot Site.    I post a Free “TarotScope” there around the beginning of each month.  It’s just a fun little, short 2 card reading based on the Astrological Sun Signs for that month. People seem to like it so, check it out sometime if you’re interested. Also you can sign my guest book on the site if you want to let me know you were there.

Anyway, those who know me know I can talk Tarot all day and all night and never grow tired of it. If you have any questions about the Tarot in general, feel free to post them in the comments and we’ll have a running dialogue.

If you’d like a reading, please go to one of the links posted above.

A good resource for learning the Tarot or looking at images of cards is Aeclectic Tarot.

D~

Herbs

The weather’s been so beautiful and I’ve been working in the yard all week. Today I decided to play in the dirt. I planted both purple and red petunias in sunny parts of the yard.

For the past few years, I’ve been toying with the idea of trying to grow my own herbs. So today I bought three small potted herbs: lavender, rosemary, and pineapple sage. I planted them each among the purple and red petunias in a  little flower bed near the kitchen door. They smell divine! I had never heard of pineapple sage but it really smells like pineapple.  I’m going to be doing some research on each of these herbs to see if I can find any interesting things to do with them.

I’d love hearing about any recipes or teas or any magical uses anyone might have for these particular herbs. I don’t cook much and I haven’t been very good at maintaining the things I plant in the past, so I thought I ‘d better start small and see how it goes.

This is my adventure into the world of trying to reconnect with the earth, get grounded, and maybe learn a thing or two.

D~

Seeing the card before you see it

Well, I’ve done over 30 one card readings for the ATA website now. Last month, the darndest thing happened.TWICE. I read the question, began shuffling and received the impression of a specific card in my mind. I continued to shuffle while focusing on the question, cut the cards, drew the card- and there it was! The card whos impression I got in my mind was the actual card I drew for the reading.

Today, something similar. I read the question, began shuffling, noticed a certain card on the bottom of the stack and thought  “that  card would be a pretty good answer to this question”.   I continued to shuffle while thinking of the question, cut the cards, drew a card, and there it was! The same card I had noticed on the bottom of the stack.

So which came first, the chicken or the egg? Did I see the card before I saw it, or did the card come out because I thought of it? Hmmmm…

Oh, The February TarotScopes are up on my website now. Anyone want to have a look? TarotScopes

 

D~

What’s up with Tarot?

A little free time had me wandering around this “Space” and I realized there aren’t any entries listed in the Tarot category. The Horror! Tarot is such a big part of my life so you’d think I had tons of entries about it. (Actually, it’s scattered throughout the site). So here’s a little blurb about all my current Tarot related activities.

I’ve been  a volunteer reader at Tarot for Life for quite some time now. I love that site and all the people in it. If you’re a member there you can request readings once you’ve been a member for a while. If you’re a reader, it may be something you want to look into. It’s very well run and I have a lot of fun doing it. There is isn’t a huge volume of reading requests so it’s good if you are a reader and like to do some once in a while without getting overwhelmed.

Last month I also became a volunteer reader at the American Tarot Association’s Free Reading Network. We give one card readings to the general public, meaning you don’t have to be a member to request readings. If you’re a reader, you may want to look into this, too. I felt like I had kind of a slow start getting everything set up, but once I got going I had a request every single day I asked for one. You can decide how many you’ll take in a day and I’ve always had the number I’ve asked for, so it’s great that you can decide how many readings you want to do.

At the end of September I set up my own little Reading website. I’m having fun learning new things and putting them up on the site.(I need to learn how to put Tarot Spreads on it.)  One of my favorite things to do is the TarotScopes. I just finished putting  them up today for the month of December. No one’s really seen the site but friends and family so far, it’s funny to me when they tell me that one of the TarotScopes was accurate for them. Last month my daughter said, “Mommy, if that thing is right then I’m into the college I applied to!” Well, low and behold the little skeptic got in! I reminded her of what she said, too. 🙂

You can find links to all these places on either side of the “Blog”, if you’re interested.

Happy Taroting…

D~

Opening up

Remarkable things are happening to me. People I’ve known on a surface
level are approaching me with their spiritual concerns and opening up
with aspects of themselves I never knew after all these years. One came
to me with a serious inquiry about spirits and when I asked why she
came to me with it she said, “Because I think you are the only one who
I could trust not to think I’m crazy and who would understand.” Not
only do I understand, I think I can actually point her in the direction
she needs to go regarding her own beliefs and abilities. This is what
I’ve been working towards all these years, to define my own belief
system and abilities, learn how to develop them, and then help others.
She came to me, of her own free will, and I had answers. She’ll be
back, she says D~