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How to Read the Tarot

Begin by brewing a cup of tea,
a nervine, lemon balm or chamomile,
this is after all, your future.
A reading at the dark of the moon is best,
before the night creatures crawl
and bad humours fill the air.
Pick a circular deck, with a fairy-tale motif,
and no reversals.
Hold a question in your heart,
shuffle the cards and place them on the table.
Choose only two.
Like the ancient Israelites,
these are your seer stones, Urim and Thumimm,
black and white, yes or no.
Isn't that all you were asking?

the golden mean

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July 4, 2018 at 8:50am
July 4, 2018 at 8:50am
Daughter of the Desert

In the Negev
the Jahalin had a thousand words
for sheep and goats.
I cannot utter one for freedom.
I love the earthy ocher of my land.
Our homes are nylon, tin, and wood.
Our schools are made of mud and tires.
Men have walked on the moon.
Who will make a planet for me?

Dark Goddess Tarot--Siren of Fire--Qadesh--Egyptian Goddess of Pleasure---love what you love deeply

Author's Note: A response to a picture prompt. I imagined this woman as a Bedouin living in East Jerusalem.
July 2, 2018 at 12:46pm
July 2, 2018 at 12:46pm
Mister Rogers

There may have been
other saints in Pittsburgh,
but I did not meet them.
He walked the wards
of Children's Hospital,
tying kid's shoes
lessening their pain.
He tended the knowing field
anointed others
with an elixir of love.
He never had to chase the moment
but was just there.
He sang to his Lord
and the least of us,
and knew everyone
was our neighbor,
no matter how they arrived.

Tarot of the Saints--St. Francis--the Fool---humble novice, enlightened Master
June 25, 2018 at 12:01pm
June 25, 2018 at 12:01pm
After the Apocalypse

After the Apocalypse
I will be a different woman.
I will be in limbo
with a Kali necklace of skulls
and a newly sharpened blade.
There will be nowhere safe
to enfold myself.
Images of caged children
will still rattle in my brain.
I will hear the ring
of one last grasp
of a failing democracy.
The pit in my soul
will understand
the shell game of politicians.
All my leaves will have withered
and grayed,
though a fiery center remains.
The apocalypse is now.

Dark Goddess Tarot--XVI--Kali--Destruction--All the world changes
June 19, 2018 at 9:12am
June 19, 2018 at 9:12am

My youngest grandchild is six today.
Meanwhile stormtroopers are ripping rosaries
from the hands of small children.
When I was a child, my mother
lulled us to sleep with "Hail Mary's"
on AM radio.
I am a bad Catholic.
When in pain and doubt
that happens more often
as I grow old
I still murmur aves
to that holy woman.
I pray that her healing mantle
covers all the little ones.
I will say
a cosmic rosary.

Tarot of the Saints--XVIII--Mother Mary--Grace, love, forgiveness

June 18, 2018 at 10:28am
June 18, 2018 at 10:28am
Requiem for a Friend

They called
to tell me you were gone.
Tower Time
comes for us all
whether early or late,
alone or in a crowd.
Always, our first commandment
must be to do no harm,
treat others as ourselves.
With each breath
we must pass
the sweet honey along
till our final shot
and the last note
of the fiddle plays.

Tarot of the Crone--XVI--Tower--The Mother of Madness---Speak what you hold behind your teeth.
June 17, 2018 at 12:01pm
June 17, 2018 at 12:01pm
Father's Day

Promote anarchy
among all your grandchildren
tell them all the truths
that didn't show up for you
pass the sweet honey along

5 lines

Dark Goddess Tarot--Siren of Air--Lilith--Babylonian Goddess of Darkness--Be seduced by the strange to grow your mind.
June 14, 2018 at 10:51am
June 14, 2018 at 10:51am
Flag Day

How about a selection
to fly with the stars and stripes?
Gay Pride, UN, GreenPeace,
Papal, Grateful Dead,
hobbit and gnome.
Have a true celebration.
Let your freak flag fly!
June 12, 2018 at 11:45am
June 12, 2018 at 11:45am
The Grey Between

Today the sea
is grey between
shore and sky.
Brushed nickel clouds
reflected in pearled silver waves.
They say there are colors
in the Bardo
though no anecdotal evidence exists.
Purgatory is Stonehenge greige.
Souls in limbo,
heavier than a feather
waiting for release
by forgiving gods.
In the ICU
all colors are fogged,
minds and bodies
in suspended state.
I came to the beach to pray.
I remembered
we all swim
in thin black ice.

Dark Goddess Tarot--Eight of Water--Sedna--Inuit Goddess of the Ocean and the Underworld--Going deep is not easy. Let it be worthwhile.
June 11, 2018 at 11:39am
June 11, 2018 at 11:39am
 Old Woman and Her Shoes  (E)
I admit I have a shoe addiction
#2160704 by ridinghhood--p. boutilier

Going back to work tomorrow. Not likely a daily offering will be possible.

Finishing up cycling through the Dark Goddess Tarot.

Next I believe I will work with the Tarot of the Crone or perhaps the Gnostic Tarot of the Saints.

Dark Goddess Tarot--Four of Air--Nut--Egypitian Goddess of the Night Sky--Until the dawn rest as a star in my body.

June 10, 2018 at 9:10am
June 10, 2018 at 9:10am
The Lady is a Trucker

She pulls off the neon leapfrog green driving gloves,
snuffs out her Gauloises
and parks her black licorice barque
of a truck at the roadside.
Eight hours to Dayton,
to family, to laughter .
to a daughter growing too fast.
The backyard beer garden
smells of cut grass.
Mason jars of wildflowers
stand sentinel on the groaning boards.
She is hoping for some smooth jazz
and even smoother whiskey.
She listens, breathes,
digs her feet in this sacred earth.
Her spirit lives here.
In the morning she drills,
pulls on her jeans,
adjusts the ballerina pink belt, with a buckle,
that says, "Queen of the Road"
sets off again.
And though the sky is falling,
she turns the key.

Dark Goddess Tarot--V--Hierophant--Cybele--Anatolian Mountain Mother--Transcend boundaries through community

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