When we first started doing cards here in JulieLand, many months ago, I searched The Burrow for all the decks I could find. It’s a big house, and we’ve lived here for over 15 years (16 now?), so there’s a bunch of stuff on two levels. Since I don’t ever get rid of anything (besides actual garbage, you won’t be seeing me on Hoarders any time soon) it was fairly likely I’d miss a few in my half-assed search. I did. I missed an entire deck, with a guidebook. In a box.
I sat down with it today, trying to figure out where it had come from and why it was stashed on a shelf. Right away it was apparent to me that I didn’t like it. Nothing I could put my finger on, it just didn’t feel right. There was a receipt in the book (from a craft store) with the date stamp of June 1999. I don’t know whether I bought it, or someone gave it to me, or if it just appeared. But I do remember the last time I went through it. I didn’t like it then either.
It’s called The Sacred Circle Tarot -which certainly sounds like something I’d enjoy! No. It is not. Here is another picture, of some cards I pulled while I was touching everything and trying to recall what the hell was wrong with it.
Each minor arcana card has a title at the top. Okay, that part isn’t bad. Many of the cards have, what looks like, actual people’s pictures as representation. Still, not terrible. But … the over all feel is just off somehow. (The pages are boys, that’s slightly bothersome, and not even youthful boys either.) I always look at The High Priestess to see what her sense gives me. That one isn’t too bad. It’s still just not quite good either though.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this set. It’s just not for me. If anyone wants it, I’ll gladly hand it over. Just toss me a couple of bucks for shipping, and it’s yours. Let me know in the comments or send me an e-mail. It has obviously been waiting around here for way too long. If this one grabs you, if the colors or impressions seem perfectly right for you, simply say the word. (If more than one person is interested I’ll hold a drawing.)
There has been another “drop the ball moment” here. Two more missed birthdays … Cat yesterday and Stormy on the 24th. My apologies ladies, slacker virgo qualities seem abundant right now. Hope your day (or in Cat’s case, week, go read her excellent post from last night) was blissfully joyous and filled with love.
We have a Testimonials update as well this evening. Thank you so much Anna for your kind words and exuberant praise. I put it up, just as you sent it (this time with no glitches). That tab is looking so fabulous these days. And it just makes me all kinds of smiley to read it, thinking of those people who freely offered their kind words in my direction. Thanks, all of you, for sending (or typing) those in.
I was checking in on Dan Savage yesterday, as I do daily, when I noticed something I need to share. It is a very cool, and far too late in the coming, on-line feature that gives folks the opportunity to speak out about Pro Choice. Now, this is a topic I stand behind, in a massive and militant way. It will be added to our Important Places blog roll. And I’ve included a link here as well. Worth checking in on, it updates as Elizabeth gets new submissions. Ours To Tell
Our home phone had messages the past couple of days on it, from the library. Yay! That meant some books I had requested were in. I’ve already started one and it’s great. I highly recommend any and every thing by Barbara O’Neal. Unless you are hungry or dieting, then maybe read something else until that passes. While I was out picking up my treasures, I had to stop in and say hello. To you know who…. at the dog wash. Yes, it’s one of my grand-dogs Max. (Good buddy of Chacho, formerly in the bucket.) He and Empress walked to work today, which caused our Maximum Dog to get slightly dampish. There were no other dogs being washed while I was there, so his mother put him in a tub. He’s fresh as a biscuit now!
One more wee item and then on to our card du jour. Some of you are familiar with the Lucy March website, and if you are not, see the details <—— over there in the side bars. One of our own Betties has a new blog. I am happy to include her and offer you a link, to future greatness. Novel Truths Can’t wait to see where this one takes us. I know that already, I like the look of it very much.
We are back to Colette’s Wisdom of the Hidden Realms on our card altar. As always, this illustration is just so rich and deep and over the top exquisite to look at. The message is outrageously timely as we stare down that approaching retrograde. (Tomorrow! Deep breaths, we can laugh this off kids, I just know we can.) And it has that all-encompassing theme that I so adore: positivity in all things.
“The Word Lord ~ communication, praise, honesty.
The Word Lord rules communication of all kinds and lets you know that positive interactions can be expected when he arrives as your Ally. He only speaks with positive words and praises all he sees. He reminds you of the laws of Abundance and Praise. When you bless the world, it blesses you back. When you say affirming, supportive words, they carry an energy that returns to you in physical form. Remember that each one has power and will resonate into the Universe, seeking its refection in manifest form.
Your body responds to praise, as does everything in the world around you. Praise it for its inherent health and beauty. Applaud yourself for everything you do, as even the tiniest accomplishments are important. Praise your bills; give thanks for the services you enjoy, and watch the ability to pay them increase as you align with Spirit’s increasing power.
This is also a time to remember the powerful practice of affirmations. Write them down and speak them aloud as a spiritual exercise. Say it is so – and it will be. It is a very auspicious sign when the Word Lord chooses to be your Ally.”