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Read-a-thon starting!

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I am ready! Soup on, cats napping, hot coffee, comfy clothes, book stack ready.

Starting with Coupland’s Generation A. Also gonna sprinkle in some sort stories by Lovecraft and perhaps even some poetry later!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am reading in Skelleftehamn, in the north of Sweden and the sun is slowly setting at 16:16
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Cloud Atlas!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Already had 2 of the 4 donuts but they were yum.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Unemployed librarian, cat lover, tarot reader. I live alone in my apartment with a little garden. Left-handed, red-head. Loves to bake!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my first and I am most looking forward to see just if I can even do it!

Not just sloshing around

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But creating ripples! This guy here is floating on his back in an ocean, above him clouds and birds creating patterns, the red sun is setting and the man is making some patterns of his own. Hearts radiating outwards, he is floating on a sea of Emotions. Yet again I see the swords as an emotional card, not just one for cerebral aspirations.

Swords in Malkuth, the lowest sphere on the Tree of Life, are always in distress. And this is one way of dealing with stress, to be the victim, to make a splash, to wish for rescue. We learn it as infants, cry and Mom comes and lifts us up, comforts us. As teens we perfect the ‘oh pity on me’ thing and sometimes even as adults we grasp for the passive-aggressive card when we are losing a fight. I know I got it down to a Tee myself. But I try to find other ways of coping these days.

I could slosh around in the ocean of Despair a week before anyone would report me missing so I might as well try other ways of creating ripples.

This deck is such a treat! These seemingly simple images are so vibrant and for me filled with emotions. Here are a few of my favorite cards. Maybe one of them will come up later this week but if not – here are a few goodies:


Just found this quote too:

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a
distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
— Barbara Kingsolver

Charlie is a great teacher, as all cats are, in living inside your hope. Napping on my pyjama t-shirt.

A little bit of Mary-El

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I been lacking in the blogging department but for good reasons, sometimes one just gotta step to the side and get other kinds of experiences, like just living, socializing, reading and live in the seconds of a forever Now! I have been looking at the Mary-El a lot though, but not actively reading with it or even journaling  much. And as you all see – blogging even less. Some of the cards I pulled this week though is of course The Tower (been deep into the world of Stephen King and Roland and his ka-tet traversing the Beam of the Bear to the Dark Tower) But also this chap (yes a Dark tower reference, right now Susannah/Mia is searching for the Dixie Pig where she is to have her chap) The Knight of Swords. I am a huge fan of owls and even though this one got spooky yellow and crazy eyes it works for me. Marie White did a very simple chart for the courts with just a few words. For the Knight of Swords she writes just ‘on a quest for Mind’

What is this Mind though? Sometimes it is hard to separate this elusive Mind from the heart. In general the reason why so many swords are negative is that they deal with worry, anticipated emotions, heart-stuff not yet in the heart/body. Swords are like arrows, they point in a direction, they are sharp with potential for great harm, but also they are not there yet. This Knight is on a Quest, not yet there. Like Rolands Ka-tet is spending at least 6 books just in the anticipation of getting there. But like any reader and author worth her salt, we all know that the Path is really the story, this is where we Live.

Oh and Charlie is as ever the watchful guardian of the tarot: