Oh Mr Prince not so Charming…

So today I find myself listening to Dolly Parton and  I can’t say that I’ve ever been a massive fan though it did surprise me that I knew more of her songs than I realised… thing is, it left me with an earworm… One particular song looping over and over in my head and from experience, I know the only way to eradicate aural parasites is to go listen to the song enough times to get bored with it…

So off I went to youtube…

And as this plays, I idly shuffle my deck and absent mindedly lay down cards… I listen to the words and I feel a wry smile creep across my face as I recall that over the last couple of weeks I’ve read for many people but it’s been one of those odd times where the faces change but the story stays the same…

I look down at my cards… and there it is… again…

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Prince not so charming…

Oh… What’s going on with my man? He comes and goes and breaks my heart and churns me up and then he pours his soul out and tells me how much he loves me then he’s off and  leaves me in tears again…

And I will ask – So why do you put up with that?

And I get various answers but the one that makes me silently groan in despair is…

Because I luuuuuuuuuuuurve him…

So… I started to wonder about that but then thought why have a dog and bark yourself so I said M … What do you think?

Self Love is solid love

Self Love is solid love

Thanks M! You’ve triggered another earworm…

Card Images – Tarot in the Land of Mystereum (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

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A Promise Fulfilled…

June 2011… an interesting time… for all the wrong reasons…

I’d been trying to make the best of a bad situation for maybe around 9 months… Then I hit the point where enough was enough…

So… many words were spoken and I had someone predict to me where I’d be in a year’s time without them on my side…

I thought… oh… really? And then I made myself a promise…

Over the next few weeks, every time I walked out my back door, my garden would fill with dragonflies and they would come and land around me. The first couple of times I didn’t think too much of it other than to pause hanging out the washing to marvel at their jewel like colours… but as more and more arrived I started to wonder if it meant anything. I hit up Google and I remember reading something somewhere that dragonflies heralded a period of significant change that would take 3 years to complete…

And no sooner had I read that, than they stopped visiting…

So… today I go into my garden because it catches my eye how very very green it is out there… and it begins to rain… big fat drops of warm summer splashes and I stand there and breathe it in and feel the earth beneath my feet and then I glimpse a brightly coloured flash…

A dragonfly as big as my hand… bobbing and weaving through the rain and then landing in the jasmine…

I follow him and tell him he’s lucky that Woody doesn’t come out in the rain or he’d be a starter on a cat’s buffet…

He sits there and I stand with him and take in the heavy scent of the flowers that have been woken by the weather…

I hear Mr S shout me from the kitchen – What are you doing out there? I thought you were getting ready for work… You’ve been gone for over an hour…

Yeah… I am getting ready for work… I just need to have a quick word with someone…

Hey… Mr Dragonfly… What are you doing here?

It’s been 3 years Karen… You did it!

Yeah?

Yeah… Now make yourself a new promise for the next 3 years…

I’m Entranced by The Transparent Tarot…

I’ve had this deck in my peripheral vision for quiet some time and almost but not quite bought it on several occasions…

So… a couple of weeks back I was sat in someone’s house and it was the first time I’d visited… so I did what I always do… When they got up to use the bathroom, I got up to snoop through their bookshelves… I spotted a small pile of 3 tarot decks…

Oooooh… I said as they came back into the room, these are interesting…

Stay there… I’ve got more! The really interesting stuff is upstairs… I’ll go fetch it…

So pile upon pile of what can only be described as Tarot porn amassed to fill the coffee table and surrounding floor space… Rare decks, quirky decks, hand cut decks, limited editions and author signed copies and there in among this booty was an unopened copy of The Transparent Tarot by Emily Carding… Oh! Oh! Oh! Can I??? Can I open it?!

Soon it was in my hands and I was swept away with child like glee and holding the cards like little shadow puppets and chatting away in fanciful conversations… I was more than a little tempted to steal it! But instead I went home and finally ordered my own copy.

So, it arrived and there’s a couple of little things that irk me… the clear plastic slip on lid of the box… not that there’s anything wrong with it per se, just that it’s a Schiffer deck and I’m quite addicted to that magnetic click that comes with most of their boxes… Then the cards themselves… they mess with my senses. There’s a strange smell to them that I’m hoping will fade with time and the cards are prone to clumping and feel quite sticky… though I’ve ordered some fanning powder in the hope that that will fix it…

But they are minor things that may not bother someone less persnickety…. and besides they all fade away fairly quickly into insignificance as the cards come to life and roll out their magic…

I’m fascinated from the off that with them being transparent you can read them face side up or down… and it takes reversals to a new level, particularly when you use a pair of cards as now you can make 16 images or 8 pairs of reversals…

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Then I realise… oh… wait a minute… you can rotate these any which way… there’s no limit on how many images you can create…

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So… I’m wonderfully enchanted but then distracted by Knight and Queen of Swords running around…

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Ha! She seems a bit fickle that Queen of Swords… One minute it’s – Arise Sir Knight! The next… Off with his head!! 😀

The images roll around like strips of film or cartoon flicker books…

Though I can get them to sit quite quietly and let me drift into dreams by sitting them into trios that delight me with the way the colours build layer upon layer…

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Anyway… I’m not  too sure as to whether or not I’ve actually read with them yet… though I do consider a couple of hours of idle daydreaming to be a most productive way of wasting time wonderfully…

Also, it comes with a pretty hefty book, which I’m guessing will be good… as yet, I’m far too busy playing to go read…

Yup… They are amusing me wildly…

As I make up little stories… a bit like this…

Cards from – The Transparent Tarot (c) Emily Carding 2008 Schiffer Publishing Ltd

Raise your hand when you want to stop…

So… I was at the dentist yesterday for phase 2 of a root canal treatment and I lay in the chair and the dentist ran his finger around my gum and asked me – Does that hurt?

I blank stared at him and his face became quizzical as he said – Mrs Sealey… Can you feel any pain?

I told him – I don’t know, I’m not really sure… I need to think about it…

His face remained placidly calm but I spotted a flash of a flicker in his eyes that seemed to query – You don’t know? What sort of freak are you?

And indeed as I was lying in that chair for knocking on for 2 hours, I had time to mull it over… Yeah… I guess it was a strange response… But then again on further reflection… Maybe not so strange after all, as I’ve been having problems with this tooth on and off for over 25 years and recently found that the reason that it had never settled was because the original root canal had not extended to the base of the tooth… it was considerably shorter than it should have been and if you’ll excuse the pun… It hadn’t gotten to the root of the problem…

So, with my mouth full of clamps and dental barriers and a lip clip that turns you into a human stylophone… I pondered and I thought… yeah… when you have constant pain you start to not notice it… you tune it out and accept it as normal… you learn to live with it…

And I started to wonder… were there other things in life that I’d just gotten used to and accepted?

And yes… I guess there are…

Disappointment has been a common theme throughout my life… Countless times I have been promised things which have never been delivered… And from that I guess I developed a certain cynical streak and distrust and refusal to believe anything until the promise was delivered and in my hand…

And I further wondered and thought… mmmm this could be the makings of a good Tarot spread…

What pain have you become so accustomed to that you fail to notice?

What is at the root of the problem?

Do you need to remove this or can it be repaired?

How do you find relief?

How…

Jeez!!! The dentist hit the very bottom of my tooth and my eyes crossed involuntarily…

Oh… you can feel that?

A-ha…

How painful is that?

I raised my hand and made a so-so gesture as I pulled my breathing into check and my brain went into a little wheeeeeeee that’s interesting!!!  whirly spiral…. Oh… That’s a new feeling!

And my dentist said – You don’t have to put up with pain. Raise your hand when you want to stop…

He’s very wise my dentist…

😉

Dreamtime Porcupine

If a change is as good as a rest, is then the rest as good as the change…

Who knows…

Whatev’… All I know is that just over a week ago I got offered the chance to try something new and in a week that was already hectic with a fully booked diary, it felt good to shuffle a few things to make room for a couple of hours rest…

So… I found myself in a room filled with gongs and singing bowls and drums and I lay on the ground as these sounds washed around me and over me and through me… and my mind filled with swirls of colours and then this critter appeared… Follow me he said…

Dreamtime PorcupineSo follow him I did and he spoke without words of very many things… and we danced and swirled without a care…

But I twirled so much that I forgot what he said…

So… Today I take out my paints and he speaks again but his words vanish like snow on the desert sand…

So… I ask M…

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Tarot in the Land of Mystereum by Jordan Hoggard (c) 2010

So… M waffles on and I say

Hey! I don’t have time today to listen to all of this!

Cut to the chase…

And M says

  Yeah…

Porcupine says…

 Go your own way…

😀

 

 

 

Joy got outta the closet…

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Come on in… Did you arrive via Tarot by  Arwen or Chloe McCraken’s Inner Whispers?

This blog hop was set by Olivia Destrades of First Earth Tarot… she said something about tell me your personal story about Joy…

Well… you asked for it… So here it is 😀

It all started as an ordinary day in an ordinary way like so many other ordinary days that had gone before… and there seemed to be nothing unusual with that particular Saturday morning lie in until… Mr S popped his head around the door and tossed the post onto the bed and said –

Woman! What on earth have you been up to now?

I swiveled a bleary eye in his direction and asked him what he was on about…

This he said… and he picked it up and waived it around… this!

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What? Junk mail? You wake me up for junk mail?

Yeah… Who the hell is Joey Blessing? Have you got a secret identity? Are you living a double life?

I heaved a weary sigh and educated the last Luddite in the ins and outs of  computer generated spam and how I guessed that maybe  my business name – Pure & Blessed may have been picked up and that this was some sort of random best guess…

Oh… He says and starts to wander off then I hear him chuckling as he walks back into the room and says – Hey!! Drop the E and that is you?

What? What do you mean?

JOEY!!! JOEY BLESSING!!! Drop the E and that’s you down to a T… JOY!!! JOY BLESSING!!! 😀

I rolled it around my head and thought mmmm I wonder what sort of person Joy is? I like that name… I’m going to take it and play with it!

So… she was pretty much a quiet whisper at first, somewhere in the back of my head but she was there and I’d not long set up in business… and Jeez!! Good staff are hard to find… even when you can afford to pay them… But when you’re setting up on a shoestring…Pffft 😀  So… I set Joy B to work… I gave her lots of little jobs… Mostly things that I found a bit daunting. Every so often I would get an offer out of the blue and get asked – can you do this? And I’d think oh… I’m not sure… but Joy would leap in and call out – Sure! Yeah! No problem! I can do that! So… thanks to Joy and her BIG mouth… I found myself doing some pretty varied things… Things that I’d never imagined myself doing… One such thing was delivering a talk on creative marketing ideas for small businesses.

And there were many other things but that talk was where Joy started deciding that she’d had enough of working for me and wanted to venture off and start doing her own things… So… before I know it, she’s only gone off and signed up for a course in stand up comedy… She gets a taste for it and suddenly starts getting offers to go compere…

Look… here she is… my imaginary Girl Friday…  She didn’t even give me notice that she was off!

Joy Blessing out to play with Misty Mina and Venus Velvet

Joy Blessing out to play with Misty Mina and Venus Velvet

So…old Joy B… she’s a bit of a messed up mystic and waffles on about how she got sacked for being useless from Armchair Oracles and Midnight Moaners and when it comes to divination when she not garbling confusing messages from the other side, her weapon of choice is the sarcasm ball…

Anyway… I’ll try and get her to hush down for a minute whilst I tell you about a little Tarot game I play…

So… over the last couple of years, I’ve been along to many Burlesque events and tossed down my cards to speed read…

And I noticed something very interesting started to happen…

Now, the method I was originally using was The Treasure of The Stones… and if you want to find out how that is done correctly then I suggest you go track down Jordan Hoggard…

I’m not even sure I remember the method any more as I’ve bastardised it so many times… But what I noticed was that time and time again I read for performers and they would go oh!!! WOW!!! That top line is me and the bottom line is my Alter Ego…

So… here’s what I threw down for Karen/Joy…

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The Alter Ego Spread… Or maybe… Me and My Shadow… Hey… pick your own name for it! 😀 what ever suits you best…

So… I’m not much in the mood to do a full reading and I asked Joy but she started whining about her rights…

So… I’ll whizz through to this… and skip right through to the end, because… as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before… I am inherently lazy…

Mystereum meets Motherpeace

Mystereum meets Motherpeace

Well… I’d looked at my cards and Joy’s XIII stood out… That position is for where things are heading…

So mmmm…. Death…. Transformation… What does Joy want to transform?

Well… apparently or so she tells me… When she’s on stage she experiences a kind of hyper-reality… an acute awareness of all the senses firing… floods of words jostling to come out… thinking forwards and backwards at the same time… feeling every cell in the body come alive… and it’s a bit intense…

So, I lay down the Motherpeace over dear old M as it seemed to calm those dynamic energies and also because it pleasures me beyond all reason that they sit so sweetly and neatly within the swoops of those arches…

And over Death now sits the 9 of Wands in serene Lotus position… All those intense energies fanned out behind like a peacock’s tail in display and in the centre… zen… like… calm…

I said-Hey! Joy! What do you think of that?

She just laughed and said what she always says… Yeah! No worries! I can do that! 😀

You’ve been a lovely audience!

You can exit left for Arwen, Straight ahead for the Master List or right for Chloe

En- JOY!!! 😀

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Card images from:

Tarot in the Land of Mystereum by Jordan Hoggard (c) 2010

Motherpeace mini round tarot deck by Karen Vogel & Vicki Noble.

Photograph courtesy of Louise Smith/Missypixels.com