Thoughts on the Tarot Tower…

I drew this picture a couple of years ago… there are many reasons that I choose to draw cards but the two I’ll mention today are that

  1. I really am too lazy to read books that come with decks and even when I do make the effort the words slip quickly from my memory… plus… one thing that I do remember well is a lecturer telling me that if you understand something then you never have to memorise it…
  2. When I draw, I notice details…
    wwTowerSo… almost a week ago, there was a turn of events that very strongly brought back into my mind the details that I noticed 2 years ago… I remember drawing those flying bricks and thinking that they looked like tiny fists of fury…

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You don’t need to know the full gory details of what happened… but let’s just say that brothers and school holidays are not always a perfect mix… and there was an outburst just like that ziggy-zaggy lightning bolt blasting from the Fool’s mouth… and then tiny fists were indeed flung in fury… And resulted in a trip to A&E for 5 hours and 6 stitches…

But the dust settled and all is well…

Then a few days later… my attention was drawn to a Tower moment of my own that had been slowly building over the last 4 months…

I’d decided to take on some contract work and I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to do it but decided to give a go for a fixed amount of time and see how it went… Now I’d decided on 6 months… but already it was making me feel like this… A bit topsy turvy and under assault…

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So… interestingly… my son’s Tower moment twirled into mine… as because I’d ended up down A&E, I didn’t put in any hours that week… So I got a phone call and was told my contract was being terminated. Now… this was a bit out of order as I was under no obligation to fulfill a minimum number of hours and was supposedly free to choose at will the times I wanted to work… And usually I would have been quick to have pointed this out and argue the toss…

Instead… I said… Yeah fine! See ya!

So… I put the phone down and scratched my head…Why did I let it go so easily?

Yeah… I was fed up with the hassle that came with the role but it was something deeper… I sat and thought… and I thought some more whilst I sat… and then I looked down and realised that I had been drawing…

Then it dawned upon me… I’d had an idea that I’d been slowly working on prior to this contract… and now I’d realised that I’d put it on the back burner without even noticing…

My ideas are coming back… And my Chariot is back on track…

VII The Chariot (c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

VII The Chariot
(c) Jordan Hoggard 2010

 

Pondering Procrastination…

So yesterday I came across the following question posed by Lyn Thurman…

What are you procrastinating over today?

Now my first response was… Mmm… I’ll get back to you…

Then I had a few more slightly serious thoughts on why sometimes I find procrastination to be a useful exercise…

But today, I woke up and thought… actually there is something that I’ve been promising myself that I would do, for quite some time…

And there’s been no excuse for not doing it sooner as little effort is required and the place I wanted to visit is practically on my doorstep… yet I guess that may be why I’ve not been sooner, as I know I can go anytime…

So… today… I finally paid a visit to the University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Hey… if you’re in the mood to procrastinate… it’s a wonderful place to go! 😀

 

The Perils of PayPal… A cautionary tale…

I’m a big fan of PayPal, it makes life easier in so many ways and it’s a safe and secure way to send money all around the world…

However… of late, I’m noticing a disturbing trend and this is something maybe you need to bear in mind if you are sending money via PayPal…

Increasingly I’m coming across people who have purchased goods and used PayPal to do this and it has gotten them into sticky situations… The thing is with the Internet, it’s easier and easier to buy from all over the world… Now I’ve heard a few tales recently where people are looking to buy specialist items… and they’ve met people via social media and got chatting in forums and such and developed a friendship… or rather an eFriendship which I’m debating as to whether or not that is the same thing as an actual face to face friendship … But regardless… the key thing here is that a level of trust develops and often I’m seeing that when people purchase from these eFriends, they use PayPal…

Now… this is where things come unstuck…

Because by this point they’ve established some kind of eRelationship… the purchaser will often feel well disposed towards the vendor and when they make a purchase, they empathise with how hard this person works to make a living and because they like them, they get to PayPal and decide to further help the recipient out by saving them getting dinged by business fees… so instead of processing the payment through BUSINESS… they opt for FRIENDS & FAMILY…

Now that’s lovely and fine when things work out and goods are promptly delivered…

But what when it goes wrong?

PayPal will only step in for business transactions…

If you have used friends & family… you are on your own pal… and it is up to you to chase things up directly with the vendor…

And suddenly you might well find that that eFriend has pulled an eSilence…

Suddenly you’re dealing with an eFiend… and a further point to note with an eFiend is that if you do manage to contact them, they will trot out excuses and promises… still not deliver… then turn it around and point their eFinger at you and inform you that you are being unreasonable here…

So what can you do about it?

Unless you know where they live and they are on your doorstep… not very much…

If you’re going to use friends and family… then be prepared to never see that money again…

And how do you decide who your eFriends are?

Well… when it comes to business… it’s easy… there are NONE…

And keep it that way… as even if they are a genuine friend there’s potential there to destroy a beautiful friendship…

Don’t rely on reputation… that’s no guarantee and please don’t be swayed by charm…

Bear in mind that if you like somebody… your judgement is already skewed as you are heavily biased to trust them…

And besides… friends actual real life or eWorld, will not be upset if you pay for goods as a business… because after all they are a business… and keeping healthy boundaries pays all round.

Remember… business is business…

Sometimes there are genuine reasons and things get sorted eventually… but also out there are in Tarot terms what would be called 7 of  Swords sneaky bastards who like to hide in plain sight…

So before you press that friend button… make double sure you’re not dealing with smoke and mirrors…