Hoofing Off…

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For this blog hop, Maureen Aisling Duffy-Boose set the theme with instructions to “decide for yourself which card in the Tarot most corresponds with your own interpretation of the second harvest of the Autumnal Equinox, or the energies and focus of the Celtic Deity Mabon, whose festival is celebrated on this date. And, with that in mind, you are invited to CREATE A TAROT CARD which will express in your own fashion this meaning.”

Now being a September equinox baby, I do get uber self-indulgent this time of year… I don’t do New Years Resolutions on 31st Dec/Jan 1st… I do them now… in my own little quiet space… September starts and as the kids go back to school, I gather up my scattered marbles and look back over the previous year and then think about where I want to head next…

This year… I’m having to weigh things up with a lot more thought than usual…

I’ve been laid low for quite a while with an injury to the soft tissues around my sacral-illiac joint. I’ve spent months trying every trick I know to sort it and getting frustrated that nothing works… so eventually I throw my hands up in despair and head to the G.P. and I get referred to a physio…

So… it turns out… the back is not the problem but the side effect… she informs me that I have one leg longer than the other (as do most folks…) that I was born with an equinus foot ( I idly wonder if it has anything to do with my Sagittarius Ascendant…) and then she demonstrates a normal gait, followed by a demonstration of my gait with an over emphasis that leaves me thinking – F@ck me! I’m Kaiser Soze!

But then it gets really interesting as I’m told that all my life I’ve been out of balance and that my body has been shifting and compensating to the point where it refuses to tolerate any more… she goes through my treatment plan, which starts with complete rest, lots of ice… moving into heat treatment, then finding the balance between the two… constructing arch supports and heel raises to bring me back into alignment and the killer blow…

She gives me a piece of paper with the words:

Do not do anything that you do not HAVE to do 

I waddle home and as I lay on bags of frozen peas, it occurs to me – Hey! She’s just written my blog  post for me…

Oh… but what shall I draw… so… being off my feet gives me time on my hands… which I spend looking at my feet and I look at the shape of my sole and I think… ahhh… I know that shape… perfect…

So… I went from this…

Hermit Sole Man

To this…

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And now I’m going to play my

Do not do anything that you do not HAVE to do ‘ card

So… I’ll let you jog along with making up lame puns and running gags, while I limp off with the Virgoan Hermit and relearn to walk…

I’m imaging not so much walking into a cave but walking through a mountain and re-emerging in the Spring Equinox… hopefully throwing off the cloak and dancing like an Ace of Wands… though to be honest… any improvement would be good, such as simply regaining my sense of balance, as right now, I’m hobbling around like a T-Rex with a mogadon shuffle…

I may or may not be exaggerating… 😛

Ok! Visiting time is over…

Scoot!

I’m sure my lovely neighbours Louise and Ania will look after you nicely.

🙂

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Set ’em up Jo…

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The theme for this blog hop was set by Joanne Sprott, who prompted…

Give us your take on the influence of the Sun and/or Mercury in the Tarot or your favorite oracle deck…

This amused on several levels… firstly I guess, because… well… I am just so easily amused in general! Secondly… In my Astrological birth chart, I have 5 planets hanging out in Virgo which is ruled by Mercury (I also have a wry smile at the thought of Virgo corresponding to The Hermit… and wander off sideways to wonder if that has anything to do with me often being asked as to whether I’m a very noisy introvert or an extremely antisocial extrovert… )

Thirdly… Last blog hop, I was spinning around with my personality card The Wheel… So Mercury brings to mind my Soul Card – The Magician… and The Sun… well that brings out the 3rd card in my birthcard pairing… My Shadow card is the Sun…

So all these thoughts and a few more I forget whirl around and soon I’m heading away to play with Night Sun Tarot… I lay out my Birth Chart Mandala to see what I can hear…

 Astro Birth Chart Mandala

I say…pssssst…. Merc! What are you talking about?

He hisses back… Merc? Call me Hermes… I’m talking about Psychopomp and Circumstances…

What is that supposed to mean…

The Sun chips in…Take a closer look and see where we shine…

So I pull out all the cards where these two appear and I shuffle them up and ask again…

What are you talking about?

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And this is what I heard…

Sun & 10 of Swords - Sun/Gemini

Sun & 10 of Swords – Sun/Gemini


So… this is what it’s come to… Our glory days coming to an end and here we are… sitting it out somewhere in a bar near the ending of our Universe… We used to be so revered… One by one they turned against us…

Magician & 10 of Pentacles - Mercury/Virgo

Magician & 10 of Pentacles – Mercury/Virgo

I know what you mean man… Time was when they believed in Magic… and now when I levitate… They don’t believe it… they mock and say I just sit on a barstool… Breaking down every little detail… over analysing us to death… Still… I guess the advent of that new religion didn’t help me… and all that stuff about thou shalt not and ‘Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.’ I’m Mercury Man… yet I still get tossed out with the golden calves…

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6 of Chalices – Sun/Scorpio & 3 of Wands – Sun/Aries

Well… bottoms up my friend! Here’s to the past and who knows what the future will bring… Do you think we’ll ever be glorious again…

 

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5 of Pentacles Mercury/Taurus

 

Who knows… all things go around… and speaking of which… I’m getting a bit short on Dinars… Any chance of you getting a round in?

 

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8 of Pentacles – Sun/Virgo

Well… I’d like to mate… though I’ve been advised to save a few quid for a rainy day… 

 

 

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8 of Wands – Mercury/Sagittarius

Rainy day! Don’t make me laugh! You’re the Sun! You make it shine wherever you go… Loosen up… Live a little… Even for immortals, life is too short to have regrets…

 

 

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4 of Pentacles – Sun/Capricorn

Yeah… that’s easy for you to say… you’re used to being foot loose and fancy free and going wherever your whims take you… Some of us have to be solid and stable… some of us have responsibilities, dependants…

 

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3 of Chalices – Mercury/Cancer & 6 of Swords – Mercury/Aquarius

Yeah, yeah, yeah… I’ve heard it all before… I get it! You are the centre of the Universe! Well… if you want to stay in your rut, then that’s all fine and good by me… but yeah… I have wanderlust… And I think I’ve just heard them call ‘Last Orders!’ So… Let’s make it one more for my baby and more for the road…

 

 

 

This way for the Exodus…

I have Alison Coals to the left of me and Arwen Lynch to my right…

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