Teach Me Tuesdays: Have You Been In Solitaire Confinement

“How do you build a house with playing cards? Start a club, win their hearts, give them tools and spades, and pay them with diamonds.” – Anonymous

You will have to follow the clues I have left behind via underlined hyperlink text today to discern if there are hidden esoteric elements weaved carefully in much of what may be presented to us within our constant absorption of monomyths. We’re all guilty of succumbing to the past time of finding ourselves enthralled with heroic journeys.

I’m not sure if I’ll be assigned as a juror, but if I am I suspect having a bit less free time to write and that there may be a mini hiatus. I can only manage so much in each 24 hour day with my many obligations.

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I am trying to ensure the latter part of my week is vacant for what has to be accomplished between jury duty as well as my part time cosmetology gig. So I have tried to fit in some compositions for this week before it gets a bit more chaotic with some unfinished chores I need to cross of on my list. While I’m generally not a Wiki fan I have resorted to utilizing one for some understanding and postulating.

For as much as I stopped binge watching Netflix and/or tell-a-lie-vision this week mom and I became consumed with Alice in Borderland. I get it because for me Alice in Wonderland has always been a favorite so much so that I also fell in love with CLAMP’s Miyuki-chan and American McGee’s Alice.

I am slightly frustrated if not dismayed to acknowledge I probably will be anxiously awaiting a Season 2 of Alice in Borderland. I do enjoy analyzing this story’s psychological twists/turns. Old habits I guess die hard when something catches our mind’s eye.

It is interesting that in tarot divination the suit of Hearts is the suit of Cups with Diamonds as Pentacles. Yet in this series we see something else being depicted (spoilers)!

But this morning I decided I wanted to divine a message with my charms. You can see the results below as well as some post rain garden updates. A little fun when we think of Alice who so desperately wanted to be Queen as well as enter the garden at the beginning of her own journey!

I actually have a Japanese costume (click for an image of the dress) that I have worn only twice themed after the Heart and Diamond card guards. It is packed away for whenever I decide to wear it again alongside another dress of a similar fashion style which is more gothic being navy blue almost black and white.

The dress I own was purchased in my late twenties from overseas for a pretty penny with import fees. It was custom made to my own measurements. Watching this series has made me reconsider if I would enjoy watching Squid Game or not. I am at present still unsure, but it  has been moved into the watch list.

Today the charms I have pulled are the passport, compass, and the solar system. We should take notice that our compass points East! I am not going to decode the entire message because I would like for my blog readers to work on finding answers as well.

“What playing cards are the best dancers? The King and Queen of Clubs.” – Anonymous

If these charms look familiar it is because they have turned up in previous divination blog posts before.

Passport: This document is often issued by a competent civil authority who grants permission to the individual named therein to travel in or out of a country as well as authenticating his/her right to protection while abroad.

We find that early use of the passport often indicated the right to leave one’s country. Therefore receiving a passport or getting it stamped represents approval.

Perhaps you will soon order or request something from an authority figure. Could a discussion with a boss where you are asking for some vacation time or even a pay raise and need approval be on the horizon?

The passport can signify receiving the green light to go ahead with your plans. If you are applying for a passport or visa this symbolizes a sign that you might be working towards an important interview or relocation request which will require you to go through an important process which can completely transform your life in the near future.

You are going to be traveling soon due to a job or other personal purposes. A new passport reflects new beginning chapters in your life. You will embark on completely new adventures with no past baggage or history. Before you lies a time where you will no longer let the past events drag you down from living the life you desire most.

Your passport photograph suggests that you will soon focus on wanderlust. You are signing up and committing to something and should consider doing it the earlier the better. A passport also indicates that you will soon have to prove your experience or knowledge. Be ready to share your abilities with others as this will open up new doors for you.

Passport/Visa and Tickets to?:

Compass: Can you locate your “true north” which symbolizes the moral compass? This your personal GPS guidance/navigation system meant to assist you in traversing over troubled seas and the unfamiliar paths you have taken or will take. As established this compass is pointing East. The below links and PDF may help you out.

Discerning the Compass’ Messages:

Solar System: The pursuit of studying space through astrology/astronomy or any number of other occult pursuits may be represented here. By knowing or learning your natal chart as well as adventuring into speculative arenas such as thought experiments one might begin to know themselves or gain further insights into the world which surrounds them.

Suggestions could include visiting a planetarium, purchasing a telescope, going camping to avoid city lights which obscure the constellations from view, and/or developing further study into esoterics, astrophysics, and so forth.

Are you trying to outrun Death or live in the moment? Or are we on the path of Nun? What propels you forward; fear (FOMO), love, or adrenaline?

Death’s connection with Scorpio would be my Western/Tropical 8th House of what our relationships will bring to us and how we can get the most out of them. Its natural ruling planet Saturn which stands for equality and justice teaches that the 8th House stands for equal opportunity. It places sex, death, and rebirth on the same playing field. Death and rebirth are a part of life.

Failed relationships lead to new ones, career changes, and a new haircut all indicate this aspect of rebirth/regeneration. It is here that we transform our insecurities into strengths. The change that we experience through this house drives us to look deeper into the hidden aspects of our self and explore life.

Shared resources such as inheritance, insurance, taxes, and alimony all fall under the realm of the 8th House. This house addresses financial and physical support as well as emotional and spiritual support. Yet in mundane spheres the 8th House can represent the debts, losses of battles, import/export, and death rate of a country.

However, in Vedic/Sidereal Scorpio would be my 2nd House of speech representing one’s capacity for verbal expression. Here one can receive acclaim in the fields of communication either verbal or written. While one may learn many languages the 2nd House also speaks to immediate family, wealth profile, and the affluence of one’s childhood depicting our virtues/vices.

If we were to observe this in mundane spheres the 2nd House can represent the wealth of a nation by indicating their financial welfare or economic matters.

May your Tuesday be triumphant! 🏆🎯

Well despite thinking the beans were dead and attempting to compost we can safely assess that more purple, green, and yellow beans are on the way. Bumper crop in the making.
The non triple digit weather and rain in Texas has meant the crepe myrtle is flowering a second time as well.
If the garlic chives get any larger I fear they make break the above ground bed. The honey bees are still actively at work!
If anyone can help identify the above weed I’d be grateful to them. It has some seed pods and white/yellow flowers. I’m not sure what this is growing alongside my beans.
Our zinnias have so many blossoms about to open that it’s overwhelming!

PS: I managed to carefully remove the two dresses from my closet where they remain in perfect condition and snag a photo of them. As seen below for the curious at heart as to what I’m describing in the costuming that I acquired in my twenties from importing overseas fashion for what was hundreds of dollars to be custom made is two dresses I’ve worn maybe once or twice only in my lifetime.

Why? I don’t really have anything that I attend anymore for which I would don this attire. Additionally at the cost they were I’m dreadfully trying to ensure they do not get damaged in any way whatsoever. Therefore when I have worn either dress I’m exceptionally OCD for fear of getting anything on them or seeing anything get ripped/torn. I put too much value upon them!

The Alice in Wonderland Hearts and Diamonds card guard was worn with stockings that had the entire suits on my legs including the Spades as well as the Clubs. It was worn for Halloween circa age 29 when I graduated beauty school for Halloween to my place of employment where no one could comprehend who I was meant to even be. Everyone was utterly baffled by what my costuming even signified guessing the theme/character wrong!

Gothic versus Alice in Wonderland Hearts/Diamonds Card Guard

Tarot of the Day Thursdays: Charms and Letters

What Symbolism Can You Find in This Image?

Today is 11/11 and while I am sure some people have no clue what that means I encourage you to do a search online. This also fell on a Thursday which is usually seen as a Jupiter day. For Americans we are celebrating Veterans Day as well so thanks to those who serve like my late maternal grandfather (WW II Pacific Ocean Theater) and my maternal uncle (Vietnam) did.

11/11 is an invitation to unity consciousness which begins within balancing all parts of our self. We live in a world made of duality in which we learn how to thrive. Once we accept divergent polarities by loving, forgiving, and growing we help collective Earth as well.

This is actually an interview done with my grandfather which I am putting here for today. Usually my mom and I go to visit him where his ashes were buried, and this year I have not gone since February 5th. The cemetery is actually located near a Buddhist temple which I took photos of in February as well. Visiting him is always difficult for me being that it is a military cemetery. On one hand I am to pay my respects, but on the other I am triggered by the amount of graves and the loss of life. So I usually have to prepare mentally and emotionally for the drive and experience because I end up angry and depressed by being there every time. Covid did not help  honestly when I went in February as there were many fresh graves I walked, saw, and photographed with my Canon Eos Rebel.

https://voicesofveterans.org/oral-history/joiner.html

Here is what the Universe has sent us today!

The Key: This key has the word truth written upon it. We can look upon this a few different ways. One is subjective in that each of us should feel comfortable and be allowed to know or speak our truth. Another is to place a focus on maintaining honest relationships with ourselves and others. The final concept may relate to Maat and the Egyptian weighing of the heart against the feather of “truth” to avoid being consumed by the monster Ammit in the Book of the Dead seen as a record keeping of one’s good/bad deeds. Please remember that keys are used to lock and unlock doors which is a powerful symbol in its own right! This might be an allusion to Libra as the Scales in a round about way.

https://choosenaturesguide.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/maat-the-goddess-of-truth-and-balance/

The Pelican: A symbol of teamwork, self sacrifice, charity, humility, self indulgence/hoarding, and resourcefulness.

https://www.sonomabirding.com/pelican-symbolism/

The Dreamcatcher: A protective talisman for protection against nightmares and bad/negative dreams (this weeds out that which is unwanted and only allows in that which is for the best of intentions and a higher purpose). Guard your dreams (the phrase to keep your cards or plans close to your chest rather than discuss them with others).

https://www.journeytreehealing.com/post/the-symbolism-of-dreamcatchers

The Watering Can: This tool is often found in gardens for distribution of water or sometimes liquid fertilizers (the stream of water is broken up into droplets to avoid excessive pressure on the soil/delicate plants). Another thought is akin to a glass as your perspective in life. Is it half empty or half full; abundance vs poverty consciousness. Please remember abundance is not just your finances and pocket book as many do not realize true wealth is beyond just paying our bills. This might be an allusion to Aquarius as the Water Carrier in a round about way.

The Compass: Finding your “true north,” the moral compass, and guidance/navigation over troubled seas and the unfamiliar paths taken. It appears this compass is pointing West so maybe we should investigate this. The below links and PDF may help you out.

https://www.symbolic-meanings.com/2008/01/02/symbolism-of-the-compass-meaning-of-the-four-directions/

https://symbolsage.com/compass-symbol-and-meaning/

https://www.accentenvironments.com/files/Accent-medicine-wheel-lessons.pdf

The Crown Chakra Crystal: The Crown chakra is located where royal people place their crowns. This is your connection to the Universe, the Infinite, and beyond our physical realm. This chakra focuses on self-knowledge while being linked with the central nervous system and cerebral cortex. This energy center is concerned with thought and consciousness.

When imbalanced we can become depressed, confused, and lonely. It displays as a disconnect with Source or God, we may lack any desire towards new knowledge or wisdom, and what is called the dark night of the soul. To fix this meditate on the color violet, try brain games or learn a new language, wear amethyst, practice Jnana yoga, and eat plant based or try a juice cleanse/fasting.

Zebra Jasper Crystal: Zebra Jasper will typically be white with black stripes like a zebra, but may also be found in color variations such as green, red, or brown with white. It is an opaque stone that ranges from rich to lighter shades of black and white stripes. This crystal holds the energy of balance by uniting the energies of the masculine and feminine. It also balances the chakras by combining the physical, intellectual, emotional, and aetheric bodies.

Zebra Jasper is an anti-apathy stone allowing you to be optimistic regardless of life’s stresses giving you more initiative to tackle your problems. This will encourage you to dare to dream while turning those dreams into a reality. As a grounding stone this crystal allows you to tune into Mother Earth and find joy in your surroundings. Zebra Jasper asks us to pay attention to any kidney/bladder problems while it improves skin, bones, and teeth as well as alleviates muscle spasms.

Zebra Jasper resonates with Number 11 and our Root chakra.

Affirmation: My energies are balanced and united.

Question to Ask Yourself: Do I feel that it is important to harmonize my masculine and feminine energies?

Letters: S, R, D, Z, P, R, M, U, O, H, J, O, G, and N

These could be initials for anyone’s names in your life or we can try to see if there is a message hidden or encoded via making words. So now comes the fun part. I am going to try to form any words I see. Let me know in the comments if you see any other words. This list is already pretty long actually!

Humor
Proud
Jog and Jogs
Drop and Drops
Prom
Duo
Go
Mound and Mounds
Judo
Round and Rounds
Hog and Hogs
Gum
Hum
Zoo
Hop and Hops
Shop
Mud
Sud
Horn and Horns
Ground and Grounds
Soup
Gumdrop and Gumdrops
Sojourn
No
On
Up
Sorghum
Moon
Honor and Honors
Honour and Honours
Oomph
Juror and Jurors
Dough
Group and Groups
Mojo
Jump and Jumps
John
Shojo
Zoom and Zooms
Dojo and Dojos
Josh
Mop
Mug and Mugs
Hug and Hugs
Soon
Um
Om
Oh
Drum and Drums

Happy 11/11 and Veterans Day!