Catch-Up and Mustard Post #domagick


Here’s what I’ve been up to during the last two days…

DAY 15

I normally sit on a yoga cushion while chanting, but decided to stretch out on my back because of the nurse’s orders today. My fifteen-pound-plus cat immediately padded over and curled on my belly. He hindered my concentration at first, bunting my chin repeatedly for attention, but I began syncing the slow pets I was giving him in time with my breathing and the energy I was directing through my body. His weight eventually became a benefit, since I could judge how deep my belly breaths were by how far I lifted him up with each one. By the time I’d worked my way through Oso’s enn and the Five Warrior Syllables, he was fast asleep.

For art today, I took photos for the WordPress #developingyoureye challenge. Because I was trying to capture movement, I had to shoot them very quickly, with limited “aim.” I’m happy with how the final shot turned out. I also managed to write seven pages today for the class I will be teaching in April.


DAY 16

When the nurse ordered me to keep off my feet for two days, I thought I would be able to make good use of my time writing and meditating. My landlord had other ideas. Workmen turned up to make extremely loud repairs in our suite today. I managed to pen a couple pages despite the hammering and grinding but didn’t bother trying to meditate. Anywhere I sat, one cat huddled against me. The other hid. I knew how he felt.

To take my mind off things, I played with my new Sharman-Caselli Tarot. Although I’d had high hopes for the Thoth deck, I’d accidentally dropped two of the cards in water shortly after getting them. This led to one of them buckling ever so slightly around the edge. Now, because of the shuffling method I use—i.e. shuffle until the card I’m supposed to meditate on that day—it is almost always the card I “choose.” Playing with a stacked deck doesn’t work well with divination, so I figured something new was in order and purchased the plainest deck I could find at my local bookstore. Also known as The Beginner’s Guide to Tarot, the Sharman-Caselli deck certainly fits the bill.

Today I dropped three cards instead of one: the Star, the Ace of Wands, and the Wheel of Fortune—all upright.

I interpreted this to mean that I should have hope. A burst of energy is about to manifest, along with a possible new creative project. Times are about to change. This made me smile.

For art today, I tinkered with a couple photographs I’d taken at the indoor gardens.

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