Alchemical Thoughts

In 2018, I made a self-imposed moratorium on reading any book related to politics, social issues, social justice, activism, or other similar topics. After reading White Trash, which I did for our campus Dean’s Faculty Reading Group, I mostly got burned out. So I am pretty much reading a lot of light and escapist stuff. However, I do anticipate a day when I may go back to reading such books, so I am including some of those on my list. Yet it may be a good while before I read those kinds of books again. I pretty much embarked on the #AllOutOfFucksToGiveTour, and I am pretty happy about it. Meanwhile, let’s see what books I am adding to my ever growing TBR list this time. As always, book title links go to WorldCat unless otherwise noted.

 

Items about books I want to read:

 

Lists and bibliographies:

 

 

 

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You can find the original prompts by A Village of Cards here.

Prompt for Day 15:

Tea Time: Have some tea with your cards! You’re halfway through and deserve a break.

Deck of cards, deck book, and coffee mug

Coffee in my case.

Anyhow, you can see behind the mug my current Tarot journal, my Lyle book (my current basic Tarot reference book, The Illustrated Guide to Tarot), and my Wisdom of the Oracle divination cards by Collette Baron-Reid, published by Hay House (my current oracle deck). These are the divination items I keep on my desk.

Deck featured: Santa Muerte Tarot by Fabio Listrani, published by Lo Scarabeo.

You can find the original prompts by A Village of Cards here.

Day 14 Prompt:

Hanami: Pull a card (randomly or by design) to represent something that doesn’t last long, so needs to be appreciated while it’s here.

 

Six of Wands, because all glory is fleeting.

Deck featured: Santa Muerte Tarot by Fabio Listrani, published by Lo Scarabeo.

You can find the original prompts by A Village of Cards here.

Day 13 prompt:

Rubber Boots: Pull a card randomly. Its numerical value is your puddle-jumping-armour stat. How wet are your feet?

Nine of Wands from the Santa Muerte Tarot

 

Nine of Wands. Well, on the one hand, nine seems a low number. However, it is wands, the fiery suit, so maybe the fire helps evaporate the water.

 

Deck used: Santa Muerte Tarot by Fabio Listrani, published by Lo Scarabeo.

You can find the original prompts by A Village of Cards here.

Day 12 Prompt:

Sweet Pea: For the birth flower of April, talk about a card that always makes you feel good when you pull it.

Justice- XI from Santa Muerte Tarot Justice- XI from the Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night

 

For me, a card I find reassuring is the Justice- XI card. I do not ask much from life, but one of the things I ask for and strive for is justice and fairness. Justice for me represents order, fairness, getting what is just. Justice may not arrive right away,  but it will in due time.

 

 

 

 

Decks featured: Santa Muerte Tarot (left side) by Fabio Listrani, published by Lo Scarabeo. Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night (right side) with art by Davide Corsi, published by Lo Scarabeo.

You can find the original prompts by A Village of Cards here.

Prompt for Day 11:

Haiku: Pull three random cards to write a haiku.

April Fool Challenge Day 11 cards. Six of Cups, King of Pentacles, Ten of Cups

 

The three cards pulled randomly: Six of Cups, King of Pentacles, Ten of Cups.

The haiku I wrote:

Dame brings us six cups

Train comes, everybody rides

We all can party

 

Deck used: Santa Muerte Tarot by Fabio Listrani, published by Lo Scarabeo.

You can find the original prompts by A Village of Cards here.

Prompt for Day 10:

Wild Cards: Take a photo of your cards out in nature (or if you can’t leave your house, with a sweet houseplant!)

 

The day I took the photo was a bit wild, as we had some snow from morning to mid afternoon, a dusting mostly, but it melted by the time I got out to take the picture in my back porch. It was kind of cold to go too far, so this is about as “wild” as it got for this photo.

Photo of Santa Muerte Tarot deck on back porch of our home

On a side note, when we moved to our apartment here, the view behind the apartment from the back porch was fairly wild with tall grass and field. Then the landlord decided I guess she needed more money and renters, so the apartments right behind us (out of the photo, would be slightly to the right) were built in the past year. The houses you see in the distance are also part of her business (she sells those) and of course meant razing over that wilderness; that area back there had grass, trees, nice greenery overall. So unless I go out to the Pinnacles and the woods, the “wild” here is shrinking. To be honest, that tree you see in the middle there, given the drive to build more I am not sure how much longer it will stay. Oh well.

Deck featured: Santa Muerte Tarot by Fabio Listrani, published by Lo Scarabeo.

 

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