It’s definitely hibernating season in my world. February is always the hardest month, if only I could stay home for the next 28 days. That’s not an option so I will get through it like I always do. I know technically it’s still January but it’s about this time every year when it becomes a struggle.
Friday was a busy one so I was excited that my new tarot cards finally arrived. They went on their own adventure through the postal service. They bounced all over Ohio and even a little in PA before they made it to my mailbox. I looked at every card while drinking my after work hot cacao almond milk. I didn’t accomplish much more than soaking in a hot bath with my blue moon bath salts. It felt like the perfect thing to do on the night between the full moon and Mercury going retrograde.
Saturday wasn’t very eventful. The Girl and I ran a few errands but other than that we were home the rest of the weekend. I talked to my Southern aunt again last night. This time we talked for two hours. My mom never talked about her childhood but my aunt has no problem talking about it. It’s a lot to digest so I have to sit with it for a while before I find a way to put it all into words.
I didn’t leave the house at all today. I did finish up my kitchen counter harvest. The perfume experiments were a success, they don’t last very long but the smell is good. Not bad for my first attempt. I also really like the fresh pine and lemon peel all purpose cleaner. I liked how it came out so much that I have a new batch on my counter but this time I used lemon peel and lavender. I am aiming for a fabric softner with a kick….normally I just use straight white vinegar in the rinse. The calendula salve I thought was a win on Wednesday is more like a lotion than a salve…not a total fail but not what I was hoping for in the end. The lotion bars that I thought were a fail were actually a win. Wednesday appears to have been a tad contrary.
Back to my tarot cards…the Shapeshifter Tarot has always been my deck of choice. I have had that deck for roughly twenty years…I was still married when I bought it, so yes…it’s old. Over the years I have worked with them on and off. This time around I have been pulling a card a day since August. KB was over one day last year and she asked to look at my deck. I was surprised at how much I didn’t want her to touch it and she is one of my oldest friends. I let her but I hesitated. She bought the usual Rider Waite deck because that was the one she was drawn to and the symbology is widely recognized. I didn’t think much about it until I started repeatedly pulling certain cards. That’s when I started going to Biddy tarot and reading the traditional card meaning.
After that happened a few times I decided that I should probably start working with the Rider Waite deck. I have never been drawn to the deck itself until I stumbled upon a little shop on Etsy. It was listed as a vintage deck and when I saw it, I said “yes, this one!” So now when I pull my card I match it up with the traditional card and compare symbols and meanings.
This morning I pulled 11 seeker of fire (page of swords) and the other two were jumpers. I always write down the jumpers too, I figure there’s a reason they jump out of the deck while I’m shuffling. I picked a few other cards to show you the difference.
We had weather more than once last week and the roads were actually treated, I was amazed. I only slid one time which wasn’t bad especially since S-bend was treated. I’m always the first to complain when the roads are bad so I have to give credit when they are treated. I am hoping this trend continues for tomorrow morning. Monday’s are hard enough, slipping and sliding to work never helps. Fingers crossed….Zia