I know this is off topic, but this is my blog so please endure blog posts once in a while!
I watched a video the other day. It was a clip from a show called ‘Extreme Cheapskates’ of a woman who saves money around the holidays by stealing her families belongings throughout the year. Wraps them up at Christmas, and then reunites her ill gotten gains to their rightful owners by way of a Christmas gift. Genius.
I’m pretty sure my family would disown me, but her family seemed to take it surprisingly well.
That got me thinking about the most disappointing gifts I have ever received.
Full coverage car insurance. Maybe it’s not the worst thing ever. But it is pretty boring. No thanks, I’ll buy that myself. If there’s anything I find less exciting than buying insurance. It’s expecting a gift only to find that it’s the invisible gift of accident cover.
Actually, I’d rather not be gifted any kind of insurance. Or have any kind of bill paid for, again. Yes, it’s useful. But I’d rather pay them myself and have an actual present. Is that OK to say? Sorry for being ungrateful.
Once, when I was about 9 I got some batteries and a bag of cheese and onion crisps out of a multipack. I didn’t like cheese and onion crisps. And didn’t have any use for the batteries.
And when I was 19 I received a customised calendar from my Aunt. It had a different picture of me for each month. All collected by my father from my laptop while I was at work. All of me at various stages of intoxication on nights out. Including one of me pole dancing. It was made worse by the fact that I knew the folder he had taken them from also contained other, slightly more ‘private’, photos. Kill me now.
So those are my top three worst ever gifts. Also you probably shouldn’t get full coverage auto insurance, but if you do, heres a tip: Get a lot of quotes: http://www.autoinsurancemonkey.com
There is a system and a tradition behind why Tarot Cards have the images, names and numbers that they do. For the past 200 years, the Hermetic Qabalah has provided a framework for Tarot and has given each card a rich set of attributions which can be used in readings if they are known.
I have created two ways to work with this system for divination. They can be used on their own or with a deck of Tarot Cards.
Tarot of Color is an attribution deck that shows the depth of correspondences.
Kaleidoscope Tarot is very abstract. A card is represented by a color & a single symbol.
Qabalah, also called Hermetic Kabbalah, has its origins in Hebraic Kabbalah. It was supplemented in medieval times by alchemical lore. In the 19th century, the French magician Eliphas Levi connected the Qabalah to tarot. This connection was further developed by the occult group in England known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The Golden Dawn produced a major syncretistic work combining the Tree of Life with Hindu & Buddhist Philosophies, Greek and Egyptian deities, the Enochian (angelic) magic of John Dee, Alchemy, Astrology, Numerology & Masonic/Rosicrucian esotericism.
There are 4 Scales of Color named after the court cards. The system is most available in books in table form. Looking at it this way, it seems hard to see why you would even care. But it is beautiful, vibrant and alive. The colors for Tarot of Color come from the King Scale. The Color correspondences with Tarot Cards fit very nicely with Western thought on color meaning as well as the New Age understanding of Chakra Colors.
Color can be a bridge between a Tarot Reading and your daily life. Look at the cards from a color perspective. If Red becomes a major issue, consider if there is too much or not enough. If you have too little red, showing as fatigue, low energy, you may want to add it to your wardrobe, diet or environment. If you think there is too much red, you might consider adding the complement (green).
Tarot of Color can be used on its own for readings, as flash card for learning the correspondences or to clarify a reading from another deck.