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Tarot Tuesday: Pregnancy, The Five of Disks, and a Six of Disks Prompt

 Third Child Worry is the work of pregnancy: You’re too old, too tired, Your marriage won’t survive, firstborn we fear displacing in the next room telling her father she’d like to see the baby. Now. Open to page where tadpole curls in half-papaya of womb, thumb quick past the chapter, “When something goes wrong,” know there’d be no way to live with ourselves wondering who the unborn might have been. We opt out of amniocentesis because we’re over 35, could test False Positive like the couple we visited— mute—observing our healthy girl jumping on the couch the age their’s would’ve been if they kept her. Already, in our midst, our unborn, moored,  spins, tenuous as a kite dependent on grip of holder on the shore. --2008   This week I connected the material anxieties and fears associated with the Five of Disks to pregnancy. I remember during my first pregnancy becoming subsumed by fears: Will my body carry this child to term? Am I capable? Will I be a fit mother? Can I provide for this ... more

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Tarot Tuesday: The Five of Disks

Old-growth tree-heart bared Ladder through concentric rings Body listening Living my Four of Disks week, I thought about the Thoth deck’s power image of the moat surrounding a simple castle structure with four square turrets, or towers. I thought about the question: Where does the sun of your personal power shine? And the answer manifested as a walk in the sculpture garden near my father’s house where I climbed up a ladder into the upper mushroom cap of a miniature tower house made by Bruce Johnson. There’s nothing quite like a Bruce Johnson, nothing quite like his massive sections of his salvaged old growth redwood tree trunks sheathed in layers of hammered copper. Robyn and I climbed the ladder and up into the cap, sitting across from one another over the open wheel of the floor, our palms against the cool copper floor, looking out at the tiny yellow daisies below on the grounds through windows the ... more

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Tarot Tuesday: The Four of Disks

My experience of the Three of Disks this week was creating with my children. Families in our city were busy making versions of the Mission San Diego De Alcala for Social Studies this month. Under our roof, the youngest son was in the hot seat foraging around the house for materials. He rounded up a tiny deer and a plastic green tree, empty miniature salsa tubs as planter pots for each side of the Mission entrance and a pizza box as his cardboard base. With my daughter's help, he fashioned the tiered bell tower. With my help, he dismantled an old pair of rusting red bell earrings and painted the bells grey. He vetoed our trip to a craft store for more bells in favor of making the remaining bells out of paper. Who knew it would work: one 3D bell on top, and the rest spinning on their tan thread anchors. As ... more

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First Tuesdays: Themed Monthly Poetry Workshop SDWI

While the poetry we write starts as a conversation with the Self, it inevitably becomes a ... more

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Wheel of Archetypal Selves: The Many Faces of Change

In this on-line Tarot Writing course, we will explore Tarot’s many faces of Change, from Public ... more

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Wheel of Archetypal Selves: The Many Faces of Love

February 15, 2016: Wheel of Archetypal Selves: The Many Faces of Love In this on-line Tarot Writing ... more

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Submission Sunday: Salvage Your December, in Person at San Diego Writers, Ink

Most writers I know are pretty grumpy around holiday time—don’t get me wrong—we love our friends ... more