I Hear the Train A-Comin’*

Tarot of Vampyres

Images © Ian Daniels

The Tower
“As an Aries, you believe in Karma, but only because you are the Karma.”

Mars in Aries: Mars is a planet of force and Will, and is known as the God of War. Aries is ruled by Mars and represents individuality, rebelliousness, fearlessness, and high-octane energy. 
Number 16: A second day of pulling a card assigned a “Karmic Debt” number (yesterday’s was the King of Swords). 16 symbolizes destruction of the old to rebuild the new.

Have to chosen to stay in your comfort zone? Do you instinctively know a change is necessary, but are refusing to take the next step? Well, change is a-comin’ – whether you like it or not!*

The Tower is number 16 of the Major Arcana. As opposed to the rest of the Tarot cards (Minor Arcana) which provide you with more options and different ways to do things, with the Major Arcana you have no choice but to deal with whatever the card is throwing at you.

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Being an Aries, I stumbled across some humorous (and some sobering) quotes about us Rams of the Zodiac:
“My worst quality is impatience.” – Emma Thompson
“She was a wild, wicked slip of a girl. She burned too bright for this world” – Emily Bronte
“People accuse me of being arrogant all the time. I’m not arrogant, I’m focused.” – Russell Crowe
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou
The dumbest thing you can possibly do is piss off an Aries woman. She will open the gates of Hell and escort your ass right on in, and she will do it with a smile on her face.
Never betray a loyal Aries, you will never what hit you. You may THINK you have fooled an Aries, but they’re just feeding you a little more rope to hang yourself.
Aries gets irritated by people who judge them on matter they have no clue about.
I am the first of the signs. The Queen of the Zodiac. Don’t you ever forget it.
I may not be the nicest person in the world, but at least with me you know where you stand.
They’re not crying because you hurt their feelings, but because you made them angry enough that they could kill you.
You don’t know how many times an Aries has put other people’s needs before their own – and it didn’t get them anywhere.
When an Aries is silent for a long period of time, they’re likely irritate and prefer to keep calm before they explode on you.
True Aries are really stubborn and will ram their horns into a wall multiples – before realizing there’s a wall there.
Aries can be changed by what happens to them, but they refuse to be reduced by it.
If you make an Aries wait for long and expect them to be there when you finally arrive…think again!
I’m an Aries. We’re fucking crazy. Get over it.
It’s funny how Aries females have more balls than men (do).
Something you may not know: They are usually very shy.
Aries after an argument: Regrets their temper but glad they got their point across; may be distant for a little while.
An Aries thinks you should either improve a bad situation or just stop complaining about it.
An Aries does not care what the world thinks of them. They will always do what they think is right.
One of Aries’ biggest struggles is being able to stay calm when they get even slightly frustrated. They may even just be excited, but others will take their excitement as being angry. They have so much energy that it can come out as an explosion.
Within minutes they can go from loving you to hating your existence.

– and my personal favorite:
Aside from their meticulously color-coded calendar, indistinguishable from a meth addict.


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I’m Going Out On A Limb


Both the Eastern and Western Divions are in Game 7 of their respective series – with the final match between the Cavaliers and Celtics tonight in Boston. I’m betting the Cavaliers will win the Eastern series and go on to the Finals.

I’m also predicting 2018 MVP will go to LeBron James. This is a no-brainer.

‘Kayso, what about the Golden State Warriors? They face the Houston Rockets for Game 7 of their series tomorrow night in Houston (6:00pm PST).

It will be a knuckle-biter for Dub-nation…

It’s no secret I’m a proud part of Dub-nation, and have the Warriors’ addition of Kevin Durant to the roster last year to thank for that. After following last year’s playoffs, emerging victorious as 2017 NBA Champs, and religiously watching every single game this season, I’ve gotten a feel for all the players. The Golden State Warriors are  a  the Dream Team of the NBA.

Therefore, it pains me to see the turnovers and less-than-stellar decisions they make on the court. Up until the second half of last night’s game against Houston, you wouldn’t have guessed that this was a win-or-go-home match. They finally got their mojo back to win 115-86, tying the Series.

But one glaring point emerged. While the Cavs have a strong presence in LeBron James and the Rockets have theirs with James Harden, the Warriors lack this. Kevin Durant is ranked 2nd best player in the NBA; and while he is a superb all-around basketball player he doesn’t have the leadership strengths needed to be a LeBron or a Harden. What I did see in the 2nd half was Steph Curry taking the lead and that’s when they started turning things around.

Which brings me to my prediction for tomorrow’s game. If Steph continues to take the reins, along with Draymond Green (who’s got some solid leadership skills of his own), they will prevail over the Rockets. If not, well…they’re up against a tough opponent. I guess it will all come down to how much they want it.

I sure would love to see the Warriors against the Cavaliers. It will be the 4th time these two teams have faced each other in the Finals. My prediction:  The Golden State Warriors will cream the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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After spending two months recovering from a lumbar spinal contusion, Patrick MacCaw (0) took the court once again last night (to a standing ovation that gave me goose bumps), landing his opening shot right into the basket. Welcome back, Patrick!

I’m also continually dazzled out-of-my mind by the presentation and production value at the Oracle Arena. I watched a lot of NBA matches at arenas around the country and, hands-down, Oracle puts on THE BEST!!! Amazing video and LED displays, pyro-technics, and a tonnage of Warrior-yellow confetti dropped at the end of the games – not to mention some top-notch half-time entertainment and the solid (and loud) support of Dub-nation attendees. WARRR-RIORRS WARRR-RIORRS WARRR-RIORRS

Did a little research and turns out it’s an in-house production, Warrior Studio, that’s behind the “pomp and circumstance”. They’re not only responsible for in-stadium entertainment at Oracle, they also produce video content for warriors.com, social media platforms, commercials, and TV shows – snagging an Emmy for their extraordinary efforts!



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Church of the Poison Mind*

Tarot of Vampyres

Images © Ian Daniels

10 of Swords (Reversed)

Sun in Gemini:   Communication, ideas, sharp intellect.
Number 10: Can be seen as the end as well as the beginning; the closing of one door and the opening of another.

Reversed this reads as recovery and regeneration. The Suit of Swords represents thoughts, plans, ideas, and all forms of communication. The 10 of Swords Reversed points to a transformation of some kind which is mental, rather than physical.

Is there a viewpoint or belief you need to re-evaluate? Are you holding onto an attitude or perception that’s no longer serving you? What mental masturbations are you supporting – or encouraging? The month of May signals Spring and Spring-cleaning. Sweeping those cobwebs from your head will clear the way for that open door through which new ideas or concepts materialize.

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Notice that no matter which direction the Ten of Knives is viewed
it doesn’t change the feel of the card?

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Carnivorous Bog (5.23.2018)

Bought this beautiful ceramic container at Home Depot – with the idea that not only would it fit on the windowsill, the Carnies would look fantastic in it!

Sarracenia leucophylla ‘Tarnok’, Sarracenia flava (Princess Flava II), Cape Sundew (Drosera capensis, Sarracenia ‘Scarlett Belle’, and a smattering of Utricularia (bisquamata?).

(I may have to purchase another one of these pots…)

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Plant Lust::Mimosa pudica

one of my 7 Heavenly Lusts

Mimosa pudica
Sensitive Plant

Tender perennial. Originally native to Central and South America, Mimosa pudica is considered invasive and can be found growing in North America and certain areas of Asia and Australia.

From Latin: pudica “shy, bashful or shrinking”, so named because of the way the plant reacts to contact or movement: the leaves fold inward and droop when touched, shaken, or even blown on; although constant shrinking of its leaves will weaken the plant. Scientists think Mimosa pudica developed this ability as a defense against being eaten.

Mimosa pudica produces small, pink, powder-puff like flowers in the Summer, although indoors it may not bloom at all.

Average room temps
Bright light (some AM sun OK)
Consistently moist (but not soggy) soil
High humidity
Well-draining potting soil
Spring-Summer, feed every 2 weeks with a high-potassium liquid fertilizer diluted by half
Prune regularly to keep it from getting too “leggy”
Propagate by stem cuttings or from seed

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Mimosa pudica is considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Wash your hands after handling the plant.

Mimosa pudica Care

more Plant “Spotlights”

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