101: Spread This Meme

meme
n. an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed
from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation;
n. a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight
variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users

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5-Day Makeover Challenge

No, this wasn’t a beauty, lifestyle, or fashion makeover challenge. It was a 5-Day Tarot Reading Makeover Challenge (March 27-31, 2020) hosted by Biddy Tarot. I’ve participated in Biddy Tarot’s online workshops before so I signed-up for the Challenge. (Because learning stuff and acquiring new skills is FUN!)

The team at Biddy Tarot provided a downloadable workbook so one can record their answers to each day’s assigned activities. The team also encouraged participants to share their responses on BT’s Facebook and Instagram pages. This created a bit of a problem for me because I’m not a member of either – nor do I want to be. The next best solution was to record my experiences and insights in a Post. So with trusty Tarot deck in hand and Ramses supervising, I dove right in. (My responses are in the black boxes.)


DAY 1:  WHO ARE YOU AS A TAROT READER?

Think about a Tarot reading that went really well. What were you doing and who were you being that made it such a positive and enlightening experience?

I asked the Universe what should I do with all the feelings and emotions regarding a specific situation. I instructed the deck that all reversed cards would be read as upright, would draw three cards, said my usual “Tell me a story”, then gave myself up to the cards.

Who are you as a Tarot reader? What are your unique gifts and talents that you can incorporate into your Tarot readings and that will empower you and your clients?

Although I’ve done a few readings for others, most are for myself. Sometimes I have a specific question in mind, but most of the time I just ask the cards to “Tell me a story” and go from there. And I find I may “feel” a different interpretation from the same card, depending upon what’s going on with me at the time of the reading. I guess this would be my intuition at work – going with the flow of what the Universe is showing me at that particular point in time.


DAY 2:  CREATE THE SACRED SPACE

How do you want your sacred space to look and feel like?

It looks and feels like my desk. I love my desk. I love being AT my desk. I have my plants and urns of two dear cats nearby. It’s the only place that’s 100% ME in this house. It’s where I live and breathe.

And I love when my cat, Ramses, sprawls out ON my desk and settles down for a nap. I can reach right out and pet him. I always clear my Tarot deck using either Copal or Dragon’s Blood, and he’s very interested in the incense I burn.

Go ahead and create your sacred space. Then, ask a question and pull a card and interpret the message. What did you experience?

With the Major Arcana, you must deal with the situation at hand and that situation will deal with you any way it pleases. The people in your life that you are concerned about can take care of themselves. They know you are here if they need you.

Do not let obstacles divert you from your goals. You can see your target, make sure your aim is true.

Drawing The Chariot may also mean a trip or move is in the future.


DAY 3:  ASK POWERFUL QUESTIONS

Brainstorm five powerful, choice-based questions that you could ask the Tarot.

What should I be focusing on right now?

How do I continue getting to know myself?

How can I more effectively deal with the challenges facing me?

Where should I channel my energies at present?

What’s the best way for me to channel my creative energies right now?

Choose one of your powerful questions and draw a Tarot card to answer the question.

How should I channel my energies today?

Insights:

Alchemy. Willful transformation. Absolute belief in one’s creative skills. A powerful and dynamic Archetype. Unstoppable.

The Magician’s power is the ability to harness his mind, using it to transform anything into whatever He wishes it to be. Mercury’s energy is behind this card. Astrologically Mercury represents communication, a quick mind, and patterns of thinking.

To quote Biddy Tarot:  “The Major Arcana Tarot cards represent the life lessons, karmic influences and the big archetypal themes that are influencing your life…”

What was your experience and what did you discover?

These last 2-1/2 years I find the outlets for my creativity have dwindled to just one: Writing and publishing on my website subjects of interest. It’s also my only means of communication with people. Instead of lamenting the lack of stimulation in my life, I need to use this powerful tool I call my intellect and continue writing – this time WITH PURPOSE.


DAY 4:  TELL THE STORY IN THE CARDS

Ask a powerful question, pull 3 Tarot cards, and tell the story.

Question:

How can I live to my fullest potential?

Cards:

Insights:

Aces are “Controlling Cards” which indicate new beginnings and show the path you are headed towards. Although from different suits, the Queen and Ace share similar, muted colors.

Queen of Pentacles is Mother Earth; she is calm, practical, hard-working, and healing. Pentacles involve anything in the material realm. She is also a Healer.

The Ace of Swords is the very essence of thought. Clarity and absolute of knowing. Cutting through confusion. Seeing things as they really are.

The Nine of Wands signifies great inner strength, determination, and discipline. Never giving up. Standing your ground.

What was your experience and what did you discover?

The Queen of Pentacles comes to me as a Healer. I have neglected to nourish and heal myself and have become enmeshed in the emotional turmoil that surrounds me. It has knocked me off my moorings. There is a need for me to create more calm and stability by grounding myself. Once grounded, I will gain clarity and insight via the Ace of Swords. With it I will cut to the heart of a situation or problem and see the Truth. The Ace holds the key to turning things around and getting back on track with my life. With the Ace, the Nine of Wands indicates great victory against all odds. The Nine of Wands has shown up many times for me in the last few months to keep reminding me not to give up. Stand my ground.

In order to live up to my potential and become the person I want to be I need to ground myself, focus (put a stop to all the insidious distractions), work hard, and persevere.

And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
– It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

John Greenleaf Whittier


DAY 5:  READING FOR OTHERS

I did not do Day 5’s exercise.

It’s time to put everything you’ve learned into practice!

Find a partner and do a Tarot reading for them, integrating what you have learned so far.

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Dream Journal (3.29.2020)

I’ve been writing about my dreams here, but decided that it might be more fun to publish Posts on them. Although I probably dream every night, I don’t remember every one. Instead of doing one Post per every dream I DO remember, I figured one Post with numerous dreams would be more practical.

These dreams took place from 3.3.2020 to 3.29.2020.

  1. Office workplace. I am a Secretary or Administrative Assistant, something like that. Brad Pitt was the “big boss”, either of the department I worked in or the company. I was working on a “pitch” (Did I work in Marketing?) whose storyline incorporated portions of Interview with the Vampire (Brad Pitt starred in the movie.) At one point, the boss (Pitt) put a credit card in front of me on my desk. It had no name and no number. It was thick and of a metallic gold color. He told me to buy myself something. I don’t know if it was a special day (Valentine’s Day, Secretary’s Day?) or a gesture for a job well done.

    Since I’m no longer working in an office environment, dreaming of working in one (and I have these dreams frequently) probably means I miss it. Miss doing something significant with my time and providing some sort of valuable service. A sign of intense boredom in my waking life. Credit cards are generally associated with one’s worth, value and credibility. (The vampire-related stuff is just fluff.)
  2. I was walking on a busy street. It was daytime. I noticed two young guys seemingly following me. They were not menacing in any way and I did not feel threatened, just annoyed. They followed me into some sort of 7-Eleven store, but this one sold some high-end items such as the perfume I wear. The two guys had followed me into this store and were just milling about. Again, not threatening just annoying. I took the bottle of perfume to the cashier/proprietor who turned out to be the (former) Manager of the apartment complex I lived in in Santa Clara:  Rose. (Note:  Rose passed away many years ago. She was a wonderful lady. Pretty. Vivacious. Many were very sad to see her go.)

    All women in dreams are a reflection of the dreamer. Again, Rose was a beautiful vibrant lady so perhaps I WAS feeling good about myself. Or it could mean that I don’t feel as vibrant and sexy in my waking life, which is more probable – especially given that two young and attractive guys were tailing me in the dream (Wanting to be seen as still desirable?) and I was buying my favorite perfume.
  3. Cat dream (Dreams about a workplace runs second to dreams about cats. I have MANY dream about cats. Quelle surprise.) Many cats all around me. Different colors and coats – except for one. He was a very large, muscular grey tabby-like feline with semi-long fur. More like a bobcat, but in domestic form.

    Cats in dreams symbolize an independent spirit, feminine sexuality, creativity, and power. Freud and Jung have associated dreams of cats with our hidden subconscious mind. To see a large group of cats gathered in your dream illustrates that there is something the wrong in life you cannot put your finger on it. It is basically a dream where you are trying to gain the wisdom that you need in order to progress in life. Freud and Jung have associated dreams of cats with our hidden subconscious mind. The cat in women’s dreams usually represents how the woman views herself. This personal perception includes not only how the woman thinks of herself physically but, also, how she relates to her intuition and creativity. Finally, a large group of cats can often symbolize that “there is so much going on in your life that you are losing sight of what’s important.”
  4. I was shopping for a Halloween party. Liquor, costumes, decorations, etc.

    Again, I think this has more to do with my being fucking bored out of my mind than anything else. (I remember the days when I LOVED to entertain…)
  5. Another party dream. This one morphed from planning a small wedding to planning a large picnic (200+ people).

    See #4, above…
  6. It was my birthday. I was out with several girl friends. They had this skirt which constricted when one “belly danced” wearing it. They all thought it would be great fun to have me wear it while belly dancing. I got really pissed off about the whole thing and left the party in anger.

    Once again, women in dreams are a reflection of the dreamer. Dreaming of being angry can symbolize that you are actually angry with someone in your waking life. (Myself?) Anger, if not expressed appropriately in waking life, will often show up in our dreams. A dream about anger may symbolize frustrations or disappointments in yourself or some aspect of waking life. You may be angry at or blaming yourself for negative outcomes and experiences that you are not consciously acknowledging. These repressed negative emotions may than appear in your dreams as anger.

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Playlist::The 60’s and 70’s

I haven’t published a Workout Playlist in a while but got inspired during my Power Walk this afternoon. Here’s what I listened to. (Seems I’m on a nostalgia kick right now…)

There may be one or two without embedded videos, in which case I’ve included links to ones on YouTube (which will open in a new browser window).

17 songs
56 minutes

The Boys Are Back In Town (1976) Thin Lizzy
All I Really Want to Do (1965) Cher
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves (1971) Cher
Dark Lady (1973) Cher
Half-Breed (1973) Cher
I’m a big fan and saw her perform live – once back in the 1970’s at the now-defunct Circle Star Theater and again in Reno during the early 1980’s (Where she shook my hand and gave me a 1000-watt smile. I was on cloud-nine…)
The Beat Goes On (1967) Sonny & Cher
Pride of Man (1968) Quicksilver Messenger Service
Just Like Me (1966) Paul Revere & the Raiders

Aaaah, Mark Lindsay. He’s not quite a Beefcake,
but I may have to start a new series entitled Hunks
just to celebrate this gorgeous man.

Kicks (1966) Paul Revere & the Raiders
Dance, Dance, Dance (1965) The Beach Boys
Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian) (1971) Paul Revere & the Raiders
Runaround Sue (1961) Dion
That’s the Way (I Like It) (1974) KC & The Sunshine Band

How to do The Bump

Keep It Comin’ Love (1976) KC & The Sunshine Band
What About Me? (1970) Quicksilver Messenger Service

Aaaah, Dino Valenti
– he looked a little like my first boyfriend.

Sheena is a Punk Rocker (1977) The Ramones

I had a black Telescope goldfish. Named her Sheena.
(Sheena is a punk fishy. Sheena is a punk fishy. Sheena is a punk fishy now…)
Aaah, Joey Ramone – need I say more?

London Calling (1979) The Clash

(Ending this on a serious note.)

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Comedy in Place

Got a message from my favorite Engineer-turned-Über-Comedian, Don McMillan, announcing his “Comedy Show from Home”.

Good Afternoon!
The office of the CCO (Chief Comedy Officer) has a little comedy to help you get through the Day with a Laugh.

COMEDY IN PLACE
Don McMillan’s Comedy Show from Home

I’m “Sheltered in Place” so I’m introducing “Comedy in Place”! Just because we are “Sheltered in Place” doesn’t mean we can’t “Laugh in Place”! We need to laugh NOW more than EVER! Hopefully, I can help with that.

My plan is to post a video (almost) every day with one joke from my comedy notebooks that I hope is funny (since I can’t hear you laugh) AND a clip from a LIVE show (which I’m pretty sure is funny because people are laughing on the video). In either case, I hope I can supply some laughs to help you get through all the challenges we are facing right now. As my Mom always said, “This too shall pass.”

Click HERE or on the image below to check it out today’s video…

PLEASE SHARE! We ALL need laughs!

“Social Distancing?”, piece of cake.
We Engineers have been doing that for years.

Be Well. Be Safe. Keep Laughing,

Don McMillan
Your CCO (Chief Comedy Officer)

Don McMillan’s YouTube Channel (don’t miss a single episode of Comedy in Place!)

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