Random Ramblings – Beware the Ides of March – Me and My Musings
By Patty L. Fletcher and Lady Laya MoonWalker
March 15, 2022
Moon Phase Waxing Gibbous
***WARNING! SOME STRONG LANGUAGE***
“Holy Shit!” I yelled, as my fingers traced and retraced the dots on the card.
“The Wheel? The Bloody Wheel? On the Ides of March? Gods Protect and Bless me.”
I sat there, the card in my hand in complete disbelief. On the day of my surgery one week ago, I drew the Moon. Yesterday I drew the Chariot and now the Wheel? This was starting to flip me out a bit but after a couple deep breaths I decided the best course of action was to study the cards’ meanings and contemplate them according to my current place on the path.
A terrible excitement welled up inside and threatened to bubble out spreading itself everywhere around the world.
An exaggeration? No mam. No Sir. In my line of work, I engage with people in numerous ways from all around the world. It’s a thrilling journey!
The eddies of magik swirling round within blew like the winds of march themselves. Frigid so that one’s soul might freeze any moment one minute and scorching hot such as the hounds of hell the next. Learning to control this had been and continued to be a challenge requiring daily refinement. It appeared today would be more intense than normal.
It was no surprise, really, to be so emotional. I’d had surgery and lost a beloved companion all at once and the emotional affect is huge.
Then, there’s the physical aspect. The act of sitting in this chair, holding myself in erect posture making it so I can type requires more energy than I’d have believed if someone else was telling the tale.
The act of reading and responding to a few emails and now, sitting here writing this post, is drawing energy at a pace, the like of which I’ve never known.
I’m over the moon with joy at the pace of my recovery, gripped with a cold sadness in the deepest recesses of my heart as well as angry that I couldn’t do more for the Prince, and lonely for Blue.
“I must build my strength.” I grunted, as I drew yet another deep cleansing breath. Holding it to the count of ten and letting it out again. Coughing a bit, I stood and stretched, heading for the coffeepot. Today will tell the tale concerning whether my Big, Blue Dog comes home tomorrow or must wait another day.
Today’s goals are simple to the end degree of complexity. I intend to catch up my mail, write a blog post, and schedule the posts of my clients who took the time to submit to my content promotion program to go out during #WordPressWednesday and #WordsOfWisdomWoden’sDay. I want to spend an hour or so outside, just sitting in the sun and walking from my apartment to the swing and back a few times. I must get so I can walk that far. Blue requires at least two relief spots. One to do his first necessary and another to do his second.
I also need to be able to walk from my yard to the dumpster and back so I can dispose of his leavings. This will serve as Blue’s walking with me until my strength increases.
It will be some time before I can climb the hill and walk Blue’s Bouncing Circle of wags, smiles, pets, and conversation.
Thankfully, it appears the weekend’s winter – prespring march blow left some fair weather ahead.
Maybe some rain but at least its warm. If I play my recovery cards right, I’ll have my Big, Blue Dog home by the weekend.
I must admit, going outside alone, while weak as water, with only my own resolve and white mobility cane for support was frightening and exhilarating all at once. I can only hope things go better today.
I also want to take a shower. I cannot decide whether to do that before or after my to the Swing and Back Excursion.
Now, I want to go eat, read a bit of my book and rest. Though I’ve no need of a nap, a little relaxation in my recliner is in order. I’ve not been in it long today at all.
Thanks for coming along this journey with me. There’s certainly more to come.
For now, my energies are spent, and the sun climbs steadily up the sky.
Random Ramblings Part 2 – Shower – Real Clothes – OOH! The Sun
March 15, 2022 – Late Afternoon
WOW! I cannot believe it. I caught up my email, which never stays done. I made a snack with Pimento Cheese, a hand full of BB&Q chips, and a small stack of Ritz Whole Wheat Crackers.
Once I’d eaten, had some water and opened a cold Pepsi to enjoy while reading a chapter or two of my book, rested in the recliner for an hour and then, energy restored, I headed for the shower.
After I’d undressed, I began brushing out my hair and by the time all the tangles were smoothed, I’d decided it didn’t need washed. I put it up on top of my head, adjusted the shower spray and temperature of the water then, climbed in, shut the curtain, and for the next 30 minutes enjoyed a golden drop of Heaven.
When I’d finished enjoying the warmth of the berry scented steam from the bubbling mix of my new soap, I stepped carefully out, and started drying myself and planning the next part of my day.
The shower had been a bit unexpected. Though I’d planned to get one at some point of my day, I’d honestly contemplated having that be the last thing I did for the day. But once I’d eaten and rested a bit, I wanted clean clothes and I didn’t want to put them onto a dirty body.
When I’d finished sliding into a pair of jeans, and a pull over purple long sleeved T-shirt and pulled on socks and shoes, and redone my hair, I grabbed another cold can of Pepsi, a small hand towel in case there were more unfound puddles of melting snow lying about and headed for the swing in front of my building.
Making my way carefully down the sidewalk, and out into the yard, waving and calling hello to neighbors as I went, I plopped down into the swing with a satisfied smile and sigh.
“WOW! I made it out!” I cheered to myself whilst opening the can of Pepsi with a festive Pop.
Soon, the sun was beaming its healing warmth and goodness into my skin and bones, and I was chatting happily with my friends.
I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed listening to and partaking in conversations going on with neighbors sitting on stoops, truck tailgates, walkers and all other types of elderly and disability gear.
No matter who it was or where they were, if they were within hollering distance, we were exchanging our latest updates.
After a while, people began to drift apart heading for their errands or special places to enjoy the sun, so I decided to call my dear friend Joan, who had rung earlier in the day. I’d been just coming from the shower and couldn’t grab the phone from where I’d been standing at the time.
“Hello, my Friend.” I called cheerily into the phone when she answered.
We fell into happy conversation and when we’d finished and I was through catching up with the last of my neighbors, I called a good day to all and slowly made my way inside.
I’d not found myself quite able to walk any further than the swing and back and sitting out talking with folks on the phone and passing by took more out of me than I’d expected it to so although I was proud of how long I’d stayed out and the ease with which I walked to and from, I was also disappointed I could go no further.
“AAH! Well, it cannot be helped. I’m progressing each day and that’s all I can ask. I must remember, ‘always do your best’ and remember ‘your best changes.’
Now, here I sit typing the rest of my tale to you. I’ve made and am enjoying a cup of Tension Tamer Tea and am expecting company shortly. I’m not doing as badly as I was but I’m not doing as well as I want to be. However, I feel I’ve done enough for today, so once I’ve posted to you, it’ll be time for the Great and Powerful Chair.
I bid you a magnificent rest of your day.
May harmony find You.
*References from the Tarot…
CARD – THE WHEEL
Wheel Of Fortune Keywords
UPRIGHT: Good luck, karma, life cycles, destiny, a turning point
REVERSED: Bad luck, resistance to change, breaking cycles
WHEEL OF FORTUNE DESCRIPTION
The Wheel of Fortune card shows a giant wheel, with three figures on the outer edges. Four Hebrew letters – YHVH (Yod Heh Vau Heh), the unpronounceable name of God – are inscribed on the wheel’s face. There are also the letters TORA, thought to be a version of the word Torah, meaning ‘law’, or TAROT, or even ROTA (Latin for ‘wheel’). The middle wheel has the alchemical symbols for mercury, sulphur, water and salt – the building blocks of life and the four elements – and represents formative power.
On the outer circle is a snake, the Egyptian god Typhon (the god of evil), descending on the left side. The snake also represents the life force plunging into the material world. On the right side rises the Anubis, the Egyptian God of the dead who welcomes souls to the underworld. And on top of the wheel sits the Sphinx, representing knowledge and strength.
In the corners of the Wheel of Fortune card are four winged creatures, each associated with the four fixed signs of the Zodiac: the angel is Aquarius, the eagle is Scorpio, the lion is Leo, and the bull is Taurus. Their wings signify stability amidst movement and change, and each holds the Torah, representing wisdom.
CARD – THE CHARIOT
The Chariot Keywords
UPRIGHT: Control, willpower, success, action, determination
REVERSED: Self-discipline, opposition, lack of direction
THE CHARIOT DESCRIPTION
The Chariot Tarot card shows a brave warrior standing inside a chariot. He wears armor decorated with crescent moons (representing what is coming into being), a tunic with a square (the strength of will) and other alchemical symbols (spiritual transformation). The laurel and star crown signals victory, success, and spiritual evolution. Although he appears to be driving the chariot, the charioteer holds no reins – just a wand like The Magician’s – symbolizing that he controls through the strength of his will and mind.
The charioteer stands tall – there’s no sitting down for this guy, as he’s all about taking action and moving forward. Above his head is a canopy of six-pointed stars, suggesting his connection to the celestial world and the Divine will. In front of the vehicle sit a black and a white sphinx, representing duality, positive and negative and, at times, opposing forces. Note how the sphinxes are pulling in opposite directions, but the charioteer uses his willpower and sheer resolve to steer the chariot forward in the direction he wants.
Behind the chariot flows a wide river, symbolic of the need to be ‘in flow’ with the rhythm of life while also charging ahead toward your goals and intentions.
CARD – THE MOON
The Moon Keywords
UPRIGHT: Illusion, fear, anxiety, subconscious, intuition
REVERSED: Release of fear, repressed emotion, inner confusion
THE MOON DESCRIPTION
The Moon card shows a full moon in the night’s sky, positioned between two large towers. The Moon is a symbol of intuition, dreams, and the unconscious. Its light is dim compared to the sun, and only slightly illuminates the path to higher consciousness winding between the two towers.
In the foreground is a small pool, representing the watery, subconscious mind. A small crayfish crawls out of the pool, symbolizing the early stages of consciousness unfolding. A dog and a wolf stand in the grassy field, howling at the moon, representing both the tamed and the wild aspects of our minds.
To learn more about the meaning of the Tarot visit: https://www.biddytarot.com/
About Patty L. Fletcher
Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. She is Also a Social Media Marketing Assistant.
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