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This will be a chatty and hopefully helpful, collection of whatever is on my mind.  Things like deck reviews and experiences with my pro endeavors of Tarot-related nature, and who knows what else?  I'll rewrite this when I've established the blog more.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Excellent Books I Highly, Highly Recommend

There are two authors I've recommended in various places before that I definitely respect and appreciate.  I recently bought two of their most recent books and I'm very, very pleased with what I've learned and what they've proven by years of scientific research.  Yep, I said "scientific" as in double blind studies and all that true scientific proof requires.  We're legit, folks.  Let me tell you about the authors and these books and why I'm so thrilled to bring this to you all.   First

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Grizabella in One Mind and Real Magic

Yesterday was the Worst. Today is Much Better in Multiple Ways.

I had thought the internet couldn't get worse, but I was wrong.  Yesterday it was horrible and couldn't be used at all.   There's apparently a silver lining, though.  Today it's actually useable so maybe they fixed somerhing.   Aside from the internet, my need for transfusions seems to be on its way out.  My red blood cell count has been 6 and I had to have a transfusion twice now.  This time, though, my blood count was 10.  The healthy blood count is 12 on average, so I'm only a littl

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Grizabella in general

More Gansai Info

More gansai links for anyone interested and also for myself to keep track of.      https://www.jcccw.org/nikkei-news/2022/7/27/gansai-an-exploration-into-japanese-watercolors   https://www.colourwithclaire.com/latest/gansai-tambi-paints-by-kuretakejapanese-watercolors   https://buddlycrafts.com/shop/category-2147/kuretake-gansai-tambi-watercolour-paints/    

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Grizabella in Creativity

Sharpening Your Tarot Arrow vs. Piddling a Puddle

One of the biggest problems I see new Tarot users encounter is the inability to understand what the cards are saying in their spread even though they know the card meanings fairly well.   First of all, just wondering about the question in general isn't going to give you any real information.  If you wonder about a situation in general and then just draw a few cards, trying to interpret them is like throwing an un-knapped piece of flint into a lake and then trying to figure out what the

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Grizabella in Tarot

Sigh---This Woke Me Up Today

The sound of giant helicopters woke me up this morning.  I was hoping this year wouldn't bring forest fire alerts since we got a lot of rain and snow over the fall and winter but so much for my hopes.  We aren't under evacuation alert yet but it's been windy lately so that could change any time.  The giant helicopters are dipping water from the river near us to go back and dump on the fire. The fire is a few miles from Oakridge.  Oakridge is 4 miles from us and the fire is several miles from the

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Grizabella in general

More gansai links

I've found two more links for gansai information and one on etegami to share for anyone interested.   https://www.sadiesavestheday.com/blog/2016/10/3/what-is-gansai-watercolor-101   https://artistcoveries.wordpress.com/2020/08/21/what-is-gansai/   https://beyond-calligraphy.com/2017/01/10/introduction-art-etegami/   Although gansai can be used on many papers, washi paper is traditionally used.   Mulberry paper links:   https://japanobje

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Grizabella in Creativity

More Info on Gansai

I found some interesting information last night on a Belgian art supply site so I thought I'd share it.  I've posted some of the info earlier because I learned it from various places but I still think this is interesting and it does have some new information, too.  This is a Belgian art supply store.   https://www.nomadostore.com/blogs/red-turtle-chronicles/introduction-to-japanese-watercolours-gansai   Here's the link on Etagami:   https://www.nomadostore.com/blogs

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Grizabella in Creativity

More on the Way Tarot Works (and How I Work)

In my last post in the category of Tarot, I said that if a sitter asks for advice on how to improve a romantic relationship that I might personally think is undesirable but the cards give the suggestions to improve it, I give the sitters the information from the cards untinged by my own bias.  I think I should elaborate a little bit in case anyone has questions about why I do that.  The answer is really quite simple.   As we all go through our lives, we learn from everything we experie

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Grizabella in Tarot

How Does Tarot Work?

This question has been asked millions of times.  We've all seen the question on the various Tarot forums and chimed in with our answers as best we could.  Over the years, I've learned a lot about various aspects of "how it works" so I thought I'd share some of what I've learned and how I learned it in case it might interest some people.  I don't consider myself to have the answer for everyone but I can say how it works for me----or rather, how I work it and how I came to the point where now I ca

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Grizabella in Tarot

Sharing What I've Learned About Gansai (so far)

There's a real learning curve with this kind of paint.  Some say it can be used like watercolor and it can, sort of,  but it's quite different, so unless you practice with it awhile, you won't get the same results you get with western watercolors and although it can be made to stand in for the western style, it only will if you learn how to compensate for the difference.  It's a whole 'nuther kind of thing, really.  It can be used like watercolor if applied in a more dilute form, but not totally

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Grizabella in Creativity

I did a dumb thing.

I did a really stupid thing.  I reset my  browser which means I unwittingly wiped out all my passwords, because I had let the browser save them.  Hence, I now can't get into my email, Facebook, and everything else that requires a password.  "You should always also write the passwords down on paper too", I can hear everyone saying.  Yeah, yeah, I know.  I did that.  But I don't know where the notebook went. 🥲 This laptop is new to me and I just used the browser that was installed from the factory

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Grizabella in General

Requesting a favor and current stuff here in the Tea House

Usually we have a snowfall or two in February up here where I live but this year we're having snow clear into March.  It's not so bad because we didn't get power outages.  I don't mind snow but hate if the power goes out.  Just the amount of snow we're having this year is kind of enjoyable.  Of course, that's because I don't have to go out in it.  lol   First, a request for a little help:   Would someone here try the link in my signature to see if it takes you to my website? 

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Grizabella in Current events

Hey---it keeps me off the street.

Those who have known me for a long time know I've been learning to watercolor.  It's taken me a long time but I've finally gotten pretty good at it.  Now, though, I've discovered gansai, which is Japanese watercolor and I'm entranced.  I just ordered my first set and I'm so excited to get my paints.  They're supposed to be here Monday.  I've been painting Christmas cards for all my neighbors with western watercolors but the gansai paints are a different type of watercolor that more can be done w

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Grizabella in Creativity

OMG---that old lady is back!

Hello, my friends. 😁Bet you thought I was history, huh?  But I'm finally able to function pretty normally again post-covid and all that came with it.  I miss my Tarot friends and socializing this way, so I figured maybe I could kind of come back in the back way real quietly and take a seat again.  I promise to behave.  

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Grizabella in general

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