Kumoi Jishi Shakuhachi

Kumoi Jishi Shakuhachi – Japan Traditional Vocal and Instrumental Music – Japanese Meditation Flute

Enjoy a meditative break! Just 5 minutes can make a difference in your focus and energy level.

This is a meditation song I enjoy immensely – “Kumoi Jishi” – Cloud Lion. It dates to the 1800s.

Do you meditate daily?

Seven of Pentacles Lisa Shea

Seven of Pentacles

I just finished my Monday Time Management workshop. It’s a great way to start every week, to get organized and motivated. Now to start in on my posting videos, publishing books, and getting things done! So stoked for the progress! What are you up to today? Let me know if you’d like your own card! Here’s mine 🙂.

Seven of Pentacles

Seven of Pentacles Lisa Shea

Traditional meaning:

This is a card of success and financial stability. It’s about a long-term process which will bear fruition. Rather than a get-rich-quick scheme, it’s about planning, being patient, and sticking to the course.

The card can also be about non-financial plans – about other goals in your life which mean a lot to you.

It is indicating that success is flowering. Take a moment to realize it and to see if there is any pruning or trimming to do to keep it flowing.

Aquarian Deck Interpretation:

The person in question is comfortable. They have a snug, nice hat and comfortable gloves. They even have a pretty walking stick. They should appreciate what they already have – it came because of their own efforts.

They are focusing on the largest item in the wealth of opportunities of coins. There is not just one coin there. There is many. They need to think about all of their blessings. They need to step back and see the big picture.
It seems from their current success that they have been developing these opportunities for a while. Rather than just staring at the big shiny thing, they need a wider view. A better appreciation of all they have.

The sky is clear. They are doing well. It’s good to have gratitude for that and to count all the blessings.

Cloister Deck Interpretation:

This is definitely a card of satisfaction with a job well done. Look at how the person is leaning on their staff, relaxing, relishing the strong growth of the beans or vines. There is no stress here. No concern. Everything is going well. The reason it’s going well is the hard work and effort put in until now.

The skies are blue. The landscape is serene. Everything is working out.

Six of Cups Tarot Card

Six of Cups Tarot Card

Happy Monday! I had a fantastic video chat with my godsister last night. It was just so nice to virtually connect. My online friends inspire me, motivate me, and lend me a hand with my many projects. Treasure your friends. Each one is a special blessing. Let me know if you’d like me to draw a card for you!

Six of Cups

Traditional meaning:

This card celebrates the power of strong relationships. It could be a long-term family member or friend who has supported you through various hardships. It could be a brand-new friend who knows just the right thing to say.
With the support of someone who cares, life becomes brighter. Experiences become fresh and fulfilling. You can be attentive to the wondrous world which has always been there around you.

It’s important for each of us to have someone we can talk with. Someone we can trust in. Someone who supports our goals. Seek out those people and nurture those relationships. They are well worth it.

Aquarian Deck:

This is a contented looking card. Peaceful. Warm. There are a wealth of beautiful flowers in pink, violet, red, orange, and all sorts of shapes and sizes. There is something for everyone.

The two friends are joyfully happy together. They are smiling and talking. Sharing trust and secrets. They are snuggly dressed in cloaks and hats. The world beyond them doesn’t even exist. It’s just about them and their serene world.
This is a card of peace and togetherness. About cherishing a friend who listens to you. A friend who believes in you. It’s about being aware of how many blessings you have already. Breathing in that joy.

Cloister Deck:

This is one case where the cloister deck is actually quieter / cooler than the Aquarian deck. There’s the blues and greens and amethyst colors, but the flowers are all pale and the two people are not really interacting with each other. They are simply content being together. It gives a different feel to the scene.

Six of Cups Tarot Card
Three of Rods / Three of Staves

Newgate Prison

Hurrah! Hurrah! My trip to Newgate Prison in East Granby is still on for Tuesday!!!! This will finally release the block on a series of novellas I write, and also start up an entirely new series! I am so thrilled!! I’m going to be in prison tomorrow!! 🙂 Let me know if you’d like a card 🙂

Three of Rods

Traditional meaning: You’ve made your plans and are now working through them. Your path is solid so far. You are able to look even further into the future. To think about additional opportunities.

You need to be ready to accept changes as part of this. Risk, too. But the path is strong beneath your feet.

This is a card of success, often coming after a period of difficulty.

The card also represents that external help may be offered. If so, consider accepting it. We all help each other out.

Aquarian Deck:

The first things to catch my eye are the three rods. They look strong. Steady. Almost phallic with energy. They have beautiful flowers on their top, representing both beauty and strength.

However, the character doesn’t seem to see them. The person looks between them. The person doesn’t see the strength that is all around.

Our main character’s back is turned to the viewer. While they are wearing armor on his head and shoulders, the entire back is practically bare. It’s almost as if they are inviting an attack from behind.

The character gazes out into the blankness of space, not looking at anything. The scene in that direction is completely white.
To me this is a card reminding us to be aware. To be attentive. To think about what we have already – and to plan for what is to come. To watch for those challenges and dangers.

Still, the character has strength. They have on armor. They are in a position of protection. They just need to do a bit more research. Become a bit more aware.

Cloister Deck:

The imagery is wholly different with this card. Where the Aquarian deck has an empty world, this one is entirely about the world. The person is in a beautiful purple cloak and hat, comfortably standing on shore. They are looking out to three ships actively sailing off into the distance. I can’t help but think about the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. That’s what comes to mind when I see three ships. They are off to explore new horizons. Take on new challenges. This is a card of joy and prosperity.

Or are they coming in? Are the ships bringing in bounty, having survived who-knows-what challenges?

Five of Swords Tarot Card

Five of Swords Tarot Card

Happy Monday, everyone! I drew a card I hadn’t drawn yet with this new cloister deck! Neat! It’s a card of overcoming challenges. I can definitely use that. Let me know if you’d like me to draw a card for you!

Five of Swords
Traditional meaning: This card is about battles and how they can be rough. How sometimes if you focus too much on winning you can forget to compromise. Some interpretations of this card are that conflict is harmful. That by embarking on this fight you might have driven away those who were important to you. It’s time to think about mending the fences.

A key aspect of this card is a lack of communication. A core of this problem is not clearly explaining what you need and how you feel.

From another point of view, the Five of Swords is a card about making sure you do fight for what you care about. You need to take care of yourself. Ensure you are nurtured. Don’t let others take advantage of you.
Some things are worth fighting for.

Aquarian Deck Interpretation:

The warrior has won the battle. They are healthy and whole, having won without serious injury. The warrior is now gathering up the swords left behind by those who were defeated.

You can see two of the vanquished enemy soldiers leaving, dejected, in the background.

The sky is stormy – a sign of the conflict’s trouble. This was not an easy battle. But it is now done.

It is time to draw in a breath. To be at peace that the trouble is in the past. Calm and rest will come. The goals have been accomplished.

Cloister Deck Interpretation:

This is harder to see because of the dark colors. A person in green is gathering up swords – so far they have three. In the background are two figures slumped over. There are two swords lying, abandoned, on the ground between them. The conflict is over. The issue is resolved. Nobody is jumping around in celebration – this wasn’t an easy situation. But it is done with and it’s time to move on with life.

Vision Statements, Goal Planning, Time Management Weekly Workshop

Vision Statements, Goal Planning, Time Management Weekly Workshop

I’ve written over 450 books. I’m the owner of Minerva Webworks LLC and run 30 websites. I’m president of the Blackstone Valley Art Association. My artwork, from photography to cyanotypes to watercolors and more, has won numerous awards. And still I actively want to learn more skills and explore what else our world has to offer.

I manage all my interests through careful time management.

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