Garage Gallery

I’ve been keeping track of my daily tarot card pick for a month now, and though I don’t see how the cards affect my life, there are certain things that show up again and again, such as sixes, which represent moving away from conflict, light after dark, and harmony. Another frequent card is the ten of weapons, which can mean anything from misfortune on a grand scale to a reminder that we can’t control everything.

Today’s card, the queen of pentacles, is also a frequent card, showing up about once a week. The queen is sensible, hard-working and domesticated; loves the comforts of life and displays splendor of life. She’s kind and affectionate; generous and forgiving, and prone to weight problems. Also, she depends more on her intuitive skills than her intellect.

I was nodding through the whole description. Yep, me. Me. Me. Wait! What? Relies on intuitive skills rather than intellect? I thought it was the other way around, but I suppose if the card is right about all the rest of it, then it’s probably right about that, too. Or not. Who knows? Another meaning of the card is someone who is shrewd and capable, so that seems to contradict the intuitive skills dependence meaning.

And oh, yes — there’s one other thing: the card represents the embodiment of feminine creativity.

I did have to smile at that, considering that I spent the morning decorating my garage, or at least one corner of it. I don’t like clutter, especially on the walls inside my house, because too much stuff makes me feel closed in. Over the years, though, I’ve collected some pictures I liked and painted others, and the garage seems the perfect place for them. I’ll be able to see them occasionally, and won’t get overwhelmed or claustrophobic.

I even put up a frill of a curtain. I wasn’t sure I wanted a curtain, though it would seem to be the epitome of a girl garage, but when I was sorting through things to store, I found a curtain ruffle and a rod that was the perfect size. Apparently, the window wanted a curtain!

Maybe I shouldn’t post the photo of these bits of artwork because, as a blog reader pointed out, posting photos and talking about my possessions might put me at risk for break-ins. Not that I have anything that’s worth anything except maybe my car, but that garage door sure was expensive!

Still, I got a kick out of my garage gallery, and thought you might, too.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator

4 Responses to “Garage Gallery”

  1. Judy Galyon Says:

    You have done a super job with that corner of the garage. I understand what that person was saying, but if no one actually knows where you live, I can’t see the problem!! You could be an interior designer for your 2nd job! Keep up the good work.

  2. Estragon Says:

    The intuitive thinking – pentacle thing strikes me as a self-evident truth, not a contradiction.

    As it represents something mystical, the person interpreting it must find something worthwhile in the mystical interpretation. Absent scientific evidence to the contrary, a completely intellectual view would find no particular meaning at all in the card. To the extent the card has any meaning, it must come from mystical or intuitive thinking. By way of analogy, it’s sort of like a horoscope saying you’re reading your horoscope today?

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      A good analogy. For the most part, all the tarot tells me is that I’m reading a card. I find little that corresponds to my life except for the things that would correspond to anyone’s life, such as good things will happen, bad things will happen, opportunities will arise, finding balance, accepting, persevering, growth, progress.

      But then, that’s really all I want from the tarot: reading the card.

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