The ace of Pentacles…


According to The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite, The Ace of Pentacles is described as the following:
A hand–issuing, as usual, from a cloud–holds up a pentacle.
Divinatory Meanings: Perfect contentment, felicity, ecstasy; also speedy intelligence; gold.
Reversed: The evil side of wealth, bad intelligence; also great riches. In any case it shews prosperity, comfortable material conditions, but whether these are of advantage to the possessor will depend on whether the card is reversed or not.
The reversed Ace of Pentacles brings some potentially bad news about your financial situation. Maybe you’ve recently overspent or made a wrong marketing decision with your business. Today’s card suggests you take a closer look at where you’ve put your money and whether it’s growing or disappearing.
It could be possible that the effects of it haven’t hit you yet, and you’re unaware of what may be going on in the financial department of your life. You’re asked to reevaluate your spending habits, or if you own a business, your marketing strategies, and your investments.
Overspending, failed marketing plans, wrongful investments
Today’s draw brings light to your possible poor financial decisions. Have you consciously or unconsciously been spending past your budget limits? What have you been wasting your hard-earned money on that’s not doing you any good? This card suggests there may be cheaper ways to do things.
If you own or manage a business, the reversed Ace of Pentacles may be speaking of a recent marketing scheme. You may have just put it into place, and it just isn’t doing any good.
Or, perhaps you’re working on, or about to work on, a new marketing and sales plan. In that case, consider holding back a bit. It’s asking you to think every detail of this marketing strategy over carefully before launching it into action.
Another financial issue that this card could be pointing towards is your investments. Have you recently made an investment that you didn’t put much thought into? Things may be about to backfire.
Or, have you been thinking about investing some funds into a relatively new idea? The card is asking you to think long and hard about the potential outcomes of that investment, and if it really is worth it. If it’s not a guaranteed gain for you, it may be best to put your money elsewhere.

How can you fix any damage done to your finances?
Although the reversed Ace of Pentacles speaks of poor financial decisions and money issues, there are still ways to recover and protect yourself from further damage. Keep a close eye on your fund to ensure you don’t lose another cent.
Create a budget—and stick to it!
Creating a budget for your finances is a great way to keep track of your finances. Having a set budget will help you make sure all your money is going where it’s supposed to, and you aren’t overspending on anything unnecessary.
A helpful budget tracker is Mint—it’s a completely free app available for both Android and iOS users.

Upgrade your marketing skills.
Upgrading your marketing skills can do wonders for your sales rates if you own or manage a business. Even if you believe you know everything there is to know, it doesn’t hurt to do a bit of additional research on the latest ways to succeed. Even hopping online and looking at what your competitors got going on can give you great insight.
Remember, there are seven crucial elements in a great marketing plan. Always keep the seven P’s in mind when coming up with a strategy: Product, Pricing, Promotions, Placements, Packaging, Positioning, and People.
Look into your investments.
Take a close look at what you’ve been investing your money into. Are you just barely scraping by, or are you losing money from it? It may be time to reevaluate what you invest in and maybe stop putting money into something that’s not giving you anything back.

Vincent Van Gogh


collage by Jeanne Poland (Quicksilver)

Vincent Van Gogh

March 30 is the birthday of the artist who wrote, “To do good work, one must eat well, be well housed, have one’s fling from time to time, smoke one’s pipe, and drink one’s coffee in peace”: Vincent van Gogh, born in Groot-Zundert, Holland, in 1853. Not much is known about his childhood, except that he was one of six children, a quiet boy, not especially drawn to artistic pursuits. He worked for a time in an art gallery in The Hague as a young man, then left to follow in his clergyman father’s footsteps as a sort of missionary to the poor. His behavior was erratic, but his family supported him as best they could. And while he didn’t last too long as an evangelist, he felt a kinship with the working classes — an affinity demonstrated again and again in his painting.

It was his brother Theo who urged Vincent to become an artist. Vincent had never had any formal training, nor displayed any overt talent, and he was doubtful about his chances for success, as were his parents. But Theo was persistent, and he would prove to be Vincent’s unfailing source of financial, emotional, and artistic support. Vincent taught himself to draw, and later took lessons. By 1886, he moved to Paris to live with Theo, and discovered that the muted palette he had used in his early work was woefully out of date. He adapted without too much trouble to the more vibrant hues of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and it wasn’t long before he began to view color as the chief conveyer of emotion, even using it to illustrate abstract themes.

In 1888, he moved to the south of France, to Arles, in search of light and sun, hoping to form an artists’ colony with his friend Paul Gauguin. He began painting sunflowers to decorate Gauguin’s bedroom, and later, Gauguin would write of their time together: “In my yellow room, sunflowers with purple eyes stand out against a yellow background; the ends of their stalks bathe in a yellow pot on a yellow table. In one corner of the painting, the painter’s signature: Vincent. And the yellow  sun, coming through the yellow curtains of my room, floods all this flowering with gold, and in the morning, when I wake up in my bed, I have the impression that it all smells very good. Oh yes! he loved yellow, did good Vincent, the painter from Holland, gleams of sunlight warming his soul, which detested fog. A craving for warmth. When the two of us were together in Arles, both of us insane, and constantly at war over beautiful colors, I adored red; where could I find a perfect vermilion? He, taking his yellowest brush, wrote on the suddenly purple wall: I am whole in spirit. I am the Holy Spirit.”

He wrote to Theo constantly from Arles, describing the landscape and his work in vivid terms. In 1888, he described his work on his painting “Night Café”: “I have tried to express the idea that the café is a place where one can destroy oneself, go mad, or commit a crime. In short, I have tried, by contrasting soft pink with blood-red and wine-red, soft Louis XV-green and Veronese green with yellow-greens and harsh blue-greens, all this in an atmosphere of an infernal furnace in pale sulphur, to express the powers of darkness in a common tavern.”

Van Gogh committed himself to an asylum in 1888. His behavior is consistent with what we now call manic depression or bipolar disorder, and he also suffered seizures due to temporal lobe epilepsy. He worked at an incredible pace during this time, although painting for long stretches was difficult for him, and he produced “Starry Night,” one of his most famous works. Two years later, he left the asylum but his frenetic pace continued, and he produced a painting almost daily. He believed himself a failure, although he never gave up hope of success; he wrote to Theo: “What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart.” He walked out one July afternoon in 1890 and shot himself, dying of the wound two days later. Theo died six months later, and the two are buried side by side in Auvers-sur-Oise.

My Holy Spirit

doves connect

I believe the Holy Spirit is a comforter, counselor, advocate, minister and spirit of truth.
John 14:15-18

I believe that even God can’t know himself without his Holy Spirit.
So why would we symbolize Him as a bird, and more specifically as a dove?

Doves are the sheep of the bird world: gentle followers;
Devoted to their mates, for life; nesting in beaks;
Docile in sacrifice, roaming freely in clouds;
Glimmering silver and gold against the peaks.

Devoted to their mates, for life; nesting in beaks;
Loyal nurturers to young and to weak;
The patient, proud parents we seek.

Docile in sacrifice, roaming freely in clouds;
Transporting, transforming, ne’er loud.
But swiftly swelling, quiet and proud.

Glimmering silver and gold against the peaks;
Dazzling light, prism’s plumage;
Other worldly, other person, other lover!

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