Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, July 25, 2014

4 of cups

Today’s card is the IV of Cups. The theme is searching for inspiration.
Tara Miller, at
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I’m usually full of words, but today the universe may be telling me to just sit back and listen.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, July 24, 2014

8 of pentacles

Today’s card, VIII of Pentacles, is dedicated to all us workers who keep on keeping on. And since I need to keep on getting ready for my own job, here’s a quick link to a voice for workers in the health industry- Service Employees International Union.

Amnesty International Backs Nurses & Caregivers Standing Up For Quality Care & Good Jobs

Amnesty International Executive Director Steven W. Hawkins joined nurses and healthcare workers at Mt. Sinai Medical Center for their picketing yesterday, and pledged the support of Amnesty’s 3 million activists.
“Workers’ rights are human rights. Fair pay is a human right. Equity is a human right. And quality healthcare benefits are a human right,” said Hawkins. “Amnesty International stands with 1199SEIU and the 110,000 nurses and caregivers in negotiations. We demand dignity for healthcare workers as they care for our families and communities.”

Read more here.

Have a good one on this hot, sweet, long day of July.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, July 23, 2014

knight of pentacles

Today’s card, the Knight of Pentacles is the opposite to the Knight of Swords. The Knight of Pentacles is a stand-up guy who deals with what is, not what might be. He is not easily panicked, he is not brandishing a weapon, he surveys the landscape before rushing ahead.

Today’s card is dedicated to all the men who seem slow, quiet and unassuming- who are steady, realistic and skeptical. You don’t get glory for the disasters you prevent by good planning. Peace is its own reward.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, July 22, 2014


A picture is worth a thousand words. Good thing, because I can’t come up with any this morning, and I have to go to work. Trying to chug enough coffee to get into the mode, see you tomorrow.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, July 21, 2014

2 of pentacles

Today’s card is the 2 of Pentacles, a caution against trickery.

In world news, the government of Nigeria still fails to protect its people. However, they have hired Levick, a US public relations firm to deal with the bad press.

Someone tell Levick that Nigeria is, you might say, complicated. Nigeria’s Twittersphere erupted Thursday under the hashtag #SomeoneTellLevick over a government contract signed with U.S. public relations firm Levick last month — reportedly for $1.2 million — to improve news coverage of the Nigerian government’s efforts to recover 219 abducted schoolgirls.

Amazingly, Nigerians are asking why the government is not using the people’s money to rescue the kidnapped girls and shut down Boko Haram which continues to attack school children.

Advertising, which is the art of making us want what we don’t need, is the essence of the trickster. Each year the cost of access to politics rises, campaigns level miles of trees to print the stuff we drop into the recycling. There’s a calculation- ‘price per vote’. You know a good candidate when the price per vote is low and the voters tune in even without a massive PR campaign.

Today’s Tarot warns us to watch out for misdirection and not to overlook what is in plain sight.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, July 20, 2014


Today marks the 45th anniversary of the first human footprints on the moon, Apollo 11 in 1969.

The past century left us a mark of achievement we have not yet matched, never mind passed. This century old ghosts of prejudice pull us back from the view of one earth the astronauts saw.

I’m visiting in the South today, saw demonstrators on an overpass on I-64 waving flags and anti-immigrant signs. Not that color prejudice is dead, but undocumented immigrants and refugees have fewer defenders and all the hatred and sense of grievance that Americans can’t let go of finds a target in the least defended. The demonstrations were nationwide and happened in Providence too.

The moon landing could never have happened without vision and daring. Human liberation is possible.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, July 19, 2014

providence downtown

Reading ‘The Prince of Providence’ like it’s the dot decoder of my youth. All those names, Buckles Melise, Bobo Marapese, stacks of bills wrapped in tinfoil, federal money lining the pockets of insiders while working class neighborhoods are abandoned to blight and neglect. Rats and garbage. Chief of police driven to suicide. Corruption means the rules don’t count- it’s who you know and who you pay.

It’s funny that so many of the people who talk about personal responsibility are ready to jump back into that, but there’s no evidence that humans are rational creatures. Is charisma and favoritism enough as long as the sun shines on our side of the street?

Cosmic weather today is dark with chance of lightning.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, July 18, 2014

wheel of fortune

So the wheel keeps turning– the Providence mayoral race has lost a contender. The Providence Journal reports that Independent candidate Lorne Adrain has ‘fallen on his sword’.

It looks to me like principle, but the Journal comments trash everyone from ‘East Siders’ to ‘illegals’, failing only to include Benghazi or Hitler. Reality is such a distraction from our preoccupations.

I’ve never met Lorne Adrain, but I admire his wife, Ann Hood, novelist and Rhode Islander from working-class West Warwick. In 2008 she wrote an essay in the New York Times ‘Modern Love’ series about crossing party lines. So here’s a take on Lorne Adrain from 6 years ago–

Ann Hood, (who Publishes actual novels with real Paper and Ink) rips open the shocking secret of her marriage. She and Lorne looked like a nice, liberal, Providence couple. But all along, her husband belonged to the party that she dare not speak its name. Until someone asked her directly.

When a friend and I were hosts to a John Kerry fund-raiser, she breezily talked about having Lorne and her husband pick up the wine and gather signatures.

I swallowed hard. “Lorne isn’t coming.”

“Is he out of town that night?” she asked, her face so innocent and open.

I shook my head, avoiding her gaze. “He’s on the other side,” I managed.


“He goes the other way,” I tried.

Now she was frowning at me. I had no choice. “He’s not a Democrat,” I finally said. Easier, I figured, than saying the ‘R’ word out loud. Even so, I had rendered her speechless.

Who did Lorne support in the Presidential election? Find out with the rest of the story here

We all love mavericks, I guess, as long as they don’t surprise us. I think despite the Cianci camp’s hostile comments on ProJo, Lorne Adrain’s move has upset their game. The wheel keeps turning, it’s all in play.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, July 17, 2014

Chad Brown Community Cookout

Chad Brown Community Cookout

It was bittersweet hearing the DJ play the old soul songs, like Aretha’s ‘Respect’. It’s a long game, but there is no other world, nowhere else to go.

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Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, July 16, 2014

queen of wands

Writing this in darkness at mid-morning, a storm is passing over, my phone warns of flash floods. A leader in the battle against same-sex marriage is busy fighting money and sex scandals in his own diocese, sadly nothing new or surprising.

And in related news, a Republican Party chairman in Alabama has been arrested for growing pot. Maybe the Libertarians will gain a new recruit.

Perhaps I should pick a card like the VII of Swords, which is a good one for double-dealing. But I have the day off, and it’s so peaceful.

So, the card today is the Queen of Wands, with her cat. She is a lady of balance and contentment, holding a sunflower and gazing across the mountains that surround her throne. Queen of Wands is a temporary place of rest, to recharge for whatever challenges lie ahead.

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