Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Car Woes and pre-reading

Got car woes again! When I turn the key off in my main car, it still leaves the "auxilary" power turned on. This just started the other day. Problem is that aux power on means my air conditioner motor still turns a tiny bit -- even when it's turn off. End result is that it drains my battery within an hour or so.

Doesn't sound like a big deal, but I'm about at the end of my rope with this car. Put about $7000 into it last year on repairs and such -- which is a little more than the car is worth. I'm reluctant to keep putting money in -- if I knew this would be the last problem, then it'd be an easy decision. Since the recent track record has been minor troubles every month that add up over time though, I'm expecting more trouble in the future. Plus -- my sweetie scraped a concrete road divider and scratched up the passenger side (the entire side -- front to back). I just don't know if I wanna keep tossing money down this pit.

Pity, 'cause it's still a sweet-driving and looking car (Check it out here! ) ... but I think it's time to start looking around for another solution.

Also wanted to talk a little bit about what happens "pre-reading". As the week progresses, I try to look for things that I hope you'll find interesting that I can pass along in my "pre-reading" section. Sometimes I have to put things that I find interesting (if it's a "slow" week!), but you get the idea. I have good intentions -- but I often forget what I wanted to write about when reading time comes along!

I usually start preparing on Sunday -- I want to do the reading early in the morning. I shoot for Monday morning, but if I have other things that come up I push it back a day at a time. Quite often I'm near the end of the week before I know it. In these cases, I'll go ahead and do an afternoon or evening mailing ... but I always try for mornings first.

I really don't need much time for the reading -- what I need most is the right atmosphere. With three kids, work, and family demanding time, that's quite often the hard part. That's why my Monday intentions usually get pushed back to late-week rush!

I don't have a special reading "place" like a tarot table or cloth (used to use them, but couldn't keep them from getting cluttered by the rest of the family!) anymore -- I'll usually just sit in bed with the computer on my laptop. The deck I use is the Robin Wood Tarot Deck -- I've got over 100 decks, but this is my main "working" deck. I've had this particular deck for a long time -- and it's travelled around a bit, too. I take it with me when I travel -- especially if I'm going to a special spiritual or mystic place like Sedona, Glastonbury, Chaco Canyon, or Strawberry Fields in Central Park!

I'll shuffle the deck while trying to concentrate on "I'm interested in a general tarot reading -- looking for general guidelines and perspectives". I like to count down card in the deck -- whatever the date is, I'll count down that number of cards for the first card in the reading. I then repeat the count through the remainder of the deck for the second card.

Once I've got the two drawn, I like to take a little time to think about the two cards. I start thinking of as many possible interpretations as I can -- and then let the "right" one filter to the top on its own. Sometimes I'll draw the cards the night before just to let them "percolate" overnight.

Sometimes I'll have written the "first" part of the reading already -- the personal message part. Sometimes I wait and do it all at once. I try hard not to let the personal message overly influence the reading interpretation -- there's really no intended connection between the two. However, I must admit that sometimes the two fit together very closely.

I write up the readings in Wordpad, then cut and paste them to my mailing list provider. I used to serve my own mailings on my servers, but the overhead of keeping up with bad addresses drove me batty. My new provider takes care of that for me (but charges me for it, of course!) Still, I usually do just enough on the ads to pay for the mailing service!

And that's the mechanics! If you'd like to chat about readings (procedures, decks, interpretations, etc, etc), just drop me a line! I'm always glad to talk Tarot!

Tarot by Woodsong


Woodsong said...

Well, you can post comments, but i don't know if you have to sign in first or not (registration is free in any case).

Michelangelo said...

Hello Woodsong;

I just happen to surfing the ole web "search" for a free daily Tarot reading email site; and I came across yours. After reading your intial Blogs, I felt compelled to write. I see we are in the same timezone (I'm in Nebraska). I thought that was cool. I took a look at the picture of your car. I agree it is a nice looking vehicle. By what you written, if you can afford it, I would recommend finding a different one. Although I would always like to have a new car, I have come to the conclusion that they are over priced (unless you have cash to burn, win the lottory or just want that monthly torment (for years to come) of making a payment. I recommend searching for a good used car. There are a number of good sites on the net that can help. I can't remember specifically the ones I used, except one was named something like "Edmunds ..." Anyway, my main purpose of writing is to ask your permission. I am one of those old guys (45 yrs old)(ha ha) who is searching for much more spiritual fulfillment. I have been a strong, but very open minded Christian for years. Well, although I believe in "God", Christianity is lacking and has been for some time. I have been led to the Tarot and Phychic abilities (learning/developing). I have a number of questions and every Tarot site I find is slightly different. I know, you too would have "your own way", but to, in a sense, talk to a real person (you sound pretty real to me), may help me on my current path. "If" you should decided to reply and want to email me, my personal email is: Now I know you may or may not reply that way, but its at least there if you want to. I also know I'm setting myself up by offering it to whoever reads your blog, but will take that chance and hope they are a decent sort (by wasting my time/annoying me with useless emails). Anyway, take care. "M"

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