Tuesday, June 30, 2009

promote>promote>promote: A Visual of Blogs, Sites & Networks I promote on and The Payoff

Visual flowchart of sites I've joined, blogs posted...everything grows from the starting point, etsy.

Etsy >>>>>

>mixxmade >2 groups
>3 directory listings

>ravelry>member of 4 groups
>we love etsy>member of 3 groups
>Yaami Handmade

>twitter>286 followers

>facebook > fan page for Moonthrall> 21 fans
>member of 11 etsy/crafting/
tarot groups...and growing

Blogs >tipthetable>2/25- 6/28 >1381 visits
>774 people
>2,033 pageviews

>svetlanaktarot >3/9 -6/28 > 351 visits
> 154 people
> 517 pageviews

Google>analytics>etsy shop >2/22- 6/28
> 1,434 visits
> 269 people
> 3, 359 pageviews

>base>17 items listed>122 impressions
>3 clicks

Entrecard 4/12- 6/28 >124 advert clicks
> 447 organic clicks to blog

Submit urls>Handmadeology directory
>Aeclectic Tarot link list

>include links>profiles
>forum signatures

>2 lenses posted
>find other blogs, etsyers, and entrecarders to support

>shop hearts>126

Off Etsy>sales>1


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Soothing Singing Bowls on Youtube

I've found some awesome singing bowl videos on youtube and keep them around when doing readings or need to relax. They are very calming- some even make your head tingle.

Check them out and start your own playlist if you find them useful.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Celebrity Tarot: Dorothy Parker

I did this reading around Mother's Day, with a spread I created for the occassion. It took a morbid turn when I found she never actually had children; she miscarried. So let's just call this a general reading, shall we?

Coincidently, Parker's death was just remembered at Parkerfest in NY. I found that too, from my research.
I'd look chunky in a flapper dress but have a thing for the Charleston....

Golden Tarot

*Role as Mother/Present Influences
Ace of Coins x 8 of Cups
My first thoughts were that she wasn't very emotionally
close as a mother-years of depression and drinking seem to
be represented by the 8.

After checking a few biographies I found she never had kids.
Sadly, she miscarried.
So the Ace would represent that one pregnancy she went through that never resulted in a child.

Parker never quite stayed married either- divorced three times, again marrying but living apart from her last husband, Alan Campbell.

*Personal Life
Hanged Man
Would suicide attempts and a poetry collection called "Enough Rope" do the trick?
Parker grew up around family death and, later, dissatisfaction with her own work.

Dissatisfaction was a theme in her life- she was a theater critic, mowed down contemporaries with her wit and advocated civil rights.
She worked hard for other people, personally and politically, but didn't seem to find much pleasure in her own life.

*Professional Life
The Star
I can vouch for this- Parker was, and is, more celebrated than she believed.

She wrote for the New Yorker, Vogue and Vanity Fair. She supported the Civil Rights Movement and many anti fascist groups.

The Star clearly shows Parker's role as an advocate, even of unpopular causes. She was blacklisted in Hollywood for being a communist.

Pfft. Whatever. She's Dorothy Parker.
She left all she had to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the NAACP. They didn't even know who she was. And her ashes may have sat in a filing drawer for over a decade. With all the self-deprecating Parker did, she'd probably find the humor in that.

*Past Influences
Ace of Swords

Sharp wit. Losing a few family members when young, Parker realized nothing can be counted on. This shaped her writing, speaking and sense of humor.

Her memory and intellect served in her storytelling; overheard conversations, current events and contemporaries' blunders are collected for later use, like her poems and short fiction.

But in Parker's hands, they are more than quaint anecdotes. You are presented with all you need to know, nothing more, and there is no wasted sentiment.

*Future Influences
4 of Coins
Unfortunately, Parker's later years saw her low on money and living (with a lap dog she always seemed to have) in a hotel, where she died.

She spent the years after her last husband died drinking, taking pills and speakeasy-hopping, not being celebrated at lawn parties and luncheons like before.

She wasn't earning much, if anything, but was she through with being public?
The 4 of Coins shows this reduced means of living, keeping her indulgences to herself, but having $20 grand left to donate to Dr. King.
Not quite the elderly shut-in with millions in cash plastered in the walls. But a lady who liked to party and who gave of herself during her life and after.

Read her work! Seriously.
She's one of the small handful of writers I connect to- her poetry about love, death and the "roaring dead" left me going "Hell yeah! This lady is writing for me!"

Thanks to "The Portable Dorothy Parker", ed. Marion Meade, pub. Penguin.
Tarot images from taroteca.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Artist: Heidi Van Leuven

In this body of work, I have approached the same subject matter – social structures – through various techniques and media. I have chosen this subject matter after consistently observing and experiencing people base their decisions not on their own personal intuition, but on that which is dictated by any number of social pressures they are presented with.

My paintings reflect the questionable nature of the social norms. We live in a throw-away society which is most commonly linked with consumerism and short-lived products, but it seems that we carry that same idea over into our concept of time and judgment. These decisions we make as humans create social structures, which I portray metaphorically through the use of grids and lines.

Broadway Central Hotel
diptych left

Broadway Central Hotel
diptych right

These social structures I refer to are often created as an attempt to control situations and other people, but in reality, what is created is a meaningless illusion of control. A quote by John Dewey comes to mind when describing this:

“Our magical safeguard against the uncertain character of the world is to deny the existence of chance, to mumble universal and necessary law, the ubiquity of cause and effect, the uniformity of nature, universal progress, and the inherent rationality of the universe...
...But when all is said and done, the fundamentally hazardous character of the world is not seriously modified, much less eliminated”


Things accepted as truth based on false illusions and without adequate information (whether due to inexperience or ignorance), lack valid placement in the spectrum of fortified knowledge. Through my artwork I aspire to generate the interrogation that will cultivate the realization of such knowledge.


Or So I Thought

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