Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Meet Khnum & Khloe!

Meet Khnum & Khloe!
I just got a couple of baby goats! I am so excited! I've never had goats before, and I had no idea how loving they are! OMG They love to sit in my lap, they snuggle, they butt me with their head when they want me to notice them, pet them, hold them. It's great! They are so sweet! So I just had to share, of course.

They're pen is still being built, a nice large area for them to graze, run around & play, and then a nice solid, warm building to stay in at night, or to get out of the weather. And speaking of weather! Wow, we have 30 mph sustained winds with 60+ mph gusts (and there are more gusts than we'd really like!) So, for now the babies are house in the church building - hubbies new shop - in what will be the shop's office. It used to be the church nursery, so it has a great big window that looks out into the big shop area. They also have a little infrared space heater to keep them warm. I can't wait to finish their pen & house so they can go outside.

The fencing is chicken wire on the outside and 5 rows of electric fencing on the inside. I have some new free-ranging chickens my cousin sent me that will also be housed in that pen area. They'll keep each other company. And hopefully the fencing will keep the coyotes away, and the bobcats, but they can jump the fence if they want, which is why the babies will be locked in at night, so nothing can get them.

The male I named Khnum, after Khnum the Egyptian Goat-Headed God (of the Nile). The female I had another name for (Satet, Khnum's wife and Goddess of the Nile), but the breeders' grandkids had already given her a name, and I liked it, Khloe. When I looked it up, Khloe is another name for the Goddess Demeter, mother of Persephone. (So, I'm sure you can guess what Khloe's first doeling's name will be!)

So, here are my new babies, Khnum (the white one), he's 2 weeks older than Khloe (the black one).


(she wouldn't stand still long enough to get a good picture)

Khnum loves to chew on my shoe laces.

Tarot: Choosing & Using Significators

Tarot: Choosing & Using Significators
A Significator is a Tarot card that is chosen to represent the querent being read for (even if it's yourself). While it isn't a necessary part of a reading, sometimes it can be a good focus for the reader, especially if the person isn't present, such as an e-mail, phone, or video reading.

Some readers prefer to choose a Court card that either "looks" like the querent (such as their physical coloring or their outward demeanor, or their age) - if known: a King for a mature male; a Queen for a mature female a Knight for a young man; and a Page for a child (male or female).

When using a Court card as a Significator, the "coloring" of the people in that suit should also be a considering factor: Coins/Pentacles - fair skin w/ blonde hair (Scandinavian type); Cups - medium skin w/ light brown to red hair (European/American type); Swords - black skin w/ black hair (African/Aborigine type); Wands - dark skin w/ brown to dark brown hair (Middle Eastern/Asian type).

Others prefer to choose from the Major Arcana, calling on the energy of the querent and/or the underlying basis of their question. This is my personal preference, but I also rely on what I'm feeling from and about the client and what their question is, and so may choose a Court card instead.

Choosing from the Major Arcana, the "look" of the person isn't as important as the deeper, inner aspects of the querent are. Are they in a relationship, and have a question about their love life? Use the Lovers card. Are they "artsy" and creative and looking to see how best to use their gifts? Use the Magician card. Are they about to embark on a new path in life? The Fool would work here. And of course, the proverbial finance question? The Wheel of Fortune has always been a good one for me to use. Sometimes in this latter type of question I may use the Emperor for a male or the Empress if a female, and then hope that the Wheel of Fortune comes up in a beneficial position.

So whether you choose a Significator or not is strictly a personal choice, but at least here I've presented a few ideas on how to do so, if you decide to try it out on your next reading. It's all personal preference, and if you find you're not comfortable with it, don't worry about it. How you read is your "style" and it's what works for you. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you "have" to do it in any specific manner. Just relax, read, and enjoy! 

"the Fool" from the Golden Tarot by Kat Black

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's Spring and I am SOOO Busy!

It's Spring and I am SOOO Busy!
I apologize for not posting much lately, but it IS Spring and, around here that means I have WORK to do! :)

I built, set up, and planted 20 Climbing Rose Bushes. They will be different colors. There is "Climbing Blaze" - a deep red, "Don Juan" - another red, "Golden Showers" - a beautiful yellow, "Climbing Blaze" - another yellow, "Climbing Pinata" - a gorgeous yellow & orange mix, "Climbing Joseph's Coat" - a yellow & orangey-pink mix. Here are pictures of each of them taken from the internet, just so I can show off what they will look like eventually!

 Climbing Blaze

 Climbing Golden Showers

 Climbing Joseph's Coat

 Climbing Pinata

Climbing Yellow Blaze

Here are the flower boxes I built for the Rose Bushes:

 450 boards cut to make the flower boxes!

 Here are some of the boxes stacked up, at this point I still had 8 more to go. ugh!

Here are 5 of the boxes already in place and the Roses planted.

I also spread wildflower mix, native wildflower mix, and drought-tolerant mix out in the front. Hopefully they'll "take" and I'll have a carpet of color. If not, I'll just keep it mowed and "clean" looking...hate a junky yard! :)

I have the greenhouse space all planned, as well as the goat pen and a new pen for a Game Bird hen & her chicks that my cousin is shipping me next week. Have to keep them away from my 3 Girls. They take priority since I've had them for 3 years and they're my "Chickie-doos". They free-range, but have their home I lock them into at night. Once I've had this new girl and her babies a while, locking them in at night, keeping their wings clipped this year, then next year they can free-range as well. I want them to know this is "home" first, and that "home" is where "Mommy" will keep them safe. :) Yeah, I love my Chickie-doo Girlies! Next year I'll be getting some more Rhode Island Reds & Buff Brahmas. They're eggs are so much larger than the little Bantie Game hens'! LOL They'll free-range as well, but have a "safe home" at night like the little ones.

Next week I'll be picking up a couple of Nubian goat babies. The buckling is all white with black speckled ears, and the doeling is black with white speckled ears. He was born 2 weeks ago and she was born yesterday. His name will be Khnum, the Egyptian Goat God & the Nile. Her name is Satet, the Egyptian Goddess of the Nile Waters. Satet is Khnum's wife, so I thought they were appropriate names for my little Nubian Goats. I want them to breed so I will have the goat milk, and can sell the kids. I'll share pictures of them when they arrive. I'll be bottle feeding them for a little while, longer for Satet since she's 2 weeks younger than Khnum.

I'm getting a regular little mini-farm going here! Well, have to stop for now. I'm in the middle of building a new house for my Cinna-Bunny. I'm converting an old cabinet into a base for his cage. I'm about 1/2 done with the construction, then I have to paint it, get his cage in place and it'll finally be another project marked of the To-Do List. Which seems to get longer every day!

Y'all have a Blessed Easter!