Prop 8 Statistics

Ballotpedia.org has an informative page regarding California Proposition 8. What struck me, when I examined the statistics, is the small difference between Yes and No vote counts. According to the final count shown at the State website (PDF), the difference was only 599,602 votes out of 13.4 million That’s less than 5 in 100 people.


Repeal Prop 8

I just found a beautiful video urging repeal of this horribly wrong proposition. There is so much LOVE in these photos. How can anyone deny it’s place in our world? Repeal Prop 8 It’s from Spiritcaat.


2009 Tarot Study – I The Magician

The Magician is often shown standing in an outdoor setting with plants growing around him. Before him is a table with objects laid out on it representing the four elements. He prepares to work magic with them. He appears to be conscious of the power implicit in the elements, as well as of his ability • Read More »


2009 Tarot Study – Threes

As I mentioned previously, I’m doing something a little different in each segment of my Tarot Study. Today’s segment is long, but I hope it contains something you’ll find worth your while. I seem to have an awful lot to say about these cards. I’ll start this time with a glimpse at some precursory artwork • Read More »


2009 Tarot Study – IV The Emperor

It seems that my Tarot Study this year is sinking into my unconscious, becoming a constant voice in the back of my head reminding me of both the study and the week’s current card’s connection to my life in one way or another. It’s even to some extent shaping my dreams. Hopefully the Emperor will • Read More »


2009 Tarot Study – VIII Justice

Justice — Is There Any? The subtitle for this section of my post is borrowed from the chapter on Justice in Sallie Nichols’ Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey. I’ve had a lot of trouble with this particular card in my study, and I’m not sure why. It’s not as if I’ve never given the • Read More »


2009 Tarot Study – Numbers and the Tarot Major Arcana

If you’re new to Tarot, you might wonder why the Justice and Strength cards are numbered differently from one Tarot deck to another. In the older Tarot de Marseille decks, Justice is VIII and Strength is XI (and the Fool, by the way, has no number at all, while the Death card has a number • Read More »


2009 Tarot Study – V The Hierophant

The Hierophant: Seeking Perfection in the Great Imperfect The traditional title of The Hierophant is The Pope, and in the Tarot de Marseille this card provides a masculine contrast or polarization with card II The Papess, or female pope. In modern Tarot decks these two cards’ titles have changed to, most commonly, The High Priestess • Read More »


2009 Tarot Study – Kings

How do they rule? The King cards in the Tarot sometimes represent wisdom or mastery, and at other times a completion or culmination, the state of having achieved a zenith or post-zenith position in some area of life. A King can also mean carrying something to such a point of completion and expertise that one • Read More »


2009 Tarot Study

I’ve decided to begin an in-depth Tarot study in 2009, not of any particular deck, but of the 22 major arcana and the 14 levels of minor arcana — Aces through 10s, Pages, Knights, Queens, Kings — using several decks. I’ve been using Tarot, mostly for personal insight, for 20 plus years, so this will • Read More »


Love deserves our support, in whatever form it takes

I see most people’s negative reaction to same-sex marriage as steeped in their own fear, culture shock, and unconscious projections. I see people follow whatever their religion or culture has taught them instead of thinking this issue through for themselves. Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry? This isn’t a question to give a knee-jerk, • Read More »


California’s Prop 8 — Religious extremism hard at work

I’m a straight woman, married for 25 years now, and I’m shocked and disgusted by the religious fervor ripping across my home state in favor of Proposition 8, which would pass a state constitutional amendment eliminating the right of same-sex couples to marry. I don’t understand why anyone considers it any of their business whether • Read More »



How blueberries get there?

“Hanging Blueberries” Copyright © 2008 Barbara W. Klaser 5 x 7 inches watercolor, color pencil, pen and ink


On skepticism, religion, and metaphysics

Skepticism rears its head frequently on the Internet, in ways we may not think about very much in our day to day lives off line, and with good reason. There’s a lot of unreliable or questionable information on the Internet. There are no editorial guidelines, no filtering process. Anyone can post anything they want. This • Read More »