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April 4th, 2003

what I've gotten myself into. @ 07:07 pm

Current Mood: hyper hyper
Current Music: Pixies, Here Comes Your Man

I have an appointment on Tuesday to get two of the chapters from the Dao De Jing tattooed on my back. It'll take "six to eight hours". Yikes. (The characters will be the traditional vertical, right to left way, without punctuation.)

And not that this has anything to do with the dao or tattooing, but if any of you fine folks reading this want me to do a tarot reading for you, reply to this post or mail moof-at-livejournal.com with yer question (if any) and if I should put the reading up publicly or not. anonymous replies will get posted, since there wouldn't be any other way to contact you.

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Date:April 5th, 2003 01:29 pm (UTC)
I'd love some sort of Tarot reading on how things will go with Microsoft for me. :)
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Date:April 5th, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)

Which verses?

So like, which verses of the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing)?
(funny no matter which way you transcribe it, 'tisn't right! I mean no disrespect by spelling it the other way, just used to typing it as such.)
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Date:April 5th, 2003 02:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Which verses?

#6 and #71: (crappy online translations given because I can't find the thomas cleary xlation right now)

The valley spirit never dies.
It is called "the mysterious female."
The opening of the mysterious female
Is called "the root of Heaven and Earth."
Continuous, seeming to remain.

Use it without exertion.

Who knows what he knows is healthy;
Who ignores what he ignores is sick;
Who grows sick of sickness recovers;
The sage is never sick, always sick of sickness.

The classical chinese is sufficiently vague that he can be translated in a whole mess of ways.; they're real open to interpretation.
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Date:April 6th, 2003 12:43 pm (UTC)
I have always been kind of fascinated with the Tarot, it's one of the wierd places that my severely sceptical yet extremely open halves (um yeah, it's a strange duality thing that I don't even try to get to grips with) of what I like to call a brain refuse to choose sides.

I have no questions at this time... it seems like I should, but I don't, odd.
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Date:April 6th, 2003 04:10 pm (UTC)
Instead of having to choose either sides, I instead choose both sides; I simultaneously believe it and don't. This has the benefit of letting me take the best parts from both - e.g. "It's the sp00ky Jungian collective subconscious at work!" and "It's my intuition choosing things for me!"

This strategy works well for other things, too: ESP, FTL travel, Reiki, the existence of Liberal Republicans, et al.
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Date:April 7th, 2003 05:06 am (UTC)


I, myself, totally have the "need fresh ink" bug and have pretty much decided that it's a done deal once I pay off one of my credit cards. I've plans to get a bunch of work done on my left arm; hopefully something that can be worked into the mantra across my chest.

Re: tarot: I'm not a believer, but I always find it interesting what gets pulled up, so if you feel like it, have a go.

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