According to the International OCD Foundation, OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a disorder of the brain and behavior. OCD involves both obsessions and compulsions that take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values.
I believe OCD exists in all of us at different extremes. One of my tarot-reading friends has to face all of her cards in the same direction before she shuffles for each client (obviously, she doesn't read reversals). Her famous saying is, "I'm so OCD I'm CDO!"
My OCD doesn't extend to the direction my tarot cards face (I do read reversals). Mine is putting things 'where they belong' and closing drawers and doors. Now, I don’t consider my OCD to be extreme in any means. And it certainly doesn’t take up an enormous amount of time if done properly. For example, I take my coat out of the closet, I close the door. I take the scissors out of the drawer, use them, put them back in the drawer and close the drawer. Simple right?
Apparently not so. My brain must be so over-powered by my OCD, that I just don’t realize it takes a tremendous amount of time to accomplish these tasks. I am just asking too much! This is the only explanation I can think of to explain my 10-year old daughter’s recent behavior.
She’s rebelling. She is hell-bent on curing me of this awful condition. There is a tell in every room she has been in. The microwave door is open and markers sprawl over the table and onto the floor in the kitchen. Socks in the couch and fun fruit wrappers on the stand where the remote should be in the living room. A pile of shoes by the open front door. Did she go somewhere?
After months of battle, I find she’s winning. I just can’t keep up with her mess, she’s wearing me down. I am right at the point of giving up, when I see a sign of hope from an unlikely source, my dog. I notice he has neatly lined up his toys at the top of the stairs. So for all of the doors and drawers I‘ve closed and all of the piles I’ve cleaned up, it has finally started to rub off. I feel refreshed, ready to continue the battle.
My dog, Dexter, lines his toys up at the top of the stairs.
It sounds odd to compare and contrast Reading Tarot cards and writing a book, but I’ve found doing these things at the same time has given me some interesting insights.
Insight #1 - The Protagonist and the Querent
Let’s begin with the definition of querent and protagonist. A querent is the person who is having the reading done. A protagonist is the main character of a story.
In Tarot readings I prefer to know nothing at all about the querent. This way I will have no thoughts of my own to interfere with my interpretation of the cards. This also assures the reader they can trust the reading.
When you are writing a story, you really have to get to know your Protagonist. You end up knowing them as well as you know yourself. In fact, through them, you learn more about yourself. In a way, it’s very healing to write a book. You can put your protagonist through a situation similar to one that affected you in your life. It feels safer to re-experience, or confront, the situation through your protagonist. Plus, you have the power to control what happens in the end. :)
This is my first attempt at blogging. Really what is the purpose of blogging? To share knowledge? To teach? To make you think? I hope to accomplish all three.
What is Shakespeare's attitude toward fate?
This was the question my son had to answer in an essay after reading Macbeth. His summary was, “What comes around goes around.” Great summary, but not wordy enough for an essay.
Macbeth; a whole book dedicated to the workings of fate. Back in the 16th century, anything unexplainable was the product of magic, spirits, or fate. Your actions today affect what happens to you tomorrow. A good lesson on how to live your life. I wonder what literary treasures Shakespeare would have written if he would have considered reincarnation? Could how you behaved in a past life affect your life now?
Not that I’m saying I’m creating a literary treasure, but this is the question I am addressing in my novel entitled Renewed, Remembered, Returned.
Stay tuned for excerpts from my novel, news about local reading events and more metaphysical contemplating!