A place of pause, renewal, and connection for seekers

Oct
1
2018

Soul Path Practices Week of October 1: Death – 7 of Earth – Explorer of Fire

For Seekers – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Tarot – Weekly Practice

When not observing the Solstice seasons or special lunar happenings, I pull Tarot cards weekly to inspire practice that cultivates soul wisdom for readers of this blog as a group using the Gaian Tarot.  You are invited to use the cards below to inspire your practice, and, if you like, share your reflections in the comments.  You are also free to draw your own cards using these positions.

PATH:  Use Pile 1 / Majors and Aces to pull a card for the question:  What path would it best serve us to walk this week? DEATH invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • Knowing that Life and Death are intertwined.
  • Recognizing that what dies is gone and can not come back in the same form.
  • Standing in awe of the Great Mystery of what lies beyond the living world.
  • Grieving that which is passing away as a doorway that must be passed through to enter the new.

 

PRACTICE:  Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question:  What practice(s) will best serve us to move along this path this week? SEVEN OF EARTH  invites us to practices such as …

  • Bringing a contemplative, purposeful attitude to your planning for each day, the week, a season, or the year.  Think about how current actions will have long-term impacts. Using Tarot or oracle cards to prompt action taking or become representations of what you want to accomplish can make this work-in-the-world task feel more contemplative. Choose your actions based on how they will advance your longer-term vision.
  • Communing with a tree (This can be a simple as approaching the tree, asking its permission to connect, putting your hand on its bark, and just being with the tree. To offer gratitude, you can breathe on to the tree as they use the carbon dioxide we expel. What happens may surprise you.)
  • Repairing something (i.e. darn a sock in your house, pick up litter out in your neighborhood gather with others to stand for justice in the country where you live) and dedicating the task to to tikkun olam, the Jewish concept of repair of the world. 
  • Watch The Man Who Planted Trees for inspiration on how rebirth can follow desolation.

 

POSTURE:  Use Pile 3 / People cards for a question such as:  What attitudes and behaviors will be most helpful to undertake this practice and walk with path?   EXPLORER OF FIRE invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….

  • Flexibility and embracing the flow.
  • Openness to whatever comes. It’s not really that you are fearless; it’s that you feel the fear but harness that energy to do what you want.
  • Recognizing that you have great creativity and can use it move through life.
  • Stepping into your passion fully.

 

OVERALL MUSINGS:  I start most days with a long walk where I seek to connect myself with what is happening in the natural world through my senses and my imagination. This morning I was taking in the trees turning here in the New England fall. Burst of red can be seen along the path I walk, but most leaves are just slightly yellowing, some are mottled with brown and mustard hues. The summer wildflowers are just stalks now, dark browns and blacks, with darkened seed pods. I paused to look at the head of a no-longer-flower – it’s color gone but shape still present – and words popped into my mind: In the fall, death is illuminated. [When I returned to the house, I pulled cards for the week, and I promise I did pull the Death card by chance – or rather by synchronicity.]

This is the season in which the fullness of summer life recedes into the surrender of autumn leaves and shifting light. There is a loss – we may mourning the passing of the summer variety and exuberance – but there is also now space for something different to enter in. This week’s cards guide us to recognize what no longer serves us, let a spark of a new inspiration emerge into the cleared space,  and invite the new we want to bring into our lives through careful, long-term planning.

The fading of the green world’s energy also creates an open for our beloved dead and the presence of the ancestors to return to our awareness. Their form is emptiness now and our imaginations can be led to them by the emptying of the season. I have a practice of writing letters to the dead in the fall and you are invited to join me in the Persephone Descending with Letters for the Dead series that starts on the dark moon of Sunday, October 7th. Details below and questions most welcome.

1 comment… add one
October 5, 2018, 7:00 pm Rose Petronella

Thanks for keeping me on your mailing list, Carolyn. Your latest offering online sounds great! Unfortunately, my calendar is full at the present time. I find I need more time these days …for a number of things, including a year-long online art course that I’m taking. But I resonate with your theme of death, mourning and loss – and also making space for the new spark. My warm wishes to you and the group that will gather. I hope I’ll be able to participe in your next offering. Blessings and love, Rose

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