New! Weekly Practices: Canoe – Eight of Water – Guardian of Air


For Seekers – Practices for Soul & Spirit

GaianwheelLargeThe year turns and change comes.  The Gaian Tarot Circle that has been a wonderful community and source of wisdom is winding down and ending in March. We GTCers will experience a loss, but in that opening new things can be born.  For me and you, dear reader, there will be a change that I hope you find is a gain, a gift, a boon.

I am migrating my weekly post from the Gaian Tarot Circle on Tarot inspirations for spiritual/connective practice here to the blog.  Monday mornings, I will pull and post cards for what would best serve us as a group I’ll offer some ideas about the implications of the cards but just to get you started thinking and feeling toward what works for you.  All kinds of interpretations and innovations are welcome.

My musings are meant to be invitations for you to use as they are helpful, inspiring, or sparks for your own creative thinking about what you need to remember that connection to the sacred.  If the cards don’t resonate for you, you can pull your own cards and post about them in the comments.

The 3 cards are pulled from specific parts of the deck.  Majors and Aces are collected together and pulled to indicate the Path of the week.  The cards numbered 2 to 10 suggest the actual Practice. And, the court/people cards show the attitude or Posture to take toward the practice.  You can read more about the inspiration, mechanics, and possibilities of this method in a guest post on Gaian Soul, the blog of Joanna Powell Colbert creator of the Gaian Tarot.

The post for New Year’s week can serve as an example.

gaian 7-canoe


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

  • Moving from one shore (or year) to another with determination and focus.
  • Harnessing and combine your seemingly dualistic parts of yourself (your masculine and feminine, your light and your dark, your pain and your join) to move yourself forward.
  • Embracing your soul purpose and taking action to step more fully on to its path.


gaian eight-waterPRACTICE:  Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question:  What contemplative practice will best serve us to move along this pathway this week?  EIGHT OF WATER invites us to practices such as …

  • Swimming with sacred intent, moving through the water and seeing what the feel of it teaches you.
  • Releasing old, no-longer-needed emotions/emotional baggage to make room for new flow with a simple ritual.
  • Reflect on how you like your life in the upcoming year or week or month to more fully express your authentic being.


gaian guardian-airPOSTURE:  Use Pile 3 / People cards for a question such as:  What attitudes and behaviors will be most helpful in undertaking this practice?  GUARDIAN OF AIR invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….

  • Looking with fearless eyes upon the truth of what is going on in your life.
  • Daring to speak the truth (to yourself and to others) about what you seek and think.
  • Being unconstrained by the ideas of mainstream society.


OVERALL MUSINGS:  This seems a perfect set of cards for New Year’s week.  They call you to look deeply and truthfully at the year past and decide what you no longer need, commitment to what you’d like to find / create / move toward in the New Year, and start taking action with focus and determination to achieve your visions.  Hope you work in a little fun celebrating or cavorting in nature along the way!

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