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Week of Jan. 6th Practices: Temperance – Four of Fire – Guardian of Earth

For Seekers – Practices for Soul & Spirit

Each week I pull cards to inspire contemplative practice.  In 2011, I started using the Gaian Tarot as a prompt for practice as its minor cards showed such clear images of people engaged in practices that grounded and connected them to earth, to spirit, to the Whole.  The method evolved to use the majors as path cards and the people as posture/attitude cards, and for a couple of years I posted weekly on the Gaian Tarot Circle.  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.

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

  • Alchemy, art, and creation.
  • Blending of opposites (the happy and sad, wild inspiration and careful revision) to bring something new into being.
  • To see and blend all the parts of yourself into a perfectly imperfect vessel for holding your authentic life.


gaian four-firePRACTICE:  Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question:  What contemplative practice will best serve us to move along this pathway this week?  FOUR OF FIRE  invites us to practices such as …

  • Do a ritual at night to honor the moon.
  • Create a sacred circle and stand within it drawing up its power into yourself.
  • Do a Wheel of the Year Tarot spread and find the points of power of the year. Plan for some simple ritual at those points in the year to keep building your power.


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

  • Giving a long, loving look at all that comes before you.
  • Careful attention to detail.
  • Being very grounded in and attentive to the place where you live so that its power and gifts can flow through you.

OVERALL MUSINGS: We could put the Temperance angel in between the very different energies of fire and earth offered by these cards.  Fire wants to move, following inspiration, while earth is grounded and likes to plan.  But blend them together and there is a powerful combination for this time of year when we are often trying to make a new beginning or plan for the year ahead. Dare to balance both fire and earth and the results can truly be alchemical.

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