Each week I pull cards to inspire contemplative / personal development practice for readers of the blog as a group using the Gaian Tarot. (If you want to read more about the process, check out Sacred Practices of the Gaian Tarot: The 3 P’s).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.
PATH: Use Pile 1 / Majors and Aces to pull a card for the question: What path would best serve the good of the group this week? THE BUILDER invites us to walk this week on pathways of …
- Moving your vision(s) into specific and concrete form so that they can benefit others.
- Naming and claiming the source of your power and then using it to direct a situation or group to do what they need to do.
- Turning to nature to learn how to create structures and products that are smart and sustainable because they align with rather than subdue nature (i.e. biomimicry)
PRACTICE: Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question: What contemplative practice will best serve us to move along this pathway this week? THREE OF AIR invites us to practices such as …
- At the end of each day this week write lists of your Consolations (the things that made you happy and offered fulfillment) and your Desolations (the things that made you sad or disconnected from the way you would like to be in the world). At the end of the week, look back over the lists and see if you can find a pattern.
- Letting your fears and worries flow out of you by writing them down, To follow up, perhaps you honor them first and then find a way to let them go.
- Take slips of paper and write down any worries and challenges that you are ready to give to the earth, to the Divine, to the Greater Than to heal. Bury the slips of paper in the ground. You may want to finish by flowers over this spot.
POSTURE: Use Pile 3 / People cards for a question such as: What attitudes and behaviors will be most helpful to undertake this practice? EXPLORER OF AIR invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….
- Pausing to look at the bigger picture.
- Rising about the everyday concerns to think about larger purpose, possibility, or strategy.
- Daring to acknowledge the difficult and possible obstacles that may be ahead.
OVERALL MUSINGS: Even as we move forward in our commitment to building for the good, claiming our power, or bringing our visions into form, we can pause to gain a wider perspective and assess the situation. This may require us to acknowledge difficulties – or even doubts! – about what we are creating and moving into. But allowing this information to surface and be worked into our plans – or even suggest a course correction – can ensure that the outcome is not only achieved but truly of service to others and part of living out our deepest/highest purpose.