Each week I pull Tarot cards to inspire personal development / spiritual 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? BINDWEED invites us to walk this week on pathways of …
- Acknowledging the places where we are stuck.
- Observing our habitual responses to times of challenge and noting those that are least helpful as a step toward giving them up.
- Daring to dance with our shadow-self, that part that scares us or of which we are ashamed, because we know it is the way to grow.
PRACTICE: Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question: What contemplative practice will best serve us to move along this pathway this week? SIX OF AIR invites us to practices such as …
- Stand up and stretch out your arms; it doesn’t have to be anything more complicated than moving into this power pose to shift your energy from stuck victim to powerful actor.
- Go to a yoga class.
- Be grateful for the things all around you that make your life possible and pleasurable: the sun, your food, a favorite mug, a favorite gathering with others for yoga or writing or knitting or …..
POSTURE: Use Pile 3 / People cards for a question such as: What attitudes and behaviors will be most helpful to undertake this practice? ELDER OF FIRE invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….
- Staying focused on what gives your life deep meaning and purpose.
- Knowing that our lives are part of a larger, cosmic reality and flow of time.
- A soft focus on the tasks of everyday reality while looking beyond to the other realms.
OVERALL MUSINGS: We have taken one step back from the Lightning and the 7 of Air of last week. Our culture is so focused on forward progress that this might seem like a regression, but perhaps it is what is most needed. After the difficulty of last week, we need to re-group. As we do that, we may find that our usual ways of relating to difficulty no longer fit our lives or awareness. So we can shift; we can open our arms up to new ways of being that better serve our being and prepare us to meeting challenges in a different way. And the Elder of Fire remains with us. Time and progress don’t mean much to her at all; she remains as a support no matter what path we are walking on.