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 it best serve us to walk this week? THE MOON invites us to walk this week on pathways of …
- Honoring natural cycles, particularly those which the moon shows us of dark to new, from waxing to full, from waning to back again to dark. (MoonCircles is a favorite site of mine for moon cycle information. Today we are in a new phase of the moon.)
- Welcoming mystery and its messages that arise from dreams, intuition, and creative leaps.
- Recognizing that not everything is in your control. Like the waves responding to the moon’s pull, what is happening around you, the emotions that rise up within you, the messages that suddenly come to from the realm beyond are not subject to your individual control or desires. You may need to go with the flow for awhile.
PRACTICE: Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question: What practice(s) will best serve us to move along this path this week? TEN OF AIR invites us to practices such as …
- Sit, close you eyes, and tune into your body and your thoughts (i.e. meditate). Let each thought that comes be like a migrating goose; see it, acknowledge it, let it fly out of your vision. Maybe you want to offer each thought a blessing or a prayer for healing as it goes by.
- Doing a ritual to release a no-longer needed idea you’ve held about yourself or an unmet goal that is no longer needed or achievable. This could be done by writing about you want to give up, then tearing the paper into confetti-sized pieces and throwing them out into the wind from a high place. Then make a wish for the new you’d like to enter your life.
- Observe what the birds are doing in your area right now. What are they teaching you?
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? CHILD OF AIR invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of …
- Able to observe the flow of change with detached curiosity.
- Delight in the beauty that surrounds you at this time of year.
- Recognizing that transformation is happening all around you in the natural world and that this can be your guide to your own transformations.
OVERALL MUSINGS: The mechanistic world view still holds sway in the institutions of the West and their influence is global. Even those of us who seek a more balanced, earth-aligned approach can be caught up in the expectations of this world view. So when our plans don’t come to fruition or are thrown off track, we are frustrated, perhaps even blame ourselves. But the moon this week reminds us that we live in a larger, more powerful, and even more mysterious flow. No need to judge ourselves for falling into old traps – they are big and have been around a long time – but we can observe and let go what no longer serves. The release can be messy – just like the dissolution of the caterpillar is messy – but the natural world each day shows us the practice and the possibility of transformation.