Aug
18
2014

Tarot Practices for the Week of 8/18/14: Hermit – 7 of Earth – Explorer of Air

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For Seekers – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Weekly Practice

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.

gaian 9-hermitPATH:  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 HERMIT  invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • A time of retreat, reflection, and contemplation
  • Connecting with solitude and silence for deeper listening to the Greater Than, especially through messages from the moon, animals sounds in the night or dreams.
  • Gathering in the reflections and insights that you’ve gained from your time in solitude to share with others (you’ll share soon, but not right now).

gaian seven-earthPRACTICE:  Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question:  What practice(s) will best serve us to move along this path this week?  SEVEN OF EARTH  invites us to practices such as …

  • Bringing a contemplative attitude to your planning for each day, the week, a season, or the year. Using Tarot cards to prompt action taking or become representations of what you want to accomplish can make this work-in-the-world task feel more contemplative. Choose your actions based on how they will advance your longer-term vision.
  • Communing with a tree (This can be a simple as approaching the tree, asking its permission to connect, putting your hand on its bark, and just being with the tree. What happens may surprise you.)
  • Watch The Man Who Planted Trees, which tells of a seemingly impossible transformation that is accomplished with slow effort.  It might be good to watch during these days where conflict has such a strong and destructive hold that we can’t imagine how we will emerge from it.  This is a fictional story, but there are real like examples of transformational tree planters such as Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011), who founded the Green Belt Movement in Africa.

Gaian explorer-airPOSTURE:  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? EXPLORER OF AIR  invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….

  • Being brave and taking risks.
  • Seeking out a wider view of the reality before you. Don’t be afraid to look deeply into what you see.
  • Acknowledging that the natural world (perhaps especially trees and flying things) can be your teachers

OVERALL MUSINGS: What called my attention as I looked at these 3 cards were the hands in motion: receiving and recording; nurturing and grounding; and reaching and steadying. The invitation I heard was to listen deeply, look widely, and take a first step toward bringing vision into earth form.  The first step may not has that much tangible expression but it will set you on the path for the long term.  What captured your attention?  Where do those details call you to look this week?

 

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