Soul Practices for the Week of 10/27/14: Teacher – 5 of Water – Elder of Water


For Seekers – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Weekly Practice

Each week I pull Tarot cards to inspire practice that cultivates soul wisdom 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 and share them in the comments.

gaian-5-teacherPATH:  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 TEACHER  invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • Being open to learning and wisdom coming from surprising, unexpected, or humble sources.
  • Connecting to the deep wisdom that you have to share with the world.
  • Entering into the mysteries of the Earth, lead by its wise masters: the plants, the animals, the insects, the weeds.
  • Knowing you are supported by and stand on the wisdom traditions of the ancestors.

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

  • Tune into what you are feeling, even if it is difficult. Acknowledge the difficult feeling and let it flow, perhaps with actual tears or the symbolic pouring of water.
  • Welcome the rain and murky weather as an opportunity to slow down, be still, and tune into what is happening in your inner world.
  • Pick out a bowl or cup to serve as a symbol of you at this time. Sit with the bowl, contemplating its features, remembering what it has held, dreaming of what is to come. Do this for five minutes or as daily practice for a week, or with themes over the course of six weeks. [This practice comes from Joyce Rupp’s The Cup of Our Life and she does give themes for 6 six weeks of contemplation to serve spiritual growth. Her language is Christian but I find the themes very open and inviting though I am not a practicing Christian.]

gaian elder-waterPOSTURE:  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?  ELDER OF WATER  invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of …

  • Allowing ourselves to pause and pay attention to what is arriving in our lives – especially our emotions – at any given time.
  • Seeing with awe the things that you have seen a thousand times before.
  • Being attentive to the magic that comes from the natural world (especially the ocean that follows the moon or any body of water) or from dreams.

OVERALL MUSINGS: The dandelion as teacher. Emotions as teachers. The ancestors as teachers. A cup from your kitchen as teacher.  Wisdom teachings are all around us.  This week we are invite to just pause, to look down, to look up, to find everywhere the teaching we most need coming toward us.




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