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.
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? JUSTICE invites us to walk this week on pathways of …
- Awareness of the interconnection of all things.
- Consideration of the impact of our actions.
- A heart made light because you know you have considered the Whole, the Earth, your community and are living in a right balance between their needs and your own.
PRACTICE: Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question: What practice(s) will best serve us to move along this path this week? SEVEN OF WATER invites us to practices such as …
- Observe your decision making process with interest and curiosity. What prompts you to begin? How many options do you entertain? What if you threw another idea into the mix? How do you know – do you know – when you are complete? How do your feelings help and challenge you to come to a decision? How does your rational mind help and challenge you to come to a decision? How do your emotional and rational sides work together? How could they work together better?
- Once you make a commitment to move forward on an important decision, toast to this decision and drink from the cup as a sign of your commitment.
- Pour a cup of clear water. Through guided visualization meditation, imagine the fire, energy, and gifts of the sun entering into the water. Then drink the water. (Inspired by the work of Thorne Coyle.)
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? GUARDIAN OF EARTH invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of …
- Knowing your power comes from tenderness.
- Loving awareness of all that comes before you.
- Paying attention to what is emerging in your life.
- Being very grounded in and attentive to the place where you live so that its power and gifts can flow through you.
OVERALL MUSINGS: These cards invite us to make our decisions this week on a different level, in different ways, and in cooperation with greater forces. Discernment is a process of integrating spirituality and decision making. I’ve called it Decision Making with the Divine. Spiritual director and writer Nancy Bieber names 3 stages to the discernment process: willingness, attentiveness, and responsiveness. In willingness, we open ourselves up to cooperating with and taking inspiration from forces greater than ourselves. We might, for example, work with Justice carrying the scales of the Egyptian Goddess Ma’at to show us how to live our lives both in consideration of the Whole and the needs of our own heart. In attentiveness, we remember our past, pay attention to where signs and symbols are pointing us in the present, and tune into our longings for the future. (Tarot is so helpful here!) In responsiveness, we start forward in the direction of our decisions, begin to act, but continue our observation of our own responses – perhaps by tuning into our body and treating it tenderly – as well as the signs and symbols that point us to glimpsing the guiding of the Divine. This kind of decision making brings us into greater alignment with the Whole.
[Note: The new year is often a time of plan making and, thus, decision making. Perhaps you are in the midst of such planning right now, or have just started into living decisions just made. If you would like support for bringing a discerning perspective to the process, contact me by phone or e-mail and we can see what kind of session would be best for you. I work in person here in Massachusetts or by phone or Skype.]