Soul Practices for the Week of 7/13/15: Tree – 4 of Water – Explorer of Water

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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 12-treePATH:  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 TREE  invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • Inaction on the external level but deep movement on the inner level.
  • Sacrifice that opens us to our deep soul purpose.
  • Surrendering to what is.
  • Holding on to what offers essential support.
  • Seeing with new eyes.

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

  • Meditating / engaging in visio divina on this card’s well cover symbol, called the Vesica Pisces, with its overlapping circles that represent the physical world and the spirit world and their connection. Contemplate how these circle overlap in your own life
  • Sitting in silence and imagining your mind is like a still, deep blue pool. Let your thoughts come but float away as you re-direct your attention to the blue depths of the pool. Be open to whatever—or the nothing—that comes.
  • Making a pilgrimage to a place of sacred waters. You can spend time with a stream near your house or dream about a trip to Chalice Well in Glastonbury, England (the place depicted in the card). Recognize all water is holy.

Gaian explorer-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?  EXPLORER OF WATER  invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of …

  • Being in the flow.
  • Letting your emotions flow through your body, acknowledging them, feeling them, using them for guidance, and letting them keep moving.
  • Balancing effort or technique with effortlessness or improvisation; there is a wonderful phrase of the poet Rilke, “no forcing, no holding back”.
  • Embracing the mystical possibility in everyday movement.

OVERALL MUSINGS:  We start the week in a dark moon time as we release the last new moon’s air energy (from its arrival last June 16th in the sign of Gemini) and move mid-week into this new moon’s water energy (as it comes during the sign of Cancer). In today’s Dark Moon Circle letter, I sent out a suggestion for dark moon ritual use of feathers to brush away ideas you no longer need so you can flow into the invitations of water on Wednesday: love, the wisdom of the emotions, mysticism, intuition, daring to look into the depths.  And the images above mirror this story.  The Tree and the woman blowing in the breeze, floating amidst clouds surrender to the Water pooling in the 4 of Cups. This pause at pool’s edge prepares us to set forth on a Water adventure for the rest of the week. May you be blessed with water’s nurturing flow this week!

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