Soul Practices for Week of 9/14/15: Gardener –


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 3-gardenerPATH:  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 GARDNER invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • Alignment with the energy and offerings of the land around you so you can tap into the abundance of any season.
  • Being aware of and celebrating the body – your body and the body of the Earth.
  • Finding the right balance of work and rest to bring forth abundance, creativity, new life, or harvest.

gaian 8-airPRACTICE:  Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question:  What practice(s) will best serve us to move along this path this week? EIGHT OF AIR  invites us to practices such as …

  • Sit with friends and tell stories. Allow both the stories of joy and success to be told alongside the stories of grief and loss.
  • Gather a circle for a specific purpose and use the circle guidelines offered by Christian Baldwin in her Peer Circle process.
  • Listening internally to all the different voices and ideas that surface from within you.  Yes, it sometimes feels like there is a raucous committee meeting going on inside our heads! But you can align this group for forward movement or internal peace by letting each have its say.  You might give names to each of these different aspects of yourself and then listen in turn to what each of them would say in regard to an important matter before you.
  • Joining a support group specific to the need or change that you are going through.

gaian explorer-firePOSTURE:  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 FIRE invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of …

  • Flexibility and embracing the flow.
  • Openness to whatever comes. It’s not really that you are fearless; it’s that you feel the fear but harness that energy to do what you want.
  • Stepping into your passion fully.
  • Acting on instinct developed from long practice.


OVERALL MUSINGS: We are entering the time of the equinox when day and night are of equal length. In the Northern Hemisphere, we are shifting and grounding the fire cultivated in summer’s height while in the Southern Hemisphere, the dreams of winter make their first movement toward form. Out of each will emerge a harvest most fully made and appreciated through both hard, active work and a pausing – like composting – that allows the growth to be fully received and integrated. In summer’s light we can forget that that pause, but the shortening days here in New England when flowers surrender their seeds to earth remind me that rest too is part of the process of creation.

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