When not observing the Solstice seasons or lunar happenings, I pull Tarot cards weekly to inspire practice that cultivates soul wisdom for readers of this blog as a group using the Gaian Tarot. 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 using these positions.
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? THE SUN invites us to walk this week on pathways of …
- Earned joy.
- Being in the flow.
- Basking in new light and energy.
- Being open to the beauty of Earth and the passionate embrace of Love while still recognizing in your heart the pain, the grief, and the problems of the world. You are unafraid of this paradox.
PRACTICE: Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question: What practice(s) will best serve us to move along this path this week? FOUR OF AIR invites us to practices such as …
- Finding in the outside world or creating within your home a place to retreat to for prayer, meditation, or dream incubation.
- Creating something beautiful by weaving with paper or yarn or twigs, and as you are weaving concentrate on your desires and dreams. Then their energy will be woven into the completed piece.
- “Feathering your nest” in some special way, perhaps by cleaning up a space and bringing in a new inspiring element: art, flowers, curtains, lace.
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? CHILD OF EARTH invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….
- Total focus.
- Living fully in the moment.
- Learning from the physical reality before you (the peeking bulbs, the food on your plate, the animals in your life).
- Seeing the mysteries of the universe in the common and mundane things of your world.
- Tuning into your senses as teachers.
OVERALL MUSINGS: As a set, this week’s cards invite us to make space in our life for what brings us joy – and then commune deeply with this joy-brining gift in our lives. We will have to do this amidst the daily demands of our lives and the raucous happenings in the wider world, but our time spent with joy can fill us with the energy needed to engage with these challenges.
Most people find the most joy in the simple things in life – being with loved ones, good food, a walk in nature, time spent fiddling with a creative project – so joy is generally waiting close by waiting for us to turn to its radiant presence.
What keeps us from doing so? Perhaps the most insidious distraction of our time is the constant pull of technology and social media. Our devices are ringing and dinging all day. The technology is not really the problem but rather our response to it. We are letting our ability to be constantly plugged in numb us and distract us rather than aid us, but it does not have to be this way.
This morning I read a NY Times piece on Digital Minimalism to support Deep Work. Just the words inspired me. The practices suggested are not difficult – and don’t require you to give up all technology or social media use – but just require a shift to be intentional and proactive rather than distracted and responsive in our use. Making a shift such as this can open up space in our life for what really matters; it can make a space for joy.
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