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 MOON invites us to walk this week on pathways of …
- Honoring natural cycles, particularly those which the moon shows us of dark to new, from waxing to full, from wanning to back again to dark. (MoonCircles is a favorite site of mine for moon cycle information).
- Tapping into a wild, dark, feminine mystery.
- Tuning into the realms beyond through dreams, connecting with the ancestors, letting the natural world be your guide, or recognizing psychic messages.
- Exploring the power of the number eight (from the eight phases of the moon) and its suggestion of the infinite, renewing cycles of life, of the soul.
PRACTICE: Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question: What practice(s) will best serve us to move along this path this week? 10 OF WATER invites us to practices such as …
- Contemplate the life cycle of the salmon, where adults return to the freshwater from which they were born to spawn the next generation after which they die and their decomposing bodies become fertilizer.
- Do a simple ritual where you symbolic release an emotional burden into a stream or river near your home
- Remember and honor water as the source of life with a simple gesture or internal word of thanks for a day – for 10 days, if you can! – every time you take a sip of water or bathe or swim.
- Go swimming with a specific intention such as to serve personal or collective emotional healing.
- Use crayons or markers to get you into a child-like/fool-like state and draw or doodle a picture of the new that will come when you release the old. Let your emotions and intuition guide you. Don’t start out with a plan. Let yourself be surprised.
- Weep for sorrow, for joy, for how they are mixed together. Set the intention of having these be cleansing tears that help you move into a new beginning.
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? THE CHILD OF WATER invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….
- Grace and ease
- Daring to stand at the edge of vast mystery – because you don’t know you should fear such places – because you feel you are always protected.
- Moving from a place of open-heartedness to encounter the world.
OVERALL: How to encapsulate a week filled with so much water, so much mystery, and the mixing of death and birth? It’s too enormous for plain words and so I turn to poetry.
The end of regret by Carolyn Cushing
When you listen to the moon
at year’s end, you hear
voices of the dead losing
the world’s words one by one:
They don’t need those things now.
The rooms they lived in are emptying,
every day memories unmoored. In the drift,
they forget you were late. Or left early.
Forgot that date. Didn’t say.
Your said and unsaid then, don’t matter now.
Only the listening to what they still know:
February has me cycling back to a renewed depth of connection to my poetry and inspired to find ways to share poetry with others. I’m preparing to put some of my words on the wall at Local Gallery’s Art of the Word Show and I’m coordinating the creation of a Poetry Oracle at the show. If you are a writer with a connection to Easthampton and the Pioneer Valley check out my call to submit to the Poetry Oracle.