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Aug
6
2018

Soul Path Week of August 6: The Sun

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For Seekers – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Tarot – Weekly Practice

When not observing the Solstice seasons or special 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.
  • Being open to the beauty of earth and the passionate embrace of Love while still holding in your heart the pain, the grief, and the problems of the world.  You are unafraid of this paradox.
  • Awakening to new light and energy.

I am grateful to have drawn this card for the collective because it feels like such a good match for my personal desires. Today I start two weeks of little trips for pleasure, renewal, and family support! So this week I invite you to draw your own Practice (from the Minors numbered 2 – 10) and Posture (from the People/Courts) cards to find how you can personally walk the path of the Sun this week.

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Jul
30
2018

Soul Path Practices Week of July 30: Gaia, the World – 3 of Air – Child of Fire

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For Seekers – Poetry – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Tarot

When not observing the Solstice seasons or special 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? GAIA, the WORLD  invites us to walk this week on pathways of …

  • Embracing all that is.
  • Living out the unique contribution that you have to make to the world.
  • Resting in a moment of perfection (even in an imperfect world).
  • Receiving and honoring the blessings and the bounty of the world with delight.

 

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

  • At the end of each day this week, write lists of your Consolations (the things that made you happy and offered fulfillment) and your Desolations (the things that made you sad or disconnected from the way you would like to be in the world). Look back on your lists at the end of the week to see if you find a pattern.
  • Engage in a meditation where you tune into your heart, imagine what is pressing upon it or piercing it, feel the pain of it, imagine this pain as light, and then let the light flow through you.
  • Journal to let your fears and worries flow out of you by writing them down, perhaps you honor them first and then find a way to let them go.
  • Write in any of many forms that allow for the expression of emotion: for example, journaling, writing poetry, writing a letter to another person to express your true feelings (you may or may not want to send the letter).

 

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 FIRE  invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….

  • Delight.
  • Attending to your passions with new interest and zeal.
  • Being “scave” (this is a word from Room by Emma Donnaghue made up by the five year old narrator Jack and his ma to describe the combining of scared and brave; you can be both scared and brave at the same time).
  • Being open to all, without preconceived notions of what should be or happen.
  • Bringing new light and energy into the dark places.

OVERALL MUSINGS:

Yoohoo, the World card! Joanna Powell Colbert, creator of the Gaian Tarot, says that this is the best of all possible cards to get in a reading. When I flipped it over, I said, “Yes!”

So it is a paradox to have the card that is the most sorrowful in the deck appear as the practice that will help us walk this World path. The iconic Rider Waite Smith version of this card, named the 3 of Swords, is three swords piercing a heart. Look closely at Joanna’s 3 of Air image and you will see that card tucked under the journal in which the man is writing. The Gaian Tarot does not ignore the sorrow of the 3 of Swords, but it points to a way through the obstacle: Feel, write, release.

The feelings want to be acknowledge even in their wild inchoate state. When we write, our mind helps us to bring an order, a flow to the feelings. This can help us understand them better and bring us into a more balanced relationship; the emotions no longer have to hijack you to get your attention. And this supports release of what you no longer need to carry. You can leave the difficult emotions on the page and shut the notebook.

To begin to meet great sorrow, we must be as “scave” as the Child of Fire. I love this word created by a novelist to let us see into the minds and hearts of her characters – and also to better know ourselves. I know there are times when you have been scared to do something and did it anyway. Yes, you have been scave.

Any kind of writing can help us practice walking the path of the World being scave. If you are not really a word person, I think that doodling would serve as well. And you choose whether to share what you get down on paper – or not.

I  do happen to be a word person, a poet. So I receive this week’s cards with some extra specificity for me and my poetry tribe to dig deep inside and bring forth words and images that speak to hearts and souls. Because we are on a World path this week, we might hear that call to engage beyond – or moving through –  the personal and into the wider world. There are many ways to do this. Federico Garcia Lorca uses a firehose flow of surrealist imagery to give an experience of inequity in the New York City of  1929 while the language of Muriel Rukeyser’s Poem is straightforward and her images are commonplace. Pick up Of poetry & protest : from Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin to meet and read a poem from 43 African American poets in this book filled with history, horror, truth, and beauty.

Jeez, it’s hard to follow in those footsteps, but we’ll just have to be scave. I’ve made attempts before and I offer one of those attempts here as a closing:

Blessing After the Election

by Carolyn Cushing (originally published on Plum)

Not to bless, but

desiccate instead

the hot spit

on lips shaping hate

suddenly at center.

The confused backing away,

backs now together wanting

a blessing on pins & posts,

the placards & uncertain plans,

questions, answers, the demands.

Yes, a blessing on a shaking heart breaking

seeing other hearts wanting and thirsty. Yes, a blessing

for the thirsty, for all those with lips cracking, who know now a longing,

yes, a blessing for all those who need water – yes, water – because of this fire.

 

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Jul
22
2018

Soul Path Practices Week of July 23: Ace of Earth – 7 of Earth – Child of Water

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For Seekers – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Tarot – Weekly Practice

When not observing the Solstice seasons or special 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? ACE OF EARTH invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • Letting ourselves be as if reborn; remembering that each day offers you a new start.
  • Honoring the Spiral of Life.
  • Seeing the world with new eyes.
  • Experiencing the  wonder and awe of the beauty and bounty of the earth.

 

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 EARTH invites us to practices such as …

    • Bringing a contemplative, purposeful attitude to your planning for each day, the week, a season, or the year.  Think about how current actions will have long-term impacts. Using Tarot or oracle cards to prompt action taking or become representations of what you want to accomplish can make this work-in-the-world task feel more contemplative. Choose your actions based on how they will advance your longer-term vision.
    • Communing with a tree (This can be a simple as approaching the tree, asking its permission to connect, putting your hand on its bark, and just being with the tree. To offer gratitude, you can breathe on to the tree as they use the carbon dioxide we expel. What happens may surprise you.)
    • Planting of trees and plants both literally and symbolically.
    • Practicing gratitude for and remembering those who have had to foresight to protect wild places.
    • Watching The Man Who Planted Trees for inspiration on how rebirth can follow desolation.

 

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 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 know you are always protected.
  • Moving from a place of open-heartedness to encounter the world.

OVERALL MUSINGS: Last week we had to look at the places where the Devil / Bindweed was active in our lives as individuals and a nation. Having done so, the Ace of Earth offers us a fresh start and new possibility to work toward our expansive, soul-centered visions. Devil/Bindweed encounters generally are not easy, but can be clarifying. We are invited now to operate from a new understanding of, or recommitment to, what is most important, especially in the physical realm (this could be related to your paid, creative, and/or activist/volunteer work or care for your home or physical health). This week we would benefit from reflecting on and aligning our immediate and long term plans with our visions. Let your heart be light as you do this. Be guided by love and wonder rather than fear and constriction. This is strengthen the power of your plans and bring joy to your days.

Jul
16
2018

Soul Path Practices Week of July 16: Bindweed, 8 of Earth, Elder of Air

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For Seekers – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Tarot – Weekly Practice

When not observing the Solstice seasons or Equinox arrivals, 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? BINDWEED (THE DEVIL) invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • Meeting the shadow (, i.e. the parts of ourselves that we reject and don’t want to acknowledge) as a first step toward integrating it more fully into your understanding of yourself.
  • Acknowledging where you are stuck and then holding that place with compassion.
  • Being honest and identifying places where our lives are out of balance
  • Looking hard at and recognizing where and how we ourselves constrict ourselves and make ourselves small.

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

  • Drumming to listen, to heal, to shift consciousness.
  • Engaging with a mentor/teacher.
  • Being a mentor/teacher.
  • Patiently practicing to learn something new.
  • Showing love by slowing down and focusing your attention on another.

 

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? ELDER OF AIR  invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….

  • Deep attention but little effort.
  • Dedicating your actions to planetary peace and healing.
  • Knowing your individual song blends into the Whole in a beautiful and important way.
  • Knowing you are connected to and supported by the ancestors.
  • Seemingly effortless movement and speech that supports anywhere to be sacred space.

OVERALL MUSINGS:  It is the waking up to our shadow that makes traveling the path of Bindweed positive. We may not like to see this wisdom figure appear, but he offers us a powerful invitation to growth. I once heard a Jungian teacher say that working with the shadow is the only way to grow.

This week you may encounter personal and/or collective shadows. We certainly live in a time of collective shadows showing themselves. Racism in our institutions is clearly on display in the killing of unarmed African Americans (whose shooters go unpunished) and the separation of children from asylum-seeking Latinx parents (without procedures in place to reunited them), just to name the most recent and dramatic. Less dramatic is how this shadow of racism lives within all of us. As a white person, I, for example, have come to recognize how privilege pervades every area of my life from driving around town to being supported in grief (yes, there is a privilege of grief)

Whatever shadow work you are doing this week, you don’t have to do it alone. The Eight of Earth and the Elder of Air guide us to reach out to and be supported by others: a teacher, a circle (perhaps literally of drummers, but any gathering of people can support), the ancestors. Maybe we’ll need them all. None of us can right the collective wrongs on our own, but when we join our hands and voices together we are gathering our power and working toward the liberation of all.

Two places for connection to mention …

To work around race, you may want to take Ruth King as a teacher. She has a new book Mindful of Race, does trainings, and has a website filled with resources.

Joanna Powell Colbert, creator of the Gaian Tarot, is creating a new online course, The Sacred Wheel. It starts in August.  

 

 

 

Jul
9
2018

Soul Path Practices Week of July 9: Chariot – 4 of Water – Elder of Fire

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For Seekers – Practices for Soul & Spirit – Tarot – Weekly Practice

When not observing the Solstice seasons or Equinox arrivals, 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.

This week’s cards were not drawn at random, but show the path of the new moon arriving this Thursday, July 12th at 10:48pm ET in the USA. The astrological Wheel of the Year is divided into 36 decans and each corresponds to a Major, numbered, and Court/Person card – just like the Soul Path Practices – so I use them for soul tending and practice prompts aligned with the celestial. Before the new moon, the dark moon nights – July 10 / 11 – offer themselves as a time to release all that you do not want to carry into the next moon cycle. More about following the guidance of the moon this way in the post on Lunar Living in a Solar World. And this week’s practices can be supports for dark moon releasing.

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 CHARIOT invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • Cooperating with both your conscious awareness and your unconscious urgings and using them like alternating paddles to move yourself forward in the flow of life.
  • Moving with determination and focus toward your destination (which could be: a vision for the future; commitment to completing a project; a place or person you want to visit; a new season to be entered with intention, ect.).
  • Aligning yourself with the helpful energy that surrounds you (what are the eagles, orcas and salmons that are appearing in your life to remind you of the guidance and support of the earth?).
  • Recognizing all is sacred, even your mundane tools of everyday living.

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 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. Open up to the emotions that arise from your meditation.
  • 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 sacred.

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? ELDER OF FIRE invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….

  • Intensity.
  • A desire to serve the Whole with your own unique power to heal.
  • Being in the NOW, the moment that is the intersection of temporal time and eternal time, without any reason to rush from it.
  • Dedicating your practice to healing, to honoring the ancestors, to something greater than the usual everyday concerns.

OVERALL MUSINGS: In the modern world – and especially in the US – the outer manifestations of movement are what is valued: the project completed, the To Do list all checked off, the art or writing when it is shared. But not all movement can be seen. Our emotional and imaginative growth is most often going on below the surface – and at its own pace. The most fertile periods for this growth might even be when we seem most stalled in our manifestation. This week’s Four of Water practices offer structures for holding this messy, less valued, often uncomfortable process. And creating the space for this inactive action may paradoxically be just what you need to move your Canoe or Chariot forward when the conditions are right.

My moonthly news will come out by Thursday with further musings on this celestial pattern, a reading of the moonth, and reflections on Love and Justice. If you want to receive it be sure to sign up

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