Aug 302016
 

It is no surprise that a collaboration between Rachel Pollack and Robert Place creates a powerful deck for divination and they are working together again to create the Raziel Tarot. This spring,  I had the good fortune of exploring the deck and doing a wisdom reading with Rachel using the Raziel. It follows as an example of what the Raziel wants to teach us. Be sure to pre-order the deck so you can do your own wisdom readings. 

A note: Wisdom Readings are one of Rachel’s many innovations with the Tarot in which we use the cards to ask not just personal questions, but also to explore collective, philosophical, and spiritual questions. We pulled cards from the Raziel as a response to what is fate, destiny, and fortune. We also pulled support cards for each area. Rachel calls them Teacher cards. I tend to think of them as the deeper foundation that influences the meaning of the primary card.  

A Wisdom Reading for Fate, Destiny, and Fortune

Our fate is Death.

Our Destiny is to stand before something greater than ourselves.

And our Fortune is not ours at all, but the interaction, collision, and alignment of forces and events beyond our control.

Our Fate is Death

death razielLike Moses who stands on the mountain top seeing the Promised Land he will not enter, we are all fated to die.

We don’t have a choice about Death’s place in our life, but we do have a choice in the relationship that we make with Death. So much of the language of Death is filled with the metaphor of battle, but when we make Death our enemy we will fail. We will never conquer Death.

Making Death our enemy closes us off to the generativity that we might learn from its dark transitions. Each card in this reading had a deeper teacher card below, and The Empress in the form of Miriam of the Waters flowed below this Death card.

Miriam is Moses’ sister who saves him from Death by hiding him at the water’s edge when the Pharaoh orders all infant boys of the enslaved Hebrews be killed. When the grown Moses succeeds in leading the Israelites out of enslavement in Egypt, she raises her timbrel to lead a victory song that may be some of the oldest text in the Bible: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; Horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.” Here Miriam’s waters are not always gentle; sometimes they bring Death. Miriam herself dies as the Hebrews wander in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, but from the place where she is buried a spring of life-sustaining water opens.

empress razielLife and Death are intertwined in Miriam’s story. She saves the infant Moses from Death but celebrates the deaths of the Egyptian forces that would have re-enslaved her people. When her death comes it gives rise to water in the dessert. She flows with cycles of Life-Death-Life, and her example invites us to these forces are linked together. Death can feed Life. Life serves Death.

Unlike his sister, the place of Moses burial is a mystery according to the Bible. The rabbinical literature fills in this gap with the story that inspires the Raziel’s image of Death. Here as he approaches his death, Moses stands in the embrace of the Shekhinah, the Divine Feminine. He faces the unknown and takes a step toward it held and supported by the Shekninah’s wings. In one version of the story, Moses is kissed by the Shekinah and his body lifts away. There was no burial; Moses ascended on the wings of the Divine as a reward his faithful service to God and his people.

Moses’ face is serious. He is looking into the unknown with a certain watchfulness. He doesn’t know what to do next, but he is paying attention to what is coming so he can meet it. While we are unwise to make Death our enemy, we don’t know Death well enough to make It our friend. We know our friends so can be familiar with them. We won’t know Death until we cross Its threshold. Moses attitude in this image shows a way to make that crossing: by paying attention to the unknown coming so that It can be give a proper greeting.

Our Destiny is to stand before something greater than ourselves.

high priest razielIn this card to of Destiny, Aaron as the first High Priest is shown with the Ark of the Covenant, which was created from instructions given by God to hold the 10 Commandments, the Divine law. The Ark becomes a physical representation of God’s presence and the High Priests play a special role in to tending this treasure.

The Hebrews gave God a name that could not be spoken to recognize God’s greatness beyond measure. Other traditions have given the Divine evocative names: Ra, Shining Ones, Qian Yin, Aphrodite, Green Man, Jesus, Spider Woman. Each culture reaches toward its own naming of what is unnamable. And as we humans strive to find that name to call out to, we also connect with practices, places, or objects that help us meet and stand in relationship with something of the Greater Than in our individual lives.  Not everyone believes in a Deity, but the forces of that natural world are awesome, too, and in the end we all stand before Death. Like Aaron before the Ark, our Destiny is to stand before something greater than ourselves.

When we talk about Destiny, we are often referencing a specific role that we believe we are called to play. Aaron in the image stands solidly in his role as High Priest. When stepping into a role we have sought, we may feel our destiny is achieved. But what about what about those areas in which we do not realize our visions? What about the inevitable failures that come along with any life?

sun razielThe deeper teacher for Destiny is The Sun. Here youthful innocents arise from a broken jar, which represents the inherent brokenness of the world. But each child – each one of us – brings a unique light into the world and can play a part in its repair.  This repair is known as tikkun olam, which in its earliest meaning called for religious practices (repair of the soul) and now is equated popularly  with contributing to social justice (repair of the physical world and its institutions).  In neither meaning is a specific role required to participate in tikkun olam. In fact, the nakedness of the Raziel’s children is a symbol of their freedom from roles that so often comes with prescriptions on what to wear and how to appear.

As we move through our lives standing before the Greater Than, we will step into certain roles that can be a container for the expression of the important work we are called to do, our destiny. But The Sun as the deeper teacher reminds us that even when those roles fall away, we still have that light of being to be offered to the world as a contribution toward its repair.

And our Fortune is not ours at all.

tower razielWell, the Tower is an alarming response to the question: What is Fortune? The bursting flames of this image show us Fortune as chaos.

With chaos as a central feature of Fortune, this card is a wake up call for our ego-protecting selves with the reminder: we are not in control. The writer Annie Dillard says it this way: “We are most deeply asleep at the switch when we fancy we control any of the switches at all.” When we fall into such a sleep Fortune wakes us.

The Raziel Tarot shows us the wakeup calls that came to the Israelites when their temple was destroyed not just once but twice (586 BCE and 70 CE) . And each destruction was connected to a period of exile for the Israelites. The human and physical destruction was enormous. Descriptors such as chaos and tragedy are not exaggerations for these historical events.

A people do not emerge from such an experience unchanged. In religious life, the rabbis, who were the religious teachers, became the spiritual leaders replacing the High Priests after the second destruction. This shift led to an emphasis on study of the Torah and Jewish law rather than Temple practices and political governance.  Midrash, which are stories told by rabbis to fill in the gaps of the Torah, became a lively practice and gifted the world with a rich wisdom tradition.

The pain of the destruction Fortune brings is often enormous, at times seems unbearable. But once the structures destroyed by Fortune have fallen, we are invited to work with what has changed, to find the new gestating in what remains.

hanged man razielThe deeper teacher of Fortune is the Hanged Man. Here the fallen angel Sheimhazai continues an ongoing process of descent. First, Sheimhazai surrendered being an angel to become a man, then he surrendered his place on earth as an act of repentance to save humanity from the great flood. But the flood came any way. He is falling still, but if you look at the image, you will see that, at last, the ropes that tie him are loosening. He is surrendering to the falling and failing, and it seems as if this is what will set him free.

The Hanged Man invites us to surrender to the losses of Fortune, and when we do, we shift our perspective to see what new light that can liberated from destruction. In the image, the menorah remains in front of the Temple. Although the nine-branched menorah is better known because of its modern use at Chanukah, the original menorah was seven-branched. Seven is number of alchemical transformation that turns the base and most difficult realities of destruction into powerful new creations that liberate us from what limits us.

 

Remember you can pre-order The Raziel today. Thanks to Bob for letting me use these glorious images in this post and to Rachel for all her wisdom offered in her words and works and laughter. Even before I met her, she was my Tarot teacher through her books and since then I have been able to study with her in-person. Let me tell you, it is a treat. I’ve absorbed a lot from her, and all the wisdom that flows through the word above have some source in what I’ve learned from her … though she might deny it as she rather likes to be the anti-guru.

And, FYI, in the fall there will be some shifts to the site and the work I am doing – including more explorations like this of Tarot as wisdom images. You can keep up with the shapeshifting by being one my list if you like.  

Apr 232016
 

The June 4th Wander is postponed due to family (of a feline variety) needs. When I reschedule, I will repost.

Join a small group of fellow seekers (about 10) on an urban Wisdom Wander to seek symbols in the city and find nature’s wisdom even amidst tall buildings.

As part of my Walking the Ways of the Summer Light season long ritual, this Wisdom Wander will help you tune into your intuitive self, receive wisdom from the season, identify the questions that you most need to ask yourself right now, and prepare for the illumination of the Summer Solstice on June 20th.

No Tarot experience required but it would be a good idea to have some kind of deck (I’m happy to help you think about a deck that would be best for you and the wanders). Pre-registration, however, is required (see below).

The flow of the wanders includes:

  • Group gathering to greet each other, name our seeking selves, and get an orientation to the idea of urban wisdom wandering.
  • Selecting Tarot or oracles cards to serve as guides for what to pay attention to as we wander the city.
  • Time to wander on your own.
  • Reflection time on your own.
  • A closing sharing circle.

We will gather at the Paley Pocket Park on East 53rd (with the communal table of Le Pain Quotidian as a rain back up) and this area of the city close to Central Park, Museum of Modern Art, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and so much more will our place of wandering. We’ll re-gather at 1:30pm. Full details upon registration.

paley park waterfall by JohnPhoto by John Laux

To hold a space for yourself and and receive the 16 page full-color PDF that gives an overview of the Wisdom Wanders and the whole Walking the Ways of the Summer Light is only $19

I’ll suggest that you wander on your own, but we will start and end in circle with each other. I have these basic guidelines I like to follow for the group work that I lead:

LISTENING: Listening will be the greatest gift we can offer to each other.

SHARING: We will share our stories with each other.  We will offer each other insights from our own experience – and each one of us gets to choose which of the offerings will be useful to use, follow, or discard.  Each one of us owns our own experience.

OFFERING: We can offer the wisdom we know from our various traditions.  In our diverse group, to make and view the offerings as prompts for inspiration rather than absolute truths might be the most beneficial perspective to carry.

BEING PRESENT: You are invited to leave the outside world behind as much as possible as a gift to yourself and others.

SEEKING: We recognizing that we are each on a path and doing the best that we can.  Sometimes making mistakes and sometimes tapping into deep wisdom.  Our perfectly imperfect selves are welcomed into the group.

CONFIDENTIALITY: We’ll be discussing practice, seasonal insights and the Tarot that can be shared, but individual stories will not be shared beyond the day.

 

Jan 242016
 

The Descent and Return of the Light seasonal ritual concludes with this final week of Tending the Returning Light. You can jump right into this week’s theme or catch up with last week’s theme of Emergence

And now the seed begins its journey of growth in the outer world, where the longer days kindle our anticipation of spring’s return. From the underworld of winter, the seed emerged and now the greater light of the sun and the inner light of your heart will nurture its growth. We celebrate what has been birthed. We prepare to tend the next unfolding.

The greater light of the sun and the seasons have their own rhythm, but you are the keeper of the heart’s light, shaper of its direction, cultivator of its flow. 

Flow, card XIV of the Minoan Tarot, shows a priestess at her sacred task of pouring libations. Ellen Lorenzi-Prince’s companion book describes this rite:

The ritual is an offering to the great ones, expressing gratitude for the gift of life in a magical world. … The pouring of libations is both offering and petition, both giving and receiving. It is life and power flowing from divinity to humanity, with love and respect flowing from human hearts in return.

detail minoan-14-flow

Ellen offers this message from the image: Your heart is the crossroads of the power of the flow.

Your double-chambered heart flows both with giving and receiving, beats both because of earth taking form in muscle and because of a mysterious spirit animating the life force. Where these opposites touch is the center of your heart, is the crossroads of your interior being. It is an imaginal space – a soul place – rather than a physical spot you can find, but you are called to visit here when you want to grow.

Your seed will want to grow as it moves from winter to spring and onward through each season. The seed will return time and again to the crossroads and you with it. This will sometimes be a place of challenge where old patterns of shame, self-criticism, or fear may tug at you again. This will sometimes be a place of failure because not all seeds grow. This will sometimes be a place of success where the unfolding of the seed aligns with the rhythms of the wider world and your own longings and visions.

And because we are in the place of the heart, all can be received with Love. For Love, protected by and flowing from the center of your heart, receives all things, pours out its endless light, is generous with its hospitality.

At the crossroads, you are invited to offer this loving hospitality of the heart to all that enters. When fear enters, offer it comfort and send it down the path of release. When failure enters, sit with your own disappointment; don’t try to change the feeling, just hold it close to your heart until the Love’s light there shines on the path that leads to healing. When success comes, celebrate its delights and send it down the path of humility or greater challenge.

Ritual and Tarot Play

In this final week of Tending the Returning Light, we have come to a crossroads in our ritual time together. The seed birthed at Solstice calls to be celebrated. The next phase of life calls for new growth. This ritual of winter calls to be concluded so we can prepare for springtime’s path.

During this week, you are invited to light four candles and array around them cards that respond to these questions balancing celebration and preparation:

  • What have I achieved in birthing the seed?
  • How to celebrate this achievement?
  • What waits for me at the crossroads of winter and spring, of birth and growth?
  • How to move forward held in the flow of the heart’s light and Love?

Conclusion of the Series and the Season

At week’s end, you may want to pause to reflect on the ritual as a whole and offer your gratitude to winter for gestating the seed. Celtic teacher and writer Caitlín Matthews suggests the practice of saying a prayer or poem of gratitude to winter at your back door or window on January 31st. You might want to write your own or use her Farewell to the Season of Samhain from The Celtic Devotional:

Go with thanks and go with blessing
Season of deep memory.
Souls with joy are deeply freighted.
Hearts are charged with heritage.
As ancestors you have traveled,
You have come to Winter’s home.
Father Counsel you have cheered us.
Mother wisdom who has smiled.
Touch the hidden seed with us.
May we grow as Spring’s own child.

May you travel well as spring pours its light deeper and deeper into the night. I look forward to the next crossing of our paths here in world of bone and flesh or in the deep heart place that is both at our centers and everywhere – and from which flows an always embracing Love.

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What to do next to tend your soul? 

  • If you are arriving late to this ritual or your inner season still feels like it is gestating the new, you can purchase the inexpensive overview booklet and do the ritual at any time / at your own pace.
  • You can join in Joanna Powell Colbert’s 30 Days of Brigid (in progress) to be inspired by the patroness of healers, smiths, and poets. (That’s what I am doing!)
  • Mark your calendar for Monday, May 23rd when we will begin walking our way toward the full illumination of the Summer Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere.
Sep 012014
 

Each week I pull Tarot cards to inspire personal development / spiritual practice 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.

gaian 17-starPATH:  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 STAR  invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • Opening up to the grace and giftedness of the cosmos.
  • Healing for us as individuals and for the planet as a whole.
  • Remembering we are all made from the same material as the stars.
  • Grounding yourself in the beautiful place on Earth where you live and from there reaching out to touch the light of the stars

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

  • Dedicate the cultivation of your individual joy to creating more collective joy in some way.
  • Spend some times looking your deep desires in the eyes. What are they really? Do you really want to dance with them? You might do this through candle gazing. It’s as easy as it sounds, but if you want to add a guided meditation prompt you can.
  • Kundalini yoga (I’ve done it a bit and it is faster, more active and yet struck me as more playful that other yoga schools. Plus there is chanting, which is fun!)

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 …

  • 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 desire to do.
  • Recognizing that you have great creativity and can use it move through life
  • Stepping into your passion

OVERALL MUSINGS: Let there be light! Contemplate it, dance with it, ignite it.  Live this week like you remembered you are a child of the stars … and that each and every person you encounter along the way is one as well.

 

Jul 072014
 

I show myself as Temperance and flow with Strength to walk my unique path through Death.

 Big 3 Path

Photo of my Smith-Waite Centennial Deck

This is statement about my essence of self developed through connecting Tarot and Astrology.  The story of how I arrived at the statement – and how you can figure such a statement out for yourself – follows.

Given my interest in Tarot, you might think that I’d be interested in Astrology as well, but it hasn’t captured my attention for any serious study.  It has struck me as too abstract and not flexible enough.  I want pictures! (Te, he)

But this Saturday Anthony Louis came up from Connecticut to present at Mass Tarot on how he has been combining Tarot and Astrology and sparks of inspiration started flying. (My Tower of opinion about Astrology was hit!)  He gave a quick introduction to the Astrological chart including both houses (the 12 signs that roughly correspond to months and take us through the solar year) and decans (the division of the astrological months into 3 parts for a total of 36 throughout the whole year)

He talked about how the Golden Dawn (the initiatory society out of which came both the Rider-Waiter-Smith and Thoth Tarots at the turn of the 20th century) developed correspondences for the signs and decans so we can identify a Major Arcana card, a 2 – 10 pip card, and a court card for where each planet falls in your chart. This 3 card “spread” for the signs is similar to the way that I have been setting up the weekly practice prompts, as Tony pointed out, with their Path, Practice, Posture guidance. This no doubt helped my process of connection making.

You probably know that there are 3 particularly important aspects to your chart; your Sun, Moon, and Ascendant or Rising signs.  (If you don’t know yours, you can find free sites on the web where you can plug in your place and time of birth to find out.)

Tony focused his presentation on looking at the Ascendant in various peoples chart as this is the aspect in astrology that is most unique to you.  The Ascendant can be seen to represent the reason you came into the world this time around (either literally because you believe in reincarnation or because it is a fruitful metaphor for understanding you life path).

Toward the end of the session, Tony and Sheilaa Hite, who is also a gifted astrologer, Tarotist, and all around wise woman, had an exchange about the different information that your Sun, Moon, and Ascendant signs can give you. They are the parents of all thinking that follows, but remember, they can’t be responsible for how these ideas (their children) go off and do their own thing.

Your Essence Cards and Statements

So here is a fill in the blank statement for how the 3 big signs relate to each other and to the Tarot.

I show myself as [Major Arcana card connected to your Sun sign] and flow with [Major Arcana card connected to your Moon sign] to walk my unique path through/with [Major Arcana card connected to your Ascendant sign].

For me, it’s what you see in the opening statement:  I show myself as Temperance and flow with Strength to walk my unique path through Death.

Temperance is how I show myself to the world; it is active expression. This is my solar, masculine self that is more clearly seen.

I flow with Strength; it’s a dance with my wild parts that are not always in my control.  This is my lunar, feminine self that sometimes is below the surface.

In this life time, I’ve chosen work related to Death; individual transformation, social change, and, literal death. Yes, these are big themes in my personal and professional work.

I can also see this as Temperance and Strength are the gate I pass through to do the work of Death.  The gate is strong when Temperance and Strength come in to balance and “work” together.

If you know your 3 main signs, you can check out this chart to find their corresponding Major Arcana cards:  https://astrologging.wordpress.com/tag/golden-dawn/

Once you have your cards identified, you may want to sit with them for a while.  Perhaps do some Visio Divina with the 3 images in front of you.  Perhaps get out some crayons and draw a picture that contains elements from all 3 and then read what you create as if it were a card.  (This is a process developed by Mary Greer.)

Your Path, Practice, Posture Cards

To add another level of understanding of your way of working with these cards, you can add the pips and courts.  You’ll need to know in what degree of each sign your Sun, Moon, and Ascendant fall. Most charts will show this as numbers from 0 to 30; 0 – 10 relate to the first decan, 10-20, the second, 20-30 the third. Yes, there is overlap for people on the cusp.  This a little trickier to calculate, but here is a chart that lays things out in an orderly way.  You can find your Major Arcana card in the left column, then  …

  • look along for your decan by degree in the 4th column
  • find the numbered card in the 3rd column, remembering that red is the wands cards (yes, red 2 is 2 of Wands), green is earth, yellow is swords, blue is cups.
  • identify your Court card in the 2nd column

Now you can fill in the blank to make 3 statements for your major signs:

I show myself as [Major Arcana for Sun Sign] by practicing [a key word or phrase that represents your understanding of the positive potential of your Numbered Pip card.] with an attitude of [a descriptor or two your court card taking positive action].

I flow with [Major Arcana for Moon Sign] by practicing [a key word or phrase that represents your understanding of the positive potential of your Numbered Pip card.] with an attitude of [a descriptor or two of how your court card moves well in flow].

I walk through [Major Arcana for Ascendant Sign] by practicing [a key word or phrase that represents your understanding of the positive potential of your Numbered Pip card.] with an attitude of [a descriptor or two of how your court card works from highest purpose].

Here are my statements as examples with the cards identified:

I show myself as Temperance by practicing to remain open to sudden inspirations and messages from my intuition and the realms beyond [8 of Wands] with an attitude of adventure and willingness [Knight of Wands].

Temparance Path

Photo of my Gaian Tarot deck

I flow with Strength by practicing listening to diverse perspectives (from both my inner circle of voices and in groups in which I participate – even hard stuff!) [5 of Wands – ha,ha at first I typed this as 5 of Wants, pretty telling!] with an attitude of service and respect for all [King of Wands].

Strength Path

Photo of my Smith-Waite Centennial Deck

I walk the path of Death by practicing to let personal and collective grief flow through me with an attitude of surrender and compassion [King of Cups].

Death Path

Photo of my Haindl Tarot

Before and after creating these statements, I suggest sitting with the grid of the 9 cards and looking for relationships between the cards.  I was getting some interesting input from looking at them in diagonal relationship to each other.  Perhaps because I am a poet, inspired by the words of Emily Dickinson, tell it slant.

OK, there is more to say, but I will end it here for now.

Do you want some help figuring this out or doing making meaning like is what above?  If you come to me with a chart already done (can’t do that!), we could do some work together in person (selecting from my many decks to work with) or by phone/Skype (best if you had a deck on your end).  As needs and timing will be variable, we can do a fee of $1 a minute and you can set a max of time if needed and we’ll see how far we get.

 

Jun 232014
 

Each week I pull Tarot cards to inspire personal development / spiritual practice 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.

Gaian 11-justicePATH:  Use Pile 1 / Majors and Aces to pull a card for the question:  What path would it best serve us to walk this week? JUSTICE  invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • A heart made light because you know you have considered the Whole, the Earth, your community and are living in a right balance between their needs and your own.
  • Awareness of the interconnection of all things.
  • Articulating your ethical and moral codes and then checking in on how you are living up to their highest potential.

Gaian eight-earthPRACTICE:  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 …

  • Being humble and letting someone younger or less experienced than you be your teacher.
  • Take the Earth as your mentor for how to live rightfully, joyfully, and in alignment with the Whole.
  • Listening for the heartbeat of the earth.  Perhaps you go into a field and press bare feet and hands to the earth, close your eyes, and listen for the earth’s pulse.  Perhaps a message, a teaching, a call will come to you.
  • Drumming to listen, to heal, to shift consciousness.

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, and letting them keep going.
  • Balancing effort or technique with effortlessness or improvisation; there is a wonderful phrase of the poet Rilke, “no forcing, no holding back.”

OVERALL MUSINGS:  The question that provokes helpful and varied responses related to the 8 of Earth is:  Which figure is the teacher?  Sometimes the answer is the man/father, but often the answer is the little girl.  With the Explorer of Water appearing in the posture position, there is an invitation to let the younger, the adventurous, the fluid people, creatures, or energy in your life be the teacher this week.  So what can the baby bunny or the young, barely-flowering tomato plant teach you?  What new part of you is speaking to you from your dreams?  How does laughter you hear somewhere new in your life balance your usually serious approach?  Find a question like this that you can ride through the waves of your week.

Jun 102014
 

Naughty-Necklace-One-350x585I am presenting the content of the Healing Image Pilot in two webinars.  Tarot as a Prompt for Practice, which you are invited to view at any time for no fee, explores an expansive view of spiritual practice and presents a process for working with the cards as inspiration for weekly practice.

The second webinar on Walking with Your Wisdom Guides will be held live on Monday, June 16th at 8pm ET in the US, and will be available at any time after that for all those who register.

More About the Theme:  Walking with Your Wisdom Guides

There is a popular description of the path through the Major Arcana as The Fool’s Journey that seems as if it is part of the Tarot’s origins, but is actually a modern innovation; Mary Greer attributes it to Eden Grey and her work in the 60s and 70s.  With its three rows of seven cards representing different stages of development, the Fool’s Journey is a useful guide for students of the Tarot and a compelling metaphor for a process of development.  Could it perhaps be too useful, too compelling?  Might its popularity blind us to other metaphors and shapes for working with the Major Arcana?

What if we, for example, saw the Major Arcana as circles?  How would this form open up meaning for these 22 cards? What new relationships between the archetypes might emerge?  The Fool’s number zero, after all, is a circle. 

gaian-0-seeker1And might the shape of the journey shift how we understand ourselves?  Might we find ourselves to be seekers rather than fools?

The Seeker, as card 0 is named in the Gaian Tarot, invites a more focused understanding of the purpose of the journey.  The Seeker starts out with a vision, a quest, a call and dedicates herself to it.  Yes, The Seeker must remain as open as The Fool to find the surprises on the way to her ultimate desire, but she travels with intention.

If the Seeker’s intention is to find healing for herself and others, the Tarot viewed as spiraling circles each led by their own archetypal wisdom figures can support a process for integrating all aspects of self into a whole that heals the fragmentation and alienation that have such a powerful hold on modern life.

The webinar (about 90 minutes) will include:

  • A presentation on the Tarot’s Major Arcana as Three Circles of Wholeness and Healing
  • Pulling a card to find out where you are in these Circles right now.
  • A meditative process to encounter the wisdom figure that can best help you know to find wholeness, healing, and wisdom in your life right now.

You need to register to be live on the webinar or to view it afterwards.  The fee is $30 and you’ll be able to pay through the registration form.

Jun 022014
 

I’m diving into new delivery methods for my offerings and am happy to present you with the recording of Tarot as a Prompt for Practice. [Tip:  Sometimes it can appear as if the video isn’t starting.  Just click further into it and then back up to begin.]

You might be especially interesting in this offering if you are:

  • Looking to start, deepen, or clarify your contemplative /personal development / spiritual practice.
  • Wanting ideas for how to bring Tarot into your spiritual practice.
  • Are considering joining the Healing Image Pilot: Practices for Resilience, Joy, and Wisdom series and want to know what it will be like.  This is the first session.

Your questions and comments are most welcome.

Enjoy!

 

Jun 012014
 

Each week I pull Tarot cards to inspire personal development / spiritual practice 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.

gaian-8-strengthPATH:  Use Pile 1 / Majors and Aces to pull a card for the question:  What path would it best serve us to walk this week?   invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  • A strength that flows from gentleness, compassion, and beauty.
  • Getting in touch with the wildness inside.
  •  Compassionate power.

 

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

  • Spend time journaling this week, discovering what’ inside you.
  • Active imagination writing in which you let “characters” (especially the bothersome or wild ones) that emerge from your imagination, your dreams, or the Tarot talk on the page and you respond to them for knowledge of the parts of yourself.
  • At the end of each day or the 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)

gaian-elder-earth

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

  • Aware of the magical is close at hand, right here in the everyday.
  • Knowing that the Wheel turns, change comes, and the spinning of your life continues.
  • Being secure in the knowledge that you have the experience that you need to help you do the required work.

OVERALL MUSINGS: Welcome what ever comes to your door this week with a gentle word.  You may be offered the cup of delight or be touched by the river of sorrow, but no matter what you have the strength to keep spinning your life into a perfectly imperfect whole.

 

Apr 282014
 

Each week I pull cards to inspire contemplative / personal development practice 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.

Gaian 4-builderPATH:  Use Pile 1 / Majors and Aces to pull a card for the question:  What path would best serve the good of the group this week? THE BUILDER invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  •  Moving your vision(s) into specific and concrete form so that they can benefit others.
  • Naming and claiming the source of your power and then using it to direct a situation or group to do what they need to do.
  • Turning to nature to learn how to create structures and products that are smart and sustainable because they align with rather than subdue nature (i.e. biomimicry)

gaian three-airPRACTICE:  Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question:  What contemplative practice will best serve us to move along this pathway 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). At the end of the week, look back over the lists and see if you can find a pattern.
  • Letting your fears and worries flow out of you by writing them down, To follow up, perhaps you honor them first and then find a way to let them go.
  • Take slips of paper and write down any worries and challenges that you are ready to give to the earth, to the Divine, to the Greater Than to heal. Bury the slips of paper in the ground. You may want to finish by flowers over this spot.

Gaian explorer-airPOSTURE:  Use Pile 3 / People cards for a question such as:  What attitudes and behaviors will be most helpful to undertake this practice?  EXPLORER OF AIR invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….

  •  Pausing to look at the bigger picture.
  • Rising about the everyday concerns to think about larger purpose, possibility, or strategy.
  • Daring to acknowledge the difficult and possible obstacles that may be ahead.

OVERALL MUSINGS: Even as we move forward in our commitment to building for the good, claiming our power, or bringing our visions into form, we can pause to gain a wider perspective and assess the situation.  This may require us to acknowledge difficulties – or even doubts! – about what we are creating and moving into.  But allowing this information to surface and be worked into our plans – or even suggest a course correction – can ensure that the outcome is not only achieved but truly of service to others and part of living out our deepest/highest purpose.