Oct 312016
 

Around the time of the new moon, I post these readings as a prompt for contemplative practice and noticing the more cosmic patterns of life as you attend to the lunar energy in a solar world.

October New Moon – Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 1:38pm ET in the USA

Releasing the last air moon & Welcoming the new water moon – Amidst the first days of the Celtic season of Samhain which marks the start of the new year and a time to honor the ancestors

flaming-tree-heartHere in New England, we have arrived in late fall, which straddles the beauty of the leaves’ last fire and the stark revelations of tree’s essential form.  Observing the drama of the shape shifting, we can be inspired, too, to tune into our essential selves. Perhaps we will follow the guidance of Rumi (from Mafi and Kolin’ Rumi’s Little Book of the Heart):

The time has come to turn your heart

into a temple of fire.

Your essence is gold hidden in dust

To reveal its splendor

you need to burn in the fire of love.

And as the growing world’s green recedes, the usually unseen invites us to connect. Secretive birds show themselves. The ancestors and beloved dead beckon. With distractions stripped away, we answer the call to remember and connect in communal and private ways through the spiritual (Samhain, All Saints  & Souls Days, Day of the Dead) and secular (Veterans Day) holidays with a heart open to messages from nature or loved ones gone.

This time of growing dark can be a challenge but reflection and ritual can support us to find the gifts in this season and cultivate our essential selves. I hope this moonth’s reading supports you in this time

ESSENTIAL SELF EMERGING: What of your essential self is emerging in this season?

UNSEEN REALM OFFERING: What of the usually unseen world wants to offer support to this essential self emerging?

UNITING:  How can I best respond to the essential and unseen to weave their gifts into my life?

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News on Art of Change Tarot Shape Shifting: I am in the process of shape shifting my practice from Art of Change Tarot to Soul Path Sanctuary. Really this has been going on for a number of years as my work evolved to be a weaving of Tarot wisdom, nature awareness, ritual observations of the seasons, and inspirations of the mystic word. I am finally just changing the name under which I do the work. In November, we will be a shift in the website to soulpathsanctuary.com and spreading the news about the sanctuary’s first offering of an e-retreat for the Solstice-hinged seasonal ritual of Descent and Return of the Light. More details to come soon.

Note on this Moonth’s E-readings: I hope you will enjoy doing this e-reading on your. My slots to do these readings during this busy moonth are all filled by those who signed up for the annual package.

May 192014
 

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-1-magician41PATH:  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 MAGICIAN  invites us to walk this week on pathways of  …

  •  Entering the flow of energy and wisdom that helps you  see magic constantly emerging in your everyday reality.
  • Standing at the threshold that connects Earth and Spirit and opening the doors that seem to exist between them
  • Being open to the wisdom of the ancestors coming through you to create gifts and magic in the now.

gaian-seven-earthPRACTICE:  Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question:  What contemplative practice will best serve us to move along this pathway this week? SEVEN OF EARTH   invites us to practices such as …

  •  Getting your body low down to the ground (kneeling, lying, Yoga’s child’s pose) and open up to the earth’s energy moving through you.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Create a vision for how you would like to make your dwelling place more green / sustainable / energy efficient.  Let yourself dream without worrying about the timeline or the cost.  Then back up and identify at least one action that you could do and afford this year.

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

  •  Being in the flow of whatever is happening.
  • Letting your emotions move right through you; accept the fear and the delight and don’t hold on to either.
  • Focused trust.

OVERALL MUSINGS:  I pulled these cards and then walked in this bright May day here in New England to my computer.  The energy of spring filled my body and delighted my eye.  I pondered how each new leaf is like a new hand taking up the work of making food for the tree.  That’s pretty magical.  So let the earth teach you magic this week.  Pause periodically and drink in what ever lesson it has to offer you by the place where you live.

Feb 172014
 

Each week I pull cards to inspire contemplative practice.  In 2011, I started using the Gaian Tarot as a prompt for practice as its minor cards showed such clear images of people engaged in practices that grounded and connected them to earth, to spirit, to the Whole.  The method evolved to serve the Gaian community and to use the majors as path cards and the people as posture/attitude cards. 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 5-teacherPATH:  Use Pile 1 / Majors and Aces to pull a card for the question:  What sacred path would best serve the group this week? THE TEACHER invites us to walk this week on pathways of …

  • Offering your unique wisdom to others.
  • Seeing with delight the unique wisdom of other humans, of the plant world, of the creatures that live with us and in the wild.
  • Knowing you are supported by and stand on the wisdom traditions of the ancestors.

PRACTICE:  Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question:  What contemplative practice will best serve us to move along this pathway this week?  SEVEN OF EARTH invites us to practices such as …

gaian seven-earth

  • Planting a tree – or for us here in the Northern Hemisphere planning to plant a tree or many trees in the spring.
  • Honor tree planters such as Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011), who founded the Green Belt Movement in Africa to conserve the environment and empower women to do this work as away to improve their own lives. You could make a donation in her honor. You’ll be supporting local action that helps the whole planet.
  • Commune 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. What happens may surprise you.
  • Watch The Man Who Planted Trees.

gaian elder-airPOSTURE:  Use Pile 3 / People cards for a question such as:  What attitudes and behaviors will be most helpful to me in undertaking this practice?   ELDER OF AIR invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….

OVERALL MUSINGS: With this set of card, we have most definitely steeped out of everyday busyness and into a more eternal flow. We are moving at the pace of earth processes and we are thinking for the long-term, perhaps beyond the span of our lives. We might do well this week to become more like biomimics that technology wizards. We might do well to think about what kind of earth we want to leave our great-grandchildren – and beyond. So take it slow this week. After all the earth has been in the making for 3.8 billions years. You can take a few extra days to deepen the work on your project or consider what you truly want to contribute to the Whole this week.