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.
PATH: Use Pile 1 / Majors and Aces to pull a card for the question: What sacred path would best serve the group this week? THE WHEEL invites us to walk this week on pathways of …
- The change that comes with the turning of the year in its solar and lunar cycles.
- Movement aligned with the natural cycle.
- Awareness of the eternal, the time beyond time, and the vast cosmos that holds us.
PRACTICE: Use Pile 2 / numbered cards for this question: What contemplative practice will best serve us to move along this pathway this week? TWO OF WATER invites us to practices such as …
- A heart-opening meditation. You can find many guided meditations on the web. I’ve enjoyed the meditations at Fragrant Heart; the Heart Centered Guided Meditation fits particularly well with this week’s images.
- Take a companion animal for your teacher. Spend this week letting them teach you about gratitude, delight, and love.
- Especially if you live in an area where spring thaw is happening, go out to a stream, waterfall, or river and listen deeply to the sounds of its movement. What does it show you about how to be in the flow?
POSTURE: Use Pile 3 / People cards for a question such as: What attitudes and behaviors will be most helpful to me in undertaking this practice? GUARDIAN OF AIR invites you to follow your path and practices with attitudes of ….
- Daring to look at and name the truth of what she sees.
- Having a cosmic awareness that takes her from seeing the everyday tasks to the first flaring forth of time. She is unconcerned that she is passing through on this earth for just a small spec of time.
- Being unconcerned about the constrictions of mainstream society.
OVERALL MUSINGS: Blue! I am struck by the blue that carries through these cards: the cosmic blue sky, the blue robe draped, the blue wrappings of the barefoot woman. What is your association with the color blue? Pondering these cards, I am called to its infinite quality connected to sky and its compassionate quality connected to the medieval blue of the Virgin Mary’s cloak (feel free to see her as the Goddess). The mixing of these qualities is a bit beyond words, but I am moved by this quote and offer it as a closing here: “One of his tears fell in my mouth, where it became a blue sapphire, source of strength, source of strength and eternal hope.” ― Anita Diamant, The Red Tent