This can be a scary looking card in some tarot decks, but really isn’t anything to be afraid of. It often points to a situation where we have become entrapped in a situation of our own making, usually a behaviour pattern or way of thinking, which is having negative repercussions for us.
It can indicate addictive patterns which are keeping us enslaved to another person, a substance or a negative, self defeating pattern. In order to break free from whatever is holding us back, we will need to confront our shadow side and work through the personal issues we uncover there. There is no quick fix to take us out of the forest and back into the light….the only way is “through”.
We must not despair though as through the darkness of the trees we can see the light of the sun shining. It gives hope that if we do the inner work, and get professional help with this if necessary, we can emerge into a new place of hope and positivity, having conquered our inner demons.
This weeks card from The Gaian Tarot is The Star. As this is a Major Arcana card it’s influence may be felt beyond just this week, as these cards tend to talk about larger, ongoing trends.
The Star is an extremely positive card which symbolises new beginnings and good fortune. It pictures a woman wearing a white dress symbolising purity, renewal and healing, gazing into a pool of water where a myriad of stars are reflected, which offer a sense of hope, promise and magic.
The bird in the foreground is a Kingfisher, a legendary bird associated with the “halcyon days”, a time of peace and plenty.
The first thing which comes to mind for me when I look at this card is to “wish upon a star” with it’s obvious connotations of hope, renewal and inspiration. When we gaze in awe at the night sky, dotted with millions of stars, or we are lucky enough to witness a shooting star streaming across the velvety black heavens, we are reminded of the wonder of the Universe and our intrinsic connection to it.
In these tumultuous times, when everything seems so uncertain, and we may be feeling a sense of hopelessness and despondency, The Star is a welcome sight. It brings with it a sense of hope, inspiration and wonder and invites us to deeply feel our connection to Source.
If we find that dark clouds are descending, and a sense of hopelessness is setting in as we struggle to navigate these difficult times, we can invoke the spirit and energy of The Star and know that “this too will pass” and better times are coming.
This weeks card is the Five of Air from the Gaian Tarot. The suit of air in tarot is all about the mental realm, so relates to communication, the mind, truth, clarity, critical thinking and the intellect.
In this card we can see that there appears to be a conflict, and a lot of argumentative energy. In the guidebook for the Gaian Tarot it says that this species of eagle was almost extinct at one time, but now they are back with a vengeance and actually fighting for territory. This often results in conflicts which sometimes end up in a fight to the death.
At the moment, in the world at large, there is much debate about the correct way to handle the situation we all find ourselves in. Online, particularly on social media, these conflicts can get quite nasty and destructive, and this can result in negative vibes and a general lowering of consciousness.
This card seems to be advising that it is best to limit our time on these kinds of platforms. It is so easy to get drawn into conflicts, and before we know it we have squandered precious time, and end up feeling even more anxious and stressed about the world.
Of course we all want to keep informed about what is going on in the world, but maybe now is the time to choose our sources of information carefully, and avoid the more sensationalist and propaganda driven news outlets. Now is the time to base our enquiries on actual facts and empirical information, and seek out platforms that strive to report as honestly and transparently as possible. There is so much misinformation and fake news out there, but the suit of air (or swords) advises us to be discriminating about where we obtain the information we rely on.
The Three of Coins from The Fountain Tarot is a reminder that help is at hand!
As you can see, the central character in this card is holding the weight of the world on his shoulders. If you look carefully though, in the top corners there are the arms of two other people helping to lighten the load.
This week it would be useful to think about what we bring to the table, in terms of our strengths and skill set, and to consider where it would be appropriate to collaborate with others to augment our abilities where required.
We can achieve so much more when we pool our resources with others. Sometimes, a feat which would be impossible to pull off entirely by ourselves, is made doable when we join forces with others who are able to dovetail with our skill sets. The synergy of a team of people, all working towards the same end, can create results far more spectacular than anything we could manage alone.
So, this week think about where you can enlist the help of others to make big things happen!
This weeks card is the Six of Fire from The Gaian Tarot.
This card shows a group of people who have come together to make music and dance. The woman at the centre of the group is fired up with passion and inspiration. She looks almost ecstatic, as if she is dancing like no one is watching, and totally moving to the beat of her own drum.
Although we are not able to meet up in groups at the moment, we can totally still use the power of music, rhythm and movement to fire up our own body, mind and soul. Music and dance are amazing ways to raise our vibration and energy levels, and to assist our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, something we all need during these trying times.
If you are struggling to find the motivation and energy to deal positively with the challenges we are currently facing, then music and movement might be the perfect antidote? Music has such amazing powers to uplift, energise and motivate, so fire up your favourite tunes…the ones that give your mood a positive, energising boost, and maybe even dance around your living room “like no one is watching”.