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.
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”.
This weeks card is from the Gaian Tarot, and depicts a washed up, broken down, wreck of a boat. It looks as if it found it’s final resting place many moons ago, and has, over time become one with the natural environment. It’s rotting wood has become the home for insects, birds and animals. Beautiful flowers and verdant greenery have taken nourishment from it’s decomposing carcass and are growing in abundant profusion in and around it. Looking out, beyond the boat, the sea is calm and sparkling, with no hint of the stormy waters which caused the boat to run aground.
This card is a metaphor for the end of an era. It is time to move on and look to the future, which looks bright with promise and abundance. Leave behind what no longer serves you, and breathe a sigh of relief to set yourself free from what has been keeping you trapped and stuck in life. See the bigger picture, like the eagle which soars overhead, and know that it is for the best. Feel transformed and light like the butterflies which dance and flutter amongst the newly opening flowers.
Until next week,
So, here we are already in 2017! Welcome back to my weekly tarot readings….intended to give a flavour of the upcoming week. This time I am using the Gaian Tarot and drew the Ten of Fire.
This card points to a situation where we probably feel that events or situations have got a bit out of hand. Maybe it feels as if a wild fire is rampaging uncontrollably through your life. Perhaps things feel as if they are moving too fast and you just want to call a halt while you catch your breath and reevaluate?
Sometimes though, the purging nature of a blazing inferno is actually, metaphorically speaking, just what we need in our life. It may feel as if all our best laid plans are being reduced to ashes, but often when this happens it is because this is the only way to raze things to ground zero in order that we can rebuild something more meaningful and fitting for our lives.
Although after a forest fire it often seems as if everything has been destroyed and laid to waste, it is a vital process in order to clear away old undergrowth and debris. If we are patient and trust, it is surprising how quickly fresh, new green shoots start to flourish in the ashes of the aftermath. Indeed, some species of tree such as the Lodgepole pine require exposure to high temperature in order to release their seeds. Perhaps we can think of these times in our own life as providing the catharsis to become more creative in forging a more rewarding path?
We too sometimes require extreme measures in order to relinquish old hopes and dreams which are no longer in alignment with our highest good. Once all the old and outdated stuff has been eradicated we can focus on rebuilding something more fitting and meaningful for our life now.
Until next week,