Musings on The Tree (Gaian Tarot)

Today’s card was the Tree which is Joanna’s version of the Hanged Man. This was an intriguing card for today since the traditional meaning of this card is time out/sacrifice/wait. I did not have any time to write about this card this morning which is why this post is late.

The Tree features a woman suspended by one foot. Her hair is the piece that really leapt out at me the first time I viewed this card. It is so straight as it flows from her head to the space below. The woman holds her palms together in what I perceive as a typical Yoga position. One foot rests against the other leg in a similar Yoga pose. Her clothing is blue but if you look closely, her upper clothing is the sky itself. It is as if she is transcending in this very moment of suspension.

The colors are blues and golds and white which I associate with higher vibrations. And, when I push myself to think of why, I can’t come up with a good answer. Hmmm. I know that gold and white are the crown chakra but that is honestly the only connection I can make right now.

In the golden leaves of the tree, on the right, there is a configuration that looks like a tiny bear-like creature. I don’t know if it is intentional. I actually don’t have the book handy to look. But I do have Joanna’s fabulous website. I don’t see any mention of this little creature. I do learn the following:

In our version, the dreamlike figure is suspended in the yoga posture called vriksha-asana — the Tree. Her grace, serenity and balance is a mirror of her inner being. She is able to stay centered even when her world is in upheaval, when the horizon is off-kilter and all things are topsy turvy.

Now. My day started off with a totally off-kilter moment. I opened up my work email to find that I had won a company contest. I actually pinched myself at one point to make sure it was real.

I didn’t win a $10 gift card to Target. I won a trip to Indianapolis this weekend to see the semi-final games on Saturday and the final game on Monday of the NCAA. I was not centered. I was completely and utterly askew. And in fact, have not felt focused until now (about 4.5 hours later).

I walked around a bit feeling like there was a huge flashing neon arrow over my head flashing WINNER WINNER. It was an awesome feeling. Then I had to deal with the logistics of the thing. Who would go with me on such short notice? I am in-between paychecks–could I even afford this? I decided to try to calm myself and focus. I used the image of this Tree to bring myself back into some semblance of centered.

Then I made a call to a company liaison to get necessary information and start the process of enjoying this fabulous prize that just fell into my lap.Have you ever won a really big thing that you didn’t even hope to win? How did you handle it? What was it?

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