Spring2015 Tarot Blog Hop

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It’s Tarot Blog Hop time again! Our wrangler is Ania. She’s dared us to throw caution to the winds and get creative. She asked us what cards we thought might need to be updated, removed or even added to reflect our modern society.

Gaian Tarot Elder of Air
Gaian Tarot

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Gaian Tarot

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My first thought was “Nah, I’m good.” I’m not a huge fan of change (shocker!). I like things to just keep going as they go. But as I considered the topic, I realized that one of the reasons I love the Gaian Tarot is that the creator, Joanna P. Colbert, didn’t just rename the Court cards. She also assigned two male and two female characters to each.

Rather than all male knights (or even all female knights), we have the Explorers with Earth and Fire being women while Water and Air are men. The page category has two little girls for Water and Air while Earth and Fire are represented by boys. She didn’t even stick to the genders of the suits. And it works very well for me particularly since I have a large LGBTQI client base.

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Gaian Tarot The Teacher
Gaian Tarot
She also changed the names of the courts to Child, Explorer, Guardian and Elder. None of those are gender-biased. So my thing that I would update/change in Tarot is the propensity towards gender-bias in the Tarot. There is at least one card in the Gaian that is fairly gender-neutral for me. That’s the Teacher. Sometimes I see an old man. Other times it’s an old woman who stares out at me challenging me to learn the lesson of this card.

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I think it might be fun to name the Court cards Seed, Root, Sapling, Tree. Then you could have the growth of the page, the seeking of the knight, the nurturing of the queen and the completion of the king. For me, I tend to translate the court cards in my head back to the attributes of page, knight, queen and king. No matter what they are named. So with decks like the Chrysalis, no matter the best intentions of the creators to move away from the traditional names, I still revert to them. Mentor, Muse, Mystic and Messenger are the courts in that deck. And it holds to the gender-bias. Even in the Fifth Tarot (which has a fifth suit) there is a tendency to have all males or all females.

So, the thing I would change about Tarot would be the need to lock ideas into gender-biased cages. Haven’t we proven that men make great nurturers and women are superb engineers? Do we really need to keep having this conversation?

Back to Tarot! Court cards should, for me, represent human types (maybe even stereotypes to some degree) but I think it’s important to remember that gender doesn’t own something. That’s why we can have female prime ministers, male nurses, etc. Here’s to living life as you are called to live it rather than as some societally-mandated role. And here’s to decks like the Gaian that don’t assign one gender to each court. Let’s have more!

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Divine Mind, Right Intention + Journalling

Today’s post offers a journal prompt about exploring the idea of Divine Mind and Right Intention.

FifthTarot_1SwordsToday’s card speaks to me. It calls to my sense of purpose. Here we have the One of Feathers (Swords) from the Fifth Tarot. I really like this deck even though it adds a fifth suit. That threw me at first. đŸ˜€

Divine Mind. What does that mean to you? Does it mean think of God? Think like God? Think with God/

I see God as Many from Two from One from the Void. You may see God as part of a holy trinity. You may see God as a wise tree in a deep forest. It’s all good to me. Many paths to the same source as long as we are walking with Right Intention.

Right Intention. What does that mean to you?

I love how the eagle soars up on the thoughts of itself. The feather is the guide to push higher and higher to reach that Divine Mind of God.

In this beautiful card we have the lilacs and violets that remind me of the third eye chakra. I can’t help but see a spiritual enlightenment here.

But what does it mean when you want to live a spiritually enlightened life but must present your physical self in the here and now? I think some do this by being so avant garde that they can’t (or is it won’t) function in what we call the real world.

Many of us don’t have that luxury. And yes, it is a luxury to me.

So your journal prompt for today is, “How do I seek a Divine Mind self that walks with the Right Intention while maintaining my physical self?”

I’d love to hear your results.

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Feathers, Virus + 5 Minutes

Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

FifthTarot_3FeathersToday’s card reminds me of a project I did at work. We had a virus running rampant on our call center floor. It was making everyone sick. This wasn’t a flu or a cold we could just get over. It was far far worse.

It was negativity. (reverberating voice)

And it was gross. Everyone of us was participating even if to bitch about our neighbors being negative. LOL! There was no hope for us.

I offered to send out “Positivity People Posts”. A good number of my teammates accepted. We did manage to turn ourselves around for the most part. Here is one that I wrote.

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Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

I’d have to agree with that. The more we kvetch about our situation, the worse it gets. It’s hard to stay positive. It’s hard to not go down that slippery slope of negativity when someone else is. We don’t want to be seen as being non-supportive of our friends and co-workers.

Consider this. How much more supportive is it to pull them up out of that downward spiral? How much more personal strength does it take to turn their attitude, and yours, around?

When we are negative, we pile the weight of the world on our shoulders. It’s been proven to be a very real cause of physical pain. The worse you think things are, the worse you feel.

So how happy are you? Can you make up your mind that for this week, you will be as happy as you can and then some? Deal!
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So I’ve been on a positivity kick for a while. And, y’all? It’s working for me. It’s not always easy (see yesterday’s post) but it is working.

This gorgeous 3 of Feathers (Wands) from the Fifth Tarot makes me feel at peace. There’s a rainbow behind the clouds and the three feathers are so prtty. I love doves as well. I like that these aren’t the normal white ones, but the kind of doves so common to this part of Texas.

How happy are you? Can you be happy just for the next five minutes? Then extend that by another five?

Three of Feathers, Fifth Tarot, Blue Dolphin Publishing, 2009

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Cobras, Choice & Levels

Today’s card is a reminder that we can all rise up. Each and everyone of us has the ability to rise. Some of us make that choice. Others have the choice forced on is. Some turn their faces away.

Today’s card is a reminder that we can all rise up. Each and everyone of us has the ability to rise. Some of us make that choice. Others have the choice forced on is. Some turn their faces away.

I was very shocked and saddened to learn of a tragedy in the life of someone I know. I don’t know her well, but it struck me hard about how fast life can change. I was so focused on that as I shuffled this morning.

But instead of a card of grief or loss, I get this. The One of Fire from the Fifth Tarot. A cobra rising up. Kundalini activated. Passion. Energy. Power.

If we are all capable of this creative explosive uprising, why do we not do it? Is it because it is scary to be completely activated? Is it because we don’t know what will be on the next level?

I know that’s part of it for me.

But look at this snake. See how her (or his) eye is angled up? She, Nagini, knows a secret. She understands that when she gets to that next level…when she is activated…when she has transformed?

There’s another level.

It’s a good thing, this rising up. It’s a wonderful thing to know that there is more after this. And maybe this was the perfect card after all.

One of Fire, The Fifth Tarot: Restoring the Fifth Element: Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Ether, Blue Dolphin Publishing, 2008

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Musings On The Chariot

How often have you thrown yourself into something only to find out you should have done more research… you should have waited a bit longer? What were the consequences of your hasty decision? Would you have chosen differently if you had taken a few more moments to think?

rws_chariotHow often have you thrown yourself into something only to find out you should have done more research… you should have waited a bit longer? What were the consequences of your hasty decision? Would you have chosen differently if you had taken a few more moments to think? These are what I see as the moments when our personal Chariots took over. We were not  Continue reading “Musings On The Chariot”

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