Strength Gaian Tarot deck
Sep 30, Lewellyn has now published the Gaian Tarot. to say it's a toss-up between the High Priestess, the Empress, and the Strength card. . sources over the years on how to create a deeper relationship with the natural world. Deeply rooted in reverence for our planet, Gaian Tarot takes us into a lush world Work with this deck to forge a deeper relationship with green spirituality and the to divine nature teaching us to find strength and inspiration in Mother Earth. Follow. Card of the Day – Strength – Thursday, September 8, «Tarot by .. gaian-tarot-strength-joanna-powell-colbert Rene et Leonard. Oephebia L.
He is committed to the ethics and principles of sustainability and has built an earth-friendly house. Drying herbs hang from the rafters, firewood is stacked Read the rest — Teacher Learning and teaching The Teacher is a humble and spiritual figure in the tradition of the Holy Fool or Crazy Saint, known in Sufi tradition as well as in Tibetan Buddhism, Hasidic Judaism and Christianity.
Crazy saints speak in riddles, they tease, they laugh uproariously and act intentionally ridiculous.
An Interview with Joanna Powell Colbert About the Gaian Tarot
At the same time, they are Read the rest — Lovers Follow your passion The Lovers celebrate the sacred feast of Beltane May Day in their green- wood bower, attended by the swan of Aphrodite and her twin doves. He is re- splendent as the sun and she, green as the growing earth. He is crowned with leaves, she with May-flowers — hawthorn blossoms, which remind Read the rest — Canoe Stay focused on your path The paddler sets out on his quest, unencumbered by baggage or even excess clothing.
He is focused on his goal, in- tent, looking neither to the left nor right. He brings his strength, will and courage to the task at Read the rest — Strength Courage and inner fire A strong and beautiful woman holds a cougar in her arms. Both wear a crown of flowers. The mountain lion symbolizes her passion, her instincts, her sexuality and her wildness. Instead of believing that her animal nature needs to be subdued, she embraces it and makes it a friend.
Choices are Read the rest — Hermit Sacred solitude The Hermit retreats from the company of others to replenish his soul in solitude as he communes with the natural world. He listens to the calls of birds as he writes and sketches in his journal at twilight time.
He ponders his own mortality, and the gifts and challenges of aging. His guardian Read the rest — Wheel Cycles and seasons The Wheel of the Year turns and spins, as one season transforms into the next. In this card, the fiery core of the Earth is at the still point of the turning world.
Joanna generally follows the Rider-Waite-Smith framework, although with some diversions, all of which are well-explained in the book. I recently had a chance to ask Joanna some questions about her new deck. I received a review copy of the Gaian Tarot, cards and book.
Gaian Tarot - The Fools Dog
How would you answer that question? I revisioned and renamed The Emperor as The Builder. He is partnered with The Gardenerwho is traditionally called The Empress.
This card is correctly titled in the companion book, but it is an error on the card itself in the Llewellyn edition of the deck. Several people, including me, proofread the cards and we all missed it. Yet unlike most historic emperors, he does not destroy life for his own power or benefit.
As an architect of civilization, our Builder creates networks and systems that enable people to live and work together, sharing resources and creating a supportive, sustainable community.
What spiritual advice do you have for someone thinking of making their own tarot deck? Follow your own inner guidance.
Come up with a unique vision for your deck, and stay true to it. Make sure it comes from your heart and the promptings of Spirit.Tarot Wisdom - 08 - Strength - Major Arcana
You can always publish it yourself. Joanna, please fill in the blank: There are between 50 and hours in each piece, which is one reason it took me nine years to finish the deck. In the Rider Waite? In the Gaian, the Guardian of Water. I have a particular affinity for the Ocean Mother, in all the ways she manifests around the world in various cultures.
I love this piece because I think it perfectly captures the compassion of Tara and Kwan Yin, pouring out the waters of mercy upon a troubled world.
Strength by Kate Brunner
They all show such strong, numinous women! I love the Motherpeace Star card. The 9 of Cups is very similar, except that it shows women in community — it has a similar feel to my 6 of Water. I also love the Motherpeace Death card — strong, simple and powerful. But I love The Teacher in your deck. How did you come up with her and why did you not go with The Hierophant? I worked with Birth cards for many years as a tarot teacher. It was always problematic for my women students to have the Emperor or the Hierophant as a Birth card, because both are so patriarchal in most tarot decks.
- Strength by Kate Brunner
- Review of the Gaian Tarot
The more positive side of the card is a true spiritual teacher who has the best interests of his or her students at heart — or even better, finding your own spiritual teacher within. So I wanted to show a Teacher who is humble and simple. And I wanted to show him surrounded by plant and animal allies, so that there is even more ambiguity.
Is the human figure the teacher or the student? Is Coyote the Teacher? How about the lowly Dandelion? I believe that Mother Nature Herself is our best teacher, and so this card also directs us to spend time in the natural world, learning directly from the Earth.
If the card turns up as a reversal or in a challenging position in a spread, it can be read as the traditional Hierophant — rigid church doctrine or an inflexible belief system. One of the cards I like best in your deck is the Five of Earth a card that, in its Rider Waite form used, years ago, to show up in almost every reading I did for myself.
In your view, how does your card capture the meaning behind the Rider Waite version and how is it different?
The Fives in the Minors are all cards of struggle in the Rider Waite Smith deck, as in many other decks. Since Pentacles correspond to the element of Earth, the struggle is with material things — usually money and health.