In this short period of time on the Wheel of the Year when we move into darkness, between Samhein and Yule, it’s customary for Witches to move inward, engage in introspection, do all of those things that this INTJ loves with all of her heart. I firmly believe that in a culture based upon patriarchy, on a maniacal emphasis on continued bodily existence, rather than death, mind, rather than body, words, rather than feelings, and logic, rather than gnosis, everything and anything that we can do to move away from partiarchy, to move into the dark, the body, feelings, and gnosis is a deeply political act.
Joanna Colbert, the artist behind the Gaian Tarot, has created a Tarot spread that is, I believe, a powerful tool for this sort of political action. I thought that, here on the day after an historic election, I’d do this Tarot working for America, for Columbia’s country.
1. Offering: What or who is dead or dying, that you need to honor?
Six of Air. “You are gaining clarity by spending time with others of like mind.”
2. Challenge: What task does the Elder of Fire ask of you?
Ace of Water. “It’s time to follow your heart’s desire, instincts, and intuition.”
3. Center: Where do you find your center of power?
Nine of Earth. “You’re enjoying a time of accomplishment and comfort.”
4. Opening: What new sweetness is wafting in on the scent of burning herbs?
The Moon. “Learning to trust one’s intuition.”
5. Wisdom: What secrets do the ancestors whisper to you during this season of All Hallows?
Ten of Fire. “Does it feel like your dreams have gone up in smoke? Are you overwhelmed or burdened by loss?” Remember that new seedlings grow and flourish in the ashes of a spent fire.”
Let’s spend some time together seeing if we can piece together what that means for America. Can you do this Tarot spread for yourself? Post the results in comments and let’s all apply our collective intuition to those readings.
Picture found here.