|The Opportunity||The Challenge||The Resolution|
|21 - Gaia, the World|
May all beings be blessed
You have the opportunity to know that "all shall be well." This card is
the best of all possible cards to get in a reading, because it is the
culmination of your spiritual journey. It signifies wholeness and an
integration of your spiritual, emotional and physical lives. A major
stage or cycle of your life is complete, and a new one will soon begin.
You may have had a transcendent experience where you became aware of the
life-energy of the planet, and you knew Mother Earth as a living being.
This kind of cosmic consciousness is hard to describe, but once we have
experienced it we never forget it. Our lives become a cosmic dance in
which we forget and remember, forget and remember. When this card
appears, you remember your birthright as a Child of Heaven and Earth.
|10 - the Wheel|
Cycles and seasons
You are being challenged to embrace the change that is imminent. One
part of a cycle is becoming another. What is passing away in your life
right now, and what is coming into being? Where do you stand right now
on the Wheel? Can you see that what is happening does not happen in
isolation, but is part of a pattern? Sometimes the change that is
coming is obvious and striking. More often, it creeps up on us when our
attention has been elsewhere — the trees are suddenly bare and we
didn't even notice when the first leaves began to fall. So this card
also challenges us to be mindful. Keep track of the cycles of the sun
and moon, which mirror our own inner cycles. If things seem chaotic and
disorderly in your life, focus on the still point of the turning wheel.
Remember that with prayer and the magic of sustained focus, all things
|17 - the Star|
Connection to Spirit
Resolution comes with a time of calm, healing and grace. Your heart is
wide open and you deeply feel your connection to Source, to God/dess,
the Great Mystery. It is a most blessed time of hope and peace. Now is a
good time to begin the practice of gratitude, of giving thanks. When
our hearts are full, it's easy to be thankful. If we begin the practice
now, it will be easier to sustain when times are rough. Follow your
star, for it will guide you home.
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The World —May all beings be blessed
The silver-haired Grandmother of All holds
Mother Earth in her arms, gazing at her with all the joy and tenderness a
mother has for her newborn child. The Daughter is here too, in the form
of a swallowtail butterfly. (Can this be the same swallowtail we saw on
the Seeker card?) Prayers for the planet are perpetually made as prayer
flags flutter in the breeze. The wreath of blessing herbs — cedar,
sage, sweetgrass and lavender — creates the mandorla gateway, guarded by
animals of the four directions. May all beings be blessed. May there be
peace on our beloved Mama Gaia.
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. Trees of each season are rooted in Her body.
Around the trees we see the eight phases of the moon, which correspond
to the eight holy days of the solar year. The zodiac is aligned with the
seasons and the lunar phases. For example, the Dark/New Moon
corresponds to Winter Solstice, the shortest night of the year when the
sun begins to wax again. Winter Solstice occurs when the sun moves into
the sign of Capricorn. So these three — Dark/New Moon, Winter Tree and
sign of Capricorn — all line up on the card, and so on around the Wheel.
The cycles of nature teach us that all of life moves in a wheel.
Wherever we stand on this wheel, we are certain to move to the next
point and the one after that, until we are brought full circle to the
place where we started, and as T.S. Eliot wrote, we “know the place for the first time.”
Outside the wheel of the solar year, the lunar month and the wheel of
the zodiac, we see a circle of prayer beads. This rosary, or mala, is
divided into six sets of nine (the magical number of three times three).
As we say or sing repetitive prayers, counting beads as we go, we enter
an altered state where anything is possible, magic happens, and
butterflies — symbol of the soul — break free of the turning of the
Opening to grace
A time of peace and tranquility follows the lightning and storms of
the previous card. A woman kneels before a sacred spring that is filled
with starlight. In her hands, she cups the Water of Life. Soon she will
take a deep drink and be filled with renewal, hope and inspiration. Her
body becomes suffused with light as she experiences herself at one with
Above her the Pleaides rise, those dancing
Seven Sisters who symbolize our heart’s home. Behind her is the
celestial stream between Heaven and Earth, known as the Milky Way, where
pilgrims travel from one realm to the next. Beside her the Kingfisher
reminds us of the halcyon days of peace and plenty. With our inner ear,
we hear a voice proclaim: “I am the Soul of Nature, which gives Life to the Universe. From me all things proceed, and to me all things shall return.
” More than anything, the Star Goddess represents grace, a divine connection that is unearned and freely granted.
Let us take our hope and inspiration from the Star of Wonder. May She
remind us to offer up a prayer of thanksgiving for the multitude of
blessings in our lives.
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