Card of the Week – December 14, 2021

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Tarot from Conscience (or the Traveling Moth)

A space for tarot reflection for the day, week, or moment it comes across your screen. Each of these is reworked intentionally for The Edge, from the egregore of GroupTarot’s Card of the Week, to center education, diversity, and intuition.

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There is no doubt we’re rounding Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere.

The rain is cold in Portland Oregon, coming down in big droplets that clean all the crow guano off the sidewalks and vehicles parked outside the Keller Auditorium downtown. I remember when I moved to the Pacific Northwest seventeen years ago, this kind of rain was unheard of. What was normal for Chicago and New Jersey, didn’t exist for the first ten years I was here. Maybe more. Rain that needs an umbrella. Rain that runs down the face pooling coldly in my cleavage if I don’t wipe it away in time.

And I’ll take it. The land needs it.

And it’s different. Yet another marker of the climate emergency we are living through – remembering those ravaged by the recent tornadoes.

This week, I return to Nature Spirit Tarot by Jean Marie Herzel. Stay tuned for my live review, later this month on YouTube. Subscribe and turn notifications on to know when this happens.

Aaaand… we are given:
Three of Pentacles.

Ooooh… I love this illustration. Especially the addition of the ant!

This is a card about building your foundation well, making sure your co-workers and co-creators are on the same page with you, working from the same blueprint so that everyone can work well towards a shared vision. The ant gives this extra depth that is bringing up spokescouncil work.

For those of you unfamiliar with horizontal organizing techniques, in a nutshell it’s where team or group leaders get together to share information then bring it back to their respective groups. This practice can be in hierarchies too, however in horizontal power dynamics the individual representing the different collectives is chosen by consensus and may be a different person every time. They’re empowered to vote and be a voice on behalf of their group – similar to union reps on behalf of workers negotiating contracts with corporations or employers.

Consequently, this Three of Pentacles invites collective building. It invites sustainable ecosystem creation of all varieties – I remember my confusion when my business mentor used “ecosystem” in reference to business?! I had a good few moments of thinking she was talking about an outdoor team building field trip!

This card invites doing work you enjoy for yourself AND for the greater community. Ants are such communal creatures! Fun fact: 2000 years ago and earlier, all the ants in the world outweighed all the humans in the world. (Source: BBC)

Diligently do your work, the greater ecosystems do notice it, and need it. You have the stamina, discipline, strength, systems, orderliness and patience to build – or rebuild better – your visions.

tarot card 3 of tentacles

The flowers are Amaryllis. Native to South America and South Africa, it does not relocate to other temperatures well as it is not frost resistant. Therefore, plant your seeds in climates suited for them. Remember the adage, don’t judge a fish for how well it climbs a tree?

Quite seasonally, amaryllis blooms during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter making it a popular Christmas plant.

Interestingly, they also seem to like steady rain, like Portland is having right now. Too cold outside for them here, but I’m feeling the kinship of the wet. I too prefer steady warm rains. And will wait patiently for them to return in a few months. Until then, I’ll build a fire in the fireplace, mull some cider, and enjoy a day off. Rest days are definitely part of healthy systems and sustainable foundations.

For our friends ravaged by the tornadoes that ripped through Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee, may this card remind you of the power in intentional rebuilding, and that you’re not rebuilding alone. There is community support. You’re also allowed to grieve, rest, and revise, before you rebuild.

More about the deck’s creator – http://www.naturespiritart.com/

To purchase this deck – Jean’s website links to our friends at Inner Journeys – https://www.innertraditions.com/books/nature-spirit-tarot

Further recommended reading – Here’s a great resource for spokescouncils: https://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/spokescouncil


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