Saturday, May 5, 2018

Eight of Air - listen to the rhythm of your soul

It's been a while since I have written something for my blog. For some reason, I can't seem to get back to regular posting. I don't know why... Perhaps lack of inspiration or drive??? Or maybe both. Anyway, I am here now and it feels good to be here.
Two days ago I celebrated my sixtieth birthday with my family and for the first time in years, I didn't get a tarot or oracle deck for my birthday.  There was not one deck I really wanted. Of course, there are lots of pretty decks around but none of them really spoke to me on a deeper level.
Yesterday I have decided to work with one deck only for a longer period of time, in order to build a more personal relationship with the decks I already have. For this month my deck of choice is the Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert. I am in awe of the splendor of nature this time of year and I feel this deck will be in perfect sync with it. I need the more grounding energy of this deck to stay in the moment and enjoy what life has to offer each and every day.
My card for today is the Eight of Earth. It's not that long ago since I pulled this card for myself.  Yet today it speaks not so much about parenting my daughters but more about being guided myself. It feels like I am being invited to follow the rhythm of the drums, to align myself to the heartbeat of the earth, of my soul, and to establish a healthy rhythm of action and rest, breathing in and breathing out.  Creating a rhythm is not only about when to drum but perhaps even more about knowing when not to drum...

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  1. Our lives do move in rhythms and cycles - ebb and flow, darkness and light, movement and rest. Happy Birthday dear friend! May you dance the rhythm of this new decade with grace and ease!

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    1. Thank you my dear Bev. It's quite remarkable but the older I get the more easy it gets to dance to this rhythm, even though my joints aren't what they used to be ❤
      Hugs

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  2. felicitations of the day, and many happy returns.

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  3. I think it's marvellous that you are honouring your own desires and rhythms. Not getting a deck fits well with that knowing when not to drum. I've been loving the Oracle of the Unicorns, I think because it also chimed with my Little One. So many other decks, though, I've just ignored, when once I would have bought them.
    I spent a lot of time with the Gaian Tarot when it was first self-published, and was part of the forum. I will really enjoy seeing it again, and through your eyes :)
    Birthday hugs, Cxx

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    1. I think it's lovely to play with a deck your LO enjoys as well. We can learn so much from the fresh instinctive reaction of little children. I hope my inner child will enjoy my deck of choice as well, because I intend to do some playful exercises with it.

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  4. Happy Belated Birthday. 60, lovely really. To know we are gifted with another major milestone. We really settle into ourselves as we age and our perspectives shift along with the passing years. Gaian Tarot is a favorite and sometimes it has volumes to say to me and other days the dialogue is silent, so a month of companionship with a deck sounds like a lovely way to get to know each other or reacquaint. I see react in reacquaint - how fitting.

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! Settling into ourselves; that's a beautiful way of putting it and it's exactly how I experience my aging process.
      I hope my month with the Gaian Tarot will result in a wonderful friendship with this deck

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  5. Happy Birthday Ellen! <3 60 years is a milestone and a good one at that! It's a perfect time for you to align yourself with the earth being Spring and celebrating 60 years! We get to go with the flow now we are Crones! Throw caution to the wind I say, and run with the wolves!

    I was happy to find your post once again!

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    1. Thanks Catherine. Maybe this is the year I'll start blogging more regularly again. Love your advise. I will keep it in my heart ❤

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    2. I don't think you have to worry about being a regular blogger Ellen. You are! We all have dry times now and again, that's normal and all part of the creative process.

      One thing I've learn is I don't pay much attention to my feelings about writing regularly every day or as much as I possibly can. I just do it and it's become an ingrained habit. But I do believe this came from daily journaling for many years. Nothing profound that's for sure! It's more gobbledygook than anything and not interesting reading to anyone and for my eyes only! It's helped me to keep those creative juices flowing.

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    3. Journaling is less daunting for me than blogging because I write in Dutch when I journal and I don't care if its full of crooked sentences and mistakes. I have been journaling for about 50 years. Of course the type of journaling has changed a lot over the years but the need to write things down has always been there. Perhaps its time I showed a bit more kindness toward myself and stop expecting too much.

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    4. It's hard to give up those old familiar critical scripts Ellen. I understand that. But you know they are "old" scripts and we can re-write them. Never too late to write a new one!

      I expanded my writing into some online sites, that I even get paid for. It's done a lot for my confidence and I really enjoy it, and am learning a lot about writing. http://medium.com is a really neat site because you can write on a great variety of topics and I write once in a while for and the Nova Scotia Advocate which is an advocacy site for human rights and anti-poverty activism. You're a very good writer Ellen, with great intelligence, clarity and insight. And as you know the more we write the better we get.
      It's a gift, but also a skill. There's always lots to learn about writing.
      Yes! Please be kind to yourself! Big Hug <3

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    5. Thanks Catherine for your kind words of encouragement. It means a lot to me.

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