Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert

Gaian Tarot

… healing the earth, healing ourselves …


Tree post image

Letting go The Hanged Man has always been one of the most mysterious and compel- ling images in the Tarot. Here the dream-like figure is suspended in the yoga posture called vriksha-asana — the Tree. Her grace and balance is a mirror of the serenity of her inner being. She is able to stay centered Read the rest —


Death post image

Dying and being born A heron lies dead in an old decaying boat near the beach. Ants and spiders crawl on the carcass and a vulture hovers overhead. Wild roses and elder- berry grow up through the rotting boat and butterflies flit through the greenery. Sinuous ropes like snakes are coiled below the deck. To Read the rest —


Temperance post image

Combining opposites The Winged One lifts a shell to pour out her blessings into a bowl of burn- ing herbs. Instead of water, she pours the refracted light of a rainbow. Her third eye glows with sacred knowledge and far-see- ing. The steam-filled pool distorts her re- flection — or is the distortion an accurate Read the rest —


Bindweed post image

Life out of balance The previous card, Temperance, re- minds us to live a balanced life. The Bindweed card depicts a life lived desperately out of balance. The figure is in despair, bound to his own addictions. He sees no way out. His internal struggle is reflected in the world around him, where non-native invasive Read the rest —


Lightning post image

Sudden, irrevocable change Lightning strikes a tree and lights it on fire as a thunderstorm rages. Three figures fall out of the sky, as if in a dream. When lightning strikes, there is an increase of ozone in the atmosphere, which cleanses the air. In the same way, the aftermath of a calamity can bring Read the rest —


Star card Gaian Tarot deck

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 Read the rest —


Moon card Gaian Tarot deck

Constant, faithful changes La Luna Bella! A woman invokes the energies of the full moon, while all around her spiral the eight lunar phases. Each month the moon embodies the cycle of descent and return, as it waxes to full- ness, wanes to darkness, and begins to wax again. The Moon is constantly changing, and Read the rest —


Sun card Gaian Tarot

Radiant joy From the shadows of the Moon, we move into the clear light of day. A woman dances for joy at the peak of the sun’s power, at noon on Summer Solstice. Even the sunflowers behind her are radiating happiness. As she dances, she experiences that sensation known as “flow.” She is so focused Read the rest —


Awakening post image

Getting conscious With this card, we awaken to a higher level of consciousness, both on a personal level and on a planetary one. We are called to open our hearts to Spirit, to live in a more meaningful way, and to participate in the life of our communities. We “think globally and act locally” and Read the rest —

Ace of Air

Ace of Air post image

A butterfly emerges from a chrysalis on a bright spring morning, with hawthorn (the May-flower) in bloom. Butterfly is a symbol of the soul — psyche is the Greek word for both soul and butterfly. Her ability to go through the process of metamorphosis speaks to your capacity to change yourself. A tincture of hawthorn Read the rest —

Ace of Water

Ace of Water post image

Salmon have spawned in a deep pool on the side of a river. Bright orange eggs are scattered among the rocks at the bot- tom of the pool. The just-hatched alevins and a salmon fingerling start to explore their watery world. Salmon’s journey is one of descent and return, the archetypal shaman’s journey. Salmon will Read the rest —

Ace of Fire

Ace of Fire post image

A snake has just broken his way out of an egg and is encountering the world for the first time. Because of his ability to shed his skin and emerge in a new one, Snake has long been a symbol of renewal and transformation. In the background we see sparks shooting from a hidden flame Read the rest —