Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert

… healing the earth, healing ourselves …

Ace of Air

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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 more

Two of Air

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A woman stands by a hawthorn tree in bloom, listening to two cedar waxwings making companion calls. She closes her eyes to shut out extraneous noises so she can hear the quietest bird call, the one behind all the other ones. She cradles something precious in her hands — perhaps a stone or broken bird’s Read more

Three of Air

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A man writes furiously in his journal, his thoughts and feelings pouring out onto the page. He may be working out issues that trouble him and are reflected in the image that turned up for his “card of the day” practice. Pen, pencil and feather stand in a red glass jar, anchored in place by Read more

Four of Air

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Four robin’s eggs are nestled inside a nest that has been fashioned from twigs, grasses, moss, flower petals and bits of ribbon and string. It’s hidden away, tucked under leaves that protect it from prey or prying eyes. Archival Limited Edition Print signed & numbered by the artist Buy It! 8.5×11″ Print $55.95 Buy It Read more

Five of Air

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Five bald eagles scream and fight over territory. Once an endangered species, the 1972 ban on DDT resulted in a big comeback for eagles. In some areas, the resurgence has led to overpopulation and competition for habitat. Visitors to the wilderness may even witness eagles fighting until one or more are dead. Archival Limited Edition Read more

Six of Air

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The community awakens and “sings up the sun” together with prayer, song and drumming. As we gather with others of like mind at festivals or on retreat, we gain perspective and insight into the big, soulful issues of our lives. As we set our intent together in ceremonial space, the power to change our personal Read more

Seven of Air

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A hiker has paused on his journey to consult his map and to consider his destination. He needs to make plans for the next stage of his walkabout. Shall he climb the mountain, or follow the river down into the valley? Shall he seek the company of others, or continue to go it alone? Shall Read more

Eight of Air

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A small group of people sit in circle, holding council. One man is talk- ing while the others are actively listening. Perhaps they are planning a political action, remembering the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt the ability of a small group of concerned citizens to change the world.” Perhaps they are working to achieve Read more

Nine of Air

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A woman is grieving, on a much deeper soul level than the distress of the 3 of Air. Storm clouds billow behind her, mirroring her inner turmoil. Yet she has gone to a sacred spot, and embraces a standing stone as if it were her mother. She goes deep into a trance state, letting her Read more

Ten of Air

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Canada geese fly in a V-formation during the fall migration. We can almost hear the chorus of honking. The familiar sight of geese flying south for the winter never fails to tug at our hearts, bringing a sense of impermanence and longing. In European tales of the Wild Hunt, it was said that flocks of Read more

Child of Air

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The Child of Air gazes at a swallowtail butterfly that alights on her hand as butterflies take flight in a spiral around her. She can feel the trembling of delicate wings and wonders if it’s really a faery, disguised as a butterfly. Perhaps, like the Zen master Chuang-tzu, she asks: “Am I a person dreaming Read more

Explorer of Air

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The Explorer of Air climbs a tall tree in the woods. From this height he has a new perspective on the world — he can see what the birds see as he gazes out over the landscape. He carries quiver, bow and blade with him, all tools of discernment and focus. He has studied and Read more