Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Gaian Tarot

Circle Network Card Deck Review: Gaian Tarot - Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves text and artwork by Joanna Powell Colbert, published by Schiffer Books, quality boxed set of 78 cards and guidebook. 

I am immediately attracted to the title, as caring for the Earth Goddess is also caring for ourselves and for future generations. For me, the New Age is about Earth centred spirituality, and this deck has this important emphasis. This is Tarot for those who love the natural world. It has been 9 years in the making and is a spiritual weathervane to connect us to the Divine Feminine. It is presented as an eco course to raise planetary consciousness. The author is a teavpcher and workshop facilitator, the deck  highlights the importance of indigenous species and the dangers of imported species. She is a sage woman, one of the wisdom keepers of the Goddess spirituality movement and she presents the deck as a tool for inner awareness and guidance. 

Who is Gaia? James Lovelock was ahead of his time in recognising our living, sacred planet which tells us that just pulling one strand will affect the entire web of life. All nature is interdependent. The card backs show a wreath of blessings, with cedar, sage, sweetgrass and lavender. It is a modern, multicultural card deck and has natural themes, of 4 elements, of feathers, clouds, birds, butterflies; rivers, fish, rain, shells; torches, candles, bonfire, hearths; the court cards are the stages of life, the majors are our soul lessons. Some of the card titles reflect the speciality, such as The Gardener, The Builder, The Teacher. The cards have silver leaf edges and everything about it is high quality. I love this deck. The images are not to my taste. They are modern but many readers and their clients will like new symbolism, specially designed for the specialist theme. Review by Wendy Stokes

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