Earth-Centered Practices for Everyday Mystics, Healers, & Creatives

Justice, the Morning After

in Gaian Tarot, Right Action

“Blue” America is in a state of shock right now. In our household here, and via emails from friends in faraway places, we are stunned and shocked and grieving. The atmosphere is not unlike the aftermath of the unexpected death of a loved one.

I have really just begun to use my own Gaian Tarot majors for readings. A little while ago, I sat on the couch with my friend Cedarwind and asked: “What can progressives and Democrats and cultural creatives do to heal? What is our next step?” I shuffled and felt the energy move through the cards. I cut with my left hand. I turned up: Justice.

Zing. Wow. The same card Diane Wilkes wrote about in her Tarot Passages review of my deck (see yesterday’s entry).

Here’s part of the commentary I wrote in the booklet (it’s not on the website):

When you get Justice in a reading, it is time to deal with the consequences of your past actions . . . You may be coming to an understanding of your place in the web of life, and of how far-reaching the consequences of your actions can be. It may be time to take a stand for social or environmental justice in your own neighborhood or on a global level. Each of us has a responsibility to leave the world in better shape than the way we found it.

I think we need to start preparing for 2008 now. And I think we — all of us, half the country! — needs to start making activism more of a priority in our daily lives. As Cedarwind says, we need to make standing up for Justice an act of daily devotion.

Let it be so.

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Laura Wed - Nov 03rd 2004 12:39 pm

    I did a one-card reading with your deck last night after the election results started coming in. How will Democrats fare in this election, I asked? I drew the Gardener card. I hoped that meant bounty, but now I wonder if perhaps it meant sowing seeds?

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  • Joanna Wed - Nov 03rd 2004 12:57 pm

    Laura, I would have interpreted the Gardener/Empress card the same way – as a resounding Yes! Perhaps it reflected your hopes for the outcome. Or perhaps it reflected Washington state, which did pretty well for Democrats, although I’m not sure if the governor’s race is over yet.
    Perhaps we can focus on the pregnancy of the Gardener — perhaps we are all pregnant with the next election. Or maybe we should remember (again as my sister Cedarwind says) all that we already do to support the changes we want to see. We buy and eat local organic produce, we recycle, we celebrate and give thanks for the land where we live — all those things. We start locally to make global changes.
    More thoughts, Thursday morning:
    My friend Mev forwarded me a letter from Howard Dean,, in which he writes:
    “Montana, one of the reddest states, has a new Democratic governor.
    First-time candidates for state legislatures from Hawaii to Connecticut beat incumbent Republicans.
    And a record number of us voted to change course—more Americans voted against George Bush than any sitting president in history.
    Today is not an ending. . . .
    Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
    We will not be silent.”
    I take hope from that.
    I also take heart from the Moveon.org letter that arrived yesterday, in which we are reminded that we are not alone — 55.4 million Americans stood with us.
    And Alternet.org’s editor, Lakshmi Chaudhry, is especially eloquent in speaking about how much it hurts.

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  • Cindy Thu - Nov 04th 2004 8:43 am

    Hi Joanna,
    The greiving feelings were so strong the day after that it really surprised me. But what came after that was a question…. what Karma, as the American people/Nation, have we now created by choosing to keep on this path? I felt that we had a chance to change the way we were headed and the Karma but because we elected him back in we now have to face the consequences of that choice and all that involves. I hope I’m wrong because it sure wasn’t my choice!

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  • Lunaea Weatherstone Wed - Nov 24th 2004 2:34 pm

    Joanna, the day before the election I sent an email to all the Silver Branch sisters asking them to join in visualizing the Goddess of Justice shining her light on the election, to keep it fair and honest and clear. On my central altar I kept candles burning all day and night with Justice images from a couple of tarot decks. The next day, stunned and numb, I stared at the cards and tried to make sense of it all. I left the Justice images up for a while, until my perspective returned. The thing that keeps coming back to me is that the current administration needs to clean up its own mess. That is justice. What they created and are creating hasn’t reached its end yet. I trust that the Goddess knows what She is doing, and I know that so many of us will continue to listen and do what we can too. Thanks for all YOU do, dear sister!

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