My question is: What do I most need to know about creating an abundant Harvest in my business this coming autumn season? (And by season, I really mean the next three months, even though this reading takes place on a New Moon.)
I’m using a simple, 3 card spread, just like the one on the Gaian Tarot Oracle page: Opportunity, Challenge, Resolution.
For this reading, I decided to choose the cards face up instead of shuffling and randomly selecting the cards. (I was inspired by techniques taught by James Wells and Shari Smith in recent Gaian Tarot Circle teleseminars.) I did this because I want to create my outcome consciously, through the power of intention and action (known by some as magick!).
I went through the Gaian Tarot cards face up and pulled out the ones that looked like Harvest cards to me. Not surprisingly, they were all Earth cards, except of course for the Gardener, who is really an honorary Earth card anyway.
I pulled: the Gardener (Empress), the Guardian of Earth, the Elder of Earth, the Six of Earth, the Four of Earth, the Three of Earth and the Two of Earth.
Then I narrowed them down to 3 cards, for the 3 positions in the spread.
I intuitively chose: the Guardian of Earth, the Four of Earth and the Six of Earth. At first I had the Guardian on the left side, in the position of Opportunity, and the Six on the right side in the position of Resolution. Because, after all, as a self-employed entrepreneur, of course I want my resolution or outcome to be a prosperous, abundant season of buying and selling.
But . . . my artist’s mind took over, and no matter how hard I tried to fit the Six of Earth into the “Resolution” placement, it just wouldn’t go. The Guardian of Earth is facing left, so he obviously belongs on the right hand side of the spread. The dominant, active figure in the Six is facing right, so that card obviously needs to go on the left. And our friend Squirrel in the Four? He’s facing right too, like the Guardian, but it was clear to me from the onset that he represented the Challenge.
So I have my spread:
Opportunity: Six of Earth
Challenge: Four of Earth
Resolution: Guardian of Earth
What do I most need to know about creating an abundant Harvest in my business this coming autumn season?
I have the opportunity to be aware of my own part in the cycle of giving and receiving . . . I am aware that how I earn my money and how I spend it are both important. I “vote” for the way I want the world to be every time I buy something or hire someone. I keep my money in my own community by hiring helpers that I know, like and trust. I have started out this harvest season by giving away a free e-book that features some of my best work, and I know that generosity will find its way back to me. I love the affirmation I wrote for this card:
I appreciate and support the work of others, just as they support and appreciate me.
After a lifetime of “just getting by,” I created an abundant income over the last couple of years. And I want to continue to create that abundance in order to live comfortably, to provide for myself in my elder years and to support the causes that are dear to my heart. One of the things I wrote about the 4 of Earth is this: “In times of plenty, you save up for the lean years ahead.” And even though these are lean years nationally and globally, they have been abundant years for me personally, although not without challenges. But . . . not enough has made its way into my savings account. One challenge of the 4 of Earth for me is to 1) pay off all remaining credit card debt and 2) maintain a rigorous savings plan. There is a warning too, with this card in this position, about acquisitiveness and even greed. Too many of us fear accumulating wealth because we’ve been taught that it corrupts or that it’s evil. We’re learning to undo the negative mindset most of us have about money. One way to do this is to keep aware of the process of the 6 of Earth: how we make our money and how we spend our money both matter. We stay in integrity with money by staying conscious of how we earn it and how we spend it.
I’m a wise steward of my resources and I give thanks for the blessings in my life.
I am in the process of becoming the Guardian of Earth as this harvest season rolls on. I create financial security for myself and my family, I build wealth not only for personal satisfaction and comfort but also for the good work it can do in the world. (I am paraphrasing the Gaian Tarot companion book here.)
There is something about the tenderness on the Guardian’s face as he examines the new corn that touches me. When we earn our living by sharing our heart’s work with the world, it’s not all about how much money we can make. It’s about how validated we feel when people love what we have to offer, and it’s also about our own relationship with our own creations. They’re like children who go out to make their own way in the world, even if it’s only from the garden to a boiling pot of water to someone’s happy tummy. When we eat the corn that is grown by the Guardian of Earth, we’re consuming sun and rain and labor and love.
This is how I want my harvest to be — a harvest for others as well as for myself.
These are three very powerful cards to use as intention cards for creating a prosperous harvest season. I will stay conscious of the process and ethics of buying and selling; I will be faithful to a regular savings plan; I will mold myself into the image of the Guardian of Earth.
May it be so. Blessed be.
What cards would you choose (out of any deck) to represent your own personal harvest? I’d love to hear about your choices in the comments.