My Business Deva has been working overtime lately, flooding me with all kinds of new creative ideas (I’ll be writing more about my Business Deva soon).
One of those ideas is to hold a monthly gathering here on the blog, where I post a Gaian Tarot card, and we all practice the art of mindful writing, using the card as a spark.
We’ll start on each New Moon, although we are starting a bit late this month.
Here’s How it Works:
I’ll choose the card for the lunation and post it here, along with writing prompts and questions.
You respond with mindful writing, in any form you like.
You can post your writing in the comments below, and also on your own blog, if you like. If you do post on your own blog, please link back to this post: http://www.gaiansoul.com/2012/11/an-invitation-to-mindful-tarot-musings
Not Divination, but Contemplation:
The intention of this exercise is not necessarily to use the cards as a tool of divination, but instead as a creative spark. So don’t get bogged down in wondering “but what does this card mean?” And don’t go look up the meaning in a book. Just relax.
We’re not writing to discover divinatory meanings here (although that might be a side benefit). Instead, we’re writing as a meditation, a musing, a contemplative practice to stay centered in the present moment.
Ideas for Mindful Writing:
Choose one or more of the following techniques:
- Breathe deeply. Allow your eyes to travel over the image, until your gaze is caught by one detail. Write about it.
- Free-write for 3 minutes. Set a timer, then write quickly without editing or censoring yourself. Afterwards, you can edit and shape your writing if you like.
- Imagine meeting one of the figures or elements in the card (human or non-human). Enter into a dialogue with him, her or it. Let the conversation unfold. Write it down.
- Step into the “skin” of one of the figures or elements in the card (human or non-human). Write with her, his, or its voice.
- Write about any personal associations you have with the card, or a memory that comes up because of it.
- Write in a poetic form like a haiku (3 lines of 5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables).
Card for the Scorpio lunation (Nov 13th – Dec 12th): Temperance
You could also try answering some of these journaling questions that are specific to the Temperance card. I wrote these for the companion book to the Gaian Tarot.
- What am I tempering?
- How can I balance opposites?
- How can I find the middle way?
- What can I create that is new and unique from two polarities?
Exercise: write about one detail in the card.
I have a star on my forehead
that spins and pulsates
when I close my eyes.
Can anyone else see it?
Or is it my secret alone?
(See how simple and imperfect that is?)
Now it’s your turn!