I’m still thinking about gratitude during this season of thanksgiving. After dinner on Thursday, I read the cards for my neighbor Colleen. I used my Gaian working deck and the Thanksgiving spread that Corrine Kenner designed (mentioned here). The card Colleen turned up for the key blessing of 2006 was the 5 of Earth (or Pentacles) which, we all know, is a card of survival issues, usually indicating stress with health or finances or home. So this led into a discussion of how such a challenging card could be seen as a blessing. As we talked it through, I pulled out another deck, my friend Lunaea’s Full Moon Dreams Tarot. The image of the goddess Inanna on her version of this card led to a discussion of the cycle of descent and return, and what happens to us when we descend to the depths of despair and then return, utterly changed.
But what I really wanted to share was this pithy little quote from Lunaea’s booklet:
"It is not the happy people who are grateful,
but the grateful people who are happy."
– Brother David Steindl-Rast
Yeah. What s/he said.