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A Card for Thanksgiving

in Art, Gratitude, Tarot


A good card for today, I think, with its double message of gratitude and stewarding our resources.  Let us light a candle for those in Mumbai and offer up open hearts, full of gratefulness, to the Great Mystery.  Blessed be.

Four of Earth

On a beautiful autumn day, a grey squirrel pauses to nibble on an acorn as he gathers nuts and seeds to save for the winter to come. He is surrounded by his stash of acorns, and even more tumble out of an opening in the trunk of a maple tree. A cairn or inukshuk of four stacked stones mark the turning of the seasons and represent an embodied prayer.

Divinatory meaning: You are building a structure for personal safety and security by wisely stewarding your resources. In times of plenty, you’re saving up for the lean times ahead. But be careful — our Friend Squirrel can become so acquisitive that he saves more food than he really needs. He often forgets all the places where he hoarded his food for the winter. You might ask yourself if you’re taking more than you need. What is the best use of your resources? The nuts and seeds the squirrel forgets will grow into trees and populate a forest. Can you be generous with your resources too?

You may want to start a practice of building blessing cairns. Each stone can represent something you’re grateful for; the stack is a physical gratitude list! They can also represent prayers you say as you stack the stones. In the Inuit culture, an inukshuk often signifies safety, hope and friendship — all qualities that can’t be hoarded. In any case, the stones remind us of our connection to All That Is, and to our soul’s purpose.

Thanks to Cate Kerr for allowing me draw from her squirrel photos, and for her intimate knowledge and love of the little critters.

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Joanne Thu - Nov 27th 2008 8:28 am

    What a beautiful Thanksgiving thought. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  • Goddess Leonie - Creative Goddess Thu - Nov 27th 2008 1:00 pm

    Have I mentioned lately how much I am looking forward to buying the Gaian Tarot deck?
    Each of your cards is filled with the beauty, wisdom and light of the Earth and its animals. Thank you for sharing its beauty here.
    Brightest blessings,

  • Kim Antieau Thu - Nov 27th 2008 11:04 pm

    Happy thanksgiving! I had a group of shamanic practitioners over for Thanksgiving, and we sat around the table looking over my multitude of tarot decks (and doing some fun storytelling divination), and everyone was captivated by the Gaian Tarot. There’s was much writing down of your website going on! Anyway, it was fun to have you join our circle in this way.
    I am very grateful for you!

  • Lunaea Mon - Dec 01st 2008 6:19 pm

    Joanna, you inspired me to dig up some pictures I posted online a few years ago. I don’t know if this man (or others) still stacks up the stones by the sea — I haven’t seen any, but then, I don’t live in that neighborhood anymore.

  • Joanna Colbert Tue - Dec 02nd 2008 7:54 am

    Thanks – hope you all had a lovely day, although it wasn’t Thxgiving in Australia was it Leonie? A lovely day anyway I’m sure. Will have news to share soon about the publication of the deck. Kim, so glad I was part of your circle!! Lunaea, love those photos. Someone did something similar in Bellingham last summer — stealth blessing cairns!