The Ten of Earth is a bittersweet card for me, because of my personal associations with it. The elderly man in the card is my dad, seen walking the path at a nature preserve on the island. It was a daily practice of his for the last few years of his life. “Don’t you think everyone should start their day with a walk in the woods?” he would say. “It changes your whole perspective on life.”
When we turn up a card like this one, with its message of endings that have not quite turned to new beginnings, we often just want to put it back in the deck and choose another. But it’s so appropriate for this time of year. It’s a good practice to sit with our endings for awhile and honor them, before moving on to the next new thing.
Since starting the Advent Sunwheel ceremony yesterday, I’ve been meditating on the descent into darkness at this time of year that culminates in the Return of the Light. And that’s exactly what this card looks like to me. In the image, the path through the dark forest opens up into a clearing of Light.
I opened the Gaian Tarot companion book to reread the text I wrote about this card:
When you get this card in a reading . . .
Something you thought had ended in your life is beginning to burst forth with new shoots. Perhaps it is the wisdom of your parents and your ancestors, that you pass along to those who come after you. It may also be that the long journey to see your work succeed is finally paying off. What do you consider to be great wealth? It has been said that “what we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains, and is immortal.” (Albert Pike) In what ways does your work support and sustain others?
The two questions that jumped out at me are these:
What is great wealth?
To me, wealth means: a loving community of like-minded friends, family and community; good health; the freedom and time to pursue my creative passions; the ability to earn a good living doing the work I love; enough money in the bank set aside so that I don’t have to worry about scrambling for nickels and dimes.
By this definition, I’m an extremely wealthy woman.
How does my work support and sustain others?
I know, based on the feedback I’ve received from my “tribe” of folks who read this blog, take my classes and work with my deck, that my work inspires you and helps you to make real transformations in your life. For this, I am deeply, deeply grateful.
What is great wealth to you, dear Reader? And how does your work support and sustain others?