My sister priestess Lunaea Weatherstone and I go back to the mid-1980s, when we were both involved in the women’s spirituality movement in southern California. I first “met” Lunaea when I submitted art and articles to SageWoman magazine, before we met in person. She was one of the first editor/publishers to publish my early work.
Lunaea will be leading a teleseminar discussion tonight for the Gaian Tarot Circle.
This “Gaian Soul Chat” is one in a series of interviews with interesting people I know whose life work is intrinsically involved with Nature, Creativity and Spirituality. And, quite often, the Tarot.
What do you love most about the Tarot?
One of the things I love most about the tarot is that it allows you to stop second-guessing yourself when listening to the inner voice of guidance, or the messages that come through from the Divine, however you perceive that. When you use the cards as a portal to that guidance, the images are right there in front of you, ready to be interpreted as literally or as figuratively as you wish. When doing a reading for someone else, you can point to the cards as the “authority” in a way, as a reassurance that this isn’t your own agenda coming through, but rather, that you are working as a conduit for wisdom that is beyond your own human point of view. The cards can help you get out of your own way and let you hear what needs to be heard and see what needs to be seen.
Tell us a story about one of your experiences with the Gaian Tarot.
Recently I’ve been on a long exhausting search for a new home, and during this time, the Builder card kept coming up again and again in my daily readings. It is one of my birth cards, so I paid attention to its appearance even more than I usually would with a repeating card. I kept praying for a sign, to be given a clear sign when I found the right place. On the day I first visited the house I’m about to move into, as I was going through the garden for the first time, I saw an old weathered sign attached to the garden shed with the words MASTER BUILDER! Talk about a literal sign!
What kind of creative projects are you working on now?
I’m co-creating two new tarot decks that will be published by Llewellyn in 2013 and 2014. I came up with the themes for the decks (Victorian Fairy and Mystical Cats) and then wrote detailed descriptions for each of the 78 cards and their meanings. Working with the two artists in collaboration on these cards has allowed me to really play with my ideas about the cards’ meanings. For example, what would the Death card be for fairies? How would cats embody the Star card? These new interpretations also help me expand on my readings using other decks, such as the Gaian Tarot, comparing and contrasting, adding new levels of understanding.
What is your relationship with Nature (aka Mama Gaia) like?
I experience Nature most intensely through her cycles and seasons, celebrating and observing the turning of the Wheel of the Year and its holy days, attuning myself to the changes of the moon, glorying in the beauty of weather’s infinite variety. Clouds are my joy! When I feel the wild power of the Mother in this way, I am in touch with both time and timelessness. It makes me feel both very small and very expansive, connected to all that is. I love how the Gaian Tarot incorporates weather in its imagery and symbolism!
How do you define your spirituality or religion?
My spirituality is centered on the sacred feminine, though I have great respect for and interest in all religions. I am a priestess of Brigid, the Irish goddess of poetry, healing, and craft. I honor her through my writing, teaching, and other forms of creative expression, such as making goddess rosaries. For me, the Goddess is the face of the Divine, and I have vowed to keep offering my service in her name however she calls me to do so.
Thank you Lunaea!
About Lunaea Weatherstone
Lunaea is a priestess, writer, teacher, and tarot counselor who has been serving the goddess-spirit community since her days as owner of SageWoman magazine 25 years ago. She has been working with the tarot since 1972. Lunaea’s Full Moon Dreams collage deck is prized by tarot aficionados, and she is currently creating two decks to be published by Llewellyn: the Victorian Fairy Tarot (art by Gary Lippincott, coming out in 2013) and the Mystical Cats Tarot (art by Mickie Mueller, coming out in 2014). Lunaea offers year-long online programs in goddess spirituality for women through the Sisterhood of the Silver Branch. For more information, visit her at www.lunaea.com and thesilverbranch.org.