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Weekly Wisdom: The Medicine of Music

in Card of the Week, Gaian Tarot

Gaian Tarot Elder of Air

In the states, Thanksgiving is over and our thoughts turn towards Yuletide.  It’s a liminal time, as one tide becomes another. We take down our All Hallows ancestor altars and bring out the holly, the ivy, and the bayberry candles.  Yet we are still technically in the season of the Old Ones, the Elders. The tide of Samhain runs from November 1st until Solstice, on December 22nd this year.  No wonder there are so many folktales about the dead visiting the living on Christmas Eve.  It is still their season.

And so it’s appropriate that one of the Gaian Elders makes an appearance this week.

“Can you hear the sweet sound rising from the aromatic cedar flute? A grandfather’s prayer of thanksgiving wafts to the heavens as his breath becomes melody and harmony. This is a man who has dedicated his life to bringing peace and healing through music. The medicine of music creates a sanctuary for those in physical or spiritual pain, and stirs others to make a difference in the world. His ally Luna Moth flies high, carrying messages to and from the ancestors.

When you get this card in a reading . . .

The Elder of Air’s message is echoed in the words of Frederick Buechner, that “vocation is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” He shows us how to experience communion with the Great Mystery through worship, praise, or meditation. He sets an example of a life well-lived. This is a time for making decisions, but if they impact others, make sure they are made ethically, with fairness to all.

The Elder of Air offers the gift of inspiration, balance and clarity. His music can create a sacred space where deep wisdom and enlightenment are accessible.”  (From the Gaian Tarot companion book)

What does this card say to you, dear Readers? 

Who are the Beloved Elders in your life?

And how is music, medicine for you?

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Megan Jackson Mon - Nov 28th 2011 7:25 pm

    thanks so much for the new site. I love it. I like your new message about transformation. Good to experience growth in others on the WWW. I also love the Frederick quote it resonated well with me.

  • Joanna Tue - Nov 29th 2011 7:30 am

    Thanks Megan, so glad you found your way here. This isn’t a new site though; I’ve been blogging since 2004, mostly chronicling the creation of the Gaian Tarot. Blessings to you.

  • Nancy Tue - Nov 29th 2011 11:37 am

    I’ve long been fascinated by the power of music – it can inspire us, get us up and moving, or lull us into a dream-like state. One of my favorite genealogy discoveries is of my 5th great-grandparents who settled in a Moravian colony in North Carolina – – why? because they were spending the night there and when they heard the music that evening they knew they wanted to live there. The power of music . . .

  • Joanna Wed - Nov 30th 2011 7:59 am

    Nancy, I could not agree more, about the power of music. Ohmygosh, I love your story about your ancestors! That must’ve been some grand music!