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?