’Tis the season to . . . be constantly bombarded with messages of consumerism. Most of us who are on a spiritual path of some kind are turned off by the emphasis on gift-buying at Yuletide. And yet many of us earn our living by selling goods and services that come from our hearts.
And that’s the message of the Gaian Tarot Six of Earth. It shows the way we support each other in “soulful shopping.” This happens when we buy from local and/or independent artisans. It makes all the difference in the world when you know a little bit about who you’re buying from, and why or how the products were made.
I only buy a few Yuletide gifts each year; several for my granddaughter, one for my sweetheart, a couple for the gift exchange at our annual St. Lucia party, and one for the family member whose name I pulled out of a hat. I try to find something each person will really like, and I choose to buy at a local business, craft fair or from an online artisan. I take a lot of joy in finding just the right gift, and even more joy in supporting a fellow artist.
Here’s what I wrote about the Six of Earth in the Gaian Tarot companion book:
At a local Farmers’ Market, vendors and customers exchange energy in the tangible form of money for goods. We buy our greens and carrots from the farmer who lives down the road, and in doing so we support her commitment to farming organically and sustainably. In return, we receive fresh and delicious foods that nourish our bodies and spirits. Sometimes we get stories with our groceries — of the toddler who helped pick those golden flowers; of the big rain that almost wiped out the tomato crop; or of long days spent in fragrant lavender fields. This is soulful shopping indeed.
When you get this card in a reading . . .
You are part of the cycle of giving and receiving. You happily exchange your hard-earned cash for goods that will enrich your body and spirit. You present your own gift to the community — the work of your hands and heart — and are pleased to find it so well-received. Your generosity and support of others circles back to you, and increases your own prosperity and health.
I appreciate and support the work of others, just as they support and appreciate me.
What does this card say to you, dear Readers?