(To read my review of this deck, click HERE.)
I decided to interview The Gaian Tarot in my back yard, surrounded by oaks and maples wearing their gorgeous autumn colors, near the pond with its soothing, bubbling fountain. As I sat on a blanket, wondering which card would appear as the deck's representative, I saw a shimmering light emerge from the highest branches of my magnolia tree. I watched, fascinated, as the NINE OF EARTH descended slowly, touching down right beside me. I recognized the figure on the card immediately: It was Joanna Powell Colbert dressed in sky blue, carrying a sprig of lavender.
At first I was surprised, but then I realized that this was the perfect candidate for the interview -- not only because of the image on the card but because of the Affirmation that Colbert gives to the Nine of Earth: "I am grateful for the place I call home." Indeed, I do appreciate living in this lovely setting!
After sharing mint tea and an assortment of fruit, I began the interview.
How would you describe your essence or essential energy?
FOUR OF WATER
"My essence is the beauty, health, and refreshment available at all times from the natural world. My essential energy is that of the oceans, the lakes, the rivers, and the streams. This is the energy you need to seek when you want to replenish your emotional reserves. I contain the energy of all four elements, but Water offers the cleansing, purifying energy that will soothe your soul."
ELDER OF WATER:
"Although your Sun sign is Sagittarius, a Fire sign, its ruler, Jupiter, is in Pisces in your birth chart. Thus Water is a powerful part of your essence. You have reached a stage in your life at which you qualify as an Elder, not just due to physical age but based on experience and study. The harbor seal who accompanies the Elder of Water is your totem, a reminder to pay attention to your dreams and to make yourself at home in both your inner and outer worlds."
What story do you hope to tell me?
FIVE OF FIRE
"The story I hope to tell you is a cautionary tale. I want to speak to you about Fire, which provides warmth and light, but can also injure and destroy. Fire is courage and transformation, yet it also rages and burns with anger. This story has more than one level. Its application to you, personally, must be acknowledged. Yet it is also important that you hear the message it brings concerning the world in which you live."
What should I not expect from you?
JUSTICE (Trump 11)
"Do not expect me to balance your karma for you. I can help you gain insight into your past actions and to examine your current motives and values. I may even be able to advise you on how to right any wrongs you wish to address. I am here to assist you as you seek to understand your place in the web of life. Yet ultimately the responsibility is yours."
Which card most closely represents us as a team?
THREE OF EARTH
With a friendly smile, the NINE OF EARTH caught a gentle breeze and sailed over the treetops. The light was fading. I gathered my blanket and went inside, having received much to consider and contemplate!
The Gaian Tarot
by Joanna Powell Colbert
Published by Llewellyn Worldwide