The 9 of Earth is one of the cards in the deck that is uniquely me. It's based on a photo that Craig took a few years ago during the island Lavender Festival and represents a time in my life when I was very happy and satisfied.
I think of the 9's as the culmination of a cycle, before a new cycle begins. It's a time when you get to rest on your laurels, so to speak, and enjoy the abundance in your life. As I wrote in the book:
You’ve enjoying a time of accomplishment and comfort. You’re at the peak of your creative powers, and are well paid for your work. You are connected to your family and community, yet have time alone for creative and spiritual pursuits. It is a time of peace and plenty in your life, both internal and external.
So I have to ask myself how this card applies to me now, today, this week.
Once again I am in a comfortable, accomplished place in my professional life, especially with the release of the Gaian Tarot Limited Edition and the establishment of the Gaian Tarot Circle community site. I now have time to look at some of the other areas of my life that have not been getting enough attention, like my relationship to exercise and movement. I’ve been walking an hour every day for the past month, and I love it! It’s making a huge difference in my life. I’m getting ready to return to weight training and yoga classes too.
I’ve been somewhat sad ever since leaving my beloved island two years ago, but have recently made a commitment to getting to know this land here in a more intimate way. I have not yet settled on a new “secret place,” but I’m actively searching for one. I’m discovering nourishment at the lake, especially in the early hours of the day before it gets too busy. And of course I am still getting back to the island to visit with old friends, both human and not.
And . . . I find myself getting antsy. What shall I do next? I want to start experimenting with new art mediums and techniques. I want to start nature journaling again. I want to explore all the easy hikes in the county and find new sacred spaces. And where shall I go next professionally? I have so many ideas bubbling in the cauldron: a mentorship program to lead others, singly or in groups, into earning a good living doing their soul work. Another one on creativity, another on mermaids. So many ideas! All bubbling and boiling right now. It’s almost as if I am tipping the scales from the 9 into the 10, where one cycle is released and the Ace, the new cycle, has not yet begun.
What about you, dear Readers? What does the Nine of Earth say to you?