“I want to write on my blog, but what should I write?” kept running through my head a few minutes ago. On the other side of the table sat my copy of the Celtic Wisdom Tarot, so I decided to grab a card from the middle of the pack in response to my aforementiond question. I received Trump 18, the Imaginer, which would be the Moon in most other decks.
At this moment, the Imaginer makes me think of dreams, of tarot, of guidance over and through deep places. The card brings to mind a dream I had a couple of weeks ago:
Several of us members of the Gaian Tarot Circle are gathered somewhere “out of town”. It feels like a place that’s a strange blend of urban and rural (both field and hotel). We catch the news and energy of an emergency that’s taking place nearby. We grab our GT decks in their bags and prepare to go to the emergency. Part of our preparation involves a simple blessing: at one point Joanna brings me her deck in a bag and I draw a sort of clockwise inward-spiralling symbol over it and declare, “There, it’s activated.” We now feel ready to tackle what’s happening in the world around us.
In this dream, I hear a call to use “the work”, whatever form that takes for us, beyond our own stuff. My own practices of tarot, circle, journalling, reiki, and so forth help me to remain connected with my centre and with the Great Centre. They assist many of my clients and students to also remember their connection to centre/Centre. The dream suggests that I/we would do well to be ready to employ these tools and processes “out there” as needed. I think of Caitlín Matthews telling the assembled Readers Studio folks that it’s important for those of us who do these thing to be on the edge of the mainstream culture so that when those in the middle of it come running, looking for help, we’ll be here ready to offer whatever support is ours to offer. The dream also reminds me of something I’ve written on this blog a couple of times — Deena Metzger’s utterance to a group of us that the time for the luxury of personal neuroses is over. There’s too much to do on behalf of all of life. The both/and nature of the dream location suggests walking in two or more worlds at once. I’m a city-dweller who loves Nature and so are many people whose greater work, whether it’s paid or volunteer, are also urban earth-lovers, Urgans (urban pagans) as one friend says. The dream invites questions:
How might we employ our spirit-based, soulcentric tools in ways that benefit the whole? What does activating our connection to Something Greater look like? Who is in each of our tribes/circles? To what or to whom are these tribes/circles dedicated? What in-between places need our attention and care? What is the larger issue that’s being carried in a personal neurosis? What does “being on the edge” mean for each of us? Who might come running to us? What support are we truly capable of offering them? What does each of us carry in our personal medicine pouches? What activates those medicines so that they are of value to our culture or world? What are we ready to tackle? What are we not ready to tackle? Then who is? What might a creative convergence of Earth, tarot, and circle process look like?
What other questions does the dream invite you to ask? What other questions or dreams are inspired by the Imaginer card? Please, friends, tell us.