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Joanna Powell Colbert very kindly published three of my tarot layouts in the book that accompanies her scrumptious Gaian Tarot. One of these is a ten-card spread that can be used for any topic or situation. Two of the positions (card places 7 and 8) are interesting. They are “what Soul has to say about the situation” and “what Spirit has to say about the situation”. What do I mean by these terms, Soul and Spirit?
At this point in my life (my viewpoints tend to shift as I get older), Soul is the Personal Sacred or the Sacred Self. Perhaps you refer to it is personal qi, the core essence of self, your seed image, the acorn of the oak that you can become, personal life force, your personality, or the best you possible. For me, Soul is earthy, profound, interior, and lusciously dark. It’s my Personal Centre or Personal Hub.
My view about Spirit is that it’s the Transpersonal Sacred or the Sacred Other. You might refer to it as goddess, god, great mystery, universal energy, immense wholeness, Life, or Source. For me, Spirit is airy, high, exterior, and gleamingly brilliant. It’s the Great Centre or Universal Hub. I don’t feel that Spirit is tucked away in some cosmic condominium somewhere out in space, but is present in everything/everyone in existence.
Whatever anyone calls these things, I try to remember that the names are just metaphors. To get too literal about all of this is disrespectful to the mystery and carries the potential for harmful fundamentalism. It also disempowers us, tempting us to shirk personal responsibility for our lives and for our part in the care of all of creation. To remain in the mystery, to steep ourselves in questions of what Soul and Spirit MIGHT be instead of what they “are” keep us fresh, open, and alive. To keep a poetic sense of Soul and Spirit helps us to see the Sacred in ourselves and in everything, fostering respect for all of life.
Here’s a short reading about Soul and Spirit:
- What is Soul? 6 of Wands, reversed. Soul is the most familiar part of the inner self, the supported self-image, the deep recycled life-force within, and the constant identity that only we ourselves know.
- What is Spirit? Moon, upright. Spirit is the reflection of something even greater than itself, an external source of feedback and guidance, a helpful light in life’s dim places, and an imaginative dream.
- OK, now I’m curious. What is the “something greater” that Spirit reflects? 2 of Wands, upright. The valued and affirmed self, the choice to be oneself, and nature’s fiery “big yes”.
All right, my friends. Let’s have some comments about this. What is Soul to you? What is Spirit to you? What are your own interpretations of the cards I got? What cards did you get from your own deck in response to the above questions, and what did they tell you? Let’s share.
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