The Gaian Tarot – An Interview With Joanna Powell Colbert

Gaian Tarot Oracle
I recently began writing a review of the wonderful Gaian Tarot, created by Joanna Powell Colbert. Communication with Joanna regarding permission to use the artwork on my Tarot blog quickly became chatty and as luck would have it, she kindly agreed to a short interview based on the Gaian Tarot. This post is that interview, the review will follow in a couple of days. Enjoy.

Where did the Gaian Tarot begin for you?
I had the desire to create a deck of my own back in the mid-80’s when I was deep into Goddess and Tarot studies, especially of the Motherpeace and RWS decks. But the thought of painting 78 cards was daunting. (Little did I know . . .) Later on, in the late 90’s, I went through a period of time where I let go of all my esoteric interests like tarot, astrology and ritual. I moved to a small, rural island, built a straw bale house with my husband and started a wilderness awareness course of studies — learning about the native plants and animals, going deep into the Spirit of Place.

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Using The Question As A Significator

Showing Elemental Dignities In A Traditional Circle
Following on from my post that explored using an elemental base in your Tarot readings, in this post I want to share with you a technique I’ve been working on that expands on that, and also brings into play the use of a significator in Tarot readings.
Normally associated with Tarot Court Cards, a significator is used to represent the client in a Tarot reading. Significators have seen a general decline in popularity in recent times, and I’ve never been a great fan or user of them, as I discussed in my introduction to using the Celtic Cross spread. If we get a little creative though, there are some great uses for a significator in Tarot readings, so long as we leave behind the traditional spreads like the Celtic Cross and opt for something with more room to move.

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Adding An Elemental Base To Your Readings

One way to gain clarity and add an extra layer of meaning to your Tarot card readings is to add an Elemental Base to them. Usually confined to Elemental Dignities, it is possible to add an Elemental Base to any Tarot reading to help structure, or anchor it. Adding an Elemental Base to a Tarot reading is simply a process of assigning an element to the question being asked.
This is an easier process with fewer Tarot cards, say three or five. A Celtic Cross spread would be more challenging, but still possible. What you would be looking for is how the elements of the cards interact with the elemental base.

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Tarot Court Cards – Queens


All four queens of the Tarot Court Cards are instantly recognisable – we know them up close and personal as invariably they are our mothers. Generally associated with mature women, this age range I feel is becoming wider as more and more younger women become mothers too. It’s safe to say though that we accept the Tarot Court Card queens as emotionally, spiritually, intellectually and generally more mature through life experience.
As inner processes, and events they represent creativity, the creative process and ideas, and seeing the fruits of the efforts of those ideas. They bring a warm, nurturing element to a reading and can also be seen as a right of passage for a woman – embodying and accepting womanhood, femininity and sexuality.

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Scorpio Music

A guest post by Mick Frankel…

…Introduction by Catherine
Working his way through the genres in search of music that is true to Scorpion depth and emotion, he finds this in 1960’s gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Mick does a grand job in showing the link between Mahalia’s music, her style, her personality and her Scorpio birth chart.

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How To Finally Conquer The Tarot Court Cards


For many years I was troubled by the Tarot Court Cards. I had trouble remembering them, their personalities and attributes. The bigger picture was missing for me, not to mention the finer details! I tried many methods in an effort to assist in my learning and remembering of them, but I had one fairly large hurdle to overcome – my memory! It’s just not up to speed, it doesn’t matter which way I look at it – I have a flaw!
All joking aside though, it has hindered me somewhat; though learning and memorising the rest of my tarot decks was easier for a couple of reasons:

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Sub-Elements In Tarot Cards

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A phenomenon you will come across during Tarot card study and Tarot readings are sub-elements and contradictory elements. Mainly associated with the Rider Waite-Smith Tarot deck and decks inspired by it, at its most simplistic explanation, sub-elements are those underlying elements that are secondary to the main one normally associated with a Tarot card. They can either compliment the main element and theme of the Tarot card, or they can in fact appear contradictory.

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