The Path Within

The Last Path Within Tarot Course

Hello Bright Ones, we are drawing up to Spring and as the wheel turns I am being called to travel more with The Swan Blessing and shamanic sessions. Along with these new travel commitments I am feeling a calling to do deeper work more personally, one-to-one in private consultation. This means I will be bringing my teaching circles to an end for a while and I will no longer be able to offer The Path Within Tarot and Spiritual Development Course. I have felt a calling to commit to our work with The Swan Blessing shamanic past life clearing and The Black Swan work embracing our Dark Sister to understand the Shadow. In this potent time of change I have noticed sessions becoming deeper and raw and very beautiful as we cast of the chains of fear and ties to the past to step into the path of the fearless healer, teacher, artists, lovers...to honour the raw and beautiful changes in our clients I must be so very present and committed to this work alone.

The Seer  - Wildwood Tarot  http://thewildwoodtarot.com/

For all of you who have journeyed in these circles over the many years, I thank you with all my heart and wish you well on your own adventures with this beautiful intuitive tool. In a Tarot sense, I feel I am moving after many years of The Empress into The High Priestess or The Seer as I like to call her. For all of those beautiful souls familiar with this card and energy, it is also a time of connecting deeper with my own ancestor teachers and the creative well of my heart to complete creative projects that have been waiting for me to have space enough to complete them with full attention and intention. This will see the birth of the long awaited Beyond the 9th Wave journeying and meditation cd, healing cds, encaustic art oracle and channeled booklet and animal messenger totem oracle deck.

The Seeker - Gaian Tarot   www.gaiantarot.com

And so it is that the last The Path Within will begin on the first week in September. In this last journey of The Path we will focus particularly on reading intuitively in YOUR OWN WAY and trusting your way. I will be reading with The Gaian Tarot as well as the traditional decks as I feel The Gaian Tarot is the spirit of the new evolving energy of the Tarot. I encourage you to choose a Tarot deck that speaks to your heart with it's beauty - a deck that seems to speak from image alone. If you feel called, there are 3 places left and I hope to set you all on a path towards your own mastery as a Tarot Reader - I'll try and squeeze in EVERYTHING I know! You can read full details of the course here: http://www.sacredfamiliar.com/p/tarot-readings-and-courses.html

Oceans of love as the frontiers open to new horizons for us all,

keep dreaming, Julia

The Gaian Tarot - Interview with Joanna Powell Colbert

The Gaian Tarot website.
Last night as we stepped into the second step of The Path Within we looked at the beautiful new Tarot deck created by visionary artist Joanna Powell Colbert, The Gaian Tarot. I have also begun reading for clients with this beautiful Tarot deck and have already noticed that it's imagery and message of connection to Mother Earth has brought a wonderful new pathway to hope for many. 
Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Joanna about her creative process:
Well known for her Goddess portraits and mythic art, Joanna Powell Colbert has created a Tarot deck dedicated to Earth Spirituality. Just looking at The Gaian Tarot images makes me feel instantly calm. I am forever inspired by Joanna and her ability to juggle her work as an artist, writer, teacher and deep love of Tarot & the Earth. The Gaian Tarot took Joanna nine years to complete - 9 the number of completion -  and the 9 of Earth features Joanna herself in a field of lavender. Often it's hard for us to keep inspired about our creative projects & so I asked Joanna how she managed to keep up her ‘fire’ during the long and necessary gestation of her Tarot deck. 
What was the first 'seed' of inspiration for your deck? 
Joanna: ‘I was at a festival in late 2000 where a dozen or so people came up to my vending table, looked at my Goddess art, and said:  "Didn't you do a Tarot deck?"  It felt like a divine message to me.  As I went out for a walk one day, trying to choose a theme for the deck, it hit me all of a sudden:  I needed to merge my love for my naturalist studies and my love for Mother Earth with my love for the Tarot.  That was a theme that would interest and sustain me over the long haul.

How did you 'fire' yourself up to create your deck over such a long period of time & what were the benefits of taking your time with it? 
J: ‘Well I never intended to take such a long time with it.  Life just got in the way — earning a living, caretaking my elderly father, etc etc.  Plus I chose a medium (colored pencil) that is extremely time-intensive.   But every time I started a new card, I did get fired up — very excited by the idea behind the card, the symbolism, the color scheme and composition.  I always said that my favorite card is the one I just completed.  I was always a little bit in love with the most recent one.
    I grew into my elderhood during the nine years that I created the deck.  I moved from my 40's into my 50's.  I buried my father and became a grandmother.  I left my beloved island home and moved back to (small) city living. I dealt with some significant health issues. So there were major life transitions that took place during the time I created the deck.  All of my life wisdom up to this point is wrapped up in those cards.  

What beliefs or old patterns did you have to cast into the fire of transformation to embrace such a project? 
The feeling that I was a fraud as a professional artist because I work from photographs; the belief that I wasn't good enough to pull the project off and that it wasn't good enough to be published.  The community of people that followed the evolution of the deck on my blog really helped me to stay focused and excited about the deck, because they were all waiting for it and gave me such great feedback on it.’
     

Thank you again Joanna! 
I look forward to teaching and sharing this deck with you all in our classes, healings and Tarot Readings. May the Gaian Tarot inspire you to have trust in your own heart's dreams and patience as as they take root at the Spring Equinox this Friday. 

The Path Within - Last Tarot Course for 2011


Hello Everyone,

I have just 2 places left in the final course of The Path Within. This circle will open on Full Moon, Monday 12th September and finish up at the ancient earth festival of Beltane on 31st October. This group will be very small - strictly limited to 6 participants only so that we can work deeply and will be the last time that I offer The Path Within for 2011. 

If you feel called to study the Tarot as a tool for creating healing, to reconnect to nature and to open up a direct pathway of communication with your Higher Self, please let me know,

Warm Wishes,

Julia