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What I See:Gaian-Tarot-Child-Earth

I love that look of concentration on his face. I can almost hear his little voice saying, ” I know there’s something special inside.” Of course, cutting crosswise reveals the pentacle within the apple.

He’s obviously a toddler, requiring naps and nighttime sleep. Rabbits are most active at dawn and dusk. I think of half remembered dreams. I think of how the brain recharges and stores what we’ve learned during the day. I think of the amazing changes a child of this age goes through from day to day.

General Earth element/Pentacles suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Earth.

Light (upright) Reading:

It’s a time of learning and connecting.

  • Keywords: Watchful, Secure, Fascinated, Diligent, or Loving.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of “keeping up with the Joneses.”

  • Keywords: Coveting, Critical, Hedonism, Neurotic, or Obsessive.

Plots:

Perhaps seeing an old place through the eyes of a child. How about exploring the world through one sense? Or maybe a child’s secret spot, hideaway? What about trying something for the first time?

As the Earth aspect of Earth, this child would be like a “bull in a china shop” when indoors, perhaps a fish out of water type of tale? An outdoorsy story?

How about a story about a child prodigy? Perhaps explore a mental disability.

  • Child Themes: Curiosity, Hope, Innocence, Opening, Trust, Beginnings, Novelty, Growth, Study, or Apprenticeship.

Historically, according to Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner, the Page of Pentacles referred to a “dark youth, a young officer or soldier, or a child.” Perhaps, that’s a physical description of your MC. Or maybe he’s just dark inside? How about a wounded warrior story?

Characters:

“By connecting to my body and the natural world, I find my center.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Merchants, Business, and Professional class.

MBTI: ISFP (Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

Children/Pages/Princesses are an equal mix of E6: Devil’s Advocate, Loyalist, Troubleshooter, and/or Guardian.

  • Self Image — I do my duty
  • Passion — Fear
  • Virtue — Courage
  • Narcissistic Trap — Security
  • Avoids — Deviance
  • Speaking Style — Warning or Limiting

E6 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

and E9: Mediator, Peacemaker, and/or Preservationist

  • Self Image — I am content
  • Passion — Indolence, Laziness, or Accidia
  • Virtue — Diligence
  • Narcissistic Trap — Self-abasement
  • Avoids — Conflict
  • Speaking Style — Monotonous or Rambling

E9 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

You will have to decide which fits your character best.

Additionally, look up one of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Domestics, Elementary Education, Students, Bookkeeper, Secretary/Executive Assistants, Archivist, Librarian, Animal Trainer, Financial Speculator, and Child-Care.
  • Recreation: Hatha Yoga, Camping, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Pilates, and Anything that knocks out stress and helps them connect with nature.

For more information on the Children in general, please refer back to Child of Water.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

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