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What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Elder-EarthWhat, er, who I see is Maria Zannini, though I’m not sure she spins wool…yet 😉 Maria embodies this card. She’s homesteading, doing her share to minimize her footprint on Mother Earth. The colors on this card makes me think of autumn. The wheelbarrow is full of apples, speaking to this woman reaping what she sowed. I see gentleness and strength, represented by the deer in the background.

The book talks about the Three Fates: She Who Spins, She Who Weaves, and She Who Cuts the Thread of Life. “She will play each of those roles in turn, but as for today, she spins.”

General Earth element/Pentacles suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Earth.

Light (upright) Reading:

You embrace simplicity and self-sufficiency.

  • Keywords: Self-Sufficient, Successful, Dependable, Realistic, or Sensual.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of trying to prove wort

  • Keywords: Stubborn, Lethargic, Philistine, Dogmatic, or Miserly.

Plots:

What about a pioneer, or homesteading, tale? Maybe a time-travel story. Or, perhaps a commune or native peoples whose life centers on Mother Earth, Gaia.

Maybe a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, or some other tale involving a spinning wheel. Perhaps explore the Three Fates. Or any of the Triple Goddess tales.

How about a self-made man story? A philanthropist? Perhaps your tale explores the flip side, the miser or someone “who is seeking to prove their worth by showing off their wealth.”

  • Elder Themes: Competence, Authority, Respect, Decision Making, Mastery, Leadership, or Prowess.

Characters:

“I spin a prosperous and abundant life for myself and those I love.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

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

MBTI: ESFJ (Extroverted Sensing Feeling Judging)

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

Elders/Kings are E2: Helper and/or Giver

  • Self Image — I help
  • Passion — Pride
  • Virtue — Freedom
  • Narcissistic Trap — Service
  • Avoids — Needs
  • Speaking Style — Flattering or Advising

E2 people are relationship oriented. They are concerned with what others think of them, image and prestige. They see themselves as being for others and often believe they know what’s best. They dislike being alone and may feel sad or inadequate.

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

  • Careers: Financier, Stockbroker, Investments, Real Estate, Wine, Insurance, Chef, Entertainers, Coaches/Trainers, and Craftsman.
  • Recreation: Weight-Lifting, Body Building, Football, Hiking, Camping, and Anything that tests endurance.

For more information on the Elders in general, please refer back to the Elder of Fire.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

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