Some of you know that since last June, I’ve been enrolled in a year-long medicine wheel mentorship with Dakota Walker through the Gaia Wisdom School. It’s an immersion into the sacred medicine wheel, also known as the wheel of the year. Each season, we’ve experienced ways to re-connect to the natural energy of the seasons and at the same time, have done some deep soul work that has helped me grow in ways I never imagined.
Reconnecting with this energy has made me a more soulful Tarot reader, too. Going really deep into these energetic studies has suddenly given me words to describe and frame the things that have been happening inside me every season for my whole life. But now I understand it in my mind and my heart.
The Wheel Of the Year, also called the medicine wheel in some spiritual traditions, is an age-old tool that helps us find some sacred purpose in our days. It provides us with a means for marking the changing of the seasons so we can be grounded in our place and time.
Giving myself permission and making it a priority to participate in this medicine wheel work has probably been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Here’s a basic rundown on the wheel and the energy of each of the seasons:
South Direction: the south is associated with the summer. In Ayurveda, this is Pitta time when everything is hot. Our digestion is naturally functioning high at this time of the year, we have more energy, and our intuition is sharp. This is where we examine our emotions and our sacred relationships to each other and ourselves. We celebrate the summer solstice during this cycle, the time when we thank the sun for nourishing us as we prepare for the return of the dark.
West Direction: the west is associated with autumn, and the transformation and shedding of things that don’t work for us. In Ayurveda, this is the start of Vata time when things get cold and start to move quickly. Our digestion starts to cool off, resulting in a craving for sweet, warm, and well-cooked foods. Sleep may be disturbed. This is when we start to examine the lives of our ancestors and work on forgiveness of others and ourselves. Our shadow sides begin to emerge for us to examine and accept. We celebrate Samhain during this cycle – in some cultures, this holiday is considered the New Year!
North Direction: the north is associated with winter and the 3rd eye chakra, our inner knowing. In Ayurveda, this is Vata/Kapha time where everything is cold and wet and damp and moving quickly. Storms blow through, our digestion is at its lowest. Sleep can be easily disturbed, and many people notice symptoms of depression and disconnection. This is when we examine our spirituality and our spiritual connection. It’s a great time to connect or re-connect with our spirit guides and develop spiritual practices. We celebrate the winter solstice in this direction when we welcome back the light during the darkest days of the year. We also celebrate Imbolc, the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox!
East Direction: the east is associated the spring and our vision of our lives. This is the energy that is associated with where we do our work in the world. In Ayurveda, this is the energy of Kapha: heavy, wet, growing, building. Our digestion begins to slowly improve and we sleep a little better. This is the perfect time to do a dietary or media cleanse to prepare us as we figure out what seeds we want to plant in our lives. We celebrate Beltane and the spring equinox during this cycle, when the earth is fertile and ready to bring forth new ideas and visions!
Learning how to live in the flow of this energy has given me a greater appreciation of how I can bring it into my Tarot readings, and I’m starting to associate each season with my Tarot and Oracle decks. Some of them just feel more appropriate for each season than others – which makes sense, right? The energy of each deck is so different, why shouldn’t we switch them up to go with the prevalent energy of the season?
In the next few weeks, I’ll be blogging a bit about Tarot and Oracle decks I like for each season. As if you needed one more reason to buy another deck, right? Stay tuned for some fun stuff!