Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot

Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot

by Vicki Noble
     
 

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TAROT / WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY

The Motherpeace Tarot has been a wise and loving oracle. A clear mirror that constantly shows the truest face.”
--Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

“I recommend Vicki Noble and Motherpeace to any person interested in healing the deep spiritual as well asSee more details below

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TAROT / WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY

The Motherpeace Tarot has been a wise and loving oracle. A clear mirror that constantly shows the truest face.”
--Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

“I recommend Vicki Noble and Motherpeace to any person interested in healing the deep spiritual as well as ecological wounds of our time.”
--Marija Gimbutas, author of The Living Goddess

“Vicki’s voice is unique and authentic in the women’s spirituality movement.”
--Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award-winning actress

“We desperately need to hear more voices like Vicki Noble’s, voices of women who not only hear but respond to the cries of the world. In Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot, she helps us to find the voice of our greater knowing, and our greater power to act.”
--John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America

Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot presents a unique system for spiritual development that taps into and manifests the divine feminine using the Motherpeace deck. Created during the crest of the woman’s spiritual movement, the Mother- peace deck was the first multicultural tarot designed specifically for women. Depicting people of color, older women, children, animals, and balanced roles for men and women, the deck embraces images from ancient cultures and contemporary tribal peoples to convey the fundamental principles of cooperation, relatedness, egalitarianism, and ecstatic communion. In Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot Vicki Noble teaches how to use the diverse imagery of the Motherpeace deck to read the past, present, and future; invoke good health on all levels; nurture one’s relationships; receive divine guidance during critical decision-making; and celebrate sacred holidays. She offers daily meditative practices, rights of passage, ritual readings, and seasonal celebrations appropriate for both beginners and those who have extensive knowledge of tarot.

VICKI NOBLE is a feminist, healer, scholar, teacher, and cocreator (with Karen Vogel) of the original round Motherpeace deck that has found its way into over two hundred thousand homes around the world. She is the author of The Double Goddess, Shakti Woman, Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess, and The Motherpeace Tarot Playbook (with Jonathan Tenney). She lives in the mountains near Santa Cruz, California.

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Editorial Reviews

The Motherpeace Tarot has been a wise and loving oracle. A clear mirror that constantly shows the truest face.
Alice Walker
The Motherpeace Tarot has been a wise and loving oracle. A clear mirror that constantly shows the truest face.”
Nellie Levine
"Will help every woman who enjoys tarot to grow as a woman, (and) progress in her spirituality."
Marija Gimbutas
“I recommend Vicki Noble and Motherpeace to any person interested in healing the deep spiritual as well as ecological wounds of our time.”
Olympia Dukakis
“Vicki’s voice is unique and authentic in the women’s spirituality movement.”
John Robbins
“We desperately need to hear more voices like Vicki Noble’s, voices of women who not only hear but respond to the cries of the world. In Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot, she helps us to find the voice of our greater knowing, and our greater power to act.”
Cerridwen Shea
"Encourages active and balanced thinking towards a problem."
From the Publisher
The Motherpeace Tarot has been a wise and loving oracle. A clear mirror that constantly shows the truest face.”

“I recommend Vicki Noble and Motherpeace to any person interested in healing the deep spiritual as well as ecological wounds of our time.”

“Vicki’s voice is unique and authentic in the women’s spirituality movement.”

“We desperately need to hear more voices like Vicki Noble’s, voices of women who not only hear but respond to the cries of the world. In Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot, she helps us to find the voice of our greater knowing, and our greater power to act.”

"Encourages active and balanced thinking towards a problem."

"Will help every woman who enjoys tarot to grow as a woman, (and) progress in her spirituality."

Academy Award–winning actress Olympia Dukakis
“Vicki’s voice is unique and authentic in the women’s spirituality movement.”
author of Diet for a New America John Robbins
“We desperately need to hear more voices like Vicki Noble’s, voices of women who not only hear but respond to the cries of the world. In Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot, she helps us to find the voice of our greater knowing, and our greater power to act.”
author of The Color Purple Alice Walker
The Motherpeace Tarot has been a wise and loving oracle. A clear mirror that constantly shows the truest face.”
author of The Living Goddess Marija Gimbutas
“I recommend Vicki Noble and Motherpeace to any person interested in healing the deep spiritual as well as ecological wounds of our time.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591438588
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
02/10/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
648,105
File size:
2 MB

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Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot

Chapter 3
Shifting With Fate
(Major Arcana)
In the last chapter 1 discussed the difference between fate and free will and offered a reading layout for learning how to find a balance between the two. In this chapter I will go more deeply into the Major Arcana cards themselves and make suggestions on how you might handle the powerful influx of fateful forces and energies into your life. We are at a notable disadvantage in the West in regard to the so-called big energies because we cling to a rigid sense of our personal identities and our beliefs about the world. Historically Christianity has demonized the dark, invisible forces that earlier generations of Europeans took for granted, while scientific materialism denied that they existed. Westerners--and especially Americans--are the only culture in the world that denies the presence of the 'little people" or fairies, the intelligent consciousness of plants and animals, and the vibrations of the planets and stars.
Through our cultural denial of such invisible, magical forces, we have habitually contracted our invisible energy bodies (often called auras) until they fit inside our physical bodies, isolating us and making it seem as if we are smaller than we are. Although our energy bodies are linked with our physical bodies, esoteric teachings tell us that they have the capacity to extend out from our physical bodies into the space around us, and ultimately to receive impressions from anywhere on the planet out into the universe, as well as engaging in interspecies communication. In the rock art and cave paintings of our ancestors on every continent, it would seem that these extended energy bodies were part of every culture's shamanistic or sacred woridview. Early traditions suggest that out-of-body experiences were common, and "shaman flight" was practiced by individuals for healing as well as collectively in ecstatic religious rites.
In order to effectively handle the incoming transformational energies of certain Major Arcana, such as the Tower or the Death card, it helps to stretch ourselves and become more flexible--psychically, emotionally, and mentally--so that the changes that want to happen can take place with the least disturbance on the physical plane. Otherwise every transformative experience will be linked with bodily difficulties, such as accidents or illness, and outerworld shatterings (for example, losing your job, your mate, your house, and so on).
There is a way to "dance" with the energies and forces, but it takes practice and a fluid sense of identity If the ego has congealed around a fixed or rigid sense of itself--that is, if you identify with or have become permanently wedded to who you think you are then you will experience an "ego death," which may be quite uncomfortable, even debilitating.
Sometimes women are one step ahead in this process of spiritual development, because development of women's ego identities has in part been thwarted by Western culture, and there isn't such a rigid identity to let go of. But by the same token, it takes a strong sense of self in order to be fearless before the powers and energies of the invisible world. Often the process for women on the spiritual path involves on the one hand developing a creative ego, and on the other, letting go of ego patterns.You need to feel anchored to something solid or certain, something that is really there, in order to be able to let go into something. For those of us in Women's Spirituality, that something is the Goddess or the deep structure of the Mother, which we have learned to trust to safely hold us. When we let go of the enormous effort of holding ourselves together, we find that there is a safety net in the deeper psychic structure into which we have anchored ourselves through ritual.' This is the structure of natural law ruled by the Fates.
In my classes, I have often suggested to my women students that they make an effort to identify with the snake and its magical ability to shed its skin.The snake is the female totem par excellence, and figurines of women who are part snake exist from the Neolithic period and later in various parts of the world. These snake women help us to understand in a metaphoric way women's special ability to change and transform, which is connected with the lunar cycles and our periodic menstruation. Think about it. Every month for much of our lives, we women bleed and shed our (inner) skins, the lining of the uterus. In shamanism it is necessary to practice or rehearse death, in order to become proficient at moving from one dimension to another at will. Shamans are the experts at going into trance and journeying out of the body to other realms, and by having their periods, women spontaneously practice this feat every month with regularity'
The snake is also the symbol of spiritual energy, known as kundalini, which is pictured in yoga as a coiled snake resting at the base of the spine, waiting to be awakened through spiritual practices. However, this kundalini energy is spontaneously catalyzed every month during the bleeding time, creating a strong psychic experience for many women, even though we may not have known what to do with it! Over the course of a woman's life, there are many opportunities for such spontaneous awakenings of the kundalini energy; which is believed in India to belong naturally to women. The kundalini itself is often depicted or discussed as being a great snake who is a goddess, and when awakened, "she" rises up your spine through your chakras or energy centers, bringing cosmic consciousness and supernatural powers called siddhis. One of the most likely contexts for the awakening of "kundalini-Shakti"--the creative fire--is through the act of natural birth, which any midwife will attest to.

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