The Makings of a Parent

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Adapted from Joanna Powell Colbert’s Gaian Tarot, “Guardians”

(Feel free to substitute pronouns for your own need)

Holding Life in your hands –
Loving it with giving counsel.
Guardians, Ancestors in the making.
You will prepare the way for descendants yet to come.

Brother, Son, Husband, Friend, and now Father;
Fathers show how “when passions are shared and combined they can create a bonfire big enough to light up the entire sky.”
They show how to be nurturing, creative, productive, and being fulfilled in the explorations of self.
They set an example of a life well-lived and well-loved.
A Father teaches how to pay attention to what has true meaning where only the heart resides.
With a warm heart, a Father guards and nurtures personal power, passion, and transformation.
A Father knows how to channel the life force silently but powerfully, seeing and hearing clearly in the dark.
This is what you will do.

Sister, Daughter, Wife, Friend, and now Mother;
Mothers show how to “open our hearts to compassion, intuition, and deep love.”
They show how to be nurturing, creative, productive, and being fulfilled in the explorations of self.
They set an example of a life well-lived and well-loved.
A Mother teaches how to see straight through to the core of things where only truth remains.
With a natural radiance, a Mother guards and nurtures forgiveness, peace, dreams, and healing.
A Mother knows how to encourage harmony silently but powerfully, seeing and hearing clearly in the dark.
This is what you will do.

The Guardian’s time is a scary but fulfilling time.
The time in between adulthood and elderhood.
Between youth and old age.
Between valley and mountain.
Waterfall and sky.
Their time is the evening,
When sun holds the horizon.
A wise parent, Joyce Maynard has said, “It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”
In seeking these wild and liminal times and places in Nature, we gain deep peacefulness of soul and find the strength to keep calm in the midst of a storm.

The Parent teaches us to “seek out these wild and magical places that fill our hearts with gratitude.”

The Guardian is also known for kindness and has as skill for deep talking,
Deep listening too.
They open sacred space
Wherever they are, because they know that any place, any time, can be a container for the Sacred
With right vision and intention.
Gentle and strong, a Parent spins and weaves
Harmony
In the tapestry of home and community
To one day, with a prayer and many tears, be the one to let go and watch their child fly.
The Guardian knows most of all how to say “Fly free, I will always love you.”

In all of these actions, the Parent and Guardian knows,
The Deep Truth that these are all riches beyond measure.

The Guardians:
The Protectors.
The Tired Keepers of the Crib.
The Creators of Life and Innocence,
Sing songs, and shout prayers to the four winds.

The Makings of a Parent are simple:
They are living life through,
And they are determined to see that life
Continues, generation to generation.
Until the end and beginning again of
Life’s Great Poetry.
Until the end and beginning again of
Life’s Great Mystery.

Photography courtesy of Andy Kainz Photography

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