SoulCollage is a creative activity that is unique for everyone. Sometimes newbies find that a flood of cards pour out of them when they first begin their practice, almost as if they had been waiting to be expressed. Other times, newcomers like to take a more structured approach, covering all the bases of the traditional Four Suits of SoulCollage. There is no right way to go about it, and no matter where you are in your SoulCollage practice, you can delve into the Four Suits as a way to deepen your practice.
In this post I'm going to explain in detail the Four Suits of SoulCollage as well as the Transpersonal Dimension, and give examples of each one. It's important to remember that when you set out to make a card, you may be completely guided by your intuition working with the images and you may not know which of the Four Suits it fits into until after the card is complete and you have a chance to let it speak, which will help you identify its essential energetic qualities.
The Transpersonal Dimension: The Source, The SoulEssence and The Witness
You are invited to create these three cards as a subjective and inevitably limited expression of the Oneness before and beyond Manifestation – the place where all comes from and all returns to. Being Transpersonal, they do not speak so they are never consulted. They are not in duality and have no “shadow.” During a Reading (a consultation of one’s own deck) they are displayed in the center to hold the sacredness of the space and to remind us of the interconnectedness of all things. They are the fabric of which all the other cards are the threads. They stand for the silent “voice” of the Spirit that longs for union with the Mystery.
The Council Suit (The Archetypal Dimension)
Examples are: Compassion, The Element of Air, and Magical Sage.
These are the invisible muses, guides, challengers, gods and destroyers who dwell in the realm of the invisible. According to Jung they originate in the collective unconscious. They are known in many cultures by different names, yet they bring similar gifts. By consulting a Council card, we visit the source of our passions, the force of our strengths, and the longings of our soul.
The Committee Suit (The Psychological Dimension)
Examples shown here are: My Storyteller Self; Giving & Receiving; and Wings of Change.
The cards in this Suit represent the many inner parts of the personality, recurring emotions and the roles we play. One may perceive them as unlikable, challenging, useful, or very valuable, and yet they all contain both light and shadow and are all here to stay. They may cooperate or there might be conflict because one aspect claims a larger share of the limelight than it deserves. By consulting a Committee card we have the opportunity to discover its positive purpose and reclaim our inner balance.
The Community Suit: The Social Dimension
Examples are: Leonora Fini, Garp: Who? Me?, and Seena.
In these cards we choose to honor friends, family members, ancestors, colleagues, mentors, teachers, pets as well as special places, plants, or objects with which we have a special emotional connection in the physical realm (not in the archetypal one). The beings hosted here are external and concrete. They can be living or dead, actually personally known, or admired at a distance; like artists, authors or inspiring members of the community. By consulting a Community card we benefit from the unique gift and perspective of the “being” there represented.
The Companion Suit: The Energetic Dimension
Examples are: 4th Chakra: Swan, 5th Chakra: Wolf Pack, 6th Chakra: Eagle
Each of the Companion cards represents one of the energy centers in the body, called Chakras in the Yogic tradition. An animal totem or “Companion” is encountered through a guided visualization in order to receive the surprise our inner wisdom is ready to offer. Once the right image is found, this Companion is represented on a card. This is the only Suit that has a fixed number of cards. When consulting a Companion card, we access the instinctual vitality of the body and the metaphorical vibration of the animal that inhabits each center.
Do you find yourself creating more of one suit than the others? How do you tell which suit a card belongs to? I would love to hear about your experiences creating cards in the Four Suits in the comments section below.