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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Fortune

Weekly Tarotcast™: 6-19-18 through 6-26-18

Fortune

The weekly Tarotcast card is Fortune (known as the Wheel of Fortune in many decks). We’ll be experiencing a lot of changes this week. The traditional interpretation of this card is good luck. That’s only partially true – this is the card of our luck – or fortunes – changing: that can mean if our fortunes have been bad, they’re likely to change for the better. But if they’ve been good, the wheel is turning, so it’s a good idea to watch out for obstacles or pitfalls. This card can represent the risk-taker; one who is willing to gamble on an opportunity, not necessarily certain of the result, but able to turn a lucky break to his or her own advantage.

The card symbolizes the only constant in our lives: change. No matter the current situation, remember that it is not forever. The Wheel turns; the cycle changes and progresses; and all that is now will pass away, giving birth to new experiences, circumstances and connections.

This card also represents the Wheel of Karma; there is a feeling that events coming to pass are beyond our control. Understand that whatever is occurring has been created by our deeds and thoughts. The law of Karma operates independently of the concept of blind luck.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 21, joining sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy) to sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (meaning Victory). Its Hebrew letter is Kaph, meaning the palm of the hand, and this is an apt image for either the fortune we’re born with (as palmistry would interpret what is written in the lines found there) or the fortune we make through the things we do and the actions we take – what we create through our own efforts.

Astrologically, this card is the planetary trump of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. This is the planet of expansion – bigger, better, more.

In real time astrology, the Sun moves into Water-sign Cancer on June 21st. While the Sun moves through this sentimental, emotional, and somewhat secretive sign, we may find our focus shifting to home, family and how we establish and maintain security.

Jupiter is retrograde in Cancer’s fellow Water-sign Scorpio (through July 10th). Jupiter retrograde can be extremely beneficial. During this forecast period we may be focused on transformative changes, death/rebirth, and other deeply personal philosophies and concepts. As we are drawn inward into Scorpio’s mysterious realm, we may be reevaluating our personal lives, relationships or careers. Jupiter retro can be an undisguised blessing for helping us reach a resolution.

On June 18th Neptune begins its retrograde transit of its home Water-sign Pisces. This is a challenging time for honoring limits and boundaries. We’re likely to be more disorganized and have trouble following a routine. We may find ourselves restless and dissatisfied. Watch out for the tendency to take the easy way out, or any other escapist tendencies; it’s better to take clear-minded and well-considered action.

Ending up this forecast period, Mars begins its retrograde transit of Air-sign Aquarius. The energy of this transit makes it difficult for us to act unless we are totally committed and believe completely in the situation or cause we’re dealing with. We are strong supporters of our cause or idea but we may spend more time thinking about it than doing something about it.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes feelings of fatalism, disempowerment and a perceived lack of control over our own course in life.

Let’s focus on the positives, which promise that we can always roll with the inevitable changes that come naturally in life, and that we can gain greater awareness when we transcend polarity (good/bad, up/down, light/dark, etc.)

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include violet, bright blue, purple and yellow.

Sapphire, amethyst or diamond worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will keep you feeling optimistic and help you take educated and informed “risks.”

This week’s metal is tin – not great for wearing, but often used to improve the strength and flexibility of other metals. So, it’s a good reminder of the powers of adaptation and transformation.

Scent your home, bath and body with poppy and honeysuckle to use Jupiter’s expansive energy to your benefit; recognize opportunities and take some intelligent risks.

Foods prepared with mint, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and sage will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Magus

Weekly Tarotcast™: 6-12-18 through 6-19-18

The Magus

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Magus – also called the Magician, and in some very old decks, the Juggler. We’re invited to become the conscious creators of our reality this week. Through our imaginations and our ability to think and visualize, we translate ideas into action. Self-confidence and a sense of personal power are ours to enjoy!

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, the Magician travels path 12, joining sephiroth or sphere 1, Kether (the Crown); to sephiroth or sphere 3, Binah (Understanding). Our conscious connection to the divine coupled with knowing the way things work manifests in the real world as solid, material results. The Hebrew letter assigned to this card is Beth, which means “house” and that encompasses the concepts of both our personal home and household as well as the House of God – the temple.

Astrologically, this card is the planetary trump of Mercury, the planet of mental agility and quickness. Like many of the old gods, Mercury is a bit of a contradiction. Known as Hermes to the Greeks, he is a trickster and even a deceiver. But to both the Greeks and the Romans, he also embodies creativity, new beginnings – and in his role as the messenger of the Gods, news and communication of all kinds. In our 21st century world – this especially means electronic communication and the internet – so watch your e-mail and make sure you keep your cell phone charged and handy.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Air-sign Gemini (through June 21st). Gemini is one of the signs ruled by Mercury, so the planetary energy here is comfortable and very much at home. On June 13th we’ll experience a New Moon in Gemini giving us an opportunity for a fresh start. Our curiosity sparks learning while our communication and social skills improve. During this forecast period, we are open-minded to a free flow of information and discovery.

A semi-square between Uranus and Neptune occurs on June 16th. While this may inspire us, we may also be restless and inclined to lose hope if our goals and dreams aren’t manifesting as we’d like. Exercise caution when dealing with impractical plans and avoid going off on tangents.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes abuse or misuse of power, aggression, egotistical and selfish manipulation, dishonesty and deceit.

Let’s focus on the positive aspects this week – assertiveness, bold action, clear and timely communication, beneficial activities and positive channels for our vital energy.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include yellow, purple, grey, indigo and violet.

Diamond, jade, jasper, topaz, aquamarine and iron pyrite worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will enhance our thinking and communicating abilities this week.

Mercury is this week’s metal. It’s not wearable but it’s a good reminder to us that being flexible and adaptable still requires us to stay honest and act with integrity.

Scent your home, bath and body with snapdragon, iris, rosemary, cornflower, valerian, lavender, lilac, and vervain to keep your physical stamina and energy at peak performance.

Foods prepared with parsley, dill, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass, mace and peppermint as well tea brewed from ginseng or peppermint will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Six of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 6-05-18 through 6-12-18

Six of Cups

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Six of Cups. This card represents pleasure in all its many forms – well-being, harmony, natural desires operating without effort or strain, ease and satisfaction; and most definitely including physical and sexual pleasure. Here there is joy, fulfillment and emotional renewal, sometimes linked to our fondest wishes, memories and nostalgia for the past.

When the element of Water is penetrated and fertilized by the Sun, great power is released. The deep satisfaction of nearly-inexhaustible creativity comes through the power of the feminine principle energized by union with the male – the Yin and Yang, as symbolized beautifully in this card.

The sixes of the Minor Arcana restore harmony and balance to their respective suits and elements. After the disruption of the fives – cleansing, regenerating, reassessing and creating conflict in a previously stable system – the sixes bring affirmation, confirmation, validation and solidification.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 6: sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty, sphere of the Sun; energy in complete, balanced manifestation) in the suit of Cups (Briah, the creative world; the element of Water, our emotions) plus the Sun in Scorpio (more on that in a moment) equaling Pleasure.

Astrologically, this card symbolizes the Sun in Scorpio and rules from 10 to 20 degrees Scorpio, or November 2nd through November 12th, so if your birthday falls on or between those dates you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. The Sun brings out the warm, sensuous and even fun-loving side of the Scorpion.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Air-sign Gemini (through June 21st). This energy is perfect for learning, and communication is on the increase. We’re active and social during this transit; a nice complement to the energy of this week’s card.

Mercury enters Scorpio’s fellow Water-sign, Cancer on June 12th, the last day of this forecast period. We will likely be thinking more, speaking less and processing information on a deeper level during this transit. Our intuition is in high gear and our instincts are spot-on. We’re more interested in how things affect us personally, and how they affect our close friends, family and home life. Emotions are likely to be intense and it will be a challenge to remain objective.

Retrograde Jupiter continues its transit of Scorpio (turning direct on July 10th). Sexuality and intimacy are strongly highlighted with this transit. While there is a desire for deep connection, it is probably best to proceed slowly and steadily toward that desire.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes escape from reality and emotional imprisonment in or by the past.

Let’s focus on rich, positive emotional experiences and utilizing our creative power this week.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include yellow, orange, golden yellow, amber and red along with deep blue-green and dark brown.

Topaz, ruby, jet, amber carnelian, diamond and tiger’s eye worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will heighten our physical senses and creativity.

Gold, iron and plutonium are this week’s metals – only gold of course, is really wearable. In this case yellow gold is your best choice. But the strength of iron and the reactivity of plutonium can serve as good reminders of what happens when we release our creative spirit.

Scent your home, bath and body with heather, sweet basil, marigold, orange, rosemary, acacia, cedar, cinnamon, clove, and frankincense to stimulate your creativity and to connect fully with all of your physical senses this week. Feeling seductive? You’ll be dynamite, so be careful!

Foods prepared with sweet basil, sunflower seeds, galangal, oranges, rosemary, cinnamon and clove as well as beverages brewed from hops (beer!) or juniper (gin!), in moderation of course, will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Ten of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-29-18 through 6-05-18

 Ten of Swords

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Ten of Swords.  No trips to happy-land this week, folks. As with all of the other tens of the Minor Arcana, the energy here can’t degenerate any further without completely transforming into the energy of another suit (in this case, the next suit is Disks).  Here, since Swords represent the mind and the intellect – another way of saying the Ego – and, since they are in the final process of destruction, all I can say is “ouch.”  If there is any positive side to this, it’s that despite the pain experienced by the Ego-self, our true Self can come through the process better – and more whole – on the other side.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 10: sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (meaning Kingdom, the sphere of the Earth and the material world) in the suit of Swords (the element of Air, our thoughts and mental faculties, Ruach – the intellectual world) plus the Sun in Gemini (more on that in a moment) equaling Ruin.

Astrologically, this card symbolizes the Sun in Gemini. It rules from 20 to 30 degrees Gemini, or June 11th through June 20th so if your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. The Sun in Gemini is the complete identification of the Ego-Self with the mind and the intellect – a recipe for self-destruction.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is currently transiting Gemini (through June 20th).   We’re likely to be active and curious during this forecast period, but caution is needed in order not to engage in purely mental or intellectual pursuits. Get into your body, and incorporate some physical activity to counter-balance living solely in your head.

On May 29th we’ll experience a Full Moon in Fire-sign Sagittarius, Gemini’s polar opposite on the wheel of the Zodiac. This lunation reminds us to look beyond our normal routines and our usual thoughts, actions and environments. This is a Full Moon of growth and expansion so pay special attention to what you want to promote and increase at this time. Caution is needed not to blow things out of proportion, especially since mental activity will be running high.

Mercury enters Gemini on May 29th (one of its home signs). Mercury’s transit of Gemini is beneficial since this is a comfortable and harmonious placement. We may be quite enthusiastic about learning and sharing with others – again, moderation is required to avoid overdoing a good thing.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes extreme violence – usually intellectual but including emotional and even physical manifestation, and catastrophes of all kinds.

Let’s focus on what actually is positive in this card – the way of liberation through abandonment of and separation from those things which are toxic and no longer serve our highest good.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors for this week include olive, russet, yellow, orange and amber, along with gold.

Mercury and gold are this week’s metals, and while Mercury serves as a symbol of change and adaptability, gold can be worn to remind us of the Sun’s power – to burn and scorch, but also to bring life-giving heat and energy.

Diamond, ruby, jade, topaz, amber and agate worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will also serve to remind us that much like a trip to the dentist, the anticipation of pain is often worse than the pain itself. And, we usually feel much better once it’s over.

Scent your home, bath and body with marigold, heliotrope, juniper, orange, acacia, cedar, cinnamon, clove, and frankincense for powerful “solar” energy this week – and use discretion in wielding that energy.

Foods prepared with sunflower seeds, oranges, or seasoned with galangal, cinnamon, clove, parsley and dill; or beverages made with hops (beer) or juniper (gin) – and trust me, this week some alcohol (in moderation) – may serve truly medicinal purposes  – will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Four of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-22-18 through 5-29-18

 Four of Wands

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Four of Wands. We’ll be focused on committed relationships of all kinds, from business partnerships to friendships and marriage.  Our commitment to others, their commitment to us and our shared endeavors, are all positively influenced by this card’s energy.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the formula 4: sephiroth or sphere 4, of Chesed (meaning Mercy – the sphere of Jupiter and materialization) in the suit of Wands (Atziluth, the archetypal world, the element of Fire – our will) plus Venus in Aries (more on that in a moment) equaling Completion.

The Fours of the Minor Arcana are where the form and structure of their respective elements and suits are stabilized and nurtured for further development and manifestation. They bring unification, domestication, reflection, or gestation in events and situations.

Astrologically, this card represents Venus in Aries and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Aries, or April 11th through April 20th so if your birthday falls on or between these dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us.  This is nicely tuned energy, reminding us that the Aries drive toward achievement and success is best accomplished with the tact, gentleness and diplomacy of Venus.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Air-sign Gemini. Venus is transiting Water-sign Cancer (through June 13th). We seek familiarity, safety and security in our romantic relationships and may find ourselves feeling especially affectionate and sentimental.

Chiron – an asteroid with an erratic orbit, known as the Wounded Healer in astrology, entered Aries in April of this year and completes a long transit of that sign in 2027. This tremendously transformative energy is a great complement to the energy of this forecast period – Aries the Healed Warrior can bring strength, resolve and gentle understanding into his or her own life and into the world.

The completion of a strong and healthy foundation on which to build is offered to us with this week’s energy. Lastly, the Full Moon in Aries fellow Fire-sign Sagittarius on May 29th reminds us to look beyond our normal routines and our usual thoughts, actions and environments. This is a Full Moon of growth and expansion so pay special attention to what you want to promote and increase at this time.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes overestimating ourselves or our abilities, senseless and frantic activity, egotistical self-indulgence and vanity.

Let’s focus on the inner fulfillment, harmonious partnership and aspiration to spiritual ideals that this card can bring.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include Venus’ emerald green, spring green, sky blue and bright rose pink along with Aries’ scarlet red.

Emerald, opal, jade, sapphire, lapis lazuli (for Venus) as well as ruby, bloodstone, diamond, garnet (for Aries) will both energize us and keep us attentive to the feelings and needs of others.

Copper and iron are this week’s metals.  Choose copper for its healing and balancing properties. Iron isn’t great for wearing, but in combination with copper (if the copper is copper sulfate), the two create sparks – like fireworks!

Scent your home, bath and body with wild rose, hibiscus, bergamot, plumeria, violet and magnolia as well apple, vanilla and strawberry to balance drive and strength with fairness this week.

Foods prepared with apple, vanilla and strawberry as well as everyone’s favorite thistle – the artichoke – will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Eight of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-15-18 through 5-22-18

 Eight of Cups

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Eight of Cups.  This is not the cheeriest of the cup cards, but does indicate leaving the past behind and walking away from situations and relationships we’ve outgrown, been disappointed with, or that have simply reached their natural conclusion.  While those actions might be painful, they are often necessary for our further development and can be viewed as positive – or at least a move in a more positive direction.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 8: sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor – which deals with illusions, imbalance and weakness of the Yang or masculine energy) in the suit of Cups (Briah – the Creative world, the element of Water, our emotions) plus Saturn in Pisces (more on that in a moment) equaling Indolence.

The Eights of the Minor Arcana evaluate, organize, reason and communicate for their respective suits and elements. Their energy may lack harmony, but they can restore symmetry and balance. The eights bring justice, karmic balancing or rebalancing, order and structure along with the limitations and boundaries of those states.

Astrologically, this card represents Saturn in Pisces and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Pisces, or February 19th through February 28th so if your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. Saturn’s heavy-handed, hard-nosed energy in a delicate water sign like Pisces leaves the Fish without much mojo, or the strength to stand up and fight.  And indolence means inclined to be lazy or to resist action.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Earth-sign Taurus. The May 15h New Moon in Taurus finds us ready and able to take charge, assume a leadership role and make strides in providing for our future security. This energy can provide a welcome balance during this forecast period by enhancing our feelings of self-worth. It is beneficial for reconnecting with our physical bodies, our senses and the natural world.

May 15h also begins Uranus’ transit of Taurus (through 2026). Although seemingly contrary to Taurus’ nature, with this aspect we find that change is easier, and we’re inclined to shake things up. Combined with this week’s card, some new and novel approaches may be just what we need.

Saturn continues its retrograde transit of Earth-sign Capricorn (the sign it rules). No one likes to backtrack, but sometimes clearing up old or unfinished business is the only way to truly move forward. Rather than complain, accept slow progress versus no progress.

On May 19th Venus enters Pisces’ fellow Water-sign, Cancer (through June 13th).  We seek familiarity, safety and security in our romantic relationships and may find ourselves feeling especially affectionate and sentimental. Care is necessary though, as sentimentality can turn to melancholy and self-indulgence. We are also more self-protective and may react – or overreact if we feel threatened.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes depression, self-pity, apathy, and at its very worst – suicidal thoughts or tendencies.

Let’s focus on the positive or light side of this energy – and there is some – the wisdom to let go of what no longer serves our highest good. Often relinquishing control is our only good option, and finding the reserves of strength we need to take a fresh look, a breath of fresh air, or a drink of fresh water changes things enough for us to regain a positive outlook.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include indigo, black and blue (for Saturn), violet and white for Pisces.

Sapphire, emerald and amethyst (for Pisces) and onyx, obsidian, jet and garnet (for Saturn) worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will also help us keep our hearts open and our heads held high. They can also help us balance and recharge our batteries.

Lead (Saturn) and tin (Pisces) are this week’s metals – neither is good for wearing, but for reminding us that flexibility can serve us best when we’re under the weight of change.

Scent your home, bath and body with heliotrope, carnation, opium poppy (the scent, not the drug), valerian, comfrey, musk and patchouli – they will soothe and heal us this week. Saturn’s influence in Pisces may not be the most comfortable energy – still, let’s make the most of the opportunities it presents.

Foods prepared with thyme or teas brewed from comfrey or valerian will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Lovers

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-08-18 through 5-15-18

 The Lovers

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The weekly Tarotcast card is The Lovers. This is one of those cards with an apparently obvious meaning and on one level, this card does represent romantic partnerships, relationships and marriage.  However, this card speaks more to the importance of choice – and the making of correct choices – in many areas of our lives beyond our love relationships.  To make our best choices, we need to know who we are and what we want and need in order to find personal fulfillment.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels Path 17, joining sephiroth or sphere 3, Binah (meaning Understanding) to sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty).  Its Hebrew letter is Zain (a sword) – surprising? Seems like that would be more in keeping with a fighter than a lover.  But as an intellectual “weapon” the sword’s sharp blade cuts through illusion and irrelevancy, and it comes to a point – all things we need to do in order to choose well.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Gemini, ruled by the planet Mercury.  The usual idea of twins – identical in appearance and often complementary in nature, is used here to depict the union of opposites, and the merging into totality – two becoming one, or duality resolving into unity.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is currently transiting Earth-sign Taurus. On May 13th, Mercury will enter Taurus (Gemini’s next-door neighbor sign). During this transit our focus will be on useful, practical plans and actions. We are grounded in reality and this should have a positive effect on the choices we make. Mercury is in mutual reception with Venus (Taurus’ ruling planet) from May 13th -18th.

Two planets are in mutual reception when they are in each other’s signs: in this case, Mercury is in Taurus and Venus is in Gemini.

The May 15h New Moon in Taurus finds us ready and able to take charge, assume a leadership role and make strides in providing for our future security. This is a great time to heal our relationship with money and to discover what we truly value. The energy during this forecast period also enhances our feelings of self-worth. Reconnect with your body, your senses and the natural world.

May 15h also begins Uranus’ transit of Taurus (through 2026). Although seemingly contrary to Taurus’ nature, we find that change is easier, and we’re inclined to shake things up especially around our homes. We will likely find new and innovative ways to do business and to make and save money.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes indecisiveness, inconsistency, unenlightened self-sacrifice, imbalance, and a lack of self-insight or self-knowledge.

Let’s focus on decision-making from our hearts this week, as well as the courage and awareness to act in our own best interests without selfishness or ego.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors for this week include orange, yellow, pale mauve and grey.

Carnelian, red coral, jade, agate and topaz worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help keep our minds and hearts clear as we make our choices.

Mercury is this week’s metal, impossible to wear, but instructive as we employ adaptability when deciding our best course of action.

Scent your home, bath and body with sandalwood, musk, lilac and iris to integrate mind, heart, body and spirit this week.

Foods prepared with parsley, dill, lavender, lemongrass, mace, peppermint and rosemary, as well as tea brewed from peppermint, will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Four of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-01-18 through 5-08-18

 Four of Cups

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Four of Cups.  This card’s energy is protective and nurturing, what we commonly think of as the maternal instinct. Caring, affection and the creation of emotional stability will be recurring themes during this week, and we will likely be looking for ways to express ourselves in terms of unconditional love. All of this can contribute to a period of relative ease and feelings of security; however, this energy borders on being too much of a good thing.  Attempts to bind, restrict or limit others under the guise of “love” quickly turns “mothering” into smothering.

The Fours of the Minor Arcana are where the form and structure of their respective elements and suits are stabilized and nurtured for further development and manifestation. They bring unification, domestication, reflection, or gestation to events and situations.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 4: sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy, the sphere of Jupiter and the rule of law), in the suit of Cups (Briah, the Creative world; the element of Water – our heart and emotions) plus the Moon in Cancer (more on that in a moment), equaling “Luxury.”

Astrologically, this card corresponds to the Moon in Cancer and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Cancer, or July 12th through July 21st so if your birthday falls on or between these dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us.  The Moon rules the sign of Cancer and is very much at home in this most home-y of the signs – comfort, coziness and nesting instincts will be very much in evidence this week.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Earth-sign Taurus. This energy harmonizes nicely with the energy of this week’s card. We can cultivate appreciation for the aspects of our lives that sustain and support us, and recognize those things that provide a lasting foundation on which to build and grow.

Just prior to this forecast period, the Full Moon in Cancer’s fellow Water-sign Scorpio, trine Neptune in Water-sign Pisces completed a powerful energy triad in the emotional realm of our lives.  Before things become too intense or overwhelming, the opposition of the Taurus Sun is a welcome, stabilizing and grounding force. This is wonderful energy for releasing and healing. Taurus and Scorpio are both fixed signs – they seek security but also independence; perfect for enhancing the more positive aspects of this week’s card.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes possessiveness, as well as control and manipulation through emotions. It reminds us how easy it is to go from comfort to crushing boredom and from cozy familiarity to contempt – and the resulting winds of rebellion can blow pretty hard.

Let’s focus on the sense of being emotionally grounded by loving energy and enjoy restful domesticity this week. Use this energy as a way to recharge your batteries before going back out into the world, but don’t seek to stay here indefinitely.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include blue, pearl white and silver for the Moon as well as amber, maroon and bright russet for Cancer.

Emerald, cat’s eye, pearl, opal, rock crystal and moonstone worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help you balance the need for cocooning with the need for outside stimuli this week.

Silver is this week’s metal – wear it to feel emotionally stable, caring and affectionate.

Scent your home, bath and body with poppy, white rose, water lily, coconut, gardenia, jasmine, lotus, myrrh and sandalwood to enhance healthy maternal instincts and your nurturing, supportive nature.

Foods prepared with watercress, poppy seeds, coconut, and wintergreen as well as tea brewed from jasmine or wintergreen (mint) will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Seven of Disks

Weekly Tarotcast™: 4-24-18 through 5-01-18

Seven of Disks

SevenofDisks

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Seven of Disks (this suit is also called Pentacles or Coins). We’re in for a period of evaluation as well as a time to pause, reflect and understand that things bear fruit in the proper season. A lack of this basic understanding can mean the crop doesn’t come in at all.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the formula 7:  sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (meaning Victory, sphere of Venus; the masculinized Female – illusion, imbalance, weakness) of Disks (the element of Earth – Assiah, the material world; our physical bodies, assets and resources) plus Saturn in Taurus (more on that in a moment) = Failure.

The Sevens of the Minor Arcana illuminate the motives for manifestation for their respective suits and elements. Balance gives way to questioning and exploration as well as disruption. The sevens dissolve and deconstruct. They have a weakening effect when it comes to direct action, or conscious, mindful and aware inaction. In this case, the weakening effect is the masculinized Female. We are talking about energies here, not cultural concepts of gender or sex.

Astrologically, this card represents Saturn in Taurus and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Taurus or May 11th through May 20th, so if your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. The energy here can get weighed down, becoming slow and heavy indeed.  Venus-ruled Taurus under Saturn’s weight can change the Bull’s patient persistence and practical dreams into a loss of confidence, leading to stagnation and the abandonment of all effort.

In real-time astrology, The Sun is transiting Earth-sign Taurus. This energy can help to harmonize some of the energy of this week’s card. We can cultivate appreciation for the aspects of our lives that sustain and support us, and recognize those things that provide a lasting foundation on which to build and grow.

During this forecast period, Saturn is currently retrograde and transiting Taurus’ fellow Earth-sign, Capricorn (through March 2020) the sign which it rules. Saturn transits can help us behave maturely and teach us self-reliance. We take responsibility for ourselves. In combination with this week’s card, we can use some of the more positive and beneficial aspects of this aspect to avoid the pitfalls in our path.

Taurus’ ruling planet Venus enters Air-sign Gemini on April 24th, heightening our curiosity and sociability but possibly triggering flightiness and a tendency to be fickle.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes abandonment of hope and effort, laziness, sloth and failure.

Let’s focus on confronting our fears, temporarily standing still and standing strong as we face them. Otherwise all hope will seem like false hope. This isn’t a particularly optimistic card, so a more serious and practical approach to the events at hand is necessary if we don’t want to experience a spectacular failure.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors for this week include olive green, gold, red-orange, rich brown and deep indigo for Taurus as well as black, gray and dark brown for Saturn. In this case I would choose to emphasize one or the other rather than reinforcing them in combination.

Sapphire, emerald, turquoise and jade for Taurus or obsidian, onyx, jet and garnet for Saturn worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us stay grounded, patient and aware instead of lazy and negative. Again, I’d choose either/or rather than a combination.

Lead and copper are this week’s metals – I’d opt for copper and try for its reported benefits in reducing or eliminating joint pain, stiffness and inflammation.  Skip the lead altogether.

Scent your home, bath and body with violet, magnolia, plumeria, rose, apple, vanilla, strawberry, musk and patchouli. It’s a good week to get your hands in some dirt – work in your garden (or a friend’s) or just repot a houseplant. And don’t forget to water!  Activities that take you into nature are positively “grounding.” Take good care of your neck and throat this week – they’ll be more vulnerable than usual.

Foods prepared with violets (yes, they’re edible!), apple, strawberry; nightshade family foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers and eggplant,  thyme and vanilla as well as teas brewed from comfrey and valerian will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Priestess

Weekly Tarotcast™: 4-17-18 through 4-24-18

 The Priestess

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The weekly Tarotcast card is The Priestess, also known as The High Priestess. Our intuition and inspiration will be flowing freely this week. The Priestess is the embodiment of feminine consciousness – she is the Yin principle and she guards the gate of the unconscious.  Her purity and virginity are spiritual rather than physical, and her veil – like a bridal veil – can be lifted only by the initiate of the Light.

Her invitation to us this week is to look within for our answers, she knows but doesn’t tell. Our ability to unravel mysteries and discover information that’s been hidden or held in secret will be enhanced this week. This doesn’t mean we get to pry or spy; rather, by tapping into our own psychic abilities, intuition and dreams, and trusting what we see and feel with our inner senses, answers come to us and enlighten us.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, the High Priestess travels Path 13, joining sephiroth or sphere 1, Kether (meaning the Crown) to sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty).  Its Hebrew letter is Gimel which means “camel”.  Think that’s odd? Symbolically, the Priestess traverses the Abyss – the desert of the soul. Just like the camel crossing the physical desert, she is the only creature capable of successfully crossing the wasteland.

Astrologically this card is the planetary trump of the Moon, and represents the Moon in its highest aspect – the aspect that joins the human to the divine.

In real-time astrology, Saturn is transiting Earth-sign Capricorn, its home sign (through March 2020).  It will retrograde there on April 17th. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, this could be a good time to hit “pause” and review our plans, go deep within to learn and trust the lessons of our own intuitive sense. This Saturn retrograde can stir up feelings of guilt and self-doubt. Combined with the energy of this forecast period, we can find the courage to pass through that dark night of the soul – the desert – confidently steady and sure-footed.  Pluto will also retrograde in Capricorn on April 22nd, giving us the opportunity to reassess our use of personal power. We may be more inclined to hide our desires for power and control.

The Sun enters Earth-sign Taurus on April 19th.  Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, and the Moon is exalted in this sign. This transit harmonizes nicely with this week’s card. Although this isn’t the best time to engage in radical change, we can look within to find the best ways to expand on what we already know and already have. We can cultivate a special appreciation for the aspects of our lives that sustain and support us, and provide a lasting foundation on which to build and grow.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes falling into illusions, phoniness and escape from reality. Lunar energy – like lunar light – can be deceptive and seductive if we’re careless or trust our physical vision only.

Let’s focus on openness and receptivity while maintaining an awareness that not everything is as it appears on the surface; and let’s remember to process information wisely rather than accepting anything at face value.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include silver, pearlescent white and cool, pale blue.

Chalcedony, clear crystals, opals or moonstones worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will enhance our psychic and intuitive abilities this week and help us see clearly to the truth of the matters at hand.

Silver is this week’s metal.  Wear it for its clear, bright light – silver is one of the most reflective of all precious metals, is the “whitest” of them, and is also the most electrically conductive. Think about all of that in conjunction with the Priestess’ energy, and you’ll have a powerful week ahead.

Scent your home, bath and body with poppy, lily, white rose, gardenia, jasmine, lotus flower, myrrh and sandalwood to purify and cleanse mind, body and spirit and to invite clear inner vision.

Foods prepared with coconut, lotus root, poppy seeds, cloves and wintergreen (mint) as well as tea brewed with jasmine will provide the same beneficial effects.

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