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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