Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Two of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-21-18 through 8-28-18

Two of Wands

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Two of Wands. This card indicates dynamic energy and the stresses and tensions – as well as the benefits – which come from it. In partnerships and collaborations, there can be friction and even conflict as each person attempts to make their point and share their ideas and feelings. If well-managed, tremendous creative energy is unleashed and can be channeled into constructive and productive projects.

The Twos of the Minor Arcana are the balanced but polarized states of their respective suit and element. The twos are duality, and this is our way of seeing and being in the world in order to understand it; weighing and balancing things against their opposites. Good vs. bad, dark vs. light, positive vs. negative. Until we differentiate, we can’t resolve and unify.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the Formula 2: sephiroth or sphere 2, Chokmah (meaning Wisdom, sphere of the Zodiac and divine Masculine energy, Yang) in the suit of Wands (Atziluth, the archetypal world; the element of Fire – our will) plus Mars in Aries (more on that in a moment), equaling Dominion.

Astrologically, this card represents Mars in Aries, and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Aries, or March 21st through March 30th, 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. Mars is the planet of physical energy and is Aries’ ruling planet. It embodies assertiveness and the courage to take action.

In real-time astrology, Mercury is now direct in Aries’ fellow Fire-sign Leo (through September 5th). Communication, travel and progress should all begin to improve as we move through the shadow period and forward momentum once again begins to build. The Sun enters Earth-sign Virgo on August 23rd. Combined with the energy of this forecast period, we are practical and quite able to make the most of our resources. We are generally productive, good collaborators and contributors to group efforts, and we may find it easier to get and stay organized. The Sun forms a grand trine with Saturn and Uranus on August 25th which helps us stay grounded and balanced through the changes occurring around us.

Jupiter is sesquiquadrate (a form of astrological square) Chiron in Aries on August 25th. Chiron is an asteroid called “the wounded healer”. In Aries, this energy gives us the opportunity to resolve identity and ego issues. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, extra caution is advised. Healing oneself need not damage or diminish others.

When Mars turns direct August 27th, we should experience a slow but steady increase in our confidence. Our ability to assert ourselves in a positive, constructive manner is growing, as is our ability to influence our environment and create meaningful changes.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes energy unleashed wildly, egotism and violence, oppression and destruction, domination rather than dominion. When ill-dignified, this energy doesn’t work or play well with others.

Let’s focus on our creative impulses and the courage to take positive and assertive (rather than aggressive) action this week.

A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include scarlet, fiery red, azure blue and deep emerald green.

Ruby, bloodstone, diamond and garnet worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will remind us to avoid negativity and aggression.

Iron is this week metal – not really wearable, but a reminder that genuine strength can be exercised gently – we can choose to make tools, not weapons.

Scent your home, bath and body with wild rose, pine, tobacco, and woodbine to reinforce positive energies and generate some creative heat.

Foods prepared with allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Nine of Cups

 

Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-07-18 through 8-14-18

Nine of Cups

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Nine of Cups. This is one of the happiest, most positive and optimistic cards in the deck, especially in all matters emotional, including romantic love!

Is everybody happy? You bet! This week is a great time to get centered, smile and celebrate while enjoying the pleasures and comforts of the very best things life has to offer. This card is the big “YES” – so be prepared to say yes to just about anything this week, and be prepared for the big “YES” in terms of good things coming your way.

The Nines of the Minor Arcana bring things toward a conclusion. They represent integration, fulfillment and attainment for their respective suits and elements, in this case Cups and Water energy. Social and sensual pleasures are still enjoyed in moderation, desires are satisfied and contentment reigns.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 9: sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (meaning Foundation – sphere of Luna, where energy crystallizes) in the suit of Cups (Briah, the Creative world; the element of Water – our heart and emotions) plus Jupiter in Pisces (more on that in a moment) equaling Happiness.

Astrologically, this card represents Jupiter in Pisces, and rules from 10 to 20 degrees Pisces, or March 1st through March 10th, 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. Jupiter’s knack for enjoying the good life and “bigger, better, more” energy is right at home in the mutable water sign of the Fish, where things are comfortable and cozy.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is still transiting Fire-sign Leo (through August 23rd), and Mercury remains retrograde in Leo (through August 19th). The New Moon partial Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 11th can propel us into a period of playfulness, romantic connections and powerful self-expression. The strengths of the Lion – generosity, creativity, courage and warmth, to name just a few – come to the forefront. We are motivated to share our unique gifts with the world around us. We look for positive ways to take charge of our lives. This is a harmonious complement to the energy of this forecast period.

We’ll have to wait just a little bit for the solar system to catch up with the energy of this week’s card. On August 19th, Jupiter in Pisces’ fellow Water-sign Scorpio will trine Neptune in Pisces, a truly perfect match to the energy of this week’s card. Let’s consider this week a preview of good things to come!

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes conceit and vanity. Avoid being gullible. Check your “Too Good to Be True” Meter, because if something really IS too good to be true you’ll want to take a pass.

Let’s focus on sharing our good fortune and positive news with others and allowing them to share theirs with us! Stay receptive and be ready to say “YES” – accept affirmatives into your life this week.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include sea-green, blue, purple, violet and white.

Of course, there couldn’t be a better time to listen to music that makes you want to dance, sing, or – if you’re feeling too shy for those, just lifts your spirits high! How about Pharrell Williams’ “Happy?” or “Don’t Worry, Be Happy?” The word “happy” doesn’t even have to be in the title. One of my all-time favorites (and a song I lovingly describe as the happiest flippin’ song in the world) is “Jackie Wilson Said” by Van Morrison. Whatever works for you.

Amethyst, aquamarine, sapphire, emerald or topaz worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us to clarify and manifest what makes us happy and serves our highest good.

Tin is this week’s metal, not great for wearing – but a strong alloy (and ally) for strength and flexibility.

Scent your home, bath and body with musk, lavender, jasmine, heliotrope, carnation, opium poppy, cedar, honeysuckle and hyssop to feel love, happiness and optimism; to awaken Pisces gentle, loving nature and to radiate Jupiter’s noble power.

Foods prepared with clove, sage, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg and mint especially in liquids (soups, teas) and in all types of desserts and sweets, will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Hermit

Weekly Tarotcast™: 7-24-18 through 7-31-18

The Hermit

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Hermit. This card shows us that taking a (temporarily) solitary path will aid us in our search for truth. Solitude and being alone don’t have to mean feeling lonely, so we may find that we actively seek and very much enjoy our own company this week. Probing our own inner consciousness and exploring our psyches will not only appeal to us, the insights we gain and the discoveries we make can bring us solutions to long-standing problems or issues, and give us the seeds to sow for a crop of new ideas and fresh directions.

We may find ourselves withdrawing from current events and taking a less-active role in our relationships and environments, not due to depression or disinterest, but because the energy this week calls us to look within. Reflection and introspection are our best tools to emerging refreshed, renewed and ready for action again.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 20, joining sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy – sphere of Jupiter and the rule of law) to sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty – sphere of the Sun; energy in complete and balanced manifestation). Its Hebrew letter is Yod, meaning the hand, and it is with our hands that we sow seeds – which are hidden in the ground during the crucial stages of their ultimate development and growth. It is also with our hands that we cultivate our gardens – and ultimately harvest their bounty.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Virgo, in which Mercury both rules and is exalted. The unique way in which Mercury, the Earth and Sun come together in this card symbolizes the special magic of growing things. The seed placed into the soil, hidden from view, undergoes a transformation and bursts forth into the sunlight to be further nurtured and grow to maturity. Here particularly, Mercury (Hermes to the Greeks) shows us his versatility beyond being a messenger and trickster. His roles include acting as a guide for the dead crossing over, an interpreter, a transformer and the patron of geographical (and metaphorical) boundaries and the travelers who navigate them.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Fire sign Leo, Virgo’s next-door neighbor.

Mercury turns retrograde on July 26th in Leo (through August 19th) and will not leave that sign through this transit. All of the usual warnings apply during this forecast period – take extra care in all forms of communication, allow extra time when traveling, expect some delays, obstacles, postponements or cancellations. With both Mercury and Mars retrograde now, forward progress may be minimal – things will be moving slowly.

A Full Moon Lunar eclipse occurs on July 27th in Air sign Aquarius (Leo’s polar opposite on the wheel of the zodiac). During this forecast period we are very sensitive to the flaws and shortcomings of those areas of our lives where we interact with others: personal relationships, work colleagues and members of our community. While we’re very aware of our need for human connection and interaction we may have a hard time acting objectively and rationally. Decisions made at this time are driven by our emotions. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, the challenge will be balancing our personal goals with the needs of the community and groups that we belong to.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes rigidity, hard attitudes, bitterness and hostility toward the outside world – even narcissism.

Let’s focus on the qualities of emotional maturity, wisdom and enlightenment this week.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week are yellowish green, slate grey, grey-green and plum.

This is a great week to listen to Revolution 9 from the Beatles’ White Album, Beethoven’s Ninth symphony or Gregorian chants, since this Major Arcana card is numbered 9 – the number which always comes back to itself.

Onyx and clear crystal as well as diamonds worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will make your alone-time or me-time as productive, meaningful and informative as possible.

This week’s metals are gold and platinum – pricey I know, but wear ‘em if you’ve got ‘em, because they beautifully symbolize the light that is born from darkness.

Scent your home, bath and body with lily, valerian, lavender, lilac, and frankincense to awaken the introspective and transformative powers of the Hermit.

Foods prepared with parsley, dill, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass and mace, or tea brewed from peppermint; as well as beverages containing juniper (gin!) and wormwood (absinthe!) – in moderation, please – will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Seven of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™: 7-10-18 through 7-17-18

Seven of Wands

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Seven of Wands. This card warns us that we may be wasting our energy this week. For certain, there is a struggle going on – feelings of bravery and assertiveness against feelings of degeneration and weakness. There are challenges and obstacles galore and we may feel as if no one has our back – our struggle is essentially ours alone, and there may not be much help or support. If we do achieve a victory, it’s likely to come solely through our own efforts.

The Sevens of the Minor Arcana illuminate the motives for manifestation of their respective suits and elements. Balance gives way to questioning and exploration as well as the disruption which naturally arises from the search for the underlying causes of creative action. The sevens dissolve and deconstruct.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the formula 7: sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (meaning Victory, sphere of Venus – illusion, imbalance, weakness) in the suit of Wands (Atziluth, the archetypal world; the element of Fire – the will) plus Mars in Leo (more on that in a moment) equaling Valour.

Astrologically, this card represents Mars in Leo, and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Leo, or August 12th through August 22nd 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. Mars in Leo is ambitious and idealistic, with the ability to persevere. Although valour is another word for courage, in this instance it may come across as vain bravado, false machismo, or senseless resistance.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Water-sign Cancer, Leo’s next-door neighbor sign (until July 22nd). Just following this forecast period, the Sun will begin its annual transit of Fire-sign Leo. Mars continues its retrograde transit of Leo’s polar-opposite sign of Aquarius through the month of July. Especially in conjunction with the energy of this week’s card, we are impatient to resolve an ongoing problem or bring a project to conclusion. We can feel stuck and frustrated because things are just not moving forward. The past refuses to stay behind us.

Mercury transits Leo through the month of July (through September 5th). We’re likely to focus more on the big picture and less on the details. When Mercury retrogrades in Leo following this forecast period (July 26th to August 19th) we may revisit old recreational or creative pursuits with renewed interest and enthusiasm. Our perspective on past projects can change and we may even consider revamping them based on our new viewpoint. Mercury starts its shadow phase on July 7th so events occurring on and after this date may be the first to need review or revision during the retrograde period.

We have a New Moon partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 12th. This lunation is a great chance for a fresh start. We’ll be exploring and attending to our feelings as well as our deepest needs and desires. We find deeper appreciation for our family and closest friends – especially for the sense of community, belonging, safety and security we find in our relationships with them. Our need and desire for intimacy is strong during this moon phase. This energy can be a great complement to the energy of this week’s card – urging us to reach out for support as we begin a new stage of our journey.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes indecisiveness, blind ignorance, swaggering arrogance with nothing to back it up, and a mismatch between our assertiveness and our plain old good sense. If there was ever a week to choose your battles wisely, this would be the one.

Let’s focus on conserving our energy and using it positively, as well as realizing that sometimes the most courageous thing we can do is forgo a battle – just skip it.

A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include amber, all shades of red, yellow and deep purple.

Mars iron and Leo gold are this week’s metals. Wear the Leo (yellow or rose) gold to remind you of Leo’s big-hearted courage, but skip the Lion’s arrogance and vanity.

Ruby, bloodstone, garnet, amber and diamond worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help balance out the tendency to be hot-headed or combative this week.

Scent your home, bath and body with marigold, sunflower, wild rose, pine, and tobacco (no, you don’t need to smoke it!) this week to stay focused on winnable battles, and to make good use of your energy and time.

Foods prepared with allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper, as well as thistle (think artichokes!) along with beverages made from hops (beer), or wormwood (the Green Fairy – absinthe) – all in moderation, of course – will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Four of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 7-03-18 through 7-10-18

Four of Swords

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Four of Swords. Authority exercised with grace; and equilibrium with justice is the energy we’ll be experiencing this week. Just remember that Swords are weapons of war, so if we establish a truce or peace this week, it will occur because of a threat of unpleasantness; even conflict or violence. And it will be temporary.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 4: sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy; sphere of Jupiter, the rule of Law) in the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the world of Form; element of Air, representing the intellect and mental processes) plus Jupiter in Libra (more on that in a moment) equaling Truce.

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.

Astrologically this card symbolizes Jupiter in Libra, and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Libra, or October 13th to October 22nd, 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. Jupiter in Libra energy is great for socializing and increasing one’s popularity or public reputation. There is a strong sense of justice and fair play as well as a desire to promote the general welfare and public good.

In real-time astrology, Chiron turns retrograde in Fire-sign Aries (Libra’s polar opposite sign) on July 5th (through December 8th). This energy is good for introspection and we look within to find resolution and healing. Aries’ energy is not naturally inclined toward peaceful negotiation, but combined with the energy of this week’s card creates balance and harmony during this forecast period.

Venus (Libra’s ruling planet) enters earth-sign Virgo (one of Libra’s next-door-neighbor signs on the wheel of the zodiac) on July 9th. Love takes a practical yet still sensual turn with this transit. We seek to be of service to others, and we show our affection through small but important actions rather than large, extravagant displays.

On July 10th, Jupiter turns direct in Water-sign Scorpio (Libra’s other next-door-neighbor sign). We may see stalled relationships and projects begin to move forward and build momentum again. Our self-confidence and enthusiasm are on the rise.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes isolation, retreat, illness (physical, mental or emotional), or making too many concessions and over-compromising, trying for peace at any price.

Let’s focus being tolerant, using a temporary break in the action to plan our next move, and seeking the outcome that offers the opportunity of achieving the best and highest good for all concerned.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include violet, purple and blue for Jupiter along with deep green and blue for Libra.

Sapphire, amethyst, diamond, lapis and opal worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will keep balanced fairness and justice at the forefront of our dealings this week.

Copper and tin are this week’s metals, which when combined create bronze. Bronze is both harder and less brittle than either of these metals alone – and is both useful and beautiful. In olden times, bronze was used to make weapons. You can make a tool, or a statue. Choose either – choose well.

Scent your home, bath and body with violet, white rose, heliotrope, cedar and honeysuckle to help keep you on an even keel this week – with stability, balance and fairness.

Foods prepared with clove, sage, poppy seeds, anise, cinnamon, mint, nutmeg or sage will provide the same beneficial effects.

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