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

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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™: Eight of Disks

Weekly Tarotcast™: 4-10-18 through 4-17-18

Eight of Disks

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Eight of Disks.  This suit is also called Pentacles or Coins. This card symbolizes order, self-discipline, attention to detail, and the benefits of knowing when to watch and wait, to wait and see. A stable, secure foundation is established, upon which one can build as needed when the time is right.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 8: sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor, sphere of Mercury and the feminized Male) in the suit of Disks (the element of Earth – Assiah, the material world; our physical bodies, assets and resources) plus the Sun in Virgo (more on that in a moment) equaling Prudence.

The Eights of the minor Arcana evaluate, organize, reason and communicate for their respective suits and elements. The eights bring justice, karmic balancing or rebalancing, order and structure within limitations and boundaries. Like their counterparts the Sevens, their position on the Tree of Life is somewhat weak and unbalanced. So where’d all this balanced energy in the Eight of Disks come from? It gets its unique benefits from its astrological correspondence.

Astrologically, this card symbolizes the Sun in Virgo and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Virgo, or August 23rd to September 1st, 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 Virgo brings a positive and stabilizing energy into this card since often in material matters – whether business ventures or gardening – there is an inherent benefit in knowing when to do nothing – to simply plant the seeds and wait.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Fire-sign Aries. This week’s card would seem to be in opposition to Aries’ action-oriented, sometimes impulsive nature. But along with knowing when to wait, this week’s card also encompasses knowing when to take appropriate, considered (some might say calculated) action. This year, mid-April is a busy time in the heavens and a busy time for this forecast period.

Jupiter retrograde (in Water-sign Scorpio) sextiles Pluto in Earth-sign Capricorn on April 14th. This is the second of three exact sextiles occurring this year. The last is on September 12th. This powerful transit sparks our ambitions and favors business, legal issues and commerce in general. Our personal influence and faith are on the rise. We give of our energy and time freely, in the pursuit of or professional or private goals. We are persuasive and convincing in presenting ideas or decision-making. This can be invaluable for resolving a long-standing problem or fully utilizing our resources.

On April 15th when Mercury stations direct in Aries we may find ourselves revisiting and reviewing recent decisions or returning to prior communications with a fresh perspective on the matters at hand.

April 15th also brings us the New Moon in Aries. We are bold in showing our true selves to the rest of the world. We can act on our motivations fearlessly and without anxiety about others’ expectations of us. As long as these impulses remain constructive, we acquire new independence, confidence, strength and integrity. There is a refreshingly innocent aspect to our way of engaging with others.

Last but not least, Saturn is transiting its home sign of Capricorn (through March 2020).  It will retrograde in that sign on April 17th. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, this could be a good time to hit “pause” and wait for our next, best opportunity to act.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes over-attention to detail and missing the big picture, manipulation of people or situations to gain an unfair advantage, and paralysis through extended inaction.

Let’s focus on practicality and getting our house spiritually and physically in order this week.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include orange, red, golden yellow, amber, slate gray, green and plum.

Carnelian, jade, jasper, amber, diamond and topaz worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us find order, organization and balance.

Gold and platinum are this week’s metals.  Wear ‘em if you’ve got ‘em!

Scent your home, bath and body with orange, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, valerian, heliotrope, mistletoe, cedar, and frankincense to balance mind, body and spirit this week.

Foods prepared with galangal, orange, rosemary, cinnamon, clove, sunflower seeds or oil, hops (beer!) and juniper (gin!) will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Devil

Weekly Tarotcast™: 4-03-18 through 4-10-18

 The Devil

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Devil. This card signifies both burdens and temptations, being enslaved by our desires through short-sightedness and a lack of perspective.  Passivity, victim consciousness and fear are embodied in this card.  We escape from bondage only when we realize that the chains which bind us and hold us back can be removed at will – our will.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 26: joining sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty) to sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor).  Its Hebrew letter is Ayin which means “eye.” Our physical “eye” is our way of seeing the world. Our other “I”, or ego, is the way we want to see ourselves and want the world to see us.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Capricorn in which Saturn rules and Mars is exalted.

In real-time astrology, Saturn is transiting its home sign of Capricorn (through March 2020).  During the roughly two and a quarter years of this transit, we may find that new restrictions, limitations and boundaries are established or that existing ones are maintained. There are no easy shortcuts and this is not the time to cut corners. Saturn gives us what we truly earn and deserve, the way to reap rewards is through concentrated efforts and steady, patient progress.

Mars is transiting Earth-sign Capricorn (through May 16th). This energy along with that of the Saturn transit are perfect energetic matches to this week’s card – both positive and negative. During this forecast period, we continue to operate with structured, deliberate planning and action. Extra care may be required due to the influence of both Saturn and Pluto on Mars for most of this month. Defensiveness and impulsive, knee-jerk reactions can result. When retrograde Mercury forms a square to Mars and Saturn on April 4th and 5th we may experience frustrations in communication, especially that having to do with learning or decision-making processes.

Back to the Tarot perspective: the Judeo-Christian idea of the Devil as the personification of evil is light-years away from its interpretation in the Tarot. Certainly the devil – the scapegoat, if you will – is blamed for all of the temptations of sin that lead us to self-destruction and of all the terrible things that can befall us.  If we believe that earthly life – the material world – is our separation from and our estrangement from God (or the Universe, or the realm of Spirit), then surely this card as the representative of that world is scary indeed.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes self-destructive behaviors, “fatal attractions” and obsessions, hysteria and paranoia.

Let’s focus on seeing and embracing both the light and shadow sides which comprise our complete Self. That way, we get a much more positive and beneficial use of the energies of this card.  Spirit embodied in material form is capable of choice, action and creativity.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include indigo, blue-black, black and gray. Add violet, red and brown to bring Capricorn’s strength, endurance and perseverance to your endeavors.

Onyx, jet, garnet and opal worn as jewelry, or carried as power stones will give you an earthy confidence and creative energy.

Lead is this week’s metal.  Not great for wearing, but a good reminder of what to “get out,” especially in areas where our ego or materialistically-based beliefs can weigh us down.

Scent your home, bath and body with snowdrop, rose, pine, musk and patchouli to create positive channels for creativity and determination.  Let’s harness this powerful energy toward beneficial goals this week!

Foods prepared with any of the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, etc.), thyme, allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger, pepper, and thistle (artichokes!) as well as teas brewed from valerian and comfrey will provide the same beneficial effects.

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