Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Eight of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™: 3-27-18 through 4-03-18

 Eight of Wands

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Eight of Wands.  This card represents the end of stagnation and delay. Good news is on the way, and it’s coming quickly – communication in all forms is highlighted this week. As far as how quickly news travels? Well, time (and motion) are relative, after all.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the formula 8: sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor – the sphere of Mercury and the feminized Male), in the suit of Wands, (the element of Fire – Atziluth, the archetypal world; our Will or Spirit in action) plus Mercury in Sagittarius (more on that in a moment) equaling Swiftness.

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. This card benefits from its astrological influence where ideas or impulses are inspired to rise and expand to serve a higher purpose.

Astrologically, this card represents Mercury in Sagittarius and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Sagittarius or November 23rd to December 2nd, 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. We’ll need to keep eyes and ears open for information that may surprise us, short-term and/or short-distance travel is also a possibility.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Sagittarius’ fellow Fire-sign Aries (through April 19th).  Usually, Fortune favors the bold and the race goes to the swift while the Sun visits the sign of the Ram.

However, just prior to this forecast period, Mercury stationed retrograde in Aries (through April 15th, when Mercury stations direct once again). We can use this energy best when we focus on independent, courageous thinking; a fresh perspective allows us to see problems, projects and relationships in new ways. The retrograde influence slows down the effects of this week’s card, and the usual retrograde warnings apply – think twice or even three times before speaking or acting, and anticipate delays or missed connections. We may be better off thinking and planning rather than taking action.

Mercury’s transit of Aries lasts through May 13th – a little longer than usual. We’ll have no shortage of big ideas but we can also be impatient and lack sensitivity in our communications.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes stubbornness, over-zealousness, hasty or ill-considered decisions and superficiality.

Let’s focus on flexibility and our intellectual/mental power – including the power to analyze and adjust to make the most of this week’s positive possibilities.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include yellow, purple, grey, indigo and violet for Mercury as well as blue, yellow and green for Sagittarius.

Diamond, jade, jasper, topaz, aquamarine and sapphire worn as jewelry, or carried as power stones will enhance the benefits of Mercury and Sagittarius’s swift communication this week – and keep us adaptable to changes in the pace of events.

Mercury and zinc are this week’s metals.  Neither is wearable, both are good reminders of adaptability and the strength of good connections and combinations.

Scent your home, bath and body with carnation, iris, valerian, lilac, lavender and vervain to stay clear-headed and intellectually sharp.  We’ll be energetic, vigilant and optimistic while we attend to the demands and details of the week.

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

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Chariot

Weekly Tarotcast™: 3-13-18 through 3-20-18

 The Chariot

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Chariot. The “go for it” energy of this card allows us to show what we have learned through experience and hard work, and to prove our abilities. We know the reason for our journey and we’re focused intently on getting there.  Literally or figuratively, we are on a journey and our actions will determine both the course of the journey itself as well as the outcome when we arrive at our destination.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, the Chariot travels path 18, joining sephiroth or sphere 3, Binah (Understanding) to sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (Severity).  This Major Arcana card is numbered 7, and its Hebrew letter is Cheth, meaning “fence”.   Seems odd that something we associate with boundaries and limitations would represent a moving vehicle, doesn’t it? Well, here’s how it works: The Hebrew word for life, living, or alive is “Cha’i,” written in the Hebrew alphabet as, “Cheth Yod”. In Judaism, the word is used as an emblem of charity, longevity, and good fortune – pretty good and powerful ways of moving through the world, right?

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon, with Jupiter exalted.

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Cancer’s fellow Water-sign, Pisces until March 20th enhancing our compassion and spirituality. As the Sun moves into Fire-sign Aries, we welcome the astrological New Year and the spring equinox with the Ram’s assertive and enterprising energy – a nice match to the energy of this week’s card. This also completes the Water triad of this forecast period.

Jupiter is currently retrograde in the third Water-sign, Scorpio (through July 10th), so some of our forward progress may be inward – not necessarily backward. This is especially true if we’re willing to work with that energy in the way that brings the best results.

On March 17th, we experience a New Moon in Pisces.  This can bring a liberating sense of surrender when we realize that we may be driving the Chariot, but we’re not always the one in control. A good approach may be accepting that things will work out in a way that serves our highest good. Instead of constant pressure to perform and deliver, a little bit of “que sera, sera” will serve us well during this forecast period. This is a perfect time to take a short break, stretch our legs, use our imaginations and treat others with compassion.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes becoming the ego-ruled driver who runs down anything in his path, or who becomes frustrated to the boiling point, acting out in road-rage over obstacles, rough patches or detours.

Let’s focus on rolling along confidently but compassionately. We can benefit by taking well-planned action to maintain a steady course.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include amber, green, maroon, brownish-reds, and russet.

Emerald, garnet and amber worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us enjoy the spirit of adventure and self-discovery this card represents.

Silver is this week’s metal. Wear it to balance the sensitive lunar energies with the expansive Jupiter blessings coming your way.

Scent your home, bath and body with poppy, white rose, cedar, cypress and honeysuckle to channel the power of the Chariot – and the charioteer – and keep moving toward your goal.

Foods prepared with watercress and dandelion greens as well as clove, sage, cinnamon, poppy seed, anise, mint, nutmeg, sage and cardamom will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Empress

Weekly Tarotcast™: 3-06-18 through 3-13-18

 The Empress

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The weekly Tarotcast card is The Empress. We may experience strong urges to nurture and share this week. We find ourselves and others more open, receptive and compassionate.  Enjoy your home, have a party, serve comfort foods and indulge in rich desserts.  All activities centered on help and support – especially of children and animals, are favored with success.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels Path 14, joining sephiroth or sphere 2, Chokmah (meaning Wisdom) to sephiroth or sphere 3, Binah (meaning Understanding).  Its Hebrew letter is Daleth (which means “door”) and a woman’s body is the door through which we all pass when we enter this life.

Astrologically, this card is the Planetary trump of Venus. She is woman in all her many forms. Fertility is highlighted – in every sense of that word. New ideas, planting and gardening, seed money for investment or projects, and even news of pregnancy all present positive possibilities in the coming week.

In real-time astrology, Venus enters Fire-sign Aries on March 6th. Venus rules Libra, Aries’ polar opposite sign on the wheel of the zodiac. Venus transiting Aries is assertive, direct and bold in both love and friendship. We are attracted to what is new and unknown. In combination with Mercury in Aries we may be more cerebral in dealing with our feelings.

Mercury also enters Aries on the first day of this forecast period. This transit stimulates independent thought and bold, new ideas, but also rather impatient and sometimes insensitive communications.

Jupiter is retrograde in Water-sign Scorpio beginning March 8th (through July 10th). This isn’t the best time for our finances. In tandem with the energy of this week’s card, we may want to use extra caution and avoid extravagance.

If we’re willing to slow down and look within to gain perspective, we can use this energy to make later progress on our plans and projects.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes over-indulgence in sensual pleasures (alcohol, drugs, sex, even food), wallowing in self-indulgence to the point of egotism or narcissism, vanity, laziness and envy of others.

Let’s focus on the best energy of this card – embracing the power of the feminine principle (no matter whether we’re female or male). We can find comfort and strength inside our own skins, celebrate our bodies, and our Mother Earth.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors for this week include emerald green, sky blue, bright rose pink, and pale spring green.

Emeralds, opals, jade, sapphire and lapis worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us to nurture others and take compassionate action this week, a good balance for pampering ourselves.

Copper is this week metal. Since copper is supposed to have healing properties, this is a great week to see how it works for you.

Scent your home, bath and body with violet, wild rose, bergamot, hibiscus, magnolia, plumeria, rose, strawberry and vanilla to enhance the balance of self-care and other-care.  For a treat, take a candle-lit bath using pink candles and natural mineral salts – you’ll be channeling the positive energy of the Empress in just a few relaxing minutes!

Foods prepared with apples, strawberries and vanilla or teas brewed from rose hips or hibiscus will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Nine of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™: 2-27-18 through 3-06-18

 Nine of Wands

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Nine of Wands.  This week’s energy is focused on momentum and drawing on the reserves of energy and strength we’ve been storing up. Great strength is indicated here, but the strength lies in our ability to keep rolling with the changes, constantly balancing and adjusting to maintain our forward motion – sort of like riding a bicycle.

The Nines of the Minor Arcana bring things to a conclusion. They represent integration, fulfillment and attainment for their respective suits and elements, in this case Wands and Fire energy – the ideal world. Our will has manifested and reached its peak of perfection.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 9: sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (meaning Foundation – sphere of the Moon and the crystallization of energy) in the suit of Wands (Atziluth, the archetypal world; the element of Fire – the life-force of the soul, and our will) plus the Moon in Sagittarius (more on that in a moment) equaling Strength.

Astrologically this card represents the Moon in Sagittarius, and rules from 10 to 20 degrees Sagittarius, or December 3rd through December 12th 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 in Sagittarius reminds us that when playing defense effectively, we must be mobile, and stability is actually gained and maintained through motion.

In real-time astrology, Mars is transiting Fire-sign Sagittarius (through March 17th).  With Mars in Sagittarius, our actions tend to be motivated by our ideals. We are bothered by routine, and quickly becoming restless if we feel confined. We have a love of adventure, and of conquest. We seek to expand our experiences and minds during this transit. If this essentially restless and seeking energy is harnessed positively we may not only dream big, but see our dreams realized.

The Moon is currently transiting Sagittarius’ fellow Fire-sign, Leo through March 1st, when we will experience a Full Moon in Earth-sign Virgo. The Moon in Leo brings out our warmth and generosity. We feel love deeply, but pride may keep us from opening up and expressing our true feelings. We seek attention and want to be recognized for the special beings we are. As the Moon moves into Virgo during the latter part of this forecast period, our focus will shift to re-organizing and rethinking plans, creating order from confusion and practical problem-solving. The Full Moon can activate us and motivate us.

On March 6th, Mercury and Venus enter Fire-sign Aries completing the Fire energy triad running through this and previous forecast periods.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes contradiction, vacillation and indecision rather than adapting to changing circumstances, and the inflicting of psychological or emotional harm.

Let’s focus on the positive energy of forward motion, and progress made through intellectual and physical harmony.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include indigo, pale blue, silver and violet for the Moon, along with yellow, green and dark blue for Sagittarius.

Amethyst, topaz, rock crystal, moonstone and opal worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help keep us moving along in a stable, steady way.

Silver and tin are this week’s metals: bright, malleable and good alone (silver) or in combination with other metals (tin) to provide strength and stability.

Scent your home, bath and body with carnation, sage, coconut, jasmine and gardenia to adapt to your changing environment gracefully and consciously.

Foods prepared with sage or coconut, and tea brewed from jasmine will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Ten of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 2-20-18 through 2-27-18

 Ten of Cups

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Shouldn’t I have picked this card last week for Valentine’s Day? Maybe, but each week I choose the Tarotcast card at random and I find it’s always the right card at the right time. Check out the real-time astrology section to see what I mean!

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Ten of Cups.  This week we’ll be experiencing contentment and satisfaction with our families and other loved ones, and we can feel emotional stability in all of our personal relationships. This includes romantic relationships too! Take a moment to show gratitude and appreciation for friends, family and your significant other to experience the joy of this card’s influence and energy.

Take care with this energy not to become smugly satisfied or to take these feelings as entitlements – the tendency to become restless, dissatisfied, and contentious (just to shake things up) can be a major pitfall with this card, and is definitely to be avoided.

The Tens of the Minor Arcana are the completion, full manifestation and culmination of the energy of their respective suits and elements.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the formula 10: sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (Kingdom – sphere of Earth, the material world) in the suit of Cups (Briah, the creative world; the element of Water and the emotions) plus Mars in Pisces (more on that in a moment) equaling Satiety.

Astrologically, this card corresponds to Mars in Pisces and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Pisces, or March 11th through March 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 really is not the most comfortable astrological pairing – Mars energy is restless, disruptive and aggressive, a marked contrast to Pisces’ spirituality and peacefulness.

In real-time astrology, the Sun entered Water-sign Pisces on February 18th just prior to this forecast period, joining Venus and Mercury already transiting the sign of the Fish. The Sun in Pisces brings spirituality into focus. We dream and imagine, yearning for the ideal and (maybe) avoiding the real. We are compassionate and altruistic. From February 18th through March 5th the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Chiron and Neptune will create a stellium in Pisces – we will all feel the urge to dream big. Really big!

Mars is transiting Fire-sign Sagittarius (through March 17th) ruled by Jupiter, which co-rules Pisces along with Neptune. Meanwhile, Jupiter is in Pisces’ fellow-Water sign Scorpio. With Mars in Sagittarius, our actions tend to be motivated by our ideals. We are bothered by routine, and quickly becoming restless if we feel confined. We have a love of adventure, and of conquest. We seek to expand our experiences and minds during this transit. If this essentially restless and seeking energy is harnessed positively we may not only dream big, but see our dreams realized.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes feelings of having too much of a good thing or even being fed-up (filled up or overstuffed) with something.  A good example would be the party guest who goes from having a few drinks and feeling good to getting sloppy-drunk, sick and barfing all over the host’s carpet. Be forewarned.

Let’s focus on being thankful in the present moment, and realizing that all good things both increase and decrease in cycles.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include red and scarlet for Mars and flecked silvery-white for Pisces (like fish scales!)

Rubies, bloodstones and garnets (for Mars), along with sapphire, emerald, amethyst and aquamarine (for Pisces) worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will keep you aware of the need for gentleness and gratitude this week.

Tin and iron are this week’s metals – neither is good for wearing, but both can be a reminder to find the happy medium between flexibility/adaptability or rigidity/ aggression/violence.

Scent your home, bath and body with rose, thistle and pine to muster up Martial courage and purpose, while Pisces heliotrope, carnation and poppy smooth out the bumps.

Foods prepared with allspice, ginger, cayenne pepper and garlic will enhance Mars’ strengths, but if you’re feeling restless, careless or aggressive, these should be avoided. Try Pisces’ clove, sage, poppy, anise, cinnamon, mint or nutmeg instead. Separately or combined harmoniously, they will provide the same beneficial effects.

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