Eight of Swords: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading
5-26-20 through 6-02-20
This week’s Tarotcast card is the Eight of Swords. The suit of Swords can be challenging since it represents disruption and conflict. On the positive side, it also represents analysis, intellect and ideas. The Eight of Swords helps us understand that we can change our thoughts – and that can change our lives! I love the Wayne Dyer quote, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” This is the positive side of the Eight of Swords.
Expansive optimism meets mutable Air and turbulence of mind results. Indecision from conflicting thought processes delays necessary action.
The Number 8
The Eights of the Minor Arcana organize, reason and communicate. Their energy may lack harmony, but they can restore symmetry and balance. The eights bring justice, karmic balancing or rebalancing, order and structure. They establish limitations and boundaries.
On the Tree of Life this card represents the formula 8. Sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (Splendor). The sphere of Mercury and the feminized Yang. In the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the formative world). The element of Air – our intellect, thoughts and mental activity). Plus Jupiter in Gemini equaling “Interference.”
The Eight of Swords symbolizes Jupiter in Gemini. It rules from 0 to 10 degrees Gemini or May 21st through May 31st. 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 message of this card is that things are not as bad as they look. But it also cautions against being good-natured at the wrong times. Going along with the program brings disastrous results in some situations.
Hod is the sphere of Mercury – its home sphere, you might say – and Mercury rules Gemini. Add Jupiter to the mix and we get an element of luck, especially in intellectual pursuits. Yet, as with all the Eights, the influence of Hod causes this card to suffer from imbalance. Hod tends to be the “wet blanket” on all prevailing energies. Even with (mostly) good luck and a good outlook, we can still experience setbacks and delays. We find the proverbial “fly in the ointment.” Since fighting is what Swords are all about, we’re not much good when the “fight” gets knocked out of us. And we’re in bad trouble when a situation calls for us to fight and we don’t or won’t. But – it’s temporary.
In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Air-sign Gemini. Jupiter is currently retrograde in Earth-sign Capricorn. Plans and projects slow down or are on hold. Use that to get a fresh perspective. Review and revise, if necessary. We may lose some enthusiasm or self-confidence. We won’t know if our luck is in or out until later.
The current planetary influences complicate the positive aspects of the Eight of Swords.
Jupiter will be in quintile aspect with Chiron at the end of May. This is exact on June 1st. Quintiles reveal our innate talents and gifts. They are challenging unless controlled and directed into proper channels.
This quintile will broaden our understanding of others’ difficulties. We’re willing to learn and grow. While this seems positive, combined with the energy of this week’s card it could be a recipe for disaster. Too much empathy or compassion at the wrong time and place brings danger.
This aspect is good for seeing the big picture of any situation. We are successful problem-solvers. We create workable plans and strategies. This is good energy for processing what we’ve learned from past experiences and mistakes.
More challenges appear when Mercury enters Water-sign Cancer on May 28th. It will retrograde there on June 18th. Emotions are intense and changeable. Mercury Air stirs up still water and makes waves. Repressed emotions may surface.
Honor your feelings in private. Protect your heart. Keep in touch with your softer side while keeping it well-protected.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes confusion. Fuzzy thinking, fear of the unknown and crippling uncertainty. Thinking a situation is impossible becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Let’s focus on the ability to look at the ways we hold ourselves back. Taking the longer view can help us gain a fresh perspective on any situation or relationship. It will free us up and move us forward.
Power colors: violet, blue, purple, and yellow as well as silver and pale gray.
Power stones: diamond, jade, agate, topaz, sapphire and amethyst. Wear these as jewelry or carry them as power stones to counteract feelings of “stuck-ness”. Rid yourself of restlessness and absent-mindedness.
Power metals: mercury and tin. Neither is wearable. But their properties remind us that a positive boost to our mental energy will help us make good choices. We avoid getting bogged down in self-criticism.
Power fragrances: fern, iris, carnation, heliotrope, cedar and honeysuckle. These will help us stay clear-minded and look for fresh viewpoints this week.
Power foods: foods prepared with parsley, dill, clove, sage, anise, cinnamon and nutmeg. Tea brewed from mint. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.
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