Five of Swords: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

Five of Swords: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

8-03-21 through 8-10-21

Five of Swords

The Five of Swords is this week’s Tarotcast card. Conflicts this week may result in a dubious or empty victory. We self-sabotage and defeat ourselves in ways our adversaries could never do. There are no clear resolutions to confrontations. This card can also show a narrow escape from danger or the lifting of restrictions. This is not a good week for the sensitive, the pacifist, the mellow, and the easy-going. You may feel that you’ve shown up at a street fight instead of a tea-party. And you may feel ill-equipped to deal with the situation.

The Elements

The intellect and abstract rationality of Air disrupts. It defeats the gentle and peace-loving. Failure and decay result.

The Number 5

The Fives of the Minor Arcana challenge order and structure. Their suit and element get shaken out of complacency, stagnation or stasis. They bring a period of cleansing, regeneration, or reassessment in events and relationships. The number 5 keeps energy flowing. Otherwise, the solidification and stability created by the fours would degenerate into inertia.

Kabbalah

On the Tree of Life, the Five of Swords represents the Formula 5. Sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (Strength). The sphere of Mars – action, motion, stress and war. In the suit of Swords – Yetzirah, the formative world. The element of Air; our mental and intellectual processes. Plus, Venus in Aquarius equaling Defeat.

Astrology

The Five of Swords corresponds to Venus in Aquarius. It rules from 0 to 10 degrees Aquarius, or January 20th to January 29th. 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. Venus’s energy is peaceful, collaborative and diplomatic. It’s a poor match to the aggressive and adversarial energies of Mars. And it’s worse still combined with the Swords’ tendency toward discord and disruption.

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Fire sign Leo. Mercury is also transiting Leo. Leo is Aquarius’ polar opposite sign. Combined with the energy of this week’s card there are both pitfalls and benefits here. Big Intellect Aquarius and Big Heart Leo can make for a strong, rebellious champion. But they can also devolve into an egotistical, cold oppressor. This week that can be a tough call.

“It’s no surprise to me – I am my own worst enemy – ’cause every now and then I kick the living shit out of me…”

 

Jupiter is still retrograde in Aquarius. Open-minded and fair, we may act on behalf of others. But we may also waste energy and resources fighting a battle that we can’t win. Or win a victory that changes nothing.

“I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch – love is not a victory march, it’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah…”

Mars and Venus are transiting Earth-sign Virgo. This energy can help us clean house either in a literal or metaphoric way. Tend to details, organize, and get into healthy routines. Get practical and active.

On August 8th we have a New Moon in Leo. This is great energy for building confidence. Take a healthy interest in yourself. Find ways to express your creativity. Be generous. The Sun and Moon will square Uranus (Aquarius’ ruling planet). Avoid acts of senseless rebellion or rash actions.

Shadow

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of the Five of Swords includes engaging in deceit. Causing intentional harm. Betrayal, disgrace.

Light

Let’s focus on drawing insight from our own and others’ motives. Do your best to take right action whenever and wherever possible. This is especially important when dealing with our own self-defeating and self-sabotaging tendencies.

Alchemy

Power colors: scarlet, emerald green, sky blue, spring green and bright rose pink. Also violet, white and mauve.

Power stones: zircon, amber, malachite, emerald, opal, jade and sapphire. Wear these as jewelry or carry them as power stones. They will help us steer clear of no-win situations. They enable us to look deep within ourselves for constructive solutions.

Power metals: Venus copper and Aquarius uranium. Only copper is good for wearing. Uranium is a helpful reminder that power can create great good or great harm.

Power fragrances: pine, violet, rose, bergamot, hibiscus, magnolia, plumeria and vervain. These will help you to avoid senseless conflict and stressful confrontations. Avoid the tendency to make peace “at any price” this week.

Power foods: foods prepared with apples, strawberries and vanilla. Tea brewed from hibiscus. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

The Tarotcast is a free Tarot reading with a new post every week on Tuesday!

An individualized Tarot reading with me focuses on what’s most important for you, so call 847-735-1718 today for a personalized, in-depth look into your life’s possibilities.

  • Lyrics quotes: “My Own Worst Enemy” ~ Lit (A. Jay Popoff/Jeremy Popoff)
  • “Hallelujah” ~ Leonard Cohen (Leonard Cohen)

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Ace of Swords: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

Ace of Swords: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

7-27-21 through 8-03-21

Ace of Swords

The Ace of Swords is this week’s Tarotcast card. The Ace of Swords embodies the intrinsic powers of the element of Air. Mobility. Air’s power to inspire and disrupt. The Air element also symbolizes the mind – mental and intellectual processes. To add another layer of complexity – Swords also represent Spirit. The Ace represents our potential to define, clarify and transform.

The Ace of Swords brings us the benefits of clarity, courage and mental strength this week. This kind of sharp insight is a double-edged blade. It can cut both ways, so be sure that you’re using your power for constructive purposes. This is an ideal time to cut away dead weight and illusions, to pare down to core truths. We find ourselves in a decisive mood and we’re able to communicate complex ideas in fresh ways. This is a great week for problem resolution. Make the most of it!

The Aces of the Tarot can be a bit confusing. They correspond to the Princesses (Pages) of each suit. This connection is stronger than that with cards 2 through 10 of their respective suits. The Ace of Swords is the root source or seed of the power of Air. It has the Princess of Swords as its throne. Together, they rule the Capricorn-Aquarius-Pisces celestial quadrant. This is the area of the heavens above Earth’s North Pole, and the geographical area of the Americas. Whew! I’m glad that’s done – I bet you are too.

Kabbalah

On the Tree of Life, the Ace of Swords card represents the 1st sephiroth or sphere of Kether (the Crown, origin). Perceived through the element of Air; Yetzirah, the Formative world. The intellect, our mental processes, the thinking mind. Also, Spirit – the Divine Breath.

Astrology

The Ace of Swords holds the energy, qualities and characteristics of the three Air signs. These are: clarity (Gemini), justice (Libra) and rebellion (Aquarius).

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Fire-sign Leo. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, generosity of spirit combines with clear thinking. Our heads can work harmoniously with our warm hearts.

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind…”

 

Mercury enters Leo on July 27th. With this transit, we’re more confident. Our thoughts take on a grand – and sometimes grandiose – scale. The bigger the goal, the better. We’re persuasive in our communication. But we may also be theatrical and flamboyant. Avoid Drama Queen or Drama King antics.

“Pull that sword from your soul kid…”

When Jupiter retrogrades into Aquarius on July 28th, we seek to expand our horizons. Our minds are open. We have a strong sense of fairness and we’re more tolerant of others. This is a time for social reforms. On a small or large scale, we take action to aid our fellow humans. We value our personal freedom, individuality and high ideals.

“I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life…”

On July 29th Mars enters Virgo. We approach tasks with an eye for details. We’re able to do the right things at the right times. Our thoughts are clear and our passions harnessed for peak performance.

Don’t forget that a sword is a weapon – a tool crafted to cut through any obstacle or confusion. A sword extends the power of its user to fight and prevail. It can wield a cruel force, but also a clean, sharp one. The gift of the Ace of Swords is mental clarity, truth, justice and fortitude.

Shadow

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes restlessness. Aggression, belligerence, premature action and limited thinking.

Light

Let’s focus on open-mindedness. The quest for knowledge. Purposeful, constructive thought. Decisive power.

Alchemy

Power color: brilliant white. The purity of the Aces is singular. It isn’t meant to include shading or gradations. Pure white contains the prismatic colors of the visual spectrum. On a physical level, the colors of Air (sky) seen through Earth’s atmosphere. Blue, gray, indigo, black.

Power stones: diamonds or clear quartz. Wear these as jewelry or carry them as power stones for clarity. They will bring mental acuity and perceptual sharpness.

Power metals: tin and copper. These correspond to Elemental Air energy. Copper is great for wearing, tin not so much. Both are excellent when alloyed with other metals. They enhance strength, flexibility and integrity.

Power fragrances: acacia, benzoin, clover, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, pine, vervain (verbena) and yarrow. These will help us to keep a clear head and keep our actions steady, impartial and constructive.

Power foods: foods prepared with anise, lavender and lemongrass. Tea brewed from lemongrass and vervain (verbena). All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

The Tarotcast is a free Tarot reading with a new post every week on Tuesday!

An individualized Tarot reading with me focuses on what’s most important for you, so call 847-735-1718 today for a personalized, in-depth look into your life’s possibilities.

  • Lyrics quotes: “Blowin’ in the Wind” ~ Bob Dylan (Bob Dylan)
  • “Swords” ~ Moe Hayslett feat. Marco Alexander (Marcus Hurt/Mario Hayslett Jr.)
  • “In the Air Tonight” ~ Phil Collins (Phil Collins)

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Ace of Wands: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

Ace of Wands: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

 7-20-21 through 7-27-21

Ace of Wands

The Ace of Wands is this week’s Tarotcast card. We’ll be experiencing bursts of creativity, enthusiasm, vitality and assertiveness. The Ace of Wands represents the root of the powers of the Fire element. Yang (masculine energy): creativity, passion, courage, risk-taking, initiative and action.

The Aces

All the Aces of the Tarot can be a bit confusing. They correspond to the Princesses (Pages) of each suit. This connection is stronger than that with cards 2 through 10 of their respective suits. The Ace of Wands has the Princess of Wands as its Throne. Together they rule the Cancer-Leo-Virgo celestial quadrant. This is the area above the North Pole and the continent of Asia.

Kabbalah

On the Tree of Life the Ace of Wands represents the 1st sephiroth or sphere of Kether (the Crown, origin). Perceived through the element of Fire; Atziluth the Archetypal world. The origin of creative ideas. Energy beginning its journey into manifestation. The life force, the creative Will.

Astrology

The Ace of Wands holds the energy, qualities and characteristics of the three Fire signs. These are: 1) bravery (Aries), 2) generosity (Leo) and 3) optimism (Sagittarius). The Ace of Wands represents the possibility for expansion, creativity and adventure. Also, inspiration and positive action.

In real-time astrology, the Sun completes its transit of Water-sign Cancer. It enters Fire-sign Leo on July 22nd. Leo’s warm, friendly and sometimes dramatic energy takes center stage. Venus enters Earth-sign Virgo on July 21st. We show our love through practical actions. We may run errands or do favors for those we care about. Routine chores or detail work, cleaning and organizing are the focus. Love makes rational sense and has a purpose with this transit.

These placements are in harmonious alignment with the energy of this week’s card.

“Ageless night. Careless day. Fate reaches out a hand – to touch the edge of destiny. A story with no end…”

 

On July 23rd we have a Full Moon in Air-sign Aquarius. This lunation reminds us of our need for community and friendship. We’re impartial and objective in our thinking. We focus on ways to give back to our community. Group support is important now.

“I got a plan and it’s here in my hand but it’s all made of rights –
We’re the enforcers, the sorcerer’s orphans, and we know why we fight…”

 

When Mercury enters Leo on July 27th, we’re more confident. Our thoughts take on a grand scale. The bigger the goal, the better. We’re persuasive in our communication. But we may also be theatrical and flamboyant. Avoid Drama Queen or Drama King antics.

Shadow

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes arrogance. Avoid over-confidence. This card indicates failure through over-ambition, or destruction through aggression.

Light

Let’s focus on new beginnings. Engage in movement, development and optimistic exploration of future potential.

Alchemy

Power colors: the brilliant iridescence reflected from pure white light. The colors of flame and sunshine: red, red-orange, yellow and gold.

Power stones: Fire opal, ruby, carnelian, garnet, red jasper. Bloodstone, quartz crystal, tiger’s eye, rhodochrosite and agate. Wear as jewelry or carry as power stones to enhance your fiery passions and creativity.

Power metals: gold and brass. Especially yellow or rose gold. Wear with pride but not arrogance!

Power fragrances: hibiscus, red poppy, citrus scents of lemon, orange and lime. Juniper and cinnamon. These scents will enhance feelings of optimism about the future. They will also help us to recognize new opportunities.

Power foods: foods prepared with allspice, basil and cinnamon. Also oranges, limes, lemons, garlic and onion. Add some red peppers (spicy – how about some Thai, Cajun or Caribbean food?!) All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

The Tarotcast is a free Tarot reading with a new post every week on Tuesday!

An individualized Tarot reading with me focuses on what’s most important for you, so call 847-735-1718 today for a personalized, in-depth look into your life’s possibilities.

  • Lyrics quotes: “Ace of Wands Theme Song” ~ Andrew Bown (Andrew Bown/Trevor Preston)
  • “The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat)” ~ The Flaming Lips (Wayne Michael Coyne/ Steven Gregory Drozd/Michael Lee Ivins)

 

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The Universe: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

The Universe: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

7-13-21 through 7-20-21

 XXI - The Universe

The Universe is this week’s Tarotcast card. It’s named The World in many decks. The Universe tarot card is the last card of the Major Arcana. Expect success this week: completion, fulfillment and synthesis in key areas of your life.

In work matters the Universe can mean the completion of a long-term project. We may see the effects of global influence in our business dealings. In our personal and romantic lives, this card indicates expansion. Expect positive changes especially if things have been somewhat dull or stagnant. Attend to duties and responsibilities beyond the present situation. We will gain insight into the workings of karma in our lives. Our understanding of time – past, present and future – will grow. Our focus shifts toward a more cosmic, universal consciousness.

Kabbalah

On the Tree of Life, The Universe card travels Path 32. It joins sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (Foundation) to sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (Kingdom). Its Hebrew letter is Tau, meaning “cross,” the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The cross is an ancient symbol. It symbolizes the arrangement of the universe into four directions. It also encompasses the entire universe. Tau is the furthest development of the divine made manifest in the physical world. And, it represents infinity.

As the last card of the Major Arcana, the Universe represents the completion of the Great Work. The Fool’s journey begins as the zero moves from nothingness to manifestation. The entire Universe is that manifestation. Its purpose accomplished, it is ready to return to the divine All-Nothingness.

Astrology

The Universe card is the planetary trump of Saturn and the elemental trump of Earth. Contained in this card are the cycles of both Being and Time. This is the momentary pause after much activity. It is the feeling of rest after hard work, even when we know that there is still more work to do. We are in a state of wholeness and unity.

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Water-sign Cancer. Saturn is making a retrograde transit through Air-sign Aquarius. Saturn ruled Aquarius before the discovery of Uranus. Here, the Lord of Time reaps unfamiliar ground. Wisdom comes from unexpected sources. Saturn is strong and secure in Aquarius. We discover truth from a new perspective. The Rule-Maker and The Rule-Breaker are sometimes tense, but complementary.

“Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup – they slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe…”

 

Retrograde Saturn can restrict our forward movement. We may feel resistance, creating stress and frustration. Meanwhile stability weakens. We may feel our foundations could change at any time.

“Our hopes and expectations – black holes and revelations…”

 

Shadow

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes superficiality. Appearances are deceptive. The focus is on form rather than substance. Also, laziness and depression.

Light

Let’s focus on positive solutions and the satisfaction of a job well-done. Completion and wholeness. Enjoy the sense of returning home.

Alchemy

Power colors: indigo, iridescent blue-black, navy blue for Saturn. Earthy colors of russet, olive, amber and golden-yellow.

Power stones: onyx, obsidian, jet, garnet, rock crystal, quartz, jasper and azurite. Wear these as jewelry or carry them as power stones. Take Saturn’s best qualities of responsibility and accountability. Combine them with the practical and nurturing qualities of Earth.

Power metals: iron and lead. Not great for wearing, but perfect symbols of strength and endurance.

Power fragrances: valerian, comfrey, musk, patchouli, cedar, honeysuckle and magnolia. These will keep you energized, centered and successful this week.

Power foods: foods prepared with thyme and sage. Also, any whole grains, nuts and seeds. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

The Tarotcast is a free Tarot reading with a new post every week on Tuesday!

An individualized Tarot reading with me focuses on what’s most important for you, so call 847-735-1718 today for a personalized, in-depth look into your life’s possibilities.

  • Lyrics quotes: “Across the Universe” ~ The Beatles (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
  • “Starlight” ~ Muse (Matt Bellamy)

 

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“Destiny Tarot” and the Destiny Tarot logo are the registered trademarks (servicemarks) of Dona C. Murphy. All rights reserved. No portion of this article may be reproduced without my permission.  Tarot card images: Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot © copyright Ordo Templi Orientis, International Headquarters, JAF Box 7666, New York, NY 10116 USA. All rights reserved.

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Ace of Disks: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

Ace of Disks: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

 7-06-21 through 7-13-21

Ace of Disks

The Ace of Disks is this week’s Tarotcast card. This suit is also called Pentacles or Coins. The Ace of Disks embodies the intrinsic powers of the element of Earth. Solidification, stability, the material and physical world. Assets and resources. Earth’s power to ground and provide a foundation are all contained in the Ace of Disks. The Earth element also symbolizes our physical senses. The Ace represents our ability to take in and process a range of sensations from the physical world.

All the Aces of the Tarot can be a bit confusing. They correspond to the Princesses (Pages) of each suit. This connection is stronger than that with cards 2 through 10 of their respective suits. This card has the Princess of Disks as its Throne. Together they rule the Aries-Taurus-Gemini celestial quadrant. This is the quadrant of the area above the North Pole as well as the continents of Europe and Africa. Whew!

Kabbalah

On the Tree of Life this card represents the 1st sephiroth or sphere of Kether (the Crown, origin). Perceived through the element of Earth; Assiah the Material world. The origin of matter. Wealth and power. The material world as tangible forms of energy. We deal with issues such as stability, security, endurance and reliability this week. Also, our relationship with money (both positive and negative).

Astrology

The Ace of Disks holds the energy, qualities and characteristics of the three Earth signs. These are: 1) Power (Taurus), 2) success (Virgo) and 3) the magic of money (Capricorn). The Ace of Disks represents the possibility for wealth, material assets and resources.

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Water-sign Cancer.

“Living in the material world – can’t say what I’m doing here but I hope to see much clearer…”

 

On July 9th we have a New Moon in Cancer signaling a new beginning. This energy is perfect for nurturing our foundation and is a great match to the energy of this week’s card. We’re attentive to our external, physical home and the foundation of our inner selves. We focus on security and safety.

“I see trees of green, red roses too – I see them bloom for me and you –
and I think to myself – what a wonderful world…”

 

Mercury enters Cancer on July 11th. We communicate with sensitivity. However, we may be subjective and personal, thinking before we speak. Still, we’ll need to avoid being too sensitive or so emotional that we miss important facts. We’ll retain lots of information during this period. But we’ll also go a long way to avoid conflict. Balanced with the energy of this week’s card, both facts and feelings can lead us to good decisions.

Shadow

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of the Ace of Disks includes stinginess. Also greed and shallow materialism.

Light

Let’s focus on personal success. The positive aspects of exercising our power, and the generous magic of money this week!

Alchemy

Power colors: white-flecked gold. As well as all deep earth-tones – greens, browns, ocher and also black.

Power stones: rock crystal, emerald, jet, tourmaline, quartz, peridot, onyx and amethyst. Wear as jewelry or carry as power stones to create and experience prosperity this week.

Power metals: iron and lead. Neither is good for wearing, but they remind us of the immense power and endurance of the earth element.

Power fragrances: cedar, cypress, comfrey, honeysuckle, magnolia, patchouli, primrose, sage and vetiver. These will help heal your relationship with money. They help us to find harmony between the spiritual and material worlds.

Power foods: foods prepared with salt, all grains and nuts, sage, and tea brewed from comfrey. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

The Tarotcast is a free Tarot reading with a new post every week on Tuesday!

An individualized Tarot reading with me focuses on what’s most important for you, so call 847-735-1718 today for a personalized, in-depth look into your life’s possibilities.

  • Lyrics quotes: “Living in the Material World” ~ George Harrison (George Harrison)
  • “What a Wonderful World” ~ Louis Armstrong (Bob Thiele as George Douglas/George David Weiss)

 

Copyright 2021© Dona C. Murphy, Destiny Tarot®

“Destiny Tarot” and the Destiny Tarot logo are the registered trademarks (servicemarks) of Dona C. Murphy. All rights reserved. No portion of this article may be reproduced without my permission.  Tarot card images: Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot © copyright Ordo Templi Orientis, International Headquarters, JAF Box 7666, New York, NY 10116 USA. All rights reserved.

 

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