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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Seven of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-21-19 through 5-28-19

Seven of Cups

This week’s Tarotcast card is the Seven of Cups. Imagination, fantasy and daydreaming manifest here in their challenging or negative aspects. Believing that every option is open means we may choose not to act at all. We stay in a state of indecision and confusion. It’s hard to see the forest for the trees with the Seven of Cups. We’re easily seduced and just as easily disappointed and disillusioned.

The Elements

Water nourishes life but also dissolves, dissipates and decomposes. The sign of Scorpio embodies the power of degeneration, death and rebirth. Spoilage and rot are a necessary part of the regeneration process. That doesn’t make them any more pleasant.

The Number 7

The Sevens of the Minor Arcana illustrate the motives for manifestation. The balance of the sixes gives way to questioning and exploration. Disruption arises from the search for the underlying causes of action. The sevens dissolve and deconstruct.

Kabbalah

On the Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 7. Sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (Victory, sphere of Venus). Manifesting in the suit of Cups (Briah). The creative world. The element of Water and the emotions plus Venus in Scorpio (more on that in a moment) equaling Debauch.

Here is the error of believing that more of anything is always better. The consequences of acting as if that were true couldn’t be better illustrated than by this week’s card. That first cocktail is fun. The second is too. By the third (or the fourth for some of us) we’re getting sloppy. By the fifth – well, we may be dashing to the bathroom for some private time with the porcelain god – soooo not sexy.

Astrology

This card corresponds to Venus in Scorpio. It rules from 20 to 30 degrees Scorpio, or November 13th through November 22nd. If your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. Venus in Scorpio is not at her best – the Goddess of Love and Beauty can be a bit self-indulgent and reckless in this sign.

In real-time astrology, the Sun enters Air-sign Gemini on May 21st. Mercury also enters Gemini (one of the signs it rules) on the same date. This active mental energy may be the literal fresh air we need this week. Avoid useless intellectual exercises such as guilt-tripping. That applies to both yourself and others.

Venus is still transiting Earth-sign Taurus (through June 8th). Venus’ rulership of Taurus is a positive blessing this week. Grounded and practical, this energy will help balance us out this week. Because Taurus can also overdo the sensual, some of the same cautions will still apply.

Another helpful influence for healing occur on May 21st. Pluto (ruler of Scorpio) and Chiron form a quintile. We find clever, creative solutions to problems that have delayed or blocked our growth and development.

Shadow

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes delusion and delirium. Sinking into a swamp of false or illusionary pleasure. Use extra care this week with intoxicants (of all kinds). Remember that building castles in the air rarely gets you closer to your goals. There is a place for constructive daydreaming, imagining and visualizing. But this week, there are many more pitfalls and errors in trying to escape rather than face your troubles.

Let’s focus on exercising good judgment. Temporarily narrow your focus to one plan or situation. It’s easier to stay on top of separating reality from illusion. Careful consideration may show us that a particular choice isn’t viable. We can then move on and realign with a more practical plan of action.

Alchemy

Power colors: emerald, sky blue, bluish-green tones, and rose pink along with very dark brown.

Power stones: topaz, ruby and jet (for Scorpio). Emerald, opal, jade, lapis and sapphire for Venus. Wear these as jewelry or carry them as power stones to help stay grounded. Don’t indulge in too much of a good thing – or anything – this week.

Power metals: iron, plutonium and copper. Only copper is wearable but it tarnishes. That serves as a reminder of Venus’ tendency to overdo the pleasures of the flesh and the senses.

Power fragrances: purple heather, violet, wild rose, apple and bergamot. Also hibiscus, magnolia, plumeria, strawberry, vanilla and vervain. Use these to clear emotional, mental and spiritual dust-bunnies and cobwebs out of the corners.

Power foods: foods prepared with sweet basil, apple, strawberry and vanilla. Tea brewed from hibiscus or rose hips. Don’t gorge on or swill any of them! All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

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Copyright 2019© 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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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Ace of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-14-19 through 5-21-19

Ace of Wands

This week’s Tarotcast card is the Ace of Wands. 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

The Aces of the Tarot can be a bit confusing. They have a closer relationship with the Princesses (Pages) than they do with the other 9 small cards of each suit. The Ace of Wands has the Princess of Wands as its Throne. Together they rule the Cancer-Leo-Virgo celestial quadrant above the North Pole and the continent of Asia.

Kabbalah

On the Tree of Life this card represents the 1st sephiroth or sphere of Kether (the Crown, origin). Expressed through the element of Fire, the first spark of creation (Atziluth). This is the Father of the creative idea and the process by which energy begins its journey into manifestation in the material world.

Astrology

In a reading, the Ace of Wands incorporates the qualities and characteristics of the three Fire signs. Bravery (Aries), generosity (Leo) and optimism (Sagittarius).

This card represents the potential for expansion, creativity, adventure, inspiration and positive action.

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Earth-sign Taurus (through May 21st). On May 15th Venus will enter Taurus and Mars enters Water-sign Cancer. Venus in Taurus is sensual, romantic and relaxed. We express our love through action, so this energy complements that of this week’s card.  Mars (ruler of Fire-sign Aries) in Cancer can stir up our emotions. Avoid passive-aggressive behavior.

The Full Moon of May 18th in Water-sign Scorpio brings sudden and unexpected revelations in our lives. We’ll be deeply aware of any relationship flaws or imbalances. If we’re ready to make positive changes, we’ll have the tools and strength we need to succeed. Be sensitive to the needs of others. Show appreciation for the support received from the people in your life.

The Sun and Mercury enter Air-sign Gemini on May 21st. Your communication skills will be highlighted. New ideas and strategies come easily and so will sharing them.

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.

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 these as jewelry or carry them as power stones to enhance your fiery passions and creativity.

Power metals: gold and brass. Wear them 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 comes to you FREE each week, with a new post every 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.

Copyright 2019© 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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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Two of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-07-19 through 5-14-19

Two of Cups

This week’s Tarotcast card is the Two of Cups. The Two of Cups tarot card symbolizes romantic love, marriage and partnerships. It is a more accurate depiction of these than the Major Arcana card, the Lovers. This tarot card can show a friendship developing into a romantic relationship. It can mean an engagement or marriage. It also includes the pleasure of enjoying the company of our good friends and family.

The Elements

The Goddess of Love in the house of the Moon elevates Water to its most transcendent level of energy. Receptivity and reflection create unconditional love.

The Number 2

The Twos of the Minor Arcana show balanced but polarized states. The twos are duality. This is our way of seeing and being in the world to understand it. Here we weigh and balance things against their opposites. Good vs. bad, dark vs. light, positive vs. negative. Until we differentiate, we can’t resolve and unify.

Kabbalah

On the Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 2. Here is sephiroth or sphere 2, Chokmah (Wisdom). The sphere of the Zodiac, the Divine Masculine or Yang energy) in the suit of Cups. Briah, the creative world; the element of Water. Our feelings and emotions plus Venus in Cancer (more on that in a moment) equaling Love.

Astrology

This card symbolizes Venus in Cancer. It rules from 0 to 10 degrees Cancer, or June 21st to July 1st. 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 card depicts the element of water in its best and highest form. Harmony between male and female energies (Yin and Yang), joy and pleasure. Use this gentle, positive energy to open your heart and connect with the people you love.

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Earth-sign Taurus, ruled by the planet Venus. Just prior to this forecast period, we experienced a New Moon in Taurus and Mercury entered Taurus. In harmony with the energy of this week’s card, we’ll experience increased self-love and self-esteem. Communication in our relationships will be clear but also kind.

On May 15th, one day after this forecast period, Venus will also enter Taurus and Mars enters Cancer. Venus in Taurus is sensual, romantic and relaxed. We express our love through action – especially cooking and serving meals of indulgent and comforting food. Mars in Cancer can stir up the placid waters though – watch out for passive-aggressive behavior. Avoid hovering, smothering or giving advice, especially if it’s not been asked for. We may be hyper-sensitive. Don’t jump to conclusions, or quickly take offense where none was intended.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes disillusionment and separation. Loving energy disrupted or resisted through fear or rejection.

Let’s focus on enjoying the positive aspects by spending time with people we like. Let attractions blossom with people we want to get to know and like even better. It’s a great week to flirt, begin dating, or even fall in love! We can develop an existing relationship and see it move forward in a positive direction.

Alchemy

Power colors: pearl gray, emerald green, sky blue and pale pink for Venus. Amber, maroon and russet for Cancer.

Power stones: emerald, opal, jade, sapphire and lapis lazuli. Wear these as jewelry, or carry them as power stones to awaken feelings of love and attraction.

Power metals: silver (for Cancer) and copper (for Venus). I’d opt for the silver of course, but choose whichever makes you happiest, alternate or even combine them.

Power fragrances: poppy, white rose, violet, wild rose, bergamot, geranium, hibiscus, and plumeria. Use these to create a sensuous, relaxed mood. These scents will help you deepen an existing relationship or to attract new love into your life. Use them to help you draw in what (and who) will make you truly happy.

Power foods: this week’s fruits and vegetables will make tasty meals for those we love. Cancer rules the stomach, Venus the heart – so the way to our loved one’s heart is through their stomach! Prepare foods with apples, watercress, strawberries, poppy seeds and vanilla. Brew teas from hibiscus, rose hips and bergamot. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

The Tarotcast comes to you FREE each week, with a new post every 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.

Copyright 2019© 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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9 Online Dating Guys to Avoid

New to online dating? Or not sure who’s worth a right-swipe, a nod, a wink or a message? Who’s not? Meet them here and you’ll know how to spot the 9 online dating guys to avoid.

By learning the red flags to watch for from the beginning, you’ll save time and heartache (or worse) later on.

When you’re in the first flush of attraction, it can be ever so easy to ignore or rationalize red flags. Don’t ignore the signs that should be setting off alarms, bells, flashing lights and sending you running for the nearest exit.

The Flim-Flammer/Scammer

No man looking to date you should be asking you for money or favors. No. man.
Never give money to anyone you’re chatting with on a dating site or app. If a man asks you for money, stop talking to him. These predators use online dating sites to take advantage of women who are lonely for attention and looking for love.

This guy will say anything to build your trust. He’ll try to make you fall for him. It’s all manipulation meant to get his hands on your hard-earned money.

He needs to attend a family member’s funeral. He is late with his rent because his paycheck got lost in the mail. He’s interested in moving to the US from another country.

That kind of help is what friends and family are for – not the woman he’s chatting with online and hoping to date. Your wallet and bank account are NOT a part of the package.

The Love Bomber

Attraction at first sight? Sure. True love at first sight? From a glimpse at your profile picture? Um, not so much. This guy uses excessive texting, e-mailing or phone calls to tell you: “You’re so beautiful! I fell in love with you the minute I saw your pic. I just know we’re meant to be! We need to get together right away!”

No one falls in love based on a picture, a profile, or a brief message.

Relationships take time to build. Players, narcissists and sociopaths have agendas with their partners. They often appear intense and deep. They move fast and get serious way too soon. This guy wants to convince you he’s madly in love with you. He’ll do his best to intensify the relationship so you feel breathless and swept off of your feet.

The Hair Trigger/Rusher

This guy gets angry or annoyed in a hurry. If you don’t respond to his message immediately, he sulks or complains about it. Or, he may pressure you into meeting right away. Like 15 minutes after you first exchange messages. If you won’t (and you shouldn’t!) he may pout or try to wheedle you into changing your mind.

This guy may be needy, controlling or jealous. Or, he may want to get together for a brief sexual fling rather than develop a relationship.

If this man is looking for something serious, he’ll take the time to have a few conversations with you. He’ll also give you a chance to get to know him before trying to see you.

Only Here For The…

When a guy states “not looking for anything serious” on his profile, believe him.
He is not here to find his soul mate. He’s not interested in a long-term relationship. He wants to casually date, and have some fun. That’s no crime. But unless you too are only out to have some fun and casually date, don’t waste your time. You’re not going to change him.

The Playboy/Player

This guy will have plenty of pictures of himself on his dating profile. With other women. Lots of them.

He’s out to show the world – and you – that he gets around and is proud of it. It’s unlikely he’s looking for a serious relationship. And if he should tell you the women in the photos are friends or his relatives, he’s most likely lying.

Mysterio

The guy with no pictures of himself on his profile. Or, his photos are dark or blurry. He’s wearing sunglasses and a hat. What’s he hiding? Is he shy?

Mysterio may be in a relationship or married and looking to cheat. Or not, but do you want to hang around to find out?

The Sexter

The Sexter can hardly wait to send women nude pictures of himself, or shots of specific parts of his anatomy (aka a dick pic).

He will also ask you for the same. As the name implies, The Sexter is looking for sex.

Men who want to get to know you and form a relationship do not immediately want to show off their package. Nor are they focused on your womanly attributes.

If you’re looking for more than a casual sexual relationship, don’t waste your time with him.

The Party Boy

A picture or two of a man having drinks or dining out with friends is fine. More than that, and you’ll see that his profile looks as though he’s still in college, living the frat boy dream.
If you’re looking for a mature man who doesn’t party every night or every weekend, skip the Party Boy.

The Imaginary Lover

You can start out believing this guy is worth a second look or meeting in person. He sends interesting, witty emails and/or texts. He’s well-spoken and polite. He can talk about any subject under the sun, but he never makes plans to meet.

Unless you’re looking for a 21st-century pen pal or you are endlessly fascinated by his spiel, move on.

For your own sanity’s sake, decide on a set number of texts or e-mails you’re prepared to exchange. It should be 4-6. This number is for you, not him. When it’s been reached, tell him you’d like to chat on the phone and make a date to meet. If he won’t or he stalls, move on.

Stay safe. Be happy. Enjoy dating for what it is – a great way to get to know a person.
Online dating isn’t so different than any other kind of dating. And it’s not meant to remain online. You want time to get to know someone before you’re involved and committed. By knowing how to spot the 9 online dating guys to avoid, you can focus on meeting men who are worth getting to know. Lastly, don’t ignore your gut instincts and intuition. If something feels wrong or creepy – pay attention!

Relationship coaching, either combined with Tarot or not, can help you focus on yourself in a positive way and give you guidance for growth. You’ll be supported in building a healthy relationship with the most important person in your life – you! From that place of strength and empowerment, I can help you take practical steps for learning how to find a great partner and create the relationship of your dreams.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Fortune

Weekly Tarotcast™: 4-30-19 through 5-07-19

Fortune

(The Wheel of Fortune Tarot card)

The weekly Tarotcast card is Fortune; known as the Wheel of Fortune tarot card in many decks. We’ll be experiencing a lot of changes this week. The traditional interpretation of this card is good luck. That’s only a part of the story. This is the card of our luck – or fortunes – changing. That can mean if our fortunes have been bad, they’re likely to change for the better. But if they’ve been good, the wheel is turning, so it’s a good idea to watch out for obstacles or pitfalls. This card also represents the risk-taker; one who is willing to gamble on an opportunity. Though uncertain of the results, he or she is able to turn a lucky break to his or her own advantage.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

The card symbolizes the only constant in our lives: change. No matter the current situation, remember that it is not forever. The Wheel turns. Cycles change and progress. All that is now will give way to new experiences, circumstances and connections.

Karmic Wheel

This card also represents the Wheel of Karma. There is a feeling that events coming to pass are beyond our control. Understand that whatever is occurring is a result of our deeds and thoughts. The law of Karma operates on a different level than that of blind luck.

Kabbalah

On the Tree of Life this card travels path 21. It joins sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (Mercy) to sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (Victory). Its Hebrew letter is Kaph, meaning the palm of the hand. This is a fitting image for the fortune we’re born with (written in the lines of our palms). But also the fortune we make through the things we do and the actions we take – what we create through our own efforts.

Astrology

This card is the planetary trump of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. This is the planet of expansion – bigger, better, more.

In real time astrology, the Sun is currently transiting Earth-sign Taurus. We can indulge our senses and enjoy the finer things life has to offer. Anything that brings pleasure is a worthwhile pursuit. Avoid overdoing things – moderation is still key to balance.

Jupiter remains retrograde in its Fire-sign Sagittarius (its home sign). This is a good time to look into our personal belief systems. Explore your inner visions. Examine your unique way of relating to others and living your best life.

The New Moon in Taurus on May 4th is a perfect time to focus on stability and security. We’re likely to work on our own schedule, and we will take action – but only when we want and feel ready to. This is not a good time to push others into anything, and we’re not likely to be easily pushed around either. Since Taurus rules finances this New Moon offers financial opportunities. We’re in a good position to improve our financial situation.

We end this forecast period with Mercury entering Taurus on May 6th. Our thoughts and actions are decisive and methodical under the influence of this energy. We are process-oriented, down to earth and grounded. Patience and perseverance come easily now, and communication is practical and straightforward.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes feelings of fatalism. Seeing oneself as a victim of fate. Disempowerment and a perceived lack of control over our own course in life.

Let’s focus on the positives. Here is the promise that we’ll be able to roll with life’s inevitable changes. We can gain greater awareness when we transcend polarity (good/bad, up/down, light/dark, etc.)

Alchemy

Power colors: violet, bright blue, purple and yellow.

Power stones: sapphire, amethyst or diamond. Wear these as jewelry or carry as power stones. They will keep you feeling optimistic and help you take educated and informed “risks.”

Power metal: tin. Not great for wearing, but often used to improve the strength and flexibility of other metals. So, it’s a good reminder of the powers of adaptation and transformation.

Power fragrances: poppy and honeysuckle. These scents inspire you to use Jupiter’s expansive energy to your benefit. You’ll recognize opportunities and take some intelligent risks.

Power foods: use mint, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and sage. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

The Tarotcast comes to you FREE each week, with a new post every 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.

Copyright 2019© 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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