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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Eight of Disks

Weekly Tarotcast™:  3-28-17 through 4-04-17

 Eight of Disks


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.


On March 30th Jupiter square Pluto. Since the tendency with this configuration is to push too hard and to overlook important details, it’s important to temper these urges with the positive aspects available during this forecast period. It’s ok to think big – just don’t forget about the practical details.


Mercury (Virgo’s ruling planet) enters Virgo’s fellow Earth-sign, Taurus on March 31st. This energy brings solid, practical ideas to the mix and reinforces the influence of this week’s card. Mercury will retrograde on April 9th, the beginning of the new forecast period. Be prepared.


On April 2nd Venus retrograde enters Water-sign Pisces (Virgo’s polar opposite on the wheel of the zodiac). Be especially careful – since Venus rules finances as well as love and partnerships), we’ll want to make sure that our assets and resources are being well-managed and protected.


Finally, on April 6th when Saturn turns retrograde, it’s a good time to reaffirm commitments, assess projects and reorganize if needed, and keep our promises to complete any projects or fulfill any responsibilities we’ve already taken on. This is not a good time to add anything to an already-full schedule.


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 Chariot

Weekly Tarotcast™: 12-29-15 through 1-05-16

The Chariot


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, we had a Full Moon in Cancer on December 25th and Jupiter is still transiting earth sign Virgo. Mercury retrogrades on January 5th (through January 25th), spending most of that time in earth sign Capricorn. Jupiter turns retrograde January 7th through May 9th 2016, but spends the entire retrograde period in Virgo. We may see our projects or plans slow down, but this can be beneficial if we utilize this energy to gain perspective. We may feel a lack of confidence or enthusiasm, or we could temporarily lose hope. Introspection and self-assessment will carry us through, although situations and events might appear less than lucky at first.

Expansion (Jupiter) in the sign of Virgo means an increased focus on our work and our health. We tend to our own needs in an orderly, methodical fashion, pay attention to details and willingly offer support to other people in our lives.

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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