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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Two of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 10-16-18 through 10-23-18

Two of Swords

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Two of Swords. We’ll be given the opportunity to reconcile differences this week, from a prime position of equilibrium. It’s rare that we can weigh every problem and challenge with the utmost fairness; so make the most of this week’s energies of balance, justice and impartiality to heal old wounds and arrive at win-win solutions to complex problems.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the formula 2: sephiroth or sphere 2, Chokmah (meaning Wisdom, sphere of the Zodiac and pure Masculine energy, the All-Father, Yang) in the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the formative world; the element of Air – our intellect and mental processes) plus the Moon in Libra (more on that in a moment) equaling Peace.

The Twos of the Minor Arcana are the balanced but polarized states of their respective element. The twos are duality, and this is our way of seeing and being in the world in order to understand it; weighing and balancing things against their opposites – good vs. bad, dark vs. light, positive vs. negative. Until we differentiate, we can’t resolve and unify.

Astrologically, this card represents the Moon in Libra, and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Libra, or September 23rd through October 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. Swords are the suit of war, disruption and violence and the old name of this card was Peace Restored – we can look at this card as a welcome but temporary break from conflict with a chance to make some genuine, positive changes.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Air-sign Libra (through October 23rd), and we experienced a New Moon in Libra prior to this forecast period (October 8th). This energy makes our relationships a priority and focuses our attention squarely on taking charge of them. It’s also perfect for working on our partnership and negotiation skills; and for resolving conflicts – all of which are harmonious with the energy of this week’s card.

Venus turned retrograde in Water-sign Scorpio on October 5th (Libra’s next-door-neighbor – through November 16th) but will move back into Libra on October 31st. Retrograde Venus will mostly influence love and finances. Things may simply not be straightforward during this period. It’s a better time to review and reflect rather than plunging ahead into new endeavors. Often during a Venus retro old friends and lovers may re-appear in our lives and could complicate current relationships. We are also more likely to reminisce about the past. This energy can be helpful in dealing with – and healing – past relationship issues.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes unresolved tensions, indecision, and an inability or unwillingness to take action.

Let’s focus on fulfilling our quest for knowledge and positive, constructive, peaceful activities this week.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include blue, blue-green, emerald green and silver.

Opal, lapis, sapphire and moonstone worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us with our impartial assessment of people and situations and help us draw correct conclusions and exercise good judgment.

Copper and silver are this week’s metals – copper is believed to have therapeutic properties, silver is always a beautiful choice. Scent your home, bath and body with violet, white rose, poppy, water lily, gardenia, jasmine, myrrh and sandalwood for peaceful thoughts and calm deliberation.

Foods prepared with coconut, lotus root or teas brewed from wintergreen (mint) or jasmine will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Five of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 10-02-18 through 10-09-18

Five of Swords

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Five of Swords. Conflicts this week may result in a dubious or empty victory. This card can indicate how we self-sabotage and defeat ourselves in ways our adversaries could never do. Confrontations aren’t likely to be well-resolved, although this card can also indicate a narrow escape from danger or the lifting of restrictions. For the sensitive, the pacifist, the mellow, and the easy-going, this card can indicate that you’ve shown up at a gang fight instead of a tea-party and you may feel ill-equipped to deal with the situation.

The Fives of the Minor Arcana challenge the order and structure of their respective suits and elements. Things get shaken out of complacency, stagnation or stasis. They bring a period of cleansing, regeneration, or reassessment in events and relationships. The fives keep energy flowing, or the solidification and stability created by the fours would degenerate into inertia.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the Formula 5: sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (meaning Strength, sphere of Mars – motion, storm and stress, war) in the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the formative world, the element of Air – our mental and intellectual processes) plus Venus in Aquarius (more on that in a moment), equaling Defeat.

Astrologically this card corresponds to Venus in Aquarius and 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 peaceful, collaborative and diplomatic energy is a poor match to the aggressive and adversarial energies of Mars combined with the Swords’ tendency toward discord and disruption.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Aquarius’ fellow Air-sign Libra, one of the signs ruled by Venus (through October 23rd). Venus retrogrades in Water-sign Scorpio on October 5th (through November 16th), moving back in to Air-sign Libra on October 31st. We will review and reassess both our personal relationships and our finances during this transit. Combined with the energy of this forecast period our hearts may get a chance to catch up with our heads as we question work projects or personal commitments.

With the New Moon in Libra on October 8th our relationships are top-priority and we give them our full attention. This is a great time for negotiation and conflict resolution as long as we proceed with peaceful assertiveness, without being combative or aggressive.

Mercury enters Scorpio on October 9th (through October 31st) and we look deep beneath the surface of events. Again, the caution here is to use tact and gentleness rather than disruptive or combative methods to explore the situation.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes engaging in deceitful practices, causing intentional harm, betrayal, or disgrace.

Let’s focus on drawing insight from our own and others’ motives and do our best to take right action whenever and wherever possible. This applies especially to the ways we handle and overcome our own self-defeating and self-sabotaging tendencies.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include scarlet, emerald green, sky blue, spring green and bright rose pink as well as violet, white and mauve.

Zircon, amber, malachite, emerald, opal, jade and sapphire, worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us steer clear of no-win situations and look deep within ourselves for constructive solutions this week.

Venus copper and Aquarius uranium are this week’s metals. Only copper is good for wearing, but uranium can be a helpful reminder that power can be used for great good or great harm.

Scent your home, bath and body with pine, violet, rose, bergamot, hibiscus, magnolia, plumeria, and vervain to avoid senseless conflict, stressful confrontations and the tendency to make peace “at any price” this week.

Foods prepared with apples, strawberries and vanilla and tea brewed from hibiscus will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Ace of Disks

Weekly Tarotcast™: 9-25-18 through 10-02-18

Ace of Disks

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Ace of Disks. This suit is also called Pentacles or Coins. All of the Aces of the Tarot can be a bit confusing, especially since they actually have a closer bond with the Princesses (Pages) of each suit than they do with cards 2 through 10 of their respective suits. This card has the Princess of Disks as its Throne, and together with her rules the Aries-Taurus-Gemini celestial quadrant above the North Pole as well as the continents of Europe and Africa. Whew!

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the 1st sephiroth or sphere of Kether (the Crown, origin) through the element of Earth – the Tree of Life manifested in visible form, in the material world (Assiah). The Ace of Disks represents the root of the powers of the Earth element, the origin of matter. This card also symbolizes wealth and power – the material world as tangible forms of energy. We’ll be grappling with such personal issues as stability, security, endurance, reliability and our relationship with money (both positive and negative) this week.

Astrologically, for interpretive purposes, this card incorporates the energy, qualities and characteristics of the three earth signs – power (Taurus), success (Virgo) and the magic of money (Capricorn).

This card represents the possibilities for the manifestation of wealth, abundance, material assets and resources.

In real-time astrology, the Sun entered Air-sign Libra on September 22nd (through October 23rd). We tend to be diplomatic and very sensitive to the needs of others during this transit. Maintaining balance and fair treatment are high priorities.

On September 25th, retrograde Chiron moves back into Water-sign Pisces (through February 18th next year).Chiron retrograde will end on December 8th. In a multi-year transit cycle, Chiron has been slowly transitioning from Pisces to Fire-sign Aries. This retrograde cycle is beneficial for introspection and personal growth. This energy has been essential to Implementing and maintaining good physical and mental health habits. On September 30th, Pluto turns direct in Earth-sign Capricorn. Combined with the energy of this forecast period, we will be concentrating intensely on our own personal power and ambitions. This is a great energetic match to this week’s card and we may glimpse visions of how to make our dreams manifest in the material world.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes stinginess, greed and shallow materialism.

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

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include white-flecked gold, as well as all deep earth-tones – greens, browns, ocher and also black.

Rock crystal, emerald, jet, tourmaline, quartz, peridot, onyx and amethyst worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us create and experience abundance and prosperity this week.

Iron and lead are this week’s metals – neither is good to wear, but their qualities remind us of the immense power and endurance of the earth element.

Scent your home, bath and body with cedar, cypress, comfrey, honeysuckle, magnolia, patchouli, primrose, sage and vetiver to heal your relationship with money and find harmony between the spiritual and material worlds.

Foods prepared with salt, all grains and nuts, sage, and tea brewed from comfrey will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Six of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™: 9-18-18 through 9-25-18

Six of Wands

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Six of Wands. We’ll be experiencing the successful completion of a project or task this week. This energy is most welcome and reminds us that whatever obstacles, difficulties and setbacks we’ve endured, we have persevered, and we won. We’ll be rewarded for our hard work and persistent efforts. We develop the confidence to know that what we have achieved and manifested is repeatable, we can build on this success again and again.

The sixes of the Minor Arcana restore harmony, balance and the energy of success to their respective suits and elements. After the disruption caused by the fives, the sixes bring affirmation, confirmation, validation and solidification. In the Six of Wands, the Fire element is the steady heat and light that warms and illuminates. Like the other sixes of the minor arcana, its position on the Tree of Life makes it a direct reflection of Kether – the Crown, the divine creative – manifesting in perfect balance here in the material world.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 6: sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty, sphere of the Sun, where energy manifests in a completely balanced way), in the suit of Wands (Atziluth, the archetypal world; the element of Fire – the will) plus Jupiter in Leo (more on that in a moment) equaling Victory.

Astrologically, this card represents Jupiter in Leo, rules from 10 to 20 degrees Leo, or August 2nd through August 11th 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. Jupiter in Leo is expansive, boisterous, warm and generous. The triumphant power of this card is like that of the noble Lion, claiming his rightful place as ruler.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Leo’s next-door neighbor, Earth-sign Virgo (through September 22nd); then enters Air-sign Libra. When Mercury enters Libra on September 21st we are inclined to consider others’ perspectives and feelings. We strive to be fair in our dealings with everyone, and expect fair treatment in return. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, we may find it more challenging to make decisions and our best course of action may not be clear. The Full Moon in Leo’s fellow Fire-sign Aries on September 24th reminds us to honor and respect ourselves within the context of our close relationships. During this forecast period, revelations can bring us a new and deeper understanding of our ability to lead, to plan and to implement new endeavors. As Jupiter continues its transit of Water-sign Scorpio (through November 8th) we find great opportunities in unlikely places. Unexpected good luck can come out of the hidden or previously unknown areas of our lives.

Misuse or darkening of the energy of this card includes being presumptuous or overstepping others’ boundaries with our assumptions. The desire to create a personality cult with oneself as the central figure should be avoided at all costs. It’s unlikely to be successful, and even if it were, the triumphant optimism that is the natural state of this week’s energy would be rapidly lost.

Let’s focus on tackling the week with enthusiasm! Both the giving and receiving of trust and loyalty are keys to our success. We should enjoy our successes and victories, accept the recognition and reward we’ve earned, and stay centered in self-confidence without arrogance.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include rose pink, violet, and purple for Jupiter as well as deep purple, grey and amber for Leo.

Ruby, diamond, rose quartz, amethyst, and amber worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will keep you feeling both optimistic and grounded while you celebrate your victories!

Leo gold and Jupiter tin are this week’s metals. Go for the rose or yellow gold! (for obvious reasons).

Scent your home, bath and body with poppy, sage, heliotrope, honeysuckle, hyssop and cedar to stay confident about your ability to be victorious without arrogance or egotistical self-promotion.

Foods prepared with anise, cinnamon, clove, mint, nutmeg and sage; or hops (think beer!) will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Seven of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 9-11-18 through 9-18-18

Seven of Cups

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Seven of Cups. This card represents imagination, fantasy and daydreaming, but mostly in their challenging or negative aspects. Sometimes floating around with the idea that every option is “open” means we choose not to act at all, and 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 (sexually or otherwise) and just as easily disappointed and disillusioned.

The Sevens of the Minor Arcana illuminate the motives for manifestation for their respective suits and elements. Balance gives way to questioning and exploration as well as the disruption which naturally arises from the search for the underlying causes of action. The sevens dissolve and deconstruct.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 7: sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (meaning Victory, sphere of Venus) 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.

The erroneous idea that more of anything is always better, and 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 probably is too, by the third (or the fourth for some of us) we’re getting sloppy and by the fifth – well, we may be dashing to the bathroom for some private time with the porcelain god – soooo not sexy.

Astrologically, this card corresponds to Venus in Scorpio and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Scorpio, or November 13th through November 22nd 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. 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 is transiting Earth-sign Virgo (through September 22nd). As sometimes happens, this week’s card perfectly matches the current astrological climate, with Venus having entered Water-sign Scorpio on September 9th (through October 31st). All of the energy – both positive and negative – will be magnified, so choose well. Venus will remain in Scorpio longer than usual due to its upcoming retrograde (October 5th).
Jupiter is sextile Pluto on September 12th. This is the last of three perfections while Jupiter is in Scorpio; the previous two occurred in January and April 2018. This transit favors both business and law, and powerfully sparks our ambitions. We are highly motivated to pursue personal or professional goals. We are persuasive and able to positively influence our environment and the people in it.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes delusion, delirium, and sinking into a swamp of false or illusionary pleasure. Extra care should be taken this week with intoxicants (of all kinds) and we should remind ourselves that escaping our troubles by building castles in the air rarely gets us closer to our goals. There is certainly a place for constructive daydreaming, imagining and visualizing, but this week, there are many more chances for pitfalls and errors than there are genuine opportunities.

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

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include emerald, sky blue, bluish-green tones, and rose pink along with very dark brown.

Topaz, ruby and jet (for Scorpio), as well as emerald, opal, jade, lapis and sapphire for Venus worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us stay grounded and keep us from over-indulging in too much of a good thing – or anything – this week.

Iron, plutonium and copper are this week’s metals. Only copper is really wearable – but it easily tarnishes. Despite its reported medicinal properties, that turning/tarnishing should serve as a good reminder of Venus’ tendency toward the weaknesses of the flesh and the senses.

Scent your home, bath and body with purple heather, violet, wild rose, apple, bergamot, hibiscus, magnolia, plumeria, strawberry, vanilla or vervain to clear the emotional, mental and spiritual dust-bunnies and cobwebs out of the corners.

Foods prepared with sweet basil, apple, strawberry and vanilla as well as tea brewed from hibiscus or rose hips – provided you don’t gorge on or swill any of them – will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Two of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 9-04-18 through 9-11-18

Two of Cups

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Two of Cups. In many instances it indicates romantic love, marriage and partnerships even more than the Major Arcana card, the Lovers. It can indicate a friendship that develops into a romantic relationship; an engagement or marriage, and can also include the pleasure of enjoying the company of our good friends and family.

The Twos of the Minor Arcana are the balanced but polarized states of their respective suit and element. The twos are duality, and this is our way of seeing and being in the world in order to understand it; weighing and balancing things against their opposites – good vs. bad, dark vs. light, positive vs. negative. Until we differentiate, we can’t resolve and unify.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 2: sephiroth or sphere 2, Chokmah (meaning Wisdom, sphere of the Zodiac and 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.

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

In real-time astrology, the Sun is in Earth-sign Virgo, soon to be joined by Mercury on September 5th. Also during this forecast period we’ll experience a New Moon in Virgo on September 9th. Saturn turns direct in Earth-sign Capricorn on September 6th. Capricorn is Cancer’s polar opposite sign on the wheel of the Zodiac. The direct motion of Capricorn’s ruling planet eases some pressure and allows for steady but significant progress for all of us, but is especially helpful in balancing the complementary energy of Cancer.

Venus enters Cancer’s fellow-Water sign Scorpio on September 9th. In combination with the energy of this week’s card, love becomes intense, passionate and committed during this forecast period. There is real opportunity for a healing and transformational bonding experience in relationships.

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

Let’s focus on enjoying the positive aspects by spending time with people we genuinely like, and let attractions blossom with people we hope to get to know and like even better.

It’s a great week to flirt, begin dating, or even fall in love – or to develop an existing relationship and see it move forward in a positive direction.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include pearl gray, emerald green, sky blue and pale pink for Venus, amber, maroon and russet for Cancer.

Emerald, opal, jade, sapphire and lapis worn as jewelry, or carried as power stones will awaken feelings of love and attraction.

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

Scent your home, bath and body with poppy, white rose, violet, wild rose, bergamot, geranium, hibiscus, and plumeria to create a sensuous, relaxed mood. These will work wonders whether you’re deepening an existing relationship or if you’re hoping to attract love into your life – so this week, use them to help you draw in what (and who) will make you truly happy.

This week’s array of flowers, fruits and vegetables offers us ingredients for tasty meals to share with those we love. Cancer rules the stomach and Venus the heart – so this week the way to our loved one’s heart definitely is through their stomach! Along with this week’s scents, foods prepared with apples, watercress, strawberries, poppy seeds and vanilla as well as teas brewed from hibiscus and bergamot will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Death

Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-28-18 through 9-04-18

Death

The weekly Tarotcast card is Death. Although most people don’t enjoy seeing this card come up in a reading, impending physical death is rarely the message this card delivers. The Death card tells us that things are about to change in a big way. In the cycle or circle of life, Death is a necessary stage in bringing about the constant renewal of life.  T

Transformation is the mode by which energy continues on, taking many forms – or even no discernible form – but never truly dying.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card travels path 24, joining sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty) with sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach, (meaning Victory). Its Hebrew letter is Nun, which in one form means “fish”. The fish is a symbol of activity and life. The fish is also one of the foremost symbols in Christianity, representing life, death, and resurrection. In another form, Nun means “sprouting seed” representing life beginning anew.

Astrologically this card is the zodiacal trump of Scorpio in which Mars rules and Pluto is exalted. The sign of Scorpio manifests in three images and aspects – the lowest is the scorpion, the middle is the serpent (or lizard), and the highest is the eagle (or phoenix).

In real-time astrology, Sun is in Earth-sign Virgo (through September 22nd). Mars is now direct in Virgo’s fellow Earth-sign Capricorn (through September 10th). We should experience a slow but steady increase in our confidence. Our ability to assert ourselves in a constructive manner is growing, and we can positively influence our environment to create meaningful changes.

On September 3rd Jupiter in Scorpio will semi-square Saturn retrograde in Capricorn. In combination with the energy of this week’s card, we may experience financial issues around debt and will need to exercise caution with our investments. This is a good time to plan paying down or paying off loans.

When Saturn turns direct in Capricorn on September 6th we will finally get some clarity in our work and career. Stalled projects move forward. This energy is aided by Mars stationing direct on August 27th, just prior to this forecast period. Though still in its shadow phase, both the motivation and the effort needed to make progress are gaining momentum.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes resistance to change, fear, ignorance or misunderstanding of the regeneration cycle.

Let’s focus on inner wisdom, consistency, and making room for the new while we clear away the old.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include indigo, blue-green and dark brown.
Topaz, onyx, nephrite and malachite worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us let go of whatever we need to release gracefully and joyfully.

Iron is this week’s metal – not great for wearing, but a good reminder of strength and endurance.

Scent your home, bath and body with patchouli, vanilla, pomegranate and heather to clear your energy and open yourself to embracing positive changes.

Foods prepared with ginseng, dill, saffron, pomegranate and vanilla will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Two of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-21-18 through 8-28-18

Two of Wands

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Two of Wands. This card indicates dynamic energy and the stresses and tensions – as well as the benefits – which come from it. In partnerships and collaborations, there can be friction and even conflict as each person attempts to make their point and share their ideas and feelings. If well-managed, tremendous creative energy is unleashed and can be channeled into constructive and productive projects.

The Twos of the Minor Arcana are the balanced but polarized states of their respective suit and element. The twos are duality, and this is our way of seeing and being in the world in order to understand it; weighing and balancing things against their opposites. Good vs. bad, dark vs. light, positive vs. negative. Until we differentiate, we can’t resolve and unify.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the Formula 2: sephiroth or sphere 2, Chokmah (meaning Wisdom, sphere of the Zodiac and divine Masculine energy, Yang) in the suit of Wands (Atziluth, the archetypal world; the element of Fire – our will) plus Mars in Aries (more on that in a moment), equaling Dominion.

Astrologically, this card represents Mars in Aries, and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Aries, or March 21st through March 30th, 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. Mars is the planet of physical energy and is Aries’ ruling planet. It embodies assertiveness and the courage to take action.

In real-time astrology, Mercury is now direct in Aries’ fellow Fire-sign Leo (through September 5th). Communication, travel and progress should all begin to improve as we move through the shadow period and forward momentum once again begins to build. The Sun enters Earth-sign Virgo on August 23rd. Combined with the energy of this forecast period, we are practical and quite able to make the most of our resources. We are generally productive, good collaborators and contributors to group efforts, and we may find it easier to get and stay organized. The Sun forms a grand trine with Saturn and Uranus on August 25th which helps us stay grounded and balanced through the changes occurring around us.

Jupiter is sesquiquadrate (a form of astrological square) Chiron in Aries on August 25th. Chiron is an asteroid called “the wounded healer”. In Aries, this energy gives us the opportunity to resolve identity and ego issues. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, extra caution is advised. Healing oneself need not damage or diminish others.

When Mars turns direct August 27th, we should experience a slow but steady increase in our confidence. Our ability to assert ourselves in a positive, constructive manner is growing, as is our ability to influence our environment and create meaningful changes.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes energy unleashed wildly, egotism and violence, oppression and destruction, domination rather than dominion. When ill-dignified, this energy doesn’t work or play well with others.

Let’s focus on our creative impulses and the courage to take positive and assertive (rather than aggressive) action this week.

A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include scarlet, fiery red, azure blue and deep emerald green.

Ruby, bloodstone, diamond and garnet worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will remind us to avoid negativity and aggression.

Iron is this week metal – not really wearable, but a reminder that genuine strength can be exercised gently – we can choose to make tools, not weapons.

Scent your home, bath and body with wild rose, pine, tobacco, and woodbine to reinforce positive energies and generate some creative heat.

Foods prepared with allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Six of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-14-18 through 8-21-18

Six of Swords

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Six of Swords. This week finds us moving along on our journey, literally or figuratively, through a gateway to new solutions for our problems. Physically, spiritually or emotionally, we are distancing ourselves from the past. Since Swords represent the intellect and mental processes, we are clear-headed and our ability to focus and concentrate is excellent. Intense curiosity and analytical thinking are also signified by this card.

The sixes of the Minor Arcana restore harmony, balance and the energy of success to their respective suits and elements. After the disruption caused by the fives, the sixes bring affirmation, confirmation, validation and solidification. In the Six of Swords, the Air element acts as the force of creative intelligence.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 6: sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty, sphere of the Sun, where energy manifests in a completely balanced way), in the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the formative world; the element of Air and our mental and intellectual processes) plus Mercury in Aquarius (more on that in a moment) equaling Science.

Astrologically, this card corresponds to Mercury in Aquarius and rules from 10 to 20 degrees Aquarius, or January 30th to February 8th, 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. Intellectual balance is perfectly at home here. Through the application of right thinking and right action, we’ve earned – or are earning – our success.

In real-time astrology, Mercury remains retrograde in Fire-sign Leo (through August 19th). Leo is Aquarius’ polar opposite on the wheel of the Zodiac. This energy complements that of this forecast period. Part of our ability to balance ourselves and find creative solutions to our problems may come from a fresh perspective on old issues or projects.

Mars continues its retrograde transit until August 27th, having revisited both Aquarius and Capricorn. Normally assertive, action-oriented and outwardly directed, Mars energy has been turned inward. Exercise caution and avoid passive-aggressive behavior. Our efforts – physical and mental – seems sluggish and stagnant. Reviewing, reworking and restructuring plans and projects is a much more productive use of this energy and is in harmony with that of this week’s card.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes skepticism, mistrust, prejudicial or overly-critical and judgmental thinking.

Let’s focus on our search for truth with objectivity, holistic thinking and intense analysis used constructively!

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include yellow, purple, grey, violet, indigo and salmon pink.

Jade, jasper, topaz, aquamarine as well as amber and malachite worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will definitely keep our heads clear and our thoughts balanced this week.

Uranium, mercury and zinc are this week’s metals – and other than zinc, none should be worn or even handled for obvious reasons. A little zinc oxide on your nose will prevent sunburn there, though.

Scent your home, bath and body with cornflower, lilac, vervain (verbena), snowdrop and foxglove to enhance your intellectual and analytical powers this week.

Foods prepared with parsley, dill, rosemary, lemongrass, peppermint and mace will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Nine of Cups

 

Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-07-18 through 8-14-18

Nine of Cups

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Nine of Cups. This is one of the happiest, most positive and optimistic cards in the deck, especially in all matters emotional, including romantic love!

Is everybody happy? You bet! This week is a great time to get centered, smile and celebrate while enjoying the pleasures and comforts of the very best things life has to offer. This card is the big “YES” – so be prepared to say yes to just about anything this week, and be prepared for the big “YES” in terms of good things coming your way.

The Nines of the Minor Arcana bring things toward a conclusion. They represent integration, fulfillment and attainment for their respective suits and elements, in this case Cups and Water energy. Social and sensual pleasures are still enjoyed in moderation, desires are satisfied and contentment reigns.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 9: sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (meaning Foundation – sphere of Luna, where energy crystallizes) in the suit of Cups (Briah, the Creative world; the element of Water – our heart and emotions) plus Jupiter in Pisces (more on that in a moment) equaling Happiness.

Astrologically, this card represents Jupiter in Pisces, and rules from 10 to 20 degrees Pisces, or March 1st through March 10th, 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. Jupiter’s knack for enjoying the good life and “bigger, better, more” energy is right at home in the mutable water sign of the Fish, where things are comfortable and cozy.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is still transiting Fire-sign Leo (through August 23rd), and Mercury remains retrograde in Leo (through August 19th). The New Moon partial Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 11th can propel us into a period of playfulness, romantic connections and powerful self-expression. The strengths of the Lion – generosity, creativity, courage and warmth, to name just a few – come to the forefront. We are motivated to share our unique gifts with the world around us. We look for positive ways to take charge of our lives. This is a harmonious complement to the energy of this forecast period.

We’ll have to wait just a little bit for the solar system to catch up with the energy of this week’s card. On August 19th, Jupiter in Pisces’ fellow Water-sign Scorpio will trine Neptune in Pisces, a truly perfect match to the energy of this week’s card. Let’s consider this week a preview of good things to come!

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes conceit and vanity. Avoid being gullible. Check your “Too Good to Be True” Meter, because if something really IS too good to be true you’ll want to take a pass.

Let’s focus on sharing our good fortune and positive news with others and allowing them to share theirs with us! Stay receptive and be ready to say “YES” – accept affirmatives into your life this week.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include sea-green, blue, purple, violet and white.

Of course, there couldn’t be a better time to listen to music that makes you want to dance, sing, or – if you’re feeling too shy for those, just lifts your spirits high! How about Pharrell Williams’ “Happy?” or “Don’t Worry, Be Happy?” The word “happy” doesn’t even have to be in the title. One of my all-time favorites (and a song I lovingly describe as the happiest flippin’ song in the world) is “Jackie Wilson Said” by Van Morrison. Whatever works for you.

Amethyst, aquamarine, sapphire, emerald or topaz worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us to clarify and manifest what makes us happy and serves our highest good.

Tin is this week’s metal, not great for wearing – but a strong alloy (and ally) for strength and flexibility.

Scent your home, bath and body with musk, lavender, jasmine, heliotrope, carnation, opium poppy, cedar, honeysuckle and hyssop to feel love, happiness and optimism; to awaken Pisces gentle, loving nature and to radiate Jupiter’s noble power.

Foods prepared with clove, sage, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg and mint especially in liquids (soups, teas) and in all types of desserts and sweets, will provide the same beneficial effects.

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