Weekly Tarotcast™: 12-27-16 through 1-03-17
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, the Sun is transiting Earth-sign Capricorn, Aquarius’ next door neighbor on the wheel of the zodiac. Mercury turned retrograde on December 19th (through January 8th), beginning in Capricorn and backing up into Sagittarius on January 4th, where it will remain through the rest of the retrograde cycle. During this transit we have little patience for small talk or frivolous pursuits.
Venus is currently transiting Air-sign Aquarius. In combination with this week’s card, getting along with others should come easily now. During this forecast period, we find ourselves drawn to the unusual and unconventional. We want to interact with intelligent others and we welcome new experiences.
On December 29th we will have a New Moon in Capricorn, awakening our ambitions, our understanding of time and limitations, and our sense of order. We are able to set practical goals, use our maturity and common sense for problem resolution, and act with self-discipline and a strong sense of responsibility.
Also, Uranus (Aquarius’ ruling planet) turns direct on this same day making for a very inventive, creative and even unpredictable New Moon period. As Uranus gains forward momentum we may find ourselves taking some chances, feeling rebellious, following our instincts and looking to create change.
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, 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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