Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Emperor

Weekly Tarotcast™: 10-17-17 through 10-24-17

The Emperor

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Emperor.  This card represents order in our lives as well as traditional masculine authority figures. Our fathers, some business leaders, more generally the police, court systems and the government all come under the strongly masculine (Yang) energy of this card. This is a great week for getting organized!  Even the small ways we use logic and left-brain thinking, and the small things we do to create a structured framework pay off big in the coming week.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels Path 28, joining sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (meaning Victory, imbalance in the form of the Masculinized female) to sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (meaning Foundation, the sphere of Luna, the crystallization of energy).  Its Hebrew letter is Tzaddi, meaning “fish hook”.   This is the first letter in the word tzaddig, or “righteous man,” so tzaddi stands for both righteousness and humility. And the only other thing I will say about this letter in relation to this card is that Mr. Crowley swapped it for the Hebrew letter attribution of the 17th Major Arcana card, The Star. He had his reasons; to agree or disagree with them I will leave entirely up to you.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Aries, in which Mars rules and the Sun is exalted. This energy gives us plenty of opportunities to show our leadership skills.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is in Air-sign Libra (through October 22nd), Aries’ polar opposite sign on the wheel of the Zodiac.  The New Moon in Libra on October 19th makes the perfect time for focusing on and fine-tuning our relationships especially if we’ve been ignoring them or taking them for granted. This is excellent energy for working on our negotiation and partnership skills. Using the best aspects of this week’s card, resolution of conflicts is highly possible.

Mars enters Libra on October 22nd. Mars is in its detriment in Libra (Libra opposes Mars-ruled Aries) so it’s not nearly as comfortable here as it might be otherwise, and isn’t working to its best advantage or playing to its strengths. This can cause some hard feelings and actions during this forecast period.

The Sun enters Water-sign Scorpio on October 23rd. Mars was the original ruler of Scorpio. This transit turns our attention to the acquisition and use of power as well as intimacy and sharing in relationships. We’ll probe deeply into our own inner space to understand our own motivations and the deeper meaning behind others’ behavior.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes domineering, authoritarian actions, rigid thinking and over-planning.  Other things to avoid are irrational, impulsive actions, hyper-sexuality and aggressive behaviors.

Let’s focus on successfully navigating this strong energy by using the best of it without going overboard. We can exercise personal responsibility and be good grown-ups.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include scarlet, warm gold tones and any bright, vivid shade of red.

Ruby, bloodstone, diamond, garnet, black onyx and clear quartz crystal worn as jewelry, or carried as power stones will balance the light-and-dark energies of authority and leadership as well as the fires of ambition and determination.

Iron is this week’s metal. Although not wearable, it is a symbol of endurance and strength but also stubbornness, so take care.

Scent your home, bath and body with eucalyptus, thistle, wild rose, woodbine, pine and tobacco (the scent, no need to smoke anything) for both calming the nerves yet stimulating the mind and body in a positive, focused way.

Foods prepared with allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper will give a fiery kick to your recipes this week (just remember fire is a great servant but a dangerous master); also artichokes and sunflower (seeds or oil) will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Four of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™:  10-10-17 through 10-17-17

 Four of Swords

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Four of Swords. Authority exercised with grace; and equilibrium with justice is the energy we’ll be experiencing this week. Just remember that Swords are weapons of war, so if we establish a truce or peace this week, it will occur because of a threat of unpleasantness; even conflict or violence. And it will be temporary.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 4: sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy; sphere of Jupiter, the rule of Law) in the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the world of Form; element of Air, representing the intellect and mental processes) plus Jupiter in Libra (more on that in a moment) equaling Truce.

The Fours of the Minor Arcana are where the form and structure of their respective elements and suits are stabilized and nurtured for further development and manifestation. They bring unification, domestication, reflection, or gestation to events and situations.

Astrologically this card symbolizes Jupiter in Libra, and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Libra, or October 13th to October 22nd, a near-perfect astrological match this week; 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 Libra energy is great for socializing and increasing one’s popularity or public reputation. There is a strong sense of justice and fair play as well as a desire to promote the general welfare and public good.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is in Air-sign Libra (through October 22nd).  Also, Mercury is currently transiting Libra (through October 17th, the last day of this forecast period). This transit emphasizes diplomacy. We make a special effort to be fair and we are open to considering others’ viewpoints. While this can harmonize well with the energy of this week’s card, we may find that our decision-making processes lack focus and clarity.

On October 10th, Jupiter enters Water-sign Scorpio (through November 8th, 2018). Jupiter transits come in twelve-year cycles. This transit urges us to pursue our heart’s desires, to fully experience all of our emotions and to foster intimacy with others; as well as deepening our self-awareness.

When Venus enters Libra (this sign’s ruling planet) on October 14th we may become idealistic about romantic love. Aggressive, coarse or rude behavior is a huge turn-off. The caution here is that in combination with the energy of this week’s card, we can lapse into co-dependency or denial – ignoring some of the problematic aspects of our relationships.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes isolation, retreat, illness (physical, mental or emotional), or making too many concessions and over-compromising, trying for peace at any price.

Let’s focus being tolerant, using a temporary break in the action to plan our next move, and seeking the outcome that offers the opportunity of achieving the best and highest good for all concerned.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include violet, purple and blue for Jupiter along with deep green and blue for Libra.

Sapphire, amethyst, diamond, lapis and opal worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will keep balanced fairness and justice at the forefront of our dealings this week.

Copper and tin are this week’s metals, which when combined create bronze.  Bronze is both harder and less brittle than either of these metals alone – and is both useful and beautiful. In olden times, bronze was used to make weapons.  You can make a tool or a statue – or a sword. Choose well.

Scent your home, bath and body with violet, white rose, heliotrope, cedar and honeysuckle to help keep you on an even keel this week  with stability, balance and fairness.

Foods prepared with clove, sage, poppy seeds, anise, cinnamon, mint, nutmeg or sage will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Death

Weekly Tarotcast™:  10-03-17 through 10-10-17

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Author’s note: as is my usual practice, the card for this week’s Tarotcast was chosen late last Tuesday  prior to the tragic shootings in Las Vegas. I chose not to change it for posting today. 

The weekly Tarotcast card is Death. Although most people don’t enjoy seeing this card come up in a reading, impending physical death is not 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. 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, the Sun is in Air-sign Libra, Scorpio’s next-door neighbor on the wheel of the Zodiac. Just prior to this forecast period, Pluto turned direct (in Earth-sign Capricorn). Mars is transiting Earth-sign Virgo (through October 22nd). On October 5th we’ll experience a Full Moon in Mars-ruled Fire-sign Aries. Aries energy is assertive, active and always up for whatever is new and exciting. This lunation harmonizes with the energy of this week’s card and can help us move toward positive changes. We can welcome in the next phase of our life experiences.

On October 10th, Jupiter enters Scorpio (through November 8th, 2018). Jupiter transits come in twelve-year cycles. This transit is ideal for growing something new out of something that has been destroyed or has died. Scorpio is the sign of re-birth and transformation. With the influence of the planet of abundance, expansion and good fortune we can experience hope and feelings of renewal. This is a perfect time to use Scorpio’s transformational energy to our best advantage.

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™: Ace of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 9-26-17 through 10-03-17

 Ace of Cups

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Ace of Cups.  The aces are the source or seed of their element’s energy, so the powers of the element of Water are embodied in this card. Fluidity, receptivity, Yin (Female) energy and water’s power to reflect are all contained in the Ace of Cups. The water element also symbolizes our emotions – and more accurately with the Ace, our potential to feel and express a range of emotions.

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 Cups as its throne, and together with her rules the Libra-Scorpio-Sagittarius celestial quadrant above the North Pole and the area of the Pacific Rim.  Whew!

This card represents the possibilities of desire for harmonious union, love and affection, and the mystery of romantic attraction, although all types of love can come into our lives this week.

We are ready to go to the core of our hearts and souls, and we are open and receptive to the deepest feelings of others too. A sense of newness – birth or rebirth – is connected to this card. All things “new” will have a strong appeal – a new love, a new start,  a new-found appreciation for life, new (or renewed) emotional connections.

 On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the 1st sephiroth or sphere of Kether (the Crown, origin) through the element of Water – Briah; the Creative world and the divine soul, intuition.

Astrologically, for interpretive purposes, this card incorporates the energy, qualities and characteristics of the three water signs – sensitivity (Cancer), desire (Scorpio) and mysticism (Pisces).

In real-time astrology, Jupiter in Air-sign Libra is sesquiquadrate Neptune in Water-sign Pisces on September 27th.  This can be tense and anxious energy. We may find ourselves conflicted about pursuing our personal goals or putting the needs of others first. These are not necessarily mutually exclusive, and with some introspection we may find that the two paths are compatible. During this forecast period, it’s easier to find win-win situations and ways to best serve both ourselves and others.

On September 28th, Jupiter opposes Uranus in Fire-sign Aries and Pluto turns direct. This will bring several days and for some of us, several weeks of high intensity. We focus on ambition and need to feel empowered and in control. We are likely to take definitive action to make deep changes in our lives.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes vague thinking, irrational indulgence of the emotions, and creating emotional “tsunamis” that can overwhelm or threaten to drown others (or ourselves).

Let’s focus on inviting and welcoming the healing qualities of water into our lives this week.

A little home alchemy:  The true color of the Ace of Cups is pure white brilliance. Power colors this week also include grey, indigo, aquamarine, turquoise and all the various colors of water.

Aquamarine, beryl, opal, amethyst, blue tourmaline, pearl, coral, blue topaz, blue fluorite, larimar, lapis lazuli and sodalite worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us channel the healing and liberating powers of water.

Mercury and copper as well as white metals (such as silver, white gold and platinum) are all reminders of water’s power of reflection, refraction and brilliance.

Scent your home, bath and body with aloe, gardenia, lilac, lily of the valley, lotus, mosses, passion flower, rose – water lilies and all water plants will help us connect with our innermost emotions in a calm, peaceful and powerful way this week.

Foods prepared with apple, lemon, lettuce, lotus root, thyme and seaweed as well as teas brewed from chamomile or rose hips will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Five of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 9-19-17 through 9-26-17

 Five of Swords

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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, Venus enters Earth-sign Virgo on September 19th, and we’ll experience a New Moon in Virgo on September 20th. Virgo’s practical, no-nonsense energy may help ground and stabilize the less-positive effects of this week’s card. This transit can intensify our desires and motivate us to focus on the details of our own work, and make improvements to our health.   

The Sun enters Aquarius’ fellow Air-sign, Venus-ruled Libra on September 22nd.  This transit doesn’t necessarily help matters – Libra’s gentle, conciliatory nature can get steamrolled by the harsher aspects at work this week. If we keep our focus on creative, positive thoughts and actions, avoid self-sabotage and self-undermining, we can benefit from this energy.

As Jupiter nears the end of its transit of Libra (October 10th) it forms some harsh aspects during and just following this forecast period: quincunx Chiron (in Pisces) on September 23rd, sesquiquadrate Neptune (in Pisces) on September 27th, and opposite Uranus in Aries on September 28th.

We may feel restless and unsettled. A project or cycle may have ended, and we’re temporarily without clear direction or knowledge of what comes next.  We may feel the need to make changes but not know what, how or when to act. Sudden rebelliousness and aggression can surface.

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™: Art

Weekly Tarotcast™: 9-12-17 through 9-19-17

 Art

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The weekly Tarotcast card is Art, known as Temperance in many Tarot decks. This card indicates that we will need to mix varying elements in ourselves or in our environment and combine them properly. We may be seeking a better balance between our working life and our personal life, or we may be seeking to harmonize the conflicting priorities and demands we’re faced with every day.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 25, joining sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty) to sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (meaning Foundation).  Its Hebrew letter is Samekh, which means a tent-peg or prop. Interesting that one of this card’s symbols is an object that supports or stabilizes something. Balance and harmony support and stabilize us, so this symbol make a lot of sense.

Two common interpretations of this card are the need to exercise patience and to remember the old saying, “everything in moderation”. Esoterically or spiritually, this card also represents the connection between the conscious and the unconscious mind.

The card is called “Art” in the Thoth Tarot because the ancient alchemists called their craft “art” meaning the art of perfection, or the philosopher’s art. The Sagittarian Archer’s arrow is aimed upward – toward the heavens and toward the highest of ideals, reminding us that even if we can’t achieve perfection, we can certainly shoot for it.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. I like that we are cautioned to exercise patience and moderation by the planet of “bigger, better, more”. The union of opposites, the reconciliation of duality and the understanding of proportion and perspective on both a mundane and a spiritual level are all contained in this card.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is in Earth-sign Virgo (through September 21st). During this forecast period, the Virgo focus on details and methodical planning can nicely complement the energy of this week’s card. Jupiter is transiting Air-sign Libra (through October 10th) emphasizing partnerships, diplomacy, tact and our ability to empathize. The aspects highlighted by this transit are peace, harmony, balance, compromise and fair-mindedness – all blending beautifully with the energy of this week’s card.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes doing anything to excess, overindulgence, greed, conflict and a tendency to go to extremes.

Let’s focus on harmony of body, mind and soul – and finding the right mixture for ourselves individually. We can mix and match to our heart’s content – knowing we are creating our own personal formula for success.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include blue, black and cool, dark grey spiked with bright yellow and gold.

Sapphire, amethyst and topaz worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will bring balance and an optimistic outlook to our endeavors.

Tin is this week’s metal – not great for wearing but important as an alloy – an ingredient mixed with other metals to make them stronger and more fit for numerous applications and uses.

Scent your home, bath and body with lavender, carnation, sage, cedar, cinnamon, honeysuckle, hyssop and mint to attain harmony and a sense of well-being as well as to enhance a mood of peaceful transformation.

Foods prepared with lavender, sage, clove, anise, cinnamon, mint, nutmeg or poppy seeds will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Three of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 9-05-17 through 9-12-17

 Three of Cups

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Three of Cups.  This card represents celebration and joy. Happy occasions shared with family and friends as well as opportunities to socialize and party for any reason – or no particular reason at all – will be highlighted this week.  Be ready for good news about upcoming life events such as engagements or weddings, birth announcements, pregnancies, even promotions and career advancements.  Whether the good news and good fortune are yours or someone else’s; enjoy the lighthearted, carefree freedom of spending time with people you like/love and celebrating successes, large and small.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 3: sephiroth or sphere 3, Binah (meaning Understanding – supreme Feminine energy, or Yin) in the suit of Cups (Briah, the creative world; the element of Water and the emotions) plus Mercury in Cancer (more on that in a moment) equaling Abundance.

The Threes of the minor Arcana are the form, structure and first results or manifestations of their respective elements – in this case Water, or the emotions.  This card signifies the energy of Cups/Water/Emotions in action – bringing a fresh perspective, an emotionally-based point of view and a deep understanding of events and situations.

Astrologically, this card symbolizes Mercury in Cancer, and rules from 10 to 20 degrees Cancer, or July 2nd through July 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. This is water energy creating and sustaining life – nurturing and fertilizing.  Intuitive messages, expressed feelings and emotional fulfillment are the highlights of this week.

In real-time astrology, Mercury stations direct in Fire-sign Leo (Cancer’s next door neighbor) on September 5th ; then enters Mercury-ruled Earth-sign Virgo on September 9th. This transit highlights logic, fine attention to detail, practicality and common sense. In conjunction with the energy of this forecast period, this can be a welcome balance to the emotionality of this week’s card. It’s also a good reminder not to sweat the small stuff or become overly-critical.

On September 6th a Full Moon in Cancer’s fellow Water-sign Pisces; and in the 2nd or Cancer decan of Pisces. The Moon is also the natural ruler of Cancer. This hyper-sensitive and intuitive energy can be wonderfully beneficial or very toxic. Water can nurture and soothe – but as we’ve seen with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent rains and flooding – water can certainly destroy as well.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes hedonism, escapism, lust and over-indulgence in sensual pleasures (sex, food, drink, drugs, etc.)

Let’s focus on being cheerful, celebrating with moderation, and enjoying the fulfillment of love and happiness.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include yellow, amber, purple, maroon, indigo, violet, gray and black.

Diamond, emerald, jade, jasper, topaz and aquamarine worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us communicate and express ourselves lovingly and ensure our messages are well-received.

Mercury and zinc (not wearable) as well as silver (very wearable!) are this week’s metals.

Scent your home, bath and body with poppy, rose, valerian, lavender, lilac and vervain to enhance the celebratory atmosphere and keep communication smooth, successful, loving and positive.

Foods prepared with parsley, dill, rosemary, poppy seeds, lemongrass and watercress will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Lust

Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-29-17 through 9-05-17

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The weekly Tarotcast card is Lust, known in most decks as Strength. However, let it be clearly understood that the reference here goes way beyond sexual lust – it speaks to the lust for life, the vigor and enthusiasm that we experience when something captures our imaginations and sparks our desire to take action. This is also the card the Thoth Tarot deck swaps with Major Arcana card 8 – “ Adjustment (Justice), so it is number 11 of the Majors in the Thoth tarot. Good and confused yet? Don’t be!

With trust in ourselves and confidence in our abilities, we’re in a position of power this week.  We feel genuine passion for a cause near and dear to our hearts, to our work, to our creative endeavors.  Power flows through us and we can be persuasive and charismatic when we speak our truth with heart and soul conviction.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels Path 19, joining sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy) with sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (meaning Severity). Crowley designed the Thoth tarot to correspond with his extensive study of Kabbalah, so he changed the order and correspondences of some of the Major Arcana cards, including this one.  Among his many (and in my opinion, more accurate) reasons for doing so was that this card’s Hebrew letter, Teth – means “serpent”.  He felt that the card’s energy closely corresponded to the Lion-Serpent, which is a symbol of the power of the Kundalini, the life-force energy cultivated through yogic practice.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Leo (reinforcing again the Lion-Serpent imagery), in which the Sun rules and Uranus is exalted.

In real-time astrology, on August 31st Mercury retrogrades into Leo (through September 5th when Mercury stations direct).  Our communication is passionate and powerful, but possibly lacking discretion. We may meet with resistance if we push our thoughts and ideas too aggressively.

Mars continues transiting Fire-sign Leo through September 5th. This energy enhances our pride and courage but is not very detail-oriented. We are direct, confident and results-driven.

Uranus is currently in a long-term transit of Leo’s fellow Fire-sign Aries (through March 2019) so if we’ve suppressed our true nature, ignored it, or feel as though we’ve lost it, this energy jolts us back into ourselves. We may be reinventing ourselves in a way more closely aligned with who we really are, or really wish to be, at our very best. Radical changes, assertion of our independence and flashes of connection with our Higher Mind are all aspects of this energy.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes aggression, bullying and, strangely enough, repressing our instincts.  That may seem strange considering the card’s name and symbolism, but look at it this way: what if our instinct is to bully, browbeat or steamroll someone into submission to our great passion?

Let’s focus on channeling our urges into something positive rather than trying to repress them. Take a moment to look at the source of those passionate feelings and ask, “What serves my highest good and the highest good of all concerned?” We definitely don’t want to put out our internal fire, but we do definitely want a controlled heat – let’s barbecue, not burn down the house!

A little home alchemy:  Power colors for this week include shades of deep, rich, ruby red as well as reddish-amber, deep purple and greenish-yellow.

Ruby, garnet, amber and diamond worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us channel strength and love as well as passion this week.

Gold is this week’s metal, particularly yellow or rose gold – wear it with pride and positivity.

Scent your home, bath and body with neroli, patchouli, marigold, sunflower, cedar and frankincense to spark creative and physical passions.

Foods or beverages prepared with hops (more beer!), galangal (similar to ginger root), juniper (gin-and-tonic this week!), orange, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves or sunflower seeds will provide the same beneficial effects.

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Five of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™:  8-22-17 through 8-29-17

 Five of Cups

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 The weekly Tarotcast card is the Five of Cups. This week’s energy is focused on disappointment, regret and loss. Notice I say focused on. This card’s inherent energy indicates that we may be dwelling on past experiences that created negative feelings rather than on events that are actually occurring here and now, in the present.

The Fives of the Minor Arcana challenge the order and structure of their respective elements. 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 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, aggression, storms and stress) in the suit of Cups (Briah, the creative world, the element of Water – our emotions) plus Mars in Scorpio (more on that in a moment) equaling Disappointment.

Astrologically this card corresponds to Mars in Scorpio and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Scorpio, or from October 23rd to November 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. This attribution wouldn’t appear to be problematic – Mars was the traditional ruler of Scorpio before Pluto was discovered, and is arguably its only ruling planet since Pluto was demoted from planet status. The issues arise from Mars being almost too comfortably at home here and the fiery blast of heat that Mars churns up in his excitement is in opposition to Scorpio’s watery, deep and secretive process of transformation.

In real-time astrology, the Sun enters Earth-sign Virgo on August 22nd. Practical and detail-oriented, this transit can add some grounding and a shift in perspective to the energy of this week’s card.

Mars continues transiting Fire-sign Leo through September 5th. This energy enhances our pride and courage but is not very detail-oriented. We are direct, confident and results-driven.

Prior to this forecast period on August 4th, Jupiter and Pluto reached the third and final square aspect of a set of three.  This energy promotes strong ambition and belief in our abilities. However we may be spreading ourselves thin by taking on too many activities or interests. There’s no harm in looking at the big picture but ignoring crucial details can work against us. On August 27th, a Jupiter-Saturn sextile will help bring us much needed grounding.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes resistance to change, inability to release negative feelings, clinging to negative events from the past, obsession with past mistakes (our own or those of others) and bitterness.

Let’s focus on letting bygones be bygones, picking up the pieces, and moving forward. One of the key messages in this card is that we have the ability by conscious choice to focus on what we DO have rather than what we’ve lost or haven’t yet received or accomplished.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include scarlet red, black, azure blue and deep green-blue.

Ruby, bloodstone, garnet or jet (for Mars) and topaz (for Scorpio) worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help balance and mellow the intense energy and allow us to gain new hope by relinquishing the past.

Iron (Mars) and plutonium (Pluto) are this week’s metals – neither is good for wearing, but for reminding us that strength coupled with adaptability can serve us well. If ill-used, destruction results.

Scent your home, bath and body with heather, wild rose, pine, carnation and poppy to help process and heal the past in order to move confidently into the future.

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

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Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Nine of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™:  8-15-17 through 8-22-17

Nine of Wands

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Nine of Wands.  This week’s energy is focused on momentum and drawing on the reserves of energy and strength we’ve been storing up. Great strength is indicated here, but the strength lies in our ability to keep rolling with the changes, constantly balancing and adjusting to maintain our forward motion – sort of like riding a bicycle.

The Nines of the Minor Arcana bring things to a conclusion. They represent integration, fulfillment and attainment for their respective suits and elements, in this case Wands and Fire energy  – the ideal world. Our will has manifested and reached its peak of perfection.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 9: sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (meaning Foundation  – sphere of the Moon and the crystallization of energy) in the suit of Wands (Atziluth, the archetypal world; the element of Fire – the life-force of the soul, and our will) plus the Moon in Sagittarius (more on that in a moment) equaling Strength.

Astrologically this card represents the Moon in Sagittarius, and rules from 10 to 20 degrees Sagittarius, or December 3rd through December 12th 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.

The Moon in Sagittarius reminds us that when playing defense effectively, we must be mobile, and stability is actually gained and maintained through motion.

In real-time astrology, Mercury retrograded in Earth-sign Virgo on August 12th (retro through September 5th). Mercury will move backward into Sagittarius’ fellow Fire-sign Leo on August 31st. The Sun is in Leo (through August 21st). Also on August 21st we have a New Moon Solar eclipse in Leo.

New Moons bring us a fresh start. Occurring late in Leo, this one may spark a strong sense of urgency and pressure to make decisions or bring matters to a close in order to move forward quickly. This New Moon may find us feeling quite impulsive, occurring in Leo and combined with the energy of this forecast period. The total solar eclipse in Leo is big and bold, courageous and proud  – some extra care may be needed to avoid excessive risks. We may also rediscover and celebrate the powers of romance and creative expression.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes contradiction, vacillation and indecision rather than adapting to changing circumstances, and the inflicting of psychological or emotional harm.

Let’s focus on the positive energy of forward motion, and progress made through intellectual and physical harmony.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include indigo, pale blue, silver and violet for the Moon, along with yellow, green and dark blue for Sagittarius.

Amethyst, topaz, rock crystal, moonstone and opal worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help keep us moving along in a stable, steady way.

Silver and tin are this week’s metals: bright, malleable and good alone (silver) or in combination with other metals (tin) to provide strength and stability.

Scent your home, bath and body with carnation, sage, coconut, jasmine and gardenia to adapt to your changing environment gracefully and consciously.

Foods prepared with sage or coconut, and tea brewed from jasmine will provide the same beneficial effects.

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