Eight of Swords: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading
2-16-21 through 2-23-21
The Eight of Swords is this week’s Tarotcast card. The suit of Swords can be challenging since it represents disruption and conflict. On the positive side, it also represents analysis, intellect and ideas. The Eight of Swords helps us understand that we can change our thoughts – and that can change our lives! I love the Wayne Dyer quote, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” This is the positive side of the Eight of Swords.
Expansive optimism meets mutable Air and turbulence of mind results. Indecision from conflicting thought processes delays necessary action.
The Number 8
The Eights of the Minor Arcana organize, reason and communicate. Their energy may lack harmony, but they can restore symmetry and balance. The eights bring justice, karmic balancing or rebalancing, order and structure. They establish limitations and boundaries.
On the Tree of Life this card represents the formula 8. Sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (Splendor). The sphere of Mercury and the feminized Yang. In the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the formative world). The element of Air – our intellect, thoughts and mental activity). Plus Jupiter in Gemini equaling “Interference.”
The Eight of Swords symbolizes Jupiter in Gemini. It rules from 0 to 10 degrees Gemini or May 21st through May 31st. 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 message of this card is that things are not as bad as they look. But it also cautions against being good-natured at the wrong times. Going along with the program brings disastrous results in some situations.
Hod is the sphere of Mercury – its home sphere, you might say – and Mercury rules Gemini. Add Jupiter to the mix and we get an element of luck, especially in intellectual pursuits. Yet, as with all the Eights, the influence of Hod causes this card to suffer from imbalance. Hod tends to be the “wet blanket” on all prevailing energies. Even with good luck and a good outlook, we can still experience setbacks and delays. There’s the proverbial “fly in the ointment.” Since fighting is what Swords are all about, we’re not much good when the “fight” gets knocked out of us. And we’re in bad trouble when a situation calls for us to fight and we don’t or won’t. But – it’s temporary.
In real-time astrology, the Sun completes its transit of Air-sign Aquarius. It enters Water-sign Pisces on February 18th. This is good energy for healing and regaining our strength. But, combined with the energy of this week’s card, we may avoid conflict at the moment we most need to stand our ground.
We’re intuitive and inclined to follow our instincts. Yet escapist tendencies can lead to undesirable outcomes.
On February 17th, Saturn (in Aquarius) squares Uranus (in Taurus).
This generates some friction. Our need for freedom clashes with our need for stability and structure. If we can find a way to balance these opposing needs, we win. Keep a cool and rational head.
Still, we’ll find restrictions and rules hard to accept. We want to assert our individuality but not at the expense of our security. Conformity feels like a limitation. Be prepared to adapt to setbacks. They may be blessings in disguise and lead to better solutions. And prepare for people and circumstances to be less reliable now.
Mercury turns direct in Aquarius on February 20th and all major planets will be direct once again. Go forward with renewed dreams, ideas and hopes. And be prepared to fight for and defend them.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes confusion. Fuzzy thinking, fear of the unknown and crippling uncertainty. Thinking a situation is impossible becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Let’s focus on the ability to look at the ways we hold ourselves back. Taking the longer view can help us gain a fresh perspective on any situation or relationship. It will free us up and move us forward.
Power colors: violet, blue, purple, and yellow as well as silver and pale gray.
Power stones: diamond, jade, agate, topaz, sapphire and amethyst. Wear these as jewelry or carry them as power stones to counteract feelings of “stuck-ness”. Rid yourself of restlessness and absent-mindedness.
Power metals: mercury and tin. Neither is wearable. But their properties remind us that a positive boost to our mental energy will help us make good choices. We avoid getting bogged down in self-criticism.
Power fragrances: fern, iris, carnation, heliotrope, cedar and honeysuckle. These will help us stay clear-minded and look for fresh viewpoints this week.
Power foods: foods prepared with parsley, dill, clove, sage, anise, cinnamon and nutmeg. Tea brewed from mint. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.
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*Lyrics quotes: “Interference” ~ Thom Yorke
“Best of You” ~ Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett)
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