Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Art

Weekly Tarotcast™: 11-20-18 through 11-27-18


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 enters Fire-sign Sagittarius on November 22nd (through December 21st). So, this week’s card is a perfect energetic match to the movement of the stars. Jupiter is continuing its approximately 13-month transit of its home sign too – and is very powerful and comfortable there.

There is a Full Moon in Air-sign Gemini (The Archer’s polar opposite on the zodiac wheel) on November 22nd (which peaks on November 23rd). This lunation can spark enlightening moments and cause us to feel an urgent need for communication – both incoming and outgoing. With Gemini’s ruling planet Mercury continuing its retrograde transit of Sagittarius (through December 6th) all of the usual retrograde cautions apply.

On November 24th, Neptune turns direct in its home Water-sign Pisces, a sign co-ruled by Jupiter (Sagittarius’ ruler). During this forecast period, we need to watch for overdoing anything. We may also sacrifice some recent clarity for a more comfortable – and comforting – Neptunian fogginess.

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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