Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Ten of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™: 7-31-18 through 8-07-18

Ten of Wands

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Ten of Wands. This week’s energy is a warning against many things – all of which represent the ways in which we imprison ourselves in cages of our own design. This can include anything from workaholism to taking on burdens that aren’t ours to bear. Personal responsibility is important, but so are boundaries. Taking on the responsibilities that rightly belong to others can lead to feelings of resentment because we’re playing the martyr.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 10: sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (meaning Kingdom – sphere of Earth and the full materialization of energy) in the suit of Wands (the element of Fire – Atziluth, the archetypal world; our Will in action) plus Saturn in Sagittarius (more on that in a moment) equaling Oppression.

Frankly, this is not the most pleasant energy around. Since all of the tens of the Minor Arcana cards are in the sephiroth of Malkuth on the tree of life, this lowest sephiroth represents the material world, and is the position in which all the elements (in this case Fire) expend their energy in its grossest, and often most destructive form.

Here is what Crowley writes of this card: “This is what happens when one uses force, force, and nothing else but force all the time. Here looms the dull and heavy planet Saturn weighing down the fiery, ethereal side of Sagittarius; it brings out all the worst in Sagittarius. See the Archer, not shooting forth benign rays, but dealing the sharp rain of death! The Wand has conquered; it has done its work; it has done its work too well; it did not know when to stop; Government has become Tyranny.”

Astrologically this card represents Saturn in Sagittarius, and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Sagittarius, or December 13th to December 21st 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. Sagittarius is the most ethereal of the fire signs – Saturn’s oppressive, repressive, heavy iron boots can be freedom-loving Sagittarius’ worst nightmare realized.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Sagittarius’ fellow Fire-sign Leo (through August 23rd). Mercury is retrograde in Leo (through August 19th). This heavily-charged energy can create some serious challenges during this forecast period. Leo’s force of will and sometimes aggressive communication style can meet with hard resistance and create conflict. This is only multiplied and intensified in combination with the Mercury retrograde energy which tends to mess up communication.

When Venus enters Air-sign Libra on August 6th we’re more likely to try charm rather than aggression to get what we want. Since we’re likely to be repelled by aggressive or rude behavior we may be somewhat cool and detached when dealing with others – and under the influences of this week’s card, that might not be a bad thing.

Both Mars and Saturn are retrograde in Saturn-ruled Capricorn. While Saturn’s energies are most at home in methodical, practical and ambitious but slow-moving Capricorn, Mars energy is straining at the seams and chomping at the bit to move quickly and aggressively.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card abounds – fixation, obsession, repression and oppression are rife. So are inflexible attitudes and beliefs and the idea of a punishing, vengeful God. If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Check your toolbox carefully this week.

Let’s focus on what positives are available, mainly the strength to persevere and the use of slow, structured growth to push past our internal obstacles.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include yellow, indigo, black, blue and green.

Sapphire, emerald and topaz enhance the light, mobile energy of Sagittarius while obsidian, garnet, onyx and jet represent Saturn’s grounding force. This week wearing either (but not in combination) as jewelry or carried as power stones will keep us moving forward slowly but surely and keep our boundaries securely in place.

Tin and lead are this week’s metals. Neither is good for wearing, but can be good reminders of the strength to be found when we combine our efforts in positive alliances.

Scent your home, bath and body with carnation, sage, valerian, comfrey, musk, patchouli, slippery elm, thyme, and witch hazel to enhance any of the positives available this week.

Foods prepared with thyme and sage, or teas brewed from valerian or comfrey will provide the same beneficial effects.

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