Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Hermit

Weekly Tarotcast™: 7-24-18 through 7-31-18

The Hermit

The weekly Tarotcast card is the Hermit. This card shows us that taking a (temporarily) solitary path will aid us in our search for truth. Solitude and being alone don’t have to mean feeling lonely, so we may find that we actively seek and very much enjoy our own company this week. Probing our own inner consciousness and exploring our psyches will not only appeal to us, the insights we gain and the discoveries we make can bring us solutions to long-standing problems or issues, and give us the seeds to sow for a crop of new ideas and fresh directions.

We may find ourselves withdrawing from current events and taking a less-active role in our relationships and environments, not due to depression or disinterest, but because the energy this week calls us to look within. Reflection and introspection are our best tools to emerging refreshed, renewed and ready for action again.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 20, joining sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy – sphere of Jupiter and the rule of law) to sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty – sphere of the Sun; energy in complete and balanced manifestation). Its Hebrew letter is Yod, meaning the hand, and it is with our hands that we sow seeds – which are hidden in the ground during the crucial stages of their ultimate development and growth. It is also with our hands that we cultivate our gardens – and ultimately harvest their bounty.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Virgo, in which Mercury both rules and is exalted. The unique way in which Mercury, the Earth and Sun come together in this card symbolizes the special magic of growing things. The seed placed into the soil, hidden from view, undergoes a transformation and bursts forth into the sunlight to be further nurtured and grow to maturity. Here particularly, Mercury (Hermes to the Greeks) shows us his versatility beyond being a messenger and trickster. His roles include acting as a guide for the dead crossing over, an interpreter, a transformer and the patron of geographical (and metaphorical) boundaries and the travelers who navigate them.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Fire sign Leo, Virgo’s next-door neighbor.

Mercury turns retrograde on July 26th in Leo (through August 19th) and will not leave that sign through this transit. All of the usual warnings apply during this forecast period – take extra care in all forms of communication, allow extra time when traveling, expect some delays, obstacles, postponements or cancellations. With both Mercury and Mars retrograde now, forward progress may be minimal – things will be moving slowly.

A Full Moon Lunar eclipse occurs on July 27th in Air sign Aquarius (Leo’s polar opposite on the wheel of the zodiac). During this forecast period we are very sensitive to the flaws and shortcomings of those areas of our lives where we interact with others: personal relationships, work colleagues and members of our community. While we’re very aware of our need for human connection and interaction we may have a hard time acting objectively and rationally. Decisions made at this time are driven by our emotions. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, the challenge will be balancing our personal goals with the needs of the community and groups that we belong to.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes rigidity, hard attitudes, bitterness and hostility toward the outside world – even narcissism.

Let’s focus on the qualities of emotional maturity, wisdom and enlightenment this week.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week are yellowish green, slate grey, grey-green and plum.

This is a great week to listen to Revolution 9 from the Beatles’ White Album, Beethoven’s Ninth symphony or Gregorian chants, since this Major Arcana card is numbered 9 – the number which always comes back to itself.

Onyx and clear crystal as well as diamonds worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will make your alone-time or me-time as productive, meaningful and informative as possible.

This week’s metals are gold and platinum – pricey I know, but wear ‘em if you’ve got ‘em, because they beautifully symbolize the light that is born from darkness.

Scent your home, bath and body with lily, valerian, lavender, lilac, and frankincense to awaken the introspective and transformative powers of the Hermit.

Foods prepared with parsley, dill, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass and mace, or tea brewed from peppermint; as well as beverages containing juniper (gin!) and wormwood (absinthe!) – in moderation, please – will provide the same beneficial effects.

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