Weekly Tarotcast®: 8-08-17 through 8-15-17
The weekly Tarotcast card is Adjustment. In the Tarot deck I use (Thoth), this card is number 8 of the Major Arcana. However, in many decks the card is called Justice and is number 11 of the Majors. Confused yet? Don’t be. By either its number or its name, the energy here is perfectly balanced, impartial, detached and objective. It represents karmic justice in the highest sense and it shows us karma for what it truly is – a balancing and harmonizing force in the Universe. The Egyptian Goddess Maat is pictured on this card. Maat judged the souls of the dead by weighing them against one single ostrich feather (ostrich plumes were her sacred symbol).
On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card travels path 22, joining sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (meaning Severity) to sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty). This card’s Hebrew letter is Lamed – meaning an ox goad (or whip). That’s a pretty strong symbol for justice and the meting out of punishment, wouldn’t you say? This is one reason – but not the only one, that in designing the Thoth Tarot, Aleister Crowley swapped the number of this card, 8 – with the number 11 of the Strength card (which just to further confuse and confound you, Crowley calls “Lust”). I won’t go into more explanation or I’ll need to write a dissertation.
Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Libra, with Venus as its ruler and Saturn exalted. Again, this is perfectly in keeping with the idea of Justice – the balancing scales of Libra and Saturn’s highest energy – the fulfillment of obligations and responsibilities, both practical and karmic.
In real-time astrology, Venus is in Water-sign Cancer (through August 26th).
This energy is affectionate, gentle and sentimental, with a strong element of self-protection. Our craving for the familiar and secure in love relationships might make impartial, objective assessments and decisions about relationships nearly impossible.
We’re also likely still feeling the effects of the Full Moon Lunar eclipse in Libra’s fellow Air-sign, Aquarius on August 7th, just prior to this forecast period. We’re especially aware of flaws – in personal relationships and group or community endeavors. We may find it difficult to integrate our need for the connectedness of our friendships with our desire for detachment and impartiality and many of our decisions may be emotionally based.
Mercury retrogrades in Earth-sign Virgo on August 12th (through September 5th). Â This energy combined with Uranus retrograde and Saturn turning direct later this month may help us take a more balanced and measured approach to achieving our goals.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes hypocrisy and self-righteousness. Unless we’ve walked a mile in the other person’s Jimmy Choos, better to hold off on a condemnation. Also, we shouldn’t expect from others what we don’t expect from ourselves; “do as I say, not as I do” is a formula for failure under this week’s influences.
Let’s focus on balancing out various areas of our lives this week. Are we overworking, overeating, or otherwise “over” indulging? Time to work in some healthier harmony and choose the middle way rather than the extremes – we’ll be happier, better-rested and more refreshed if we do.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include emerald green, pale green and deep blue and deep blue-green.
Sapphire, lapis, emerald, opal and jade along with garnet, onyx and obsidian worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will enhance our sense of fairness, balance, good judgment and the responsible fulfillment of our obligations.
Copper and lead are this week’s metals – copper is clearly the better choice for wearing.
Scent your home, bath and body with violet, rose, bergamot, apple, strawberry and vanilla and use products made from hempseed, olive and grapeseed oil for natural, luxurious indulgence. All of these will help us channel the beauty, pleasure and luxury of Venus balanced with the responsible, pragmatic sobriety of Saturn and Justice – or rather, Adjustment – will come naturally and positively this week!
Foods prepared with apples, strawberries, vanilla, figs, grapes, dates, lentils, thyme and olive or grapeseed oil will provide the same beneficial effects.
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