Weekly Tarotcast™: 10-30-18 through 11-06-18
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, the Sun is transiting Water-sign Scorpio (through November 22nd). On October 31st Retrograde Venus moves back into Libra. This transit has a strong influence on both love and finances. Things may simply not be straightforward during this period. It’s a better time to review and reflect rather than plunging ahead into new endeavors. Unusual alliances, experimental relationships or those not involving physical intimacy may take priority at this time. When Venus formed a conjunction with the Sun on October 26th, relationship issues were placed under a microscope. This transit in combination with this week’s card can bring about fateful or karmic events – powerful energy is in effect. Venus remains retrograde until November 16th. On October 31st Mercury enters Fire-sign Sagittarius. Jupiter trines Chiron on November 1st, raising our vibrations and allowing us to liberate ourselves from negative or restricting attitudes and beliefs that may have been impeding our progress.
Mercury intensifies this influence with its alignment to Jupiter on October 29th and we’ll be focused on the big picture and the ultimate goal – not the details. We express our message with optimism and enthusiasm.
On November 6 Uranus retrograde enters Fire-sign Aries, Libra’s polar opposite sign on the wheel of the zodiac. Be especially careful with money, assets and resources at this time – and in conjunction with this week’s card, use extra caution when entering into lease or purchase agreements, signing contracts, and the like.
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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