Weekly Tarotcast™: 4-26-16 through 5-03-16
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 on both a mundane and a spiritual level are all contained in this card.
In real-time astrology, Jupiter is retrograde in Earth sign Virgo (through May 9th).
We may feel as if we’re about to turn an important corner soon – change is in the air. We gain important insight into our personal and professional endeavors. When Jupiter turns direct, we gain confidence in ourselves and in the Universe. Especially with Saturn and Pluto retrograde through this forecast period, we may be focused on freedom and less influenced by fears and pressures.
Mars is retrograde mostly in Fire sign Sagittarius (through June 29th). This is a great time to assess and evaluate current projects. When Mars energy is turned inward it’s intensified and under pressure. The best use of this energy is to avoid passive-aggressive behavior and take the time to examine our inner motivations. This forecast period is also a good time to reconsider old projects and revive old interests.
Mercury continues his retrograde through Earth sign Taurus (until May 22nd).
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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