Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Death

Weekly Tarotcast™:  11-22-16 through 11-29-16



The weekly Tarotcast card is Death. Although most people don’t enjoy seeing this card come up in a reading, impending physical death is not the message this card delivers. The Death card tells us that things are about to change in a big way. In the cycle or circle of life, Death is a necessary stage in bringing about the constant renewal of life.  Transformation is the mode by which energy continues on, taking many forms – or even no discernible form – but never truly dying.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card travels path 24, joining sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty) with sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach, (meaning Victory).  Its Hebrew letter is Nun, which in one form means “fish”.  The fish is a symbol of activity and life. The fish is also one of the foremost symbols in Christianity, representing life, death, and resurrection. In another form, Nun means “sprouting seed” representing life beginning anew.

Astrologically this card is the zodiacal trump of Scorpio in which Mars rules and Pluto is exalted.  The sign of Scorpio manifests in three images and aspects – the lowest is the scorpion, the middle is the serpent (or lizard), and the highest is the eagle (or phoenix).

In real-time astrology, Mars is currently transiting Air-sign Aquarius (through December 19th).  This energy spurs us to seek independence and innovation. This aspect also puts Mars in a good mood, harmonizing with circumstances rather than challenging them.

On November 24th Jupiter squares Pluto and we may feel ambitious now. We can be convinced that by setting our sights high, anything can be achieved. Despite this tendency, it’s a good time to tread softly because stirring up opposition and controversy is easy during this forecast period. It’s ok to think big and take action, but exaggeration and overreaching should be avoided. The need for change also includes reading the signs and going with the flow when necessary.

On November 29th, we have a Full moon in Fire-sign Sagittarius, Scorpio’s next-door-neighbor sign. This aspect brings out the adventurer and explorer in us. We focus on goals that give us courage, allow us to expand our horizons, and help us to gain confidence and optimism. This forecast period is a great time for deepening our faith, nurturing our hopes and honoring our visions.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes resistance to change, fear, ignorance or misunderstanding of the regeneration cycle.

Let’s focus on inner wisdom, consistency, and making room for the new while we clear away the old.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include indigo, blue-green and dark brown.

Topaz, onyx, nephrite and malachite worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us let go of whatever we need to release gracefully and joyfully.

Iron is this week’s metal – not great for wearing, but a good reminder of strength and endurance.

Scent your home, bath and body with patchouli, vanilla, pomegranate and heather to clear your energy and open yourself to embracing positive changes.

Foods prepared with ginseng, dill, saffron, pomegranate and vanilla will provide the same beneficial effects.

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