Weekly Tarotcast™: 3-28-17 through 4-04-17
Eight of Disks
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Eight of Disks. This suit is also called Pentacles or Coins. This card symbolizes order, self-discipline, attention to detail, and the benefits of knowing when to watch and wait, to wait and see. A stable, secure foundation is established, upon which one can build as needed when the time is right.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 8: sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor, sphere of Mercury and the feminized Male) in the suit of Disks (the element of Earth – Assiah, the material world; our physical bodies, assets and resources) plus the Sun in Virgo (more on that in a moment) equaling Prudence.
The Eights of the minor Arcana evaluate, organize, reason and communicate for their respective suits and elements. The eights bring justice, karmic balancing or rebalancing, order and structure within limitations and boundaries. Like their counterparts the Sevens, their position on the Tree of Life is somewhat weak and unbalanced. So where’d all this balanced energy in the Eight of Disks come from? It gets its unique benefits from its astrological correspondence.
Astrologically, this card symbolizes the Sun in Virgo and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Virgo, or August 23rd to September 1st, so if your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. The Sun in Virgo brings a positive and stabilizing energy into this card since often in material matters – whether business ventures or gardening – there is an inherent benefit in knowing when to do nothing – to simply plant the seeds and wait.
In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Fire-sign Aries. This week’s card would seem to be in opposition to Aries’ action-oriented, sometimes impulsive nature. But along with knowing when to wait, this week’s card also encompasses knowing when to take appropriate, considered (some might say calculated) action.
On March 30th Jupiter square Pluto. Since the tendency with this configuration is to push too hard and to overlook important details, it’s important to temper these urges with the positive aspects available during this forecast period. It’s ok to think big – just don’t forget about the practical details.
Mercury (Virgo’s ruling planet) enters Virgo’s fellow Earth-sign, Taurus on March 31st. This energy brings solid, practical ideas to the mix and reinforces the influence of this week’s card. Mercury will retrograde on April 9th, the beginning of the new forecast period. Be prepared.
On April 2nd Venus retrograde enters Water-sign Pisces (Virgo’s polar opposite on the wheel of the zodiac). Be especially careful – since Venus rules finances as well as love and partnerships), we’ll want to make sure that our assets and resources are being well-managed and protected.
Finally, on April 6th when Saturn turns retrograde, it’s a good time to reaffirm commitments, assess projects and reorganize if needed, and keep our promises to complete any projects or fulfill any responsibilities we’ve already taken on. This is not a good time to add anything to an already-full schedule.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes over-attention to detail and missing the big picture, manipulation of people or situations to gain an unfair advantage, and paralysis through extended inaction.
Let’s focus on practicality and getting our house spiritually and physically in order this week.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include orange, red, golden yellow, amber, slate gray, green and plum.
Carnelian, jade, jasper, amber, diamond and topaz worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us find order, organization and balance.
Gold and platinum are this week’s metals. Wear ‘em if you’ve got ‘em!
Scent your home, bath and body with orange, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, valerian, heliotrope, mistletoe, cedar, and frankincense to balance mind, body and spirit this week.
Foods prepared with galangal, orange, rosemary, cinnamon, clove, sunflower seeds or oil, hops (beer!) and juniper (gin!) will provide the same beneficial effects.
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