Weekly Tarotcast™: 7-28-15 through 8-04-15
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), of Disks (Assiah, the element of Earth – 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 Leo, entering Virgo on August 23rd. Venus began a transit of Virgo on July 18th, then turned retrograde on July 25th and returns to Leo on July 31st. Although Venus in Virgo desires appreciation almost as much as Venus in Leo, the focus is on what we do for others rather than our personal accomplishments and personalities. We’ll be showing our affection through our attention to the “little things in life” and the details rather than through dramatic gestures.
Venus is retrograde from July 25th to September 6th and impacts us mostly in the areas of love and finances. Don’t expect things to be clear or straightforward during this period. Like many retrograde periods, it’s a better time for internal review and assessment rather than striding boldly forward into new romantic relationships or financial endeavors. This is also a time when old friends and ex-lovers may re-appear, though they may not necessarily be welcome. This energy can force us to deal with past relationship issues; it can be a time where growing closer and more intimate with a loved one presents a real challenge.
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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