Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Eight of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 12-18-18 through 12-25-18

Eight of Swords

This week’s card is the Eight of Swords. The suit of Swords can be challenging since it represents disruption and conflict. On the positive side, it also represents analysis, intellect and ideas. We can use the positive qualities of the Eight of Swords to understand that when we change our thoughts, we change our feelings and beliefs – and we can change our lives! I love the Wayne Dyer quote, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” The positive aspects of the Eight of Swords perfectly illustrate this idea.

The Eights of the Minor Arcana evaluate, organize, reason and communicate for their respective suits and elements. Their energy may lack harmony, but they can restore symmetry and balance. The eights bring justice, karmic balancing or rebalancing, order and structure along with the limitations and boundaries of those states.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the formula 8: sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor, the sphere of Mercury and the feminized Yang) in the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the formative world; the element of Air – our intellect, thoughts and mental activity) plus Jupiter in Gemini (more on that in a moment) equaling “Interference.”

Astrologically, this card symbolizes Jupiter in Gemini and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Gemini, or May 21st through May 31st. 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 message of this card is that things are not as bad as they look. However,  it also cautions against being good-natured and going along with the program when that brings disastrous results in a given situation.

Hod is the sphere of Mercury – its home sphere, you might say – and Mercury rules Gemini. Adding Jupiter to the mix brings an element of luck, especially in intellectual pursuits. However, as with all of the Eights, the influence of Hod causes this card to suffer from imbalance. Hod tends to be the “wet blanket” on all prevailing energies. Even with (mostly) good luck and a good outlook, we can still experience setbacks, delays or the proverbial “fly in the ointment.” Since fighting is what Swords are all about, we’re not much good when the “fight” has been knocked out of us.  And, we’re in bad trouble when a situation truly calls for us to fight and we don’t or won’t. But – it’s temporary.

In real-time astrology, the Sun will enter Earth-sign Capricorn on December 21st. This transit focuses our energy solidly in the material world. We are strongly goal-oriented and have the discipline, organization and sense of responsibility that will help us reach our goals: as long as we keep our head in the game.

With the Full Moon in Water-sign Cancer on December 22nd we can feel a strong desire to connect with our families, or with our own inner selves. Just in time for the holidays, we are in touch with the deepest feelings of our hearts. This is a great time to attend to matters that we may have recently neglected or delayed acting on.

Just following this forecast period, Jupiter in its home Fire-sign Sagittarius semi-sextiles Saturn in its home sign Capricorn. The light-hearted and free-spirited energy of Jupiter in its home sign is tempered by the strong sense of duty, responsibility and obligation of Saturn in its home sign. We may not know how to best combine and integrate all the pieces of the puzzle. Avoid second-guessing your plans, but do a reality check to make sure they are feasible.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes confusion, fuzzy thinking, fear of the unknown and crippling uncertainty. When we believe a situation is impossible or that we have no options, those thoughts become self-fulfilling prophecies.

Let’s focus on the ability to look at the ways we hold ourselves back. Taking the longer view can help us gain a fresh perspective on any situation or relationship. It will free us up and move us forward.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include violet, blue, purple, and yellow as well as silver and pale gray.

Diamond, jade, agate, topaz, sapphire and amethyst worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will counteract feelings of “stuck-ness”, restlessness and absent-mindedness.

Mercury and tin are this week’s metals – while neither is really wearable, their properties can remind us that a positive boost to our mental energy will help us make good choices and avoid getting bogged down in self-criticism.

Scent your home, bath and body with fern, iris, carnation, heliotrope, cedar and honeysuckle to stay clear-minded and look for fresh viewpoints this week.
Foods prepared with parsley, dill, clove, sage, anise, cinnamon, mint and nutmeg will provide the same beneficial effects.

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