Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Five of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™:  11-08-16 through 11-15-16

 Five of Cups


The weekly Tarotcast card is the Five of Cups. This week’s energy is focused on disappointment, regret and loss. Notice I say focused on – due to this card’s inherent energy – we may have our attention turned back to past experiences that created these feelings rather than on events that are actually occurring here and now, in the present.


The Fives of the Minor Arcana challenge the order and structure of their respective elements. Their suit and element get shaken out of complacency, stagnation or stasis. They bring a period of cleansing, regeneration, or reassessment in events and relationships. The fives keep energy flowing, or the solidification and stability created by the fours would degenerate into inertia.


On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 5: sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (meaning Strength – sphere of Mars; motion, aggression, storms and stress) in the suit of Cups (Briah, the creative world, the element of Water – our emotions) plus Mars in Scorpio (more on that in a moment) equaling “Disappointment.”


Astrologically this card corresponds to Mars in Scorpio and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Scorpio, or from October 23rd to November 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. This attribution wouldn’t appear to be problematic – Mars was the traditional ruler of Scorpio before Pluto was discovered, and is arguably its only ruling planet now that Pluto’s been demoted from planet status. The issues arise from Mars being almost too comfortably at home here – and the fiery blast of heat that Mars churns up in his excitement is in opposition to Scorpio’s watery, deep and secretive process of transformation.


In real-time astrology, Mercury is currently transiting Scorpio (through November 12th). We’re likely to probe deeply beneath the surface of events and relationships during this forecast period. What we do with what we discover – and how we frame it in terms of the present (not the past or future) is crucial.

Mars entered Air-sign Aquarius on November 9th (through December 19th).  With this transit, we’re likely to act only when we believe entirely in what we’re doing, so we may spend more time thinking about our actions than taking any. Using the present as our focal point will help us focus on what’s beneficial, not what’s gone or missing.


On November 10th, Saturn (in Fire-sign Sagittarius) is semi-sextile Pluto. This energy means that when circumstances demand it, we are capable of discipline, sacrifice, and even harsh austerity to achieve what’s important to us. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, care must be taken not to dwell in – or try to fix or change – the past.  No use expending energy on something that can’t be done.


Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes resistance to change, inability to release negative feelings, clinging to negative events from the past, obsession with past mistakes (our own or those of others) and bitterness.


Let’s focus on letting bygones be bygones, picking up the pieces, and moving forward. One of the key messages in this card is that we have the ability – by conscious choice – to focus on what we DO have rather than what we’ve lost or haven’t yet received or accomplished.


A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include scarlet red, black, azure blue and deep green-blue.


Ruby, bloodstone, garnet or jet (for Mars) and topaz (for Scorpio) worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help balance and mellow the intense energy and allow us to gain new hope by relinquishing the past.


Iron (Mars) and plutonium (Pluto) are this week’s metals – neither is good for wearing, but for reminding us that strength coupled with adaptability can serve us well.


Scent your home, bath and body with heather, wild rose, pine, carnation and poppy to help process and heal the past in order to move confidently into the future.


Foods prepared with sweet basil, allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper will provide the same beneficial effects.

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