Weekly Tarotcast™: 11-06-18 through 11-13-18
Five of Disks
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Five of Disks. This suit is also called Pentacles or Coins. This card symbolizes anxiety over money or other material resources. All manner of unpleasant “what ifs” and worst-case-scenarios stubbornly clutter up our thinking.
The Fives of the Minor Arcana challenge the order and structure of their respective suits and elements. Things 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; storms, stress and motion), in the suit of Disks (Assiah, the material world; the element of Earth – our physical bodies, assets and resources) plus Mercury in Taurus (more on that in a moment) equaling Worry.
Astrologically, this card represents Mercury in Taurus and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Taurus, or April 21st to April 30th, 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. Mercury in Taurus can be patient, practical and conservative. However, the wrench in the works here is Martial energy – disturbing, disruptive and eager for action – working up the monkey-mind into a frenzy of worry.
In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Water-sign Scorpio (through November 22nd). Mars was the traditional ruler of Scorpio before Pluto gained and then lost its planetary status. On October 31st Retrograde Venus moved back into Air-sign Libra (through November 16th). Libra shares its ruling planet Venus with the sign of Taurus. Hear that strange vibration like the striking of a tuning fork? That’s all the complementary energy bouncing around as the transiting planets influence the signs they’re currently moving through while a reciprocal energy resonates in the signs that share these planets.
This forecast period is a great time to prepare for the upcoming Mercury retrograde in Fire-sign Sagittarius on November 16h, just as Venus stations direct. The New Moon in Scorpio on November 7th can help us look our worst imaginary fears, worries and anxieties squarely in the eye, and stare them down.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes harsh judgment, fear and inflexibility in the face of change, negative obsession over imagined loss or poverty, and obstinacy.
Let’s focus on careful thought and action, working smart rather than hard, and even exercising some guarded optimism this week.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include red, orange, indigo, olive and warm brown (for Taurus) as well as yellow, purple and gray (for Mercury).
Sapphire, diamond, emerald, turquoise, jade, jasper and topaz worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us stay positive while welcoming change – sometimes a temporary loss leads to greater gain. And sometimes the things we worry about the most never actually happen.
Mercury (of course!), zinc and copper are this week’s metals. Only copper is wearable, but mercury’s fluidity and sensitivity; as well as zinc’s strengthening properties (as an alloy) and health benefits (as an essential mineral in the human body) are good reminders of the benefits each can have for us.
Scent your home, bath and body with violet, rose, rosemary, valerian, lavender, lilac, and vervain to quiet your mind and calm your thoughts this week.
Foods prepared with parsley, dill, rosemary, lavender, mace, lemongrass and peppermint as well as tea brewed from peppermint or valerian will provide the same beneficial effects.
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