Five of Swords
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Five of Swords. A dubious or empty victory may be the result of conflicts this week. This card can indicate how we self-sabotage and defeat ourselves in ways our adversaries could never do. Confrontations aren’t likely to be well-resolved, although this card can also indicate a narrow escape from danger or the lifting of restrictions. For the sensitive, the pacifist, the mellow, and the easy-going, this card can indicate that you’ve shown up at a gang fight instead of a tea-party and you may feel ill-equipped to deal with the situation.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the Formula 5: sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (meaning Strength, sphere of Mars – motion, storm and stress, war) of Swords (Yetzirah, the formative world, the element of Air, and the mind/intellect) plus Venus in Aquarius (more on that in a moment), equaling Defeat.
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.
Astrologically this card corresponds to Venus in Aquarius and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Aquarius, or January 20th to January 29th, so if your birthday falls on or between these dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. This peaceful, collaborative and diplomatic energy is a poor match to the aggressive and adversarial energies of Mars combined with the Swords’ tendency toward discord and disruption.
In real-time astrology, Venus is transiting Fire sign Leo until July 18th. Increased drama doesn’t blend well with this week’s energies – better to detour than be drawn in. We may get some residual benefit from Jupiter trine Uranus (Aquarius’ ruling planet) on June 22nd, use the positive effects to serve your highest good.
On June 24th Mars enters watery Cancer where the God of War remains until August 8th. This influence makes us much more cautious and conservative. If we are inclined to fight, it will be for the people and things that we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes engaging in deceitful practices, causing intentional harm, betrayal, or disgrace.
Let’s focus on drawing insight from our own and others’ motives and do our best to take right action whenever and wherever possible. This applies especially to the ways we handle and overcome our own self-defeating and self-sabotaging tendencies.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include scarlet, emerald green, sky blue, spring green and bright rose pink as well as violet, white and mauve.
Zircon, amber, malachite, emerald, opal, jade and sapphire, worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us steer clear of no-win situations and look deep within ourselves for constructive solutions this week.
Venus copper and Aquarius uranium are this week’s metals. Only copper is good for wearing, but uranium can be a helpful reminder that power can be used for great good or great harm.
Scent your home, bath and body with pine, violet, rose, bergamot, hibiscus, magnolia, plumeria, and vervain to avoid senseless conflict, stressful confrontations and the tendency to make peace “at any price” this week.
Foods prepared with apples, strawberries and vanilla and tea brewed from hibiscus will provide the same beneficial effects.
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