Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Fortune

Weekly Tarotcast™: 12-22-15 through 12-29-15



The weekly Tarotcast card is Fortune (known as the Wheel of Fortune in many decks). We’ll be experiencing a lot of changes this week. The traditional interpretation of this card is good luck. That’s only partially true – this is the card of our luck – or fortunes – changing: that can mean if our fortunes have been bad, they’re likely to change for the better. But if they’ve been good, the wheel is turning, so it’s a good idea to watch out for obstacles or pitfalls. This card can represent the risk-taker; one who is willing to gamble on an opportunity, not necessarily certain of the result, but able to turn a lucky break to his or her own advantage.

The card symbolizes the only constant in our lives: change. No matter the current situation, remember that it is not forever. The Wheel turns; the cycle changes and progresses; and all that is now will pass away, giving birth to new experiences, circumstances and connections.

This card also represents the Wheel of Karma; there is a feeling that events coming to pass are beyond our control. Understand that whatever is occurring has been created by our deeds and thoughts. The law of Karma operates independently of the concept of blind luck.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 21, joining sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy) to sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (meaning Victory). Its Hebrew letter is Kaph, meaning the palm of the hand, and this is an apt image for either the fortune we’re born with (as the art of palmistry would read what is written in the lines there) or the fortune we make through the things we do and the actions we take – what we create through our own efforts.

Astrologically, this card is the planetary trump of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. This is the planet of expansion – bigger, better, more. In real time astrology, Jupiter is transiting Virgo through September 9th, 2016.

Jupiter in Virgo energy inspires us to pay attention to the details and approach our work methodically. It also urges us to do real work, after proper analysis and planning. However, Jupiter is in its detriment in Virgo, which means that the big-picture planet can get bogged down by Virgo’s detail-oriented fact checking and attention to the “small stuff”.

On December 21st the Sun entered Capricorn, and the December solstice occurs on December 22nd – the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere. And a “Merry Christmas to all” (or to all who celebrate) on December 25th.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes feelings of fatalism, disempowerment and a perceived lack of control over our own course in life.

Let’s focus on the positives, which promise that we can always roll with the inevitable changes that come naturally in life, and that we can gain greater awareness when we transcend polarity (good/bad, up/down, light/dark, etc.)

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include violet, bright blue, purple and yellow.

Sapphire, amethyst or diamond worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will keep you feeling optimistic and help you take educated and informed “risks.”

This week’s metal is tin – not great for wearing, but often used to improve the strength and flexibility of other metals. So, it’s a good reminder of the powers of adaptation and transformation.

Scent your home, bath and body with poppy and honeysuckle to use Jupiter’s expansive energy to your benefit; recognize opportunities and take some intelligent risks.

Foods prepared with mint, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and sage – all nicely seasonal, as it happens – will provide the same beneficial effects.

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