Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Four of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 12-16-14 through 12-23-14

Four of Cups


The weekly Tarotcast card is the Four of Cups. This card’s energy is protective and nurturing, what we commonly think of as the maternal instinct. Caring, affection and the creation of emotional stability will be recurring themes during this week, and we will likely be looking for ways to express ourselves in terms of unconditional love. All of this can contribute to a period of relative ease and feelings of security; however, this energy borders on being “too much of a good thing.” Attempts to bind, restrict or limit others through “love” quickly turns “mothering” into smothering.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 4: sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy, the sphere of Jupiter and the rule of law), in the suit of Cups (the element of Water, our emotions) plus the Moon in Cancer (more on that in a moment), equaling “Luxury.”

Astrologically, this card corresponds to the Moon in Cancer and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Cancer, or July 12th through July 21st 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. The Moon rules the sign of Cancer and is very much at home in this most home-y of the signs – comfort, coziness and nesting instincts will be very much in evidence this week.

In real-time astrology, I was initially stumped by this week’s energy and what’s going on in the heavens. There just wasn’t a connection – then it all came together. The Uranus-Pluto square just prior to this forecast period (December 14th – 15th is on its second-to-last pass (the last is in March 2015). This square can cause dissatisfaction and discomfort with the restrictions in our lives. We want to rebel against boring routines and situations that keep us feeling stuck or locked in. Since this square occurs close to Uranus retrograde’s direct station (on December 21st), it’s fanning the fire of the more rebellious aspect of our natures.

Coupled with the New Moon in very early Capricorn (Cancer’s polar opposite sign) on December 21st the message is fairly clear. Challenge the less-pleasant dark side of this week’s energy (boredom, restriction, manipulation and control through emotional blackmail). Use the secure foundation of a loving home-base to set practical, achievable goals; and to develop maturity and common sense.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes possessiveness, as well as control and manipulation through emotions. It reminds us how easy it is to go from comfort to crushing boredom and from cozy familiarity to contempt – and the resulting winds of rebellion can blow pretty hard.

Let’s focus on the sense of being emotionally grounded by loving energy and enjoy restful domesticity this week. Use this energy as a way to recharge your batteries before going back out into the world, but don’t seek to stay here indefinitely.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include blue, pearl white and silver for the Moon as well as amber, maroon and bright russet for Cancer.

Emerald, cat’s eye, pearl, opal, rock crystal and moonstone worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help you balance the need for cocooning with the need for outside stimuli this week.

Silver is this week’s metal – wear it to feel emotionally stable, caring and affectionate.

Scent your home, bath and body with poppy, white rose, water lily, coconut, gardenia, jasmine, lotus, myrrh and sandalwood to enhance healthy maternal instincts and your nurturing, supportive nature.

Foods prepared with watercress, poppy seeds, coconut, and wintergreen as well as tea brewed from jasmine or wintergreen (mint) will provide the same beneficial effects.

An individualized Tarot reading with me focuses on what’s most important for you, so call today for a personalized, in-depth look into your life’s possibilities.

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