Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Four of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™:  10-10-17 through 10-17-17

 Four of Swords

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The weekly Tarotcast card is the Four of Swords. Authority exercised with grace; and equilibrium with justice is the energy we’ll be experiencing this week. Just remember that Swords are weapons of war, so if we establish a truce or peace this week, it will occur because of a threat of unpleasantness; even conflict or violence. And it will be temporary.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 4: sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy; sphere of Jupiter, the rule of Law) in the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the world of Form; element of Air, representing the intellect and mental processes) plus Jupiter in Libra (more on that in a moment) equaling Truce.

The Fours of the Minor Arcana are where the form and structure of their respective elements and suits are stabilized and nurtured for further development and manifestation. They bring unification, domestication, reflection, or gestation to events and situations.

Astrologically this card symbolizes Jupiter in Libra, and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Libra, or October 13th to October 22nd, a near-perfect astrological match this week; 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. Jupiter in Libra energy is great for socializing and increasing one’s popularity or public reputation. There is a strong sense of justice and fair play as well as a desire to promote the general welfare and public good.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is in Air-sign Libra (through October 22nd).  Also, Mercury is currently transiting Libra (through October 17th, the last day of this forecast period). This transit emphasizes diplomacy. We make a special effort to be fair and we are open to considering others’ viewpoints. While this can harmonize well with the energy of this week’s card, we may find that our decision-making processes lack focus and clarity.

On October 10th, Jupiter enters Water-sign Scorpio (through November 8th, 2018). Jupiter transits come in twelve-year cycles. This transit urges us to pursue our heart’s desires, to fully experience all of our emotions and to foster intimacy with others; as well as deepening our self-awareness.

When Venus enters Libra (this sign’s ruling planet) on October 14th we may become idealistic about romantic love. Aggressive, coarse or rude behavior is a huge turn-off. The caution here is that in combination with the energy of this week’s card, we can lapse into co-dependency or denial – ignoring some of the problematic aspects of our relationships.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes isolation, retreat, illness (physical, mental or emotional), or making too many concessions and over-compromising, trying for peace at any price.

Let’s focus being tolerant, using a temporary break in the action to plan our next move, and seeking the outcome that offers the opportunity of achieving the best and highest good for all concerned.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include violet, purple and blue for Jupiter along with deep green and blue for Libra.

Sapphire, amethyst, diamond, lapis and opal worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will keep balanced fairness and justice at the forefront of our dealings this week.

Copper and tin are this week’s metals, which when combined create bronze.  Bronze is both harder and less brittle than either of these metals alone – and is both useful and beautiful. In olden times, bronze was used to make weapons.  You can make a tool or a statue – or a sword. Choose well.

Scent your home, bath and body with violet, white rose, heliotrope, cedar and honeysuckle to help keep you on an even keel this week  with stability, balance and fairness.

Foods prepared with clove, sage, poppy seeds, anise, cinnamon, mint, nutmeg or sage will provide the same beneficial effects.

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