Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Four of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 7-03-18 through 7-10-18

Four of Swords

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, 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, Chiron turns retrograde in Fire-sign Aries (Libra’s polar opposite sign) on July 5th (through December 8th). This energy is good for introspection and we look within to find resolution and healing. Aries’ energy is not naturally inclined toward peaceful negotiation, but combined with the energy of this week’s card creates balance and harmony during this forecast period.

Venus (Libra’s ruling planet) enters earth-sign Virgo (one of Libra’s next-door-neighbor signs on the wheel of the zodiac) on July 9th. Love takes a practical yet still sensual turn with this transit. We seek to be of service to others, and we show our affection through small but important actions rather than large, extravagant displays.

On July 10th, Jupiter turns direct in Water-sign Scorpio (Libra’s other next-door-neighbor sign). We may see stalled relationships and projects begin to move forward and build momentum again. Our self-confidence and enthusiasm are on the rise.

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. Choose either – 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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