Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-29-17 through 9-05-17
The weekly Tarotcast card is Lust, known in most decks as Strength. However, let it be clearly understood that the reference here goes way beyond sexual lust – it speaks to the lust for life, the vigor and enthusiasm that we experience when something captures our imaginations and sparks our desire to take action. This is also the card the Thoth Tarot deck swaps with Major Arcana card 8 – “ Adjustment (Justice), so it is number 11 of the Majors in the Thoth tarot. Good and confused yet? Don’t be!
With trust in ourselves and confidence in our abilities, we’re in a position of power this week. We feel genuine passion for a cause near and dear to our hearts, to our work, to our creative endeavors. Power flows through us and we can be persuasive and charismatic when we speak our truth with heart and soul conviction.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels Path 19, joining sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy) with sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (meaning Severity). Crowley designed the Thoth tarot to correspond with his extensive study of Kabbalah, so he changed the order and correspondences of some of the Major Arcana cards, including this one. Among his many (and in my opinion, more accurate) reasons for doing so was that this card’s Hebrew letter, Teth – means “serpent”. He felt that the card’s energy closely corresponded to the Lion-Serpent, which is a symbol of the power of the Kundalini, the life-force energy cultivated through yogic practice.
Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Leo (reinforcing again the Lion-Serpent imagery), in which the Sun rules and Uranus is exalted.
In real-time astrology, on August 31st Mercury retrogrades into Leo (through September 5th when Mercury stations direct). Our communication is passionate and powerful, but possibly lacking discretion. We may meet with resistance if we push our thoughts and ideas too aggressively.
Mars continues transiting Fire-sign Leo through September 5th. This energy enhances our pride and courage but is not very detail-oriented. We are direct, confident and results-driven.
Uranus is currently in a long-term transit of Leo’s fellow Fire-sign Aries (through March 2019) so if we’ve suppressed our true nature, ignored it, or feel as though we’ve lost it, this energy jolts us back into ourselves. We may be reinventing ourselves in a way more closely aligned with who we really are, or really wish to be, at our very best. Radical changes, assertion of our independence and flashes of connection with our Higher Mind are all aspects of this energy.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes aggression, bullying and, strangely enough, repressing our instincts. That may seem strange considering the card’s name and symbolism, but look at it this way: what if our instinct is to bully, browbeat or steamroll someone into submission to our great passion?
Let’s focus on channeling our urges into something positive rather than trying to repress them. Take a moment to look at the source of those passionate feelings and ask, “What serves my highest good and the highest good of all concerned?” We definitely don’t want to put out our internal fire, but we do definitely want a controlled heat – let’s barbecue, not burn down the house!
A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include shades of deep, rich, ruby red as well as reddish-amber, deep purple and greenish-yellow.
Ruby, garnet, amber and diamond worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us channel strength and love as well as passion this week.
Gold is this week’s metal, particularly yellow or rose gold – wear it with pride and positivity.
Scent your home, bath and body with neroli, patchouli, marigold, sunflower, cedar and frankincense to spark creative and physical passions.
Foods or beverages prepared with hops (more beer!), galangal (similar to ginger root), juniper (gin-and-tonic this week!), orange, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves or sunflower seeds will provide the same beneficial effects.
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