Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Nine of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 10-04-16 through 10-11-16

Nine of Swords


The weekly Tarotcast card is the Nine of Swords. Not the happiest card in the deck, that’s for sure – very few cards in the suit of Swords are embraced with open arms when they show up in a reading. It’s hard to find the positive benefits here, but they do exist – we have to be willing and able to look for them, and overcome the tendency toward downright stupidity and meanness that this card embodies.

The Nines of the Minor Arcana bring things to a conclusion. They represent integration, fulfillment and attainment for their respective suits and elements, in this case Swords and Air energy – unlike the nines of the other suits, this card is really unpleasant. On a higher level, this card shows us that we can use fear to guide us on our path to maturity and sometimes we must be cruel to be kind. Like a surgeon cutting out diseased tissue, the pain and risk for the patient is frequently worth the end result.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 9: sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (meaning Foundation, and the sphere of the Moon) in the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the formative world; the element of Air – our mind, intellect, thoughts and mental processes) plus Mars in Gemini (more on that in a moment) equaling “Cruelty”.

Astrologically this card corresponds to Mars in Gemini and rules from 10 to 20 degrees Gemini, or June 1st to June 10th, so if your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. The challenge here is created by all-action Mars in all-talk Gemini in the realm of the mind. This is torture that doesn’t even provide sadistic pleasure to the torturer. Ugh.

In real-time astrology, Mars entered Earth-sign Capricorn on September 27th (through November 9th) and we’re able to pursue our goals and desires in a more structured, practical and deliberate manner. That may help mitigate the mental gamesmanship (think Hunger Games, not football) inherent in the energy of this forecast period.

Mars squares Jupiter in Gemini’s fellow Air-sign, Libra on October 5th. Mars and Jupiter can generate a lot of energy and action, but there can also be a tendency to over-promise and under-deliver, or to take on too much in a wave of reckless enthusiasm.

The Sun entered Libra September 22nd and Mercury (Gemini’s ruling planet) enters Libra on October 7th. If we can avoid Libra’s self-indulgence and focus on gentleness and fairness, we can benefit from these astrological influences.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes feelings of shame, guilt, terror, misery and hate – and these can be turned inward on ourselves or outward onto an unsuspecting (and maybe undeserving) world.

Let’s focus on using our consciences – and our consciousness – to surgically remove the source of our “dis-ease” – setting ourselves free from self-torment and refraining from the torture or aggressive destruction of others.

A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include dark purple, scarlet red, azure blue and emerald for Mars and orange or mauve for Gemini. Normally combinations of colors are a good idea – this week we want to choose either the lightness of Gemini or the strength of Mars – but not to reinforce them in combination.

Diamond, jade, agate and topaz for Gemini, or ruby, bloodstone and garnet for Mars worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us resist cruelty, stupidity and mean-spiritedness this week.

Mercury and iron are this week’s metals – neither is great for wearing, but mercury reminds us to be adaptable and go with the flow while iron is a good reminder of strength and endurance.

Scent your home, bath and body with hazel, fern, iris, wild rose, allspice, pine, and tobacco (the scent, you don’t need to smoke it!) to enhance your positive thought processes and mental clarity.

Foods prepared with parsley, dill, thistle (think artichokes!) allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper will provide the same beneficial effects.

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