Weekly Tarotcast™: 4-24-18 through 5-01-18
Seven of Disks
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Seven of Disks (this suit is also called Pentacles or Coins). We’re in for a period of evaluation as well as a time to pause, reflect and understand that things bear fruit in the proper season. A lack of this basic understanding can mean the crop doesn’t come in at all.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the formula 7: sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (meaning Victory, sphere of Venus; the masculinized Female – illusion, imbalance, weakness) of Disks (the element of Earth – Assiah, the material world; our physical bodies, assets and resources) plus Saturn in Taurus (more on that in a moment) = Failure.
The Sevens of the Minor Arcana illuminate the motives for manifestation for their respective suits and elements. Balance gives way to questioning and exploration as well as disruption. The sevens dissolve and deconstruct. They have a weakening effect when it comes to direct action, or conscious, mindful and aware inaction. In this case, the weakening effect is the masculinized Female. We are talking about energies here, not cultural concepts of gender or sex.
Astrologically, this card represents Saturn in Taurus and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Taurus or May 11th through May 20th, 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 energy here can get weighed down, becoming slow and heavy indeed. Venus-ruled Taurus under Saturn’s weight can change the Bull’s patient persistence and practical dreams into a loss of confidence, leading to stagnation and the abandonment of all effort.
In real-time astrology, The Sun is transiting Earth-sign Taurus. This energy can help to harmonize some of the energy of this week’s card. We can cultivate appreciation for the aspects of our lives that sustain and support us, and recognize those things that provide a lasting foundation on which to build and grow.
During this forecast period, Saturn is currently retrograde and transiting Taurus’ fellow Earth-sign, Capricorn (through March 2020) the sign which it rules. Saturn transits can help us behave maturely and teach us self-reliance. We take responsibility for ourselves. In combination with this week’s card, we can use some of the more positive and beneficial aspects of this aspect to avoid the pitfalls in our path.
Taurus’ ruling planet Venus enters Air-sign Gemini on April 24th, heightening our curiosity and sociability but possibly triggering flightiness and a tendency to be fickle.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes abandonment of hope and effort, laziness, sloth and failure.
Let’s focus on confronting our fears, temporarily standing still and standing strong as we face them. Otherwise all hope will seem like false hope. This isn’t a particularly optimistic card, so a more serious and practical approach to the events at hand is necessary if we don’t want to experience a spectacular failure.
A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include olive green, gold, red-orange, rich brown and deep indigo for Taurus as well as black, gray and dark brown for Saturn. In this case I would choose to emphasize one or the other rather than reinforcing them in combination.
Sapphire, emerald, turquoise and jade for Taurus or obsidian, onyx, jet and garnet for Saturn worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us stay grounded, patient and aware instead of lazy and negative. Again, I’d choose either/or rather than a combination.
Lead and copper are this week’s metals – I’d opt for copper and try for its reported benefits in reducing or eliminating joint pain, stiffness and inflammation. Skip the lead altogether.
Scent your home, bath and body with violet, magnolia, plumeria, rose, apple, vanilla, strawberry, musk and patchouli. It’s a good week to get your hands in some dirt – work in your garden (or a friend’s) or just repot a houseplant. And don’t forget to water! Activities that take you into nature are positively “grounding.” Take good care of your neck and throat this week – they’ll be more vulnerable than usual.
Foods prepared with violets (yes, they’re edible!), apple, strawberry; nightshade family foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers and eggplant, thyme and vanilla as well as teas brewed from comfrey and valerian will provide the same beneficial effects.
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