Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Seven of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™:  12-19-17 through 12-26-17

Seven of Swords


The weekly Tarotcast card is the Seven of Swords.  This card represents intellectual and mental fluctuation, also healthy skepticism when circumstances are uncertain or “the whole story” isn’t readily available. There is a self-protective energy to this card that helps us actively guard against being taken advantage of, or taken in by, other people.  With the positive energy of this card, we can root out self-deception and reveal the deceits of others, if those exist.

The Sevens of the Minor Arcana illuminate the motives for manifesting their respective suits and elements. Balance gives way to questioning and exploration as well as the disruption which naturally arises from the search for the underlying causes of creative action. The sevens dissolve and deconstruct.

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) in the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the formative world; the element of Air – our intellect and mental processes) plus the Moon in Aquarius (more on that in a moment) equaling Futility.

Astrologically, this card symbolizes the Moon in Aquarius and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Aquarius, or February 9th through February 18th, 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. The moon doesn’t necessarily highlight Aquarius’ better qualities, so inner doubts and indecision along with the impulse to deceive one’s self or others are the pitfalls here.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Fire-sign Sagittarius through December 22nd, when it enters Earth-sign Capricorn, Aquarius’ next-door neighbor on the wheel of the zodiac. Saturn is newly transiting Capricorn also (December 19th) and this combination will find us fully focused on the material world. The positive qualities of self-discipline, organization, motivation and responsibility which normally help us achieve our real-world and career goals are highlighted, but some of the less desirable, cut-throat aspects of business success may also come into play.

Mercury stations direct in Sagittarius on December 22nd. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, extra caution is needed as our thoughts may be scattered, our motives unexamined, and our speech careless or even deliberately harsh.

When Venus leaves Aquarius and enters Capricorn on December 25th we value security and stability in our relationships – both personal and professional. This may cause us to make elaborate plans for achieving our goals, but the same warnings mentioned above definitely apply. In our dealing with romantic partners, business partners and/or co-workers, we need to examine our behavior and motives – as well as theirs – to keep things on the level, honest and straightforward.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes craftiness, slyness, cunning and even paranoia. We may need to keep our cards close to our vests, but outright mistrust and unnecessary secrecy will only complicate things this week.

Let’s focus on the positive aspects of this energy to accept possible disappointment and to turn knowledge and information to shrewd advantage.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include bright yellow, blue, silver, violet and white.

Zircon, amber, malachite, pearl, rock crystal and moonstone worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help harmonize and bring clarity to situations where there’s more going on than meets the eye.

Uranium (impossible to get or wear) and silver (perfect to wear) are this week’s metals. Silver conducts the most heat and electricity of all the metals, as well as being the most highly reflective. Consider those qualities for amping up the positives of this week’s energy.

Scent your home, bath and body with pine, poppy, lily, white rose, gardenia, jasmine, myrrh and sandalwood to enhance the Aquarian’s natural ability to tap into information and knowledge at a moment’s need.

Foods prepared with poppy seeds, coconut or wintergreen (mint), or tea brewed with jasmine or mint will provide the same beneficial effects.

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