Weekly Tarotcast™: 9-27-16 through 10-04-16
Seven of Wands
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Seven of Wands. This card warns us that we may be wasting our energy this week. For certain, there is a struggle going on – feelings of bravery and assertiveness against feelings of degeneration and weakness. There are challenges and obstacles galore and we may feel as if no one has our back – our struggle is essentially ours alone, and there may not be much help or support. If we do achieve a victory, it’s likely to come solely through our own efforts.
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 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 – illusion, imbalance, weakness) in the suit of Wands (Atziluth, the archetypal world; the element of Fire – the will) plus Mars in Leo (more on that in a moment) equaling Valour.
Astrologically, this card represents Mars in Leo, and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Leo, or August 12th through August 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. Mars in Leo is ambitious and idealistic, with the ability to persevere. Although valour is another word for courage, in this instance it may come across as vain bravado, false machismo, or senseless resistance.
In real-time astrology, Mars enters Earth-sign Capricorn on September 27th.
When Mars transits Capricorn (until November 9th) we’re able to pursue our goals and desires in a more structured, practical and deliberate manner.
One day prior to this forecast period September 26th, Pluto turned direct in Capricorn. The intensity of this aspect can remain with us for days (and perhaps weeks for highly sensitive individuals) keeping a strong focus on our ambitions and our need to feel empowered. The energy to make profound changes in our lives moves from the internal to the outwardly-directed. All of this can have a positive effect on the energy of this week’s card helping us side-step some pitfalls and errors.
The New Moon in Libra on September 30th give our relationships some needed attention, and helps us in our negotiating and partnership skills. This may also bring some necessary assistance our way during this forecast period as helpful allies and support can alleviate some of the strain of this week’s energy.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes indecisiveness, blind ignorance, swaggering arrogance with nothing to back it up, and a mismatch between our assertiveness and our plain old good sense. If there was ever a week to choose your battles wisely, this would be the one.
Let’s focus on conserving our energy and using it positively, as well as realizing that sometimes the most courageous thing we can do is forgo a battle – just skip it.
A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include amber, all shades of red, yellow and deep purple.
Mars iron and Leo gold are this week’s metals. Wear the Leo (yellow or rose) gold to remind you of Leo’s big-hearted courage, but skip the Lion’s arrogance and vanity.
Ruby, bloodstone, garnet, amber and diamond worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help balance out the tendency to be hot-headed or combative this week.
Scent your home, bath and body with marigold, sunflower, wild rose, pine, and tobacco (no, you don’t need to smoke it!) this week to stay focused on winnable battles, and to make good use of your energy and time.
Foods prepared with allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper, as well as thistle (think artichokes!) along with beverages made from hops (beer), or wormwood (the Green Fairy – absinthe) – all in moderation, of course – will provide the same beneficial effects.
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