Weekly Tarotcast™: 7-10-18 through 7-17-18
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 of 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, the Sun is transiting Water-sign Cancer, Leo’s next-door neighbor sign (until July 22nd). Just following this forecast period, the Sun will begin its annual transit of Fire-sign Leo. Mars continues its retrograde transit of Leo’s polar-opposite sign of Aquarius through the month of July. Especially in conjunction with the energy of this week’s card, we are impatient to resolve an ongoing problem or bring a project to conclusion. We can feel stuck and frustrated because things are just not moving forward. The past refuses to stay behind us.
Mercury transits Leo through the month of July (through September 5th). We’re likely to focus more on the big picture and less on the details. When Mercury retrogrades in Leo following this forecast period (July 26th to August 19th) we may revisit old recreational or creative pursuits with renewed interest and enthusiasm. Our perspective on past projects can change and we may even consider revamping them based on our new viewpoint. Mercury starts its shadow phase on July 7th so events occurring on and after this date may be the first to need review or revision during the retrograde period.
We have a New Moon partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer on July 12th. This lunation is a great chance for a fresh start. We’ll be exploring and attending to our feelings as well as our deepest needs and desires. We find deeper appreciation for our family and closest friends – especially for the sense of community, belonging, safety and security we find in our relationships with them. Our need and desire for intimacy is strong during this moon phase. This energy can be a great complement to the energy of this week’s card – urging us to reach out for support as we begin a new stage of our journey.
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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