Weekly Tarotcast™: 11-17-15 through 11-24-15
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.
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 – our Will) plus Mars in Leo (more on that in a moment) equaling Valour. Although valour is another word for courage, in this instance it may come across as vain bravado, false machismo, or senseless resistance.
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.
In real-time astrology, Mars entered Airy Libra on November 12th where it will transit through January 3rd, 2016. Mars is in its detriment in Libra, not as comfortable there as it is in other signs so it’s not functioning at its best. However, when it sextiles to Saturn and Mercury on November 23rd and 25th the energy is great for getting ourselves and our environments better organized.
Mercury and the Sun enter Leo’s fellow Fire-sign Sagittarius on November 20th and November 22nd respectively. This cycle brings us strong curiosity, bravery and energy. We’ll be asking the right questions and getting the best answers. We are more optimistic and our perspective shifts to a broader view of the world.
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 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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