Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-01-17 through 8-08-17
Ten of Cups
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Ten of Cups. This week we’ll be experiencing contentment and satisfaction with our families and other loved ones, and we can feel emotional stability in all of our personal relationships. This includes romantic relationships too! Take a moment to show gratitude and appreciation for friends, family and your significant other to experience the joy of this card’s influence and energy.
Take care though, not to become smugly satisfied or to take these feelings as entitlements – the tendency to become restless, dissatisfied, and contentious (just to shake things up) can be a major pitfall with this card, and is definitely to be avoided.
The Tens of the Minor Arcana are the completion, full manifestation and culmination of the energy of their respective suits and elements.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the formula 10: sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (meaning Kingdom – sphere of Earth, the material world) in the suit of Cups (Briah, the creative world; the element of Water and the emotions) plus Mars in Pisces (more on that in a moment) equaling Satiety.
Astrologically, this card corresponds to Mars in Pisces and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Pisces, or March 11th through March 20th, 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. This really is not the most comfortable astrological pairing – Mars energy is restless, disruptive and aggressive, a marked contrast to Pisces’ spirituality and peacefulness.
In real-time astrology, the Sun and Mars are in Fire-sign Leo. Mars in Leo is a dynamic and powerful combination and may further complicate the energy of this week’s card, Mars in Leo wants attention and may stir things up just to create some drama during this forecast period. On August 3rd Uranus retrogrades in Fire-sign Aries – more unpredictable, stormy energy to rock the boat. Jupiter squares Pluto in Libra on August 4th. The Full Moon Lunar eclipse (partial) on August 7th in Air-sign Aquarius will probably intensify the restless dissatisfaction associated with this card, but Aquarius’ humanitarian and peaceful aspects could help balance things out a bit. If we are clinging to old patterns from childhood and need to establish healthy emotional independence – using some of the more positive aspects of this week’s card – this eclipse energy can be a blessing.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes feelings of having too much of a good thing or even being fed-up (filled up or overstuffed) with something. A good example would be the party guest who goes from having a few drinks and feeling good to getting sloppy-drunk, sick and barfing all over the host’s carpet. Be forewarned.
Let’s focus on being thankful in the present moment, and realizing that all good things both increase and decrease in cycles.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include red and scarlet for Mars and flecked silvery-white for Pisces (like fish scales!)
Rubies, bloodstones and garnets (for Mars), along with sapphire, emerald, amethyst and aquamarine (for Pisces) worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will keep you aware of the need for gentleness and gratitude this week.
Tin and iron are this week’s metals – neither is good for wearing, but both can be a reminder to find the happy medium between flexibility/adaptability or rigidity/ aggression/violence.
Scent your home, bath and body with rose, thistle and pine to muster up Martial courage and purpose, while Pisces heliotrope, carnation and poppy smooth out the bumps.
Foods prepared with allspice, ginger, cayenne pepper and garlic will enhance Mars’ strengths, but if you’re feeling restless, careless or aggressive, these should be avoided. Try Pisces’ clove, sage, poppy, anise, cinnamon, mint or nutmeg instead. Separately or combined harmoniously, they will provide the same beneficial effects.
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