Weekly Tarotcast™: 2-20-18 through 2-27-18
Ten of Cups
Shouldn’t I have picked this card last week for Valentine’s Day? Maybe, but each week I choose the Tarotcast card at random and I find it’s always the right card at the right time. Check out the real-time astrology section to see what I mean!
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 with this energy 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 (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 entered Water-sign Pisces on February 18th just prior to this forecast period, joining Venus and Mercury already transiting the sign of the Fish. The Sun in Pisces brings spirituality into focus. We dream and imagine, yearning for the ideal and (maybe) avoiding the real. We are compassionate and altruistic. From February 18th through March 5th the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Chiron and Neptune will create a stellium in Pisces – we will all feel the urge to dream big. Really big!
Mars is transiting Fire-sign Sagittarius (through March 17th) ruled by Jupiter, which co-rules Pisces along with Neptune. Meanwhile, Jupiter is in Pisces’ fellow-Water sign Scorpio. With Mars in Sagittarius, our actions tend to be motivated by our ideals. We are bothered by routine, and quickly becoming restless if we feel confined. We have a love of adventure, and of conquest. We seek to expand our experiences and minds during this transit. If this essentially restless and seeking energy is harnessed positively we may not only dream big, but see our dreams realized.
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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