Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-24-16 through 5-31-16
Ten of Swords
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Ten of Swords. No trips to happy-land this week, folks. As with all of the other tens of the Minor Arcana, the energy here can’t degenerate any further without completely transforming into the energy of another suit (in this case, the next suit is Disks). Here, since Swords represent the mind and the intellect – another way of saying the Ego – and, since they are in the final process of destruction, all I can say is “ouch.” If there is any positive side to this, it’s that despite the pain experienced by the Ego-self, our true Self can come through the process better – and more whole – on the other side.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 10: sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (meaning Kingdom, the sphere of the Earth and the material world) in the suit of Swords (the element of Air, our thoughts and mental faculties, Ruach – the intellectual world) plus the Sun in Gemini (more on that in a moment) equaling Ruin.
Astrologically, this card symbolizes the Sun in Gemini. It rules from 20 to 30 degrees Gemini, or June 11th through June 20th so if your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. The Sun in Gemini is the complete identification of the Ego-Self with the mind and the intellect – a recipe for self-destruction.
In real-time astrology, the Sun is currently in Gemini (through June 20th).
We’re likely to be active and curious during this forecast period, but caution is needed in order not to engage in purely mental or intellectual pursuits. Get into your body, and incorporate some physical activity to counter-balance living solely in your head.
Mercury, Gemini’s ruling planet turned direct in Taurus on May 22nd and enters Gemini (one of its home signs) on June 12th. We will slowly but surely regain our clarity and focus, but in combination with this week’s energy, we should use caution to make sure that’s not a purely intellectual exercise. Check in with your heart and your gut. On May 24th Venus enters Gemini (through June 17th). Venus is quite sociable and outgoing in Gemini, but inclined to be a bit fickle also. On the same day that Venus enters Gemini, it opposes retrograde Mars. Buried conflicts in our relationships can get stirred up and we may be inclined to make impulsive decisions. Our desires may confuse us, be difficult to comprehend, or difficult to satisfy. Some of us might concoct problems just to create excitement. Proceed with caution!
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes extreme violence – usually intellectual but including emotional and even physical manifestation, and catastrophes of all kinds.
Let’s focus on what actually is positive in this card – the way of liberation through abandonment of and separation from those things which are toxic and no longer serve our highest good.
A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include olive, russet, yellow, orange and amber, along with gold.
Mercury and gold are this week’s metals, and while Mercury serves as a symbol of change and adaptability, gold can be worn to remind us of the Sun’s power – to burn and scorch, but also to bring life-giving heat and energy.
Diamond, ruby, jade, topaz, amber and agate worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will also serve to remind us that much like a trip to the dentist, the anticipation of pain is often worse than the pain itself. And, we usually feel much better once it’s over.
Scent your home, bath and body with marigold, heliotrope, juniper, orange, acacia, cedar, cinnamon, clove, and frankincense for powerful “solar” energy this week – and use discretion in wielding that energy.
Foods prepared with sunflower seeds, oranges, or seasoned with galangal, cinnamon, clove, parsley and dill; or beverages made with hops (beer) or juniper (gin) – and trust me, this week some alcohol (in moderation) – may serve truly medicinal purposes – will provide the same beneficial effects.
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