Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Ten of Wands

Weekly Tarotcast™:  5-16-17 through 5-23-17

 Ten of Wands


The weekly Tarotcast card is the Ten of Wands.  This week’s energy is a warning against many things – all of which represent the ways in which we imprison ourselves in cages of our own design. This can include anything from workaholism to taking on burdens that aren’t ours to bear.  Personal responsibility is important, but so are boundaries. Taking on the responsibilities that rightly belong to others can lead to feelings of resentment because we’re playing the martyr.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 10: sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (meaning Kingdom – sphere of Earth and the full materialization of energy) in the suit of Wands (the element of Fire – Atziluth, the archetypal world; our Will or Spirit in action) plus Saturn in Sagittarius (more on that in a moment) equaling Oppression.

Frankly, this is not the most pleasant energy around.  Since all of the tens of the Minor Arcana cards are in the sephiroth of Malkuth on the tree of life, this lowest sephiroth represents the material world, and is the position in which all the elements (in this case Fire) expend their energy in its grossest, and often most destructive form.

Astrologically this card represents Saturn in Sagittarius, and rules from 20 to 30 degrees Sagittarius, or December 13th to December 21st 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. Sagittarius is the most ethereal of the fire signs – Saturn’s oppressive, repressive, heavy iron boots can be freedom-loving Sagittarius’ worst nightmare realized.

In real-time astrology, Saturn is retrograde, completing its 2 ½ year transit of Fire-sign Sagittarius from September 17th, 2015 through December 20th, 2017.

Saturn’s retrograde further slows down a planet that normally moves slowly, but this can allow effective methods and strategies time to develop. However when combined with sometimes impetuous Sag energy, this can also cause frustration. If properly used, this energy can be great for establishing and honoring boundaries – and give us an unerring education in how and when to say “no!”

On May 19th, Saturn trines Uranus in Sagittarius’s fellow Fire-sign, Aries. These energies are normally opposite – with Saturn representing authority and tradition while Uranus is progressive and rebellious. However, during this forecast period the trine aspect can be the “spoonful of sugar” that helps the medicine go down. Even if that’s not in the most delightful way, it’s a lot more palatable than it could be.

This energy can be felt as a revival, a change in perspective that allows us to take old ideas or plans and look at them with fresh eyes.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card abounds – fixation, obsession, repression and oppression are rife. So are inflexible attitudes and beliefs and the idea of a punishing, vengeful God.

Let’s focus on what positives are available, mainly the strength to persevere and the use of slow, structured growth to push past our internal obstacles.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include yellow, indigo, black, blue and green.

Sapphire, emerald and topaz enhance the light, mobile energy of Sagittarius while obsidian, garnet, onyx and jet represent Saturn’s grounding force.  This week wearing either (but not in combination) as jewelry or carried as power stones will keep us moving forward slowly but surely and keep our boundaries securely in place.

Tin and lead are this week’s metals.  Neither is good for wearing, but can be good reminders of the strength to be found when we combine our efforts in positive alliances.

Scent your home, bath and body with carnation, sage, valerian, comfrey, musk, patchouli, slippery elm, thyme, and witch hazel to enhance any of the positives available this week.

Foods prepared with thyme and sage, or teas brewed from valerian or comfrey will provide the same beneficial effects.

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