Weekly Tarotcast™: 1-13-15 through 1-20-15
Ten of Wands
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Ten of Wands. This week’s energy is a warning against many things – all illustrating 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 – the life-force of the soul, and our Will) 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 come to realization.
In real-time astrology, Saturn entered Sagittarius on December 23rd, 2014. Saturn takes about 28-29 years to come full circle, so the Lord of Time spends about 2 ½ years in each sign.
Saturn energy demands discipline, simplicity, definition, realism, and truth. Saturn in Sagittarius requires us to responsibly live according to our personal truths and principles, and to stick to our standards.
Saturn also inspires a craving for the qualities whatever sign it is transiting. In Sagittarius, we crave knowledge, wisdom, and experiences that illuminate the deeper meaning of life, but it won’t necessarily be easy to acquire these, and there are no shortcuts. Saturn energy tends to slow things down, so we can feel frustrated or stir-crazy if we are impatient or looking for instant gratification. Saturn takes his time. We should be prepared to do the same. Authentic growth meaningful change come in their own season.
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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