Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-17-16 through 5-24-16
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Aeon. This card is called “Judgment,” and also “The Last Judgment” in many Tarot systems. This card signifies a spiritual awakening, releasing the past, paying off old debts (both material and karmic), and starting a fresh chapter in our lives with a new (or renewed) sense of personal responsibility and self-direction.
Many people wonder why Crowley changed the name of this particular card (as he did several others) in his Thoth Tarot. To avoid writing a dissertation, let it suffice to say that he believed that the event depicted in other Tarot systems – that of the world being literally destroyed by fire – was an obsolete concept.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card travels path 31, joining sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor) with sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (meaning Kingdom). Its Hebrew letter is Shin – which is represented as both three headed and four headed. In Kabbalah, the three-headed shin is the shin of this world while the four- headed shin is the shin of the World to Come. One meaning of Shin is “change;” it also means “tooth.” When things are in a state of transformational flux, judgment – or an error in judgment – can “bite” us you-know-where.
Astrologically, this card is the elemental trump of Fire and of Spirit. The Thoth Tarot card depicts the Egyptian God Horus – the God of Force (Spirit) and Fire ascendant, taking his place as the Lord of the new Aeon after spiritually destroying the old world by fire. It only looks like the end of the world to those who can’t accept that old points of view can be – and are being – replaced by or integrated with new ones.
In real-time astrology, the Sun enters Air sign Gemini on May 20th. On May 21st we’ll experience a Full Moon in Fire sign Sagittarius, inviting us to reach out and explore beyond our usual routines, behavior patterns, and physical environment. The energy of this forecast period is that of expansion. Pay special attention to what you want to promote at this time; and put aside or let go of the things that won’t serve you well. Avoid letting the small stuff get blown out of proportion. Mercury turns direct on May 22nd – hooray! We made it through another retro.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes self-delusion, egomaniacal obsessions, megalomania and limited, ego-based perceptions of reality.
Let’s focus on the rebirth, renewal and awakening that are the best and most positive manifestations of this card’s energy.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include scarlet, orange, gold, crimson and emerald (for Fire) as well as white, violet and the colors of the prismatic spectrum (for Spirit).
Diamonds, carnelian, ruby, garnet and fire opal worn as jewelry, or carried as power stones will awaken the energy of both Fire and Spirit united.
Gold and brass are this week’s metals – wear gold (especially yellow or rose gold) if you can!
Scent your home, bath and body with hibiscus, red poppies, thistle and juniper to unite the positive, dynamic power of Fire and the transcendent energy of Spirit in your life this week!
Foods prepared with bay leaf, allspice, juniper berries, basil, cinnamon, garlic, lime, oranges and red peppers; as well as hibiscus tea or tasty, herbaceous gin, (in moderation please!) will provide the same beneficial effects.
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