Weekly Tarotcast™: 2-14-17 through 2-21-17
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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, a rush to 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, we’re in the opposite element to that of this week’s card – it’s water, water everywhere. On February 14th Jupiter (retrograde in Libra) is quincunx Chiron in Water-sign Pisces. When two planets form a quincunx, or in this case a planet and an asteroid, it’s very difficult for them to get along and communicate with each other.
We may find ourselves disillusioned by something or someone. We may struggle to balance our spiritual needs with our romantic/relational needs, and to maintain compassion as well as drive in our relationships. Avoid the temptation to slip into “people-pleaser” mode, and don’t rush to go against your beliefs or better judgment (there’s that word again!) We may also question our goals, beliefs, or faith – feelings of doubt and uncertainty run high during this forecast period.
On February 18th, the Sun enters Pisces and we become more understanding, forgiving, and compassionate. Spiritual development comes into stronger focus. The caution here is that all the Fire and Force of this week’s energy can dry up the tender, delicate, dreamlike beginnings of Pisces’ watery ideas and ideals before they are fully-formed and can stand on their own.
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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