Weekly Tarotcast™: 12-29-15 through 1-05-16
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Chariot. The “go for it” energy of this card allows us to show what we have learned through experience and hard work, and to prove our abilities. We know the reason for our journey and we’re focused intently on getting there. Literally or figuratively, we are on a journey and our actions will determine both the course of the journey itself as well as the outcome when we arrive at our destination.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life, the Chariot travels path 18, joining sephiroth or sphere 3, Binah (Understanding) to sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (Severity). This Major Arcana card is numbered 7, and its Hebrew letter is Cheth, meaning “fence”. Seems odd that something we associate with boundaries and limitations would represent a moving vehicle, doesn’t it? Well, here’s how it works: The Hebrew word for life, living, or alive is “Cha’i,” written in the Hebrew alphabet as, “Cheth Yod”. In Judaism, the word is used as an emblem of charity, longevity, and good fortune – pretty good and powerful ways of moving through the world, right?
Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon, with Jupiter exalted.
In real-time astrology, we had a Full Moon in Cancer on December 25th and Jupiter is still transiting earth sign Virgo. Mercury retrogrades on January 5th (through January 25th), spending most of that time in earth sign Capricorn. Jupiter turns retrograde January 7th through May 9th 2016, but spends the entire retrograde period in Virgo. We may see our projects or plans slow down, but this can be beneficial if we utilize this energy to gain perspective. We may feel a lack of confidence or enthusiasm, or we could temporarily lose hope. Introspection and self-assessment will carry us through, although situations and events might appear less than lucky at first.
Expansion (Jupiter) in the sign of Virgo means an increased focus on our work and our health. We tend to our own needs in an orderly, methodical fashion, pay attention to details and willingly offer support to other people in our lives.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes becoming the ego-ruled driver who runs down anything in his path, or who becomes frustrated to the boiling point, acting out in road-rage over obstacles, rough patches or detours.
Let’s focus on rolling along confidently but compassionately. We can benefit by taking well-planned action to maintain a steady course.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include amber, green, maroon, brownish-reds, and russet.
Emerald, garnet and amber worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us enjoy the spirit of adventure and self-discovery this card represents.
Silver is this week’s metal. Wear it to balance the sensitive lunar energies with the expansive Jupiter blessings coming your way.
Scent your home, bath and body with poppy, white rose, cedar, cypress and honeysuckle to channel the power of the Chariot – and the charioteer – and keep moving toward your goal.
Foods prepared with watercress and dandelion greens as well as clove, sage, cinnamon, poppy seed, anise, mint, nutmeg, sage and cardamom will provide the same beneficial effects.
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