Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Devil

Weekly Tarotcast™: 11-01-16 through 11-08-16

The Devil


The weekly Tarotcast card is the Devil. This card signifies both burdens and temptations, being enslaved by our desires through short-sightedness and a lack of perspective.  Passivity, victim consciousness and fear are embodied in this card.  We escape from bondage only when we realize that the chains which bind us and hold us back can be removed at will – our will.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 26: joining sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty) to sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor).  Its Hebrew letter is Ayin which means “eye.” Our physical “eye” is our way of seeing the world. Our other “I”, or ego, is the way we want to see ourselves and want the world to see us.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Capricorn in which Saturn rules and Mars is exalted.

In real-time astrology, Mars is transiting Earth-sign Capricorn (through November 9th) so the energies of this forecast period are in alignment. Mars’ drive to advance and succeed combines well with Capricorn’s determination to get ahead and achieve goals. Rather than charging forward with pure force on pure impulse, Capricorn calmly proceeds toward direct, specific goals. This is a great time to begin a new job or project. It’s also a good time to complete unfinished tasks. The pitfalls here are blind ambition (getting ahead at any cost) and a purely physical, material measure of success.

Just after this forecast period on November 10th, Saturn (in Fire-sign Sagittarius, Capricorn’s next door neighbor) is semi-sextile Pluto. This energy means that when circumstances demand it, we are capable of discipline, sacrifice, and even harsh austerity to achieve what’s important to us. Again, the pitfalls here come from not properly identifying what is truly important, or maintaining a solely material perspective on work and reward.

Back to the Tarot perspective: the Judeo-Christian idea of the Devil as the personification of evil is light-years away from its interpretation in the Tarot. Certainly the devil – the scapegoat, if you will – is blamed for all of the temptations of sin that lead us to self-destruction and of all the terrible things that can befall us.  If we believe that earthly life – the material world – is our separation from and our estrangement from God (or the Universe, or the realm of Spirit), then surely this card as the representative of that world is scary indeed.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes self-destructive behaviors, “fatal attractions” and obsessions, hysteria and paranoia.

Let’s focus on seeing and embracing both the light and shadow sides which comprise our complete Self. That way, we get a much more positive and beneficial use of the energies of this card.  Spirit embodied in material form is capable of choice, action and creativity.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include indigo, blue-black, black and gray. Add violet, red and brown to bring Capricorn’s strength, endurance and perseverance to your endeavors.

Onyx, jet, garnet and opal worn as jewelry, or carried as power stones will give you an earthy confidence and creative energy.

Lead is this week’s metal.  Not great for wearing, but a good reminder of what to “get out,” especially in areas where our ego or materialistically-based beliefs can weigh us down.

Scent your home, bath and body with nightshade, snowdrop, rose, pine, musk and patchouli to create positive channels for creativity and determination.  Let’s harness this powerful energy toward beneficial goals this week!

Foods prepared with thyme, allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger, pepper, and thistle (artichokes!) as well as teas brewed from valerian and comfrey will provide the same beneficial effects.


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