Weekly Tarotcast™: 4-03-18 through 4-10-18
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, Saturn is transiting its home sign of Capricorn (through March 2020). During the roughly two and a quarter years of this transit, we may find that new restrictions, limitations and boundaries are established or that existing ones are maintained. There are no easy shortcuts and this is not the time to cut corners. Saturn gives us what we truly earn and deserve, the way to reap rewards is through concentrated efforts and steady, patient progress.
Mars is transiting Earth-sign Capricorn (through May 16th). This energy along with that of the Saturn transit are perfect energetic matches to this week’s card – both positive and negative. During this forecast period, we continue to operate with structured, deliberate planning and action. Extra care may be required due to the influence of both Saturn and Pluto on Mars for most of this month. Defensiveness and impulsive, knee-jerk reactions can result. When retrograde Mercury forms a square to Mars and Saturn on April 4th and 5th we may experience frustrations in communication, especially that having to do with learning or decision-making processes.
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 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 any of the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, etc.), 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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