Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Devil

Weekly Tarotcast™: 4-09-19 through 4-16-19

The Devil

This week’s Tarotcast card is the Devil. This major arcana tarot card symbolizes burdens and temptations. Short-sightedness and a lack of perspective enslave us through our desires. Passivity, victim consciousness and fear dominate our consciousness. When we realize that we are the only ones who can remove the chains which bind us, we escape from bondage.

Kabbalah

On the Tree of Life this card travels path 26. It joins sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (Beauty) to sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (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.

Astrology

This card is the zodiacal trump of Capricorn in which Saturn rules and Mars is exalted.

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Fire-sign Aries. Saturn is transiting its home sign of Capricorn (through March 2020). When it retrogrades later this month, new restrictions, limitations and boundaries arise. Additionally, existing ones may become stronger. There are no easy shortcuts and this is not the time to cut corners. Saturn gives us what we earn and deserve. The way to reap rewards is through concentrated efforts and steady, patient progress.

Mars is transiting Air-sign Gemini. Don’t mince words when it comes to what you want and need. But, avoid resorting to brute force unless there is no other choice.

April brings several retrogrades beginning with Jupiter in its home sign, fiery Sagittarius. Jupiter turns retrograde on April 10th. We gain perspective by slowing down our projects and plans. We may lose some confidence, lack enthusiasm, or feel hopeless. Look within, and adjust goals if necessary.

Back to the Tarot perspective. The traditional concept of the Devil is the personification of evil. This idea stands in contrast to its interpretation in the Tarot. The devil, or the scapegoat leads us to temptation. We sin, destroying ourselves. Terrible things befall us. If life in the material world is separate from God/the Divine then the Devil Tarot card, which represents that world is scary indeed. In the Thoth Tarot, this card represents sexuality, life force and creative energy.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes fear of natural urges. 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.

Alchemy

Power colors: indigo, blue-black, black and gray. Also violet, red and brown. These bring Capricorn’s strength, endurance and perseverance to our endeavors.

Power stones: onyx, jet, garnet and opal. Wear these as jewelry, or carry them as power stones for confidence and inspiration.

Power metals: lead. A good reminder of what to “get out,” especially in areas where our ego or erroneous beliefs can weigh us down.

Power fragrances: snowdrop, rose, pine, musk and patchouli. Create positive channels for determination and manifestation. Let’s harness this powerful energy toward beneficial goals this week!

Power foods: foods prepared with any of the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, etc.). Thyme, allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger, pepper, and thistle (artichokes!). Also teas brewed from valerian and comfrey. All will enhance the benefits already described.

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