On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 26: joining 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.
Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Capricorn in which Saturn rules and Mars is exalted.
In real-time astrology, Saturn retrograde re-entered Scorpio on June 14th and this energy is perfect for tying up any loose ends. On the 20th, we’ll experience an exact semi-square between Saturn and Pluto. This transit first occurred in November, and will perfect (be exact) again in August. Pluto rules the Underworld (where the Devil rules) and squares are challenging alignments, so be prepared for power struggles, frustration, and manipulation. We may feel our desire for change is blocked by other people or circumstances beyond our control. There’s no better time to adjust our perspective (our “eye” and our “I”) and proceed accordingly.
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. If the material and physical world is inherently flawed, evil and removed from God – then of course the Devil would be evil. But in the Thoth Tarot, the Devil is simply God misunderstood by the ignorant and misinformed.
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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