Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Emperor

Weekly Tarotcast™: 10-17-17 through 10-24-17

The Emperor


The weekly Tarotcast card is the Emperor.  This card represents order in our lives as well as traditional masculine authority figures. Our fathers, some business leaders, more generally the police, court systems and the government all come under the strongly masculine (Yang) energy of this card. This is a great week for getting organized!  Even the small ways we use logic and left-brain thinking, and the small things we do to create a structured framework pay off big in the coming week.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels Path 28, joining sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (meaning Victory, imbalance in the form of the Masculinized female) to sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (meaning Foundation, the sphere of Luna, the crystallization of energy).  Its Hebrew letter is Tzaddi, meaning “fish hook”.   This is the first letter in the word tzaddig, or “righteous man,” so tzaddi stands for both righteousness and humility. And the only other thing I will say about this letter in relation to this card is that Mr. Crowley swapped it for the Hebrew letter attribution of the 17th Major Arcana card, The Star. He had his reasons; to agree or disagree with them I will leave entirely up to you.

Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Aries, in which Mars rules and the Sun is exalted. This energy gives us plenty of opportunities to show our leadership skills.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is in Air-sign Libra (through October 22nd), Aries’ polar opposite sign on the wheel of the Zodiac.  The New Moon in Libra on October 19th makes the perfect time for focusing on and fine-tuning our relationships especially if we’ve been ignoring them or taking them for granted. This is excellent energy for working on our negotiation and partnership skills. Using the best aspects of this week’s card, resolution of conflicts is highly possible.

Mars enters Libra on October 22nd. Mars is in its detriment in Libra (Libra opposes Mars-ruled Aries) so it’s not nearly as comfortable here as it might be otherwise, and isn’t working to its best advantage or playing to its strengths. This can cause some hard feelings and actions during this forecast period.

The Sun enters Water-sign Scorpio on October 23rd. Mars was the original ruler of Scorpio. This transit turns our attention to the acquisition and use of power as well as intimacy and sharing in relationships. We’ll probe deeply into our own inner space to understand our own motivations and the deeper meaning behind others’ behavior.

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes domineering, authoritarian actions, rigid thinking and over-planning.  Other things to avoid are irrational, impulsive actions, hyper-sexuality and aggressive behaviors.

Let’s focus on successfully navigating this strong energy by using the best of it without going overboard. We can exercise personal responsibility and be good grown-ups.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include scarlet, warm gold tones and any bright, vivid shade of red.

Ruby, bloodstone, diamond, garnet, black onyx and clear quartz crystal worn as jewelry, or carried as power stones will balance the light-and-dark energies of authority and leadership as well as the fires of ambition and determination.

Iron is this week’s metal. Although not wearable, it is a symbol of endurance and strength but also stubbornness, so take care.

Scent your home, bath and body with eucalyptus, thistle, wild rose, woodbine, pine and tobacco (the scent, no need to smoke anything) for both calming the nerves yet stimulating the mind and body in a positive, focused way.

Foods prepared with allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper will give a fiery kick to your recipes this week (just remember fire is a great servant but a dangerous master); also artichokes and sunflower (seeds or oil) will provide the same beneficial effects.

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