Weekly Tarotcast™: 9-22-15 through 9-29-15
The Hanged Man
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Hanged Man. This week we’re invited to gain a new perspective, perhaps by turning the familiar, routine and status-quo point of view on its head. This card is no less than a depiction of surrendering the ego to gain enlightenment, and that’s pretty “heady” stuff indeed. We get “stuck” or “hung up” when we are trapped in the material world, forgetting that we are a part of the Divine – we are the Universe and the Universe is us.
When Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris were working together to create the Thoth Tarot (the deck I use), Crowley attempted with this card to “try to explain the innermost secret of life and all the mysteries of High Magick and the Universe in general,” (DuQuette, Lon Milo). No small endeavor!
On the kabalistic Tree of Life, the Hanged Man travels Path 23, joining sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (meaning Severity) to sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor). This is Major Arcana card number 12, and its Hebrew letter is Mem (meaning water). Here water is flowing, cleansing and purifying – as in baptism and other rituals of rebirth.
Astrologically this card is the elemental trump of – you guessed it – Water. Water always seeks its own level – and represents the emotions. It is arguably the strongest element and is the birthplace of earthly life. Just over 70% of the earth’s surface is water, and up to 60% of the human body is water, with our brains being composed of 70% water. Do you feel a sudden need to use the bathroom?
In real-time astrology, this week we have planetary activity in all the elements except water, so I think this week’s energy is about restoring balance. On September 17th, Mercury went retrograde in airy Libra, and Saturn entered fiery Sagittarius. The Sun in in earthy Virgo through September 22nd. Enter water, the Universal Solvent (called this because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid).
Essential to every living thing on earth, wherever water goes – through the air, the earth, or through our bodies’ metabolic furnace – it takes along valuable chemicals, minerals, and nutrients.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes being at a standstill, feeling stuck or resistant to change, and unenlightened self-sacrifice.
Let’s focus on finding redemption and losing the bonds of our ego-selves this week.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include deep blue, sea green, deep olive green, gray, indigo, white and flecked or speckled purple.
Aquamarine, amethyst, blue tourmaline, pearl, coral, blue topaz, lapis and sodalite worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us with new perspectives and give us the ability to embrace change by transcending our limitations.
Mercury, silver and copper are this week’s metals, so there are at least two wearable choices to remind us that change is the one constant in life.
Scent your home, bath and body with gardenia, lemon, lilac, lily of the valley, lotus, rose and valerian to relax the physical body and free the spiritual one this week.
Foods prepared with apple, lemon, lettuce, lotus root, thyme and seaweed (sushi!) as well as tea made from chamomile will provide the same beneficial effects.
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