Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-31-16 through 6-07-16
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Hermit. This card shows us that taking a (temporarily) solitary path will aid us in our search for truth. Solitude and being alone don’t have to mean feeling lonely, so we may find that we actively seek and very much enjoy our own company this week. Probing our own inner consciousness and exploring our psyches will not only appeal to us, the insights we gain and the discoveries we make can bring us solutions to long-standing problems or issues, and give us the seeds to sow for a crop of new ideas and fresh directions.
We may find ourselves withdrawing from current events and taking a less-active role in our relationships and environments, not due to depression or disinterest, but because the energy this week calls us to look within. Reflection and introspection are our best tools to emerging refreshed, renewed and ready for action again.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 20, joining sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy – sphere of Jupiter and the rule of law) to sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty – sphere of the Sun; energy in complete and balanced manifestation). Its Hebrew letter is Yod, meaning the hand, and it is with our hands that we sow seeds – which are hidden in the ground during the crucial stages of their ultimate development and growth. It is also with our hands that we cultivate our gardens – and ultimately harvest their bounty.
Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Virgo, in which Mercury both rules and is exalted. The unique way in which Mercury, the Earth and Sun come together in this card symbolizes the special magic of growing things. The seed placed into the soil, hidden from view, undergoes a transformation and bursts forth into the sunlight to be further nurtured and grow to maturity. Here particularly, Mercury (Hermes to the Greeks) shows us his versatility beyond being a messenger and trickster. His roles include acting as a guide for the dead crossing over, an interpreter, a transformer and the patron of geographical (and metaphorical) boundaries and the travelers who navigate them.
In real-time astrology, the Sun is currently in Air sign Gemini (through June 20th).
Mercury is the co-ruler of both Gemini and Earth sign Virgo. We experience more of the Yin energy of Mercury in Virgo.
There’s a New Moon in Gemini on June 4th and this is what I think of as the Yang energy of Mercury in this sign. If we consciously open ourselves to others we learn through simple curiosity. Our social and communication skills improve, and we can enjoy the variety of experience and diversity of the people around us. Since this energy comes near the end of the current forecast period, if we’ve done our internal work the turning outward of our focus can be productive and positive. Just following this forecast period, Mercury enters Gemini on June 12th, where he’s naturally quite comfortable.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes rigidity, hard attitudes, bitterness and hostility toward the outside world – even narcissism.
Let’s focus on the qualities of emotional maturity, wisdom and enlightenment this week.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week are yellowish green, slate grey, grey-green and plum.
This is a great week to listen to Revolution 9 from the Beatles’ White Album, Beethoven’s Ninth symphony or Gregorian chants, since this Major Arcana card is numbered 9 – the number which always comes back to itself.
Onyx and clear crystal as well as diamonds worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will make your alone-time or me-time as productive, meaningful and informative as possible.
This week’s metals are gold and platinum – pricey I know, but wear ‘em if you’ve got ‘em, because they beautifully symbolize the light that is born from darkness.
Scent your home, bath and body with lily, valerian, lavender, lilac, and frankincense to awaken the introspective and transformative powers of the Hermit.
Foods prepared with parsley, dill, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass and mace, or tea brewed from peppermint; as well as beverages containing juniper (gin!) and wormwood (absinthe!) – in moderation, please – will provide the same beneficial effects.
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