Weekly Tarotcast™: 12-15-15 through 12-22-15
The weekly Tarotcast card is The Hierophant. This card was known as the Pope in the earliest tarot decks. He is now a high priest, vital and powerfully partnered with his Scarlet Woman. He can represent a teacher, priest/religious leader, or representative of the law (including police officers and attorneys). The powers that be will be powerful indeed this week – whether we’re contending with corporate, academic, religious or legal entities – or the authority figures within our personal sphere.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels path 16, joining sephiroth or sphere 2, Chokmah (meaning Wisdom, sphere of the Divine Masculine, Yang) with sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (meaning Mercy, sphere of Jupiter and the rule of law). Its Hebrew letter is Vau, meaning “nail.” We can use nails to build and secure a structure – but we can also get “nailed” if we’re not careful and we’re doing things we ought not do.
Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Taurus, with Venus ruling and the Moon exalted.
In real-time astrology, Venus is transiting Water sign Scorpio through December 30th. Scorpio is one of the fixed signs of the zodiac, depicted on this week’s card as one of the Kerubs (see the four creatures at each corner of the card). Traditionally Scorpio was represented by the Eagle, but in Crowley’s Tarot Scorpio’s emblem is now the Angel.
The Full Moon on December 25th occurs in Water sign Cancer, ruled by the Moon. We may feel an intense need or desire to connect with our families, or simply to focus deeply our own hearts. We may experience this as an illuminating feeling that sparks us to resolve things in our personal lives we may have neglected or ignored.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes intolerance, arrogance and a bad case of the know-it-alls. Structure and tradition taken to extremes can become a cage or a prison, stifling freedom and thwarting change.
Let’s focus on our connection to our higher selves and trust that even mundane events and situations are occurring to guide us toward our true purpose. We can discover and explore our connection to the divine (without a human mediator) by using this card’s most potent energy.
A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include red, orange, deep indigo, rich brown and warm olive. Our daily prayers and meditations take on a more formal element of ritual this week, so wearing clothing in these colors while we pray or meditate will enhance our experience.
Amethyst, citrine, or fire opals worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will make you feel you are connected to something greater than yourself (of which you are of course, a part). This would be a great week to walk a labyrinth!
Copper is this week metal – flexible yet strong, and with possible healing powers for joint and muscle pain and/or inflammation.
Scent your home, bath and body with frankincense, rose, violet, hibiscus, coconut, jasmine, sandalwood, strawberry, vanilla or vervain to bring stability and a sense of larger purpose to your life this week.
Foods prepared with rose or violet (many flowers are edible), coconut, lotus, apple, strawberry or vanilla or tea brewed from jasmine, hibiscus or rose hips will provide the same beneficial effects.
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