Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-23-16 through 8-30-16
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, just prior to this forecast period, the Sun entered Taurus’ fellow Earth-sign, Virgo (also Libra’s next-door neighbor sign) on August 22nd and the Moon entered Taurus on the same date. Venus co-rules both Taurus and Air-sign Libra, and enters Libra on August 29th. Venus is happily at home there, enhancing our desire and love for beauty, harmony and balance.
Venus aligns with Jupiter on August 27th increasing our desire for love, pleasure, and the admiration of others. We will be generous with our emotional, spiritual and even material resources now. We will likely seek the higher purpose and deeper meaning of our personal values and our important relationships.
Then it’s time to get ready for the Mercury Retrograde beginning just after this forecast period on August 30th .
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 and a part of something greater than yourself. 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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