Your Weekly Tarotcast™: The Hierophant

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-12-15 through 5-19-15

The Hierophant
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The weekly Tarotcast card is the The Hierophant.  This card was known as the Pope in the earliest tarot decks. He now represents a teacher, priest, 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 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 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, The Sun is currently in Taurus, Venus entered Water sign Cancer on May 7th, and we have a New Moon in Taurus on May 18th – along with everyone’s favorite astrological event – Mercury retrograde on the same date.

 Venus in Cancer energy is warmly affectionate and sentimental. However, there is a tendency toward self-protection and we may “hide” our needs and feelings from prying eyes. We desire a sense of security and the comfort of the familiar in our relationships.

 With the New Moon in Taurus, and we are likely to take charge in our lives, especially when it comes to our sense of security.  We may re-evaluate our material resources and possessions as well as increase our own sense of self-worth.

 While Mercury retrogrades in Gemini May 18th to June 11th, we can expect delays and miscommunications; some of our projects, plans and connections will need to be revisited again later. However, Mercury spends this entire retrograde in Gemini (one of the signs it rules) so this may be a more comfortable and easier retrograde than most.

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.

An individualized Tarot reading with me focuses on what’s most important for you, so call today for a personalized, in-depth look into your life’s possibilities.

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