Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-08-18 through 5-15-18
The weekly Tarotcast card is The Lovers. This is one of those cards with an apparently obvious meaning and on one level, this card does represent romantic partnerships, relationships and marriage. However, this card speaks more to the importance of choice – and the making of correct choices – in many areas of our lives beyond our love relationships. To make our best choices, we need to know who we are and what we want and need in order to find personal fulfillment.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels Path 17, joining sephiroth or sphere 3, Binah (meaning Understanding) to sephiroth or sphere 6, Tiphareth (meaning Beauty). Its Hebrew letter is Zain (a sword) – surprising? Seems like that would be more in keeping with a fighter than a lover. But as an intellectual “weapon” the sword’s sharp blade cuts through illusion and irrelevancy, and it comes to a point – all things we need to do in order to choose well.
Astrologically, this card is the zodiacal trump of Gemini, ruled by the planet Mercury. The usual idea of twins – identical in appearance and often complementary in nature, is used here to depict the union of opposites, and the merging into totality – two becoming one, or duality resolving into unity.
In real-time astrology, the Sun is currently transiting Earth-sign Taurus. On May 13th, Mercury will enter Taurus (Gemini’s next-door neighbor sign). During this transit our focus will be on useful, practical plans and actions. We are grounded in reality and this should have a positive effect on the choices we make. Mercury is in mutual reception with Venus (Taurus’ ruling planet) from May 13th -18th.
Two planets are in mutual reception when they are in each other’s signs: in this case, Mercury is in Taurus and Venus is in Gemini.
The May 15h New Moon in Taurus finds us ready and able to take charge, assume a leadership role and make strides in providing for our future security. This is a great time to heal our relationship with money and to discover what we truly value. The energy during this forecast period also enhances our feelings of self-worth. Reconnect with your body, your senses and the natural world.
May 15h also begins Uranus’ transit of Taurus (through 2026). Although seemingly contrary to Taurus’ nature, we find that change is easier, and we’re inclined to shake things up especially around our homes. We will likely find new and innovative ways to do business and to make and save money.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes indecisiveness, inconsistency, unenlightened self-sacrifice, imbalance, and a lack of self-insight or self-knowledge.
Let’s focus on decision-making from our hearts this week, as well as the courage and awareness to act in our own best interests without selfishness or ego.
A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include orange, yellow, pale mauve and grey.
Carnelian, red coral, jade, agate and topaz worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help keep our minds and hearts clear as we make our choices.
Mercury is this week’s metal, impossible to wear, but instructive as we employ adaptability when deciding our best course of action.
Scent your home, bath and body with sandalwood, musk, lilac and iris to integrate mind, heart, body and spirit this week.
Foods prepared with parsley, dill, lavender, lemongrass, mace, peppermint and rosemary, as well as tea brewed from peppermint, will provide the same beneficial effects.
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