Weekly Tarotcast™: 3-20-18 through 3-27-18
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Tower. OUCH! This week we’ll be experiencing disruption and destruction – and the harder we try to hold on to the status quo, the more difficult it will be. Tearing down is phase one of rebuilding and what appears to be a catastrophe can be transformed into something better. The Tower shows us that things must be torn down (or fall apart) before we can begin to build anew.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card travels Path 27, joining sephiroth or sphere 7, Netzach (meaning Victory) with sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor). Its Hebrew Letter is Pe’ (meaning “mouth”). The mouth is how we speak words, express thoughts, and sometimes breathe – and a very large, fanged mouth is shown on the card. In the order of the Hebrew alphabet, Pe’ follows the letter Ayin (meaning “eye”); lo and behold, a large eye crowns this card. Jewish mystics believed that the eye is the doorway to reality, and the mouth brings reality into being. The word of God creates. The Hindu God Shiva is the God of destruction – and to destroy, he need only open his eye.
Spheres 7 and 8 are opposite each other on the tree, and are two sides of the same coin. They depict equal but opposite errors and as polar opposites, denote weakness. When united, they cancel each other out – effective as a metaphor for the kind of annihilation we’re talking about when we talk Tower energy.
Astrologically, this card is the planetary trump of Mars in all his aggressive, violent glory. Change is coming by any means necessary, and much as we may dislike, fear or resist it; without change everything would fall into stagnation and ruin without rejuvenation.
In real-time astrology, the Sun enters Mars-ruled, Fire-sign Aries on March 20th – starting the astrological New Year and bringing the Spring Equinox. On a positive note this energy can be assertive rather than aggressive and if used wisely, brings needed change. Destruction of the old can be controlled with a minimum of collateral damage.
Just prior to this forecast period on March 17th, Mars entered Earth-sign Capricorn (through May 16th). Under this influence we approach the pursuit of our goals in structured, well-planned ways. We may find it easier to manage our energy and set a deliberate pace toward achieving our desires. This is a very positive positioning of Mars as it is exalted in the sign of Capricorn.
On March 22nd Mercury retrogrades in Aries (through April 15th). We can use this energy best when we focus on our independence and courage; we can use a fresh perspective to see problems, projects and relationships in new ways.
Mercury’s transit of Aries lasts through May 13th – a little longer than usual. We’ll have no shortage of bold ideas but we can also be impatient and lack sensitivity in our communications. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, the usual retrograde warnings apply – think twice or even three times before speaking or acting, and anticipate delays or missed connections.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes blind destruction and a lust for ruin – trashing everything just for the sake of watching it all fall apart without respect for the cycles of which destruction is only one step or phase.
Let’s focus on overcoming the obstacles of outmoded thinking and action, and the enlightenment that comes when new ideas and inspirations strike us like a lightning-bolt of truth.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include scarlet, red, azure and emerald.
Ruby, bloodstone and garnet worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will help us channel Mars’ strength without the martial violence this week.
Iron is this week’s metal – not great for wearing but a great reminder of strength and endurance.
Scent your home, bath and body with rose, pine and tobacco (no, you don’t have to smoke it) to further enhance feelings of enlightenment, sharp, clear perception of the truth and the constancy of change this week.
Foods prepared with allspice cayenne, garlic, ginger, pepper and thistle (think artichokes!), or chasing the Green Fairy thanks to the wormwood in absinthe (in moderation of course) will provide the same beneficial effects.
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