Weekly Tarotcast™: 12-13-16 through 12-20-16
The weekly Tarotcast card is The Universe. Known in many decks as The World, this is the last card of the Major Arcana. We’ll be experiencing strong feelings of success, completion, fulfillment and synthesis in key areas of our lives this week.
In our work environment, this can mean the completion of a long-term project and we may see the effects of global influence in our business dealings. In our personal and romantic lives, this card indicates expansion and positive changes to the status quo, especially if things have been somewhat dull or stagnant. At the same time, we’re reminded to attend to our duties and responsibilities that extend beyond the current situation. We will likely gain deep insight into the workings of karma in our lives, and our understanding of the elements of time – past, present and future – will grow and shift toward a more cosmic, universal consciousness.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card travels Path 32, joining sephiroth or sphere 9, Yesod (meaning the Foundation) to sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (meaning the Kingdom). Its Hebrew letter is Tau, meaning “cross,” the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The cross is an ancient symbol. At its most basic, it symbolized the arrangement of the universe into four directions, but it also encompasses the entire universe. Tau is the furthest development of the divine made manifest in the physical world, and is used to indicate infinity.
As the last card of the Major Arcana, the Universe represents the completion of the Great Work. The Fool’s journey begins as the zero moves from nothingness to manifestation. The Universe is that manifestation, its purpose accomplished, ready to return to the divine All-Nothingness.
Astrologically, this card is the planetary trump of Saturn and the elemental trump of Earth. The cycles of both Being and Time are contained in this card. This is the momentary pause after much activity, the experience of rest after hard work (even knowing that there is more work to be done), and feelings of wholeness and unity.
In real-time astrology, Saturn is transiting Fire-sign Sagittarius (through December 2017), Combined with the New Moon in Sagittarius (November 29th), we gain courage, confidence and optimism in meeting our obligations and responsibilities while focusing on a broader perspective. We see beyond the details to the bigger picture, even as we tend to our day-to-day routine.
We have a Full Moon in Air-sign Gemini on December 13th, the first day of this forecast period bringing a sudden, expanded awareness to our lives along with an urgent need to gather information, communicate an important message, complete a project, or announce a significant event.
The sense of urgency may be due to Mercury retrograde (in Earth-sign Capricorn) beginning December 19th. Retrograde Mercury backs up into Sagittarius on January 4th for the remainder its retro journey. All of the usual retrograde cautions apply – use care and caution in your communications and while traveling. Expect delays, have a contingency plan, and roll with the changes.
On December 19th, Mars enters Water-sign Pisces (through January 28th), enhancing our idealism and altruism. It may be easier to put others’ needs before our own, and we are more compassionate and empathetic.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes superficiality, being deceived by appearances and focusing on them over substance, laziness and depression.
Let’s focus on positive solutions, the satisfaction of a job well-done, completion, wholeness and the sense of returning home in order to get the most benefits from this week’s energy.
A little home alchemy: Power colors this week include indigo, iridescent blue-black, navy blue for Saturn as well as the earthy colors of russet, olive, amber and golden-yellow.
This is a great week to listen to beautiful music – anything that uplifts you and makes you feel closer to God and universal consciousness, or connects you to your own spirituality.
Onyx, obsidian, jet, garnet, rock crystal, quartz, jasper and azurite worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will combine the best of Saturn responsibility and accountability with the grounded, practical and nurturing qualities of Earth – our mother planet.
Iron and lead are this week’s metals – not great for wearing, but perfect symbols of strength and endurance.
Scent your home, bath and body with valerian, comfrey, musk, patchouli, cedar, honeysuckle and magnolia to keep you energized, centered and successful this week.
Foods prepared with thyme, sage, and any whole grains, nuts and seeds will provide the same beneficial effects.
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