Weekly Tarotcast™: 7-26-16 through 8-02-16
Three of Swords
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Three of Swords. This is difficult and challenging energy in a difficult and challenging suit. Most often this card is interpreted as worldly sorrows – the loss of a loved one through separation or death, the end of a relationship, or even a serious illness that causes us suffering. Often we can’t begin to heal until the source of the suffering or disease is removed. The energy of this card reveals that all things come to an end, and that all things pass, even profound grief.
The Threes of the Minor Arcana represent the form, structure and the first results or manifestations of their respective elements. They show the effects of energy in action within their suit and element. They bring a perspective, a viewpoint and an understanding of events and situations. The threes show our first attempts at resolution and unification after the polarization and duality of the twos.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the formula 3: sephiroth or sphere 3, Binah (meaning Understanding – supreme Feminine energy, or Yin, also the sphere of Saturn) in the suit of Swords (Yetzirah, the formative world and the element of Air – our mental and intellectual processes) plus Saturn in Libra (more on that in a moment) equaling Sorrow.
From the kabbalistic point of view, the Three of Swords represents a higher consciousness than that which we can easily access in our day-to-day world. Think of the consciousness of worldly suffering that transformed Siddhartha into the Buddha – and the energy becomes transcendent, a higher perception illuminating the path to enlightenment.
Astrologically, this card represents Saturn in Libra and rules from 10 to 20 degrees Libra, or October 3rd to October 12th, so if your birthday falls on or between these dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. We may experience a sense of loss during this forecast period but it is more likely that we will feel sadness over something intangible and undefinable.
In real-time astrology, Saturn continues transiting fire-sign Sagittarius (through December 2017). Saturn is currently in a stationary retrograde (direct on August 13th), and after that date we may find it easier to identify the things that hold us back from living our lives with joy and authenticity. During this forecast period, the weight of responsibility and obligation may be limiting our optimism and ability to take a long-term perspective.
Uranus retrogrades in Libra’s polar opposite, Fire-sign Aries on July 29th (through December 29th). We are likely to be more conservative and conventional during this time. At least we are less outwardly rebellious. In our desire to live more spontaneously and genuinely, we look within ourselves to find our path.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes self-delusion, self-pity and the belief that our pain, misery or loss is the “worst in the world”.
Let’s focus on the fact that with insight, we can realize that the things we are “losing” are actually old or erroneous beliefs and perceptions, or situations and relationships we’ve long outgrown. Painful though it may be, it might be even more painful to remain in illusion, helplessness and blindness.
A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include dark brown, black and blue-black (for Saturn). Balance these with Libra colors – emerald green, deep blue-green and sky blue to combine these energies as harmoniously as possible.
Onyx, garnet, opal and sapphire worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will give us a sense of grounding and the ability to look past our immediate circumstances to the near future.
Copper and lead are this week’s metals – wear the copper and let the lead remind you of what to “get out” in order to move through and past temporarily limiting circumstances.
Scent your home, bath and body with violet, rose, musk, patchouli and valerian to balance Saturn’s heavy energy with the ethereal spirit of Libra.
Foods prepared with thyme as well as tea brewed from comfrey will provide the same beneficial effects.
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