Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Three of Swords

Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-11-15 through 8-18-15

 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, physical 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.

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) 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 this week but it is more likely that we will feel sadness over something intangible and undefinable.

In real-time astrology, Saturn is in Libra’s next-door-neighbor sign, watery Scorpio – a powerful reminder to fulfill our responsibilities and to face reality.

Last week, Saturn squared Jupiter and semi-squared Pluto – challenging energy for sure. We may still be dealing with the restructuring of our plans or relationships this week in order to align with the limits and demands of reality. There are simply no quick fixes or shortcuts.

 Also last week, retrograde Venus (ruling planet of Libra) aligned with Jupiter and squared Saturn. This energy forced us into awareness of limitations – our own and those of other people and situations. It also shines a bright and possibly harsh light on feelings of dissatisfaction. Venus forms an inferior conjunction with the Sun on August 15th, so relationship issues and challenges will be magnified.

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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