Weekly Tarotcast™: 8-21-18 through 8-28-18
Two of Wands
The weekly Tarotcast card is the Two of Wands. This card indicates dynamic energy and the stresses and tensions – as well as the benefits – which come from it. In partnerships and collaborations, there can be friction and even conflict as each person attempts to make their point and share their ideas and feelings. If well-managed, tremendous creative energy is unleashed and can be channeled into constructive and productive projects.
The Twos of the Minor Arcana are the balanced but polarized states of their respective suit and element. The twos are duality, and this is our way of seeing and being in the world in order to understand it; weighing and balancing things against their opposites. Good vs. bad, dark vs. light, positive vs. negative. Until we differentiate, we can’t resolve and unify.
On the kabalistic Tree of Life this card represents the Formula 2: sephiroth or sphere 2, Chokmah (meaning Wisdom, sphere of the Zodiac and divine Masculine energy, Yang) in the suit of Wands (Atziluth, the archetypal world; the element of Fire – our will) plus Mars in Aries (more on that in a moment), equaling Dominion.
Astrologically, this card represents Mars in Aries, and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Aries, or March 21st through March 30th, 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. Mars is the planet of physical energy and is Aries’ ruling planet. It embodies assertiveness and the courage to take action.
In real-time astrology, Mercury is now direct in Aries’ fellow Fire-sign Leo (through September 5th). Communication, travel and progress should all begin to improve as we move through the shadow period and forward momentum once again begins to build. The Sun enters Earth-sign Virgo on August 23rd. Combined with the energy of this forecast period, we are practical and quite able to make the most of our resources. We are generally productive, good collaborators and contributors to group efforts, and we may find it easier to get and stay organized. The Sun forms a grand trine with Saturn and Uranus on August 25th which helps us stay grounded and balanced through the changes occurring around us.
Jupiter is sesquiquadrate (a form of astrological square) Chiron in Aries on August 25th. Chiron is an asteroid called “the wounded healer”. In Aries, this energy gives us the opportunity to resolve identity and ego issues. Combined with the energy of this week’s card, extra caution is advised. Healing oneself need not damage or diminish others.
When Mars turns direct August 27th, we should experience a slow but steady increase in our confidence. Our ability to assert ourselves in a positive, constructive manner is growing, as is our ability to influence our environment and create meaningful changes.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes energy unleashed wildly, egotism and violence, oppression and destruction, domination rather than dominion. When ill-dignified, this energy doesn’t work or play well with others.
Let’s focus on our creative impulses and the courage to take positive and assertive (rather than aggressive) action this week.
A little home alchemy: Power colors for this week include scarlet, fiery red, azure blue and deep emerald green.
Ruby, bloodstone, diamond and garnet worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will remind us to avoid negativity and aggression.
Iron is this week metal – not really wearable, but a reminder that genuine strength can be exercised gently – we can choose to make tools, not weapons.
Scent your home, bath and body with wild rose, pine, tobacco, and woodbine to reinforce positive energies and generate some creative heat.
Foods prepared with allspice, cayenne, garlic, ginger and pepper will provide the same beneficial effects.
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