Lust: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

10-12-21 through 10-19-21

Lust is this week’s Tarotcast card. In most decks it’s called Strength. Understand that the reference here goes way beyond sexual lust. It is passion, the lust for life. Vigor and enthusiasm arise when something captures our imaginations. It also sparks our desire to act. The Thoth Tarot deck swaps this card with Major Arcana card 8: Adjustment (Justice). It is number 11 of the Major Arcana in the Thoth tarot. Good and confused yet? Don’t be!

With trust in ourselves and confidence in our abilities, we’re in a position of power this week. Genuine passion burns for a cause near and dear to our hearts, to our work, to our creative endeavors. Power flows through us. We can be persuasive and charismatic when we speak our truth with heart and soul conviction.


On the Tree of Life the Lust card travels Path 19. It joins sephiroth or sphere 4, Chesed (Mercy) with sephiroth or sphere 5, Geburah (Severity). Crowley designed the Thoth tarot to correspond with his extensive study of Kabbalah. He changed the order and correspondences of some of the Major Arcana cards. Among his many reasons for doing so was that this card’s Hebrew letter, Teth – means “serpent”. He felt that the card’s energy corresponded to the Lion-Serpent, a symbol of the Kundalini. That is the powerful life-force energy cultivated through yogic practice.


The Lust card is the zodiacal trump of Leo. This further reinforces the Lion-Serpent imagery. The Sun rules this sign, with Uranus exalted.

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Air-sign Libra.

Libra rules relationships. Mercury is currently retrograde in Libra (through October 18th). This is great energy for re-evaluating and re-assessing our relationships. Passion is great. But to be harmonious, other factors affecting our relationships must balance.

“I’ll be your strength. Yes I will, yes I will.”

Retrograde cycles teach us to let go of control. They help us gain fresh perspective and think about issues in a new way.

“Baby baby help me, you really must I need a healthy outlet For my teenage lust…”

Jupiter in Air-sign Aquarius also turns direct on October 18th. Our enthusiasm with projects, relationships and general attitude is on the rise. We’re confident in ourselves. Energy lightens up and we’re open to sharing. We see progress in friendships and projects. We’re happier.

“I’ve got a lust for life (oooh)…got a lust for life (oooh)…”

Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of the Lust card includes aggression. Bullying. Also, repressing our instincts. That may seem strange considering the card’s name and symbolism. It’s not so strange if we look at it from another perspective. Bullying, browbeating or steamrolling someone into submission might serve our great passion. That doesn’t mean it’s right.


Let’s focus on channeling our urges into something positive. Take a moment to look at the source of those passionate feelings. Ask, “What serves my highest good and the highest good of all concerned?” We don’t want to put out our internal fire. We do want a controlled heat – let’s barbecue, not burn down the house!


Power colors: deep, rich, ruby red. Reddish-amber, deep purple and greenish-yellow.

Power stones: ruby, garnet, amber and diamond. Wear these as jewelry or carry them as power stones to channel strength and love as well as passion this week.

Power metal: gold. Especially yellow or rose gold – wear either or both with pride and positivity.

Power fragrances: neroli, patchouli, marigold. Sunflower, cedar and frankincense. These will spark creative and physical passions.

Power foods: food or beverages prepared with hops (more beer!). Galangal (like ginger root), juniper (gin-and-tonics!) Orange, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves or sunflower seeds. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

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  • Lyrics quotes: “I Want it All” ~ The Wanted (Guy Chambers/Daniel Kaneswaran/Siva Kaneswaran)
  • “Teenage Lust” ~ MC5 (MC5)
  • “Lust for Life” ~ Iggy Pop (David Bowie/Iggy Pop)

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Lust is known in most Tarot decks as Strength. The reference here goes way beyond sexual lust. It is passion, vigor and enthusiasm.