Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
34: Great Vigor
Friday, January 14th, 2011
Congratulations! There is strength and vigor in this situation — like a ram who has knocked down a fence to free himself from captivity. This points to a time when a powerful force comes into its own and achieves influence.
When a leader finally comes into power, his or her personal strength usually has peaked. Great strength is required in climbing to the mountaintop, but once at the summit, the support of others is needed to maintain that lofty position. A shift in attitude becomes necessary. Raw strength must be tempered by wisdom; to maintain power, a strong leader must learn to give it away, to share it with others. Only then will his or her position be secure, for she will not only be the possessor of power, but the source of it as well.
If you find yourself in a high or strong position, it is especially important to act responsibly and react with care. Your personal power must not be allowed to degenerate into raw force that rides roughshod over everything in its path. A strong sense of responsibility to the collective good of all is the key to the successful exercise of strength. By following what we intuitively know to be for the greater good, we avoid reckless abuses of power that in the end undermine the source of our strength. Arrogance always contains the seeds of its own undoing.
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Golden Tarot
What is traditionally known as the Temperance card is a reference to the Soul. Classically female, she is mixing up a blend of subtle energies for the evolution of the personality. One key to interpreting this card can be found in its title, a play on the process of tempering metals in a forge.
Metals must undergo extremes of temperature, folding and pounding, but the end product is infinitely superior to impure ore mined from the earth. In this image, the soul volunteers the ego for a cleansing and healing experience which may turn the personality inside-out, but which brings out the gold hidden within the heart. (This card is entitled “Art” in the Crowley deck.)
The stubborn Taurus Moon anchors us to the status quo and prevents us from running headlong into the future. Four planets in earthy Capricorn enable us to maintain a clear sense of practicality, even as we anticipate the changes ahead. But we aren’t quite ready for what’s coming, so it’s a smart idea to move slowly and make the most of the calm before the storm. A solidifying Sun-Moon trine brings another set of tools that can now be of use.
If you are waiting for the best time to start a new project, don’t miss your chance to take advantage of the stabilizing effects of today’s Taurus Moon. Although this isn’t about zipping along toward your goals, it’s great for making methodical progress on your long-term plan. Don’t even think about trying to reach the finish line right now. Simply look out toward the distant horizon, aim your intentions carefully and inch closer to your destination with determination.
The Moon’s visit to your sign can help you to reestablish your center of gravity, especially if you are feeling lost. There isn’t anything wrong with a vivid imagination, but your fantasies may fade just enough to enable you to see the difference between fact and fancy. Although a more pragmatic approach can be comforting, don’t run away from your dreams.
You can see opportunities at work through a very practical lens, but may not be able to make much progress if you stay stuck in the past. You might be reluctant to share your fears with others because you believe that self-doubt grows if you give it voice. There’s no need to push too hard right now; you’ll do best if you slow your pace so you can put your ingenuity to work.
You may be a bit lighter on your feet today as an ongoing conflict between two sides of your nature begins to subside. However, being released from one set of worries can quickly make room for new concerns as you question if you’ll be able to carry out your plan. Don’t waste mind power judging yourself harshly before you even start. Your journey may take a long while, so don’t give up if you’re not seeing the progress you expect.
Today’s Moon in your 10th House of Career has you wondering what business opportunities may come your way this year. However, it’s not the best time to think too far into the future or you’ll surely miss something critical in the present moment. Making plans is a constructive activity, but you should also pay attention to current circumstances. If you’re looking too far ahead now, you could miss a teacher or helper who is standing right next to you.
Blind optimism has been a significant part of your personal story these days, and you are quite hopeful that things will get better. Fortunately, you can see a path that will lead you to your preferred destination as the Moon moves through sensible Taurus. Pay careful attention to your actions; the less energy you waste today, the better your chances of reaching your goal.
You are determined to uncover the source of someone’s mistrust, but something’s shifting in your energy field and your schedule. You are ready to show your creative side and are eager to be seen in a positive light. Luckily, it’s easier to find the happiness you seek without much extra effort on your part. Trust your instincts and be ready to gratefully accept the admiration heading your way.
You may have a unique approach in dealing with someone who has a very different perspective than you. Initiating a serious dialogue today could change the way you view the situation. What others think about you is less important than how you feel about yourself. Don’t avoid an intense interaction, for it can teach you a critical lesson about self-acceptance.
Your life is about to get busier, and although you might try to resist, this should be a positive change. It’s not just about introducing more activities into your life; you are also anticipating all that you can learn with so much going on. The overall intensity continues to accelerate and could last for months, so conserve your energy. Too much frivolity can lead to burnout. A steady work pace enables you to accomplish more and relax with greater ease.
You have a strong sense of confidence now, even though you may feel somewhat let down if you haven’t reached your financial goals. Your stress level could jump if you believe that you’re running out of time. You are driven to push hard today for fear that your energy level won’t be sufficient later on. Luckily, you may be able to increase your income this year, but remember that everything takes time.
You have become quite accomplished at keeping your desires to yourself. And although others may not realize what your real intentions are, they’re about to find out as Mars leaves your 12th House of Secrets tomorrow and pushes into your 1st House of Personality. In the meantime, start visualizing your new direction. You won’t reach satisfaction immediately, but you should notice an energetic shift within a few days.
You can call it whatever you wish, but you have grown spiritually in ways that will continue enriching your life for years to come. Today, however, your more sensible side encourages you to question the value of any impractical endeavors. Don’t panic; the answers to your questions will appear just in time for you to start your next important journey.
Friday 14 January 2011
There is no road to happiness.
Happiness is the road.
There is no road to meditation.
Meditation is the road.
There is no road anywhere.
Here is the road.
Affirmation of the Day
By Phylameana lila Desy, About.com Guide
I chose this day to be here. I accept where I am and smile.