y’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
63: After Completion
Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
General Meaning: It is a fine irony that after completion of some project or great enterprise, there is still much left to do. Completion is merely a pause in the cycle of creation and decay, a momentary still point for the swinging pendulum of life. Though completion does imply a period of restful pause — one that usually has been well earned — it is not an actual end, but rather a uniquely harmonious flat spot in the constancy of change and movement.
The image of After Completion is that of a kettle of water boiling over a fire. When the forces are balanced, the water boils properly; but if the pot is too full, it may boil over and put out the fire; or, if the fire is too hot, it may evaporate all the water. In the equilibrium that follows the completion of something significant, the current dynamics must be watched carefully to assure that a proper balance is maintained.
After Completion is the time for fine-tuning, for refinements and embellishments of what has already been accomplished.
Even if we are enjoying a rewarding situation right now, the laws of the natural world dictate that influence and success will eventually decline. So, don’t let current good fortunes prompt careless or relaxed attitudes. A successful endeavor or partnership needs to be carefully tended and maintained. What is incomplete should be finished, and brought to fruition without delay.
Take satisfaction upon completion, but do not dwell on it. To do so could bring a halt to your influence and capability.
Your Daily Number: 4
Show others they can depend on you today; be focused and work hard. You may feel like procrastinating in the face of all the demands that are placed on you. It’s important today to follow through on your words with action and avoid making promises you can’t fulfill.
About the Number 4
Form, Work, Order, Practicality, Discipline
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Crowley
Traditionally entitled “Empress,” this major arcana or “trump” card portrays the energy of the Great Mother. She is Nature, around us but also within us, the ever-unfolding Source of life-giving power. She is often pictured as a pre-Christian Goddess, as the one whom the High Priestess is channeling down to earth for the rest of us.
In medieval Europe, the Empress card was painted to represent whatever Queen currently ruled the land, probably to satisfy the Inquisitors. But the scholars of the Renaissance and beyond had no doubt of her true identity, although she could not be fully revealed on Tarot cards as the “woman clothed with the sun” until after the French Revolution.
This supreme archetype of femininity also symbolizes fertility. It is She who provides us nourishment and security. She is also sometimes seen as delighting us with flowers and fruit. A potentially terrifying aspect of this archetype manifests itself whenever karmic mood swings wipe out our plans, like a storm that has come upon us. Whatever happens, the Empress is the Source of our Embodiment and of Natural Law. She might even be called “the Great Recycler.”
The day begins with the stubborn Taurus Moon forming a difficult aspect with judgmental Saturn, provoking a possible standoff between our needs and our responsibilities. But the Moon’s shift into quicksilver Gemini at 1:09 pm EDT encourages us to change our minds as quickly as the wind on a spring day. Although Gemini is a rational Air sign, we still could be tempted to express our irrational feelings now as the Moon squares confusing Neptune.
You are geared up to make it through the uncertainty of the day, but circumstances could change dramatically enough that you must modify your agenda. It’s not wise to take success for granted now since you must work extra hard to see progress. Taking shortcuts won’t work, either. Putting on an air of bravado won’t do the trick today, so get serious and keep bringing your scattered energy back to the tasks at hand.
The Moon forms an uncomfortable semisquare with your key planet Venus today, tying your feelings up in knots. A simple desire becomes more complex as you obsess about the power that love has over you. However, your worries may just be the result of an overactive imagination. Don’t waste time thinking about something that may never happen. You’ll be happier if you keep your attention on the present moment.
Your key planet Mercury is finally regaining speed as it continues to recover from its retrograde phase last month. Don’t be discouraged about your overall lack of progress on a creative project, for things should be turning around pretty quickly today. Nevertheless, it may be difficult to make up your mind with certainty now that the emotional Moon is back in your whimsical sign for a couple of days. Take your time before making any important decisions.
You need to begin a process of letting go now as the Moon moves through your 12th House of Endings. Your work may not flow as easily as you wish and there’s no easy way to force yourself through the current creative block. Don’t get hung up about something on the job that isn’t moving ahead; instead, watch the signs and see what clues you can derive. Once you figure out the message, you will be permitted to proceed to the next step.
The social aspects of your day may grow very complicated, pressuring you to contract your energy. However, you have personal business that must be attended to today, even if it’s not much fun. Once you push through your own resistance, everything seems to become easier, freeing up enough time for you to do something totally unexpected by your peers. Setting your mind on a particular accomplishment is a wise strategy, but things won’t necessarily turn out as planned. Let the element of surprise work in your favor.
It’s all about establishing healthy patterns now and sticking to them, whether you want to or not. Your place of employment may be a bit overrun with people experiencing powerful emotions, and you’re not interested in becoming one of them. Be fierce as you monitor your own performance in light of your career objectives. Make a few positive modifications to your daily routine before you try to progress further.
It may feel as if your relationships are extra tense these days, especially if you’re not getting your needs met. Your romantic urges are strong with flirty Venus and four of her planetary peers hanging out in your 7th House of Partners. You would rather be working with someone you like than being on your own now, and Messenger Mercury in impulsive Aries adds a false sense of urgency to your desires. Remember to relax; you really have more time than you think.
Your emotional detachment can be disarming now because this isn’t your usual character. You are often the champion of intensity, but today your passionate living motif seems to be absent. You are able to smooth ruffled feathers, but your friends might be slightly uncomfortable because they cannot read your energy clearly through your layers of insulation. Keeping others on the outside may be the best way now to protect your vulnerable core. Secrets are sometimes useful, but don’t withdraw any more than is necessary.
You must pay careful attention to someone else’s words today, because there’s a lot at stake. This is a time of big changes and you don’t want to miss an important opportunity. Nevertheless, the most significant information comes from others with the Moon now visiting your 7th House of Partners. Be patient and the puzzle pieces will fall into place. Even if you’re sharing your own point of view, listen with care when relevant feedback is offered in return.
It’s often hard for others to argue with your sense of authority, but this isn’t true today. As you issue commands now you might be more obtuse than you realize. It’s challenging if you are feeling socially awkward, leaving you to doubt your ability to handle the current circumstances. Rest assured that your integrity is ultimately one of your greatest strengths, so don’t sacrifice it for the sake of convenience.
You may have an opportunity to share your feelings in a variety of ways today, but things might get complicated once you begin. However, it’s not a smart idea to stop midcourse, even if you cannot grasp the impact of your words. Fortunately, everything should make a lot more sense within a few days. Don’t waste time over-analyzing all the possibilities; the details will unfold soon enough.
You have a lot going on beneath the surface today, but others might not notice. Even if they ask incisive questions, you’ll probably be able to smoothly evade their analytical probes. However, you must pay close attention, for someone may have less than honorable intentions. Keeping a healthy distance is a good idea if you’re not willing to have an uninvited guest digging through your personal life.