We had warm, wet weather all spring.
Now, white autumn is clear and cold.
Dew frozen, drifting mists gone,
Bottomless heavens open over this
Vast landscape of clarity,
And mountains stretch away,
Their towering peaks an unearthly
Treasure of distance.
These fragrant woodland chrysanthemums
Ablaze, green pines lining the clifftops:
Isn’t this the immaculate heart of beauty,
This frost-deepened austerity?
Sipping wine, I think of recluse masters.
A century away, I nurture your secrets.
Your true nature eludes me here,
But taken by quiet,
I can linger this exquisite moon
Out to the end.
– T’ao Ch’ien (365-427)
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Saturday, October 1, 2011
The distance between chairs at a dining room table reflects the homeowner’s desire to forge close relationships.
Today is a day of karma in action; this could mean either rewards or loss. While you may be feeling generous, it’s not a good day for gambling. Your feelings of loyalty for friends will be strong; you may even spend some time reminiscing today. Your health will improve vastly with exercise, so get moving!
About the Number 8
Power, Responsibility, Good Judgment, Financial Rewards
||Ice Runes are most commonly used for questions about struggle, conflict, and achievement. Nyd represents many things, most of them unpleasant – heed it well. Constraint, delay, loss, need, and sorrow are all frequently seen in this rune. Nyd speaks most strongly of pause, the hallmark of the both the timid and the patient, and is often interpreted as foretelling a delay in the effect of other runes that it accompanies. Fortunately, even where there is misery and danger there are valuable lessons to be learned – the trick is to learn them before you are overtaken by despair.
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 Moon’s shift into optimistic Sagittarius at 12:41 am EDT sets an upbeat tone for the entire day. The fiery Sagittarius Moon forms an exciting Grand Trine with disruptive Uranus and impulsive Mars, re-energizing last week’s expressive Uranus-Mars trine. Although additional harmonious lunar aspects later in the day indicate that we can initiate successful action, a late-night Sun-Jupiter quincunx tempts us to take our innovative ideas too far.
You are wise to exercise caution today because your overconfidence makes you susceptible to acting before you have all the facts. Your contagious exuberance will likely attract others who encourage your reckless behavior. Unfortunately, they won’t be so happy if they discover that you’ve led them down a dead-end street. Rather than taking charge, share the responsibility of leadership. You will flourish now if you champion a team approach.
Bountiful Jupiter in your sign may lead you down a garden path today because things look better than they are in reality. You can’t help but marvel at the impossible dreams that seem real enough to touch. It can actually be useful to explore the roads not taken within the safety of your mind. However, you might run into trouble if you attempt to make them come true. Your imagination can be your ally now if you remember to take care of your mundane responsibilities first.
You may feel like a kite that is bouncing around in the breeze after being stuck on the ground for too long. But you might be a bit ungrounded today if you’re at the mercy of the changing winds. Fortunately, you can count on some steady currents to empower you to gain altitude. However, you must be careful since there are also strange weather patterns now that make it difficult to know what’s coming next. Ultimately, your smartest strategy is to stay flexible until smoother times return.
It’s nearly impossible for you to relax today because you are being pushed outside of your comfort zone. Even if you feign enthusiasm, you really want to know more details before you start something new. Unfortunately, you may not have time to do the research now, so you might as well bite the bullet and simply do the best you can. At worst, you’ll have an interesting experience while you push up against some of your own natural resistance.
Too much reliance on your social charms can put you in an awkward situation today where you end up losing control over what is said. Instead of trying to remain on center stage, it’s wiser to do whatever you can to get out of the spotlight. Having some anonymity now gives you more freedom to express yourself later. But if you push your own agenda too soon, your words could backfire on you and delay your progress.
Your life grows more complicated as intellectual Mercury creates an irrational aspect with pompous Jupiter, cajoling you to exaggerate your point of view. Your current tendency to overextend your reach or say more than you intend can set you on a tricky path. Nevertheless, keep the faith; maintaining your vision of the big picture could be enough to keep you on track as you methodically move toward your goals.
You are truly inspired today and believe that you can create something extraordinary. However, unexpected opportunities might lure you away from your own project so you can pursue alternative possibilities. Thankfully, your passion also attracts others to your new ideas. Just don’t push anyone too hard or you’ll quickly feel the resistance kick back at you.
Although you are inclined to start a project today, it may be smarter to wait a bit before initiating action. It’s not that you are heading off in a wrong direction; it’s just that your current optimism may encourage you to bite off more than you can chew. Instead of going on a spontaneous spending spree, get some rest. It’s smarter to build your reserves now so you’re ready for what’s to come.
Although you might be thinking about striking out on your own, this may not be the best course of action now. Today’s exuberant Sagittarius Moon blesses you with extra self-confidence and can send your enthusiasm over the top. However, your best ideas could lose their momentum if your execution is too hasty. Demonstrate your maturity by being patient; if you can wait a little longer, everything might fall into place according to your vision.
Although you could be very excited about what’s happening professionally, listen to your intuition now if it’s telling you that it’s not quite time yet to make your move. It will be much wiser for you to swing into action on Monday, once the Moon returns to your ambitious sign. Get busy taking care of loose ends and be certain that your strategy is realistic enough to execute.
Your mind may not be focused on what’s going on at home today. Instead, you’re time traveling into the future and thinking about all the possible adventures in front of you. Unfortunately, it can get confusing as you weave your hopes and dreams into the current circumstances, making it difficult to tell them apart. Nevertheless, it’s healthy to take cues from your fantasies, for they empower you to turn your dreams into reality.
You may be confident that you can change a long-standing habit or make a necessary adjustment to your diet. However, you could be fooling yourself today by oversimplifying what it takes to improve your daily regimen. Don’t get discouraged by trying to accomplish too much all at once. Instead of running ahead without a plan, take one determined baby step at a time. Small incremental modifications have a much better chance of lasting into the future.
by Jeff Jawer
No Holding Back
September 30 – 2
Friday starts out with the Moon in steamy Scorpio, which is great for subtle seduction — indirectness and hints of interest can be especially enticing now. The evening ends with a lunar transit into high-spirited Sagittarius where there’s little room for secrets or subtlety. There’s no holding back in this enthusiastic sign, which is wonderful for being open and honest, but a tad insensitive in its delivery. Exuberant Sagittarius is restless and seeks new experiences, so exploring unfamiliar places, engaging in outdoor activities or examining intellectual pursuits is especially exciting. There’s little interest in sentiment as ruminating over the past can seem outdated and irrelevant.
Pushing the envelope by taking physical, mental and emotional risks is where the fun is this weekend. There’s a playful kind of competitiveness that’s not so much about beating the other person, but more about pushing both of you as far as you can go. Be careful with humor, though, because in the midst of hilarity it’s possible to say something that you might regret. The easygoing attitude of Sagittarius can give rise to careless remarks and reckless behavior. And the unbridled optimism of this sign may tempt you to make promises you won’t keep or raise your expectations too high. Joyfully enjoying the present moment without looking longingly backward or thinking too far ahead sounds just about right.