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Your Ancient Symbol Card for January 24th is The Hand

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Hand

Although the exact meaning may vary, The Hand is a symbol of some form of personal power in many cultures and religions. The presence of The Hand is an indication that your personal powers are at or near their zenith. The Hand suggest a time when you should leave your mark on the world.

As a daily card, The Hand suggest that now is a time for you to leave your mark on the world. Your unique strengths are heightened to a point where you can not only expect to make substantial progress towards your goals, but enjoy recognition for your efforts as well.

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Daily Motivator for December 16th – Better than ever

Better than ever

If you’re in a pattern that’s taking you nowhere, it’s time to create a new  pattern. That’s not nearly as difficult as it might initially sound.

You are the person who is keeping yourself stuck in an unproductive pattern.  You are the person who can move quickly, decisively and permanently to something  much better.

Stop and take an honest, objective look at what you’re doing. If you had a  good friend who was doing the same kinds of things, think of the advice you  would give that friend.

One big reason you keep doing what doesn’t work is because it feels  comfortable. So remind yourself that continuing in a negative, unproductive and  unfulfilling pattern will make you extremely uncomfortable in the long run.

Comfort feels nice, and yet fulfillment and meaningful achievement feel  thousands of times better. Your life is meant to be filled with the richness of  new experiences, not just the comfort of familiar routines.

Get yourself out of that same old pattern and get yourself on a path that  will resonate with your passion. You owe it to yourself, and to all of life, to  continue becoming better than ever.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

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Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, October 10th

Dreams that clash with reality set us up to have such high expectations that we end up disappointed in ourselves or someone we love. The Moon enters practical Capricorn at 11:17 am EDT, urging us to mistrust our feelings since they’re as unstable as the shifting desert sands. Normally, common sense prevails but our desires are intensified as romantic Venus squares idealistic Neptune, magnifying the fantasy factor in our attractions to others.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Your words are as smooth as silk today and you can use them to spin fantastic stories to support your goals. Your visions sound real to others as you describe your plan or try to persuade someone to join your cause. However, treading carefully is wise because you could convince yourself that you are right, even if you’re missing the point. Telling everyone what to do might just work out okay if you consider the needs of the whole community and not just yours alone.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You can’t turn off the flow of fantasies that are springing forth from your imagination today but, thankfully, you’re still aware of what you can do with your visions. Your idealism enriches your day by bringing an endless supply of creative material, but this stream of thoughts or pictures could also distract you from the real work at hand. Escaping into dreams might not seem productive, but using them for motivation is a wise move now.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You’re not interested in beating around the bush now; you want to say whatever’s necessary to justify your position. Nevertheless, you are afraid of hurting someone’s feelings, so you might approach the situation tentatively. Fortunately, you’re pleasantly surprised by the feedback you receive that clears the way for constructive conversations. Keep all your facts straight today, because a faulty assumption can turn a spirited discussion into a comedy of misunderstandings.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Sharing your emotions with someone you trust at work might not be on your agenda today, but something may stimulate a strong reaction, prompting you to share your perspective. Unfortunately, once you start talking, you could inadvertently say too much. Thankfully, it’s easy to prevent an awkward situation by simply considering the consequences of your words before you open your mouth. Be smart and tailor your message to your audience.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your creative spirit is flowing strongly today, whether you are working hard or simply enjoying yourself. You might not want to plan too many details of your day, since each activity slips dreamily into the next one. But you have to stay on your toes because your emotions allow you to be easily misled now. Verbal communication could be the source of confusion, so carefully observe what others do before trusting what they say. Actions speak louder than words.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your inflated hopes about a gathering of family or friends can run into trouble if you harbor unrealistic expectations about those closest to you. Unfortunately, your current penchant for dreaming could turn a perfectly sensible idea into a major fiasco. As tempted as you are to expand on a sentimental theme, it’s smarter to keep your plans simple and the drama to a minimum. All you need is love.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You are the master of illusion today as your key planet Venus squares surreal Neptune. Listening to your intuition usually works to your advantage when you’re dealing with someone’s unresolved feelings. Your diplomatic skills naturally assist you in influencing others with your fair-minded perspective. But keep in mind that your imagination can lead you down the wrong path now if you lose sight of reality. Thankfully, paying attention to the facts enables you to create a lasting positive impact.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Relationship dynamics may be confusing today if someone is quick to hide his or her true feelings. It’s challenging to know what others want unless you are willing to climb out on a limb and ask them. This tactic sounds straightforward enough, yet you might end up hearing a lot more than you ever wanted to know. Nevertheless, you’ll feel better once you learn the truth and then honestly share what’s on your mind as well. An open dialogue cultivates trust.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

The power of your convictions should be enough to carry someone else through an episode of low self-esteem. The smartest reaction to today’s uncertainty is to figure out exactly what you know as quickly as possible and then talk about what can be done to clarify the issues. Don’t be afraid of looking ahead; the bold actions you take now set the pace for your friends and family. Blaze your own path and others will happily follow.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your schedule may keep you busier than you ever imagined today, even if you were planning on less activity rather than more. However, the current noise in your life might seem worse than it actually is because you cannot turn off the stream of creative thoughts and unconventional feelings. Remembering that you don’t always need to be in control of everything allows you to enjoy every moment for exactly what it is. Go with the flow and see where it takes you.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You might think you’re fully aware of what’s best for everyone else today, and would like to be acknowledged for your altruistic behavior. However, your spiritual ideals may be incongruent with other people’s expectations. Fortunately, you won’t have to choose one over the other. If you muster up enough courage to talk about how your inner desires conflict with your responsibilities, you can achieve satisfaction on both fronts.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You have a long list of chores that could be left over from earlier in the week, but you may feel unsure of your ability to accomplish much today, anyhow. The best strategy to deal with your current concerns is to concentrate on fulfilling your social and professional obligations as soon as possible. Your doubts will ease once you start crossing items off your to-do list. Fortunately, you can indulge in the pursuit of pleasure once you have made tangible progress.

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Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, February 27th

Our morning concerns may transform into conversations as the Moon shifts from logical Virgo to social Libra at 8:01 am EST. Although we’re more inclined to engage with others during the friendly Libra Moon, our discussions won’t likely lead to satisfaction today since the Sun connects with Chiron, the Wounded Healer. We’re reminded of our weaknesses, yet six planets in compassionate Pisces make us aware of the healing that comes from forgiveness.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Pay close attention to the little things today, for they might unravel your day if left untended. However, once you are faced with a crisis — no matter how small — you would be wise to let other matters slide until the brush fire is contained. Accomplishing as much as you can early in the day ensures that you are able to focus on more important issues as they arise. Your natural inclination to take charge works to your advantage now.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Acting with common sense might not guarantee the desired outcome today, for there are social forces at work that you don’t completely understand. For example, a recent conflict may be revisited for no apparent reason. Or maybe a playful or romantic interaction turns temporarily sour. Whatever happens now, don’t attempt to micromanage the situation. The sooner you relinquish control, the easier it will be for you to reclaim it.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

A domestic problem could overflow into your workday, yet it’s crucial not to spend too much energy trying to suppress it. The more you resist revealing your feelings today, the more relentlessly they will persist. The unpleasant circumstances are a sign that something isn’t working right. But don’t try to fix it; instead, initiate a dialogue to get to the core of the matter. Remember there are at least two perspectives, so make sure you are an active listener now as well as an amazing storyteller.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You may feel as if you walked into the middle of an awkward situation today. It’s not a good idea to take sides in a pre-existing conflict now, but you might not be able to avoid it. It seems as if anything you do could have some negative consequences, so just pick the lesser of the evils and then get on with your day. Even if uncomfortable vibes linger, their intensity will settle down quicker than you think.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may be uncharacteristically less than confident as you worry about how your actions might negatively influence others today. However, the current circumstances have already been set into motion and you are simply acting as a catalyst. Even though others might be annoyed with you now, keep in mind that they could be thanking you by tomorrow. There’s no need to prove anything to anyone, everything will fall into place on its own.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your mental acuity may stir up ill will today as your feelings break through the awkward silence. If you have something to say, you might not be able to keep it quiet any longer. Unfortunately, you could have more impact on the situation than you realize, arousing ire in others. There is only so long the truth can stay hidden; thankfully, everyone will feel somewhat relieved later, once the storm has cleared the air.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

A low-level panic could motivate you into action early in the day once you realize how much there is to do. Perhaps you haven’t managed your time well, yet you still must complete the tasks on your plate. Be careful and don’t drag any innocent bystanders into your scheduling drama, since that will only make everyone’s life more difficult. Even if the outcome isn’t looking pretty, just stay as focused as possible now. You may be pleasantly surprised with what you accomplish by the end of the day.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Your current vision of the future may be quite different from someone else’s dream, and this incompatibility can agitate deeper issues of uncertainty. Although a misunderstanding could make matters worse, the real concern isn’t about lack of clarity; it’s about who is in control. Hold steady to your convictions at first so you are taken seriously; you can always choose to negotiate later on after you’ve made your point.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Even your most substantial plans can be turned inside out without warning today. You might try to flex your managerial muscles by holding fast to the current strategy, but this isn’t necessarily the most effective idea. It may be in your best interest to let everything shift on its own, without exercising too much control. Luckily, life will be more stable once the dust settles and you can see more clearly.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

An intense situation could become quite distracting today, so practice maintaining your concentration before anything goes awry. Make use of your organizational skills in the morning while your schedule is still clear enough and you have time to follow through on anything you start. If your objectives are well-defined, you should be able to hold on to them all day. Good time management gives you the extra edge you need.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Although it’s not likely that you’ll be visited by aliens today, you still might feel as if you’re on the set of a sci-fi movie as strange things seep into your world. Luckily, you are more open to these kinds of phenomena now than at other times, so you can take nearly anything strange in stride. Keep your antennae tuned to the metaphysical dimensions of the universe as they contain significant information that will help you make a big decision with confidence.

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Your Daily Horoscopes for Friday, June 15

We can prepare for the upcoming transformations by integrating all the recent changes as soon as possible. Fortunately, now that  the Moon is visiting stabilizing Taurus we feel emotionally safe to ask for what we want and may even be a bit obstinate if we think that our needs aren’t heard. However, we’re not as distracted by our own mental meanderings as it seems. Thankfully, we can concentrate our hopes on what’s most important for our future.
Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Paying close attention to financial matters makes good sense now that the materialistic Moon is moving through your 2nd House of Resources. You may have to restrain your spending in order to manage your monthly expenses, but whatever corrective actions you take today might not have much impact until next week. There’s no need to panic as long you take care of your business responsibly. Being thankful for what you currently have turns your outlook in a positive direction.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Dealing with practical matters is a constructive use of your time, but something still bothers you even if you cross off everything on your to-do list. Perhaps an unresolved emotional issue is gnawing away at your sense of accomplishment, making you doubt your own abilities now. Putting extra effort into your work tilts the scales of judgment in your favor. But make sure that you also honor your feelings by sharing your concerns with a dependable friend.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Conversations are lively today, words flowing back and forth with a natural rhythm. It seems as if there is a really good connection between you and your friends, but something significant isn’t being addressed. The more questions you ask in your process of discovery, the less you realize you know. Instead of hunting down answers now, simply relax and enjoy the lighthearted interactions. You can continue your search for meaning tomorrow.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Don’t act so surprised if your friends come through for you today in an unexpected way. You might be embarrassed at first because you are feeling more vulnerable than you prefer. However, a negative gut reaction can morph into a more positive one once you realize that you’re all on the same team. Look at the help you receive as an opportunity to get closer to someone you truly admire.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Offering your generosity and loyalty to a friend in times of turmoil is something you do quite naturally. However, your actions might affect more than any one single person. There’s no need to hold back if others are looking to you for leadership. Deliver the goods, along with a song and a smile; your dependability acts as a shining example for those around you.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You’re naturally motivated to stand high on the mountain so you have the very best view, yet developing your vision may be quite complicated now. Intellectually, you can expand your perspective through education, so consider enrolling in a course or even traveling to widen your horizons. There’s no need to confine your explorations to books or classrooms; you might learn more by embarking on an adventure in the real world.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Your love for the finer things in life lures you into an emotionally charged conversation with a close friend as you explore the possibilities ahead. You’re interested in going on a trip or doing something that breaks you out of your current routine, but you don’t want to move too fast. Talking about change is safer now than actually making your move. Consider today’s discussion as the first step toward making your dreams come true.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Getting into an argument is easier than resolving it. If you run into a stubborn person who tries to tell you what to do today, it might irk you enough to tell them off. Unfortunately, even a small disagreement now could escalate into an emotionally uncomfortable confrontation. Being aware of your intensity enables you to keep the energy from getting too extreme. Sidestepping conflict by taking the high road turns things in a positive direction.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your own crazy antics may be more bothersome to you today than anyone else’s fickle behavior. The good news is that everyone seems to be changing their minds as quickly as you are now. The bad news, however, is that it can be difficult to pin anyone down to specifics when it comes to relationship matters. Exploring your options is healthy as long as you don’t commit to anything you might later regret.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

If you have been keeping up with your recent responsibilities, then relax, hit the reset button and recharge your emotional batteries today. Doing something special with a loved one or even just hanging out on your own can bring blissful satisfaction. But you are more restless than usual and could also start a few projects just to occupy your mind. Keep your priorities straight and remember that it’s time to listen to your heart.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You may grow anxious at work today because you want to begin your weekend as soon as possible. You are looking forward to some exciting activities now, but have a few non-negotiable domestic chores to finish before you cut loose to enjoy yourself. Try not to let your anticipation of the future get in the way of your current efficiency or you will have even more to do before the fun can start.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Expressing your feelings can be challenging when language falls short of describing the richness of your imagination. However, the right words come to you just in the nick of time today, increasing your confidence that you can get your message across. But it’s not about rambling on aimlessly; state your point succinctly and then step back to let the other person respond. Remember, communication is a two-way street.

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Daily OM for Thursday, April 26 – Life as It Is

Life as It Is
Making Life Work for You

 

 

Running your life and your household is a bit like running a business for which some things can easily be delegated. 

Sometimes we have so many varying responsibilities in our lives, ranging from work obligations to caring for children to running a household, we feel we cannot possibly make it all work. We may feel overwhelmed in the face of it all, ending each day feeling hopelessly behind schedule. However, regardless of how frustrating this can be, these are the parameters that make up our lives, and we owe it to ourselves to find a way to make it work. Rather than buckling under the pressure of an impossible to-do list, we might take a moment to view the larger perspective.

Like the president of a large organization, we must first realize that we cannot do every job ourselves. The first step to sanity is learning how to delegate some of the responsibility to other people, whether by paying someone to clean our house or trading childcare duties with another parent. In addition, we might find places where we can shift our expectations in ways that make our lives easier. For example, expecting ourselves to create a healthy home-cooked meal every night after a full day of work, errands, or caring for an infant or toddler may be a bit excessive. We might allow ourselves to order in food once in a while without any guilt. Accepting the adjustments needed to make our lives work is an essential ingredient to being at peace with our situation.

At the end of the day, we must come to terms with changing what we can and accepting what we cannot change. Sometimes the laundry piles up, a sick child demands more of our attention than usual, and we temporarily get behind with our schedule. Accepting this momentary state of affairs and trusting in our ability to get back on track when the time is right, we gracefully accept our life as it is, letting go of perfectionism and embracing life as it stands.

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Daily OM for March 20th – Taking a Break from What You Are Doing

Taking a Break from What You Are Doing
A New Approach

 

 

Sometimes finding the answer is as easy as taking a break and stepping back from the situation. 

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we wind up going round in round in circles, finding it difficult to concentrate on things and, because we are so distracted, not really accomplishing much. There may be signals—mental, emotional, and physical—that tell us we need to slow down and relax. Since we are so involved in things that are external to us, however, we may easily overlook what is really going on inside of us. It is during these times that we need to step back from the things that occupy our minds and take time out to connect with our inner self, giving our minds, bodies, and spirits the time they need to reenergize and heal.

At first it may seem that by taking a break we may not be as productive as we would initially like. In reality, a healthy period of rest is something that gives us a real sense of the unlimited nature of our true potential. Spending a couple of minutes walking outside, doing a few yoga poses, meditating, or simply becoming attuned to the rising and falling of our breath enables us to let go of our worries. This act brings our focus back to the things that are truly essential for us, such as our sense of oneness with the universe and our inner peace and well-being. As we begin to get in touch with this part of ourselves, we will find that our usual everyday troubles and worries become less critical and that we not only have much more room in our lives to really reflect on the issues that mean the most to us, but we are also able bring to all the situations we encounter a much more positive and healthy outlook.

Giving ourselves respite from our daily concerns is like giving a gift to ourselves. By stepping away from the problems that seem to saturate our thoughts, we lessen the weight of our troubles and instead become more receptive to the wisdom and answers the universe has to offer us.

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Overwhelmed? Try An Intuition Check

Overwhelmed? Try An Intuition Check

  • Christy Diane Farr

It is easy to be overwhelmed when you can’t decide out of a whole world of possibilities which things are actually true for you.

When I woke up this morning, my mind was swirling with all of the choices. So many, in fact, that I felt a bit off balance. It’s the beginning of the week of Christmas and there are packages to mail, cards to write, and I’ve got to get a bit crafty because a major car repair two weeks ago devoured anything that might have resembled gift money. And except for the holiday greetings we’ve begun to receive, there’s not a single decoration in sight.

Plus it’s a work day. I have my own business and there are emails waiting for a response, a newsletter that needs to be written, and a book that I vowed would be submitted to the publisher by the end of this year. I have checkbooks to balance and marketing to be done for the clutter clearing class that starts again in January.

The floor at my office, which converts magically back into a home when the children arrive at 3:00 pm, needs to be tended, as does the laundry and the half bath. If the dust was glitter, it would look like fairies live here. For the record, the difference in dust since we took out carpet and installed hardwood floors (a most generous gift from dear friends this time last year) makes me wonder if carpet isn’t the nastiest thing on this planet. Seriously, the dust level seems to have tripled since the carpet came out.

Anyway, all of this and more was swirling about in my head when I woke up this morning, “Pick me! Pick me!” My impulse was, I like to think rather understandably, to go back to bed and hide from it all. The reality is that there is no way all of this can be done today. It isn’t even an option. I’m sure that many of you felt the same way this morning. There is so much to do. Much of it is even important. But, this isn’t about being a diligent list writer. This is bigger than staying on task. Some of these things need to be chosen, and a good chunk of it needs to be left behind for another day, another person, and perhaps another lifetime.

Instead of wondering how I’ll get this all done, the question instead becomes, “At this moment, what is the best use of my time, energy, brain power, and other assorted resources?” This is my power position, with great emphasis on in this moment and best use. When I say “best use,” I’m looking specifically for the action that is going to cultivate the best results for me today.

 

While my brain was buzzing with overwhelm, I searched for the courage to pause–for just a couple of minutes, sometimes only seconds. I had stop and wait for guidance. I had to wait for clarity, a knowing from somewhere deeper, about how best show up in the world at this moment, on this particular day.

I need an intuition check and so, I wrestled myself into a moment of silence.

I do not use the word wrestled lightly here. It’s still a struggle most days, although I hear that eventually some of the resistance will pass. Lots of days, I don’t win the big fight but today I did.

And, it turns out, most of that to-do list isn’t true for me today and I now understand what few things are. I know about connecting with those who’ve written to inquire about working with me. I know to do what I promised I would do for my existing clients. I know that while I will balance the checkbooks, I can’t waste another moment freaking out about the bills that I’m unable to pay today.

When I calm down, freaking out never makes the list. It doesn’t serve me or anyone else. It doesn’t open any doors to allow goodness to flow in. It doesn’t help. Ever. Who can afford to lose another moment to the hysteria?

When I calm down, impossible things don’t make the list either, like decorating today. My back has been acting as if it would like my attention. It doesn’t feel wise to drag the stuff down from the attic, and possibly risking my back wanting even more of my attention. I just need to let it go and trust that a solution will present itself later in the week but today, there are things I can do to bring myself a little closer to ready for Sunday. I can finish that last gift and mail the box of goodies for my people in Colorado, leaving it enough time to get where it’s going.

When I calm down, solutions flow in. People do what they say they are going to do, sometimes even wonderful, generous, helpful things that I don’t expect them to do. The words flow with ease and the time seems to slow and work for me, instead of against me. It’s the same when I do yoga, meditate, journal, dance, or walk in the woods. When I do these things I feel grounded. I can hear my wise self, my intuition, whispering to me about what’s best. I can trust me with me… as long as I remember to listen to my true voice.

Are you listening to your intuition? What does it whisper to you in the still moments? What do you hear in your dreams? What are the activities, people, and places that support your inner dialogue? Are you getting enough of them lately? What do you need to feel supported? What kinds of answers are you looking for? Have you asked for what you need and then, waited for the answers to bubble up from within? If not, are you willing to begin right now?

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