‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
If you don’t know what to do about a situation – wait awhile, the answer will come. If weariness overcomes you before you’ve completed a difficult job, wait awhile, you’ll get your second wind.
If you do not agree with someone else’s philosophy, don’t fret, perhaps later you will come to know that the same philosophy can be reached from many different directions.
If you think the activities of another person or group are frivolous and unnecessary, wait a bit, they most likely will feel the same way about you sometime.
If you don’t like what others have to say, wait, they may clarify it – or you may change your mind.
If life hasn’t dished you unhappiness, wait a bit, if you’ve planted any happiness seeds, you will also reap.
We can’t always wait, but sometimes waiting is action, and action of the hardest kind. It is difficult to keep quiet when you have something to say, but it more often saves your face later and sometimes your life.
Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – January 14
“It is a native tradition to sit in a circle and talk – to share what is in your heart.”
–John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG
The talking circle is also a listening circle. The talking circle allows one person to talk at a time for as long as they need to talk. So much can be gained by listening. Is it a coincidence that the Creator gave us one mouth and two ears? The power of the circle allows the heart to be shared with each other. What we share with each other also heals each other. When we talk about our pain in the circle, it is distributed to the circle, and we are free of the pain. The talking circle works because when the people form a circle, the Great Mystery is in the center.
My Creator, give me the courage to share, and the courage to listen.
January 14 – Daily Feast
What we take for granted someone else thinks is beautiful. What we want to get rid of is someone else’s treasure. Sometimes we stand so close to something dear that we cannot see that it is dear. Our lack of awareness robs us of what we assume is ours forever. We have many eyes, but most are closed or glazed over. The eyes of the mind and spirit perceive far more than our physical eyes will ever see. The eyes of our hearing detect sound but also feelings and attitude – and the music of the sphere. There is a word in the Cherokee language, agowhtvhdi, which means sight. When we touch something we not only feel but we also see the gentleness or the hardships, the depths and the heights. No, we are never blind except when we close ourselves off and deny the very Spirit of Life.
~ Give heed, my child, lift up your eyes, behold the One who has brought you life. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Daily Goddess Devotion
Many have been mistakenly taught since childhood, to give their energy to others that have power. You have the right to reclaim your own energy and strengthen the power within your own spirit. Then none shall have any control over who you are.
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Set out a few clusters of quartz crystals in the heart of your home. It keeps the family on a positive track.
Today the rune is Isa of Heimdall’s Aett pronounced “ee-saw” (I: Ice) A challenge or frustration. Psychological blocks to thought or activity, including grievances. Standstill, or a time to turn inward and wait for what is to come, or to seek clarity. This rune reinforces runes around it.
Frost has blanketed the earth. It seems that everything in nature is dead. But winter is not forever. You have to sacrifice a part of your personality for the sake of future rebirth. If you are carrying or nurturing a child now, you may feel isolated from the buzz of working life, and longing for more social contact. But the lesson of this rune is to see the need to free yourself from past habits and projects, and to prepare for something much more important. Perhaps this is a gestation period and you are putting new schemes and ideas together. You may feel that these are unrealistic and that everyone and everything is against you, but this is just like a winter in your personal life, a period of rest and secret inner preparation. Wait for spring. It will come without fail.
Isa Merkstave (Isa cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Ego-mania, dullness, blindness, dissipation. Treachery, illusion, deceit, betrayal, guile, stealth, ambush, plots. (Note: the reversed or merkstave definitions are included only for reference as they apply to a multi-rune cast and not to a single rune that’s drawn blind from the pouch)
As with all, take only what feels right to you and disregard the rest.
**a portion of today’s rune meaning/description was kindly provided by Ingrid Halvorsen at sunnyway.com and used here with her gracious permission**
In the Light…
“Music is a release from the tyranny of conscious thought”
— Kevin Burke
Insanity is inherited, you get it from your kids…
Power Animal of the Day: Buffalo
Endurance Hidden Talents Adaptability
Welcome the great and powerful buffalo into your life to be your teacher.
The buffalo will teach you how to survive, even when the cold wind blows and the snow drifts across the plains. He will teach you how to grow a thick coat and hold your head down in winter, doing what you must, but full of the certain knowledge that winter will pass and the green grass will again push through to the sunshine of spring. And then, when summer comes, he will teach you how to shed that long, shaggy coat and adapt to the new season. You will be able to handle whatever comes your way, strong and capable, comfortable in the cold or in the heat, for you are the buffalo.
The buffalo can also teach you the power of the group. For even though the buffalo is a very powerful animal in his own right, he is especially powerful as a member of a group, where the stronger and more experienced actively protect others. The buffalo will help you feel more a part of those around you, finding your proper role, whether it is as a leader and protector or one of those protected. Either way, the buffalo energy will help you relate well and easily with others.
Buffalo energy will also help you find hidden talents and abilities within you. For the buffalo, though appearing slow, can actually run very fast and can leap great heights. You will surprise us all with your newfound strengths, for you are the buffalo
Today’s Goddess: CARMENTA Carmentalia (Rome)
Source: Patricia Telesco “350 Goddess” and GrannyMoonMorningFeastToday’s Goddess: CARMENTA
Themes: Children; Fertility; Foresight; Birth
Symbols: Music; Babies
About Carmenta: Carmenta, the Roman Goddess of prophecy and birth, joins in our new year festivities by teaching us the value of preparedness and productivity. The only offerings acceptable to Carmenta are vegetable matter-as a birth Goddess, taking life is abhorrent to her.
Her magical, prophetic nature can be seen in Carmenta’s name, specifically the root word carmen, meaning a spell or charm in the form of a song.
To Do Today: Put on some uplifting music while you get dressed this morning. Let it motivate the resourceful aspect of Carmenta within you for the entire day.
In ancient Rome, today was the second to last day of a five-daylong festival honoring Carmenta. Pregnant women offered her rice for a safe delivery, while those wishing to have children ate raspberries to internalize her fertility. Try either of these to prompt the successful completion of a project or to improve your physical, emotional, or spiritual fertility.
Romans considered this an excellent day to make predictions for a child. If you know someone who’s expecting, take a ring on a long string and hold it still over the mother’s belly. If the ring swings back and forth it indicates a boy; circular movements indicate a girl.
By Patricia Telesco ~ From “365 Goddess” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Here is a quick spell that can be performed with a household or a ritual broom. First, sweep the room clean and visualize all negativity being brushed rought out the door. Work in a banishing (counterclockwise) direction. As you finish sweeping the dust and dirt out of your home, close the spell with this line:All negativity must leave this room, As I sweep away all the dust and gloom!
Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
34: Great Vigor
Friday, January 14th, 2011
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
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.)
by Jeff Jawer
Break Past Love Patterns
January 14 – 16
Friday is slow, sweet and sensual with the Moon in earthy Taurus. This grounded sign is very physical and loves a gentle touch. The Bulls have a voracious appetite so indulging in a delicious meal is an excellent introduction to romance. Flowers can add their own intoxicating touch of special powers to raise minds and hearts to greater heights. If the mood feels comfortable, giving a relaxing massage is an ideal way to create the atmosphere to gain the trust needed for closeness. Taurus, though, can be stubborn and resistant to new experiences, which makes pressuring anyone for anything a major no-no now.
The energy shifts as our thoughts become more important than our bodies when the Moon enters cerebral Gemini on Saturday morning. Seeking diversity, practicing flexibility and meeting new people are ways to make life more interesting with the Moon’s transit in this perpetually restless sign. Focusing on one subject can be challenging and sticking to commitments is more difficult when we’re so easily distracted. Yet a good sense of humor or a gift of gab can be a delightful ticket to a romantic adventure. But it’s wise to use some discretion because in this chatty environment it’s tempting to gossip or reveal more information than necessary. Passionate Mars moves into independent Aquarius on Saturday, increasing the interest in breaking patterns from the past and trying new and different ways to play while also strongly emphasizing the need for individual freedom.
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.