Your Charm for Today
Aquarius the Water Bearer
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is friendly, humanitarian, honest, loyal, original, inventive, independent and intellectual. If you can identify this person get close to them–they can be quite helpful.General Description:
Eleventh sign of the Zodia, Jan 20th to Feb 19th. Ruling planet Uranus; correct metal lead. Those bon under the influence of the Aquarius were supposed to be intelligent, of strong will power, restless, inventive, deep thinkers, artistic and caustios in money matters. The Aquarius gems are Garnet and Hyacinth. The Garnet, thorught India and Persia, was a favourite amulet against plague and poison, also worn to attract cheerfulness and good health. In the middle ages used as a charm to protect against all inflammatory disease and to ensure happiness. It was also supposed to warn its wearer of approaching peril and danger.
|Today’s Chakra Energy Levels
|The Chakras represent the seven primary energy hubs in the body. Life force energy is constantly flowing in and out of these centers. Just as the cosmos is constantly changing, so too are the levels of energy absorbed and radiated by our Chakra centers. The graph below is a representation of the quantities of Chakra energies available today.
The rune this morning is Fehu of Freyja’s Aett pronounced “fay-who” (F: Domestic cattle, wealth) Possessions won or earned, earned income, luck. Abundance, financial strength in the present or near future. Sign of hope and plenty, success and happiness. Social success. Energy, foresight, fertility, creation/destruction (becoming).
A wealthy man in a dark room contemplates his treasures. He cannot see the joys of life bubbling up around him. Put your possessions to good use. This rune indicates achieving your desires – in career, love and especially money. It is beneficial but once you are in possession of the things you have desired, the big question is – what then? If you can share what you have received with others, or use your resources to continue your development, this rune promises further fulfillment. But if you cannot see anything beyond cash or power, you will ultimately be in a losing position. Remember also that possessions should not be static. Keep re-assessing them and you’ll maintain a healthy position.
Fehu Reversed or Merkstave: Loss of personal property, esteem, or something that you put in effort to keep. It indicates some sort of failure. Greed, burnout, atrophy, discord. Cowardice, stupidity, dullness, poverty, slavery, bondage. (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…
Daily Goddess Devotion
Wisdom comes on wings so black, hidden in the shadows of desire,
Flying among the starlit sky, until the Goddess calls the Raven to Her fire.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Always at My Back
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad
BY: Wendy Walker
What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.
~P.D. James, Time to Be in Earnest
My relationship with my father is complicated. It always has been. We are alike in many ways and this only adds to the complications. But there was one time when it was simple, when I was just a daughter and he a father, and it is this one time that I remember with great affection.
I was in college, probably my freshman year. I attended school only two hours away from my parents’ house, so I came home every break I got to see friends from high school, or to sleep and eat free groceries. Occasionally, I brought friends with me. It was a great place to escape the many pressures of college and growing up, and to be someone’s child again.
On one break, I came home early to catch up with my best friend from high school. My mother’s sister was visiting, so I camped out in the basement bedroom — which was just fine by me because it made for easy entry in the early morning hours. My friend’s mother took us to a movie and we made it an early night. The house was dark when I came home, but David Letterman was still on. I watched some TV and then went to bed myself.
A few hours later, I woke up with a horrible pain in my gut. I didn’t know this at the time, but it was similar to labor contractions — only it didn’t come and go in waves of torment. The torment was constant. I tried to get comfortable and fall back asleep, but that wasn’t happening. So, clutching the walls as I walked, I made my way up two flights of stairs to the bathroom medicine chest. I scoured the shelves for anything that might help — antacids, Tylenol, Motrin. My aunt, who was sleeping in the next room, heard the commotion and came out to see what was going on. She had been a drug counselor at one time in her life, and had keen hearing for roaming teenagers. By the time she found me, I was doubled over and getting dizzy. She rushed down the hall to my parents’ bedroom, and by the time they arrived, I had passed out on the floor.
I woke up in the nearest bed with all three of them around me. They immediately began questioning me. Where had I been? What had I done? What had I eaten? Did I take any drugs (that one from my aunt)? The answer was, simply, movie and popcorn. They checked for signs of appendicitis and gave me some Motrin. I can’t remember whether I fell asleep again or just waited out the night, but in the morning the pain was still there, full on.
My father was dressed for work, but he called in to say he would be late, then bundled me in the car and drove me to the emergency room at one of the local hospitals. It was the usual scene — crowded, chaotic and filled with the distinctive feeling that comes from being at the mercy of a headless bureaucratic machine. We checked in and sat in the chairs waiting for our turn. The one thing about my father that is easy to understand is that he has never been a patient man, and this is especially true when someone he loves is suffering. I was far too distracted by my own pain to notice it then, but his patience was depleting as the minutes, then hours ticked by.
We made it, finally, to an exam room and that’s where the waiting really began. Seeing that I needed observation, the first doctor came, then quickly left us in a line for admission to a regular room. Only the line was very long. Four hours passed. My father came and went from the room as I lay there in fetal position, breathing through the pain and freezing cold with only a hospital sheet and my father’s coat to cover me. Out of everything that day, the pain in my gut, the eventual needle sticks and IVs, it’s the cold in that room that I remember most vividly. Eventually, I began to shiver and my lips started to turn purple. I needed to be admitted, and soon.
Typically, my father’s lack of patience resulted in, let’s say, fervent advocacy. But not on this day. On this day, there was no arguing with nurses or yelling at desk clerks. Instead, my father asked someone if they were prepared to admit me that moment. When they couldn’t give him an answer, he simply grabbed the bag with my clothing, draped his coat around me, and carried me — out of the room, past the hospital staff that tried to stop him, through the security doors, the room with the chairs, out the front door and into his car.
With me dressed in a hospital gown and his overcoat, he drove to a second hospital, a second emergency room. He carried me again to the admitting desk and within an hour, I had been admitted to the hospital for observation. I stayed there for two days, at which point the pain was gone and written off as a stomach bug. But that’s not why I remember the story.
People who know me well know that I am no shrinking violet. Had I been capable of removing myself to a second hospital that day, there is no doubt that I would have done it and that my father would have encouraged me to do it myself, taking pride in having raised a strong, independent woman. But on that day, I was not a strong, independent woman. I was a child rendered helpless by pain. I was a daughter in need of protection. There was no one in the world I needed more than my father, and he was there.
It’s not often that people are put to a test. Indeed, it is precisely those rare times that make the headlines — heroic firefighters storming a building, pilots landing planes under extreme duress, bystanders pulling a stranger from the train tracks. I can’t imagine any comfort greater than knowing there is someone in your life who will never fail to have your back and do whatever is needed to protect you. I had that in my father.
I am a mother now, and I know what it feels like on the other side of that equation. I can feel it inside me, this likeness I have to my father. Some of it presents an ongoing struggle. Lack of patience probably tops that list. But I gladly take it all to have that one thing of his that I can bestow upon my own children. There are times when I can see it on their faces, this knowledge that I am strong, and that no matter what, I have their backs.
Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
38: Diverging Interests
Saturday, March 12th, 2011
Diverging interests bring opposition into the world of human affairs. And when differences morph into alienation and enmity, no good results. But when opposition takes the form of healthy competition, or when contrasting energies or positions are seen as part of the natural order of things, good fortune is still possible.
Even when diverging energies make a situation seem stagnant or futile, there are always creative possibilities inherent in polarities. One is reminded of the yin-yang interplay that is fundamental to the creation of life itself. But when opposition arises from issues of principle, you must hold to your integrity and individuality. And avoid becoming involved with vulgar or base people who do not share your values. With both people and companies, one measure of stature is the quality of the competition.
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
Wheel of Fortune
This Tarot Deck: Moon Garden
Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at some time or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!
by Jeff Jawer
Fun and Flirty
March 11 – 13
Energy is up, edgy and moving fast on Friday and Saturday. It’s an ideal time for quick wit and clever conversation with the Moon in communicative Gemini. Flirting is to be expected, which makes it hard to know who is serious about connecting and who just wants to play. In fact, emotions can skitter from hot to cold and back again in this highly changeable sign. Nerves are running on adrenaline, making this a better time for activities that don’t require much patience.
Unorthodox Uranus’ entry into dynamic Aries on Friday increases a taste for novelty, so breaking routine is a must for entertaining yourself or your partner. Luckily, the Moon’s harmonious 120-degree trine with loving Venus adds the perfect dose of sweetness to the mix. Maintaining a sense of humor and keeping conversations casual are more conducive methods to romance than tackling serious subjects.
The Moon’s visit to jaunty Gemini provides a playful atmosphere on Saturday, but the mood is likely to be very different by Sunday morning. A lunar shift into caring, cuddly and cautious Cancer increases sensitivity, requiring a more careful approach to romance. Insecurities can swim close to the surface even in the most solid relationships. Creating a sense of safety is needed to establish trust. Familiar foods, activities and places, as well as sharing happy memories are good ways to put everyone on more solid ground.
You may be scattered now, yet you can still get a lot accomplished if you focus on the most important tasks. Unfortunately, every thought you have seems like a good one, so it’s difficult to complete one thing before running off to begin something else. Naturally, this is a familiar theme for you spontaneous Rams. Take control of your restlessness today by committing to finish whatever you start.
You really want to talk about a recent spiritual experience or share a dream with someone special. Once you get started, though, you’ll probably say more than you initially intended. Ironically, you could use a whole lot of words now, even if you don’t tell your whole story. Leaving out a significant piece of information is one way to avoid the truth. There’s nothing wrong with this strategy if you promised to keep a secret for someone; however intentional forgetfulness will lead to trouble.
You are more responsive to others at work now that the Moon is back in your sign, but your co-workers may not understand what you are saying. It isn’t that your words aren’t clear; it’s just that your moods seem to change so quickly that you’re already feeling something new by the time you begin to describe an emotion. Remember that no one needs to know about every single whim that passes through your mind.
Your thoughts are racing so fast that it’s difficult to know where to jump in today. Your fantasy life is very complicated and it feels like it would take too much explaining to share even a simple idea. Accordingly, you might know what’s going on, but still may choose to remain silent now. Don’t try to talk yet; if you aren’t ready, there’s always tomorrow.
It’s easy to appear transparent to your friends now, but there’s still more happening than meets the eye. It’s not that you are hiding anything; it’s just that your words don’t quite describe your feelings, which can be based upon a metaphysical concept that is difficult to explain. Everyone seems to like that you’re putting in extra work, yet it’s the projects that endure over the long run that truly count.
You don’t want to reveal your feelings because you’re afraid that someone will see how scattered you are now. While it’s true that the restless Gemini Moon could have you bouncing off the walls, you aren’t nearly as wired as you were earlier. Although you aren’t likely to accomplish as much as you want, you aren’t as unfocused as you think. Keep bringing your attention back to current responsibilities, rather than losing yourself in too much data.
Just because you can mentally escape from your current struggles, this doesn’t mean that you should dismiss the source of your current tension. The Moon is in your 9th House of Exotic Travel today, indicating that distant goals are the most attractive while also being the subject of your fantasies. Your dreams may be rather convincing, but real satisfaction requires you to work things out closer to home.
Sometimes, a complex set of issues are best handled with a simple solution. Forget about the allure of unconventional emotional entanglements and set aside the intriguing possibilities of interactions that will never be. Steer clear of any drama that doesn’t directly concern you. Although you are tempted to spin tall tales today, you’re wise to keep things uncomplicated.
You are alternately pulled between being serious and silly today since the emotional climate can change on a moment’s notice. Both extremes make perfect sense, but only one at a time. The best tactic now is to stay flexible while responding to the current situation. Keep in mind that your moods are more dependent than usual on those around you.
Your need to plod through all the information at work could test the patience of everyone around you today. This can create a rather delicate situation, especially if others usually depend upon you. It isn’t that you have become less reliable; it’s just that you could take on more than you can finish. The smartest way to avoid problems is to set boundaries early on so you don’t set up unrealistic expectations.
Dealing with your own sense of disappointment can be challenging, especially if you must face several obstacles today. Fortunately, your hope returns quickly and you know that things will get better. Your buoyant attitude could change a very difficult situation into an opportunity that ultimately works in your favor. Even if you can’t control what happens to you, you are the only one responsible for deciding how to respond.
Your sweet and tender heart encourages you to help others less fortunate today, but you are also required to respond in a more contained manner. However, your current compassion might quickly lead you astray and provide your boss with easy ammunition. Although you may recognize that you did something wrong, it’s more important to resolve to work harder now than it is to harbor unproductive feelings of guilt later on.