Herb of the Day for 3/25
(Vinca minor) Periwinkle was grown near the garden area as a ground cover. The leaves were bruised and applied locally to stop bleeding. Colonists also believed the wives’ tale that eating a few leaves would stop quarreling between a man and his wife. Periwinkle is toxic and is only recommended for topical use.
DAILY GODDESS DEVOTION – MOTHER OF THE WHOLE UNIVERSEI call to mind the Mother of the whole universe,
Who has created this world, both real and unreal, And who, by Her own power with its three guṇas,
Protects it, and having destroyed it, She then plays, Commonly is it said that Brahmā creates the universe,
Yet the learned in Veda and Purāṇā
Speak of His birth from the navel lotus of Murāri,
Although it is said He creates, yet He is Himself dependent therein. Even Murāri in the blossom of whose navel lotus, Brahmā was born–
Deeply sleeps upon his serpent bed at the time of dissolution.
Therefore Ananta with his thousand hoods is His support.
How can He who is Himself supported
Be called a leader in the creation of the world? Even the water of Ocean which is a liquid substance
Cannot exist without a container; therefore
I take refuge with Her, the Mother of all beings, Who exists in all things in the form of Power. Brahmā in the lotus,
Seeing that the eyes of Viṣṇu were closed in deep slumber,
Prayed to that Devī with whom I take shelter. So Mote It Be
|Jade Runes are most commonly used for questions about love, friendship, and relationships. Ger is one of the runes that touches on the cycles of the year, in this case the fall harvest. These cycles are eternal, which is represented in the rune by the fact that it is unchanged by reversal. Ger can represent pregnancy or other forms of fruitfulness, and is especially indicative of the cycles of providence and karma – that which has been sown is now being reaped. This rune can also represent the cycles of wealth, for crops were frequently a sign of wealth.|
Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
8: Holding Together
Friday, March 25th, 2011
All successful teams have a shared vision and a leader. If a team’s leadership is up to the challenge, the team will prosper. In personal and business affairs, just as in basketball, it is hard to win without a strong center.
Accept the structure of the team or partnership if you wish to receive its benefits — otherwise go off on your own. In holding together with others, cling to your own principles, but be willing to subordinate your personal desires for the good of the group. Perhaps you are contemplating becoming a leader of some group; remember that to become the center of influence binding people together is not only a considerable challenge but a serious responsibility. Assess yourself carefully first to see if you are up to the task. If not, it would be better not to commit rather than to go forward without proper preparation.
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Tarot of the Spirit
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.”
Your efforts to prevent everything from falling apart may be futile today because your life grows more complex each time you succeed. It’s similar to playing a video game; you are given a harder level to solve once you successfully finish your current level. It may be the right time for an entirely new strategy. Don’t waste all your resources on maintaining control; just stop playing for a while. Giving up your authority may be the easiest thing you’ll ever do.
It isn’t your normal style to say something before thinking it all the way through. However, now you may be feeling mentally on edge, especially if you are trying to keep a secret. Hiding something only makes you more anxious. There’s little reason to worry about offending someone today; it makes more sense to concern yourself with your own motives instead. If your intentions are good, then the details of what you say won’t matter as much as you think.
Instead of successfully doing damage control for something you recently said or did, you could inadvertently dig your hole a little deeper today. Even with the best of intentions, you can still raise someone’s anger. Naturally, a sincere apology works wonders, but it only has an impact if you truly mean it. Nevertheless, this little drama may still take another day to play out before your relationships begin to make sense again.
You might not be willing to back down from a confrontation today, even if it would be to your advantage if you did. You may feel as if you are beyond the point of no return which encourages you to take a risk for your beliefs. You don’t have as much to lose as you think. Just be certain that the current issue is important enough before you jeopardize what you have already gained.
Your plan of attack may be a fine one, but it certainly isn’t perfect. When your current situation changes, you must be willing to adapt or you can lose your competitive edge. Unfortunately, you’re more rigid in your thinking than you realize, and your refusal to modify your agenda could alienate your closest friends. Pay careful attention to what’s happening now so you can respond intelligently, instead of stubbornly holding on to a fading dream for no reason.
Although you may be in a state of high anxiety today, you should be able to transform your uncomfortable tension into useful productivity. Throw away your expectations and admit that you don’t know exactly where you are going. Nevertheless, say what’s on your mind, even if it puts you in a socially awkward position. Remain open to a completely different approach and then get ready to follow your new plan with confidence.
You should receive cooperation and support from others today, but it might not arrive in the manner you would prefer. It may even seem as if your best friend or partner is working against you, but that’s not what is occurring. Everyone appears to be marching to their own drummers and you would be smart to let them. Your friends and colleagues will show up to help you if you give them the latitude they need now.
You might have a breakthrough on the financial front today, but you’ll probably still need to scale back your plans prior to initiating action. Fortunately, you’re not afraid to try something you’ve never done before. You’re able to learn new techniques so easily now that others are surprised by your adaptability. The downside is that they may not be able to grasp the complexity of your life. Even if you are tempted to accomplish a lot, don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Everyone thinks they know just what you’re feeling today because the upfront Sagittarius Moon encourages you to wear your heart on your sleeve for all to see. There is no easy escape now, for denying your emotions gives them additional strength. Your best choice is to freely express your feelings to a trusted friend on a regular basis to keep the drama at a minimum.
Although you’re being challenged as instability continues to plague you today, you still want everything in perfect running order. You prefer not to worry about where to focus your attention. But you cannot forget about your responsibilities and just turn your back on your work. Nevertheless, it makes sense to wait and see which way the currents of change are flowing before you take irrevocable action.
You probably have too much on your plate now, and it may be helpful to lean on your friends. You are quite surprised when others quickly come to your assistance, demonstrating that you are not alone. But you should be careful about how you communicate or you might anger someone with your sarcastic humor. Slow down and think before you speak. Being extra polite can make everything go smoother.
You become more pensive throughout the day, which could lead you into a weekend without too much to do. However, exercising self-restraint is not the same thing as suppressing your feelings. Spending a bit of time by yourself will help you process the most meaningful images from your daydreams. Contemplation is fine as long as you keep your feelings flowing.
The real lover is within you. The eternal lover is within you. Once you have found it, you are absolutely content with yourself.
When the mind is still,
then that which is immeasurable
comes into being.
All I need is provided.
Earth Thought for the Day
“The poor tread lightest on the earth.
The higher our income,
the more resources we control
and the more havoc we wreak.”
Earth Thought for the Day
Thought for the Day
“Perseverance is failing 19 times
and succeeding the 20th.”
~ Julie Andrews
Before choosing a tonic for yourself or a loved one, allow yourself to attune to the needs of the recipient. First, choose a tonic that most suits the symptom.
Is the symptom acute or chronic and recurring? Acute symptoms need quick-acting, bitter, sedating, or cooling tonics. Chronic, recurring symptoms require warming and nurturing herbs. Roots and barks often have nurturing qualities. Leaves and flowers are cooling and can reduce the vitality of one with chronic, symptoms if used without building roots and soothing barks. Plan a tonic with long-term results for long-term or recurring problems. Stimulating herbs and spices may be used sparingly to allow the system to accept their warmth. Long-term and heavy detoxification is not recommended for chronic disease.
Choose herbs that support the personality and awareness of the recipient. It is normal to have emotional manifestations when the body’s chemistry is not in balance. If the individual is displaying anger, choose herbs that will not overstimulate or heat up their system, such as spearmint or chamomile. Do not choose a heating root like ginseng in the combination. If the individual is weepy, choose herbs that promote diuresis. When the kidneys flush they will move out excess fluids and metabolic wastes. Use the tonic long enough to achieve the desired effect. Longer duration is only acceptable for longevity tonics recommended by an experienced practitioner. If someone tells you “it’s natural, it can’t hurt you,” run home and make a tension-reliever tea. You probably know more about herbs and have been blessed with greater common sense.
Become acquainted with as many herbs as you can grow organically or obtain locally. It is better to be well-acquainted with a few herbs than to know little about many. When in doubt, use local compresses, external applications, and aromasignatures before ingesting a questionable tonic.
Hearsay and what works for your neighbor is not the safest way to choose a tonic. We wouldn’t think of sharing a prescription drug. Make sure you use tonics as a good and not a drug. Each individual has a body that knows how to heal itself. Give yourself that chance as you enjoy the rapport you will experience from growing organic herbs and cooking a tonic as an elixir for radiate health.
Add 1 teaspoon of chopped lemon grass for every cup of Chinese tea.
Add 1 teaspoon of spearmint or peppermint for every cup of Chinese tea. Chocolate mint combines very well with Chinese black teas.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of dried lemon verbena leaves to every cup of green tea.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh honeysuckle flowers to every cup of green tea.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh or dried chamomile flowers to every cup of green tea.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of chopped lavender flowers to every cup of green or black tea.