EIGHT GIFTS THAT DO NOT COST A CENT
Feng Shui Tip of the Day
Saturday, May 7, 2011
For a sense of belonging in the office, put a name plate in your work area. If you can’t, tape your name underneath your chair.
Saturday, May 7th, 2011
General Meaning: Flames cling to their source of fuel in order to keep the fire burning. Likewise, in the human world, emotional attachment results from everything that radiates light or warmth is dependent upon something else. Through these dependencies we can see that all things are related, each thing to the other. Awareness of your own dependency on others is the key that unlocks the door to your true place in the world. No woman is an island.
Fire is also a symbol of liberation — sending out crackling molecules that fly away from home. Paradoxically, by clinging to what is balanced and true, we gain inner freedom.
Given perseverance on your part, this hexagram indicates success. In spite of challenges, cling to what is luminous in yourself, in others, and in life itself, never forsaking your belief in what is right. When events seem foreboding, or people seem oppressive, remember the good that has been and is yet to be. Holding to this idea is to cling to the power of the light and love within you.
Your independence is highlighted today. It’s time to stand on your own two feet and forge forward, despite a perceived lack of support. You may find yourself starting a new project today, and the possibility of meeting someone new is strong. Guard against forgetfulness.
About the Number 1
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Etteilla
Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures.
Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the Fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice — the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship — instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort
It may be easier to withhold your anger now than to express what you actually feel. Remaining tight-lipped could seem safer because of your fear that you’ll share too much once you get on a roll. Unfortunately, relationships can cool if suppressed emotions turn into resentment. It might be wiser to sink into your feelings, put your thoughts in order and then speak your truth.
Your imagination can lure you far from reality now, making it difficult to return. Your emotions may seem overwhelming, turning you into your own worst enemy. Above all, don’t try to go into denial, for you won’t be able to use logic to outmaneuver your feelings. Remain open to whatever happens today because your current goals will likely morph into something else. Ultimately, your unflappable determination enables you to get back on track. Don’t bother explaining anything until after you know you’re moving in the right direction.
Your clever wit saves you from a difficult situation today. However, you still must carefully watch every step you take so you don’t make a social faux pas. Your lighthearted sense of humor can relieve the pressure in the immediate moment, but it doesn’t fix the underlying cause. Things are more complex than they appear now. Take your time and don’t be so quick to tap dance around the edge of the unknown.
You might not like what you’re feeling because the Moon in your moody sign is stressed by Uranus, Pluto and Saturn. The pressure builds, placing you in an awkward position. You would prefer everything to be out in the open, but the present circumstances could require you to remain silent for now. Although you may not find resolution today, the tension will be easier to manage once you realize that it’s temporary.
Being confronted with an intense emotional outburst today might be exactly what’s necessary to awaken you from your complacency. Even if you believed that you had things under control, you’re now beginning to see the unfolding drama in a different light. The first step is to acknowledge that your current plan won’t be sufficient to get you through this power struggle. Thankfully, the intensity of your concentration should enable you to adapt to nearly anything that comes your way.
Handling the fallout from other people’s reactions can be unsettling today, especially if someone is resisting you at every step you take. Although you don’t want to retract your words, you might wish you hadn’t revealed the depth of your current feelings. Working with your emotions isn’t all fun and games now, but can prove to be very rewarding if you’re willing to stick with the process.
You may not be as certain today about a few of your recent choices. Asking tough questions is healthy, but harboring self-doubt is not. The next few days might be frustrating because you can’t see very far into the future, making it nearly impossible to finalize your plans. Instead of allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by stress, engage the energy by doing chores around the house or working on an unfinished project. Rest assured that the dust will settle and you’ll gain clarity regarding your final answer.
You have had no choice other than to go along with external circumstances that seem to be outside of your control. Today, your mild concerns could explode into more serious fears. The Moon’s opposition to your key planet Pluto may have you believing that the situation is worse than you imagined, whereas in truth, it’s probably not nearly as bad as you think. Take whatever steps are necessary to put things back on track, but don’t overreact. An emotional outburst will only stir up more trouble than it solves.
You are usually quick to share what you’re thinking, but your impulsive tendencies may have you backtracking later on. Ironically, you’re probably correct in your analysis of the current situation; it’s just that everything is in flux today and you may jump to a conclusion prematurely. Fortunately, you will have an opportunity to reevaluate your choices and change your mind based upon what you learn later in the day.
A close friend or partner may seem overly emotional today, prompting you to withdraw. You have your own stuff going on and you’re not that eager to be sidetracked with someone else’s issues. Nevertheless, it’s important to stay present with your feelings to avoid forming unnecessary battle lines. A serious conflict won’t produce any winners, so you would be wiser to resolve problems through open dialogue. Make sure that everyone involved is willing to compromise before you give up more than you should.
You are torn between digging deeply into your feelings today and overpowering them with direct action. In fact, the illusion is that both approaches seem to exclude the other. The solution is not straightforward because a sensible strategy must incorporate both your internal process and your apparent behavior. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are unsure of what to do next; engaging in an honest conversation with someone you trust is more useful now than getting fast results.
It’s challenging to stand up for yourself now, especially if a powerful person in your immediate environment thinks that they know how you should live your life. You might be reluctant to admit that your point of view is different because you’re not interested in defending your beliefs. Although this issue may resurface at a later date, it’s best to wait it out and say as little as possible. What seems critical today won’t be as important next week.