Eihwaz represents the Yew tree and its everlasting nature. The Yew may bend, but it does not break. You are on the right course and have the strength and ability to meet your goals. Congratulations!
day’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
38: Diverging Interests
Sunday, May 15th, 2011
General Meaning: An image of estrangement is indicated here. One example used in ancient Chinese texts is how when brothers and sisters marry, they grow apart, since their allegiances now lie with new family groups. Though they will remain close enough to successfully deal with problems and share minor interests, they will be unable to undertake anything big together. Simply put, when people grow apart — even for the most natural of reasons — their points of view, values and interests start to diverge.
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 Cardfor Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Hanson Roberts
The image which emerged in the mid-1700’s gives us a more sophisticated rendition — that of the “scapegoated Goddess,” whose esoteric name is Baphomet. Volcanic reserves of passion and primal desire empower her efforts to overcome the pressure of stereotyped roles and experience true freedom of soul. Tavaglione’s highly evolved image (Stella deck) portrays the magical formula for harnessing and transmuting primal and obsessive emotions into transformative energies. As a part of the Gnostic message of Tarot, this fearsome passion and power must be reintegrated into the personality, to fuel the soul’s passage from mortal to immortal.
Even if you take the time to share your point of view with those close to you, they may not acknowledge your feelings. Apparently, you might not be communicating as clearly as you think or, maybe, someone else just can’t see beyond his or her assumptions. You could inadvertently increase everyone’s frustration level if you keep trying to say the same thing. It’s probably more sensible to start over again in a day or two. Your chances of being heard are better once your emotions have settled.
You might hold back your feelings if something goes wrong today because you don’t want to stir up any more trouble. Although you believe that your strategy is based on common sense, your unexpressed feelings can create fallout of their own. Someone might think you are hard to get along with because you’re not participating in the discussion. It’s best in the long run to say what’s on your mind without placing blame on anyone else.
You are quite willing to express your feelings of attraction now to someone you admire. You could be inclined to take care of a close friend, because doing things for others might be the safest way for you to share your love today. Even if your intentions are good, allow plenty of emotional space so you don’t smother anyone with your need for affection.
Your frustration with others today may ultimately stem from your own discomfort. You would like to be more emotionally detached so your feelings don’t interfere with having a good time. Unfortunately, intellectualizing your reactions by telling everyone that you’re okay won’t necessarily work, because you don’t sound like you mean it. When you realize that you don’t need to share your opinions on everything that happens, you’ll be free from projecting your fears onto anyone else.
It’s difficult to keep your emotions from influencing your objectivity, even if you recognize that it’s smarter to stay neutral today. Ironically, you are more flexible than you sound because your words convey a high level of certainty that makes you seem unwilling to negotiate. Be as open as possible and let others know you haven’t made up your mind and that you’re willing to listen to their point of view.
You find it challenging to demonstrate your authority today because others want you to justify your choices. Unfortunately, you don’t share the same need for closure now and you’re content to sit on the fence as a conversation unfolds. You’re eager to take either position just to keep the discussion going, but you might not be ready to make up your mind. Don’t let anyone else’s sense of urgency force you to give your final answer until you’re ready.
Your feelings swing like a pendulum today as you try to get comfortable with your changing moods. But even if you do find peace with the rise and fall of your emotional tides, your inconsistency may grate on others. You might try to convince someone that you aren’t attached to any particular outcome, only to get angry later in the day when things don’t go your way. Exhibiting a bit of self-control will help now because losing your temper won’t make anyone happy.
The Moon’s opposition to four planets and her return to your sign indicate that you could get bent out of shape if you cannot find the peace and quiet that you want. Taking some time off sounds like a good idea, but the demands of others might make your escape impossible. Isolation can be reassuring if it offers you the space you need to think about an unresolved issue, without having to report every thought back to someone else. Enjoy your solitude when it finally arrives.
You are pulled between extremes today — doing the casual social thing and digging deeper to get to the bottom of a spiritual dilemma. Thankfully, you are able to play both ends of the spectrum now, without having to choose one over the other until you are ready. Give yourself permission to respond to circumstances and make the most of each moment, whether you are enjoying the company of your friends or solving the mysteries of the universe.
Allow extra time today to acknowledge that your life is less complicated, even if it doesn’t appear that it will last. It’s wise to receive the good will that comes your way now, although you might not get much work accomplished. If someone special wants to nurture you, don’t put up a fight. Accepting love with an open heart is the right thing to do, even if it makes you feel a bit uncomfortable at first.
Your feelings take you on a journey today and there really isn’t much to be gained by resisting the sojourn. Fortunately, you won’t cause any harm by just floating off into Fantasyland. It’s crucial for you to escape from the routine now, even if you can’t really go anywhere at all. If you keep up appearances by quietly fulfilling your responsibilities, you’ll be able to travel in your mind wherever you please.
You may attempt to sidestep your emotions now, at least long enough to dig into a complex problem. However, you can’t separate your opinions from the answers you seek. Being aware of your bias, though, can make all the difference in the world. There’s no need for you to pretend that you are just a rational scientist when, in fact, you are also a passionate artist. Integrating your head and your heart into each situation will broaden your experience.
Mercury in Taurus
Sunday, May 15, 4:19 pm PDT, 7:19 pm EDT
Brainy Mercury in pragmatic Taurus prefers facts to fantasies. Steady thinking and realistic ideas provide a solid foundation for honest communication. Minds will dig in and resist pressure to examine alternative points of view, open to new ideas or tackle complex subjects. Sweet and subtle ways of addressing opposition are likely to prove much more effective than direct attacks that will spur even stronger defenses.
Venus in Taurus
Sunday, May 15, 3:12 pm PDT, 6:12 pm EDT
Amorous Venus’ return to her earthy home sign is a celebration of sensuality and simple pleasures. A more leisurely romantic pace allows love to grow with comfort and ease. Accepting ourselves as we are increases self-worth and the ability to attract who and what we desire. There is, though, a risk of becoming self-indulgent, overly possessive and stuck in old patterns that make it more difficult to adapt to new experiences or accept change in relationships.
Dig up your beloved’s footprint, ideally from your own property, if possible.
Put it in a flowerpot, together with other dirt if necessary.
Grow marigolds in the pot.