Whenever you find yourself in a tough situation, this meditation will give you an instant boost of positive feeling. Imagine that you are looking at your face in a mirror. Watch yourself smile and your eyes light up with joy. Notice how beautiful you look when you smile and appreciate how positive smiling makes you feel. Breathe deeply, bringing that positive feeling to life within you in the present moment.
If you want a romantic partner, put pairs of things like candlesticks, cologne bottles, or geodes side-by-side in the bedroom.
General Meaning: The image of oppression conjures up a dried up lake bed with nettlesome crows stalking the shoreline. Hard times can shrivel our spirits, and give rise to a multitude of ‘crows’ in the form of troublesome worries. Times of great loss or personal failure break weaker people; but the strong of heart can bend with fate. To endure hard times — or even grow and benefit from them — it is essential to tap that deepest stratum of personal identity, that which is deeper even than fate, and which is incorruptible by even the harshest realities. It is essential, in other words, to tap the wellspring of human endurance: hope.
In a sense, there is no such thing as failure. There is only sweet and sour reality, and more is learned from the sour, oftentimes, than from the sweet. For failure, hard as it may be to swallow, opens the blinds to the real world, and reawakens the clarity of vision known only to those who have risked, and tasted, disappointment.
When in the throes of hard times, it is wise to be resolute and strong on the inside while remaining quietly cheerful on the outside. Avoid too much talking — except to your closest friends. Your words will have little effect on all others, since your influence will be at a low ebb — and the attempt to get across will only drain you of vital energy. Strong silence is the most skillful posture when facing the public during adversity; it shows that your inner core is strong enough to withstand the current troubles, and suggests that your recovery will be complete. At the same time, talking openly to those you trust is equally important, for in times of calamity, talking is an important part of healing.
Keep in mind that failure — the final taboo in modern society. But this is just one part of the inevitable cycle of life for those who dare to live fully and completely. Never to fail at all is to fail in the biggest way — avoiding risk altogether, you cannot help but fall far short of what might have been
“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”
Today could herald a change in career or responsibilities. You’re dynamic and ready for change. Unexpected events, such as travel, may be necessary. This is a social day. Be sure to guard against a lack of self-discipline.
About the Number 5
In an old folktale a snake was once asked whether it would have preferred to have legs, if given the choice. The snake was mystified by the question. “No,” it said, “I am what I am.” We are what we are. We need have no wish for anything that we do not have.
This Tarot Deck: Gendron
Huge wheels and frisky steeds speed the rate at which the driver’s willpower can be realized. This kind of charge makes more of the world accessible to anyone ambitious enough to seize the Chariot’s reins. But there is danger in this feeling of freedom, because of the increased rate of change and its power to magnify mistakes in judgment. As a seasoned warrior, the Charioteer is called upon to be extra attentive to the way ahead.
The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche understood pain as the flip side of pleasure. He likened the two to twin sisters that grow up together or remain small together. If we seek only to protect ourselves from pain, we limit our capacity for joy; if we embrace pain as an inevitable part of living, we open ourselves up to greet fulfilment.
by Jeff Jawer
The Shadows of Love
June 17 – 19
The weekend starts with the Moon in calculating Capricorn on Friday. This orderly and organized sign is generally more favorable for managing well-planned events than freelancing on the fly. While Capricorn might not be the most romantic sign in the zodiac, it does reward those who are patient, persistent and willing to work for what they want. A potential negative, though, is a tendency to seek a position of dominance. While it may be sexy to some people to be with a strong-willed individual, real intimacy is inhibited when control, rather than sharing, is a primary mode of operation.
A more egalitarian approach to others emerges on Saturday morning when the Moon moves into unconventional Aquarius. This intellectual sign makes plenty of room for divergent ideas and values. Experimentation instead of adhering to tradition is a key characteristic of innovative Aquarius. Still, the apparent openness and emotional availability it represents can be misleading. That’s because a greater need for space allows us to get friendly, but not necessarily close enough to take a relationship to a deeper level. In fact, brainy Mercury’s high-frequency square with Aquarius’ unorthodox ruling planet Uranus sparks original ideas and unique experiences, as well as impulsive remarks that aren’t necessarily endearing.
Conversations are likely to grow more complex on Sunday when communicative Mercury aligns in a challenging right angle with secretive Pluto. Words cut deeply, but silence can hurt even more. We may be in a more somber state of mind, but for courageous individuals, this is an opportunity to dive into dark areas and address profound concerns.