‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Others don’t seem to be interested in our excuses – they merely want performances. Alibis for lack of service, for lack of ability to give a full measure of trust make a bad servant. And we are all servants, serving each other in one way or another.
It is an unhappy one who is not depended upon for something. There is great satisfaction in being needed, even to the point of doing more than one is capable of doing.
English divine Sidney Smith once wrote, “Try to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.”
We cannot move a step upon this earth without finding someone to serve. And as we serve each day, we never stop to consider how many we’ve made happy; but it should be very vivid in our minds how many we’ve made unhappy.
Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day August 20
“…remember and think about the closeness of Wanka-Tanka. If they live in this wisdom, it will give them endless strength and hope.”
–Fools Crow, LAKOTA
The value of staying close to the Creator is the immediate help we have available to us whenever we need it. I can listen to the whisper of my heart for this is the place He communicates with me. Staying close helps me remember that we are here to serve Him and to help other people. The Grandfathers are my direct access to wisdom. He who has wisdom has everything. If we have wisdom, then we will see our lives become more effective in the areas of jobs, relationships, family, friends and finances.
My Creator, today grant me the wisdom to seek Your wisdom. Help me to Walk of the Red Road.
August 20 – Daily Feast
We have taken many paths we would not have chosen, and we have done many jobs we did not want to do. We have carried burdens we did not want to carry and dealt with impossible people we did not like. It is strange that the road we did not want to take is the one that brought us more quickly to the place we wanted to be. At times, the way was hostile, but when we needed a hand there was one. When we needed courage, it was there. What we call problems and unjust circumstances have a way of teaching us integrity and how to be peaceful. It makes us wonder how many other rewards we have missed because we resisted something that looked like too much responsibility.
~ I was going around the world with the clouds when God spoke to my thoughts and told me to…..be at peace with all. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
If your child is undergoing emotional difficulties or has recently suffered a trauma, decorate his or her room with purple.
Begin a new project, especially one demanding drama and flair. A partner might have some input on how you look your best. Can you trust someone besides the mirror and your track record?
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.
This Tarot Deck: Crow’s Magick
Traditionally, what has been known as the Justice card has to do with moral sensitivity and that which gives rise to empathy, compassion and a sense of fairness. Since the time of Solomon, this image has represented a standard for the humane and fair-minded treatment of other beings.
Often including the image of a fulcrum which helps to balance competing needs against the greater good, and a two-edged sword to symbolize the precision needed to make clear judgments, this card reminds us to be careful to attend to important details. It’s a mistake to overlook or minimize anything where this card is concerned. The law of Karma is represented here — what goes around comes around.
Today’s determined Taurus Moon helps us keep our heads out of the clouds and our feet on the ground, while a trine with enthusiastic Jupiter encourages us to fly. Three planets in radiant Leo and a magical Venus-Uranus quintile infuse us with the desire to try something new. However, taking a risk is not advised. We may need to keep our feelings to ourselves later in the day because Venus forms a stressful semisquare to restrictive Saturn.
A bit of sensible self-restraint is wise because you tend to see more of the good news than the bad today. The power of positive thinking may be on your side; however, you can take this strategy too far by ignoring the facts. Remember, it’s helpful to be an optimist, but it’s not useful to remain in denial.
You won’t likely veer too far off course today, even if a different route looks better than the one you’re already traveling. Fortunately, you can recognize that there are many ways to reach the same goal and the one that works for someone else isn’t necessarily the best choice for you. Be appreciative and acknowledge each of the ideas that are presented to you now before returning to your path, knowing that it will serve your purpose best.
Although you are feeling pretty good today, you may believe that it’s important to keep your optimism under wraps. The Moon’s conjunction with jolly Jupiter in your 12th House of Secrets means that no one will know that you’re smiling on the inside. In the meantime, don’t forget about your obligations. Having fun isn’t just an excuse to get out of work. In fact, you should be able to find a way to combine your responsibilities with a lighthearted attitude that enables you to be productive while still enjoying yourself. Just be careful not to take on more than you can do.
Your friends can be a source of joy today as the Moon joins jovial Jupiter in your social 11th House of Community. Nevertheless, you could still have a tough time expressing a secret fear if you are concerned that others may not accept you just the way you are. You might even grow frustrated with your own inhibitions, wishing that you were more easygoing. Don’t waste energy trying to do anything that’s uncomfortable now; just observe your feelings and say what’s on your mind only when you are ready.
It’s an absolute relief to let someone else take the lead today. Giving up control can be very exhilarating on its own, but you’re in luck now because your friends or co-workers may have something fun in mind. Processing your own resistance quickly allows you to open up some playtime in your already busy schedule. Go ahead and indulge yourself; your work will still be there when you return.
You may want to retreat into a more private space because excessive social activity makes you feel nervous today. Unfortunately, you have to incur interactions with others to do your job or to accomplish what is expected of you. If you withdraw, the pressure could build until you fulfill your commitments. Paradoxically, you might have a great time once you stop resisting the inevitable.
Today could be a wonderful day if you are open to all the potential possibilities that come your way. But as the day unfolds, it appears that you are more attached to an old agenda than you previously thought. Someone may seem quite stubborn and can become a pain in your neck until you realize that you’re being inflexible, too. Adapt to the changing circumstances and enjoy yourself while you can.
Something that bothered you recently seems less annoying now. Perhaps you change your attitude when you learn additional information that you were previously missing. Or, maybe you simply have a change of heart. You may see the very same person who was obstinate yesterday as the source of steadfast support today. In any case, your willingness to try new experiences can attract exactly what you are seeking.
You cannot escape from the drudgery of routines now, but someone can take you on a little adventure that leaves you relaxed and reinvigorated. Whether it is a fascinating discussion at a long lunch with friends or a peaceful sunset stroll with your sweetie, getting away for a bit today is exactly what you need to clear your mind.
You’re eager to start on your new project, even if you don’t know where it will take you yet. Your willingness to make a commitment before you have all the details stems from your high level of self-confidence. You are secure in knowing what you stand for now and what you bring to the situation, freeing you to say yes to an intriguing opportunity and save the hard questions for later.
The potential for fun and games continues to grow, making it nearly impossible for you to choose only one path. But you need to limit your activities because you cannot do everything. Still, you may take on more than you can handle today, without realizing that too much of a good thing can tire you out or, at the least, cause indigestion. Practice moderation; a bit of self-restraint now allows you to have a better time in the long run.
Your emotional satisfaction may not be noticeable by most of those around you today. Oddly enough, you can be very happy without your friends or co-workers having any knowledge of your personal world. Meanwhile, a partner or family member comes to the rescue by being able to see a different side of the story. Letting your joy overflow opens other avenues of communication which are easily expressed within a more private and personal venue.