“THINK on THESE THINGS”

“THINK on THESE THINGS”
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Regret is something everyone has, but no one can afford to keep. Being remorseful is commendable when we should be sorry for wrong behavior, but to live with regret is to add to it day by day. There are those who are unable to admit they have ever been wrong. But there are more who carry with them so much regret they are bowed in spirit.

Thomas Moore, the Irish poet, once said, “Remorse is beholding heaven and feeling hell,” but perhaps just knowing heaven can exist makes regret more hellish. And so often it renders the regretful almost powerless to lift themselves out of their predicament.

But there is forgiveness! A daily vow or affirmation can take us a step further in lifting ourselves above the things that cause regret. And if we’ve settled down in the middle of unhappiness to enjoy our lot in life, then, moment by moment, inch by inch, we shall overcome that, too!

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Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 2

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 2

“I remember Dawson (No Horse) said, ‘Once you say your prayers, don’t worry about them. If you worry about them, they’ll just fade away.'”

–Chuck Ross, LAKOTA

Today I need to remember You are everywhere. I need to remember how much You love me. I need to know, Grandfathers, that You are always listening. Today I need to know how much You care. Today I will remember the advice of the Elders. “Say your prayers and then don’t worry – know that the Great One has heard you.” It’s so much easier to do this, Grandfather, when I feel connected to You.

My Creator, allow me this day to feel your presence. Let me walk the path of life today and talk to You many times. Give me faith, my Grandfather.

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September 2 – Daily Feast

September 2 – Daily Feast

 

Everything has a reason. We may have to wait a while to understand, because much of what we see is a puzzle with all its pieces strewn about. The whole thing is there but in our present condition we do not comprehend the first thing about fitting the right pieces together. It is going to take some time. Maybe our dullness is necessary to keep us from making foolish moves. It is better to stand and let life creep back in and our blood to flow normally before we begin again. We still do not know the reason for something but we can handle the time better and we recover our sense more quickly.

~ We are all Seminoles here together. We want no long talk; we wish to have it short and good. ~

CHIEF JOHN HICKS – SEMINOLE, 1829

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

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Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Sept. 2 is 42: Increase

42: Increase

Hexagram 42
 
General Meaning: Substantial progress and increasing prosperity is pointed to. In whatever forms it takes, periods of increase are exhilarating, as long as you go with the flow while it lasts and keep the interests of others in mind. Like white water on a river, periods of increase are often of short duration; it furthers one, therefore, to shoot the rapids now, while the opportunity is there.

A good sense of direction in times of opportunity involves commitment to the needs of one’s cohorts and dependents. Only by realizing that to lead is really to serve, can an effective leader contribute to a lasting increase in prosperity for all. In times of general increase, those who contribute most directly to the common good will also receive the greatest rewards.

When opportunities for increase arise, supreme good fortune comes to those who act swiftly and boldly, while avoiding the trap of letting their actions be only self-serving. If you aspire to a position of prominence, the most enduring strategy is to work to raise the tide of your entire pond, rather than to try to swim upstream on your own.

When the times favor prosperity, and when leadership is in the hands of the broad-minded, supreme good fortune results.

 

Today’s Runes for Sept. 2nd is Hagalaz

Today’s Runes

Jade Runes are most commonly used for questions about love, friendship, and relationships. Hagalaz is the rune of hail. Hail is a destructive and elemental force, so one can expect this rune to represent the disruption of one’s life. In the harsh northern winter there is a halt to activity, and so delay or hindrance is frequently associated with this rune. The opposite of chaos is yet more chaos, as illustrated by the fact that this rune cannot be reversed.

Today’s Tarot Card for Sept. 2nd is The Emperor

The Emperor

This Tarot Deck: Dragon

General Meaning: In the most practical terms, what has traditionally been called the Emperor card represents the highest leadership, a head of state or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the positive working out of affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.

The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits or appearances to the contrary.

Daily Horoscopes for Sept. 2nd

Our desires are complicated by the power of today’s magnetic Scorpio Moon, and we may be fearful of expressing our needs if others don’t actively support our intensity. We feel driven to convince everyone that we’re right, no matter what the emotional cost happens to be now. However, our irrational worries are ameliorated by a happy Sun-Jupiter trine that rewards upbeat thinking, encourages generous behavior and spurs random acts of kindness.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may be caught up in a complex swirl of energy as you attempt to untangle your attachments. Although you might try to be impartial in your approach to relationships today, you could have a tough decision to make now that could ultimately change the trajectory of your life. Fortunately, your clear intentions help you spin the current circumstances in a way that’s beneficial to all involved.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You are quite determined to avoid an unpleasant confrontation today because you cannot see how it will lead to anything positive. It’s easier for you to sit on the fence now and wait for resolution than to get caught up in making something happen. But inaction will only work for so long. Ultimately, you’ll feel better after the various opinions have been aired, even if there’s no apparent common ground yet. There’s no need to force a group consensus; it will come naturally on its own.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Your ruling planet Mercury the Communicator might appear to be no match while standing up to transformative Pluto today; but your thoughts will endure, even if your priorities change. Holding onto your vision helps you face a difficult opponent. You may feel that someone is out to defeat you, but if you’re smart enough to steer clear of open conflict now, you should be able to continue toward your destination without further interference.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You are challenged to show your feelings with Mars now back in your sign. Your life may seem overly intense now, and it feels like there’s too much going on, making it nearly impossible to know where to start. Although overcoming your hesitation is wise, don’t share everything at once. Choose your topics of discussion carefully; emphasizing those things you can be optimistic about should help you reach your goals.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may be feeling a bit embarrassed today if you recently went out on a limb and said more than was necessary. However hopeful you are that others can step beyond their narrow-minded thinking to see the big picture, you still face an uphill battle. Attempts to demonstrate your intellectual superiority are bound to fail. Instead of making anyone else feel like a loser, figure out how everyone can win.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Although you realize the significance of your own core beliefs, it’s difficult when someone close to you has an entirely different set of assumptions. However, it’s a trap to engage in dialogue solely for the purpose of proving you are right. Once you acknowledge that intelligent people can hold opposing views, you will be free to work on self-improvement instead of wasting time trying to change another person’s mind.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Mercury’s current visit to playful Leo makes you more talkative and increases your mental activity, but you may need to fight for your right to speak your mind. Fortunately, your creative juices are flowing directly from the source now, making it easier to be proactive. Being considerate of other people’s feelings is admirable, but don’t allow your willingness to compromise stop you from doing what’s best for you.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

The Moon’s return to your suspicious sign can raise issues of jealousy or possessiveness in relationships. You may think that someone is working against you behind your back, but it may just be your fears stirring up these fantasies. Don’t succumb to the negativity today; the choice is truly yours. Choosing self-improvement over everything else should be enough to put a positive spin on the day.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your key planet Jupiter forms an optimistic trine with the illuminating Sun today, lifting your spirits and raising your hopes. Luckily, your cheerful attitude can positively impact your immediate future, but self-doubt could also surface and temporarily interfere with a good day. Connect with your friends because they will help take your mind off of your problems and remind you of what’s most important.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You may lock horns with a friend and find yourself in a standoff today, especially if you feel threatened by your own insecurity. But other people’s clever ideas are no match for your unrelenting persistence and strong sense of purpose. Although someone may anger you now, don’t get distracted from your ambitious goals. Your current optimism, mixed with intense concentration, is an unbeatable combination.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You have the gift of clear vision and shouldn’t let anyone dismiss your dreams today. But things get tricky fast if someone questions your authority. Your energy could shift into a more aggressive mood if you attempt to defend yourself. Don’t bother trying to justify your position now. Just keep your eyes on the horizon and continue heading in that direction.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Although everything seems quite intense, you are able to stay slightly detached from your emotions today. Luckily, your optimistic perspective on relationships enables you to avoid an unnecessary conflict with someone who fundamentally disagrees with your position. Remember that you don’t have to be right; you have absolutely nothing to prove now. Instead of stirring up trouble with a loved one, concentrate on realizing your dreams.

Weekend Lunar Love Horoscopes for September 2 – 4

Weekend Love: Lunar Love

by Jeff Jawer

Romantic Adventures Await

September 2 – 4

The Moon’s presence in the emotionally intense water sign Scorpio on Friday is often associated with mystery, mistrust and magnetic passion. There’s a tendency to look for hidden motivations that can undermine confidence in others during this lunar transit. But the mood is more buoyant and hopeful than usual due to the Sun’s harmonious 120-degree trine to exuberant Jupiter. This expansive aspect encourages us to adopt optimistic attitudes and a willingness to take risks. Intimate moments don’t need to wait until after dark since there is the sizzling Scorpio Moon’s favorable alignment with loving Venus in the afternoon. Turning attraction into action is favored by a cozy lunar hook-up with sexy Mars at night, warming even the coldest of hearts.

On late Saturday afternoon the Moon’s shift into enthusiastic Sagittarius invites an even more adventurous mood, one that’s perfect for exploring unfamiliar territory. Attraction to new places and faces fulfills the desires of restless souls who feel stifled when sticking to old habits and predictable routines. The spiciness of foreign food, music and movies are especially appealing with a lunar aspect to unconventional Uranus.

Sunday’s mood is somewhat different as pragmatic Saturn enters the picture in the early evening, bringing safety, security, and serious matters into focus. Putting our feet back on the ground and restoring a sense of order is more appealing than playing the field now. Mild comments, though, can feel like stinging criticisms on Sunday night as the Moon forms a stressful square with vulnerable Venus. Blunt talk should be avoided completely for now; use gentler and more indirect forms of self-expression, instead.