“THINK on THESE THINGS”
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
We are all aware of the emotional effect color creates. And for this reason we choose colors that please the eye by first pleasing the inner emotions. Certain colors have the same effect on many, while other colors affect each of us individually and in particular ways.
Red has an exciting effect; green is cool serenity, orange is the color of vivacity; and brown tones are restful earthy colors. People dress to enhance their appearances with certain colors. Homes are decorated and offices are planned to create pleasant surroundings.
And we as individuals possess moods of many colors. Yet, we are far more careless about the color of that mood, letting the attitudes and colors of others dictate to us how we are to behave. If we could remember when we meet people whose moods are black, to remind ourselves that their moods are their own, there would be less involvement in the emotions of others.
We are so vividly aware of color, we must not be reckless in recognizing the color scheme within our own personality. Whether it is a vibrant color, sophisticated, or bright and witty, color always works its subtle magic.
Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 19
“I am building myself. There are many roots. I plant, I pick, I prune. I consume.”
–Wendy Rose, HOPI/MIWOK
The most sacred thing on this Mother Earth is life. My life on this earth is governed by God’s laws, principles and spiritual values. These things are my roots. Let me see Your gifts of growing and becoming a spiritual warrior. Make my strength based on values – spiritual values; on principles and laws, the laws of God that really run the universe. We need to realize the seeds we plant in the spring will be what shows up in our summer season of growth and will be the fruits that we will harvest in our fall season. We really have a lot to do with what shows up in our lives.
Great Spirit, let my seed that I plant today be based on values that will make You pleased with my selection.
September 19 – Daily Feast
Eagles soar more surely than we walk – but even so we are eagles in spirit. Physical wings are not so important to us if we can free our spirits to soar. As a symbol of freedom, the eagle builds its nest higher than any other nests and its eyes have vision that can survey anything moving far below. It sets its wings to catch the wind and its flight is graceful and beautiful. Unlike us, it takes time to renew and restore – even its beak is renewed and its old feathers replaced with new ones. When we set our minds and spirits to do something, nothing can bring us down. But rest and renewal are necessary – and never just luxuries to be avoided.
~ I am here by the will of the Great Spirit, and by His will I am chief. ~
SITTING BULL – SIOUX
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Enjoy the big rewards
Small things can make a big difference. This moment is no exception.
It may seem like just another minute, just another second among the thousands that make up this day. Yet it is the time you now have, and you can now put it to valuable use.
All the power you have to make a difference is focused on now, so use it now. Now is your opportunity to make real progress, so do it now.
You can come away from this moment with new value, or you can come away with regrets. Avoid the regrets and create the value by filling your moments as they come with meaningful action.
This moment may seem small, yet what you do with it can have a profound and lasting effect on your life. Live it now with richness, with purpose, with integrity and love.
Give your best to this moment, and to the next, and to each one that comes your way. Make good use of the small opportunities, and you’ll enjoy the big rewards.
— Ralph Marston
Things That Make You Go Hummmm….
- What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?
- If it’s true that we are here to help others, then… what exactly are the OTHERS here for?
- Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
OH MY AGING FUNNY BONE…
Nothing external has any power over me. My inner strength is a mighty fortress.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2011 September 19
The South Pole of Asteroid Vesta
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA, MPS, DLR, IDA
Explanation: What created the circular structure around the south pole of asteroid Vesta? Pictured above, the bottom of the second largest object in the asteroid belt was recently imaged for the first time by the robotic Dawn satellite that arrived last month. A close inspection of the 260-meter resolution image shows not only hills and craters and cliffs and more craters, but ragged circular features that cover most of the lower right of the 500-kilometer sized object. Early speculation posits that the structure might have been created by a collision and coalescence with a smaller asteroid. Alternatively, the features might have originated in an internal process soon after the asteroid formed. New clues might come in the next few months as Dawn spirals down toward the rocky world and obtains images of increasingly high resolution.
Monday, September 19, 2011
To blend in with the crowd, wear green. Vertical stripes and wooden jewelry can also strengthen your social connections.
Today is a lucky day for you, in which you’re likely to experience progress in your career and/or finances. You feel a sense of closeness with relatives and friends, and an overall healing of the heart. Few things could be better.
About the Number 6
Family and Social Responsibility, Service, Healing
54: Careful Affection
General Meaning: Affection is the basis of all lasting relationships, but must be channeled properly in order to bring satisfaction, and support the self-esteem of both parties. For example, a married person’s lover would necessarily have conflicted feelings: affection coupled with insecurity. Relationships based mainly on personal attraction, especially those that are outside the mainstream, require special caution and tactful reserve.
If you assert yourself too much, or try to make yourself indispensable, you will only incur misfortune. It is never easier to make disastrous mistakes than when you venture outside the bounds of propriety. If you are in doubt as to whether you should follow your heart or your head, allow for some time to pass, and perhaps the answer will become clear. Initiating any action could bring misfortune. Do not attempt to be too creative or attract favorable attention at this time.
This Tarot Deck: Winged Spirit Tarot
Traditionally, the Magus is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic — as in healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans and the like. A modern Magus is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth, one who seeks to bring forth the divine ‘gold’ within her or himself.
At the birth of Tarot, even a gifted healer who was not an ordained clergyman was considered to be in league with the Devil! For obvious reasons, the line between fooling the eye with sleight of hand, and charging the world with magical will was not clearly differentiated in the early Tarot cards.
Waite’s image of the Magus as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements — with its formal arrangement of symbols and postures — is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what the Magus was doing. It’s best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul.
Although loving Venus is very powerful in her home sign of fair-minded Libra, we may not be so objective today as her stressful square with passionate Pluto yesterday brought intense emotions to the surface. Raw feelings linger and we might provoke a showdown if our needs differ from someone else’s, especially now that expressive Mars is in demonstrative Leo. Meanwhile the changeable Gemini Moon is subdued by a midday trine to enduring Saturn.
You are very excited, but you can’t necessarily put your finger on the reason for your current good mood. You might even feel okay in the face of something unpleasant that you learn today. Someone may place an obstacle on your path to happiness, but you probably won’t even mind because you’re able to dance your way around nearly anything that stands in your way now. Still, it’s wise to allow plenty of time to finish your work because everything could take longer than you think.
It’s difficult to make a significant decision today since it feels like you’re being pulled in several different directions. Usually you’re able to process complex issues and condense the information into one simple conclusion, but no single solution seems correct now. Don’t force an answer; it will come naturally on its own.
You aren’t very sure of yourself today as the Moon in your adaptable sign squares mental Mercury. You may become self-critical if you’re having trouble dealing with the more practical side of life. Fortunately, you know that you’ll figure things out, but it could take another day or two. If you can’t put the big picture together yet, just concentrate on the little pieces of the puzzle until everything fits into place.
You’re ready for a change, but oddly enough, you don’t necessarily know what you want. You may try to overcompensate for your fear of the unknown by acting with false bravado. However, faking your enthusiasm will only complicate the situation even further, so just be as honest as you can by telling others what you are truly feeling.
You may be very entertaining today, but putting on a show won’t likely bring you the happiness you seek. Instead of pretending that you have it all together, preparing for a later performance can make a big difference. However, it’s important to strike a balance between following the script and being flexible enough to improvise in the present moment. Aside from practicing your lines, listen to those around you and respond from your heart.
You may not want to retreat from a position you recently took, but you might realize today that you were too eager or overly confident. Finally, reality is starting to set in and you might see the consequences of your undelivered promises and unfinished work. But don’t waste any energy being mad at yourself. The best thing to do is apologize if necessary and then move on.
You may not actually hear voices today, but you’re likely aware of the guidance you’re receiving from aliens, angels or your subconscious mind. One thing is for certain: this isn’t business as usual. Something strange and wonderful is occurring now, so don’t push it away. Pay attention to the symbols that appear in your fantasies and dreams because they could contain the message you have been seeking all along.
You are usually attracted to the mysteries of life, yet now you prefer straightforward answers to more practical concerns. Sadly, there isn’t an easy way out today so it’s better to seek satisfaction by contemplating the meaning of life, rather than wasting time chasing your tail. Just keep in mind that letting go is not the same thing as giving up.
You’re still a bit too serious today because you don’t want to scale back your plans just to make them more realistic. Even if you’re being tested by current circumstances, there’s no good reason to lose confidence. You can realize your dreams, but it helps to compromise. If you acknowledge the things that are not negotiable, you may be surprised at how fast you progress to establishing common ground.
The intensity level of your emotions is on the rise today, and you’re not sure how to handle your feelings. It may seem like everything is out of control, magnifying your uneasiness with the suppressed and irrational side of your nature. Unfortunately, you cannot stuff your fears back into the box. Don’t sink into denial; instead, muster up enough courage to face the unknown.
You may be anticipating an easygoing day, but the Moon’s visit to your 5th House of Fun and Games makes things difficult because you are required to play by someone else’s specific instructions. Unfortunately, others are changing the rules as fast as you create them now. Ironically, you can shift the dynamics and place yourself in a winning position by acquiescing today. Letting another person take charge may not be your usual style, but it could be the best strategy at this time.
You truly believe that you have your life back under control today, but someone may still appear to challenge the basis of your authority. You are comfortable with running the show when your leadership is needed, but you’re not interested in fighting to get the position. Luckily, there are many exciting possibilities ahead and keeping your options open is wiser than making a wrong decision under haste.
Relationship season begins on Friday when the Sun enters peace-seeking Libra, the sign of partnering. Greater consciousness of what it takes to make unions work is a potential benefit during the next thirty days. However, a provocative Mars-Uranus trine on Friday may trigger shocking surprises and powerful impulses that can shake existing alliances or break open the possibilities for very different kinds of new ones. Adaptability is essential during these changing times; standing still is no longer a viable option.
You’re ready to be your rowdy and rambunctious self this weekend when the Moon visits your 5th House of Romance on Friday and Saturday. Taking some playful risks is difficult to resist now that experimental Uranus is activating your passionate ruling planet Mars. It’s a good time to have fun without concerning yourself too much about long-term consequences.
You may be a little off your game on Friday and Saturday with the Moon traveling through your 6th House of Adjustments. However, making compromises can pay off on Sunday with a lunar shift into your 5th House of Romance. Creating specific plans for a special outing is likely to be rewarded with plenty of pleasure. Yet trying to improvise at the last minute could leave you feeling less appreciated than you like.
There are plenty of good reasons to be as outgoing as possible this weekend. The Sun’s entry into your 5th House of Self-Expression on Friday sets you up to attract plenty of attention. And, the Moon’s presence in bold Leo and your chatty 3rd House on Friday and Saturday makes it easy to demonstrate your creativity and meet new people in the process. Your playful comments, though, may be taken seriously unless you make it perfectly clear that you’re only joking.
Making peace with the past is the best way to ensure a more fulfilling relationship future. The Sun enters harmonious Libra and your 4th House of Roots on Friday, offering you a completely different perspective on your personal history. Instead of running the gamut between high hopes and deep doubts, finding your inner emotional balance will put you in a much more comfortable place.
The Moon’s presence in your outgoing and dramatic sign on Friday and Saturday can unleash your inner party animal. You’re not going to go unnoticed, even if you have to go to extremes to get attention. Still, if you act with reckless abandon, prepare to shift from public boldness to gentleness in private to create the heart connection you desire.
It’s tempting to stand on the sidelines and find fault with others on Friday and Saturday. The Moon’s visit to your 12th House of Privacy tends to make you feel like an outsider. But on Sunday the mood-setting Moon enters your pragmatic sign, giving you the green light for making a move. Just remember that an open heart and generous spirit are worth more than perfect looks or exemplary behavior.
The Sun’s entry into your sociable sign on Friday is likely to put you in a more outgoing mood. Hanging out with playful friends or participating in a fun group event can really get your motor going on Friday and Saturday. Being the leader of the pack is certainly a good way to earn attention and respect, enabling you to show a more confident side of your personality which makes you more captivating to your admirers.
Of course, you can always find flaws when you look for them, but that’s a good way to sideline your social life this weekend. The Moon is in expressive Leo and your 10th House of Career on Friday and Saturday, which can put you in a position of responsibility. Handling your obligations with a playful attitude and a generous heart lightens your load and casts you in a bright spotlight of desirability.
Your restless spirit is stoked for adventure with the Moon traveling through your 9th House of Faraway Places on Friday and Saturday. Connecting with someone from a different culture or experiencing art, food or music from other countries can provide the spice to make this a delicious time. If you have a partner, try doing something totally new together, since sticking to familiar activities lacks the excitement you need now.
Dealing with an overheating individual is possible this weekend with the fiery Leo Moon lighting up your 8th House of Intimacy on Friday and Saturday. While you might be right to be skeptical about someone who promises too much, it’s probably wise to open up a little bit in your approach. Taking chances may not be your usual practice, but when it comes to matters of the heart, this is a time to push your luck.
The Moon is moving through your relationship houses all weekend, putting partnership concerns on the front burner. Let your brain work less and your heart open more on Friday and Saturday when the Leo Moon rewards those who take risks. A lunar shift into logical Virgo on Sunday is when it’s appropriate to adopt a more practical view of the situation and make whatever adjustments are needed.
The Moon is the key to your emotions, and she sits below the horizon in your chart this weekend until the wee hours on Sunday morning. That’s when the fun begins for you, because your chances of connecting with someone new or making improvements in a current relationship are likely. Remember that you can be specific about your needs and still be a loving and generous person.