Number of the Day for October 18th: 6

Focus on your nearest and dearest today, and don’t hesitate to show your loyalty. While it’s good to show your support, be careful not to interfere unnecessarily in someone else’s life.

Fast Facts

About the Number 6

Theme: Family and Social Responsibility, Service, Healing
Astro Association: Gemini
Tarot Association: Lovers

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for October 18th is 4: Youthful Folly

4: Youthful Folly

Hexagram 4

General Meaning: Be on guard for careless or rebellious attitudes characteristic of youthful inexperience. Just as a youth requires instruction, this is a good time to focus on learning your lessons from a patient teacher or life experience. Is there some circumstance in your life that you failed to comprehend, perhaps because you could not appreciate its inherent complexities? Be respectful of anything or anyone who has something to teach you right now.

In order to be prepared for challenges, let education be a part of your life. Continually develop the strong mind and will necessary to carry you through confusing times. The wise realize that experience is a powerful teacher, even though we cannot be forced to learn, even from experience. Be a good student, one who delights in learning, one who nourishes his or her expanding awareness, one who is paying attention!

Examine your attitude for factors that limit your openness. Observe how you deal with the mistakes of others. You must let people live their own lives and learn their own lessons. Offer others your wisdom or advice, but only if the other person is receptive (when in doubt, ask). Otherwise, give up trying to convince him or her that you are right, which is only exhausting and counter-productive. If people are not receptive, let them go their own way — even into difficulty or dangerous circumstances. It is the only way they can learn right now — and without learning, no one can achieve success. This does not mean that you should not care — just that taking care of someone too much can be harmful. Live and let learn.

Today’s Runes for October 18th is Gebo

Today’s Runes

Spirit Runes are most commonly used for questions about mysticism, spirituality, and religion. Gebo means gift, and like any gifts, the rune may be understood on many levels. Gifts are generally positive things, for both the giver and the recipient. In many cultures however, gifts and favors carry with them an obligation to respond in kind. It is for this reason that gifts, and hence the rune Gebo, are frequently symbolic of friendships, marriages, alliances, mergers, and other bonds between people or organizations. Gebo is a strong rune and the unions represented are strong as well. Moreover, Gebo is not reversible, as true friendships are not easily undone.

Today’s Tarot Card for October 18th is Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

This Tarot Deck: Moon Garden

General Meaning: The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.

Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at some time or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!

Cosmic Calendar for October 18th

The good news right now is that there is less intensity happening in the psychic atmosphere today than yesterday. However, some of the havoc created on Monday – via the Mars-Uranus and Mercury-Jupiter clashes – still remains in effect. Meanwhile, the Moon in Cancer is your celestial reminder to deal with residential chores like making the kitchen and bath areas shine again, sprucing up the living room or conducting major clean-up campaigns. Cooking and baking are highlighted. Experimenting with soups, chowders and seafood dishes hits the spot. After the Moon creates some consternation by opposing Pluto (4:35AM PDT), the lunar orb is a favorable influence by forming a supportive, 60-degree alliance with giant Jupiter (7:33AM PDT), and making flowing trines to Mercury (10:31AM PDT) and Venus (6:01PM PDT). The major challenging planetary conflict comes from Mars forming an off-kilter, 150-degree link to Ceres (12:11PM PDT). Be extra sensitive and kind to maternal figures, children and pets. Becoming angry over a trifle is taboo. A wave of nostalgia can easily rise to the surface tonight under the Cancer Moon vibrations which often summon the past and historical events with ease. A Mercury-Venus parallel (9:57PM PDT) can also be a signal that all is well on the friendship and romantic fronts since both of these celestial bodies are in passion-centered Scorpio.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, October 18th

Although we are often emotionally reserved when the Moon visits reflective Cancer, today her volatile square to unruly Uranus and impassioned opposition to intense Pluto push our tempers to the edge. Thankfully, easygoing trines to communicator Mercury and friendly Venus later in the day enable us to talk more calmly about our feelings. We may share more than we intend, yet expressing ourselves can ultimately lead to a more relaxed atmosphere.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You might think that remaining quiet is a sensible strategy today, but you won’t likely avoid conflict by relying on defensive maneuvers. It’s tempting to believe that you’ll keep your feelings to yourself, but unexpressed emotions have a way of hijacking your day. It’s no fun to lose your temper, so get your concerns out into the open instead of naively assuming that things will improve on their own.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Communicating with others seems so easy today that you may think that you’re missing something. Unfortunately, you are probably glossing over a critical fact or conveniently forgetting what you were told. Thankfully, you can choose to focus extra attention on the details of your interactions. The simple act of concentrating on the present moment, instead of letting your mind wander, can help prevent an unnecessary misunderstanding.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Your ruling planet Mercury is wired by electric Uranus today, exciting your nervous system and lifting your spirits. Unconventional ideas can be distracting because they aren’t necessarily practical, and you may not be interested in applying your creativity now because you don’t want to slow down your unrestrained thinking process. Although facing the limitations of your current circumstances might not sound great at first, putting your feet back on the ground will make you feel better in the long run.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You would like to talk about your feelings now that the Moon is back in your sign, even if you’re also feeling a bit shy. Nevertheless, you won’t likely go out of your way to bring up an issue that could provoke someone to withdraw from you. However, once you understand that your fear of abandonment can precipitate exactly what you’re trying to avoid, it will be easier to acknowledge the intense emotions that are being revealed at this time.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Don’t trust others who promise you the world because they may not be telling you the whole story now that the Moon is in your secretive 12th house. It might be wiser for you to take care of business as if you were on your own today, even if someone offers to help you. Nevertheless, it’s safe to listen to those who are supportive of your cause, even if they don’t have easy answers. Ultimately, having faith in yourself is your best strategy.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your key planet Mercury connects with brilliant Uranus today, sparking your imagination with unconventional thoughts and intense desires. However, you might play your hand tentatively because you don’t want to upset your friends or destabilize an existing relationship. Still, it may be impossible to avoid a confrontation if someone oversteps your boundaries. Do whatever you must do in order to protect your territory as long as you don’t intentionally hurt anyone else in the process.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Your need to nurture others at work can make you feel indispensable today with the Moon’s presence in your 10th House of Public Responsibility. However, meddling in other people’s affairs can also create a real mess if you go too far. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that no one can get along without your assistance now. It’s healthier to wait until someone asks you for help before jumping in and taking over.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You are tenaciously holding on to a fascinating idea today, even if it isn’t very practical. You may not have time now to seriously develop your plan, yet you still can derive pleasure from just thinking about the possibilities. Keep in mind that you could turn a rather simple desire into such a big deal that the original thought is lost. Give yourself permission to dream, but don’t lose perspective on what’s real and what’s not.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Mischievous Mercury can trick you into thinking that your new idea is a brilliant one, but you should probably keep your thoughts to yourself today until you decide how much to share with others. You could spoil your chances for success by telling someone about your plan before the details are actually in place. Although you often can get away with developing your strategy on the fly, being more cautious now works in your favor.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You are usually more self-restrained than others in your group, but today all bets are off. It’s not that your energy is out of control now; it’s just that you are aligned with a higher purpose, adding intensity to your words and actions. Thankfully, your friends and co-workers are eager to listen to you unfold your strategy, so tell them exactly what you’re thinking, even if you aren’t sure how all the pieces will ultimately fit together.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You aren’t very comfortable when so many images and ideas are swirling around in your brain that you don’t know what to do next. Mercury’s alignment with your key planet Uranus can amuse you with all the possibilities, but you still grow dizzy watching the mental fireworks. Instead of passively dreaming about your future, concentrate your attention on a single goal and maintain your focus until it is within reach.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Although you may appear quietly confident today, you might not have that much to say yet. You’re riding a wave of creativity with the Moon visiting your 5th House of Self-Expression, but the real action is taking place within your mind and out of sight from everyone’s watchful gaze. Don’t feel obliged to prove your brilliance to anyone now; just gently express what’s most important to you once you’re comfortable with the results of your inner process.

the daily humorscopes for tueday, october 18th

the daily humorscope 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Today old Beatles songs will be playing everywhere you go. Eventually this will make you twist and shout, until you work it all out.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You will accidentally throw your back out. Not only will that really hurt, but the trash guys will get really surly when you ask for it back.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You need to stop accepting responsibility for your own life. Everything is actually the fault of that darned liberal media, you know. You’d be nearly perfect, or at least much thinner, if it wasn’t for them.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Lately you feel blessed with great abundance, as though your cup runneth over. Basically, you just need a bigger cup. You will have left-over lasagna for lunch. This is odd, because you don’t remember the lasagna being made in the first place. Just one of those little mysteries that haunts you in life.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Everyone you see will be “power walking” today. Ignore them — they’re just trying to get on your nerves.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
If you’re not already a vegetarian, you will be. Someone with the initial “E.” will make sure of that. Ed? Ernest? Dunno. Someone like that. E. Coli, is what I see. Odd name, huh? Sounds Italian.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Unaccountably, everything you eat will remind you of wild hickory nuts. This is the first sign of Gibbon’s Syndrome, and you should seek immediate medical attention. You don’t want to end up getting arrested for eating your neighbor’s shrubbery…
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
You will rest peacefully, and sink into a strange dream. In the dream, you will be playing an odd version of soccer with huge clear balloons, and people will be cheering you on from the sidelines, who are dressed in white formal attire. Don’t go into the light. The extra point isn’t worth it.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
You will discover a small flaw in your character. Meditation and Ginseng tea might clear it up. Or if not that, then a few gallons of cheap wine and an adventure involving a cart filled with garbage, some gold coins, and a goat.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
You will discover a secret about the Spice Girls – most of them can’t tell Cumin from Coriander. In fact, some of them are vague about whether Black and Red Pepper come from different types of plants. You will quite sensibly decide to avoid going to their place for dinner.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
You will mosey, this week. There’s nothing that wrong with moseying, after all, and it’s occasionally just what is needed. In fact, you’ll soon begin work on “Mosey Your Way To Fitness”, a best-selling self-help book on the topic.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Why did life develop in this fragile boundary between earth and sky? Because life exists at the edge of chaos. You’ll find that is particularly true, this week.

Daily OM for October 18th – Putting Yourself First

Putting Yourself First
Daily Self-Care

Putting yourself first means that it may be necessary to say no to someone else in order to say yes to yourself.

We have all heard the instructions of an airline attendant reminding us to put on our own oxygen mask before we help anyone else with theirs. This advice is often cited as a metaphor for self-care because it so accurately expresses why it is important. It seems to say, ironically, that if you can’t take care of yourself for yourself, do it for others. Few situations in our daily lives mimic the wake-up call of an airplane emergency, so it’s easy to keep putting self-care off—easy, that is, until we get sick, overwhelmed, or exhausted, and suddenly don’t have the energy to care for the people who count on us. That’s when we realize we haven’t been getting the oxygen we need to sustain ourselves. We begin to understand that taking care of ourselves is neither selfish nor indulgent; it’s just plain practical.

Putting yourself first means that it may be necessary to say no to someone else in order to say yes to yourself. For many of us, there is always something we feel we could be doing for someone else, and it helps to remember the oxygen metaphor. You can even encourage yourself by saying “I am caring for myself so that I am better able to care for others” or some other mantra that will encourage you. It also helps to remember that self-care doesn’t have to be composed of massively time-consuming acts. In fact, the best prescription for taking care of yourself is probably small, daily rituals; for example, taking one half-hour for yourself at the beginning and end of the day to meditate, journal, or just be. You might also transform the occasional daily shower or bath into a half-hour self-pampering session.

Whatever you decide, making some small gesture where you put yourself first every day will pay off in spades for you and the ones you love. The oxygen you need is all around you; sometimes you just need to be reminded to breathe.

Daily Motivator for October 18th – Achievement is built

Achievement is built

Achievement is built on challenge. Achievement is built on setbacks and frustrations.

Achievement is built when conditions are difficult. Achievement is built when the direction of the economy is uncertain, and when there’s no guarantee of success.

And achievement is indeed built, for it is not inevitable. Achievement happens because people choose to make it happen.

Achievement is built on meaningful intention, with devotion, persistent action and plain old hard work. Achievement is built on the desire to make a difference, and on the commitment to fulfill that desire no matter what.

Yes, of course there are obstacles, excuses, distractions, frustrations and disappointments that push back against achievement. Achievement is built anyway, and the world is a richer, more promising place because of it.

Achievement is built by giving the best of your focus and your efforts to each moment. And as you build it, achievement builds you.

— Ralph Marston

Daily Zen Meditation for Tuesday, October 18th

New Age Comments & Graphics

Rather than break my vow to plum blossoms
I have settled here in this disheveled hut
Grey sleet seeps through briars at my window
Plumes of snow dance around its papered panes

Steep scarps loom above frozen woods
Deep clouds conceal the pool’s icy stones
Such weather; I stoke up a few charcoal twigs
Wish for a way south, to Chiang-nan’s shore.

– Shih-shu (17th c-early 18th)

 ~Magickal Graphics~