Today’s I Ching Hexagram for July 5th is 47: Oppression

47: Oppression

Hexagram 47

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.

Today’s Runes for July 5th is Eoh

Ice Runes are most commonly used for questions about struggle, conflict, and achievement. Eoh refers to the Yew tree. The Yew does not go dormant and therefore represents endurance. Even the wood of the tree is strong, resilient, and pliable – the Yew bends, but does not break. The evergreen nature of the Yew is present even in the rune itself, as it cannot be changed even by reversal. This rune is historically symbolic of death, but, as in the Tarot and as suggested by the nature of the Yew tree itself, death is seen only as a transmutation of something eternal and unchanging – the spirit.

Today’s Tarot Card for July 5th is The Lovers

The Lovers

This Tarot Deck: African Tarot

General Meaning:  Although it has taken on a strictly romantic revision of meaning in some modern decks, traditionally the Lovers card of Tarot reflected the challenges of choosing a partner. At a crossroads, one cannot take both paths. The images on this card in different decks have varied more than most, because we have had so many ways of looking at sex and relationships across cultures and centuries.

Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures.

Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the Fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice — the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship — instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort.

Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, July 5th

We are given a chance to synthesize our recent experiences as the conceptual Aquarius Moon harmonizes with philosophical Jupiter and gracious Venus. It feels as if we have the time and space to breathe now and think about the big changes we are facing. Although communication is essential, we don’t necessarily need to turn our strategy into action yet. Making plans and networking with our friends and colleagues might be sufficient for today.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You are relieved today by the feeling that the potential for positive change outweighs your fear of the unknown. Your focus has shifted from the past to the future, but even if you’re eager for what’s next, you still don’t know what to expect. Events are unfolding rapidly and it seems as if you must respond to them immediately. However, you have more time than you realize, so give yourself permission to experience the excitement without trying to figure out everything right away.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Your inability to describe what’s going on in your life now makes you feel anxious. It’s just that you believe you would feel better if you knew where current events were leading. However, you have a wonderful opportunity to envision your ideal world, without the pressure of having to make your dreams come true today. Set aside your most concrete goals for a few days and let your imagination guide you into your future.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

It’s as if you’re standing on top of a hill today, enabling you to see farther into the distance. However, you might not have an accurate perception of reality now. Instead, your inner world is projected onto your surroundings, prompting you to imagine a variety of possible scenarios before making your choice. Make certain to look into the shadows, for trouble will surface later on if you gloss over the rough spots. Explore the possibilities, and then head in the direction of your chosen future.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

It is challenging today to coordinate your natural desire for emotional security with your current career goals. You may need to risk your apparent safety to make progress at work. But feeling vulnerable isn’t as frightening as the thought of losing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Even if everything doesn’t turn out as rosy as you wish, you won’t be able to forgive yourself if you don’t give it your best shot now.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your network of friends and colleagues is changing now, and letting go of your old connections isn’t as difficult as you expect. A recent acquaintance may reflect your current interests better than an old one. Instead of trying to hold on to your past, embrace the exciting relationship potential that’s heading your way.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You might feel awkward today as you grow excited about an innovative idea and lose track of your feelings. Emotional detachment can help you think more clearly, but over-intellectualizing a decision also separates you from your heart. Pay attention to the facts, but don’t forget to delve deeper and discover what you really want.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You’re in a playful mood today with the intelligent Aquarius Moon’s presence in your creative 5th house. Luckily, you are not restrained now by the same weighty issues that have recently been on your mind. Enjoy your newly found freedom and explore different ways to express yourself. Keep in mind that you still need to be a bit cautious or you’ll end up wasting time on an unrealistic idea that leads you in circles.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You may be seeking ways to smooth out your responsibilities on the home front because your freedom is more important to you now than ever before. It’s not that you’re eager to walk out on your obligations; it’s just that you don’t want anyone to assume that you’ll always show up on demand. Thankfully, you’re able to express your needs today without triggering any awkward feelings. Stating your boundaries clearly is necessary if you want others to respect them.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

The Aquarius Moon harmonizes with your key planet Jupiter today, expanding your 7th House of Others. Relationship issues that have been stewing for weeks reach a crucial point now, requiring you to take a stand. Thankfully, you’re able to see the positive side of a difficult situation. Remember, your attitude is more crucial than any choice you think you must make, so don’t diminish your power by feeding it fantasies of self-doubt.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your unwavering belief in a positive outcome goes a long way now to attracting people that truly care about you. Your cheerful attitude has more influence than you realize, making it difficult for anyone to harbor negativity in your presence. But don’t take your optimism too far or others could lose faith in your ability to make sensible judgments. Thankfully, you can be confident without going into denial.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

The Moon’s visit to your sign gives you clarity and inspires you to express your feelings. You’re not seeking approval now; you only want acknowledgment and respect. Fortunately, there’s no need to stress over someone’s possible reaction to what you say, for subsequent events won’t affect the truth of your words. Be genuine and you will be accepted for exactly who you are by those who matter most.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may feel as if your dreams are slipping away today, but happily the possibility of turning them into reality is growing. Still, you might indulge yourself with one more meandering trip through your favorite fantasies now before you release them. Remember, this isn’t about letting go of your hopes; it’s about using your visions to create the future.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for July 5th

Inspirations continue to fly fast and furiously following last night’s lunar move into the universal air sign of Aquarius. The Moon forms trines to expansive Jupiter (2:13AM PDT) and beauty-enhancing Venus (8:09AM PDT). Because Jupiter and Venus are the traditional benefic planets, there is a tendency right now to live for the joy of the moment and throw caution to the wind – in business matters and on the literary, publishing and educational horizons.  However, the Moon in also opposing Mercury (9:01AM PDT) and Mercury itself – following its off-kilter, 150-degree tie with Pluto two days ago – now makes another 150-degree contact, this time with Chiron (8:20PM PDT). Healing forces are back on the march, but you need to study up on holistic techniques and alternative medical breakthroughs to know what you are doing.  In the meantime, your productivity quotient can soar – thanks to a Mercury-Ceres parallel (10:30PM PDT). Keep a special notebook by your bed overnight to record nocturnal soul-wanderings and visions of the Great Beyond as the Moon parallels Neptune (10:41PM PDT).