Lighten Up – Be An Expert On The New Age in Five Minutes

Be An Expert On The New Age in Five Minutes

Your new girlfriend/boyfriend/husband/wife has just invited you to the spiritual development group  that she attends every week. You agree, but you feel a growing sense of panic  when you realise that you are totally ignorant of spiritual concepts. What  will these people be like? How will you keep up your SNAG act in front of  real Sensitive New Age Guys?

Fear not! All you need to know about the New Age is in the following  paragraphs. By remembering a few key phrases, you will be accepted into any  spiritual group as a fellow traveler along Truth’s highway.

Rule number one for the novice New Ager is to make sure that a crystal of  some sort is visible on you at all times. You will notice that all of the  women will be wearing a necklace of either amethyst or rose quartz, but for a  man, a large chunk of natural, clear quartz that is strapped to a cord around  your neck is far more suitable. If you feel uncomfortable wearing your crystal  in this way, then carrying it in your hand is also quite acceptable, as long  as you remember to look at it appreciatively every now and then, making sure  that others see it too of course.

When people notice your crystal they will invariably ask, “What is your  crystal programmed for?” In reply, avoid any macho response that suggests  that you are using it to attract more sex, money, or power, as this will blow  your cover immediately, instead, use the vague, but common phrase, “I have  programmed it to help me to enhance my spiritual growth.” This reply will  satisfy the enquirer without encouraging questions of a more specific nature.

To acquire a new name that reflects your spiritual goals is also quite common  among New Agers, therefore don’t be surprised if you are introduced to people  with strange names such as Shekinah, Silver Wolf, or Starlight. To find your  own spiritual name, you can use either of two methods. You could choose a  word at random from any New Age magazine, or you could ask your spirit guide  for a suggestion.

To have a spirit guide is as necessary for the New Ager as having a permanent  smile on your face. If you are asked who your spirit guide is, then it is  safest to opt for a Red Indian guide – everyone else does! Make sure that you  give your spirit guide an impressive name though. You won’t gain much respect  from your peers within the spiritual development circles if your guide  is called Joe, so give him a name such as Snow Buffalo, Tall Eagle, or  Smiling Rainbow Hearted Mountain Bear.

If you want to be a bit different, or if someone else has already chosen the  name that you made up for your guide, then go a step further and say that  instead of a spirit guide you have a guardian angel. For extra points, use  the name of one of the Archangels and the eyes of the people in the group  will light up with awe and admiration. Don’t go too far though, as an inferred  conversation with God or the late J.C. will mean that you will soon find  yourself standing alone, looking with feigned interest at the dozen or so  statues of unicorns and Red Indians that the host has proudly displayed on  the mantelpiece.

As you settle in for the evening’s lesson and psychic exercises (aerobics for  the soul), you will invariably be asked to participate in an experiment on  past life recall. Here is another ideal opportunity to impress your  girlfriend and the rest of the group. Once again though, use moderation in  your claims and don’t invent details of a life as Tutankhamen or Henry the  Eighth, as the group leader has probably already claimed both of these. And  if he hasn’t, then he’ll probably be upset that he has forgotten to include  them in his lineage of previous incarnations. It is much safer to opt for  “memories” of an existence as an advisor, astrologer, or valet to a monarch  or famous person, as historical records will not necessarily disprove the names  and events of this lifetime that you suddenly recall.

If you have survived the evening so far, your last test will be the supper.  Under no circumstances should you eat anything other than vegetarian food  (i.e. fruits, nuts, vegetables, or any cooked combination of these that  invariably tastes like warm, wet cardboard), or your plans for acceptance  will be sunk quicker than Atlantis was.

As you depart, make sure that you hug everyone at least once, and be sure to  offer deep and meaningful words of inspiration – such as “keep smiling” – to  every person at least twice. If you have come up with the right sort of  platitudes for everyone and if everything else has gone well, you will  probably hear your girlfriend telling her friends that you are indeed her  soulmate, and you will already be looking forward to the next gathering of  these salubrious spirituality seekers.

Good luck – or as the New Agers say – May the Great Spirit be with you!

Daily Feng Shui Tip for July 25 – ‘Carousel Day’

It’s both ‘Carousel Day’ and ‘Merry-Go-Round Day’ and I’m dizzy with ideas on how to take advantage of the energies. If you’re chasing after the proverbial brass ring in your own business, why not try this next auspicious abundance tip? Simply hang a string of small brass bells on the outside of your office door in order to increase job-related opportunities while also alerting you the next time the boss comes calling! This Feng Shui cure promises to ring your professional reputation out to the world so you can reap your just rewards. Remember to hang these bells with nine or 18 inches of red ribbon, string, thread or yarn, and you can be sure that one of those rewards is sure to be the proverbial brass ring!

By Ellen Whitehurst for

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for July 25 is 63: After Completion

63: After Completion

Hexagram 63

General Meaning: It is a fine irony that after completion of some project or great enterprise, there is still much left to do. Completion is merely a pause in the cycle of creation and decay, a momentary still point for the swinging pendulum of life. Though completion does imply a period of restful pause — one that usually has been well earned — it is not an actual end, but rather a uniquely harmonious flat spot in the constancy of change and movement.

The image of After Completion is that of a kettle of water boiling over a fire. When the forces are balanced, the water boils properly; but if the pot is too full, it may boil over and put out the fire; or, if the fire is too hot, it may evaporate all the water. In the equilibrium that follows the completion of something significant, the current dynamics must be watched carefully to assure that a proper balance is maintained.

After Completion is the time for fine-tuning, for refinements and embellishments of what has already been accomplished.

Even if we are enjoying a rewarding situation right now, the laws of the natural world dictate that influence and success will eventually decline. So, don’t let current good fortunes prompt careless or relaxed attitudes. A successful endeavor or partnership needs to be carefully tended and maintained. What is incomplete should be finished, and brought to fruition without delay.

Take satisfaction upon completion, but do not dwell on it. To do so could bring a halt to your influence and capability.

Today’s Runes for July 25 is Gebo

Ice Runes are most commonly used for questions about struggle, conflict, and achievement. 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 July 25 is The Lovers

The Lovers

This Tarot Deck: Etteilla


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.

Your Daily Horoscopes for July 25

It’s difficult to do anything useful with all the brilliant thoughts running through our heads today. Mental breakthroughs are likely with retrograde Mercury forming a superconductive trine with inventive Uranus. However, the objective Libra Moon connects with sober Saturn, raining on our mental parade of original ideas and prompting us to doubt ourselves. Our perspective intensifies as the Moon shifts into insightful Scorpio at 10:29 pm EDT.
Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Although your intentions are clear today, your follow-through might fall short of success. Your words get muddled and your ideas can be lost in what appears to be sloppy thinking. Thankfully, your uncertainty also offers the possibility of inspiration. Stop trying to convince everyone that your way is the only path to success. There’s no need to justify your feelings.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

It’s tough to settle down and live in the present moment because your mind is hyperactive today. You are easily distracted by co-workers or friends who engage you in discussions about everything except what you should be doing. Establishing boundaries may be futile, since you find each and every conversation quite fascinating. There’s no need to make sense of it all now; just float through the day with as little resistance as possible.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You can skip your second cup of coffee today because your brain is exploding with too many crazy ideas. It’s nearly impossible to focus on any one of them long enough to matter. Just when you realize how to make use of a new concept, something distracts you and you’re off to ride the next train of thoughts. Instead of trying to control your thinking now, let the stream of consciousness take you wherever it flows. You will be able to regain your concentration with a fresh attitude tomorrow.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

There is a lot going on in your world today, yet you have the ability to limit your field of perceptions to drown out much of the noise. Others are impressed by your apparent calmness in the middle of chaos, and you can use this to your advantage. Don’t let anyone know if you are lacking in confidence now; everyone’s faith in you will ultimately inspire you to perform your tasks even better.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You can speak your piece in a manner that sounds more casual than you actually feel today. Your uncertainty about a recent choice makes it easy to set your personal agenda aside for a while and follow any whim that comes along, even if it doesn’t support your long-term goals. It’s impossible to know what the universe has in store for you now, but rest assured that there’s a master plan that you haven’t seen yet.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may be feeling on edge today, but you can’t connect your free-floating anxiety to any single cause. Instead of just forgetting your concerns, you might attempt to exert more control over your immediate environment, but this isn’t a useful strategy now. The tighter you hold on to the reins of reality, the more surprises you will encounter. Instead, yielding to external circumstances alleviates the building pressure and soothes your ruffled feathers.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Self-doubt is a waste of your time and energy, but questioning the viability of your strategy today is not. Daydreams may float in and out of awareness throughout the day, yet you should be able to recognize the fantasies and separate them from your more realistic thoughts. Be courageous and think outside of the box now, for your most radical ideas could be your best ones.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

A close friend may come to the rescue today with practical advice. But you aren’t sure that you want help and are tempted to reject any outside interference. Instead of viewing any offers as an indication of your failure, turn this into an opportunity to deepen the bonds between you and someone else. Remember, accepting assistance from those you trust is a sign of intelligence and strength.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You’re so concerned about doing the right thing now that you might miss your chance to make real connections with your friends or associates. You may feel as if you’ve been pushed to the edge as decisions bear down on you. However, it’s not smart to make a choice if you are feeling pressured. Instead of worrying about your next move, take some time to explore your relationships without placing any encumbering expectations on your experience.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You may be trying to nail down your work agenda, but there are too many variables at play today. Since you are normally such an efficient planner you expect everything to fall into place, yet this day continues to defy your rational analysis. It might be wiser now to leave loose ends untied and return to them in the future. Knowing when to step back from a task saves you from a lot of frustration in the long run.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your key planet Uranus is buzzing today as it forms a harmonious trine with communicator Mercury. You certainly could shine brightly at work because everyone thinks you’re so clever now. But stay cool and don’t make a big deal of anyone’s judgments or expectations. Instead, follow your instincts without revealing too much about how you make your decisions. You might be jumping to conclusions, but you’ll probably be right nonetheless.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may actually think that your strategy is invincible today until something happens that requires you to reconsider your assumptions. Instead of being overly protective of a plan that isn’t working, strengthen your position by going back to the drawing board with the new information. Fortunately, things should go much smoother after a mid-course correction.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for July 25

The early bird catching the worm is a highly sensible aphorism for today’s stellar proceedings. As mentioned at the close of yesterday’s calendar entry, love vibrations increase in frequency – courtesy of a Moon trine to Venus from Libra to Gemini (12:57AM PDT). This Moon-Venus harmony can also lead to achievements in the fine and graphic arts. Meanwhile, Mercury forming a trine in fire signs to its higher-guardian planet Uranus (6:28AM PDT) is another signal that brainstorms can lead to ingenious inventions eventually manifesting in the material realm.  However, as the Moon in Libra forms its monthly union with time-keeper Saturn (8:23AM PDT), the lunar orb starts a void cycle that will last until 7:30PM PDT. Don’t press your luck during the 11+ hour void lunar twilight zone. A major impediment that could block your forward progress is the arrival of a potent Sun-Pluto contra-parallel (1:14PM PDT). Emotional tensions, old karma and repressed anger can coalesce into a nasty brew that emanates underworld snares and temptations.  Pull yourself out of any hazy mind traps and delusions in order to be a tuned-in and passionate, amateur detective once the Moon enters Scorpio (7:30PM PDT). The arrival of Scorpio Moon adds a strong touch of mystery and intrigue to your primary partnerships. Regain your mastery of the dream dimension this evening as the Moon makes a harmonious trine of 120-degrees with far-out Neptune (11:47PM PDT).

Calendar of the Moon for July 25

Calendar of the Moon

Holly Tree Month

Colors: Iron-grey, red, and dark green.
Element: Fire
Altar: Upon cloth of dark grey set many sprigs of holly, real or created, four red candles, a spear and a sword.
Offerings: Honor your inner warrior, including examining the areas where s/he overreacts.
Daily Meal: Red food. Meat of any kind.

Tinne Invocation

Call: Hail the month of the Holly King!
Response: Hail the King of the waning year!
Call: Hail, sharp leaves and sharper eye!
Response: Hail, white flowers that give way to blood-red berries!
Call: Hail the month of the starling’s flock!
Response: For the starlings move together as one!
Call: Like them, we defend what is dear to us!
Response: Like them, we do not let each other stand alone against opposition!
Call: Hail the color of cold iron!
Response: Hail the sword and the spear!
Call: For our sword is Reason….
Response: And our spear is the death of Illusion!
Call: Hail the color of cold iron!
Response: Hail the armor and the shield!
Call: For our armor is Hope….
Response: And our shield is Love.
Call: The Oak King gives way to the Holly King…
Response: For all things have a time of increase, and a time of decrease.
Call: For all things wax and wane.
Response: For all things rise and fall.
Call: This is the moment just beyond the year’s apex!
Response: This is the time of the beginning of the end!
Call: May we take courage with every passing morning!
Response: May courage fill us with every breath!

Spear of truth, find me,
I open myself to you.
Chains of honor, bind me,
Bound, I am free to hold true.

[Pagan Book of Hours]