2: The Receptive
General Meaning: Great receptivity attracts exceptional results. The natural responsiveness of pure Yin energy brings about success through support and perseverance, rather than through bold action. Thus, the wise person demonstrates strength like a powerful but gentle mare. This hexagram, consisting of all yin lines, represents a power of the feminine principle no longer honored in our modern world, but such receptivity is most auspicious.
The receptive force is sensual as well as powerful, and it can be missed by too much talk and planning. When spring comes, does the grass plan to grow? This is a time to concentrate on realities rather than potentials — how to respond to a situation rather than how to direct it. A mature mare lets herself be guided, and is skilled at graceful acceptance. In a strong spiritual way, her quiet contribution is most effective and brings success.
Do not be too assertive at this time, for if you try to direct things, you are liable to become confused or alienated. Take your time. Draw strength from carefulness and you will be doubly fortunate. Focus more on feeling than on action. Be broad and deep in your attitudes so that you can accept everything that comes your way with grace and equanimity. Be receptive and spacious like the ocean; let the river of changing developments flow to you. Allow others to take the lead for now. Strive for a natural responsiveness that is based on inner strength rather than outer show.
Your Rune For Today
Hagalaz is the hail Rune. It denotes chaos, destruction and disruption on a primal level. You may experience delays in moving toward your goals.
This Tarot Deck: Angel Tarot
General Meaning: What has traditionally been known as the Strength card represents Nature which, however wild in its primal form, is tamed by our subtler, finer (feminine, interior) self. The will and passion of our instinctive nature does not need to be broken, but refined and brought to consciousness — so that all levels of Creation, inner and outer, may come into harmony.
The feminine soul-force contains a persuasive power that can nurture and induce cooperation from others, stilling disruptive energies by harmonizing differences in the spirit of collective good will.
We know what we want today, yet something is holding us back. Still, we might not be willing to limit our desires by adhering to socially acceptable norms. Romantic Venus dynamically squares unconventional Uranus, zapping us with unusual feelings. Even the heart-centered Leo Moon trines shocking Uranus, prompting us to release pent up emotional stress suddenly, like lightning during a storm. Thankfully, the energy settles down later in the day.
You’re fairly confident that you’ll reach your destination, but you have trouble verbalizing your needs today. Unfortunately, your goals may be so far out of the box now that you cannot talk about them. Even still, you might attempt to express your feelings anyhow, only to discover what you want changes as the day goes on. Go ahead and open your heart, but remain flexible and be ready for a surprise.
You don’t like being caught off guard, but today you may have to respond quickly to new feelings that arise quite suddenly. You won’t be able to blame anyone else now, as this is probably a result of your own urges that erupt from the hidden depths of your unconscious mind. Don’t withdraw; take every opportunity to break through whatever you have been avoiding. Facing your fears is the best way to overcome them.
You’re usually willing to explore pleasurable distractions, but it’s not that easy today. Other people have their expectations, but you might be disinterested in their goals now. If you do go along with someone’s unusual request, you’ll likely regret it later. Nevertheless, you don’t want to let down a friend or associate. Do what is required, but don’t be surprised if you get restless during the day and just want to walk away from it all.
Innovative ideas pop up unexpectedly today, thrilling you with the possibilities. However, this isn’t a great time to let these desires run your life. In fact, it’s wise to filter your thoughts so you don’t get pulled off track. The challenge is in discerning which dreams are worth pursuing. Remember, you can think about all your options without having to act on every one.
You may become upset if a co-worker ruins your fun today, but keep in mind that no one is purposefully trying to make your life difficult. To the contrary, others are more likely to assist you along your road to emotional satisfaction if you are doing your fair share. Although you might not get your way now, being a team player greatly increases your chances for fulfillment and enjoyment.
Someone may step into your world unexpectedly today with an intense emotional outburst that doesn’t fit into your idea of appropriate behavior. Fortunately, you are magnanimous enough to incorporate this unsettling experience, but you need to make a conscious decision to be compassionate rather than critical. A great adventure can be yours if you accept the fact that you cannot control all the facets of your life all the time.
Forget about sticking to your normal routine today since your key planet Venus is buzzed by high-strung Uranus. You may even feel as if you’re going crazy, but rest assured it’s just that the energy is a bit unstable now. Let restrictive structures and unhealthy assumptions fall away without resistance. Resume your regularly scheduled activities once the dust settles.
You may experience free-floating anxiety today as you’re feeling a combination of excitement and annoyance. Although others could seem overly stubborn, you might actually be the one most responsible for holding yourself back. Even if you feel trapped by the current circumstances, don’t focus on your limitations. Instead, allow your feelings to take you wherever they go without judging them. You can easily find your way back to a more productive place later on.
Unpredictable Uranus rattles magnetic Venus today while she visits your 8th House of Intimacy. If your pocketbook isn’t directly affected now, your love life might be the next thing in line. Don’t give anyone else power over you — either emotionally or financially — as your current need for immediate gratification may feel more important than how much cash you have in your checking account. Be willing to take a risk as long as you carefully consider the consequences first.
Someone may jump to the wrong conclusion about your desires, especially if you aren’t forthcoming with what you want now. In other words, what you don’t say today can be even more important than what you do say. Step outside of your comfort zone and speak your piece. No matter how irrational your feelings are, it’s still better if they’re out in the open.
Your attachment to objects of beauty might get you into trouble today, whether you are attracted to a piece of art or another person. Although your desires aren’t necessarily physical, they could manifest that way now. Ultimately, you’re more in love with an idea than with anything in reality. Understanding this can help reduce your frustration, especially if you are less than satisfied with what you receive.
Your behavior seems highly erratic now, making it difficult for anyone to trust you. However, your emotions are very close to the surface and your sudden mood shifts are quickly reflected in transparent mannerisms. It’s not necessary to be in total control today. Let others know that you are moving through some rough waters and could use their support. Ask and you just might receive more than you expect.
Witches’ Almanac for *Thursday, August 16th
*Thursday (Jupiter): Expansion, money, prosperity and generosity
Mexican Independence Day
Moon Sign: *Virgo
*Virgo: Favors accomplishment of details and commands from higher up. Focuses on healthy, hygiene, and daily schedules
*Waxing Moon is the ideal time for magick to draw things toward you.
Moon enters Libra 8:55 am
Moon phase: First Quarter
The Wicca Book of Days for August 16th
The oldest rock garden still to be seen in England was completed on August 16, 1773, in the Chelsea district of London, England. It is one of the many marvels that together form the Chelsea Physic Garden, which was established near the River Thames in 1673 as a teaching garden for trainee apothecaries, who needed to become familiar with the appearance and properties of curative plants. Today, its medicinal roots continue to ben nurtured in such areas as the Garden of World Medicine and the Pharmaceutical Garden. For more information, visit www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk.
In Christian tradition August 16 is the feast day of Saint Roch, a French-born hermit who not only caught and survived the plague, but cured others of it, too. Invoke his aid today if you, or your friends are unwell, and a swift recovery may follow!
Today’s Affirmation for August 16th
To be a good friend to myself I will, without harshness, see the truth about myself, no matter how difficult or beautiful this truth may be.
Today’s Thought for August 16th
“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”
(c.604 – 531BCE.)
Today’s Meditation for August 16th
The House of Self
Close your eyes and visualize the exterior of a house. In your mind enter the house and explore the interior from the basement to the attic. As you look around notice the colours, style and overall atmosphere of each room. After examining each room thoroughly, open your eyes and draw what you have seen. Reflect on the meaning of your house as a metaphor for your self. What understanding of yourself can you glean from this exploratory visualization?