Karma – Rules of the Game

Karma – Rules of the Game


What is Karma? Where does it come from? What is its purpose? How do you create it and how do you  resolve it?

When you know the answers to these questions you gain an advantage in learning to  handle karma. The more you know about karma, the greater your ability to complete it and reduce its control over your life.

In your culture, you frequently confuse karma with fate or the notion that the  future is written indelibly in ink. You may even believe that you are a victim of karma and that no matter what you do you can not escape its tentacles. Most  of you have had lives where you despaired and gave up all hope because you felt that karma would inevitably deal you a terrible blow. You might even think  that karma is a punishment for misdeeds meted out from a cosmic parent that harshly judges and disciplines you.

Another error you can fall into is the belief that karma is good or bad. You  might subscribe to the notion that good karma is like good luck, while bad karma is bad luck. These beliefs, while hinting at the truth, are misleading and  confusing at best.

Law of Consequences

Karma is the universal law of consequences. Any experience of a certain basic  intensity will record and generate the necessity for a balance of that intensity. Let us go into to this a bit more specifically.

Intensity is the medium through which thoughts, deeds, and emotional experiences  are recorded in the Akashic records. The Akashic records are a complete record of all events and experiences that occur on every plane of existence. Remember  that the Tao created the game of life to experience as much of itself as it is able. The  law of karma is what makes this possible.

Let us look at it this way. Any thought, action, or emotional event is like a  pebble thrown onto the calm surface of a pond. The pebble creates ripples that have consequences as they spread out on the pond’s surface and interact  with floating objects and the shoreline. The greater the size of the pebble and the stronger the intensity with which it is thrown, the greater the size of  the ripples. This of course creates an experience for the pond, so to speak, and this is what the Tao is looking for, experiences.

Throwing the pebble in the pond ensures that there will be consequences leading  to more consequences and so on. The game of life then is in process. The Akashic Records, the Tao’s memory bank, keeps track of events according to  certain blocks or ribbons of experience. Think of it this way. With each event, an imbalance is recorded in an open file on the imbalance column. The  imbalance generates an impetus for immediate or eventual balance of the sheet. When the event has been experienced in reverse the balance column is checked  and the file is then considered closed. This is the law of karma, sometimes called the law of debt.

The Akashic records are kept perfectly and no file is ever lost or forgotten. Let  us look at some examples of the law of debt regarding emotional experiences. If a thief steals a person’s life’s savings, that person will probably  feel intense emotions as a consequence. The thief will also probably have intense feelings during and after the course of the theft — perhaps excitement,  fear, guilt, and so on. These intense emotional experiences are recorded and generate the necessity for both the thief and the victim to experience the  opposite emotion. So the victim will then become the thief who steals the former thief’s savings. If John shoots Mary in one life, karma is recorded. An  imbalance remains on the books waiting for another lifetime when comparable circumstances exist for repayment. Mary will then cause John’s death and the  balance sheet is complete.

You may ask at this point, “Is that the only way karma can be repaid, a  tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye?” The answer of course is no, not necessarily. If John shoots Mary when he is a baby soul and does not meet up  with her again until they are both old souls, Mary is not likely to repay the karma by wanting to shoot Tom. A number of alternatives exist for them. John  could save Mary’s life and lose his own life in the process, and the debt would be satisfied. On the other hand, Mary might inadvertently kill John in a  traffic accident and again the debt would be repaid.

The creation of karma has everything to do with choice. You choose all your  karmic lessons no matter how disagreeable you might feel they are. However, whether you judge karma good or bad has to do with your impact on other  people’s choices. When you interfere with the free choices of others, you create what looks like negative karma. When you promote and create the  opportunity for greater choices for others, you create what appears to be positive karma. Karma however is neither good nor bad. It is your judgment which  makes it appear positive or negative. You may generate what you may call positive karma by donating a large sum of money to a needy individual. In another  incident, you may generate what you call negative karma by stealing a large sum of money from your neighbor. Both are important lessons in living that  ultimately lead toward greater human understanding and love. The one judged negative simply is the longer path.

Remember that karma is necessary in order to play the game of the physical  universe. Karma makes it possible for lessons to be learned and development to take place.

Choosing Your Karma

Choosing Your Karma


The early years of your life tend to be the most karma-filled. Adolescence is often the most intense time of all in a life. The hormonal and developmental changes tend to accentuate the difficulties of that period and facilitate a climate wherein much karma can be played out. This is also the time when you experiment with the different chief negative features: self-destruction, greed, self-deprecation, arrogance, martyrdom, impatience, and stubbornness. Generally by about the age of 21 you select one of them to settle down with.

After the age of 30, karmic intensity is greatly reduced. There are exceptions to this, as is the case with those people experiencing lifetimes at the sixth level of any stage (heavy karma balancing), and those with a goal of growth.

How Karma Repayment Works

Karma is supervised and organized by essence. Often the personality knows nothing of the purpose and impending unfoldment of the karma. There is good reason for this. False personality often operates out of fear. If your conscious personality knew that an intensely painful karma were about to occur with someone, it would run as fast as possible in the opposite direction, thus avoiding the repayment or the lesson that essence had in mind. Your personality usually feels like a victim in karmic situations.

Essence planned the karma repayment without flinching. Even when you are an old soul you need this benevolent amnesia to meet your more difficult karma. As mentioned earlier, karma usually comes with no warning even though it is essence directed. It frequently comes like a freight train rounding the bend and coming down the tracks with inexorable speed. The train is upon you before you can run away. When you are in the midst of a karmic situation you feel foggy and unclear, and you may feel strangely unable to get out of the situation. You often wonder how this happened to you all of a sudden.

You may walk innocently into a meeting and within minutes are insulted and humiliated by the new director on your job. You are instantly plunged into painful emotions and wonder what you did to deserve it.

The answer is often that you didn’t do anything this lifetime to deserve it. You simply showed up to balance the record sheet. Likewise you may be penniless and lost in a foreign country and a complete stranger suddenly appears on the scene and takes you in, cares for you, and gives you an airplane ticket home.

When karma has been completed, a feeling of freedom and relief ensues. The fog clears and you gain insight into the preceding events. You become neutral about the issue that had so recently carried such intensity for you. You don’t care anymore. You may even wonder how you could have been so upset about the issue.

The purpose of karma completion is to get you neutral on the issue so that you can move on to new and more interesting lessons. You have reached the neutral position on the triadic experience and you are ready for something new.

Karma as a Choice

Remember again that karma is not fate. Fate is a notion of predestination. You choose karma specifically with the purpose of undergoing an emotional or learning experience. Think of karma as ribbons that draw together experiences and weave a distinct pattern that is the product of many lifetimes. Remember also that those ribbons cause you to be in specific places and to meet certain people, sometimes to your great surprise. If you have a karmic debt with another individual living in a foreign country you will suddenly find yourself drawn, sometimes almost magically, to travel to that other country where the debt can be repaid.

Occasionally the obstacles in the path of meeting are too great and the karma must be deferred to another lifetime. For example, you may decide that this lifetime you will complete ten major karma, seventy-five medium karma, and one hundred and fifty minor karma. Typically you tend to bite off more than you can chew, so that if you complete most of these karma the lifetime will feel successful to you no matter how uncomfortable for your personality.

Some karma will be judged too difficult to complete for now. There is always free choice about when to complete a karma. The choice to complete it is made by essence at the time of initiation of the karma. It will always be completed.

Let us say that you have karma with a Mr. Chang who resides in China, and you live in Brazil. On an essence level you feel an urge to return the good deeds he has done for you in the past that will take a full year to repay. You however have not been able to travel to China and are heavily involved in completing and creating karma in your locality. Mr. Chang is able to visit Brazil for one week and you feel a pull to attend a lecture he is giving in a nearby city. You go out of your way to see him even though the topic is not of interest to you. You realize that although you are strongly attracted to him you will not be able to complete the karma in this life because of his short stay.

Such flirting with karma is a common experience and happens all the time. On the other hand, if Mr. Chang announced that he would be in the vicinity for several years, the pull to complete the karma would be almost irresistible.

Sexual attraction is one of the greatest facilitators of karma. When an imbalance exists between two people there is a strong essence-driven impetus to balance the record sheet. However, personality may sense a possible danger and wish to avoid the situation. Strong sexual attraction will make this avoidance less likely. For example, if you embezzled a large sum of money from Marsha in an earlier lifetime and you suddenly run into Marsha in this lifetime you may want to run and hide. You sense that she has come to collect. However if you are distracted by the fact that Marsha is now a beautiful blonde, your very type, then your lust will lead you directly into the karma. How convenient.

You may later wonder how you ever could have gotten involved with her after she has divorced you and taken your house and car in repayment.

Karma and Time

How long does karma last? Is there a time limit or a way to speed it up? The answer is not a simple one. Sometimes karma lasts only for a few seconds, such as a short intense pain; other times karma can last a whole lifetime, such as having a benevolent aunt who constantly looks out for you for many years. In another vein, a foe can cause you the loss of your arm early in life, a handicap that can last for decades. The length of the karmic experience is directly in proportion to the length of the first incident. If you deprive someone of the use of their legs for twenty years then this becomes a twenty-year karma. If you cut short someone’s life by one year then your own life will be cut short by one year in a later life. If you raise an orphan with kindness and generosity for twelve years then you will be repaid with a twelve-year kindness.

Balance then, is the name of the game. However, you can drag karma on, escalate it or creatively manipulate it according to the experiences and lessons desired by all parties involved. In order for karma to be truly complete, everyone involved must acknowledge the completion of it at an essence level. Karma can be such a delicious source of growth and lessons that often all parties would rather refuse to recognize the repayment and generate more karma instead. The karma builds and becomes more intense lifetime after lifetime, until ultimately the lesson of forgiveness is learned.

Sometimes a person will feel an intense tug to repay a karmic debt that they owe you. You may recoil at their appearance and try to avoid them based on past painful experience. This is like saying “Oh no! Not you again! I’m getting out of here!” So the chase is on until the debt is repaid. However, people are not always successful at repaying the karma. For example, Tom may owe Susan for abandonment one lifetime. Men they meet again the intention is to repay the debt. Nevertheless Tom may get cold feet at the prospect of being abandoned and instead repeat the original offense by abandoning Susan all over again. The karma then has just escalated. Small wonder then that some people get skittish when they see their old enemy show up.

The question arises “Am I about to be repaid or am I about to be burned again?” The game of cat and mouse can go on for centuries. Again, in the end, all is forgiven, balanced, and completed. Occasionally you play the game of “Who can be the most generous?” lifetime after lifetime, by building karma of a positive nature with someone. On the other hand, old souls wishing to cycle off the planet become adept at completing karma efficiently and creatively, sometimes accomplishing several at the same time.

Authors Details: José Stevens

How Karma Works

How Karma Works


Sooner or Later, You’re Dancin’ With the Reaper   We are Karma Chameleons. While on Earth, you are living in the worlds of  reincarnation and karma. Believe it or not, karma begins & ends with love. Karma begins to propel you as Soul on a personal journey through the universe.  Karma ends when you have perfected yourself in your ability to love.

So What is Karma? As Soul you are eternal. You have past, present, and future  lives. To grow in love, joy, and awareness, you reincarnate into a series of physical bodies to experience different existences. You have been or will be  both sexes and all races, religions, and ethnic types throughout many lifetimes

Karma Defined: Karma means that “as you sow, so also shall  you reap” in this and other lifetimes until you understand the complete consequences of all your actions. Karma is the principle of cause and effect,  action and reaction, total cosmic justice and personal responsibility.

The 4 Different “Flavors” of Karma:     There are 4 different types of karma that you are always working on: ·

  • Sanchita Karma: the accumulated result of all your actions from all your past lifetimes. This      is your total cosmic debt. Every moment of every day either you are adding to it or you are reducing this cosmic debt.
  • Prarabdha Karma: the portion of your “sanchita” karma being worked on in the      present life. If you work down your agreed upon debt in this lifetime, then more past debts surface to be worked on.
  • Agami Karma: the portion of actions in the present life that add to your “sanchita”      karma. If you fail to work off your debt, then more debts are added to “sanchita” karma and are sent to future lives.
  • Kriyamana Karma: daily, instant karma created in this life that is worked off immediately.      These are debts that are created and worked off – ie. you do wrong, you get caught and you spend time in jail
    “Resistance is Futile”: As Soul, you experience a constant cycle of      births and deaths into a series of bodies until you have learned all the spiritual lessons that the totality of all experiences have to teach you. Until      you have learned, you will find that “resistance” to the rules of karma is “futile”.

The Rules of Karma Governing Life on Earth


Although it may often “feel” like punishment, the purpose of karma is  to teach not to punish. Often the way we learn “the best” is to endure the same type of suffering that we have inflicted on others. For example, I  remember little of my life as a City Commander in ancient Constantinople where I killed many without mercy, often with little justification. Yet, I remember  vividly the life where I repaid that karma by being slaughtered by an Indian during the Martin’s Hundred massacre. Believe me, I learned the lesson of  mercy in the final terrifying moments of the massacre.


We are all here to learn lessons as “spiritual beings in human form”.  These lessons are designed to help us grow into greater levels of love, joy, and awareness. They teach us to “choose love at every moment”, to  “forgive everyone, everything”, and to “live happy”. Where we do not choose love, show forgiveness, teach tolerance, or display  compassion, karma intervenes to put us back on the path of these lessons. Quite simply, the only way to achieve a state of karmic balance is to be  love.


Before we came, we agreed to put ourself in the path of all that is we needed to  learn. Once we got here, we agreed to “forget” this. The purpose of “forgetting” is to keep us from being overwhelmed by the totality of  our past while making sure that we have really learned our lessons. For example, having been a General in many lifetimes, I tended to treat others in a  domineering manner. In this life, I put myself into my situations where humility would have served me better than being “the dictatorial General”.  Only when I overcame this “problem” and learned my lesson did I understand why I had put myself into those karmic places.


Karma gives you the opportunity at every moment to become open to greater levels  of love and compassion. It operates impersonally: applying to everyone, all the time, no exceptions. It is very logical: what you sow is what you reap in  exact and precise measure. Karma is as predictable as the laws of gravity: what is done to you is the net result of what you have done to others.


For example, there are no “innocent” people in prison, they are there  for a reason. If they appear “innocent” in this life, it is because they were “guilty” in a past life and “got away with it”.  The “innocent” feel “cheated” now because they cannot see the cause of this life was the effect of a past life when they were  “guilty”.


The cause of this life is always the effect of a past life(s). The goal of karma  is to ensure that we link our actions (the cause) with their results (the effect). “It is the loving God which helps each Soul develop it’s highest  spiritual potential through experience.” It is our experience which teaches us the Law of Love.


The goal of karma is to give you all the experiences that you need to evolve into  greater levels of love, joy, awareness, and responsibility. Karma teaches that you are totally responsible for the circumstances of your life. Karma is like  “training wheels”. They keep you on the straight and narrow until you have mastered your vehicle and can ride freely on your own.


“See that you are at the center of the universe… Accept all things as  being part of you… When you perceive that an act done to another is done to yourself… you understand the great truth.” Tolerance opens the door to  compassion and love.


Karma drives us from oneness to wholeness to unity with life. Karma forces us to  look beyond ourselves (oneness) so that we can see ourselves as we truly are (wholeness or Self Realization). Once we truly understand ourselves, we can see  our divinity (God Realization) and our unity with all life.


Karma drives us to service. Service – co-workership with God – is the ulitmate  expression of love. Love means service: service is your choice. Once you accept total responsibility for your life, you see yourself as Soul in service to  life. Once you do, you become a fully realized co-worker with God.


“Belief in karma ought to make the life pure, strong, serene, and glad. Only  our own deeds can hinder us; only our own will can fetter us. Once let us recognize this truth, and our liberation has struck. Nature cannot enslave the Soul  that by wisdom has gained power and uses both in love.”


Karma shows us that for any question love is the answer. “Love is our  birthplace, our final refuge, and our reason for being. If we recognize that compassion and love are the ultimate destination of our journey, the heart of  the universe responds.”

Authors Details: Ellen A Mogensen

What is Karma?

What is Karma?

Karma is the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as affecting their future fate, the sum of good and bad luck, viewed as resulting from one’s actions.

When healing people healers have to be aware that not everyone can be healed as they may have decided that when they came in this life the sickness they are suffering from was a form of karma. So the only thing a healer can do is make their transition painless and calm. By altering someone’s karma you may cause huge ramifications.

My angels showed me how an action could have huge repercussions.

The example was:- One day after I dropped the children at school I was driving along and saw two magpies fighting I was going to stop and shoo them away fearing that one of the magpies would get its eye pecked out. I was advised to leave well enough alone. I hesitated and then they told me the worst scenario presently would be one magpie may get slightly injured, but if I interfered they would fly away and the one that was winning the fight could end up losing its life as the other magpie would have time to recuperate and would come back and kill the other magpie, so if I interfered I would change the destiny of those birds and the circumstances surrounding their futures.

I enquired how this would affect someone who had a life threatening sickness and as a healer you healed their disease even though their fate was to die from this sickness. The reply was well you may have thought you were so good to be able to heal them but now they will have to be reborn and suffer the whole process again as they chose to come into this life to deal with this issue and all the people around them will also have to complete that stage of life. Although they did say sometimes people get sick and a choice can play into whether they lose their physical life or not.

E.g. if the lesson is to help another person go through the grieving process and they have been able to cope with the process, then the soul who chose to become sick would have the choice to be healed. So as you can see this is a very important part of human evolution.

Normally a healer can tell if a person is sick due to karma or due to their own devices. When you are trying to heal karma a healers hand will feel the person’s energy try to repel them, much as a magnet does when two of the same poles are placed together. I have had people ask me how you know what karma life lessons we have to go through. Well the answer to that question lays with the tarot cards. The concept of tarot is that the major arcane cards indicate our life lesson. In all there are 22 life lessons starting with the fool and ending with the fool. We start out as the fool going into this evolution unaware of what we are doing – we have freewill. Now if you look at the major arcane cards each represents a life lesson we must complete as both a male energy and female energy now this is no easy task and it can take many 1000’s of incarnations to get it right. This is why the angels are here trying to guide us on the best course of action to take .Now with the tarot pack you also have minor cards these cards help us understand how we are achieving our test at present. Shuffle a pack of major arcane cards and pull out three cards, these represent our present task we are trying to accomplish, next shuffle the minor cards and place one minor card next to each major card. If for example you pulled out a swords card it would show you are having conflicts dealing with this situation. So you would call on the Lords of flame and light and ask them to help you accomplish this task with the guidance of the appropriate angels. By doing this you will notice within the week your life seems to start fitting together better.

Remember you have to ask to receive.

Symptoms Of Inner Peace

Symptoms Of Inner Peace

Here is the original – Symptoms of Inner Peace


Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many have already been exposed to inner peace and it is possible that people everywhere could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what has, up to now, been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Some signs and symptoms of inner peace:

* A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.

* An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

* A loss of interest in judging other people.

* A loss of interest in judging self.

* A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

* A loss of interest in conflict.

* A loss of the ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom.)

* Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

* Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature.

* Frequent attacks of smiling.

* An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

* An increased susceptibility to the love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.


If you have some or all of the above symptoms, please be advised that your condition of inner peace may be so far advanced as to not be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk.

Feng Shui Tip for October 17 – ‘Black Poetry Day’

On ‘Black Poetry Day’ I’d like to share a wonderful and influential poem by my favorite poet, Langston Hughes. I’ve kept a framed printing of this poem over the top of my bed from the time I was a pre-teen and I firmly believe that it has continued to positively influence every area of my life. The poem is appropriately called ‘Motto’ and goes like this: ‘I play it cool. I dig all jive. That’s the reason. I stay alive. My motto. As I live and learn. Is dig and be dug in return.’ That just about says it all.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Oct. 17 – 43: Determination

43: Determination

Personal resolution points to a breakthrough, but decisive action is required. As long as you diligently hold your ground and ward off negative tendencies and influences, the good will prevail.

The persistence of negativity, which is that which opposes the good, is a constant in human affairs. Just when it is thought to have been eradicated, up it will pop again, sprouting through some crack in the pavement of civilized society. Evil need not take dramatic or extravagant forms, such as those exhibited in Nazi Germany. Garden-variety lies and deceit are much more common and persistent, but should be rooted out just as diligently. One must be determined to not accidentally feed negativity — either in one’s social or professional life, or in one’s own soul. In either case, definite rules must be followed for the struggle to succeed.

The first rule: do not compromise with evil. Destructive or exploitive actions must be identified openly for what they are, and discredited. The second: one cannot successfully resist negativity on its own terms. New, positive alternatives that lead away from the source of the problem are generally more successful, and appropriate than trying to counter negativity with raw power. The third rule: the means used to counter negativity must be consistent with the end to be achieved. One cannot stop the spreading of lies by spreading more of them

Today’s Tarot Card for October 17 is Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

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!

Daily Horoscopes for October 17

We may have to clean up a mess from a recent interaction, even if we thought that everything was under control. Instant karma kicks in as sweet Venus runs into an anxious aspect with strict Saturn today, making us pay for our excesses. Meanwhile, the unforgiving Scorpio Moon crosses paths with shocking Uranus and punishing Pluto to drive the lesson home. Fortunately, moods lighten when the Moon shifts into uplifting Sagittarius at 8:25 pm EDT.


Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

If something goes wrong today, it may remind you of other times in your personal history that have caused you heartache. Old forgotten hurts return to haunt you and you cannot make them go away by sweeping them back under the rug. You can resolve the past by feeling the pain of the present. However, it’s important to discern which is which so you’re clear about what you want in your future.


Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You may be rewarded for your previous efforts if you’re up for the challenges this week. The current stress isn’t only about work, since love and relationships are also in the mix. Keep in mind that your fantasy life is in the spotlight now, so it may be difficult to separate reality from your wishful thinking. Thankfully, taking your obligations seriously enables you to concentrate on what’s real.


Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You have been on an intellectual trip recently, exploring a variety of creative activities. However, ripples that defy verbalization come floating across your pond today. You simply cannot put what’s important into words as hard as you may try. Appreciate the present moment; sometimes that which cannot be said is the most magical.


Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

It may be hard to hold back a stream of big ideas that flood into your consciousness today. You’re tempting yourself with the possibility of something that hasn’t yet demonstrated real potential, but this probably won’t stop you from taking chances. You may not really want to travel to a foreign country or a distant galaxy, but imagining it now can bring you a much needed sense of freedom.


Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You would like to be evenhanded in how you interact with others now, but you realize that it is difficult to play the role of an unbiased observer. There are complex emotional issues bubbling up from the hidden depths of your subconscious and you may feel pressure to do something about them. Act on your intuition, but remember that practicing compassion is more important than being a hero.


Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your energy continues to shift today, drawing you into a conflict that stems from a difference of perspective rather than from an incompatibility of goals. It’s likely that you both want the same result, even if that’s not readily apparent now. Use your analytical powers to find common ground and work from there. Taking the high road invites a cooperative approach to a healthy resolution.


Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

In spite of your intense emotions today, you’re feeling pretty good about everything that’s going on. However, your optimism is about to change for reasons you may not completely understand. You are rather aloof now and might choose to withdraw instead of expressing your desires in the heat of passion. Remember, you can always retreat if you want some time alone. Temporary isolation could be just what you need to heal.


Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

There is a certain beauty to your inner life these days, regardless of the difficulties you may be facing in your outer world. You are usually able to lock the door to your subconscious mind when it presents challenging material. Now, however, images seem to seep into your awareness in symbolic messages that you can decipher. Trust the guidance of your inner voice to find the missing pieces of your future.


Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You want to protect your feelings today, but this process can be confusing if your emotions are in discord with your actions. This lack of clarity isn’t as bad as it sounds, for you might grow more philosophical when your head and heart are not aligned. Don’t bury the conflict. Work out the general principles and then deal with the specific issues as they arise.


Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You can’t afford to be lazy today just because you believe that something will work out to your advantage. You are in a major career phase now and this is your chance to effectively use casual communications to strengthen your position with your coworkers. Don’t worry about the rules; just say what’s on your mind. Others are interested in knowing your opinions more than you think.


Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Set aside your analytical approach for a while; you can fall back on it again soon enough. Meanwhile, do a bit of guilt-free daydreaming to explore the amazing possibilities ahead of you. Logic can only take you so far. Carefully guide your own creativity to co-produce the show; you can visualize whatever you want to do next. Sketch in the basics and let your imagination do the rest.


Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 –Mar 20)

Your current need for adventure is at odds with your desire for emotional security. Although you may be successful at finding a balance between the heart and the head, your friends and associates will probably advise you to play it safe by maintaining the status quo. Assuming the role of a responsible adult today allows your spirit to shine brightly.

Daily Cosmic Calendar for October 17

If you are feeling somewhat sluggish and moody, chalk it up to the continuation of the void Moon in Scorpio. Engaging in exercise routines, favorite hobbies, arts and crafts may be the secret key that leads you back to wellness — particularly as the Moon parallels Mercury (8:55AM PDT).  However, Pluto is playing the proverbial spoiler when this planet that rules over the underworld and extreme behavior patterns forms a parallel with the Moon (4:15PM PDT). Throwing your weight around and pulling strings to get your way on the job can boomerang against you.  Meanwhile, the Moon finally leaves void status in Scorpio by entering upbeat, fiery Sagittarius (5:27PM PDT). Fun, games and sports are highlighted over the next 48 hours. Pluto returns to the fray a few hours later on behalf of progress and in-depth studies as the Sun makes an inspirational, 72-degree link to this distant celestial body (8:59PM PDT).  Get ready for a cavalcade of alignments tomorrow when five stellar contacts strive for supremacy in the early hours.

Calendar of the Moon for October 17

Calendar of the Moon


Ivy Month

Colors: Light blue and dark green
Element: Air
Altar: Upon cloth of dark green lay pots of ivy twined up around posts of gold with suns, three blue candles, a vine-painted chalice of water, and a feather fan.
Offerings: Pray for enlightenment, and to be lifted up.
Daily Meal: Sheep, goat, or vegetarian using the fruits of the local harvests.

Gort Invocation

Call: Hail the month of the Ivy!
Response: Hail the month of twining for the sky!
Call: Where the vine yielded forth the blood of the earth…
Response: The ivy yields up the winds of the sky!
Call: Where the vine dulls the mind with happiness…
Response: The ivy opens the mind with terror and light!
Call: Hail to the chains of the Maenads!
Response: Hail to Dionysos and his torrent of madness!
Call: Hail to the Lady that mates with the Oak!
Response: She has entwined him, she has wrapped her limbs about him!
Call: Even his great strength is not enough to stay her!
Response: She shows that not all strength is standing tall!
Call: Hail to she who is supported by others….
Response: Yet reaches as high as they themselves!
Call: Show us, sacred Ivy, what it is to rise with the aid of the strong.
Response: Show us what it is to be borne up by branches.
Call: Show us what it is to be borne up by hopes.
Response: Show us what it is to be borne up by the Gods.
Call: We cannot reach the sky without aid…
Response: So we entreat you, Ivy, beg for aid for our earthbound hands.
Call: Teach us that the sky can be gained not only by the straight path…
Response: But also by the path of the spiral!
Call: Dance that spiral for us, Ivy, and we shall follow you!
Response: We shall follow you toward the blessed realms of the Gods.

Turn turn turn again
Turn wind turn leaf
Twine o’er the last sheaf
Turn turn turn again



[Pagan Book of Hours]

Calendar of the Sun for October 17

Calendar of the Sun


Aequinoctium Autumnale


Brown and Orange
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon cloth of brown and orange, patterned with autumn leaves, place a basket of fallen leaves, barrels of straw, shovels, spades, a bowl of rainwater, and seeds for cover crops.
Offerings: Turn under and mulch the used land.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian.

Aequinoctium Autumnale Invocation

Earth, we have eaten of your bounty!
You have fed us, and we are content.
We have worked you hard, and you have responded
With generosity and fruitfulness.
Now, as the year draws on, and the Sun
Shortens its days and counts the moons
Until its chilly death and incandescent rebirth,
We gift you as you have gifted us,
We care for you as you have cared for us,
We give back that we may continue to take,
Year after year, cycle after cycle.
Do not think, O Mother, that we are merely selfish,
And would only rape you of your bounty.
Our hands shall toil that you may have,
If only in this one small place,
Richness to take back for yourself.
For we know the hard secrets of the cycle,
And we will someday give ourselves
Back to your quiet embrace.


Leaves falling
To our hands
Autumn calling
Cover all the land

(All take up the buckets of leaves and straw, and the spades, and go out to the garden. Some will turn over the soil, and others shall follow with cover crop seeds and rainwater, or with mulch to cover the ground. This shall be done throughout the Aequinoctium Autumnale days until all the ground from this year’s crops are covered.)


[Pagan Book of Hours]