‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for February 4th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’

By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

 

So often it is difficult to know where the line lies between kindness and domineering. It doesn’t sound as if the two could possibly mix, but sometimes in our watchfulness over those we care about we’re inclined to think it a kind of goodness when it actually becomes domineering.

 

It is often the best and kindest thing to let others think for themselves. Even though the helpfulness is of love, it can be smothering to the ones who want to breathe freely, even of their own problems.

 

Concern can turn to possessiveness in the space of a moment and do it so subtly it is almost impossible to comprehend. All individuals have the right to make their own mistakes and also the undeniable right to correct those mistakes. It makes help appreciated when it comes and then help is recognized as help and not as ownership.

 

If we were all told what to do, it would relieve us of the burden of the responsibility of thinking, planning, or making decisions. Our lives would be literally free of care. And there are those among us who love to direct the traffic of other people’s lives. But have you noticed how detestable it is to them to have the smallest suggestion made concerning their own? What a display of vanity!

 

There are always sycophants, or “apple polishers,” if you will, who fawn and flatter the vanity. But to have one’s vanity built to great heights is not always an act of love, but more often subtle scorn.

 

Love is the only force against vanity. Love does not wish to command, but only to serve. If love cannot tell the truth it does not speak. Vanity separates, love joins. Love does not ask that another take the responsibility, but it asks only the strength to bear it.

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – February 4

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – February 4

 

“We say there is a right time and place for everything. It’s easy to say, but hard to understand. You have to live it to understand it.”

Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE

 

The Elders tell us there is a right time and a right place. Don’t plant seeds in the fall-wrong time. One way we find out about the right time and right place is our experience. If we are lucky, we have a few friends who will share their experience; this will help us too. The best way is to let God guide us. Only He knows the right time and the right place. So we need to pray and ask Him for guidance.

 

Great Spirit, show me patience so I can live in the right time and right place.

February 4 – Daily Feast

February 4 – Daily Feast

 

To stand alone does not mean there is no one else around. It means we are u na tse li dv-u na to tiv hi.… We think for ourselves in an independent way, using our heads rather than our feet. We fit life to us instead of letting it press us into a mold that would not makes us happy. Letting the world dictate to us is being one of the herd that runs – not because it is the right thing to do, but because we think everyone else is doing it, and so must we. Is it the right direction? Refusing to be swept along with every trend is cultivating our inner awareness of right and wrong. Awareness is there within us, but we have to hear it and heed it. This is why we were given intelligence – to stand alone so that we may have something to offer when someone else needs us.

 

~ Too many misinterpretations have been made….too many misunderstandings…. ~

CHIEF JOSEPH

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Daily Motivator for February 4th – The beauty within you

The beauty within you

Let the beauty within you unfold into this day. Feel how it is to be alive,  in ways you have never experienced before.

Imagine what you would do if you could do whatever you imagine. Then let go  of your fears and mistaken thoughts of limitation, and live the best of what you  imagine.

Stop worrying and complaining about what you cannot do. Focus on the  miraculous possibilities of what you can do.

Let yourself be filled with joy just because you can be. Let yourself feel  life’s innate goodness in every moment and every experience.

Remind yourself how rich you are. Feel the true immensity of your good  fortune, and you won’t be able to feel any worry or fear.

Let your life on the outside be a faithful reflection of the limitless nature  of your inner spirit. Live like who you truly are, and know how very good  and rich it is.

— Ralph Marston

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Daily OM for February 4th – The Strength of Compassion

The Strength of Compassion
Coming at Conflict with an Open Heart

by Madisyn Taylor

 

Conflict should always be met with open ears and an open heart.

Conflict is an unavoidable part of our lives because our beliefs and modes of being often contrast powerfully with those of our loved ones, acquaintances, and associates. Yet for all the grief disagreements can cause, we can learn much from them. The manner in which we handle ourselves when confronted with anger or argument demonstrates our overall level of patience and the quality  of our energetic states. To resolve conflict, no matter how exasperating the disagreement at hand, we should approach our adversary with an open heart laden with compassion. Judgments and blame must be cast aside and replaced with mutual respect. Conflict is frequently motivated by unspoken needs that are masked by confrontational attitudes or aggressive behavior. When we come at conflict with love and acceptance in our hearts, we empower ourselves to discover a means to attaining collective resolution.

The key to finding the wisdom concealed in conflict is to ask yourself why you clash with a particular person or situation. Your inner self or the universe may be trying to point you to a specific life lesson, so try to keep your ears and eyes open. Once you have explored the internal and external roots of your disagreement, make a conscious effort to release any anger or resentment you feel. As you do so, the energy between you and your adversary with change perceptibly, even if they are still operating from a more limited energy state. Consider that each of you likely has compelling reasons for thinking and feeling as you do, and accept that you have no power to change your adversary’s mind. This can help you approach your disagreement rationally, with a steady voice and a willingness to compromise.

If you listen thoughtfully and with an empathetic ear during conflict, you can transform clashes into opportunities to compromise. Examine your thoughts and feelings carefully. You may discover stubbornness within yourself that is causing resistance or that you are unwittingly feeding yourself negative messages about your adversary. As your part in disagreements becomes gradually more clear, each new conflict becomes another chance to further hone your empathy, compassion, and tolerance.

A Little Humor for your day – Astrology Lightbulb Jokes

Astrology

Q: How many Aries does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but it takes a hell of a lot of light bulbs.

Q: How many Taurus does it take to change a light bulb?
A: What, me move?

Q: How many Gemini does it take to change a light bulb?
A: 2

Q: How many Cancer does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but he has to bring his mother.

Q: How many Leos does it take to change a light bulb? A: A dozen. One to change the bulb, and eleven to applaud.

Q: How many Virgos does it take to change a light bulb?
A: One to clean out the socket, one to dust the bulb, one to install, and two engineers to check the work.

Q: How many Libras does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Libras can’t decide if the bulb needs to be changed.

Q: How many Scorpios does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None. They LIKE the dark.

Q: How many Sagittarians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: One to install the bulb, and a Virgo to pick up the pieces.

Q: How many Capricorns does it take to change a light bulb?
A: The light’s fine as it is.

Q: How many Aquarians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Have you asked the bulb if it WANTS to be changed?

Q: How many Pisceans does it take to change a light bulb?
A: What light bulb?

Q: How many astrologers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: “Don’t ask me now, Mercury’s retrograde!”

Feng Shui News for February 4th – ‘World Cancer Day’

The energy surrounding ‘World Cancer Day’ prompts me to share information from my most honorable Feng Shui teacher, Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun, and his effective adjustment for healing from this insidious disease. Master Lin Yun also shares that this treatment should only be used to augment and reinforce appropriate medical interventions that address this disease. He recommends that the patient look upon an image containing the Feng Shui ‘Six True Colors’ (white, red, yellow, green, blue and black — in that exact order) so they can then transmit this healing color sequence to all afflicted cells. This coloring outside the lines of mainstream allopathic medicine can be powerfully effective and empowering.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Feb. 4th is 29: Dangerous Depths

29: Dangerous Depths

Monday, Feb 4th, 2013

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Exposure to passing dangers brings good fortune to those who move beyond them. Like boaters passing through white-water rapids, when you are faced with serious challenges, you must remain alert, take all available precautions, and above all, keep going forward so as to remove yourself from harm’s way. Once the danger has passed, good fortune.

The positive aspect of challenges is that they offer an excellent chance to cleanse the senses and strengthen the spirit. Surviving crises brings tremendous reinvigoration, and sharpens the eye and mind for future challenges.

It is reckless to court danger, but critical to inner development not to shrink from it either. Those who respond to challenges most effectively are those who are able to establish an inner bubble of calm in the midst of the action. A calm center keeps one rooted in the moment, alert and focused. Courage at such times springs from focused attention, from a willingness to penetrate the moment of danger to its very core, so as to shape it and transform the situation.

Today’s Tarot Card for February 4th is The Devil

The Devil

Monday, Feb 4th, 2013

What has traditionally been known as the Devil card expresses the realm of the Taboo, the culturally rejected wildness and undigested shadow side that each of us carries in our subconscious. This shadow is actually at the core of our being, which we cannot get rid of and will never succeed in taming. From its earliest versions, which portrayed a vampire-demon, this card evoked the Church-fueled fear that a person could “lose their soul” to wild and passionate forces.

The image which emerged in the mid-1700’s gives us a more sophisticated rendition — that of the “scapegoated Goddess,” whose esoteric name is Baphomet. Volcanic reserves of passion and primal desire empower her efforts to overcome the pressure of stereotyped roles and experience true freedom of soul. Tavaglione’s highly evolved image (Stella deck) portrays the magical formula for harnessing and transmuting primal and obsessive emotions into transformative energies. As a part of the Gnostic message of Tarot, this fearsome passion and power must be reintegrated into the personality, to fuel the soul’s passage from mortal to immortal.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Monday, February 4th

This is a rather strange day as boundaries become confused and uncertainty creeps into our lives. The cosmic culprit is a conjunction between active Mars and imaginative Neptune — an aspect that can take the wind out of our sails and leave us to drift aimlessly. However, frustration develops because the Moon’s shift into adventurous Sagittarius at 10:45 am EST inspires us to get started on our journey, even if we don’t know where we’re going.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Your behavior may be misinterpreted today as your key planet Mars aligns with fuzzy Neptune, making it difficult to plan ahead. You need to take other people’s perspectives into consideration before you initiate action, yet this process may take longer than you prefer. Instead of pushing for resolution, ease up and let the events take their own course. Enjoy the magic of your current sense of timelessness before you have to return to reality.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

You might still be recovering from a recent setback, but now it seems as if the pendulum is swinging in the other direction. Although you may be making progress, you aren’t as sure of yourself today. Instead of stubbornly holding on to your goals, float along for a while and just see what happens. Don’t judge yourself harshly if you are considering a change of plans. Trust your intuition over the facts.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

It may be difficult to accomplish a lot today because you’re more inclined to spend your time wandering around in your dreams now than paying attention to your current responsibilities. You can skillfully bend the truth with your actions, but there still could be a wide gulf between your fantasy life and what you show to others. If you don’t stretch reality too far, you have a good chance of tap-dancing your way through the day.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Somehow you seem to know exactly what’s going on as information about your future comes to you through your dreams. Don’t ignore your intuition today because it enables you to touch a deep spiritual truth. However, you must willingly surrender your logic and accept any inconsistencies that arise in your imagination now — even if they add confusion to the picture. Let the story unfold naturally and figure out the meaning later.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You think you can get by without the details now, therefore you’re more willing to fill in the missing information yourself. Although it appears that someone purposefully misleads you today, it could just be a case of a simple misunderstanding. Unfortunately, your vision may not be the same as someone else’s, so make it your business to discuss anything that seems to be in conflict. Remember, you don’t have to prove yourself right; cooperation is more useful than competition.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

It’s difficult to work with someone who is lost in dreams rather than sharing your sense of practicality. Your co-workers might actually believe that they can wish their way out of a difficult situation, but you know that escape isn’t that simple now. However, it’s crucial to keep an open mind while interacting with others because some solutions come from the imagination and are not the result of logic.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Unusual physical sensations stir up fears today if you are worried about the underlying cause of any symptoms. Usually, you can maintain a balanced perspective when it comes to your health. But now — even if you’re feeling fine — it’s hard to wrap your mind around what’s happening. Don’t stress yourself out by attempting to force a premature solution. Get professional advice if you think there’s reason for concern. Otherwise, let the ambiguity resolve in its own time without giving it more energy than it’s worth.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You could be enamored with someone today as you are attracted to an ideal picture of love. Unfortunately, reality isn’t likely to live up to the perfection of your fantasy. Although infatuation can spark romantic fires, your attempts to turn feelings into a lasting relationship now might be futile. Nevertheless, allow for the possibility of being surprised. Either way, enjoy the pleasure of the present moment without trying to sustain it.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You may be stuck in the paradox between your desire for peace at home and the frustration of lingering negative emotions. You’re willing to do your part to create a harmonious environment, but it’s not wise to become too attached to an unrealistic goal. Be careful; you could inadvertently sabotage your plan by hesitating when you really need to jump right in. Thankfully, you should do fine just by improvising as you go along.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You are quite charming today as you express your intentions through poetic words rather than concrete actions. Unfortunately, this dreamy state of mind may not be very useful if you need to communicate specific information. It’s not that your thinking is flawed; it’s just that you are better off now telling a story or singing a song. Carefully consider your audience before delivering your message.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You gain confidence when you know all the rules of the game because then you can choose which ones might be worth breaking. However, you’re not particularly comfortable with uncertainty, especially when it concerns money issues. You are challenged today because you don’t have the facts you need to make a financial decision. Your natural tendency might be to fly by the seat of your pants. Nevertheless, it’s wiser to wait a few days before making your move.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

It’s nearly impossible to know how others see you today because your self-image can be quite distorted by the shape-shifting Mars-Neptune conjunction in your imaginative sign. You might attempt to hide your inner turbulence, thinking that your day will be easier if others are unaware of your anxiety. However, the truth is that revealing your vulnerability could open the door to deeper friendships and increased intimacy.

Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of February 4th

A mid-week fling should be a fun thing when romantic Venus harmoniously hooks up with spontaneous Uranus and adventurous Jupiter on Wednesday and Thursday. Breaking rules by revisiting an ex or connecting with an unusual individual is dangerously exciting. Adopting an experimental attitude is ideal heading toward a weekend with a New Moon falling in unconventional Aquarius. Performing spontaneous acts of rebellion may feel thrilling in the moment, but could leave you with relationship regrets next week.
Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Dating is likely to be a group activity with the quirky Aquarius Moon hanging out in your 11th House of Friends on Friday and Saturday. A more casual set up gives you the freedom you need to relax with your partner or to have fun with someone new. Avoid packing your schedule, especially on Sunday when energetic Mars is stretched to the limit by boundless Jupiter. An overly ambitious plan could provoke anger when fatigue sets in. Exercising a bit of moderation will leave you feeling comfortably satisfied.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Work can lead to play on Wednesday when flirty Venus makes beautiful music with enthusiastic Jupiter. Going out with a colleague or attracting attention while on the job might create some minor complications, but you’re more likely to find pleasure when you bend the rules a little. If you go too far, reality will put your feet back on the ground very late on Sunday night when responsible Saturn comes calling to realign your priorities.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Your sharp wit and fast tongue are helpful for making a new connection or livening up a conversation with your current partner on Friday. Just make sure others know when you’re teasing because what’s funny to one person can feel like an insult to another. Settling down could be tricky this weekend as your restless mind and body need to move. If you’re bored, do something out of the box to spice up your personal life. Your creative imagination is your best source for fun.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Saturday’s late night high-frequency Aquarius New Moon rocks your 8th House of Intimacy to rattle relationship patterns. You might attract an unusual person or share a strange experience that can be both weird and exciting. Adapting to surprises will be more rewarding than trying to stick to old traditions. Consider your connections as experiments where you’re free to explore different attitudes and approaches so that you can discover the best fit for you.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are ripe for romance this weekend with the cerebral Aquarius New Moon occurring in your 7th House of Partners. This unconventional energy is bound to spice up your love life by connecting you with a free-spirited individual or enlivening your current relationship with new and unusual ways to play. But keep things lighthearted and avoid coming on too strong because it’s easy for others to feel smothered now. Ironically, giving some space to those you love brings them closer to you in the end.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

There’s an edge in relationships this weekend that’s sparked by a conjunction between your clever ruling planet Mercury and passionate Mars. This cosmic alignment fires up your 7th House of Partners, increasing the chances for sparring with words. If you can take some teasing and give it back in a tender way, it will warm your heart and excite your brain. Avoid being picky since learning new ways to be with someone is more rewarding than sticking to your old standards.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Clear your calendar of major responsibilities this weekend because the electrifying Aquarius New Moon rocks your 5th House of Romance late on Saturday night. Having fun comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone, so take some chances by showing your quirky side. You know how to be flirty and friendly in a non-threatening way that attracts plenty of attention without looking like you’re desperate for it. It’s a weekend meant for singing, dancing and kicking up your heels.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Taking yourself lightly is an excellent way to be more appealing this weekend. The Moon is in cool Aquarius where emotional intensity can be a turn off. Eliminating the pressure of expectations creates a relaxing atmosphere that another person will be happy to share with you. Forget your goals in relationships and try a different approach to love. You can find a surprising freedom that helps you let go of the past, drop concerns about the future and fully enjoy the present.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Saturday night’s brilliant Aquarius New Moon opens fresh channels of communication. You can see your life from a different perspective, which helps you to overcome obstacles in your present relationship. If you’re single, this is an invitation to strike up casual conversations that could lead to something more serious. Just make sure that you give the other person a chance to speak as you may be extremely chatty now. Asking questions and actively listening to the answers demonstrates your willingness to give and take.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Break out of your shell and prepare to play in new and different ways this weekend. The unconventional Aquarius Moon’s presence in your 2nd House of Self-Worth makes you more attractive when you feel and act a little strange. It’s time to adopt a casual approach to having fun, as if you don’t have a care in the world. This easygoing attitude is not only enjoyable for you but makes you a much more captivating companion for those around you. Let your hair down and shine your light for all to see.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Saturday’s New Moon in your freedom-loving sign is like a breath of fresh air for your personal life. You’re ready to start all over, which allows you to let go of old disappointments to fully engage in the present moment. You’re smart, funny and different in a delightful way that can fascinate other people. Acting like a true original may be uncomfortable for overly cautious folks, but makes you much more attractive to the interesting ones.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You could be feeling extra feisty on Friday when mischievous Mercury joins pushy Mars in your sign. This confident attitude can be useful for getting things off your chest and being more direct in expressing yourself. It helps, of course, to tone down the tartness so that you don’t come across too aggressively. Sharing strong ideas and passionate emotions with a tender touch is a great way to repair relationship wounds or to get a new one off the ground. The evocative Moon slips into your sign on Sunday afternoon, giving you the chance to escape into the magical realms of your imagination.

Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for February 4th

Ceres — the largest asteroid — at 20 degrees of Gemini shifts from being retrograde to direct (12:50AM PST). All Ceres themes — productivity, agriculture and farming, gardening, Mother Nature, food, diet and nutrition, mother-daughter and parent-child ties, scarcity and famine, child neglect and abuse — are pronounced in importance throughout the day.  While Ceres seems to hog the spotlight, an inspirational, 72-degree link from this asteroid to Pallas (2:14AM PST) and a glowing Moon-Venus parallel (4:49PM PST) can lift your spirits and amplify your skills as a savvy problem-solver. However, the Moon in Scorpio becomes void at 4:32AM PST and this limbo condition lasts until 7:46AM PST when the lunar orb enters fiery, enthusiastic Sagittarius.  The monthly change of Moon signs — from Scorpio to Sagittarius — is usually the most intense and potentially disturbing of all the lunar zodiacal shifts. Therefore, be on your best behavior and handle sensitive relationships with kid gloves this morning.  The Mars-Neptune union at 3 degrees of Pisces (12:57PM PST) and the Mercury-Saturn parallel (9:43PM PST) are the major events in the second half of the day. The Mars-Neptune rapport can increase your personal magnetism, idealism and charisma, but it also contains a shadow side related to irrational and fanatical expressions. Mercury-Saturn in parallel formation — similar to a conjunction in the zodiac — is great for people who work with logic and common sense, but it can also signify potential delays and stalemates.  Get ready for emotional and romantic fireworks tomorrow as Venus, Mars and Juno go on the warpath.

Calendar of the Moon for February 4th

Calendar of the Moon

Rowan Tree Moon

Color: Orange-red
Element: Fire
Altar: Upon a cloth of orange-red set a row of red candles, Brigid’s cross, and a bell.
Offerings: Votive candles. Quicken a newborn idea into birth.
Daily Meal: Hot drinks with every meal. Keep food warm.

Luis/Gamelion Invocation

Call: Now is the quickening of the year.
Response: Now is the time of the first movement.
Call: Now the child stirs in the womb.
Response: Now the seed stirs in the earth.
Call: Now the plains flood and our fire is threatened.
Response: Now the cold water drowns our spark.
Call: Now is the time of the hard struggle.
Response: Now is the month of desperation.
Call: Now is the time of desperation to live.
Response: Now is the time of desperation to be born.
Call: We turn in our sleep as the earth turns.
Response: We dream with the sleeping earth.
Call: Each of our dreams is a lit candle in the dark.
Response: Each of our dreams is a single point of hope.
Call: They shine faint and alone in the night of struggle.
Response: They are alone as we are alone.
Call: Yet we are not alone in our dreams.
Response: We are not alone!
Call: We will keep our fires burning.
Response: We will burn against the night!
Call: We will warm our dreams with the force of life.
Response: We will not die alone in the cold!
Call: We will ward off all evil.
Response: Only good shall pass our gates.
Call: We will care for each other.
Response: We will never cease to care!
Call: We will survive the winter.
Response: We will survive!
(Repeat last two lines twice more.)

Chant:
Protect the flame that warms your dreams
And dreams shall never die.

 

[Pagan Book of Hours]