The Wisdom of Buddha
“Not-this” – Literally: “Need-fire” or “Necessity” – Esoteric: Constraint, Friction
Key Concepts: Need, resistance, constraint, conflict, drama, effort, necessity, urgency, hard work, need-fire, life lessons, creative friction, distress, force of growth, the consequence of past action, short term pain for long term gain
Psi: resistance, need, effort
Energy: necessity, coming forth into being, urgency
Mundane: doing what must be done, chores, hard work
Divinations: Resistance (leading to strength), recognition of örlög (ultimate law, primal truth), innovation, need-fire (self-reliance), personal development and life lessons, achievement through effort; or constraint of freedom, distress, toil, drudgery, laxity, warnings, worry, guilt, moral cowardice, unfulfilled or unrecognized needs.
This suit, most often called “Wands” and sometimes called “Rods” or “Staves,” represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking.
An Ace of this suit in this position symbolizes a pivotal act, or fateful step, that will set loose a chain of events leading toward your desired goal. It refers to a birth or new beginning, the inauguration of an endeavor, and the building of the necessary commitment to see a project or plan through. It personifies an aroused Will that is totally focused, aiming at the bulls-eye.
Be ready to act on imminent opportunity.
The card in the Advice position suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible.
The Ace of Wands in this position encourages energetic movement toward activity. Brace yourself and get ready to spring into action. You may need to make your move soon, so make sure you are fully prepared. Trust your instincts and spontaneity. When the opportunity comes, you may want to seize it without hesitation.
So quicken your senses and raise your antenna. There’s excitement in the air, and supports your immediate ambitions.
The Two in this suit generally features a youth juggling, with two coins juggled in figure-eight fashion, or just the coins without the youth — one heads up, the other tails — both flipping in the air. It is clear that until one or the other coin drops, the final call can not be made; there is more to learn before a decision can be made about appropriate action.
This card counsels patience, so do not allow yourself to be rushed. The figure-eight image is a symbol of immortality and eternity. Its message is “No need to hurry. You have all the time you need to work this out, no matter how things appear right now.” Implied within this scenario is the idea that changes are in the works, but you will do better to stay calm until you have more information. Everything is in flux at a time like this.
You are an exceptionally hard-working individual who possesses much devotion and dedication to whatever you do. You seek balance, harmony, and beauty in your life; and you work tirelessly to achieve these things. Responsible and concerned, you do what is expected of you and more. You are gifted in the arts, but you never dismiss practical concerns. You can be driven by the fear of lacking, and you never forget your roots. Famous people born today: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Rob Reiner, Shaquille O’Neal, Ed McMahon, Tom Arnold, Connie Britton, Ellen Muth.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!
Jupiter forms a trine to your Sun until September, and you have a stronger than usual desire to improve, grow, and learn. This is a fortunate aspect that helps boost optimism and confidence, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Matters related to universities, higher education, religion, publishing, legal affairs, and/or foreign interests can be especially strong. It’s an excellent time to further your education. You are likely to enjoy a larger perspective on matters that keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses.
Neptune transits conjunct your Sun this year, and your tastes and desires are changing and evolving. The need to “get away from it all,” and for some peace and quiet now and again, continues to be strong. A more sensitive, and even mysterious, persona is projected during this period of your life, and this can attract pleasantly unusual circumstances (and people) into your life. You will want to reserve time alone — away from the hectic pace of life — for reflection and meditation. Watch for excessive escapist tendencies, but also find ways to honor your need for more downtime or circumstances may seem to conspire to bring this into your life in possibly unwanted ways.
Some may find the influence of Sun-Neptune confusing, however, because they don’t know exactly where they are headed. A noncommittal attitude in your personal life could leave people in your life feeling frustrated with you as you attempt to find yourself. If this is the case, it would be wise to cut yourself some slack (not too much!). During this time, you may be unsure where to direct your willpower. You could be undergoing confusion about what you want from life, where you are headed, and how to go about satisfying your ego. There is a reason behind this “identity crisis” — you are learning to let go of ego attachments. This can be a creative, spiritual, and poetic time, but it might also be a time when you fall prey to impractical schemes and plans or neglect important responsibilities.
This is a powerful year for socializing, communicating, and negotiating. You’re hungry to learn from your experiences and relationships. A stronger desire to grow, heal, and improve is with you in the period ahead, and you may be attracted to alternative ways of healing and living. You may be drawn to working through problems, fears, and insecurities with a desire to repair. It’s a definite time for building trust in relationships, and for seeing potential in others.
Something big is in the works regarding your love life. You’ll have a chance to heal old wounds with regards to love this year. You’re also bound to find new ways of making money.
Pleasing circumstances surrounding your love life, finances, and creative pursuits are in store this year. You are more generous, and others return the favor. You might receive financial backing or special gifts in the period ahead. You seek a little more from your love life and you are likely to receive it. Some of you could fall in love this year, or existing relationships are enhanced. Adventure-seeking is a theme.
Bursts of creativity and energy emerge at seemingly perfect times and help you to further your goals. Healthy risk-taking is likely again this year, as you are more able to spot an opportunity when you see one. You are progressive, growth-oriented, and ready to take the initiative when the moment feels right.
This is also a fine period for expanding your connections, contacts, creative pursuits, and romantic relationships. Relationships benefit from increased generosity and goodwill. You’re more inclined than usual to indulge, shop, socialize, and enjoy yourself this year. Whether it’s a hobby, person, or pursuit, this is a good time for discovering what makes you happy.
This is a powerful period for your social and creative life and a particularly busy time for relationships. You can gain quite a following for your ideas. It’s bound to be a time that’s good for optimism and many new ideas and interests. There is some tendency to speak or act too soon which should probably be tamed. As well, discipline may be lacking from time to time this year. Otherwise, it’s a period for much inventiveness and new, exciting experiences.
2018 is a Number Two year for you. Ruled by the Moon. This is a year of potential companionship. It is a quiet, gentle, and mostly harmonious year that is generally not as active than other years. Instead, you are more responsive to the needs of others. If you are patient and open yourself up in a gentle manner, you will attract what–and who–you want into your life now. This is an excellent year in which to build and develop for the future. Advice – be patient, be receptive, enjoy the peace, collect, develop, build, and attract.
2019 will be a Number Three year for you. Ruled by Jupiter. This is a year of sociability. It is a friendly time when you find it natural and easy to enjoy life and other people. The focus is on personal freedom, reaching out to others, making new friends, and exploration. You are more enthusiastic and ready for adventure than you are in other years. It’s likely to be a rather lighthearted year when opportunities for “play” time are greater than usual. It’s also a favorable year for expressing your creativity. Advice – reach out and connect but avoid scattering your energies.
A new month is upon us as we continue to speed down the ascension highway. It has been quite a wild ride so far and in the month whose name is the same word as that which describes forward movement, we’re going to see action this month, even though Mercury goes retrograde on the 22nd. We have the Equinox, the new astro year, lots of Pisces/Chiron action (soul wounds coming up for healing), new beginnings with the start of a new astro year in Aries, and two full moons. But with all of this focus on movement March’s theme is action taken from a healed, whole, and congruent perspective, cutting off the loose ends before we forge ahead in new directions. Whew, hold onto your hats, we may be taking a few corners on two wheels this month.
March opens with a big full moon we have all looked forward to after February’s constant shifts and changes because there were no full moons in February. This means that endings (full moons are ending/closing cycles) may have been delayed so we could have total clarity on what needed to wind down, release, and get complete with, all to clear the space for the new beginnings we can have this month. See my article on Completion and closure at this link
But before we get closure March has a few gifts for us, including the movement of Venus and Mercury into Aries, inspiring us to take action, balanced with heavy Chiron activity in the first part of the month, and a new moon that exactly conjuncts Chiron on the 17th. Chiron represents the wounds that never heal, those energetic aspects that create areas of intense concentration in our energy fields, emotional black holes that are trigger points and strong energy drains.
We’ll see those come up this month too and I noticed that the new moon of the 17th, which sits on Chiron, occurs on St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick is celebrated for driving all of the witches out of Ireland, a dark time when millions of people who practiced the ancient pagan traditions were murdered or banished from Ireland and from many parts of Europe. It is estimated that the catholic church killed over 12 million people, mostly women, during the ‘burning times’.
Is this a healing opportunity for all of those who still bear the soul trauma of the persecution and worse, for being seers, healers, and wise women (wyrd women) in ancient times? This is one of the major barriers to the acceptance of our intuition and spiritual talents, the fear of being judged and persecuted for them. Is the March 17thnew moon on Chiron going to free us from this trauma and fear so we can confidently continue with our spiritual/material integration of the 3D/5D ascension paradigm? I think so, and I hope there is a lot of healing and clearing in this area.
March is the beginning of the astrological new year with the Sun moving into Aries on the 21st, just as Mercury goes retrograde in Aries on the 22nd. Does this mean we’re going backwards? No, but it does mean, together with the new moon on the 17th, that rather than rushing out of the gate, our forward movement may be more considered, deliberate, and planned. Mercury in Aries can be a little spastic and this retro starting at the astro new year, together with the action orientation of March, is simply a reminder that our speed racers do have brakes to slow us down a little bit and there is reason for that.
I believe all of March’s movement is encouraging us to move in a multi-directional way – not forward and backward, but forward and outward, so we move forward and expand multi-dimensionally rather than simply moving forward in a straight line without also expanding our energy into new potentials. Our movement cannot be linear now, it has to be 360 and beyond, in an ever widening arc of spreading our light, energy, and truth into many areas of our life. Sometimes when we feel we can move forward we do so in a very linear way, we rush forward and try to cover as much ground as possible to make up for ‘lost time’ and ‘missed opportunities’.
It is tempting to want to get away from our limitations as soon as we feel that the shackles have come off but our forward movement is being channeled into new avenues starting this month. In addition to being aligned with our individual intentions, our movement must also be aligned with supporting the collective energy expansion. We don’t lose ground or opportunities; instead, we are encouraged to spread the energy around, to explore new avenues of potential, consider other alternatives we have not considered before.
This month we can move forward but we need to remember two things:
With this month’s intense focus on moving out of our karmic healing cycles and releasing our trauma-based soul wounds, we are preparing to shift our focus from powering our energy draining emotional black holes to expanding our energy multi-dimensionally. Being stuck in the dark density of our soul wound trauma blocks our awareness of any other paths that are possible.
Open your vision this month, ask yourself what else is possible – what is the path that allows you to experience the greatest joy, peace, love, abundance, and prosperity? Then create your March-ing orders and start taking steps in that direction.
Have a fantastic month.
Calendar of the Moon
Rhea’s Day – Pre-Initiation for the Greater Mysteries
Altar: Upon a green cloth set a sheaf of grain saved from the previous year’s harvest, laid in a winnowing basket, and a chalice of fresh-pressed fruit juice.
Offerings: Care for the Earth.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian
Rhea’s Invocation (to be spoken by a priestess who is invoking her)
I am the Earth before you walked on it.
I am the mountains before humans tracked them.
I am the fields before they were grazed
By any except the wild herds.
I am the trees before they were cut down,
When they grew so thick that no light
Could be seen between their branches.
I am the stones before they were dug.
I am the plants before they were bred
For your use, and then harvested.
I am the grandmother who saw you born.
I am the mentor who watched your first steps.
I am the Old One who watched you grow.
From my loins came my daughter Demeter
Who knew that you must eat more
Than my wilderness could give you,
And fed you from her bounty.
From her loins came my grandchild Persephone
Who gave herself to your Dead
That you might be nurtured both before and after.
I have watched you grow, my grandchildren,
But you were not my first children.
Tell me, then, what you will do for me?
(Each person comes forward and speaks an oath, saying how they will protect the earth for the elder children of Rhea, the plants and animals who were here before us. The juice is shared around, and the remainder poured as a libation for Her.)
The Earth is our Mother, we must take care of her,
The Earth is our Mother, we must take care of her,
Hey and a ho and a ho na hey and a ho and a ho na na
Calendar of the Sun
Day of the East Wind
Colors: White, ivory, and pale yellow
Altar: On cloth of shades between white and yellow, place four white and yellow candles, a vase of flags and banners in the colors of dawn, a bell with a clear tone, a knife, a glass of white wine, and apple blossom incense.
Offerings: Blowing curls of paper into the wind. Ringing bells or wind chimes. Study and learning, especially giving more depth to a field of knowledge you are already familiar with.
Daily Meal: Raw cold food.
Invocation to the East Wind
Breathe in the wind of the East,
Piercing and clear,
Eye-opening breeze that comes
With the light of the rising sun,
Wind of voices that sing and chant,
Wind of voices that speak to our souls,
Talking wind that carries our words
To far corners of the world,
Wind of spring, wind that lifts the scent
Of the opening earth out of the chill snow,
Playful wind that teases the edge
Of our consciousness,
Sing to us!
And clear your mind.
Eurus Eurus Breath of the East
Song: Wind’s Four Quarters
(Wind chimes and bells are rung. Wine is poured as a libation. All process outside and release messages on small curls of paper into the east wind.)
The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.
To make an herbal cleansing bottle, pour a layer of sand in a large clear bottle. Add layers of dried herbs, one at a time: first rosemary; then lemon peel, sage, cedar, black peppercorns, lavender, dill, bay leaf, and rowan. When the bottle is full, focus cleansing protective energy into the herbs and sand, and see a golden light radiating from the bottle.
Visualize the herbs driving away negative influences. Cork and seal the bottle with white wax. Using a permanent marker, draw the Algiz rune on one side of the bottle, and on the other side draw a pentagram.
Set the bottle near your front or back door, and every six months, uncap, pour herbs out into the woods or your compost heap, and thoroughly wash and dry the bottle before filling it with a new round of herbs.
White candle and holder
Place the candle in the middle of the room. Sprinkle the salt in a circle deosil around the candle. Light and say:
Creature of wax Creature of fire
Listen to me Hear my desire
Cleanse this room By the power of three
And blast away all negativity
With harm to none So shall it be
Leave to burn for at least 1 hour.