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.
The urgency of expressing our attractions and desires makes for awkward interactions today. Mischievous Mercury and flirtatious Venus incite us to push boundaries on their first full day visit to incorrigible Aries. But the mysterious Scorpio Moon wants us to move slowly and build the intensity to a crescendo. Thankfully, the resistance dissipates once the Moon shifts into adventurous Sagittarius at 5:02 pm EST, freeing us to share our feelings.
Acting on every feeling is not appropriate or feasible, especially now that romantic Venus is skipping through your impulsive sign. While you can say something that is true, once spoken you could be ready to move on. Unfortunately, others may not process emotions so quickly. It’s easy to share your desires in a carefree manner, but the results might be more than you bargain for if someone clings to your words. Author Stephenie Meyer wrote, “Every choice has its consequences. Some more than others.”
You are less restrained in the pursuit of fulfilling your dreams today, but you might be the only one who is aware of your newfound passion. Although there’s a significant shift in your attitude, there isn’t any noticeable change in your behavior as your key planet Venus sinks into your 12th House of Secrets. You may find you’re drawn to exploring a spiritual path instead of a romantic relationship. Your destiny is somewhere just beyond the here and now, waiting for you to show up and assume full ownership of your life. Pastor Steven Furtick Jr. wrote, “You can’t fulfill your calling in your comfort zone.”
A kinder but not necessarily gentler energy is building in your heart today. You yearn to perform compassionate acts of spontaneous love and support but may not feel free enough to express your true feelings. Nevertheless, your irrepressible desire to make the future of the world a better place is bold, even brash — and you’re afraid of shocking someone with the intensity of your deep convictions. Don’t dim your light; you can only withhold your truth for so long. Claiming your power inspires others to do the same.
Although your feelings are running deep out of sight as they often do, you’re considering your options to make them known. Unfortunately, expressing your needs could create discord at work, but you’re willing to do it anyhow because you believe the outcome will be worth it. Your current confidence gives you a boost today, but there still may be a few details to iron out. There’s no need to hurry; your timing is perfect.
Your patience wears thin today as your need to tell all supersedes your initial intent to keep your feelings to yourself. However, you are wise to reconsider your tactics as the circumstances change. Perhaps someone says something that magnifies the tension of the current interpersonal dynamics and your perspective can help settle the energy. If you observe the misuse of power, you’re likely to side with the underdog now. Before you speak, ask yourself if your words improve upon the silence. Jesuit Baltasar Gracián wrote, “There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.”
You’re willing to take an emotional risk today by initiating a conversation with a close friend about a sensitive subject. You aren’t sure where the discussion will lead, but you know that getting everything out into the open is absolutely necessary for your relationship to continue to grow. Don’t fall into the trap of believing you know the truth. There is no right or wrong answer; there are only multiple points of view. Zen master Shunryu Suzuki teaches, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
You may be fascinated by someone new who catches your eye today. Although you often wait for the other person to make the first move, you’re inclined to say something before the opportune moment passes. However, it’s wise to move slowly so you don’t upset the current dynamics that already exist between you and others. Remember, all that glitters is not gold. Jim Rohn wrote, “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.”
A growing sense of necessity is motivating you to reassess all your alternatives before taking action. You want to explore every contingency because you know that you won’t be able to undo your choice once you make your decision. The longer you can wait now, the more time you have to play out various scenarios in your mind. However, once things start moving, they will likely take you in an unexpected direction anyhow. President Eisenhower said, “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”
You might be quite pleased with your recent efforts, especially if you avoided unnecessary drama by maintaining a rational outlook. Nevertheless, there is work to do today and remaining silent won’t resolve anything. Although interpersonal dynamics may still be stressed, you can express your feelings now without being too concerned about the consequences. People are more open to your opinions and your honest sincerity helps to clear the air of lingering ill will. Chief Joseph said, “It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
You’re weary of putting out so much energy without seeing an adequate return. Although you’re not ready to give up, you might grapple with a round of self-doubt today, wondering if you’re on the right track or if you need to make a significant change in direction. But in your mind, setting a new course of action means accepting defeat. Don’t make any sudden moves now; you are likely closer to a significant breakthrough than you realize. Benjamin Disraeli wrote, “The secret to success is constancy of purpose.”
Although you may encounter a bit of unexpected negativity today, the cosmic winds will whisk you right over the rough territory and into a friendlier environment. However, you must do your part by releasing any unnecessary regret that ties you to the past. Your greatest strength comes from reaching into the future and bringing it into the present moment. Confucius wrote, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Yesterday’s big ideas evolve into today’s objectives. You’re bored with entertaining idle fantasies that have no chance of becoming real. There’s no place in your imagination for unrealistic dreams now. Sort through your visions and focus on a specific target you can hit. Civil rights leader Benjamin Mays wrote, “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”