The Wisdom of Buddha
Your Life Path Number represents the path you should take through life and the talents and skills you have to make your journey a rewarding one.
Your Path will lead you to build a warm home life and a stable, rewarding career. You live responsibly and learn to maintain a balance between what you give and what you receive. You are sympathetic, caring and able to give good counsel. These are qualities others will come to you for many times in your life. You see the beauty in the world and in those around you–enjoy your vision.
Three of Wands Reversed
Be wary of offers of assistance. Underhandedness and failure are possible
Aries reversed denotes a lack of energy and will.
Earth is the card of everyday life. Earth makes riches of all kinds available to those who are in tune with her.
Fortune represents that aspect of life that is directed by forces and events we may not understand or even be aware of. In short, Fortune deals with chance—those occurrences that manage to alter even the most structured of lives, usurp man’s “best laid plans.” While the effects of Fortune are unpredictable, the outcome is always change; sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Our path through life is never a ride down a perfectly straight highway. Sometimes we may even experience hairpin turns or complete reversals of direction. Fortune is strong reminder that despite our plans, the Universe has its own agenda from which we cannot escape participation.
The energy of the Earth element, and the traits of Earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn
While each of the four elements is integral to life and survival, Earth is most connected to the physicality of life. Earth isn’t aggressive, it’s receptive. And that’s is key to understanding its potency. There is a quality of strength and endurance Earth possesses that is an indomitable force. At the same time, however, there is a certain amount of peacefulness connected to the Earth element. Sure, Earth can be passive … but by no means is Earth weak!
Without Earth, we would have nothing to hold us up. No foundation. No support. Earth is attuned to form and matter. These assets help to explain why the Earth signs are the most and durable of the zodiac.
What also helps Earth succeed wildly in our corporeal environment is the fact that the element of Earth is intricately connected with the physical senses. This allows Earth an intuitive grasp as to how the material world works — an almost natural understanding. Earth has the ability to use this instinct to ensure physical security is maintained, while also achieving a thorough enjoyment and appreciation of everything the physical world has to offer.
Because of these propensities, Earth is the element of patience, stability, commitment, discipline, permanence and strength. Nothing can grow without these qualities and the end result with Earth is typically prosperity. Earth may be slow and methodical, but it is also ultimately successful.
Earth’s tendencies towards being so practical can have its drawbacks. Imagination may be lacking in Earth since the focus is mostly on what can be proven to exist by virtue of what one sees, tastes, touches, feels or hears. An inability to deal with what cannot be explained in our physical universe can limit Earth’s potency and lead to a rigid, narrow minded, materialistic view of life and our world.
Still, if Earth can open itself up to that which it cannot sink its teeth into then, its potential to achieve prosperity will enhance tenfold.
While all of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) will share these qualities of the Earth element, each will express them in a unique manner.
Capricorn will climb the most unbearable mountain with perseverance and ambitious determination in order to achieve any goal they set for themselves.
The world is rich with change! The days are longer and the grass grows greener as the Sun moseys into the slow and steady sign of Taurus. This is a time for each of us to shake off the fast-paced energy of Aries season and center ourselves.
When the Sun moves into a new zodiac sign, we all benefit from that sign’s unique energies. Taurus is the sign of stability, so this is our opportunity to ground ourselves and revel in the wonderful things the world has to offer. Smell a flower! Indulge in a hearty meal! Get steamy in the bedroom! You don’t need to be a Bull to bask in the beauty that the Sun in Taurus brings about.
Circumstances of your current situation
The first position in this Tarot spread provides insight into the conditions you’re facing at this moment in time. It may be that you’ve been feeling physically spent, spiritually depleted, or emotionally uncertain. Your Context Card is like a snapshot of your current situation, giving you a grasp on where you are as Taurus season kicks off.
External forces creating internal chaos
It’s difficult to find your emotional footing when there are distractions surrounding you that have the potential to create inner conflict. Your Influence Card pulls back the veil, exposing who or what is having a noticeable impact on you. By better understanding these things for what they are, you’re able to get rid of what isn’t working for you.
Where to devote your energy
The hectic pace of Aries season may have made it tough to know where to spend your time and energy. The slower tempo of Taurus season helps you come back down to Earth, allowing you to focus on what’s truly important. The Spotlight Card in this Tarot reading pinpoints what you should be paying attention to right now.
What you must stop working against
Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy! By holding on to something — especially a belief system — we prevent ourselves from moving forward into a brighter future. Your Resistance Card highlights what you’ve been fighting, so that you can remove this self-made obstacle and take advantage of the incredible possibilities that lie ahead of you.
How you can achieve stability
Sometimes we know what we need to do, but we don’t know how to do it. When the Sun is in Taurus, we’re being encouraged to slow down and take it easier in our lives. Have you felt rushed or in disarray? Your Grounding Card will illuminate what you need to do calm things down and find your center.
Your potential to flourish
By following the guidance from the previous five cards in this Tarot spread, you set yourself up for success during Taurus season. The last card in this reading gives you a glimpse into the rewards you can expect to reap during the Sun’s time in Taurus should you follow the advice of the Tarot.
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Why: Jade has been revered for centuries for its ability to heal and provide stability. This stone will help you channel Taurus’ energy, making it easier to just go with the flow.
Essential Oil: Lemongrass
Why: The nonstop pace of life may have left each of us feeling a little worn out. Lemongrass is an excellent choice as it uplifts and enhances your physical energy, helping you dedicate yourself to whatever it is you value.
*Note* Another one, we did fall down on the job. It was just released.
One approach to the dilemma of this month’s theme card, the reversed World, is to use the intellect and the will of the Magician to solve problems. The Magician is a card of great skill — skill achieved through study and practice and executed with channeled energetic power. For those of you interested in the connections between Tarot and Astrology, this card is influenced by the planet Mercury, ruler of communication and translator of ideas into action. Through this connection, the quick-thinking Magician is an agent of change that can help us complete what we started in recent periods of adjustment. Just like the World card imagery in many Tarot decks, the Magician imagery includes aspects from all four realms of life, represented here by symbols of the four suits of the Tarot: mental (Swords), spiritual (Wands), emotional (Cups), and material (Pentacles). These are the tools of the Magician, wielded with practiced power and cleverness. The Magician’s dexterity is further emphasized in this image by his great number of arms that are busy at work, each one using a different tool simultaneously.
We saw the Magician as our final card of the December 2017 Tarot Reading, and it invited us then to set some goals for the coming year, 2018, which we are now nearly halfway through. It’s the perfect time to reconnect with this card and its useful forces.
Take a moment to assess the tools/skills/strengths that you possess within those four symbolic realms which can aid you on your journey to completion:
What is your Sword?
What is your Wand?
What is your Cup?
What is your Pentacle?
The Five of this suit is the card of desire and gratification, expressed in classical tradition as flattery and false promises. This card represents both the seducer and the one seduced. There is undeniable excitement in the attraction of opposites; we have all had delightful moments of magnetism with a stranger. However, if promises are only spoken to achieve short-term gratification with no intent of follow-through, or the attraction appears as competition to more fulfilling relationships, the long-term result won’t be worth the thrill of the chase.
You are romantic and soulful, and yet determined and stubborn. At times moody, you often long for something more from your life. Others find you very appealing and attractive. You often go it alone when you don’t need to. You have strong feelings and intuition, and you have a special affinity for music. Famous people born today: Candice Bergen, Billy Joel, John Corbett, Grace Gummer, Chris Zylka, Rosario Dawson.
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!
However, do your best to watch out for tendencies towards self-deception with both love and money. Things might look too good to be true, simply because you want to see the best! Relationship ups and downs are possible, as this could be a year when romantic mirages are more likely.
Exchanging ideas, intellectual pursuits, and learning are all exciting and favorable at this time. You’re expressing yourself clearly and you’re in a great position to instruct others. There is a pronounced ability to order your thoughts and ideas and to recognize patterns, putting you in an excellent place to work on designs. You might thoroughly enjoy making plans, lists, and connections this year.
This can be a year when bursts of restlessness, rebellion, and impatience figure prominently, however. You have a tendency to take risks and to act on sudden impulses without considering consequences. You assert your will and individuality powerfully, and you are ready to fight for freedom. There may be changes in work schedules, or life’s circumstances could challenge you in such a way that you need to change your goals or actions. This can also be a time when you tend to resist others and challenge them if they are trying to hold you back. Arguments and confrontations are likely. If you aren’t too rash or impulsive, you might be able to free yourself from restrictive circumstances. You could also have more courage than usual to do things that break the routine, and confrontations engaged in this year could clear the air and help you to move forward.
However, from March 2019 forward, you have a strong, protective, and stabilizing influence with you as Saturn forms a harmonious aspect to your Sun. This transit helps you stay on track and meet your responsibilities. Your popularity tends to be strong, and your leadership skills are valued. Work you have done in the past begins to pay off this year–not necessarily in dramatic ways, but in small, measurable ways. You may be recognized or rewarded in some manner for the efforts you put forth. Because you project a more responsible and credible “you”, people in authority are more inclined to appreciate you and recognize your work. During these months, you can put your life in order in some significant manner. Improved concentration, a more realistic outlook, and a practical awareness of the limits of time all help you to make steady progress, particularly in your career. Your concern for your future at this time is stronger than usual, and you may find that projects you start, or investments you make, will benefit you for years to come.
You are bound to get important matters organized in the year ahead, but you’re also likely to feel impatient or to try to cut corners frequently, which can put unnecessary pressure on you. Your love or social life can be eventful, largely due to some restlessness. You are determined and focused in the year ahead, and you can move mountains in important areas of your life. It’s a powerful year for making lifestyle changes.
2018 is a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.
2019 will be a Number Eight year for you. Ruled by Saturn. This is a year of power and accomplishment. Actively seeking to expand, taking educated risks, and moving forward are highlighted. This is a year of opportunity, particularly in the material and business world, and opportunities need to be seized. It’s generally not a year to find a new love partner, simply because the focus is on the material world and your place in the world. This is a problem-solving year in which you can expect real, tangible results. Advice – take action, plan ahead, seize opportunities.
*Note* We are not following down on the job, this was just released
The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.
*NOTE* There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.
5/6 ~ Sun (core essential Self) ~sextile~ Neptune (vision & imagination):
This energy activates your ability to dissolve the ego (momentarily) and allow your SoulSelf to shine through! Your Spiritual center, base or practice comes up – how is it supporting you? If you’ve gotten away from your practice, this energy will make it easier to connect to your Spirit, your intuition and the vision for your life’s purpose, at this time. You may find where your contribution is most valued, when you step outside your Self and see how others’ needs are important. Find a need and fill it … in your own deliciously unique way, as you will be more giving & compassionate, naturally under this influence. Your physical energy may be low as a result of Neptune channeling the Sun’s Source Energy inwardly to re-charge your Spirit. Otherwise, it could be projections of all kinds, yours and other people’s as well. Best to spend some intentional solitude, preferably in nature if/when/where possible.
5/7 ~ Mercury (ideas, thoughts & concepts) ~square~ Pluto (rebirth & transformation):
This energy is a tough, yet powerful one. Its Highest expression would be to focus on your inner deep-dig, discovery & development. It enables you to look beneath the surface to some core drives and gain some valuable insights and thus, choose a plan of action based on your findings. You will want to know all the hidden meanings behind decisions you’ve made or want to make soon. Dig – you will find more than you think you’re ready for, but apparently the Universe thinks differently! Pay attention and try not to worry about what anyone else thinks or believes. This energy’s flip-side is to make you obsess over one particular idea and try to force others to your way of thinking. That is a bottomless pit – you cannot truly change the way other people think – you can only change the way you think and hope it enlightens others along the way … and it will, for those who are tuned in to your level. Try to only focus on you and your direction.
5/7 ~ Venus (love, finances & relationships) ~square~ Neptune (illusions & delusions):
This energy is great for creative flow. If you are artistically inclined in any way, you will have access to an energy that will allow you to create something amazing. Dig deep and allow your Self to free-flow! This energy can also challenge relationships (personal or professional) to ‘keep it real’ in some way and ones which are not on a true, solid foundation are likely to dissolve under this influence. When Neptune is involved, we see life through a completely different kind of lens, often seeing the potential rather than the reality of the situation. Detach & Trust. This activation is just helping you align your true values & priorities with the vision in your mind & heart, but you will have to expand your consciousness in some way, follow your inner compass and take practical steps going forward.
5/8 ~ Sun (core essential Self) ~oppose~ Jupiter (expansion & learning):
This energy is a double-edge sword in that you may “feel” positive and optimistic – which is a good thing – but it is also prone to excess – which brings us to the philosophy of “anything in moderation” or “balance in all things”. Be positive but be alert too! Beware of the urge to overdo it or over-extend yourself on any level. Use this energy to tap into your courageous side and attempt something you have avoided out of fear or doubt. There is a push-pull going on between your ego and your enthusiastic child within which demands that you find a proper expression for this energy. Also, beware of your enthusiasm provoking you to try to get others to see it from this point of view. You always have to be mindful of the fact that everyone is on their individual paths and may not be ready for what you’re bringing … and that’s okay – focus this energy back on your Self and it will serve you well. This energy tends to bring out the self-righteousness in us and that rarely leads where you are trying to go. What this energy is trying to tell us is that certain aspects of your Self and your Spiritual development are coming to a head and decisions need to be made which will affect your future. Pay attention – and try to get the lesson & the blessing of whatever is happening this week because it is trying to guide you to a new level … ready or not! Also keep in mind that it is an opposition, which always reminds us to watch for extremes and practice coming back to center, the truth is you are 6-months into something that requires some integration. If you stabilize now, you can expand your life in positive ways and with more ease & grace.
5/11 ~ Sun (core essential Self) ~trine~ Pluto (purification & transformation):
This energy makes you want to get things done, by any means necessary and you may tend to come on a little strong – but it’s all good. The work you want to do, is work that needs to be done and in doing it and facing things head-on, you will gain insights about your Self that fortify your foundation so that your life can evolve to the next level organically. This intense and powerful energy is transformative in nature and will provoke you to think deeply about your life; what you need, desire and deserve. You may find that some aspects of your life need to be reformed or released – go for it – this energy makes reform and release easier than usual. It’s a good time to make an impression or an impact on others, but be sure to keep it on the Highest level possible. Any actions or statements used to manipulate others for selfish gain can/will backfire on you in a big way. This is a positive, uplifting, transformative energy – use it as such to clear the debris and create the life you were born to live.
5/12 ~ Mercury (ideas, thoughts & concepts) ~square~ Mars (desire & actions):
This activation can be a tough one for some. If your beliefs are out of alignment with your actions, if you are not self-aware or act-out unconsciously, being selfish or childish, then watch out, because squares test you to grow and change in some way. Often, this also means that you are suppressing your nature in some way, which is never really a good idea. When you suppress your Soul, it can make your human more sensitive or defensive, taking things personally as a threat or challenge. If you catch your Self feeling irritable for no apparent reason, try to step back and gain some perspective before responding to your own thoughts or another’s words. Mercury & Mars getting together, in this challenging way, can provoke debates and, in some people, actual fights, so be careful. The deeper aspect of this activation is that some part of you wants to express, perhaps in a new way, and your monkey-mind has got you all off track. Mars demands that you know who you are and what you want, and is the Divine Masculine part of you, which is supposed to hold good boundaries, protect you and negotiate on your behalf in the world. If you know something that you are not acting on, this can be frustrating. If you are acting in ways that are not allowing you to think things through, this too can cause accidents, problems and delays. It is best to pull in until you are clear. And also keep in mind, you may not be out of alignment in the above ways, but those around you may be and will likely have no context for what they are feeling and therefore, become indiscriminate with their choices & actions.
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.