January 27 – Daily Feast
Habit has its beginnings in thought. Whatever becomes second nature to us has first caught on in our thinking – only to operate, in time, without thinking at all. Breaking with deeply ingrained addictions is something else again. Since we were old enough to understand we have been bent to a certain thought, molded to act and react until we follow through habitually. If what we did gave us comfort or made us feel good, we did it again. We have to fight habit with habit, deliberately changing one thought, one action, for another. If we simply try to remove a habit without filling the vacuum, we are opening the door for more and worse to come in. It is harder when we let thought drift back to remember how we were comforted. There is more than one comfort, more than one joy in forming a new habit.
~ We bury them from sight forever and plant again the Tree. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
October 29 – Daily Feast
Something new is always an exciting prospect. It can be anything that changes the face of daily life and brings it into a new pattern that makes us feel better. Drudgery can take over our thinking and then our actions. Sticking too close to one routine and never having a change is an obvious sign we are heading for drudgery. If renewal is to come there must be change – even if it is to walk a short distance, talk to someone out of the ordinary, and do something for someone. These things sound simplistic but if they turn our thinking to more creativity or more relaxation, it is worth doing.
~ I felt that I was leaving all that I had but I did not cry. ~
OLLOKOT – NEZ PERCE
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 15
“All of us begin to rethink what is good about ourselves – put the past where it belongs – and get on with the possibilities of the present!”
–Howard Rainer, TAOS PUEBLO-CREEK
There is a saying, you move toward and become that which you think about. So the question for today is, what are you thinking about? Are you thinking bad things about yourself or are you thinking good things about yourself? Are you thinking about a worldly life? Are you thinking good things about people or are you gossiping about people? Are you focusing on past things or are you living in the future? We need to bring our thoughts into the NOW, right here.
Great Spirit, let me experience living in the present moment.
We want to be practical today, but still may confuse reality with our desires. Although attractive Venus enters precise Virgo this morning, our perceptions aren’t necessarily accurate because she opposes imaginative Neptune, creating a heightened state of fantasy. We are drawn to experiences beyond the physical now, including music, poetry and the magic of nature. Meanwhile, the sensual Taurus Moon pulls us out of our heads and into our bodies.
Often you know exactly what you want in love and you’re ready to go for it. Now, however, your desires are not as clear. You tend to idealize your attractions today, which is a lot of fun as long as you don’t try to relate them directly to reality. Too many concrete expectations could hinder your current journey. If, however, you can go with the flow, it may reward you with a very beautiful experience that has long-lasting consequences.
You may read an emotional situation incorrectly today if you aren’t paying extra careful attention to what’s going on. There might be some confusion with respect to your feelings about a developing relationship. However, allowing your thoughts to meander around in the realms of possibility is an enjoyable distraction that doesn’t necessarily lead to satisfaction. Instead, focus on the most immediate issues in order to get the train back on the reality track.
Although you may believe that you expressed your needs clearly, others won’t necessarily understand you now. Your words are easily misconstrued because you don’t think it’s necessary to explain the obvious. However, you can be much more convincing if you take the time to unfold your story methodically. Hold on to your dreams, but keep your feet firmly planted on the ground.
Your schedule can get messed up today because you don’t allow enough time for everything that needs to be accomplished. You may not be as prepared as you prefer now because other people aren’t sharing their expectations with you. Instead of muddling your way through the day in uncertainty, ask concrete questions. Your friends and associates might surprise you with their down-to-earth answers that can save your day.
You feel extra close to your dreams today, but you may be living in a bubble of fantasies no matter how clearly you’ve been thinking. Facts are shaded by your thoughts and feelings now, and it’s tricky to separate objective perceptions from subjective opinions. Thankfully, the potential for creating meaning in your life grows stronger when your intuitive visions are integrated into reality.
Normally, you excel at managing the details of a complex project and keeping them in order. However, you may be wiser to save the critical thinking for another day. Cut yourself some slack today and give yourself permission to space out, instead of trying to limit your thoughts. Your imagination is your greatest asset now; don’t be afraid to use it.
You’re feeling a bit more introspective than usual today as your key planet Venus enters your 12th House of Privacy. If you must spend the day with others, you can still withdraw into your imagination while appearing as socially astute as ever. Balancing your previous obligations with your current need to be alone might be tricky unless you’re willing to keep one foot in each world.
You may have very particular ideas about activities you want to share with your friends now, but your work might not give you the freedom you need. You are not one to run out on your responsibilities, yet you can rearrange your schedule and finish up your work early today without negatively impacting anyone else. Following through on your word is important, but so is pursuing your dreams.
Conditions on the home front can be confusing, but they aren’t your biggest problem now. Things are not as they appear to be and it’s difficult for you to gauge the relative importance of a particular thought. Taking a simple idea and turning it into an overly complicated strategy doesn’t make it any more effective. Misunderstandings that come to light in the next few days will make you glad that you strive for simplicity today.
You could be feeling a bit confused if you cannot control your desires now, and they could pull you away from your previous commitments. There are days when you can build the road as well as travel along it. However, today is meant for exploring territories that are off the beaten track. Give yourself permission to wander around, knowing that you’ll be back on the highway and heading toward your destination again in just a few days.
You may think you know exactly what you want and how you’re going to get it, but this confidence isn’t what you’re projecting today. People can see a gentler side of you as your hidden emotional softness slips through the cracks in the walls of your defenses. Instead of fighting it, consciously let others inside your otherwise impenetrable walls. Vulnerability is your strength now, not a weakness.
Today you might fall in love with a beautiful person, a spiritual teacher or a fleeting vision. Unfortunately, it’s currently difficult to tell the difference between reality and fantasy. Nevertheless, fact and fiction can morph into a magical moment that opens your heart. Don’t try to figure out what’s happening now; just enjoy the experience. Untangle the threads in the tapestry of life on another day when things make more sense.
New Moon Report
by Jeff Jawer
Mercury in Virgo
Friday, August 31, 7:33 pm PDT, 10:33 pm EDT
Cerebral Mercury’s entry into its earthy home sign favors us with critical thinking. However, the precise speech and practicality of this event won’t be evident until the messenger planet passes its opposition to impressionistic Neptune on September 1. Once that slippery spot has been transited, minds will begin to gain traction required for managing complex tasks with clarity and efficiency.
Focus on results
Progress comes when you focus on results. Progress happens when you visualize the results you desire, when you expect those results, and then work to make them happen.
Focus on results, and you can figure out how to bring them about. Focus on results, and you have a way to know, in each and every step, whether or not you’re making progress.
Good intentions are nice, and sophisticated methods are impressive. What really count, though, are the end results.
Any effort you undertake will use your precious time and resources. Make sure you get the most value in return by staying focused on the results.
Don’t allow yourself to remain stuck in mediocrity. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re doing great when you’re really doing not much at all.
Clearly and specifically define the results you seek, measure your progress, and weigh each action, each effort, accordingly. Focus on results and you’ll get the very best ones.
— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator
We think that more data brings us closer to the truth today, but it’s challenging to synthesize all the information. Clever Mercury in noisy Gemini enables us to handle the overload, even if there are unresolved contradictions. However, Mercury’s conflicting square with surreal Neptune fuzzes out facts while the sensitive Cancer Moon encourages intuition over analysis. Clarity begins to return as the Moon slips into expressive Leo at 6:11 pm EDT.
Sometimes you’re so confident that you have absolute faith in a wildly unrealistic idea. Ironically, reality seems to encourage you to turn up your volume even higher now. Be careful; if you’re in need of a reality check, someone may come along and pull the plug to teach you a lesson. Instead of responding defensively today, be quiet and pay attention to your own feelings. Rushing off to start another project will only distract you from what you need to learn in the present moment.
You may struggle with your self-esteem today, especially if you receive mixed messages about your work from your boss. You aren’t clear about what is expected of you and you might just want to sidestep the whole issue. However, it’s healthier to talk about your concerns with coworkers or friends. Once you make some sense out of the situation you’ll be able to keep moving forward.
Your current indecision is a symptom of a deep uncertainty about your goals. You may be quite confused, yet others cannot see the crossed signals you’re receiving from within your own subconscious. Pretending that you have answers will only alienate you further from those who could be allies now. Find the courage to be honest today; revealing your vulnerability to a trusted friend can be a catalyst to deepen a relationship and bring clarity back into your life.
You feel a flood of powerful emotions washing over you today with the Moon back in your watery sign. The waves of feeling are strong enough to take you for a ride, whether or not you’re a willing passenger. There is nothing to be gained by fighting the currents or trying to control your changing moods. Go with the flow, allowing the tides to take you where they will.
Although you might be sparkling on the surface, there’s something brewing today underneath your apparent display of warmth. Your insecurities are gnawing at you from within and they just won’t leave you alone now. Your sixth sense tells you that something is preventing you from living up to your potential, yet you cannot quite put your finger on where this feeling is coming from. Don’t run from the truth; seek clarity by practicing meditation or engaging in a deep discussion with a close friend.
You are the Champion of Critical Thinking, but it may not feel that way to you now. You like everything in neat and tidy compartments (even within your mind). However, conflicting thoughts draw you back and forth, making it difficult to find resolution to important matters today. Your mind is like a camera that won’t focus sharply and the picture remains blurry no matter how you alter your perspective. No struggle is needed; free your imagination from all the rules for just one day and relax.
You have lots of good ideas about something exciting that you want to do, but it’s difficult for a plan to get traction at this time. You can feel the inner tension as you try to resolve a conflict between your hypersensitive feelings and the overall situation at work. You may be called on to nurture someone who you secretly think should be taking care of his or her own business. But you might choose to ride to the rescue now, even if you must temporarily put your needs on hold.
The watery Cancer Moon instinctively feels comforting, giving you permission to muck about in the feeling realms today. You’re like a beautiful rhino, enjoying playtime in the swamp. You can bask in the added intensity of today’s experiences, but they lose something in the translation when you try to share them with others. There’s nothing wrong with keeping some secrets to yourself until the Sun comes out tomorrow.
It’s frustrating that you cannot easily resolve an emotional conflict today. Your feelings are tugging at your pants leg like the proverbial persistent puppy trying to tell you something important. Nevertheless, your resistance is wearing down and you’re more willing to compromise now. Just make sure you’re not giving in to avoid the truth. Keep in mind that your desires won’t really fade until you take the time to acknowledge them.
Sometimes you must drop what you are doing and place another person’s agenda ahead of yours. Someone may reveal an emotional dilemma today that requires you to jump in and engage your feelings, even though they aren’t very practical. Don’t worry about solving anyone’s problems now; you can be a good friend simply by showing up and responding in the present moment.
Radical ideas are popping into awareness today faster than you can deal with them. You’re more inventive and clever now, but some of your brilliant ideas might not hit the nail right on the head. Letting go of the craziest thoughts that would rightly be criticized by others is a good way to minimize the noise so you can focus on what’s most important.
Mercury the Communicator is stressing your key planet Neptune, and you may feel like you are looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. Everything appears tinted by your imagination, as if you’re seeing things through a filter that blurs difficult perceptions. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that they’re non-existent. Ask a friend for a reality check if something looks particularly amazing or terribly bad. Remember that what you see today is not what you get