Sagittarian Dreams – Bright possibilities emerge with the Sun in Sagittarius

Sagittarian Dreams

Bright possibilities emerge with the Sun in Sagittarius

Jeff Jawer   Jeff Jawer on the topics of sun, sagittarius, astrology

The Sun shifts from deep-feeling Scorpio to farseeing Sagittarius on November 21, marking a turn away from the reflective side of emotions and toward a dynamic expression of our aspirations.

Scorpio is a glass-half-empty zodiac sign that tends to combine concerns from the past and pressures of the present to interpret life as a struggle. Sagittarius, on the other hand, is able to ignore yesterday — and in some cases even the present — to project hope forward to a more desirable future.

The likelihood for fulfillment grows

Transforming Scorpio-style fears into Sagittarian dreams doesn’t happen automatically, though. Even if the shifting cosmic tides start flowing in an optimistic direction, we’re as likely to get lost in them as we are to find the happiness that we seek. Yet when we do Scorpio’s work of diving into our desires, assessing our resources and establishing priorities, the likelihood of achieving fulfillment grows.

This is not a process of denying doubts and fears, but one of examining them, determining which, if any, are useful, and letting go of those that have outlived their usefulness. Eliminating these negatives seems like it should be easy, yet we often are so identified with our wounds that we resist releasing them and turning our lives in a new direction. So much of who we think we are is enmeshed in a sense of limits where even the most consciously desirable freedoms are often resisted.

Do your dreams have a chance of coming true?

Refusing to look forward and dive into the future is only one way we hold back the tides of change. Another way to ensure our lives stay the same is to invest in dreams that have little likelihood of turning into reality. The potential to get lost in clouds of illusion is common with the Sun in Sagittarius, especially this week, when it squares nebulous Neptune on Sunday. This is an indirect and usually unconscious way to undermine progress, because the reward for failing to advance is getting to stay where we are.

A secret to bringing Sagittarian visions down from the clouds is to use the concentrated powers of Scorpio. The focus and determination of the latter cuts through the promises of the former, tapping into the essence of our aspirations. Scorpio is not about what we like; it’s about what we absolutely need. When a dream goes from being a vague hope to a detailed picture of desire, it finds the soil in which it can take root. The obstacles that stand in the way of achieving our goals are broken down by the intense commitment and drive that’s at the heart of Scorpio.

Look back with courage and forward with faith

When we think about the future, we usually don’t want to look back. Yet when we use the model of the zodiac sign preceding the one that we’re in, we will often determine whether we advance, stay stuck or regress. The promises of Sagittarius grow from the depths of Scorpio, and it will draw sustenance from the hunger or struggle it represents.

This reminds us that there’s little value in drawing a line between positive and negative, as they are essential parts of one another. The alchemy of achievement is created when both the faith to look forward and the courage to look back are a stirred together in the pot of possibility.

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Today's I Ching Hexagram for Aug. 22nd is 53: A Steady Pace

53: A Steady Pace

Thursday, Aug 22nd, 2013

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Like an ancient old-growth forest — where the subtle play of light, texture and shadows is the product of a process measured in centuries and inches — most things of lasting value develop gradually, at their own pace. The ability to learn from experience — one of humanity’s greatest capacities — implies constant yet gradual progress. The combination of stillness within and determination without are the essence of this dynamic. Good things sometimes sprout quickly; the truly delightful take much longer.

The principle of gradual development applies also to human relationships. For love and marriage or any important partnership to endure, progress must be slow but steady: slow enough to allow for the bonds to knit properly; steady enough to keep moving in the right direction.

You can’t expect to have everything all at once. Development must be allowed to take its proper course and allotted time; events must neither be rushed nor manipulated, but allowed to unfold naturally. In this way, you will come to enjoy long-lasting relationships and achieve success.

Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, August 21

The possibilities before us seem greater than ever, but with the potential also comes complexity. A powerful square between buoyant Jupiter and unpredictable Uranus — a pattern that lasts through next April — provokes extreme action and offers major rewards for bold behavior. However, the Moon slips into fuzzy Pisces at 12:43 am EDT, tempting us to question our optimism. Imagination is a two-way street that can lead to doubt or confidence.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You are often the one who races ahead to achieve an early advantage. Now, however, it’s wise to practice patience on every level. Don’t let your imagination run away with a practical idea. Impulsive action can lessen your chances for success, even if everything looks good at first. Slowing down to a pace that you can sustain ultimately improves your odds of cashing in on the current opportunities.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

There may be such a high level of uncertainty in your life now that you overcompensate by clinging to the status quo. Paradoxically, it’s not that you want to hold onto the past; you really do crave change, but might be apprehensive about losing control of the process. Fortunately, you can remain open to the potential growth without jumping off a cliff. Don’t let fear stand in the way of the amazing possibilities that could be waiting just around the next corner if you have the courage to go there

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You like to keep your options open, especially when the choices look so promising. Happily, your future is not set in stone; there are a variety of alternatives to explore now. However, dreaming about each one could get in the way of actually choosing your path. Don’t be overly concerned that you might pick the wrong way; anything that allows you to continue your journey is better than staying in one place.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Your career may take an unexpected turn now, leading you in an exciting new direction. But the changes could be significant enough that they take several months to play on through. Nevertheless, your upbeat attitude can motivate others at work today. Ironically, it’s your current optimism that might inspire someone to offer you an exciting opportunity that ultimately gives you more freedom while bringing the recognition you deserve.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Lately you can’t stop dreaming about an amazing vacation to an exotic destination. Unfortunately, you might not be able to drop everything in your life and hop a plane for your great escape. But happiness is not as far away as you think. Seek satisfaction where you are, rather than where you wish you were heading. Luckily, you are fully capable of enjoying the present moment even with the unrealized wonders of the future still in front of you.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Although you prefer relationships to be clearly defined, sometimes it’s best to leave things more open-ended. However, someone’s behavior may be exceptionally difficult to decipher today, even if you ask for clarification. But there’s no need to push too hard; ultimately, you have a better chance of getting what you want if you remain attentive to the signals that others are giving you. If you can’t figure out what’s going on, avoid the temptation to withdraw. An honest dialogue enables you to create something that works for both of you.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You are envisioning your rise to success now, but may be rather impractical about what to do next. Although you might have moments of doubt throughout the day, you can’t help but see the brighter side of every situation now. A positive outlook is healthy, but not if you ignore the facts. Aim high when setting your goals, but be realistic when making choices.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You’re not interested in becoming entangled in other people’s emotional dramas these days because you are more intrigued with the idea of exploring your own imagination. The complexities of interpersonal relationships may distract you from your current creative efforts. Even if you love someone enough to offer the help they need, you still must face the limitations of your time. Take care of yourself first or you won’t have much to give to anyone else

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You may not be in complete control of your feelings, yet you’re willing to let go and follow the emotional flow wherever it leads. You want to take things seriously, but it might be more important now to pursue the fun things in life. Even if you attempt to adopt a more somber attitude, you could end up frustrated if you try too hard. Fortunately, going along with your imagination today is the best way to realize your creative potential.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your world is full of surprises today, but you might be resistant to them. You want to feel as if you can control the circumstances, but other people’s optimism pulls you out of your safety zone and encourages you to think about possibilities beyond your normal scope. However, there are treasures waiting to be discovered if you have the courage to take a step into the unknown.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Entertaining daydreams about material wealth might motivate you to apply yourself diligently on the job. But unrealistic fantasies about get-rich schemes could distract you from more important work today. Giving yourself permission to think about the potential is healthy if you follow through with concrete actions. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Taking small steps toward a lofty goal is better than taking giant steps toward a more modest one.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may feel affectionate today and willing to express what’s in your heart, even if it means being vulnerable. However, it’s not a good idea to pretend that everything is okay if it really isn’t or you’ll end up wasting energy making up for lost time. Explore all your options but don’t slip into denial. You can manifest your dreams if you focus on the right ones.

Your I Ching Hexagram for January 12th is 22: Grace and Beauty

22: Grace and Beauty

Saturday, Jan 12th, 2013

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A splashy sunset bathes the mountains in a soft radiance; the light of a full moon dances on the surface of a rippling river. Grace and beauty adorn the natural world. Grace is not an all-powerful force, nor is it the essential or fundamental thing. By itself, it is form without content. Grace is moonlight on water, not the sunlight at noon. Yet grace brings artistic expression into the world, and enhances the quality of our lives.

In the arts, grace arises out of adherence to form: the dancer becoming the form of the dance, the musician giving life to the form of a musical score, the painter becoming one with the brush and canvas. In human affairs, grace is also aligned with form — with mastery of aesthetic and cultural patterns honed by time and honored by tradition. Through appreciation of graceful customs in human relationships we apprehend the pure beauty of the ideal, of life raised above the mere struggle for survival.

Possession of grace, like the bearing of a beautiful gift to a wedding, can add stature to those in humble positions. Take care to lend grace and dignity even to small happenings, while giving the weight of deep and careful consideration to matters of greater consequence. Though it should not be confused with true substance, an artistic flair can take one far in this world.

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Nov. 29th is 22: Grace and Beauty

22: Grace and Beauty

Thursday, Nov 29th, 2012

A splashy sunset bathes the mountains in a soft radiance; the light of a full moon dances on the surface of a rippling river. Grace and beauty adorn the natural world. Grace is not an all-powerful force, nor is it the essential or fundamental thing. By itself, it is form without content. Grace is moonlight on water, not the sunlight at noon. Yet grace brings artistic expression into the world, and enhances the quality of our lives.

In the arts, grace arises out of adherence to form: the dancer becoming the form of the dance, the musician giving life to the form of a musical score, the painter becoming one with the brush and canvas. In human affairs, grace is also aligned with form — with mastery of aesthetic and cultural patterns honed by time and honored by tradition. Through appreciation of graceful customs in human relationships we apprehend the pure beauty of the ideal, of life raised above the mere struggle for survival.

Possession of grace, like the bearing of a beautiful gift to a wedding, can add stature to those in humble positions. Take care to lend grace and dignity even to small happenings, while giving the weight of deep and careful consideration to matters of greater consequence. Though it should not be confused with true substance, an artistic flair can take one far in this world.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, November 20

We may think that we know what we want, but could grow confused midday by our own dreams and fears. The day starts with a clever Aquarius Moon but her shift into compassionate Pisces at 11:54 am EST replaces intellect with intuition. Our emotions deepen, putting us in closer touch with our subconscious desires. The Moon’s afternoon conjunction with spiritual Neptune is countered by her harmonious trine to practical Saturn later this evening.

 

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Your feelings are a bit fuzzy today and every time you dip in to test the emotional waters, you come back up with a different reading of what’s happening. You’re not happy about something now, but it’s difficult to put your finger on the source of your worries. Be courageous and share your concerns with someone you trust, even if you don’t know where the conversation may go.

 

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Just as the truth begins to dawn on you today, it slips away as if it isn’t ready to reveal itself yet. There are serious discussions that must take place first. Nevertheless, steer clear of the emotional landmines that might trigger conflicts about control and power. Listen to your instincts before expressing your heart.

 

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

It’s crucial to stay on top of the details today, especially at work. Little things can be buried in ways that make them seem less obvious, but they are more important than you realize. Don’t try anything underhanded, for your motives will be all too transparent. Too much information may be coming your way, but if you pay diligent attention now you should be able to put it all into place.

 

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Today the focus is not on your external world. You are in touch with a very wide range of emotions that have pulled you into the rapidly changing currents. You might feel as if you’re in over your head, but only if you dwell on the past too long. Supportive people are on your side now and will come to your rescue if you need it. Go ahead and explore the deep waters of your feelings; it’s much safer than you think.

 

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may feel stress as you attempt to balance your outward appearance with your inner feelings today. You have a natural tendency to act your way through a difficult situation, but now your inner voice is telling you not to sweep your emotions under the rug. Although it might not be time to shake everything up, you can feel the pressure building. Don’t rush the process; the time for change is near.

 

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Relationship issues intensify today as the Moon enters your 7th House of Others. You may be driven to deal with an uncomfortable feeling that has been brewing for quite some time. There are thoughts that you’ve been hiding just beneath your awareness, probably because they are inconvenient to bring out into the open. Whether it seems opportune or not, today just might be your day to come clean.

 

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You may be feeling dangerously close to an emotional meltdown and there doesn’t appear to be a quick fix to this uncomfortable situation. You want to tell it like it is today, but you might get discouraged when you consider the possible negative reactions you could receive. Don’t get stuck by your desire to make everyone feel at ease. Being honest is more important now than being nice.

 

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You are coming into another phase of powerful changes this week. You are no stranger to transformation, although at times it occurs very slowly. However, things are likely to move much quicker now. Nevertheless, don’t be lulled into inaction by today’s dreams of living on Easy Street. Take control of the current situation by setting goals and building momentum as time goes by.

 

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You may feel uncertain about your direction in life today, even if you think that all is well at first. You might be hurt by a situation that raises painful memories, so it’s crucial to realize what’s happening now is not the same as what happened in the past. Recognize your weak spots and take your time to uncover the origins of your emotions so that true healing can finally begin.

 

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Make an extra effort to share what’s on your mind today with friends or coworkers. You could be feeling more emotional than you’re letting on, which is often your style, but right now you have a perfect chance to reveal your softer side. Remember, vulnerability does not have to be a weakness. It takes a special kind of strength to be honest about your limitations.

 

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your recent run-in with your own irrationality begins to fade as your emotions finally settle down a bit. But just because the clouds are lifting now, don’t fool yourself into thinking that the issues are resolved. You would do well to reconsider your feelings of anger or resentment today. Perhaps you don’t need to do anything about them yet, but awareness is a good place to start.

 

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

A fog settles over the land this afternoon, making your logic unreliable as a navigational tool. You aren’t as certain about anything today. Although you can feel a rumbling beneath the surface, it’s not strong enough to be an earthquake. Finding your way can be tricky, but you don’t have a choice now. Trust your imagination while drawing the map that you need to reach your future destination.

Daily OM for November 19th – The Dance of Intimacy

The Dance of Intimacy

Coming Back to Center in a Relationship

by Madisyn Taylor

In a long-term relationship it is often necessary to get back to basics and come back to center with each other.

 

Anyone in a long-term relationship knows that the dance of intimacy involves coming together and moving apart. Early in a relationship, intense periods of closeness are important in order to establish the ground of a new union. Just as a sapling needs a lot more attention than a full-grown tree, budding relationships demand time and attention if they are to fully take root. Once they become more established, the individuals in the union begin to turn their attention outward again, to the other parts of their lives that matter, such as work, family, and friendships. This is natural and healthy. Yet, if a long-term relationship is to last, turning towards one another recurrently, with the same curiosity, attention, and nurturance of earlier times, is essential.

In a busy and demanding world full of obligations and opportunities, we sometimes lose track of our primary relationships, thinking they will tend to themselves. We may have the best intentions when we think about how nice it would be to surprise our partner with a gift or establish a weekly date night. Yet somehow, life gets in the way. We may think that our love is strong enough to survive without attention. Yet even mature trees need water and care if they are to thrive.

One of the best ways to nourish a relationship is through communication. If you feel that a distance has grown between you and your partner, you may be able to bridge the gap by sharing how you feel. Do your best to avoid blame and regret. Focus instead on the positive, which is the fact that you want to grow closer together. Sometimes, just acknowledging that there is distance between you has the effect of bringing the relationship into balance. In other cases, more intense effort and attention may be required. You may want to set aside time to talk and come up with solutions together. Remember to have compassion for each other. You’re in the same boat together and trying to maintain the right balance of space and togetherness to keep your relationship healthy and thriving. Express faith and confidence in each other, and enjoy the slow dance of intimacy that can resume between the two of you.

Daily OM

Daily OM for November 9th – Being Alone

Being Alone

A Relationship with Self

by Madisyn Taylor

By allowing ourselves to be comfortable with being alone, we can become the people with whom we want to have a relationship.

 

The most important relationship we have in our lives is with our selves. And even though we are the only ones who are present at every moment of our lives—from birth onward—this relationship can be the most difficult one to cultivate. This may be because society places such emphasis on the importance of being in a romantic partnership, even teaching us to set aside our own needs for the needs of another. Until we know ourselves, however, we cannot possibly choose the right relationship to support our mutual growth toward our highest potential. By allowing ourselves to be comfortable with being alone, we can become the people with whom we want to have a relationship.

Perhaps at no other time in history has it been possible for people to survive, and even thrive, while living alone. We can now support ourselves financially, socially, and emotionally without needing a spouse for survival in any of these realms. With this freedom, we can pursue our own interests and create fulfilling partnerships with friends, business partners, creative cohorts, and neighbors. Once we’ve satisfied our needs and created our support system, a mate then becomes someone with whom we can share the bounty of all we’ve created and the beauty we’ve discovered within ourselves.

As we move away from tradition and fall into more natural cycles of being in the world today, we may find that there are times where being alone nourishes us and other periods in which a partnership is best for our growth. We may need to learn to create spaces to be alone within relationships. When we can shift our expectations of our relationships with ourselves and others to opportunities for discovery, we open ourselves to forge new paths and encounter uncharted territory. Being willing to know and love ourselves, and to find what truly makes us feel deeply and strongly, gives us the advantage of being able to attract and choose the right people with whom to share ourselves, whether those relationships fall into recognizable roles or not. Choosing to enjoy being alone allows us to fully explore our most important relationship—the one with our true selves.

The Second REDE – The Web of Life

THE SECOND REDE – THE WEB OF LIFE

There shall ye assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet
have not won its deepest secrets; to these shall I teach things that
are as yet unknown.

Moondaughter taught us that the act of creation did not end when the Lady gave birth to the universe. Energy continuously generated by the loving union of the
Lord and Lady still radiates to every being, linking all things together in a
vast web.
According to Moondaughter, however, individual beings do not receive this energy
in isolation; it is through the web of relationships between beings that all
share in the energy of life. These relationships determine the character of
every being, and so by changing these relationships, we can change reality.

Magical Relationships

Changing relationships was the kind of magic Moondaughter most often recommended
to her students, especially in the early months of training when the focus was
upon changing the self. She urged her students to take conscious control of
their relationships with thoughtforms, and to make a magical act of their
interaction with others.

Thus she might advise a student troubled by self-doubt to cut off interaction
with doubts and thus deprive such thoughts of their energy. Or she might advise
a student to overcome dislike of a fellow student by making a magical ritual of
treating the other as a friend.

The psychological effects of such techniques are obvious — and not without
their dangers. But the effects of Moondaughter’s techniques were magical as well
as psychological, and under Moondaughter’s gentle guidance, students kept both
their magic and their psychology in balance.

For Moondaughter, the magic of psychological and interpersonal relationships was
just one example of a set of principles which equally applied to the
interdependence of the ecosystem and the invisible energies that we call magic.
In every case influencing the relevant relationships can cause change.

The Dangers of Magic

Moondaughter taught, however, that to exercise such influence one must oneself
enter into relationship with that which one would change. Since every
relationship alters for good or ill each being who is a party to it, every
spell, for better or worse, is a spell of self-transformation.

We were taught that in order to enter into a relationship with an other, we must
have certain elements in common with the other, and those common elements become
the initial basis of the relationship. I know of no magical system which does
not include operations which have the purpose of creating within the operator
herself those elements possessed by that force which she wishes to call upon, in
order that the resulting relationship will be strong enough to produce a
manifestation on the physical plane.

Since all beings are children of the same Parents, there is no other with whom
one has absolutely nothing in common, but the character of the relationship will
be influenced by the particular commonalties which exist. During the
relationship the two beings share elements, and so that commonalty which is the
basis of the relationship tends to expand.

Obviously this makes intercourse with demonic entities prohibitively costly, but
Moondaughter taught that the same principle is at work in physical world
relationships as well. Relationships, esoteric or mundane, change us.

Magical Correspondences

Moondaughter’s tradition, rooted as it was in rural life, made little use of the
more complex props and associations of ceremonial magic. Nevertheless, it seems
to me that her teachings on relationships explain well why ceremonialists should
make use of such associations.

Enhancing a working with the proper color, the proper incense, the proper day
and time, and a hundred other such correspondences increases the common elements
which form the basis of the worker’s link to the object of the ritual, and
greatly increases the worker’s link to the egregore of whichever tradition which
has handed down those particular associations. Likewise, Moondaughter’s
understanding of relationships would explain why clippings of hair or
fingernails, photographs, or objects closely associated with a person or place
could add power to a working.

Moondaughter’s tradition, however, made almost no use of such things. I believe
that, if I had been wise enough to question her about this, she would have said
that the Web of Life already connects us to every other being, and that the most
important common elements in any magical working are wholly within oneself.

Daily OM for July 12 – The Friend We Want to Be

The Friend We Want to Be

Evaluating Our Relationships

by Madisyn Taylor

Be the friend to others that you wish them to be to you.

 

There comes a time in all our lives when we may need to evaluate our relationships, making sure that they are having a positive effect on us, rather than dragging us down. Without realizing it, we may be spending precious time and energy engaging in friendships that let us down, rather than cultivating ones that support and nourish us along our path. Life, with its many twists, turns, and challenges, is difficult enough without us entertaining people in our inner circle who drain our energy. We can do so much more in this world when we are surrounded by people who understand what we’re trying to do and who positively support our efforts to walk our path.

We can begin this evaluation process by simply noticing how we feel in the context of each one of our close relationships. We may begin to see that an old friend is still carrying negative attitudes or ideas that we ourselves need to let go of in order to move forward. Or we may find that we have a long-term relationship with someone who has a habit of letting us down, or not showing up for us when we need support. There are many ways to go about changing the status quo in situations like this, having a heart to heart with our friend showing through example. This process isn’t so much about abandoning old friends as it is about shifting our relationships so that they support us on our journey rather than holding us back.

An important part of this process is looking at ourselves and noticing what kind of friend we are to the people in our lives. We might find that as we adjust our own approach to a relationship, challenging ourselves to be more supportive and positive, our friends make adjustments as well and the whole world benefits.