The Daily Horoscopes for Friday, November 22

Although the days might be cooling off, our enthusiasm is firing up. We’re more optimistic about the future now that the radiant Sun is traveling through confident Sagittarius. We want to take care of those we love since the Moon is in nurturing Cancer, and her shift into generous Leo at 6:56 pm EST warms our hearts. Although good news may have us looking up, paying attention to feelings that lurk in the shadows further enriches our lives.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

The current shift in your awareness is noticeable today as the Sun begins its visit to your 9th House of Adventure. The thought of doing something exciting makes you smile, although you may not be able to turn your most exotic ideas into a concrete plan. Ultimately, you need to find new ways to express your freedom, so don’t be too eager now to surrender it without gaining something in return.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Relationships grow more complicated as the Sun makes its way through your 8th House of Deep Sharing. You want real intimacy now, and may not be as willing to remain with someone just because it’s safe. Even if security is important to you, don’t take the easy way out. It’s not worth sacrificing your needs just so you can be with someone. Being true to yourself now will make you a better partner in the long run.

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You may be more willing to open up your heart and share your feelings with a special friend now that the warming rays of the Sun are shining in your 7th House of Partners. Thankfully, others will be quite receptive to your overtures these days. You could be pleasantly surprised that you can find happiness once you remember to express yourself freely without worry or fear of what anyone else might think.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You might have withdrawn a bit over the past couple of days, yet your interactions with others may become much more interesting now. Although your feelings could trigger childhood memories, it’s still important to distinguish what happened in your past from the current situation. Allow yourself the chance to connect emotionally with someone you trust to help you through the process. Experiencing give and take in the present moment can greatly enrich your journey.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are stepping into a fun-filled phase when your life lightens up and you want to express yourself in a more playful manner. Even if it’s challenging to find the satisfaction you’re seeking, you still might be willing to move forward with anticipation now, rather than close down in fear. It’s certainly more pleasurable to be with those you love than spending your time alone wishing for company. Take a chance and invite someone to join you for a memorable experience.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You are not all that interested in overdoing anything, for self-discipline typically comes easily to you. However, today you may need to manage a new set of issues around your current responsibilities and your desire to spend time with your family. Even if you wish you could let your work slide, you still must follow through on what you started prior to partaking in any relaxation or recreation. Meeting your obligations first allows you to have guilt-free playtime later on.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You don’t mind being so busy now, but it isn’t a smart idea to equate too much activity with happiness. It’s challenging to know what is enough or when to stop, and you could exhaust yourself before realizing that you can’t keep up with all that you started. Even if your weekend calendar is already set, don’t be afraid to cut back on your schedule. It’s better to have more free time than not have enough time to do what you want. There’s a healthy balance between pleasing others and pleasing yourself.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You have had some intense experiences recently and thankfully are at the threshold of a more relaxing phase now. Instead of continuing to dig deeper into your feelings, today is a good day to stabilize a current situation. Fortunately, this change of attitude can also be a relief to the people closest to you. Your newfound confidence could have you spending too much money these days, so keep an eye on your resources to make sure you’re using them wisely.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

It’s a smart idea to consciously make use of your birthday month by taking the time to do those things you have set aside because responsibilities called you elsewhere. The bright beams of the Sun shifted into your sign last night, bringing you good luck, new opportunities and exciting adventures. Do what you do best; inspire others by living your life to the fullest.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Concentrating on your work is nearly impossible today because your thoughts are already focusing on the weekend once the Sun shifts into your 12th House of Imagination, encouraging your fantasies to take flight. Your mind is bouncing around all over the place and there doesn’t seem to be much you can do to stop it. Instead of resisting the temptation or denying your intuition, give yourself permission to follow your daydreams and see where they lead.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You may receive much-needed support now that the Sun is pushing through your 11th House of Friends. Nevertheless, the dramatic Leo Moon reminds you of just how bored you become if you can’t break free from your everyday routine. You are more interested in pursuing creative activities now than showing up for your regular tasks. Be thankful that others are there for you, but don’t expect them to help you escape from whatever responsibilities that could be holding you back. If you must show your rebellious nature, be prepared to pursue your dreams on your own.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You could stir up all kinds of trouble today, especially if you start more projects than you can possibly finish. Your smartest approach is to avoid overload and pare back your commitments as much as possible. Don’t wait until others have become fully dependent upon you, for it will be more difficult to make changes once they do. However, there’s no reason to eliminate all pleasurable activities or you will likely have regrets later on. Find a way to have some fun without turning your life upside down.

Your I Ching Hexagram for Jan. 4th is 41: Decrease

41: Decrease

Friday, Jan 4th, 2013

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Increase and decrease are part of the natural cycle of life. As spiritual author long ago put it, ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.’ Like a reservoir that is being used to irrigate the fields, learning to accept a decrease in position or material possessions is part of preparing for increase in the future.

We may live in materialistic times, but there is no disgrace in material decrease, particularly if it represents an investment in future gain — even if that gain be in the form of one’s education or the development of personal character. Likewise, the inner strength that comes from bearing loss can be balanced by a corresponding increase in inner strength and insight — as in the expression ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ When letting go of attachment and personal demands leads to a greater simplicity in daily life, good fortune often comes calling.

In nature, the lake evaporates to form the clouds that drop the rain that nurtures the surrounding forest. As the forest grows thick, more rain is captured for the lake. Similarly, an ‘evaporation’ or decrease in one area of your life, may give rise to an eventual increase in another. A loss of responsibility at work can mean more free time; more free time may generate more career options. A period of decrease is not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, it can free the spirit and fill the soul.

Be mindful of the lesson of young lovers: even with a minimum of possessions, feelings of the heart can bring an unsurpassed richness to life. The smallest of actions, if sincere, have value. So remain confident, for a time of decrease may actually bode good fortune, especially if you remain open to that possibility.

Let go of frustration, resistance and regret over whatever may be going down at this time. Accept the cycle, and remember what goes down must come up.

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for December 7 is 41: Decrease

41: Decrease

Friday, Dec 7th, 2012

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Increase and decrease are part of the natural cycle of life. As spiritual author long ago put it, ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.’ Like a reservoir that is being used to irrigate the fields, learning to accept a decrease in position or material possessions is part of preparing for increase in the future.

We may live in materialistic times, but there is no disgrace in material decrease, particularly if it represents an investment in future gain — even if that gain be in the form of one’s education or the development of personal character. Likewise, the inner strength that comes from bearing loss can be balanced by a corresponding increase in inner strength and insight — as in the expression ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ When letting go of attachment and personal demands leads to a greater simplicity in daily life, good fortune often comes calling.

In nature, the lake evaporates to form the clouds that drop the rain that nurtures the surrounding forest. As the forest grows thick, more rain is captured for the lake. Similarly, an ‘evaporation’ or decrease in one area of your life, may give rise to an eventual increase in another. A loss of responsibility at work can mean more free time; more free time may generate more career options. A period of decrease is not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, it can free the spirit and fill the soul.

Be mindful of the lesson of young lovers: even with a minimum of possessions, feelings of the heart can bring an unsurpassed richness to life. The smallest of actions, if sincere, have value. So remain confident, for a time of decrease may actually bode good fortune, especially if you remain open to that possibility.

Let go of frustration, resistance and regret over whatever may be going down at this time. Accept the cycle, and remember what goes down must come up.

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for October 4 is 41: Decrease

41: Decrease

Hexagram 41

General Meaning:  Increase and decrease are part of the natural cycle of life. As spiritual author long ago put it, ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.’ Like a reservoir that is being used to irrigate the fields, learning to accept a decrease in position or material possessions is part of preparing for increase in the future.

We may live in materialistic times, but there is no disgrace in material decrease, particularly if it represents an investment in future gain — even if that gain be in the form of one’s education or the development of personal character. Likewise, the inner strength that comes from bearing loss can be balanced by a corresponding increase in inner strength and insight — as in the expression ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ When letting go of attachment and personal demands leads to a greater simplicity in daily life, good fortune often comes calling.

In nature, the lake evaporates to form the clouds that drop the rain that nurtures the surrounding forest. As the forest grows thick, more rain is captured for the lake. Similarly, an ‘evaporation’ or decrease in one area of your life, may give rise to an eventual increase in another. A loss of responsibility at work can mean more free time; more free time may generate more career options. A period of decrease is not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, it can free the spirit and fill the soul.

Be mindful of the lesson of young lovers: even with a minimum of possessions, feelings of the heart can bring an unsurpassed richness to life. The smallest of actions, if sincere, have value. So remain confident, for a time of decrease may actually bode good fortune, especially if you remain open to that possibility.

Let go of frustration, resistance and regret over whatever may be going down at this time. Accept the cycle, and remember what goes down must come up.

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’ for April 29th

‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

Leisure – what is it? It is that beautiful something that escapes us most of the time. Leisure, like most everything else, can be found if we truly want it. We seem to have the ability to do most of what we set our minds to do, and the less important things can be set aside for this particular thing.

We get pretty stale when we never take time to relax. A few hours of getting away from even a beloved madhouse will make a new human being out of a bundle of nerves.

Pursuit of leisure is to lose it. We can’t suddenly say that the next five minutes will be for complete relaxation. It takes that long to begin to unwind. Gaiety and rhythm and frivolity are shunned by most minds. But if there are none of these, even in the smallest amounts, then leisure is more of a restless shuffling – like a night out with no place to go.

We need to exercise our minds a little to achieve any goal, and leisure is definitely a goal!

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Daily OM for March 13th – A Good Turn Daily

A Good Turn Daily
Helping the World Every Day

 

 

We can all vow to make the world a better place one day at a time by being our true authentic selves. 

Each of us is more than capable of helping the world, despite our fears and limitations and the uncertainty that holds us back. It is commonly accepted that it is impossible to make a difference without unlimited funding or free time, yet most healing, cleansing, and spreading of joy is accomplished in a matter of minutes. If we vow to make the world a better place one day at a time, the true significance of small good deeds reveals itself to us. We come to see that we can be of service without dedicating our lives to recognized charities or giving up the pleasures we enjoy. The warmth we feel when we help the world is only a tiny part of the affirmative transformations that take place when we make altruism a part of everyday existence.

We make our homes, workplaces, communities, and countries better and brighter when we think positive thoughts that echo outward, give donations of time or money, smile at everyone we meet, and lend those in need of aid our assistance. As we learn, we inadvertently improve the universe because we can only be truly involved when we are informed. Even enthusiastically sharing ideas with others generates positive energy that then serves as the motivation for more tangible change. Selfless and helpful deeds remind us that we exercise some degree of control over a world that can seem chaotic at times. Even the smallest of such deeds is a demonstration of the fact that we are capable of changing the world in a positive way. So much negative energy is generated by the suffering, pain, and close-mindedness we are regularly exposed to, but we can counteract it in a constructive way by thinking and acting altruistically when opportunities to do so arise.

Helping the world often takes no more than a moment, just a wish for the world is a beautiful gesture and can be done by even the busiest of people effortlessly. The gift you give each day need not be grand or attention-worthy because the broader benefits are the same no matter the literal repercussions. Once a day, you can affect reality, and you can reap the rewards of knowing that you are making the world a better place, day by day.

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for July 14th is 41:Decrease

41: Decrease

Hexagram 41
 
General Meaning: Increase and decrease are part of the natural cycle of life. As spiritual author long ago put it, ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.’ Like a reservoir that is being used to irrigate the fields, learning to accept a decrease in position or material possessions is part of preparing for increase in the future.

We may live in materialistic times, but there is no disgrace in material decrease, particularly if it represents an investment in future gain — even if that gain be in the form of one’s education or the development of personal character. Likewise, the inner strength that comes from bearing loss can be balanced by a corresponding increase in inner strength and insight — as in the expression ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ When letting go of attachment and personal demands leads to a greater simplicity in daily life, good fortune often comes calling.

In nature, the lake evaporates to form the clouds that drop the rain that nurtures the surrounding forest. As the forest grows thick, more rain is captured for the lake. Similarly, an ‘evaporation’ or decrease in one area of your life, may give rise to an eventual increase in another. A loss of responsibility at work can mean more free time; more free time may generate more career options. A period of decrease is not necessarily a bad thing; in fact, it can free the spirit and fill the soul.

Be mindful of the lesson of young lovers: even with a minimum of possessions, feelings of the heart can bring an unsurpassed richness to life. The smallest of actions, if sincere, have value. So remain confident, for a time of decrease may actually bode good fortune, especially if you remain open to that possibility.

Let go of frustration, resistance and regret over whatever may be going down at this time. Accept the cycle, and remember what goes down must come up.

Quiz: Does Clutter Control You?

Is there a stack of mail teetering toward a disaster on your counter? Do you have stacks of magazines from the 1980s that you haven’t looked at since? Find your clutter quotient with this quiz from Unclutter Your Home (Storey Publishing, 1999) by Donna Smallin.

Choose a number between 1 and 4 that best describes your response to each of the following statements.

1: Never or almost never.
2: Sometimes.
3: Usually.
4: All the time.

Then add them up and see how you score below.

1. When I have free time I like to shop.
2. I keep bills, bank statements and other mail in piles, until I have time to file.
3. I have more than 10 plastic bags in my house.
4. I save magazines with interesting articles/recipes.
5. When I look around, I get tired just thinking about what it will take to unclutter my home.
6. I have two or more craft projects going on at any one time.
7. My house may look messy to some people, but I know where to find everything.
8. If someone stops by unexpectedly, I try to avoid letting them in.
9. I leave things out so I know where they are or as a reminder to myself.
10. Time keeps me from getting or being organized.
11. When it comes to clutter, I think, “Why bother? It will just get cluttered again.”
12. I can’t bear to part with things and I consider myself a pack rat.
13. The stress level in our house is directly related to the clutter level.

Next: How did you score?

Rating Your Answers
44 to 52: is indicative of a clutter problem that’s been building for some time. You are in need of some serious clutter-busting!
35 to 43: Your clutter problem is likely growing worse with eash passing year and will continue to do so unless you do something about it.
26 to 34: You have the potential to develop a clutter problem, but you also have the power to change a few old habits.
17 to 25: You may be simply, temporarily disorganized.
Less than 17: Congratulations on controlling your clutter. rather than letting it control you.