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 October 4 is 41: Decrease

41: Decrease

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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.

Life Lessons – How To Live Your Life Without Regrets

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How to Live Your Life Without Regrets

By Phylameana lila Desy

Everyone has made poor choices or done something in their past that could possibly be labeled as “regrettable.” But, think about it. The fact that you are now able to look back and realize that a mistake or mis-step occurred means you have learned a valuable lesson. Some of my choices may have landed me in unpleasant circumstances, but experiencing these things certainly built my current character. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for those character-building situations. Mistakes are stepping stones to an evolving life. No need for you to sink into regret or despair — keep your chin up.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: now and forever

Here’s How:

  1. Acknowledge a mistake has been made – It is easy to play the blame game, pointing fingers at someone else or circumstances as to why you have stumbled or why your life is difficult. Taking personal ownership that your past actions resulted in bringing about your current reality is the first step to moving past regrets and moving toward a brighter future.
  2. Make amends – If your past actions or words have harmed another person an apology may be in order. Or not, apologies can be tricky. Judge for yourself if an apology will help matters or only drudge up old wounds better left alone. But, definitely forgive yourself! Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. Continually berating yourself for past actions is self-defeating. Would you kick a dog while it was laying down? Of course not. Please don’t do this to yourself. Righting a wrong is not always feasible. If you feel badly about a past action you’ve taken that cannot be righted, forgive yourself, and let it go.
  3. Do-overs – Sometimes feelings of regret arise not from our past actions, but from our non-actions. Have you ever regretted not taking a vacation, staying stuck in a dead-end job, not attending college… or whatever? It may be too late to reverse those decisions, but you still have options. Some colleges offer free classes for seniors. You might not have the time, money, or physical endurance to travel, but you can rent movies or attend travelog showings about the regions you wish to learn more about. New opportunities are available around every corner if you just open your heart and follow your dreams.
  4. Be grateful – The most valuable lessons learned in life often come from the mistakes we make. It may take a walk down a dark alley to see clearly. Embrace your follies, feel gratitude for getting past the worst episodes and eventually finding your way along a less-cluttered path.
  5. Be careful not to repeat the same mistake – A skinned-knee teaches a small child not to run so fast. Slow-down. If you are repeatedly faced with similar difficulties over and over again, this is a sure bet that you have not learned the lessons these situations are trying to teach. Opportunity will surface only after you take responsibility for faulty actions taken and change your current and future behaviors accordingly.
  6. Be watchful of future knee-jerk reactions – This is probably the toughest step, not reacting negatively to situations or the people who tend to push your buttons. We don’t always have control over the things life tosses in front of us, but we do control our reactions. Stay calm. Introduce stress-management into your daily life. Meditation helps clear and focus the mind. Therapeutic play will help balance work-related stresses.
  7. Looking deeper inside – Re-evaluate the direction your life is taking. Have you accepted that your past mistakes are just that — in the past? Focus on today. Become aware of your future goals and desires. Setting clear intentions will help clear the path so that your life progresses with a freer heart and increased happiness. The best is yet to come! Believe it. 

Tips:

  1. Remember, nobody is perfect. Including yourself!
  2. Forgiveness is golden.
  3. Live for today. Yesterday was then.

 
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General Weekly Love Horoscope for the Week of Aug. 1st

Messages and moods may be mixed in relationships this week as passionate Mars turns cautious when entering protective Cancer on Wednesday. This energetic change is in stark contrast with vivacious Venus’ presence in outgoing Leo, which encourages taking romantic risks. Make sure your signals are clear so that others know when you want to play hard and when you want to play it safe.
 
 
Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Your passionate ruling planet Mars’ shift into sensitive Cancer softens your pursuit of romance this week. Instead of being the hard-charging, spontaneous type, you’re more likely to approach people with caution. You could be feeling a bit insecure, but this kind of vulnerability reduces your air of independence, allows you to receive support and makes you more accessible to others.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Your emotional temperature is on the rise this weekend with the Moon’s presence in mysterious Scorpio and your 7th House of Relationships on Friday and Saturday. The desire to connect in very deep ways is powerful, but so is your concern about being manipulated or controlled. A high level of trust needs to be established before you can comfortably open your heart and let others in.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Your personal life may be complicated by work and other responsibilities for most of the weekend. However, handing these obligations with total commitment can make you more attractive in a non-social setting. A lunar shift into risk-taking Sagittarius and your 7th House of Partners on Sunday supplies a spirit of adventure and openness, stretching your boundaries in playful ways.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Mars, the planet of action and aggression, enters your tender sign on Wednesday, which can spur you to be more active in pursuing your personal goals. If you’re feeling edgy, don’t complain, blame or stress out. Channel your excess energy into physical activity and doubts will quickly fade away. This confidence boost will make it easier to take the initiative with your present partner or make a move toward someone new.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Alluring Venus in your sign warms you with a newfound appreciation of yourself. But the enthusiasm that this inspires may not be expressed as boldly as you might expect. Aggressive Mars is hiding in your private 12th house, making it uncomfortable to come on strong or expose your feelings openly. Ironically, a more indirect approach could get you exactly who and what you want.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Sharing intimate secrets and speaking in measured tones could be especially sexy this weekend. The mood-setting Moon is visiting confidential Scorpio and your 3rd House of Communication, which favors subtle ways of talking that will draw others closer to you. Discretion is a must as telling tales out of turn will undermine trust and could damage a relationship.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Strategy is a key to romantic success this weekend with the Moon’s presence in subtle Scorpio on Friday and Saturday. Being just a little bit mysterious and less available can make you more captivating. Besides, you’re allowed to withhold your thoughts and affections while you assess others to determine whether they are worthy of your attention. Hold back a bit and you might receive more in return.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

The Moon’s presence in your emotionally intense sign on Friday and Saturday can make this a personally powerful weekend. You’re not into playing games or taking halfway measures, you need the company of a serious contender. A complex person willing to dive into the depths of his or her feelings is much more desirable than an easygoing individual who keeps everything on the surface.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your time to shine this weekend might not come until Sunday. Sure, you can have fun before then, but the Moon’s visit to your ultra-private 12th house on Friday and Saturday could keep you out of the spotlight. Use that time to get away from it all, either alone or with someone in whom you have total confidence. Rest, relax and nourish your soul instead of pushing yourself socially. You will be glad you did once the Moon moves into your sign on Sunday morning and you are the life of the party once again.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Friends and organizations bring both social opportunities and responsibilities this weekend. One pal could introduce you to someone who could become the love of your life, while another one might drain you with unceasing demands. Finding the right balance between responding to others and taking care of yourself requires a deeper understanding of how to incorporate your desires and your obligations into your life.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Personal matters could get a little sticky this week as assertive Mars splashes into sensitive Cancer on Wednesday and the Moon swims into complex Scorpio on Friday and Saturday. These Water signs emphasize feelings, which don’t always align with your intellectual view of reality. Relaxing your rational perspective and accepting the uncertainty and mystery of emotions will make you more tolerant and loveable now. Follow your heart for a while and see what happens.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Passionate Mars slips into cuddly Cancer and your 5th House of Romance on Wednesday, increasing your chances of experiencing pleasure and love. The Moon in sister Water sign Scorpio colors the weekend with the emotional and spiritual realms where you feel so much at home. Trusting your instincts more than reason isn’t always a great idea, but your psychic powers should be right on target now.

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.