Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tao Oracle: Modest Progress and Hidden Talents


I had these cards out, having recently read with them for a friend, so I decided to pull a couple for myself. I did not specify a topic, but allowed whatever came up to...come up.

I received Hexagrams 15 and 46. I decided to combine them into 'Modest Progress' but of course they could be unrelated. Generally speaking I think cards often go together, but there's always the chance that they don't. This reminds me of my comment on receiving the 'slow animals' such as camel and tortoise in my recent Tea Leaf Fortune Card draws. I must learn to be happy and content with slow progress. Quick fixes are rarely helpful.

I also think moderation is a great concept to work with on a day to day basis, especially if you're prone to anxiety and delusions of grandeur. I think that I fall into the trap of 'all or nothing'. Temperance can be very healing. I chose changing line 2 for the 'Modesty' card, so here's that quote:


"Others recognize and are attracted to your modest nature. Your sincerity and integrity speak volumes. You are respected for who you are, and your gentle influence has positive and far-reaching effects."

Wow...thanks, Tao Oracle! What a nice thing to say. I can't vouch for this because I don't feel all that grand about saying, 'Wow, I'm so modest!' Lol. But it is my goal to be a loving, modest and healing presence. I want to tame my anxious nature, desire to 'get ahead', and the fears that keep me worrying night and day. I think when I strip away my anxiety and defensiveness I am the person they describe in that sentence. But we all have our nasty bits and our blind spots, but they are beneficial and telling in their own way.

I actually decided to use changing line 2 for the 'Pushing Upward' card too. Here's a photo of that:


Strangely, this description sounds an awful lot like the 'Modesty' card.  I love it when cards reinforce each other's meanings! That definitely makes it much easier to interpret them.

Three cheers for modest progress.

Love,
MM

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tea Leaf Fortune Cards: Nervous Before the Holiday Sale


Feeling on edge today for some reason, which I suspect is at least partially due to nerves about the holiday show and sale on Saturday, I decided to pull cards about it. Here's what I got. Crown, Firecracker, Carrot. Ooo.

Well, it looks pretty positive, right? I think on some level I want some assurance, but about what? I guess primarily I'm nervous about reading tarot in public for the first time in a few years. I mean, in a sale setting. I've done many, many readings in that time via internet or for friends and family, but I've only done tarot readings in a public setting a handful of times. But every time I've done it things have gone well, so I don't know why I'd worry about it this time.

I also worry about what things cost. I made bath salts and I'm fretting over dumb things like, 'Oh crap! Will I have to buy a table for the set-up?!' Or a table cloth. Or tags for my salts. Fret. Fret. Fret! It is really silly and I'm guessing a lot of it has to do with nerves. Ostensibly it's about money but I think it's more about nerves.

And actually, something I've noticed about doing divination in general is that I'm more nervous than usual! I have no idea why. Even via the internet. I find myself overly invested in the outcomes, or whether the person will agree with or like the reading. I know. I KNOW. It is not healthy and not the job of the reader to assure everything is this way or that way. But I hate feeling that twinge of responsibility whenever I do a reading. You'd think after thousands of readings you'd get over that? Not really...I am afraid of people's judgements.

I'm setting up Friday afternoon and I am just going to try to relax. I'll tie up the loose ends I need to tie up and then try not to worry about it. I am such an overly sensitive fretting person! I guess, then, this is an opportunity to try to let go of some of that nervous tension or channel it into something else.

Love,
MM

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tea Leaf Fortune Cards About the Holiday Art Sale


Vase: Secret admirer
Tiger: Doing something risky. Taking a chance
Weeping Willow: Family sorrow.
Nest: An emotionally secure, loving family is important to you.
Goldfish: Increase in material wealth or spiritual growth.
Dog: Protection from a powerful friend.
Haystack: Karma--you will reap what you have sown.
Flowers: Happiness

Let's see here. So here are the cards I pulled earlier today about the upcoming holiday sale experience (it's on Saturday!) and my impressions are:

Someone or some people will appreciate my work (Vase), and I'll be taking a chance by doing tarot in a somewhat conservative town (Tiger), because I recall last time I did this at this center back in 2004 a few people were nervous that I was a Satan worshipper or something and that tarot was creepy. I spent some time assuaging people's fears.

The Weeping Willow card was enough to give me pause. While the rest of the cards don't make me too nervous this one always does. I hate to think of anything happening to my family, immediate or extended. But this card indicates that may be a possibility. Oy vey!

The Nest card confirms what I said when talking about Weeping Willow. A safe and loving family is super important to me--more than anything, even my creativity, etc. This is a very protective card. That describes me as a parent quite well, especially given my daughter's health issues.

On the bottom row we have Goldfish, Dog and Haystack. The Goldfish made me think of both the emotionally/spiritually fulfilling experience of the sale, and also the cash made from it. The Dog card made me think of someone I know helping me out at the sale, which makes sense. It's very much a collaborative effort. I'm glad that several people from the art center where the sale is being held know me well because I used to teach there. It feels good to go there.

The Karma card is a little confusing. I am not sure what to make of that, but I'll see. I have no problem ending the note on Flowers, which is a card of happiness. I think that this shows enjoying the experience, which is the most important thing to me. If it is stressful and crappy then no money in the world is worth it! If it's fun and I get to see people I know from the center, then that will be excellent regardless of whether I make much of anything from the sale.

Love,
MM

Bell & Butterfly: Good, Transformational News


I pulled these cards yesterday to post today and I just love them together. They have such a pleasant feel. I added the cool colors and snow just for a wintry touch, even though it has been unseasonably warm here for the most part.

Doesn't this combo remind you of the name of a boutique? Bell and Butterfly. Sounds like a cool vintage store I might see in my hometown of Austin, Texas. Something to file away for later, I guess...

A sort of silly thing happened. I went to the book that goes with this deck just to read the descriptions. They aren't necessary to use in order to interpret readings from this deck, but I like to read them on occasion. They can provide some surprising insight! But when I turned to the section which should have the write-up for 'Butterfly' I saw that it hadn't been printed! At least in the version I have, which is a used copy that I bought when the deck was out of print. I may go and buy myself the newly printed version, because I really love this deck.

In any case, the 'Bell' card indicates an announcement. It is neutral, not unlike the 8 of Wands, where you know there's some sort of message, communication, mail or other news coming to you. The description says there is news arriving that will impact my life. OKIE DOKE! The 'Butterfly' card indicates that the change will be positive. So that's good. If 'Bell' was paired with a negative card then I would be a touch nervous. But really I'm getting used to this deck's more unsavory cards. After a while I just take them with a grain of salt, or learn to take them into stride.

I will try to update this one, as I feel it is probably going to happen relatively soon, as 'news' and 'announcement' type of readings tend to come to fruition fairly quickly.

Love,
MM

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Soothing Oatmeal-Lavender Mask

My skin gets irritated on occasion--I tend to have sensitive skin. This mask is nice for those times when your skin is dry or irritated. Tweak the amounts of the ingredients as you like!

I was trying to make some oatmeal cream (homemade) for my daughter who recently got a spot of eczema or some sort of rash on her thigh, but since my blender was not quite good enough to pulverize the (gluten-free) oatmeal, I opted to use it for a mask since she did not like the feel of the gloppy goo. Next time I will use a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle.

Soothing Oatmeal-Lavender Mask:
(No exact amounts, but ingredients are in order of amount)

Gluten-free oats (approx 1 cup)
Almond milk or water (approx 1/2 cup)
Almond or other light oil (approx 1/4 cup)
Honey (couple tablespoons)

Lavender essential oil (8-10 drops)


Blend vigorously until a gooey paste. If too thin, add oats, if too thick, add more almond milk or water to make it blend better. Spread onto skin and let dry, washing off gently with warm water. Ahhh...relaxing.

Love,
MM

Winter Ambitions: Well, Camel & Stork


It is strange but I find myself much more creatively motivated this winter than I have all year, or even any time last year. I'm happy about this, even though my motivation does not include much visual art. I still don't feel the urge to paint or draw so much, but I've channeled that into other things (tarot, DIY projects, blogging and other things) and so that works for me. I feel I've tried to force things too much in the past. If it's not right it's not right...right?!!?

In this draw from the Tea Leaf Fortune Cards I see my interest in doing little ventures here and there, even if it's something as simple as a holiday art sale where I sell bath salts and tarot readings. Even a small stream of income can pave the way for future opportunities. These things nourish me personally and not just financially. I think I've needed that far more than I've needed cash. The lack of energy I've felt for so long is no doubt in large part due to life ennui and not just financial ennui. They are inextricably linked for me and for almost everyone I've known.

This reading also emphasizes the importance of just staying the course, assuming what you're doing is in line with what you want to do. Looking at the cards again I see multiple meanings for family and work issues, simultaneous solutions; both of these concepts are ignited and carried forward by momentum, hard work, love and dedication.

Love,
MM

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Making Epsom Salt Bath Blends for the Holiday Sale

From left to right: Cocoa-Almond bath salts, Lavender-Cinnamon, Lavender-Vanilla and Anti-inflammatory/Ache-Relieving (Eucalyptus, Ginger, Turmeric)

Here's a picture (excuse the parts that are blighted out by the flash--I tried to take a better pic then my camera died so I just decided to accept this one) of the bath salts I made this evening for the holiday art show and sale where I'll have a booth space. Besides reading tarot I wanted to make some things to sell. My goal was to create something affordable, useful and uplifting, and something for the bath is a great relaxing idea for around the holidays when we can get especially cold, cranky, sick or sore.

I may also make some powdered laundry soap in lemon verbena and lavender (you can vaguely see the makings of it in the background) and if I am in the mood I might make one more thing, but I think what I have now is a plenty sufficient addition to the tarot readings. I will only have so much table space and I may have to only put out some of the salts and stow away the rest, replenishing the table as they get purchased.

But I'm proud of my simple and soothing project. I love making things like this. I found these adorable, durable containers at a dollar store and they're perfect for this purpose. I have some nice little scoops that I can use and I'll make tags for them.

Happy Holidays,
MM

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lakshmi and Homemade Gifts


I once again decided to use the Goddess Stone Oracle. This oracle is oddly addictive but I can't explain why. Hehee. Anyway. So here is our pal Lakshmi. She represents opportunity and abundance. Who doesn't love that? I like this quote from the description:


"Go chase your rainbow, and do it simply for the chase, not for the pot of gold. The gold would be a bonus, the journey itself would be the true gift!"

The first thought I had upon receiving this stone had to do with holiday spending and all the birthdays coming up. Let us just say I have tons of Sagittarius friends! I have a daughter who is a Sag (double Sag no less), two Sag sisters, at least three Sag friends, maybe more...and I am sure I'm forgetting someone.

Thankfully I am not broke (not yet!) but I need to save money to ensure this is the case. The fish oddly reminds me of something my husband asked me a few minutes ago. He asked if I would sketch out a fish shape for him because he's making my daughter a fish pillow. It goes with a mermaid and sea life-themed fabric I found. The shape seemed like a simple one but he wanted me to cut it sketch it out. Hah!

Anyway. Hrm. Homemade gifts. That is what that makes me think of. One of my favorite things to do is to make gifts for friends and family, and I will take that as another definition of this card. But hey, I also like the idea of abundance and opportunity in general.

The description touches on what I said about true abundance being found in things money cannot buy. Those things can include time shared together in friendship, family, laughter, meals (those aren't free but you know what I mean), and anything that is immaterial but deeply fulfilling. These things are so important to remember around the holidays, when consumerism is at an all-time high!

Much Love,
MM


Lakshmi: Here is abundant opportunity at this time to enrich your life in many ways. It is a lucky time, when well-thought-out goals can be reached with greater ease. Life is abundant by nature. We are given unique gifts in this life, but many of us wait for opportunity to come to us....

Don't just sit there! Go chase your rainbow, and do so simply for the chase, not for the pot of gold. The gold would be a bonus, the journey itself would be the true gift! A friend of mine always says, there is something that only you can do that the world needs. Abundance is giving as well as receiving. There is plenty for all; and true abundance is found in the things money cannot buy!


Key Words: Prosperity, Abundance, Giving, Opportunity, Dreams, Chance, Luck

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tea Leaf Fortune Cards for December


Here are December's cards. Sorry for the weird effect. I thought it was cool! Get it? Cool? Winter? Whatever. Sorry.

The four cards pulled are:

Arrow: You are on the right path regarding some aspect of your life.

Staff: You will be taken care of in difficult times.
Money Path: A path with money is waiting for you to find it.
Tortoise: Slowly but surely getting ahead.

Hrmm...I am not sure what to think of this quad! It seems positive yet slightly challenging. I admit I don't like the look of that staff, but I like the idea that I'll be protected from whatever IT is.

The two topics that are on my mind especially are my daughter's mood/health stuff, as we have an appointment set up in December to address a few concerns, and I also have the holiday art show in December where I'll be reading tarot and selling some homemade wares.

Here's hoping you all have a swell December. See y'all on Monday. Taking a long weekend with the hubby. Poor guy. He's been on call and has had a really crazy time of it. Tons of calls, bad sleep, added responsibilities...etc.

Much Love,
MM

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lovey Dovey, Huggy Wuggy



I couldn't help myself and decided to pull once again from the Goddess Stone Oracle, and got Aphrodite. Ah, love...sweet love!

(Insert gagging!) 

No, but really...this is nice.

Love is on the agenda today! Aphrodite's energy will make you irresistible, especially if you display generosity and an open heart. Remember, in order to receive love, you must give it to yourself first, unconditionally. This means learning to accept that no one, nothing, is perfect. We are each perfectly imperfect and beautiful in our own way. Don't allow another's opinion of you define who you are. Those who judge are, in essence, judging themselves, looking for a scapegoat, and usually extremely insecure within themselves. The Divine created you, and you are exactly who you are meant to be in every moment. Hug yourself daily!
 
Key words: Love, Passion, Partnerships, Charity Work, Family, Friendship


I've actually been making a concerted effort to be more uplifting, kind and loving. I mean, it isn't that I don't usually do that, but more than I often struggle with it because of some strange block or just not feeling well if that makes any sense. I'm sure you understand what I mean!

This description kinda makes me cringe. Hug yourself daily...etc! But...what the heck. Life is short. May as well dispense with the crap and go ahead and get huggy. My favorite part of this particular stone is that it acknowledges the imperfection of humanity and not to get bogged down in judgement. This seems to almost be an extension of my 'Spiral Outward' pull which says not to define yourself based on the expectations of others. I'm definitely working on it now for real. After years of pretty intense depression and anxiety I am finally really ready to embrace this lesson of self-acceptance.

Love,
MM

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blasting Forth: Getting My Energy Back

(Update: not too long after doing this reading I received an e-mail from a local art center I used to teach for when I first moved here nine years ago, asking if I wanted to participate in a holiday art sale. Even though I have no artwork done, I offered to read tarot and sell some small items such as handmade bath salts and things of that nature. 

This sounds pretty mundane, but for me it is a big step because I've been SO not public about myself creatively, except from behind the internet safety of this blog. The last time I read tarot at the art sale was maybe 8-9 years ago. 

I found myself feeling a lot more energetic for most of the day after making this decision, even though I hit a bit of an energy crash late into the afternoon. I definitely felt like I had made a shift, a decision to involve myself. It brought to mind this reading.)

I've been struggling with tiredness, trouble sleeping and a lack of energy which has worsened recently. I have a hard time getting to sleep, staying asleep, and then I wake up early and have a hard time returning to sleep. Then I feel like a zombie for most of the day and get a strange energy boost at night.

I feel it may be another case of my adrenals and thyroid being off, but it could also be me thinking too much which disrupts my sleep and sets up a negative pattern. It's hard to say with these situations and often it's a complex puzzle with various elements operating at once. But I am not necessarily trying to unravel the puzzle, but mostly trying to acknowledge the problem and make small but meaningful strides to fix it.

Blasting Forth is a force of Nature that originates in Earth and expresses Fire. It brings sudden instant change to the areas that it strikes.


Since I've been enjoying the Runes of the Four Realms I decided to pull one on this topic. I love this! I felt like it was a really fun and visual answer to my question. This is a cute little volcano, as if you couldn't tell, and of course I have a special fondness for volcanoes since my daughter is named after one.

Anyway, this rune seems pretty similar to the Tower in both imagery and meaning, except that it doesn't seem to have the painful associations that the Tower does. At least as far as I know. The description doesn't really tell me a ton, except that it shows a sudden explosion of momentum and/or change. But where does this originate? Outside myself or inside? I'm guessing inside, because outer directed momentum rarely works. I think that it's saying in order to have energy I have to get off my arse and actually work for it.

I think this is true to a large extent. I think I am not the only one out there who hopes for inspiration or energy to strike, thinking if I wait another day, week, month or year then what I need to do will 'come to me'...but when it doesn't we're left with a void and a complete lack of motivation.

So my takeaway from this is that I should really make a forceful effort to retrieve my lost momentum. No one else is going to mount a search for it but me...so I guess I'd better get cracking.

Love,
Tired MM

Footprint: Getting Grounded, Giving Thanks

I pulled another card from the Runes of the Four Realms and got this little footprint. Cute, eh? So I guess after all the thinking, reading and researching I've been doing lately (and I've been on a loooooong kick of researching various biomedical and now energetic medicine modalities) I need to get grounded and my feet back on earth. Makes sense to me. It also talks about balance--to balance in life, and I do tend to get pretty lopsided in my focus.

I think I will indulge in some outdoorsy activities this week before the weather turns cool again and a minor cold front comes in next week. I really haven't taken good enough advantage of this unseasonably warm weather. Perhaps some walks in the woods or trails (sorry, not barefoot...I'm not that adventurous and I don't want to step on anything sharp) or other walking-type activity. I definitely could use the exercise.

Footprint is the rune of grounding. It shows how we walk on Mother Earth and have our heads towards the sky and the Divine. We have the opportunity to be conscious in both realms.

This is Thanksgiving week for us folks in the US. That means my husband gets Thursday and Friday off, which of course I highly approve of. I will try to actually embrace the concept of gratitude in a more palpable way. My husband got my daughter and me an adorable Thanksgiving card saying how he was grateful for us and it was so sweet. He doesn't do things like that very often and I was really touched by it. I did some things for him, too, such as getting him some really nice fabrics for his sewing and giving him a back massage after a long day at work. These are the things that make life worth living...they also make us feel grounded and more intimately connected to our day to day lives.


Love,
MM

Monday, November 19, 2012

Spiral Outwards: Don't Fear Looking Stupid


Hi Y'all,

So I decided to use the Runes of the Four Realms because I hadn't really used it much. I didn't ask a question but I think this would benefit from a focused question rather than a general, but general is a-ok with me, too!


Spiral Outwards can feel really freeing because you are inner-directed and not really concerned with the perception of others. Go for it and Do it!


Hmm. So it sounds like this is recommending a self-directed approach and to not be swayed by the whims and needs of others.  I asked for a clarification of this rather vague but helpful idea and I got this:



Air
is the transparent element that flows around us. It can be soft, warm and gentle or gusty and volatile. Air and the invisible energies are always flowing around and through us.


What came to mind when I saw 'invisible energies flowing around and through us' that was the energy medicine concept that I've been reading about recently. Combine that with the 'Don't be concerned with the perceptions of others' and 'go for it' message seems to be saying, 'Don't be afraid to look stupid to others if it seems right for you.' I'm timid about it because it doesn't fall under the category of 'socially acceptable' or 'sane'...it's a bit unorthodox, a bit wackadoo to the average person. And I admit my self-esteem is shaky and that leads me to hide things of this nature. 

Actually, come to think of it--this is strongly reminiscent of the conversation I had with a dear local friend tonight about shame and embarrassment, self rejection in a society that prizes intellect and prestige and not anything in the artistic or spiritual vein.

Okieeeeee. Well, I'll try but I still fear that my self-censorship may win out.

We'll see...

Love,
MM

Stuck in a Web vs. Meaningful Endurance

I really may have to buy this deck next year. Not now--the Tarot of Pagan Cats (mini) was to be my last deck of the year! That's ok, there are so many decks I can work with.

I pulled from this deck just now and received the Seven of Disks (Pentacles), which is the 'patient, hard work and steady progress' card. For me it can be a bit of a reality check telling me I need to hang in and be patient. This also reminds me of an article my dad sent today.

Seven of Disks
Ingenuity, hard work, progress, wealth, successful dealings.

 This card is strikingly similar to the 8 of Swords in the Legacy of the Divine Tarot. The difference in meaning is great, however. Unlike the 8 of Swords, this woman is not trapped, she is in the web of her own making and she's staying there for a good purpose or cause. She's hanging in there! I really think this should be my new motto. So often I feel like the woman in the 8 of Swords but really I am most often the person in the Seven of Disks. I've chosen the task at hand, grueling or not, or at least I've chosen how to deal with it.

I particularly love that her eyes are open, her hair is all splayed out and there's a dragonfly as well as the spider in the web with her. A green glow either emanates from her body or from behind her (this reminds me again of the energy medicine concept), and the web itself reminds me of Traditional Chinese Medicine as I mentioned in this post from September. Meridians and energy work are very important in TCM. Hrm.

Now, I know I'm hanging in there in terms of my daughter's healing and education, but what else? I feel this also pertains to me specifically, whether it be my own interests, path or new ideas that crop up: nurturing them and sticking with them so they can have a chance to blossom and turn into something really special.

Love,
MM

Isis: Energy Work, Intuitive Portals


So I decided to pull one last stone from the Goddess Stone Oracle via My Divination. I got Isis and I feel like this is another nod to the energy medicine reading and practicing that I've been doing recently. The words 'energy' and 'connections' made me think of that especially, but maybe I'm missing the point. Maybe there IS no point--but that's ok if not. Hehe.

Interestingly, this symbol looks more to me like the Aries ram symbol or maybe a longhorn. I'm not sure what to make of that.  OK, I am going to admit that the spelling 'magick' annoys me, but I don't know why. Maybe because it's so often used in a weirdly cheesy way. Anyway. No big deal, just a silly observation.

Okie dokie. Well, this is one I am still struggling with, despite having extensive experience with tarot and my own intuition. I still doubt myself heavily. Perhaps this is an opportunity to set aside doubts and quiet my roaring internal skepticism. I think my self-flagellation is far more harmful than any cheesy 'Magick' I might perform with top hat and bunny.

Much Love,
MM



Isis: This is one of those synchronistic times when the magick just seems to fill you from head to toe! You'll feel the synchronicity of the Universe coursing through your veins, and everything will feel as though it was simply meant to be. There will be 'flow' today, so, take advantage of the energy and movement that this magical time brings your way. Portals open very rarely, so tune in to your intuition and jot down whatever messages you get---so you'll have something to reflect on later!
Key Words: Magick, Synchronicity, Otherworlds, Portals, Connections, Energy

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Today's Goddess Stone: Tara




There aren't that many stones in this Goddess Stone Oracle, so I don't think I'll use it again for a while, but I liked the one I got today, which is one I haven't seen much. Looking at the description as well as the shape of the hand it brings to mind the energy work I've been doing lately. I've been reading a bunch of energy medicine books, in particular the one by Donna Eden.

These books were lent to me by a friend and I admit I find them fascinating. I didn't ask for them and she chose them for me, and I like that because it's a topic I really don't know much about.

Hey, I can't say with 100% certainty whether they're real or not, but so far the tests have been quite interesting and I've been able to strengthen some things. I think I have a long ways to go, though.

In any event, this stone mentions 'clearing and cleansing' which is an action that is recommended on the chakras. There are also exercises with the meridians, well known in Chinese Medicine and other ancient modalities. Anyway. This oracle is also a reminder to eat well, sleep, and try not to dwell on crap in your life. It's sort of a clean livin' kinda thing. To read more about Tara go here.

I do hope this energetic healing/cleansing and balancing ends up helping me, as I have been very easily drained by everything lately and I would recently be happy to add something to my arsenal of self-care, and also something that might help other areas and individuals in my life.

Love,
MM

Tara: This Goddess of New Beginnings offers reminds you that you are what you think, eat, do, choose and believe. As above, so below. We are each small universes, and within us, we carry even smaller universes! You are the sacred vessel, living within the sacred vessel of the universe. No one really knows how large or small this concept goes.... you are asked to acknowledge your part in the grand scheme of life at this time. You cannot think negative thoughts or eat junk food and expect to become whole and healthy. Clear out the junk in your life, in every way. Start small, but aim to become a pure representation of your beliefs. Walk the talk, and remember that YES, you can make a difference---by sending out one small ripple, you change the energy of the universe!
Key Words: Wholeness, Holy, Sacred Vessel, Microcosm/Macrocosm, Clearing, Cleansing

MM's End of November Video Reading


Thursday, November 15, 2012

End of the Year Reading


I decided to pull some cards for the end of 2012. When I say 'the end' I don't mean 'the end of the world'...mmmmkay? ;) Anyway. So this is what I got. The top row represents present to very near future influences. The bottom row represents what happens next (the end of this year moving into early next year). I'm not so sure on timing readings, because really it doesn't matter and it's too hard to pin down exact timing. So be it!

Why is it that when I pull a reading for a longer period of time than a week or so in advance I tend to hate the cards I get? Such was the case with this reading, but upon looking at them again they really aren't so bad. The present is a little dicey--we have the 8 of Swords, which is a classic signal that, 'Hey I feel crappy and powerless but...oy. I guess I DO have options but I don't like them or want to employ them.' That does, honestly, sound like me. I've been feeling very run down lately. Sleep is weird, my mood is off, my daughter has been off as well. I am having a hard time mustering any energy to get through the day, and I've been trying things, such as increasing adrenal and energy-supporting supplements, drinking more fluids, eating less junk, going to bed earlier.

But I think a lot of what I am experiencing is emotional/mental, so that leads me to think I need to take another approach. The 8 of Swords, being a swords card, often indicates a thought process where you begin to feel your options narrowing more and more, but it's a trap--a mental mouse trap, that is. You go for the 'cheese' which is so tempting and tells you you can't do anything you want, and you get ensnared by the idea. It becomes a bad habit and pattern. But yes, let us not fool ourselves--live can be tough and rather painful at times.

Next up is the prickly 7 of Wands. Feeling on edge, defensive, etc. I have been rather testy and defensive lately. I find it hard to keep my equilibrium as a parent, particularly when I'm feeling worn down and I don't know what to do about a particular problem. At this point sometimes the only thing to do is disengage. Fight or flight response can be rather problematic!

The last card in the 'present' category is the Ace of Wands. This, I believe, represents my desire to start a creative enterprise, or at least some kind of new project. At this early stage it really is just a vague inkling of an idea, but it's definitely taking form. I am still squinting pretty hard in order to see its outline, but there is something emerging from the long-standing ennui.

In the second row, the nearish future row, we have the 9 of Pentacles, Temperance and the Queen of Swords. I admit I'm not entirely sure what this refers to. I think the 9 of Pentacles COULD be related to me pondering business ideas, as I often see the 9 of Pentacles as someone who owns her own business, but I am unsure. It could also mean spending time in nature. Of course, truth be told, ALL of these cards make me think of spending time in nature, but this deck is very nature-centric. There are lots of scenes with green grass, lakes and oceans, trees, etc. It's a very verdant and alive kind of deck in that way.

Although Temperance usually bores the pants off of me, I actually really love this version. The cat is sitting by water with a rainbow beyond and dumping a goldfish into the water. It seems almost like an act of mercy--letting the fish go. Weird. But it does make me think of the Star or maybe the sign of Aquarius (which is tied to the Star). This sitting next to the Queen of Swords makes me think of one of my sisters, who happens to be an Aquarius, who I told recently that I wanted to see more. She's been very busy and stressed and perhaps I'll get more of a chance to interact with her over the next month or two. I suppose with the holidays and a couple birthdays coming up that will be the case by default. I also have a friend or two who identifies with the Queen of Swords archetype. Either way, it seems like this may be referring to an actual person and not just an idea. That's fine with me. I've had enough of myself for the moment. I wouldn't mind connecting with someone else.

With that I wish you all a great end of week and weekend. I'll be back on Monday.

Much Love,
MM

More and Less Reading


Feeling rather blah and unstable emotionally today I decided to do a super simple spread. This one has probably been done a billion times, but it's a nice and easy way to gauge what is running rampant and what needs to be added. As for the topic of the reading, my daughter did something(s) that frustrated me, but what I realized is that my own mood contributed greatly to the situation as well.

The first card represents what I need more of, and I got the Queen of Cups. Although this could refer to a literal person, I felt this dealt with the concept of emotional maturity and balance. The cat sits by the quiet seaside, contemplating but not consuming the goldfish in the bowl next to her. There's a certain mature calm to this card which I appreciate.

In the other card we have what I need less of, and that's the King of Cups. The seemingly calm cat is sitting on a box in a choppy, unpredictable ocean. The cup next to him could topple over at any minute. How calm is he REALLY?! Is he just suppressing his fear until all hell breaks loose and the next wave knocks him off his perch? Pretending everything is a-ok is not really the way to go. Sometimes it can help, but when you feel emotionally overwhelmed, trying to suppress that will only lead to an explosion or trip to the bottom of the ocean.

Well, besides...what sounds like more fun? Sitting on something that may topple over at any time, or sitting on a blue velvet cushion by the seaside? Anyway. I guess it depends on your definition of fun. Some people WOULD prefer to be on the turbulent sea. They think that risk and danger are fun. But for the purposes of this reading I think it clearly illustrates ways of dealing with emotions. I definitely don't want to be adrift on the turbulent sea of my emotions. Nor do I want to subject anyone else to them.

I'll be thinking on ways to improve this situation.

Love,
MM

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tarot of Pagan Cats Mini: Happy Birthday to Mom


When ordering a couple of vitamins I had to get I decided to pick up the Tarot of Pagan Cats Mini. It sounded and looked hilariously cutesy and charming, and I decided to go for it. I love it! I enjoy the Tarot of White Cats Mini that I have, but I like this one better. The Tarot of White Cats is done really well and has a similar mixture of humor and traditional (as well as non-traditional) symbolism but perhaps it's the more painterly style of this deck that I'm drawn to. I'm not really sure, but I do really dig it.

It's Wednesday evening and I promised myself I'd try to go to bed earlier again. I've been better about my bed time this week but still struggling with fatigue. I'm working on it, anyway! Sleep, good nutrition, adequate exercise and good mental health can all be hard to keep in balance, but it's absolutely worth it to keep trying.

This card immediately brought to mind my Queen of Cups mom who has a birthday tomorrow! We saw her today but I want to make sure to lavish her with kind words and birthday praise that she deserves. I felt badly because I was not in the best mood today when I saw my mom and I was struggling some with my daughter. Mostly, I think, I was tired and run down and not dealing well with the usual challenges.

Hope everyone has a restful end of the week.

Love,
MM

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hexagram 50: Cauldron

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I chose a hexagram using My Divination. I thought it was cool that I received cauldron, which touches back on yesterday's reading. Here's a hilariously short description from The Living I Ching:
Statement: Cauldron. Great fortune. Continue. 
Here's the slightly longer one from My Divination:

50. THE CRUCIBLE/COSMIC ORDER

On the one hand the crucible symbolizes the giving of physical nourishment; on the other it stands for 'soul food' - that's to say, spirituality. In respect of your personal life, this means that a piece of cosmic harmony is realized within your being. Perhaps you might need to make a sacrifice, but you will be richly rewarded for it. All your endeavours for something higher and more revealing are supported.



Hmm. I am not 100% sure how this plays out. But this hexagram reminds me of paying attention to nutrition, which is something I've been planning to be more devoted to. In a more general sense it is about nourishment. I like the dual nature of a simple vessel for cooking and also divine/sacred purposes.


Much Love,
MM

Diana and Today's New Moon in Scorpio

So I pulled another from the Goddess Stone Oracle this morning. Immediately I thought of today's total solar eclipse and New Moon in Scorpio. For a taste of this energy, here's a quote from Starcana's article:
"This New Moon is in the seductive realm of Scorpio, making this a very powerful time to open ourselves completely to the scorpion energy of transformations, death, and rebirth. We are blindly drawn into these dark, forbidden waters – to reach for something deep within our heart and soul. In there, is where we will find what we truly need, with a great potential to bring new life to it."

Hmm. Doesn't this go well with the Diana stone I pulled? In the description of this goddess stone we have talk of fairly scorpionic things: hidden information, savings, and other 8th house kind of stuff. Then you add the total solar eclipse to the mix and you get this:
"This is also a special Scorpio New Moon, because it a total Solar Eclipse. This lunar energy is powerful and intense, magnifying emotions and our experiences for at least the next three to six months. Major changes, transformations, endings and new beginnings are in progress as the eclipse encourages a release. This very potent shift can feel quite stressful or even chaotic for some… but in reality, it is a natural part of evolution, which only requires surrender. New starts are right around the corner, but we must first concentrate on resolving old issues. Powerful healing and energy work are beneficial, as we remove the unhealthy, negative, and toxic from our life."
I also really love the imagery that this provides. Can't you just imagine crusty things being washed away by water? Haha. I love that.

"With the Sun, Moon, and Saturn in Scorpio, with a trine to healing Neptune – we can expect crusted blockage  to eventually become weathered beneath these powerful water rapids – generating fresh feelings to be explored. With Mercury retrograde squaring foggy Neptune during this ecliptic New Moon, what is being communicated may not make a lot of sense to us… or maybe we’re just not ready for it."
I also really like these Scorpio New Moon tips from Molly Hall:

Scorpio New Moon Tips
  • Avoid obsessing on "what ifs" -- gravitate to activities that make you feel hopeful.
  • Take a long bath with special salts or oils.
  • Minimize the rushing around, in favor of some empty space on your day planner.
  • Sage your space, and invoke spirits of protection, if necessary.
  • Recall your energy from bad investments, and feel it concentrating around you.

Alrighty then. Hope everyone has a positive experience of this and a good day.

Love,
MM
Diana

Hidden information may come to light today. Prepare for the unexpected, but do expect the best! There may be a need to protect yourself---consider a little extra insurance, carry a protective charm, add a few more dollars to your savings. It can't hurt, and it just may save you some grief in the long run. No one was ever harmed by adding a little extra protection to their lives. You may feel very intuitive today...go with it, but leave pure impulse out of it. Contemplate before you act!
Key Words: Protection, ESP, Hidden Information, the Unknown, Divination

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cerridwen: Therapeutic Baths

This is interesting!

I had just gotten out of my bath when I sat down and decided to post a reading. This is what I chose using the Goddess Stone Oracle. Doesn't it look just like a steaming bath? Well, essentially that is what it is.

The image is actually of a cauldron, which I only know not because I'm an expert on goddesses but because I used to have (gave it to a sister) a necklace that had an abstracted symbol of a cauldron on it and its connection/meaning was to Cerridwen.

To me this reading has a dual meaning. The first meaning is the very literal image/symbol of the bath. I've been taking sea salt and Epsom salt baths for their myriad benefits. There are a number of health benefits, emotional benefits and even energetic benefits from a salt bath. The Epsom salt is a way to get magnesium in a very efficient way.

In any event, I've enjoyed a renewed connection with bathing and water after a strange hiatus since moving to this new house. For some reason, despite having a new tub with jacuzzi jets, I had not felt like bathing very often. Recently I had a renewed interest in it. It could be something as simple as the change in the weather--more cold=warm baths look inviting. But it could be something else entirely.

The second meaning goes back to what I was posting about recently: teaching and learning. The description mentions knowledge--taking a class, teaching, new ideas, groups, etc. This seems like not only a suggestion but perhaps a confirmation of my desire to teach art classes again. Very cool.

In any event, I promised myself I'd get to bed earlier tonight, and the time is ticking away.

Love to y'all,
MM
Cerridwen

You'll have a thirst for knowledge today! Cerridwen brings the energy of higher learning and wisdom into your life at this time. Have you been considering taking a class? Embarking on a journey to places you've been itching to visit? It is the perfect time to soak up new ideas, and also, to share what you know, bringing the benefit of your experience to others.
Key Words: Knowledge, Wisdom, Higher Learning, Teaching, Networking with others of like mind.

Athena's Gift: Receiving Advice and Assistance


Using the Goddess Stone Oracle, I drew Athena. I have to admit that this is one of those instances where I can't relate to what the oracle is saying. At least not the part about it being a 'power day'; I've been very low energy and low mood today. I feel a bit 'off' physically and emotionally. Very drained and tired and also anxious. On my period and I'm not sleeping well, either. Oy!

Anyway, that is all okay. Sometimes we have to focus on something else even if how we feel in the moment is not-so-hot. Often we're masking positive opportunities with our own transient ailments and stresses. 

Hah! Well, thankfully I'm not involved in a legal battle as is described below, but the idea of seeking counsel to solve a difficult problem may be true. I've set up an appointment with my daughter's functional medicine doctor for next month to help unravel some of the mood, behavior and lingering health issues. I feel at a bit of an impasse. I'm glad things are going as well as they are, but there are some troubling symptoms that are causing some havoc!

I also like the idea of using your power and energy wisely, marshaling resources in order to give the most beneficial outcome possible.  I think it's easy to forget to ask for when when it's needed.
 

Hope everyone is having a good Monday.

Love,

MM


Athena

It's a power day! But before you go full-steam ahead, do realize that the key to achieving what you want lies in wielding your power wisely. It is a favorable day for chasing your goals...make sure you keep it positive; use diplomacy and consider all possible outcomes, and you can't fail!

Lawsuits may go your way at this time, favorable outcomes are possible if you're involved in a legal battle now. Trust that everything is going according to a divine plan. Seek legal advice or counseling if you find you cannot solve a difficult problem on your own.
No one knows everything....ask for the help you need!
Key Words: Power, Energy, Movement, Justice, Wisdom, Advice

Dry Shampoo Tutorial


My daughter adores baths but despises washing her hair. When I went to the hair dresser yesterday I saw some products on the shelf that reminded me of a blog post I'd seen a couple weeks ago on dry shampoo. I got a volumizing dry-to-gel product for myself, though honestly it was a bit of a splurge and I hate paying for fancy bath or body products (I'd rather make them!) but it gave me an idea.

I got out the cocoa powder, rice flour, allspice, cinnamon and whisked them together. I put them in a container that seals against moisture. I then sprinkled some onto my daughter's scalp and proceeded to brush the brown-toned powder through her hair. Note: this recipe is for brunettes. For blondes you would use this. Immediately the powder began to soak up the oil in her hair. I wish I had a before and after, because her hair was saturated with oil (you know how your hair gets after not washing for a while). I think next time I'll use a bit less powder--there was some left on her scalp.

All in all I was pleased with my DIY project, and I thought her hair looked nice afterward.

Love,
MM

Sunday, November 11, 2012

On Teaching Art Again

Today I decided to go get a haircut, mostly as a way to relax and ease a tension and sinus headache that has been brewing over the past couple of days. While I was at the hair salon I chatted with the hair stylist about this and that. I think what we both had in common is that we weren't sure what we wanted to do next vocation/path-wise. The young lady I spoke to (I'd guess she was in her mid-twenties) had gone on hiatus from college because she really didn't know what to get her degree in. During the hiatus from college she got her certification to cut hair and has been doing it ever since, but it seems she wants to continue to pursue another career possibility.

I shared that I was struggling with 'what to do next' as well, after a creative lull and somewhat narrowed possibilities due to being a full-time stay-at-home mom with a daughter with some lingering health concerns. I told her a bit about myself, including that I had taught some art classes locally before my daughter was born, etc. She asked me whether I was planning to teach something again, and I paused for a bit and said I wasn't sure. I said that I missed some things about teaching, but that, especially in the arts, if you didn't do enough self-promotion, networking and the like, then it was very hard to get students, clients or any exposure. We commiserated over hating that aspect of things. Hehe. Anyway.

That brings me to this pull. I decided to do a pull asking about the idea of maybe planning a class or workshop. That said, if I did this, it would be in the spring. I don't want to plan a class right before and during the holiday for both weather and chaos purposes. Additionally, I have other, more specific plans regarding the duration of the classes. Instead of ongoing classes (weeks at a time) that someone would have to commit to (I find this to be a big problem for a lot of people with busy lives) I would have one or a maximum of two sessions with only a few hours each, more of a workshop format. I'd start with one workshop and see if it expanded into more topics, more classes, or if it was more of a one-time-a-year thing. I definitely want to test the waters!

So the cards themselves seem to point to the possibility. The Hierophant card I often see as the instructor/teacher card, at least I've heard it explained that way by many a tarot practitioner. The Judgement card makes me think, in simple terms, of waking up to a new possibility. Maybe it could just be a literal judgement call about doing it. The Ace of Cups has the feel of outpouring of creativity and emotion, and the newness of it. The 3 of Pentacles makes me think of the practical aspects of the venture, including planning and preparations. It is also considered a 'work/vocation' card. I think the image shows a commission or project, which would be more appropriate for this because it would be a sporadic thing rather than a full-time venture.

Anyway, I'm brainstorming about this, and to me it feels more realistic and appropriate than many of the other ideas I've been having.  I may even do it out of my home, although I know one or two places which I may be able to teach where I've taught in the past. Something to think about!

Love,
MM

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Laundry Catch Up Time Again

Hello Dears,

Hope everyone is having a good week so far.

I'm doing fine, but have again been lagging a bit in catching up with my laundry and such. Oy!

So tired and tweaking my herbal and other thyroid support. I am tired of being tired!

Anyway, I will be back next week.

Have a lovely one.

Hugs,
MM

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tea Leaf Fortunes: All Expenses Paid Trip


Here's a quad of positive-looking cards that I received. I thought they were very fanciful, fun, and supportive.

The gist of this reading seems to indicate the gift of an (all expenses paid?!) fun trip somewhere. Doesn't it have that implication!? Seems weird. If this does come to pass I'll let you know.

Of course, I could be reading this all wrong.

Love,
MM

Wordless Wednesday: Another Election Over! Hurrah!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Returning Home: Hexagram 24




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Hi Dears,


I decided to do more I Ching today. I think this is probably pretty boring for everyone else, so I apologize. Hehe. This is a lovely hexagram, though. I really like 'Returning'...it is so positive. I received Hexagram 24, with a changing line of 2 and a transformed hex of 7.  I'm going to use the shorter descriptions from the Oracle of Love because they are succinct and well done. 

What do I think of this reading? Well, I'm not 100% sure yet, but the idea seems to be to remain home for the most part, but perhaps start something (with lowered expectations!) from home, perhaps a home-based part-time business. This fits with my own concept of what I feel prepared to do. I don't feel like I want to go out away from home and spend tons of time away from my daughter at this point in time. I do feel that time will come but it hasn't come yet. Alternatively, I wonder if I should nix the business idea for now, instead concentrating on my job as full-time mother and then allow something to slowly and naturally percolate from that space. When the time is right I will act on it.

The transformed hex (7) talks about connecting with others. So I think that I need to remember to connect with others socially and otherwise, regardless of whether I am currently staying home. But I also wonder if finding ways to connect with a greater community (whether in person or via the internet) is important. I know this has been crucial to helping maintain my sanity over the past several years. Perhaps I need to explore the idea of doing it more and for different purposes.

Something to think about.

Have a good one,
MM  

24
The starting point.
Stay home.
The hexagram deals with the time of birth, the earliest stage of a development. It also deals with the place of birth and the need to provide an undisturbed environment for the newborn.
 
The newly born is vulnerable. It is not ready to expose itself to the outside world and should not venture far from home. In the early stages of an enterprise one should recognize the likelihood of making mistakes and not set one's sights too high. 

The hexagram also means returning to a starting point, either as a repetitive cycle starting again or as a homecoming.

There is advantage to be had by staying or returning home. 


Alternatively, the Oracle is commenting on an event that has or will be repeated, or on the start of a new enterprise. It may also be indicating that you have made a mistake and need to start again. 


Transformed Hexagram:


7
Join the crowd.
The hexagram describes an attraction between things of like kind.
It deals with social relationships that recognize what the participants have in common rather than their differences. Individuals may well be banding together for a common purpose.
While we can learn to appreciate diversity, appreciation of those who are similar to ourselves comes more easily and associations of like-minded people can quickly grow into large groups.
The hexagram means a wide affiliation based on community of interest. Conspicuous displays of individuality are not appropriate at this time.
Alternatively the hexagram may simply mean a reaching of agreement with others.


Mingle with society at large. Join the crowd, perhaps just sitting at a sidewalk café and watching the passing show, or becoming active in community life and taking a public profile.

Seek associations based on similarity of interest.
If you are not in a position to get out, then at least associate with others indirectly through the social media such as books, TV etc.

Trust the Good Stuff


Yesterday I pulled these cards. I had a very good day financially, which usually seems pretty rare this time of year. Near the holidays we tend to be tighter than usual, which I think is true of most people. A lovely local friend purchased a reading from me (thank you!) and we actually got an unexpectedly early sum of money from a family matter/inheritance. In any event, I am definitely grateful for these things, as I really appreciate not having to struggle to cover expenses or worry about something coming up we can't pay for. Of course we still need to be careful financially, and the money is largely earmarked for expenses and debt, but the point is that it is very helpful and very fortuitous.

In this trio I see the need to trust when something good happens. I think it is way too easy for me to worry when something good happens or expect the worst, or fear the worst, or do whatever it is that people do. For me, I tend to hold onto the stressful things, carrying them like precious cargo, and not fully accept or trust the good things. So, I am trying to use this draw, and this unexpected twist of kismet, to see that the positive events are just as real as the bad ones. And even if they don't happen very often, they can be called upon to carry us through more difficult times.

I also went and got a chair massage at the local health food store, since I've felt rather physically and emotionally off lately. It was really nice to do so without obsessing over the cost. I kind of wish I was married to a massage therapist, but hah! That's ok. I like my husband a lot and plus he's making curtains and napkins and such for us with this new sewing machine. Hehee.

I am also glad that other things are going relatively well. My daughter's mood has improved somewhat, and even a mild change is welcome. There are some issues I am thinking of taking up with her doctor, and if I need to see him at least I can afford to see him now. I am going to spend some time researching options, but I also want to take things slowly and appreciate her current gains.

Well, hope everyone has a good day. I'm going to try to go back to bed for a bit. I got up earlier than usual due to the time falling back.

Hugs,
MM

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I Ching for a Work Focus: Thunder, Rain & Flood


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Hi Darlings,


So I went over to this I Ching generator site thingie which I like, and asked a question about work/life path/career ideas. I find this to be oddly helpful and focusing. The I Ching really has a unique style and energy all its own. Plus, this one shows the changing lines and transformed hexagrams, which is neat. I highlighted thoughts that I found interesting or relevant.

Anyway. Hrm. I think this message is more general than just work, but I do think it also applies to a life path. The message I received is quite dynamic. Hexagram 51, Thunder, is a rather intense card, almost like the Tower, really. The transformed hex, Hexagram 40, is an intense but more positive card, which shows something fresh happening--like it finally raining after the clouds have been gathering for some time. There's a sense of impending power, momentum. I like the message of acceptance and the power that is contained within acceptance--and how that can be transforming.

So then...after I was juuuust finishing this post I decided to pull one more hexagram, and lo and behold--this time it mentions a flood. I see a theme...thunder...rain...flood! Whoa, man.  There's something really urgent about this reading. I wish I knew what it referred to exactly. Of course I'll update if something comes up. Despite the two intense messages we also have 'relief'. Hrm.

I liked the message of Hexagram 40 that I read on this site:



Freedom and achievement.
The hexagram describes a release from constraint that coincides with a powerful urge to move, so that the release is explosive, like a seedpod bursting.
Motivation and freedom also combine to deliver great achievement. The hexagram means achievement, especially after a period of difficulty.
This is an auspicious time. Make the most of the favourable conditions by drawing on your deepest feelings. Sincerity promotes confidence.
Take advantage of the time to Love.
The hexagram may also mean that one delivers others their freedom.

Let go the brakes and oil the wheels – this is a special time.

Make a splash. Pursue a dream. Follow your innermost desires.

Come to think of it, the meanings for Hexagram 51 and Hexagram 28 are both helpful.

Very interesting food for thought.

Love,
MM





Cast Hexagram:

51 - Fifty-One

ChĂȘn / Thunder


Thunder echoes upon Thunder, commanding reverence for its father Heaven:
In awe of Heaven's majestic power, the Superior Person looks within and sets his life in order.
Thunder mingles with startled screams of terror for a hundred miles around. (MM: LOL)
As the people nervously laugh at their own fright, the devout presents the sacrificial chalice with nary a drop of wine spilt.
Deliverance

SITUATION ANALYSIS:


A thunderbolt of Cosmic judgement crashes to earth.
For the common person, it's just a momentary fright soon forgotten, its warning unfathomed and unheeded.
But to one who understands its significance, this thunder is a signal to repent.
Centering the Self, seeking balance, the enlightened person will respect and align himself with this Higher Power, while his fellows remain subject to the whims of every passing storm.




Changing Lines:

There are Two Changing Lines.
Click on any of them to read about it!

An Old Yang for Line 1
An Old Yin for Line 2
The Old Yin prevails.

Hexagram Fifty-One/Line Two:


This thunder erupts from the ground beneath your feet, delivering real danger.
Abandon your belongings and climb to higher ground.
Don't grieve over treasures left behind.
They will return to you in seven days.





Transformed Hexagram:

40 - Forty

Hsieh / Liberation


A Thunderous Cloudburst shatters the oppressive humidity:
The Superior Person knows the release in forgiveness, pardoning the faults of others and dealing gently with those who sin against him.

It pays to accept things as they are for now.
If there is nothing else to be gained, a return brings good fortune.
If there is something yet to be gained, act on it at once.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:


The relief you experience here is not your own personal pardon, but the release of others from your rigid expectations.
Like a hot air balloon, you will rise to new heights as you cast the heavy sandbags of resentments and restrictions away from you.
Feel the lightness of being that results from forgiving others and accepting them as they are.
Free yourself of the endless vigil of policing the behavior of others.

See them for who they are, not what they can or can't do for you.




Cast Hexagram:


28 - Twenty-Eight

Ta Kuo / Critical Mass


The Flood rises above the tallest Tree:
Amidst a rising tide of human folly, the Superior Person retires to higher ground, renouncing his world without looking back.

Any direction is better than where you now stand.

SITUATION ANALYSIS:


Several high-priority concerns demand immediate attention.
All are crucial.
None will be denied.
Yet some demand the denial of others.
Like two atoms seeking to occupy the same space, these irresistible forces and immovable objects threaten to ignite a cataclysm that could irreversibly alter your world.
This is no time for fatal heroics.
You are at Ground Point Zero.
Remove yourself from this situation without delay.
Find sanctuary.
Later you may deal with these concerns on your own terms, from a position of strength.