Today’s I Ching Hexagram for Everyone:
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
General Meaning: A fisherman can cast the line, but he can only wait for the fish to bite. Your catch will come in its own time; you cannot make it hurry to you — neither by working, nor by planning, nor by wishing. You may need to provide nourishment or support for others; but only through patience can you become the bridge between the fickle fish and the eventual feast. Strength in a time of trial waits quietly, resolutely. Weakness grows agitated, and abandons the effort before the fish bites. Periods of waiting are most fruitful when used for quiet contemplation.
Proceed cautiously, but resolutely, with whatever you are doing. The time and situation are calling for consistency and patience. Waiting is an essential skill; patience is a powerful force. Good timing is an ally of those with inner strength — the kind of strength that allows you to be uncompromisingly honest with yourself, while sticking to the path you have charted. If you persevere with a positive attitude, time weakens even the hardest obstacles. To rush anything, or impatiently force results, stimulates resistance and causes setbacks. At best, you achieve surface changes — the kind that can just as quickly be reversed. Steadfast waiting — while holding to your integrity leads to slow but permanent improvements. In the end, you accomplish something great. Practice patience.
Today’s Tarot Card for Everyone:
This Tarot Deck: Sacred Rose
What has traditionally been known as the Star card is about reconnecting one’s Soul with the Divine — the transcending of personality, family, community and reputation. It has to do ultimately with the freedom to be one’s Self. The Soul is responding to celestial influences — forces that can provide the personality with a stronger sense of purpose. The Star card helps us to remember our exalted origins and our attraction to a Higher Union.
This card could also be called the “Celestial Mandate” — that which refers us back to our reason for being, our mission in this lifetime. The Star reminds us that, in a sense, we are agents of Divine Will in our day-to-day lives. If we let go of the idea that we are supposed to be in control, we can more easily notice and appreciate the synchronicities that are nudging us along. In this way, we become more conscious of the invisible Helping Hand, and we better understand our place within — and value to — the larger Cosmos.
The Moon shifts into practical Virgo at 4:53 am EDT, enabling us to be quite diligent today. Although our analytical abilities are sharper now, the narrowing Virgo energy is countered by the growing lunar light as we move toward Saturday’s Full Moon. We are full of fantastic visions because clever Mercury semisquares fantastic Neptune. Rather than being overly distracted by them, we must filter out anything that’s unnecessary to our current work.
Even the best times must come to an end. The party is over and now you must be serious about the work in front of you. But if you’ve been putting off the inevitable, today the window of procrastination can slam painfully on your fingers. There’s no need to be over-controlling now. The time for making excuses has passed. Stop talking and get started without further delay.
You may be relieved by the change of attitude in your friends and co-workers today, for there seems to be a trend toward more self-discipline. This makes it easier for you to be serious about your job without feeling out of place. Ask for the help you need to be more efficient, for others will probably be glad to offer their assistance now.
You are conflicted today because you know that it would be wise to turn down a social offer so you can concentrate on your work. However, it isn’t easy to say no, especially if you have an opportunity to be with your friends. Unfortunately, you won’t have much latitude now and responsibility must win out over frivolity. You’ll be able to return to the fun and games on another day once your work is done.
You need to share your needs with those in your immediate environment today as the Moon enters your 3rd House of Communication. But be careful, because you are tempted to become overly attached to the people you encounter as you carry out your job. Instead, maintain a high level of professional conduct in all your interactions. Everyone will be happier if you respect boundaries and give your co-workers the distance that they need.
You may breathe easier today when the Moon leaves your sign to enter your 2nd House of Self Worth. You might not feel as emotional, so there are fewer distractions to prevent you from taking what you’ve started and moving it into the next phase. For example, adding stability to a new idea now is more valuable than coming up with a completely different approach. You have already taken your first step. Take as many as you need until you find your own rhythm.
The Moon’s entry into hardworking Virgo is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to your co-workers. But this is not about signing a contract or walking on a tightrope stretched between your old world and what awaits you in your future. This is about making your appearance in the present moment and remaining open to whatever happens. Once you shake your false sense of urgency, you’ll be free to find new ways to express yourself.
Your life has increased in complexity, yet your faster pace doesn’t bring you any closer to satisfaction. The elusive bluebird of happiness may be avoiding your windowsill for a reason today. But it’s not about anything you did, nor is it a sign of upcoming bad luck. If you change your attitude to a more positive outlook, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can put your life in order.
You may be more careful than usual about choosing your friends today, but making important decisions is easier to do without stressing over them. Even if you decide to pass on a social gathering, it’s no big deal for you to simply send along your regrets. There’s no need to worry endlessly about what others think. For now, it’s crucial to follow your own path without waiting for anyone else’s approval.
There are specific tasks you must do today, whether you want to or not. The upside is that this can be a learning process for you because you can’t allow your needs to overshadow your place in the social network. But it may sadden you to realize that some of your peers don’t want to know anything about you; they only want you to do your job. The good news is that you’ll still get to go off on your own sweet adventure; just make sure to meet your obligations first.
Your inner self may not be aligned with your outer self today, leaving you with a lack of motivation. Normally, your ambitions are strong, but now it may be too much work to manage the details that could help you get through the day. Take control of your schedule by reserving the right to say no to anything new. Clearly let others know that you can only do so much at one time if you are to do it well.
Today’s Moon in your 8th House of Shared Resources can tie your finances to others. But things are not so simple now and complex relationships can have a big impact on your work. Thankfully, you are ahead of the pack if you already realize that you can’t do everything alone. When you join forces with someone else, the combined power can be unstoppable, so don’t be afraid of giving up some control to be a part of a group process.
The picky Virgo Moon enters your 7th House of Partners today, helping you compile a list of the flaws of your spouse, lover or closest friend. But you may be so critical that no one could possibly meet all your standards. Be gentle when evaluating others, since the issue isn’t really about them at all. It’s about your feelings and how you judge yourself. Keep in mind that the harsh criteria you are now using may be more of a hindrance than a help. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
Earth Thought for the Day
“The ‘control of nature’
is a phrase conceived in arrogance,
born of the Neanderthal age
of biology and philosophy,
when it was supposed that nature exists
solely for the convenience of man.”
Earth Thought for the Day