Today’s I Ching Hexagram for May 31 is 35: Easy Progress

35: Easy Progress

Hexagram 35
General Meaning: The general situation is one of easy, natural progress. That which had been weak is now steadily rising up, and by gaining a prominent position, becomes a stronger force. The image is the light of the rising sun, which at first appears dimly through the mists. But this relatively weak light later radiates with powerful clarity once the sun has reached a high position in the sky.

Progress is made when those in subordinate positions create harmony with those above, and in so doing create a natural means for their collective talents and abilities to blossom. It is by recognizing and riding with the natural course of events — by hitching our wagon to the rising sun, as it were — that we advance our position and earn respect.

Goodness in human nature is like the dim but beautiful early morning light. It can easily be obscured — by greed, hatred and other forms of self-absorption — just as the morning light can be swallowed by fog. Be reminded that progress is achieved most effortlessly when right action is taken without concern for immediate reward, and when the path of the weaker elements aligns with the strong.


Your Daily Number for May 31: 4

Today could be demanding and somewhat frustrating as you find yourself engaged in routine affairs. Focus on organizing your world and opportunity will follow. It’s a great day to consider investing in long-term endeavors. Don’t let disagreements with a loved one regarding money ruin your day.

Fast Facts

About the Number 4

Theme: Form, Work, Order, Practicality, Discipline

Astro Association: Aries

Tarot Association: Emperor

Today’s Tarot Card for May 31 is Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

This Tarot Deck: Connolly

General Meaning: The central theme of what is traditionally called the Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The Wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying — no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top there is a moment of crystal clarity, but the only part of the Wheel not going up and down is the hub, which is your eternal Self, the Source of Freedom.

Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at some time or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson — and we can learn to take comfort in it (as we do when we celebrate our birthday). If you don’t like the look of things right now, just wait — things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too!

Your Daily Horoscopes for May 31

We may choose independence over commitment today as affectionate Venus forms an uneasy semisquare with disruptive Uranus. Luckily, we can break free of a restrictive relationship pattern by replacing fear with trust. But a challenging Mercury-Saturn aspect turns our words cold if we don’t take the time to talk about our feelings. The Moon’s shift into airy Gemini at 7:56 pm EDT relieves some of the tension, yet we’re still able to keep it real.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may try to put off the inevitable today, but sooner or later you’ll need to make a decision that you don’t want to face. You might be tempted to take the easy way out, but it’s wiser to think about the consequences of your actions, especially when it comes to choices that affect your finances. A temporary fix can be as problematic as sidestepping the situation, so muster up the courage to overcome your resistance and respond with your complete attention to the matter.



Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

It’s easier for you to take care of business when you’re not distracted by a lack of solid footing. However, your self-confidence can suffer when things seem to be in flux and you can’t see what’s around the next corner. And although you don’t necessarily know what will happen in the future, at least things seem to be running smoothly now. Just remember that this is no time to get lazy. There are many things you should be doing today, even if you’re not under pressure to respond.



Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You can be extremely productive today, but only if you overcome your feelings of restlessness. Unfortunately, now that the pace of events is slowing down, your thoughts are speeding up — and they may land you in big trouble if you’re looking to stir up some mischief. Think seriously about what you really want, for you might just find more of it than you can handle.



Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Sometimes you can overcome your insecurity and do whatever makes the most sense. At other times you prefer to take the wait-and-see approach. Today, however, it’s difficult to know how to act. You’re tempted to be less assertive if you can avoid direct confrontation, but someone might come to the rescue by supporting your efforts. Life is easier when you know that you’ve got a friend.



Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Although you have a clear sense of what needs to be done at work, everything seems to take longer than you expect. You may have to turn down a friendly invitation or postpone a pleasurable social engagement so you can finish your chores. Don’t try to justify any kind of procrastination. Once you get rolling, a seemingly insurmountable task will flow faster than you thought.



Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

This can be a day of solid progress as long as you don’t bite off more than you can handle. Obviously, rushing through any job just to get it done invites sloppiness. Working faster encourages you to make mistakes that can haunt you later on. Take your time and do it right, even if everyone else seems to be in a hurry. It’s more important to lay a lasting foundation now than to meet someone else’s arbitrary deadline.



Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You could grow frustrated today as your boss changes your job before you finish it. Each time you make progress, someone switches the rules once again. You are tempted to give up because you don’t want to waste your time doing something that ultimately has no lasting value. However, you probably cannot see the bigger picture; it’s better now to analyze things less and simply attend to your work as it is assigned. Everything will make more sense soon enough.



Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Establishing a sustainable pace of production feels good now, for you’re tired of running around in circles that keep bringing you back to the same place. Today it finally feels as if you are making progress, yet someone may want to slow you down even more. Don’t resist; this is a chance to improve the quality of your work by taking a break and replenishing your energy.



Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

This may seem like a relatively quiet day, yet you can achieve positive results on several fronts. The cluster of planets in your 6th House of Details enables you to make improvements to your health regimen that will have lasting effects. Additionally, increasing your efficiency on the job by reorganizing your files, catching up on emails or doing routine paperwork is an intelligent use of today’s transits. Working steadily is more satisfying now, so make the most of it while you’re in the mood.



Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Setting your goals early today can help you be even more productive than you thought possible. However, it’s not a good idea to expect amazing results to just be dropped into your lap. There are no shortcuts available now and you will have to work extra hard if you want to reap the benefits later on. Thankfully, the Moon is visiting your 5th House of Fun and Games for most of the day, allowing you to have an enjoyable time crossing off the things on your list one at a time.



Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You’re not afraid of stirring things up if you are ready to make changes in your life. However, you are probably still enjoying the recent stability with so many planets in down-to-earth Taurus. You like the consistent connection that you have with your work and are eagerly anticipating reaping the fruits of your current labor. If things are going well, you may be tempted to take a bit of time off; however it’s not wise to start coasting yet. Stay focused on your goals; you’ll have plenty of opportunity to relax later on.



Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

It can feel quite demoralizing if someone criticizes you out of the blue; however, a friend’s harsh analysis might be very inspiring now. Don’t put up unnecessary boundaries; instead, be an active listener and take the feedback you receive to heart. You have an opportunity to improve your communication skills and this could have a positive impact on your relationships with others. Remember, the right guidance can be a blessing, so don’t let your pride get in the way.


2011 Numerology Forecast, A call to lead

2011 Numerology Forecast

A call to lead

by Hans Decoz

In previous yearly forecasts I mentioned that 2008 was the start of an amazing nine-year epicycle, one that will go down in history as more dramatically transformative than any other period before it. Numerology clearly shows that the year 2012 is the big turning point in this cycle, but first we must get through the year ahead.

We are now entering the fourth year of this nine-year cycle, and 2011 is dominated by the disciplined and controlled 4 — a positive energy, if it wasn’t for its lack of vision and flexibility. While discipline and control may sound positive in many ways, the way it plays out in 2011 is not quite as wonderful as it sounds, as it expresses itself in a global narrowing of vision that lessens our ability to plan for the future or to properly understand the impact of our choices and decisions. Also influential in the year 2011 are the 1 and the 0, creating obstacles and confronting us with some of our more taxing shortcomings.

If, in fact, 2012 is to be the major turning point, then 2011 is the last year when all things flow downward. There will be confrontations over the most trivial disagreements. If most politicians today are considered narrow-minded and foolish, during 2011 the little bit of vision and greatness that managed to survive thus far will be all but wiped out. Details are blown out of proportion, frustration rules and tunnel vision becomes the accepted norm. There will be less progress and more regress.

For the last dozen years or so, there has been a dominating presence of both the 0 and 1 and the 1 and 2 patterns. These are numbers that push things apart and away. So while the obvious political, military and religious forces continue to bring conflict and separation, there is actually an underlying evolution taking place on a deeper and more humane level, carrying us toward a more harmonious existence while the changes playing out on the surface seem to be pushing us toward our ultimate demise.

Unfortunately, we might not see the effects of this harmonious existence until a few more years down the line. On the visible stage, 2011 still brings stagnation, denial and downright obstruction on a national and global level. More and more, it appears that people focus on the differences between them, causing hateful rhetoric and violent encounters. There will also be a further widening of economic gaps in developed countries, and most visibly in the United States — the rich get richer and the poor get poorer … and the percentage of people considered to be poor increases exponentially. Religions, without exception, also become more polarized, and this reflects itself in less tolerance, more dogmas and likely more violence. In fact, look at any aspect of human life — political, religious or any other — and simply sharpen the angles, and there is the picture for 2011.

Did you know…

Did you know…

From Wikipedia’s newest content:

American Motor League membership card issued to Charles Brady King in 1905

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  • … that the United Kingdom Supreme Court recently ruled that current police practices regarding the retention of biometric data are unlawful?
  • … that the 1994–95 South Pacific cyclone season was one of the quietest cyclone seasons on record, with only three tropical cyclones recorded within the South Pacific Ocean basin?
  • … that the endangered rough-leaved loosestrife of the Carolinas is threatened by the U.S. military?
  • … that Czerwono-Czarni was the first Polish rock band to cut a record?
  • … that when Sonny with a Chance actor Demi Lovato bowed out of season three, show-within-a-show So Random! was spun-off into its own sketch comedy series?
  • … that the towers of architect Terunobu Fujimori‘s Lamune Onsen have pine trees planted on the apex of their roofs?

On this day…

On this day…

May 31: World No Tobacco Day; Feast of the Visitation in Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism

MV Mavi Marmara

  • 1279 BC – According to estimates accepted by most Egyptologists today, Ramesses II became Pharaoh of Egypt.
  • 1223 – Mongol invasions: Mongol forces defeated a combined army of Kiev, Galich, and the Cumans on the banks of the Kalchik River in present-day Ukraine.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: Confederate forces under Joseph E. Johnston and G. W. Smith engaged Union forces under George B. McClellan at the Battle of Seven Pines outside Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1981 – An organized mob of police and government-sponsored paramilitias began burning the public library in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, destroying over 97,000 items in one of the most violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the 20th century.
  • 2010 – During an attempt to break the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Navy engaged in armed conflict with the crew of the MV Mavi Marmara (pictured), resulting in nine civilian deaths.

In the news

In the news

Grafenrheinfeld Nuclear Power Plant

  • Germany announces plans to abandon nuclear power entirely by 2022 (nuclear plant in Grafenrheinfeld pictured).
  • President of Abkhazia Sergei Bagapsh dies from complications of surgery in Moscow.
  • A referendum to introduce divorce passes in Malta.
  • In association football, the UEFA Champions League season concludes with FC Barcelona defeating Manchester United in the final.
  • Egypt re-opens the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip.
  • In T20 cricket, the Indian Premier League season concludes with the Chennai Super Kings defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final.