39: Temporary Obstacles
General Meaning: Have temporary obstacles been blocking your way? In the course of trying to reach a goal or to fulfill a personal ambition, obstructions inevitably present themselves. This is not always a bad thing. Obstacles, difficulties and even setbacks that are eventually overcome often turn into assets. Without irritating grains of sand, oysters would never make pearls.
The obstacles pointed to here are not permanent, yet they are in the way. As when a large boulder falls in the road, the best course of action is usually to go around it, rather than to try to move it out of the way. Temporary obstacles must be seen for what they are — temporary — and should not be allowed to take on too much significance.
A positive aspect of even the most difficult obstacle is that it may cause a person to turn inward, and gain greater depth and character. While the ignorant bemoan their fate and seek to blame their problems on others, the wise seek the cause of the problem within themselves. Through this type of introspection, obstacles become a means for personal growth and self-discovery.
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If you are facing temporary obstacles, try not to be overly concerned. Obstacles are a part of achieving every goal and furthering every undertaking. Setbacks and reverses can affect morale, but keeping up your self-confidence in the face of challenges is part of a successful solution to many of life’s problems. Obstacles of short duration are best handled with a yielding attitude. Go around the rock, don’t put your shoulder to it.
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This Tarot Deck: Celestial
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.
It’s challenging to find any clear direction today because there are so many planets forming noisy aspects now. We start looking for ways to have more fun when the Moon enters playful Leo at 11:03 am EDT, shifting the energy outward. We’re ready to move on and leave old emotional issues in the past. Nevertheless, they may resurface in a more active manner of expression as Mercury, Venus and Mars create tense aspects with Saturn, Uranus and Pluto.
Your unsettled feelings might drive you to the edge today, yet the adrenaline rush lets you know that you are alive. Relationship drama weighs heavily on your mind now, but once you express your intentions, you’ll feel revitalized. Don’t bother trying to figure out what’s going on; all you need is a positive attitude as you reinvent your future.
You may be self-critical today as strict Saturn leans on sweet Venus. If you fall short of fulfilling your desires, you will probably believe that it was your own fault, no matter how much effort you put forth. Although you might not receive the approval you want now, recognition could still come later. Don’t keep everyone at a distance so you can appear invincible. Others will be more likely to support you if you have the courage to reveal your vulnerability and just be yourself.
Your restlessness may be enjoyable now because your current activity level matches the speed at which your thoughts are unfolding. Although you might actually feel quite productive, you won’t likely accomplish as much as you think you will. Ultimately, the choice is yours: fritter your time away doing one trivial thing after another or consciously concentrate on getting the results you want.
You’re ready to swing into motion today, but you may not want to do anything too quickly. It’s wise to spend the morning in contemplation, going over your ideas and analyzing the possible outcomes to each of your ambitious strategies. However, making careful plans isn’t enough to propel you to your desired destination, so use the fiery Leo Moon’s confidence to initiate action that will bring tangible results.
The Moon’s return to your sign today helps you get your intentions out into the open. Even if you’ve been trying to keep your emotions secret, it may be time to take a risk and share them with others. But you cannot just express every single whim that crosses your mind to whomever you happen to be talking to at the moment. Setting healthy boundaries is crucial now. Your inner life is your business alone, unless you choose to discuss your feelings with someone you trust.
The Moon’s shift into your 12th House of Privacy today raises issues, for you’re pulled between telling others what you feel and revealing nothing at all. You will probably be happier if you share some of your secrets with a close friend, but it’s not wise to ramble on. Stay conscious of your message and stop talking before you diffuse what you need to say.
The Moon enters your 11th House of Social Networking today, inviting you to be a more active participant in your group of friends and associates. Your desire to belong to a community motivates you to get involved with others. However, you must draw a firm line to establish your limits now or you’ll be dragged into a drama that needn’t impact you otherwise. Remember, hold your ground in a way that allows you to still join in the fun.
You could be expected to do something at work today that requires you to set aside your personal agenda. Even if you’re committed to excelling at your job, you don’t like it when others assume that you’ll say yes, even before you do. Instead of immediately rearranging your previous schedule to jump into a new assignment, take a risk and share your concerns. Once your position is out on the table, you’ll be able to negotiate a solution that is comfortable for everyone involved.
You may be even more outspoken than normal, stating your opinion on everything and everyone. Others may be confused by your responses because one moment you’re uplifting and inspirational, and just a few minutes later you’re overly pragmatic and resistant to new ideas. Instead of reacting by saying the first thing that crosses your mind, let everyone know that you need to clarify your conflicting thoughts before you draw any conclusions. No one will fault you for this kind of honesty; a little discretion goes a long way.
You may be struggling today as you try to decide whether to share your desires with someone you admire. You want your feelings to be acknowledged, but you might be afraid of being rejected. If you go ahead and take a risk, at least reveal your emotions consciously, without expecting any particular response. The smartest way to minimize potential emotional discomfort is to stay unattached from the outcome. The real magic now is found in embarking on the journey, and not arriving at the destination.
It’s all too easy for you to slip back into an old, familiar relationship pattern as the Moon enters your 7th House of Companions. Although the Moon connects you to the past, there’s no guarantee that a tried and true method will work today because active Mars is aspecting unruly Uranus. Instead of reacting impulsively, consider the consequences before doing something you might quickly regret.
The Moon’s shift into your 6th House of Health today reminds you of the relationship between diet, exercise and your overall well-being. Even if you’re already eating organically and practicing yoga, it may be time to make minor improvements to your daily regimen. It’s always wise to cultivate more awareness and enhance your lifestyle; even the littlest adjustments now can have significant positive ramifications.
Even something as innocuous as blueberries has been used to cast malicious spells. Create an infusion of blueberry leaves and sprinkle over your enemy’s doorsteps.
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This is potentially a stronger spell than the other listed here. Soak a cotton ball in Black Arts Oil and drop it into your enemy’s pocket.