On the day of 9 June
Of Saint Ephraem, deacon and doctor of the Church, who first exercised the office of preaching and of handing on sacred doctrine in Nisisbis, his own country. Then, when the Persians invaded Nisibis, he fled with disciples to Edessa in Osrhoene where he laid the foundations for a theological school, fulfilling his office through discourses and writings and in austerity of life, and so singular was he in doctrine that the exquisite hymns he composed merited for him the title �harp of the Holy Spirit.�
Deity of the Day
Well-known God with the head of an Ibis. He’s a good all-rounder for Arts, Science, Music, Astronomy, Speech and Letters. A good egg. Thoroughly recommended.
If ever a God was greater than great it was THOTH. In one translation his name is prefixed with the word ‘great’ no less than eight times. Thith may have helped to reduce the embarrathment cauthed by having a name that lookth like a lithp.
His resume seems too impressive to be true — but most of the facts speak for themselves. He is the master of time, mathematics, astronomy, readin’, writin’, ‘rithmatic — and almost anything else you can point a pair of dividers at.
365 days in a year? Thank THOTH (see AAH for the full story). 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night? Thank THOTH. Circles having 360 degrees? Thank THOTH.
His bestselling BOOK-OF-THE-DEAD is still in print and you will never be able to hitch-hike to Heaven on the Nile without it.
He does have his eccentricities — he sometimes likes to revert back to the good old OGDOAD days and appear as a baboon. Not just any old baboon, but one that could have written the complete works of Shakespeare before Shakespeare existed. (Now there’s an idea — it’s always been known that Shakespeare could hardly write his own name let alone spell it, so who really wrote all those plays that bearded scene-shifter claimed as his own?) In the custom of the times he chose the head of an Ibis with a fancy wig for those high-flying occasions.
Encouraging RA to call himself Top God left THOTH free to run just about everything without any fuss or hassle. Pocket calculators? THOTH used the whole firmament, available to all on a grand scale. Think Sky.
To make it easier, all the stars and planets required for calculation are associated with favorite Gods. Need to work something out via Sirius? Log in and have HATHOR guide you. Need the moon for phases, time or tides? Go to THOTH; he chose to be Top Moon God alongside his best buddy KHONSU.
Cool, modest, unflappable, and a brilliant arbitrator, THOTH has stood the test of time, time and time again. Full ticks and tocks to this tip-top God.
He was also known to Greek God geeks as Hermes Trismegistus, possibly to avoid talking with a lisp.
To inspire love, position a romantic picture so that it’s the first thing you see when you walk into the boudoir
STEP BY STEP
The pursuit of love is aided by moving constantly in the direction of togetherness. If you become an unstoppable force, will your partnership passion rule the universe?
31: Mutual Attraction
Consistency is important in matters of mutual attraction, for this is what separates courtship from seduction.
If you are by nature an instigator, it is good to take the initiative. But you need to remain sensitive, and highly principled, and avoid the temptation to be manipulative. Let the power of mutual attraction pull you along. If you are the receptive one, keep your mind innocent and free of pride, so that you may remain open to good advice or helpful assistance. When your influence arises from innocence, an even more powerful magnetic force is at work for you.
Remaining open to the forces of attraction brings good fortune. Closing yourself to them heralds the dying of the soul. Learn to yield to the natural tugs and pulls of the heart.
You may be feeling more serious and less playful today. You’re in a more contemplative mood than usual, and this is a great time to exercise patience and spend some quiet time with people who inspire you.
About the Number 7
This Tarot Deck: Lovers Path
Where the Empress energy secures and fertilizes our terrestrial lives, the goddess of The World invites us into cosmic citizenship — once we come to realize our soul’s potential for it. Just as the Chariot stands for success in achieving a separate Self, and Temperance represents achievement of mental and moral health, the World card announces the awakening of the soul’s Immortal Being, accomplished without the necessity of dying.
This card, like the Sun, is reputed to have no negative meaning no matter where or how it appears. If the Hermetic axiom is “Know Thyself”, this image represents what becomes known when the true nature of Self is followed to creative freedom and its ultimate realization.
You want to explore the potential for fun now, and may grow resentful if you cannot escape your responsibilities at work. Anyone who stands in your way might become the target of your misplaced anger. Fortunately, you are able to compromise if you can acknowledge that your desires may be a bit extreme today. Unfortunately, you can’t always live in the moment; you’ll be happier if you balance your need for immediate gratification with your respect for promises already made.
Your finances might not be able to stretch far enough for you to enjoy the luxuries you think you deserve now. If you just impulsively say yes to your whims, you’ll end up concerned that you can’t afford your grandiose adventure. However, scaling back your plans prior to making a commitment could be your ticket to success. Being practical before the fact is much wiser than having to deal with a reality check while you’re already in motion.
Friendly Venus enters your adaptable sign, but although you’re in your element, unspoken demands could prevent you from wandering off in search of pleasure. Unfortunately, someone’s unrealistic expectations may be complicating your life now. No matter what kind of relationship complexities you face, taking each situation by itself makes the overall energy easier to handle.
You may be unclear about what you want now that Venus has moved into your 12th House of Fantasy. Although your thoughts are noisy, you probably won’t share them today, especially if you believe that someone could use your words against you. But your fear might also prevent you from receiving love. Don’t be sure that you can read other people’s motives. Stay flexible and be open to others even if support doesn’t arrive in the exact manner you expect.
Although you can accept the importance of adhering to the rules of the game, you are also able to rationalize doing things your own way. It’s challenging for you to operate without a plan because you like to know exactly what you’re doing. Now, however, it may be to your advantage to fly by the seat of your pants. It can be scary to make it up as you go along, but your flexibility enables you to take advantage of the moment.
Venus enters flexible Gemini today, showing you that several different roads can lead to your desired destination. Unfortunately, you may lose sight of your initial goal if you spend too much time wondering if one route is more efficient than the others. Thankfully, your dreams will be within reach once you accept that moving forward is more important than answering an irrelevant question.
You could experience mood swings as the Moon returns to your sign today, but each emotional wave may seem more significant than the passing feeling actually is. Be careful of falling into a fruitless loop; endlessly analyzing your emotions is a waste of your energy now. Instead of engaging in impractical philosophical discussions about the meaning of your life, just sit back and enjoy the show as your mind jumps through hoops in order to justify your desires.
Before impulsively reacting to a changing set of circumstances, you’re better off contemplating your response. However, when required to shoot from the hip you do it well. You might wish that you had everything mapped out now, but you need to be ready to fill in the details as the power dynamics of a situation change. Remember that a significant opportunity could be lost today if you aren’t willing to be flexible.
You are eager to give others the benefit of the doubt now that charming Venus is visiting your 7th House of Relationships. Luckily, if someone pulls you out of emotional balance today, there’s no urgency to fight back to reclaim your equilibrium. It’s wiser to analyze your anxiety without attempting to blame anyone else. Answers come from your internal sense of peace and are not dependent on external circumstances.
Warrior Mars crosses swords with powerful Pluto in your sign today, stirring up conflict with a stubborn opponent. You may feel as if you’re being provoked, but your resistance to change prompts you to react with fear rather than hope. Once you realize that your need to be in control is casting scary shadows, you’ll begin to see silver linings instead of dark clouds. Remaining open to change could be enough to bring balance to your life.
You are lighter on your feet and quicker with your reactions now that Venus and Mercury are in jumping Gemini. Although you’re able to charm a potential adversary with your sharp wit, your thoughts could be moving so fast that you blurt out the wrong thing. You cannot take your words back if you step over the line of social acceptability, so don’t waste energy trying to fix your controversial outburst. Simply say that you’re sorry for your blunder and move on.
Talking about your past might seem like a smart idea with three planets traveling through your 4th House of Roots, but it may not have the effect you want. Your casual disclosure to a friend could have an unexpected impact and unlock a powerful emotional reaction. But don’t try to avoid the intensity; let the energy run its course and then decide what to say after everything settles back down.
Venus in Gemini
Thursday, June 9, 7:24 am PDT, 10:24 am EDT
Amorous Venus is friendly, flirtatious and fickle in the sign of the butterfly. Fidelity may flag and attention wanders as attraction to diverse people, ideas and experiences pulls hearts and minds in several directions at once. Conversation is the key to seduction in chatty Gemini where being interesting can be more important than being sincere. Experimenting with new forms of pleasure broadens aesthetic palettes as we seek fresh flavors of fun.