The Daily Motivator for Feb. 16 – Look forward

Look forward

Don’t base your attitude on what you’ve already experienced in the past. Choose your attitude based on what you would most like to experience in the future.

The way you decide to see the world determines what kind of world you see. Decide to see, and to live in, the very best world you can imagine.

Don’t waste a lot of time complaining about what has already happened. Put your time and energy into envisioning and planning and acting to create the life you truly wish to live.

Look forward with eager anticipation, see life at its best, and smile about what you see. What’s ahead is what counts, because that’s what you have the opportunity to choose right now.

There’s never any reason to be discouraged. No matter where you are or where you’ve been, you can choose a positive future for yourself.

Look forward, and see the positive possibilities. Look forward, and step decisively toward the best of them.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

Your Daily Influences for August 7th

Your Daily Influences
August 7, 2011

Tarot Influence

Rune Influence


Charm Influence
Temperance
This card represents harmony, self control and synchronization with the world and others.
Isa
The Ice Rune, represents stagnation and a passionless existence. Your life’s course may seem blurry at the moment, but if you persevere you will move onto better days.
The Amulet Box
There are papers in your near future. This aspect is affected by legal papers of some kind–a contract, a legal action or a fine of some kind. These papers will cost you financially and emotionally.
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.

Looking Both Ways Meditation

Looking Both Ways Meditation

 
Janu, the Roman God of thresholds, provides an appropriate focus for reflection when you are embarking upon a new phase in your life. He is often depicted with two faces — one of a child looking forward into the future and one of a bearded old man looking back into the past. Visualize yourself standing in a doorway, on the threshold of your new venture. Standing beside you is Janus. Looking behind you, survey your past and ask the old face of Janus to recount the most important lessons you have gathered from your previous experiences. Then look forward and ask the young face of Janus for some positive energy for the future. Encouraged by his hopefulness, set out on your journey.

 

General Daily Horoscope for Aug. 1st

The dynamic square between the two biggest bodies in the solar system can create larger-than-life opportunities, but the Sun and Jupiter could fool us by turning insignificant events into important ones. Meanwhile, pleasurable Venus in playful Leo forms an easy trine to unconventional Uranus, possibly bringing fun in a new package. However, we may be extremely picky about what we choose to do once the Moon enters finicky Virgo at 4:41 am EDT.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You might not take the time to think about your future security because you assume that your financial situation will improve soon. However, you should be careful because you could needlessly waste money when everything looks good. You may wish that you didn’t spend so much today when you’re not so flush later on. There’s nothing wrong with having fun as long as you don’t go over your limit. Money can’t buy you happiness.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You may be very fixed in your naive belief that everything will turn out well, prompting you to let some important business slide today. You can positively impact your life by thinking that your dreams will come true, but you still must pay attention to observing limits or you might face unpleasant consequences. There’s a lot at stake now, so don’t bet your success on the notion that everything will somehow improve on its own in the future. Apply yourself diligently in the present moment to slant the odds in your favor.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Changes in your relationships at work may cause you some concern, but your worry fades when you see that the dark clouds have silver linings. It’s invigorating when you realize that whatever is stuck needs to move to make room for positive change. Although you can’t see the details of your future, you know it’s better than what’s going on now. Don’t finalize your plans yet; it’s better to live with uncertainty for a few more days.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You like the idea of being part of a team now, but you don’t want to sacrifice your values just to be accepted. Fortunately, you are able to stay connected with the group, even if your goals ultimately differ from theirs. You can have your cake and eat it too as long as you remember to practice the art of inclusion. You don’t have to withdraw to be yourself. Others will appreciate you just the way you are.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may be extremely excited now that sweet Venus in your sign is connecting with electric Uranus. Happily, there is great potential everywhere you look. However, all that glitters is not gold. You cannot turn every possibility into a winner. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to sustain your current optimism forever, so conserve your resources and work to make an opportunity pay off soon.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You are humming with anticipation today, for you can see how the present moment holds the precious seeds for fantastic things to come. Unfortunately, events are moving quickly, increasing your anxiety, even if the challenge is also very exciting. Naturally, you want to be happy, but may be scared that whatever good happens now won’t last. You can ensure a better outcome if you build slowly and methodically on a strong foundation.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Your best shot at happiness today comes as a total surprise, so set aside your previous agenda and be ready for something cool to happen. Instead of doing everything the same old way, take a break from your regular routine. Habitual patterns may be reassuring, but can also limit your opportunities. Acting spontaneously now could lead you to a truly memorable experience.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

An unexpected event can turn your day upside down. Even if you planned to spend a simple day at work, things could get out of hand quickly. Resistance is futile; don’t try to control what happens today. If you fearfully attempt to go back to the way things were, you could miss out on a lot of fun.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your life seems to be undergoing rapid change and you’re thrilled with the notion of riding the currents wherever they take you. You have no idea where the tides are carrying you, yet you’re eager to head out on this great adventure, anyway. Don’t assume that you’re really ready to leave just because everything looks good. Taking your time to put everything in order now will ensure that you’ll actually reach your destination.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You may need to regain control by slowing down or you could be forced to use your emergency brake to temporarily stop everything. Unfortunately, these tactics won’t likely bring you the stability you now seek. Additionally, letting your fears influence your decisions is a big mistake and could sour a perfectly wonderful situation. Luckily, you’re not in any danger as long as you continue to flow with the current energy.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

This is an exciting day because charming Venus is harmonizing with your key planet Uranus. You are looking good and feeling even better. For now, you’re the one who’s able to navigate through the stormy weather, so others may come to you for advice and leadership. Do not give them the party line. Your friends might not want to hear the truth, but your eclectic perspective is more valuable than telling them what they want to hear.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your traditional planet Jupiter squares the Sun today to fill your sails with the winds of change. You are charged up and raring to go, but things get tricky because you may not have a destination in mind yet. Your confidence is soaring and you know you’ll reach your goals — if you could only decide what you want to do. Slow down and give yourself time to reconsider your priorities before you find yourself drifting aimlessly out to sea.

Are You Aware Of Your Unconscious Tendencies?

Are You Aware Of Your Unconscious Tendencies?

posted by Deepak Chopra
 

The question of free will versus determination is huge. In the one reality, every pair of opposites is ultimately an illusion. We’ve already blurred the division between good and evil and life and death. Is free will going to turn out to be the same as determinism? A lot seems to ride on the answer.

Free Will = Independence, Self-determination, Choice, Control over events, Future is open.

Determinism = Dependence on an outside will, Self determined by fate, No control over events, Choices made for you, Future is closed.

These phrases sketch in the common understanding of what’s at stake. Everything in the free-will column sounds attractive. We all want to be independent; we want to make our own decisions; we want to wake up with hope that the future is open and full of endless possibilities.

On the other hand, nothing seems attractive in the determination column. If your choices have been made for you, if your self is tied to a plan written before you were born, then the future cannot be open. Emotionally at least, the prospect of free will has already won the argument.

And at a certain level nobody has to delve any deeper. If you and I are marionettes operated by an invisible puppeteer – call him God, fate, or karma – then the strings he’s pulling are also invisible. We have no proof that we aren’t making free choices.

There is a reason to delve deeper, however, and it centers on the word Vasana. In Sanskrit, a Vasana is an unconscious cause. It’s the software of the psyche, the driving force that makes you do something when you think you’re doing it spontaneously. As such, Vasana is very disturbing.

Vasana is determinism that feels like free will. If unconscious tendencies kept working in the dark, they wouldn’t be a problem. But human beings, unique among all living creatures, want to break down Vasana. We crave the assurance of absolute freedom and its result – a totally open future.
Is this reasonable? Is it even possible?

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for June 2 is 12:Standstill

12: Standstill

Hexagram 12
 
General Meaning: A state of standstill is a state of decline. Confusion and disorder prevail. Inferior elements are on the rise, while the powers of clarity and creativity are waning. In such times, the wise take shelter in their own integrity and quietly remain faithful to their highest selves. Retreat from public activities and common exchanges until the time once again favors assertive action.

During periods of stagnation, inferior elements can rise to power. When the inmates are overrunning the asylum, summon up your fortitude, hide your worth and withdraw. Concentrate on your personal affairs with a quiet dignity, even if that means giving up short-term rewards.

Desiring to change a situation too quickly often creates extra conflict. By accepting hardship, while striving to maintain integrity, you are preparing for future growth. A seed of prosperity is often hidden inside the husk of misfortune.

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.

Daily Horoscopes for April 25

 

General Daily Horoscope

 

The Moon’s visit to intellectual Aquarius fuels the fires of the five-planet cluster in independent Aries. The global thinking of Aquarius combines nicely with the personal drive of Aries. The Moon’s harmonious trine to stabilizing Saturn grounds our ideas in practical action. Meanwhile, we receive support from the Sun, which has already escaped the Aries pack and is now in determined Taurus to make sure we follow through on what we have begun.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Although it’s back to work for many today, it might still seem like a play day to you. Even if you have obligations to fulfill, you can probably figure out how to involve your friends. You may be like Tom Sawyer, making your chores look like so much fun that others will want to join in and help. Everyone may end up having a good time, regardless of what you are doing. Ultimately, it’s the feeling of camaraderie that makes this day a memorable one.

 

 

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You want to demonstrate your intelligence today so others will see you as a leader. Staying a step ahead of everyone else enables you to command enough authority to be in charge. However, you might not want all the responsibility that comes with this territory, just because you are seen as the top dog. It’s challenging because you’re not sure about the choices you have to make. Worrying won’t make anything better, so just decide the best you can and move on.

 

 

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Thinking about the future is easy today, but it becomes more complicated if you have to include others in your decisions. At first, you may enjoy the idea of strategizing how to get your friends involved, but executing your plan may be more challenging than it appears. You might grow irritated because your associates are not acting like team players. If the frustration gets to be too much, don’t be afraid to just proceed on your own.

 

 

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You have been managing a balancing act between your personal needs and your public responsibilities for a while, and now a conflict with a close friend or partner complicates things even more. You don’t care about the superficial aspects of what’s happening; you need to share on a deeper level. However, it’s not easy to open up if you are afraid of being hurt. Revealing your emotions without being overly attached to the outcome can alleviate the pressure, enabling you to overcome your fear.

 

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are quite hopeful about a new relationship today, but you still may experience wide mood swings with the Moon activating your 7th House of Partners. Try not to be so attached to your fear of abandonment; don’t over-personalize a situation if someone inadvertently excludes you. You are best off trusting your friends and giving them the same freedom that you want given to you.

 

 

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Although you may still be feeling anxious today, setting priorities and concentrating on the most practical chores should ease the tension. Unfortunately, focusing isn’t a simple task because you can see too many possibilities ahead, which might make you more resistant to the upcoming changes. Bring your thoughts back to the here and now, for the present moment is the only place where you can create an impact. Don’t worry about the inevitable; your future will arrive exactly on schedule.

 

 

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You can be the life of the party today or the one who’s busy telling jokes at the office water cooler. But your spontaneity adds to your charm, belying your underlying seriousness. Ironically, several planets in your 7th House of Relationships could shift the focus off of you now and bring someone into your life that helps you see yourself more clearly. Your interactions with others give you a mirror with which you can see into your own soul.

 

 

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You might mistrust your feelings today as the emotionally detached Aquarius Moon visits your 4th House of Security. It makes you uncomfortable when your rational thoughts are telling your heart what to do, and you’re particularly vulnerable if you lose touch with your feelings. Finding balance is tricky now because ignoring your passions will land you in trouble. Nevertheless, think first before doing something you may regret.

 

 

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your friends and associates might find it difficult to accept that you feel so good now. They may believe that something is lurking in the twilight behind your bright smile. Luckily, they are wrong. Although deep issues can rise to the surface over the next few days, you are quite capable of handling them. Don’t worry about what others think; just be true to yourself.

 

 

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You have entered a period of financial uncertainty and nothing you do seems to make sense of your fiscal picture. Even a decision about a straightforward purchase could set you on a trajectory that culminates in the sobering realization that you do not have an endless money supply. Although you might understand the steps to manifesting abundance, it may take you longer than you wish to have enough cash to buy what you want.

 

 

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

It’s difficult to see the effect you have on others today; however, it’s still useful to contemplate the results of your actions before you undertake something that wastes your time and energy. No matter how good your intentions are now, you can still come on too strong. It’s not helpful to annoy someone who normally supports you. However, you could raise suspicions if you are overly cautious. Your smartest strategy is to acknowledge your own power, but wield it only if necessary.

 

 

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You are easily enamored with your own fantasies today as the Moon moves through your 12th House of Imagination. You might even forget when to return to reality. Although drifting off into your dreams is often a rejuvenating activity, you won’t be able to turn your back on your responsibilities now. Planning a temporary escape can work as long as you cover your bases in the real world.

Daily Horoscopes for April 24

 

General Daily Horoscope

 

Today begins slowly with a steady Capricorn Moon and restrictive Saturn still opposing logical Mercury. But the energy shifts at 1:58 pm EDT when the Moon enters futuristic Aquarius, releasing us from the past and focusing our interest on what’s next. Since this is just the first full day of Mercury’s direct motion, it may take a while to get back up to speed. It’s a familiar message: although we’re wired with anticipation, we must be patient.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You are ready to go out and have fun today, but you might be a bit detached from what actually happens. Ironically, you know what you want, but may not care all that much if you actually get it. Remaining open to the difference between your wishes and the events of the day can be healthy, but don’t be so disconnected that you are in denial of your emotions. Acknowledging your feelings is a crucial part of your long-term happiness.

 

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You know what you want to say to those around you, but you might choose to minimize the intensity of your current feelings. Part of the problem is that you’re connected with your dreams, and you don’t want to justify yourself to anyone else now. Acting as if you’re emotionally detached gives you a bit more freedom. Just keep in mind that it also takes work to avoid getting hooked on your desires.

 

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

You are looking forward to beginning something new in the days ahead, but you first have to finalize your plans. Acting impulsively won’t be sufficient; this isn’t just about doing something for fun. The Moon’s entry into your 9th House of Adventure reflects your current need to expand your horizons. Don’t settle for the easy way out; creating a sound strategy can be your key to accomplishing your goals.

 

 

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You are emotionally nurtured by the physical closeness of your loved ones, yet now you might feel resistant to someone’s advances. Your current retreat probably isn’t about fearing intimacy; instead, it’s more likely about your goal to become more independent. Stepping out beyond your comfort zone is healthy as long as you don’t alienate your loyal allies in the process.

 

 

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

A weird conversation with a close friend or partner today could reveal more information than you think you need to know. You might be uncomfortable because you aren’t certain how to respond to what you learn. Keep in mind that you don’t have to control what’s happening, nor do you have to do anything about your new perspective. Take all the time you need before drawing your own conclusions.

 

 

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You don’t want to do your routine chores in the same way as you have always done them. You are bored today and might attempt a different approach just to make your day more exciting. Don’t be concerned if something takes longer because of your unorthodox style. Time isn’t really being wasted, because you’re gaining valuable experience that can pay off in the near future.

 

 

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You may want to spend time with a really good friend today because their enthusiasm is contagious and fun. You feel as if something is about to change and your life could suddenly become more intense. However, there’s no need to worry about being too busy later on; you’ll still find time to relax. Make a commitment to enjoy yourself no matter how the day plays out.

 

 

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You may come close to losing your temper today if something at home doesn’t conform to your heart’s desire. It’s not that an unexpected exchange will catch you off guard; it’s just that you could be compulsive about how you want your day to unfold. Your current inflexibility can make you feel discouraged. It helps to be open to the natural fluidity of the moment. A total surprise may turn out much better than you expect.

 

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

There are many things to do and so many interesting people to see, but you may have packed one too many activities into a finite amount of time. Instead of simply enjoying the diversity, you could be distracted by the practical necessity of having to adhere to a tight calendar. Try canceling or even postponing a few appointments before it’s too late. Your weekend will be more enjoyable if you adopt a slower pace.

 

 

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You’re eager to have a bit of time at home today, especially if a busy social calendar has kept you jumping throughout the past week. It’s healthy to reconsider what you want for yourself now, instead of just keeping up appearances and doing whatever’s expected of you. Maintaining your integrity is important. Set new boundaries and, within reason, do whatever makes you feel good.

 

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You may be needier than usual today with the Moon visiting your sign. Unfortunately, your friends and family might not take care of you and you cannot realistically expect them to read your mind. You’ll be happier if you are open with your feelings and clearly communicate what you want, even if you have little chance for satisfaction. Be upfront and only participate in activities that will make you happy.

 

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Although there are still opportunities available, you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders today. But your somber perspective is internal, so you might not want to burden others with your troubles. Fortunately, you are able to lighten your load by focusing on your ideal future and allowing the hope of your dreams to lift you beyond your current obligations.

Daily OM for 4/6 – Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones
One Day at a Time

 Our lives are made of stepping stones, one experience after another in perfect and divine order.

The years of our life do not arrive all at once; they greet us day by day. With the descent of each setting sun, we are able to rest our heads and let the world take care of itself for a while. We may rest assured throughout the night, knowing that the dawn will bring with it a chance to meet our lives anew, donning fresh perspectives and dream-inspired hopes. The hours that follow, before we return to sleep once more, are for us to decide how we want to live and learn, laugh and grow. Our lives are sweeter and more manageable because we must experience them this way: one day at a time.

Imagine the future stretching out before you and try to notice if you feel any tension or overwhelm at the prospect of the journey still to come. Perhaps you have recently made a lifestyle change, like beginning a new diet or quitting smoking, and the idea of continuing this healthy new behavior for years seems daunting. Maybe you have started a new job or are newly married and can feel an undercurrent of anxiety about your ability to succeed. If you can shift your focus from what may happen years down the line and return it to the day that is before you right now, you may find a measure of calm and renewed confidence in your capabilities. You may also discover an inner faith that the future will take care of itself.

The way we show up for our lives today and tomorrow has an enormous affect on who we will be and what we will be experiencing years from now. If we can remain fully engaged in the day at hand, enjoying all it has to offer and putting our energy into making the most of it, we will find that we are perfectly ready and capable to handle any future when it arrives.