Standstill!—that’s the name of today’s message from Kua 12 of the I-CHING. My first thought was how that relates to Mercury Stationing Retrograde today—that’s a standstill for sure! Things that are usually humming along come to a halt for no apparent reason. We all have those times in life when progress seems impossible! For example, I’ve been so busy today that I just looked down and realized that I’m still in my pajamas! (That’s how she goes when you work from home.) It’s been like trying to shovel snow in a blizzard today—and with temperatures still in the 90’s that’s a cooling vision if nothing else!
All of that Mercury stationing retro can leave one feeling a bit disoriented and unfocused—not to mention Mercury is opposing Neptune! Some days we can only do our best and then turn to the higher energies (Neptune) where things seem more conducive. Sometimes during those occasions when you can’t focus well anyway, why try? It just feels like the energy now is calling is more inward.
Isn’t it just like divinity to show us that we aren’t as “in control” as our ego tends to think we are by crossing a few wires every now and then? Today could just be one of THOSE days! But we mustn’t allow ourselves to feel totally snowed under—sorry, it must be the heat; just can’t stop with the snow impressions! At these times, we do ourselves the greatest service by reminding ourselves that everything really IS unfolding exactly the way it should. This goes back to a blog from a few weeks ago—one of the greatest questions we can ask ourselves, said Einstein, is whether we believe in a friendly or unfriendly universe. In other words, one way to say it is that you either believe things are working in your favor, or you don’t. May as well agree to it—what is, ‘is’.
This seems to be a time for details too—at least until August 8th. Why so? Because Mercury is standing still and retrograding in the sign of Virgo—the detail oriented archetype. Essentially, if we can’t accomplish something really big right now, it may be best to back up a bit (retrograde) and work on the smaller details. Cool?
Cool! There I go again with the temperature references. I changed my twitter background to a Horn of Plenty image to try to encourage fall temperatures today and have “cool” on my brain.
Okay, so what needs maintenance and fine tuning and detailed attention? Go there—that’s today’s message. It’s time to go with that flow instead of spinning wheels and getting yourself deeper in the snow. Oh, if only it did snow for just a moment! It will soon enough is the point and that’s the message today—creative work can still happen even if there’s a freeze on. Become attentive to the intimate details of life now; do your part to melt the ice from within. Like I said, it’s a good time to meditate (it always is but…) now especially.
THE ASTROLOGY AND TAROT KEYWORD ARCHETYPE ASSOCIATIONS FOR KUA 12/STANDSTILL ARE:
Leo – not getting attention/acknowledgment
Capricorn – withdrawal; alone; isolation
Aquarius – detachment; need to detach; objective; need to be objective
The Emperor – restoring order to chaos
Judgment – need to keep an open mind
Death – renewal; change; let go; release
Empress – natural laws bring comfort; spring is followed by winter
The World – divine timing
(Sorry; I rushed through the archetypes today; a lightning storm is approaching—need to end and shut down the system. Another standstill! )