Meaning of the New Moon in Aquarius January 20, 2015 and the Aquarian in Your Life and The Chariot with Queen of Cups

New Moon times.  Could these be times in which the door to the psyche is open for us to enter and redirect our play just a little bit–at least emotionally?  And is it a time for us to create and debate and elevate as well as fixate about our emotional nature?  New Moon times could be  the most important part of our creative nature since it sets the tone for how we interpret the world.  Each month the dye is cast so-to-speak by our response to life at the New Moon time.  If we could mark the time and be aware of it, we could control the nature of the dye we cast for the upcoming 28’ish to 30-day lunar cycle.

If you happen to know  the house that the New Moon is in (for you), you can derive more insight from the vibes but even if you don’t know that information, it’s still beneficial to open to setting a new tone for your emotional responses to life.    (If you should happen to know what house 0° Aquarius falls in your natal chart, this will give you an idea for the areas of your life that will be activated and in what life categories the potential for renewal will be natural and beneficial to cast your emotional die for the next 30-day cycle.   But even if you do not know which house your 0° Aquarius is located, you can still benefit from simply knowing the sign itself.

So we have a New Moon in Aquarius!  This sign rules the 11th house of hopes, dreams and also carries a humanitarian and “friends” as general meaning archetypes.  Innovative thinking is part of the Aquarius vibe as well as freedom seeking qualities being a part of this energy.  In evolutionary soul astrology, it also links with “the wound” of the past lives.

So in any of those ways we can cast the dye for this next month–changing our emotional responses to life in those areas.

(Again, if you know the house of your natal chart that holds 0° Aquarius, you can factor in that information as well.)

I just had a brilliant idea!  (Now that’s the stuff that Aquarius is made of actually–brilliant ideas.)  Anyway, why not draw a few tarot cards to add insight to the Aquarius New Moon meaning here?  Why not?  It’s my blog and I can do what I want!–that last sentence (too) is very ‘Aquarian’ in nature.  🙂

Let me first reiterate that a New Moon relates to heightened sensitivity to a particular energy for the purpose of casting new dye for the purpose of renewing the potential of that part of your psyche.  Using emotion to rededicate yourself in some way–that’s another way to say it.  We can toss in “desire nature” as well here in that what we desire usually has a rather significant emotional derivative so using that energy to create something new in our lives.

Let me draw two cards now to help us to know more about this month’s New Moon in Aquarius, asking how we can best use this time for our highest benefit and therefore highest benefit of all.  I’m going to use the Hanson-Roberts tarot deck for this one; here we go.  (By the way, I love the images on this deck and the cards are small and fit nicely in my hands during the shuffle.  This is a deck that I used to program meanings from the divinitory method using my own memories.)

I drew THE CHARIOT and QUEEN OF CUPS. 

Chariot with Queen of Cups

Well, first impression:  male image/female image so a hint at balance confirmed by the yin and yang on the Chariot.  All those stars on the Chariot card really do remind me of the sign of Aquarius and now the Cup the Queen holds, definitely relates to emotions (cups equal emotion in the tarot system).

The Chariot also speaks of using one’s will, directing one’s energy and being determined; it is also about practice and practice making perfect.  Practicing what?  The Queen holds that answer–understanding your emotional reactions.  Satisfaction comes from practicing using one’s will to understand emotional responses and to keep on that path and exerting control in some way to achieve a goal.

Sometimes we let our emotions spin out of control.  Yet, these cards speak of the suggestion that this New Moon cycle the directive is about making it a goal to control emotions so that they do not spin out, causing us to break down, go off our intended path and by failing to maintain our balance and by neglecting to keep the positive/negative pull of our nature (yin/yang) under control.

I think of the Queen of Cups always as it relates to intuition and also empathy/compassion — those energies, too, need to be balanced so that emotions don’t spin out.

The Queen sits by an ocean and this hints, to me, that water can help in our endeavors this month and if there is a goal that you believe you’d like to reach regarding water in any way, this New Moon in Aquarius would support that.   Many people feel very “at peace” near water or even in water.  Aquarius, after all, is the “water bearer” (despite it being an ‘air’ sign.  The Chariot does relate to the Sign of Cancer and Cancer is ruled by the Moon and Moon energy always relates to water.

The New Moon
The Sun and Moon are joined together to create something new during the New Moon time

So on all levels I do get that a message for this New Moon time relates to emotion and the goal of harnessing those in some way that relates to Aquarius energy — friends, hopes, dreams, humanitarian causes, group energy or perhaps it relates to a person with the Sun sign Aquarius with the understanding that the Sun and Moon are neck-in-neck right along side one another at the same degree when there’s a New Moon.

Give it another go here–what I mean is to consider reading this post over again with what your intuition tells you Aquarius means to you!  Cast the dye consciously.

Final thought:  is there a way that you can balance emotions for a new cause, a new reason in this new lunar phase?

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Daily Divination 8-10-11 Butterfly Energy Today – Keep It Simple and Joyful While Tending to Details – I CHING Kua 62

Twofold messages from the I-CHING oracle today! Find the extraordinary in the ordinary (love that one!) and attend to small details—pace yourself. Inspired by Kua 62 called “Small Is Beautiful” or “Attention to Detail and Small Tasks”, the message is to be joyful about small achievements done well and enjoy success in moderate endeavors. KISS is a good motto for today—K.eep I.t S.imple S.weetie!

Handle everything today as if it is “butterfly wings”—be very gentle and delicate. It’s a good day to simplify and find the joy in tending to ordinary details. Check your breath frequently—don’t hold and stay relaxed.

The Moon is nearly full right now in the earthy-work sign of Capricorn and energy is building.  We may feel a bit overwhelmed by details and work that needs doing; but, easy does it!

Remember that we are here to enjoy life as well as to accomplish goals—without a mental attitude of struggle, everything will get done and with a smile on your face to boot.

I have to omit the full astrology and tarot correlation today… it’s a matter of time and those details, you know? said with a smile   Below are the signs and cards that correlate with KUA 62… but one can always use the search window on the blog website itself here to type in a search term to find the meanings…

Aquarius, Pisces, Scorpio, Sag, Death, Hanged Man, Chariot, High Priest/Hierophant, Temperance, High Priestess

PERSONAL NOTE: I may not be able to blog again for a week or so; but will try to get some in as opportunities arise for a post. Essentially, for subscribers of this blog, I will be back to work fully on the 23rd; between now and then I will be having company from out-of-town and then will be out-of-town myself. This has to do with an issue of a family reunion! Will be back soon….

PS—I’m seeing signs of very, very early fall here in the mountains of North Carolina! It’s still hot during the day but our evenings and mornings are beautiful now!

Autumn is my favorite time of year—but then, I’m a Libra Sun; so I suppose that’s natural.

Daily Divination 8-1-11 Neptune/Mercury Joy and Enthusiasm—Can You Feel It? Now’s the time to Channel Inspirational Energy; I-CHING Kua 16 with Astrology and Tarot Archetypes

Enthused, zapped, lit up, electrified and turned on with energy—can you feel it? Today take that bridge to the world of Joy and Enthusiasm! There’s nothing like it under the Sun and speaking of Sun, let’s add on Optimism and Celebration! Enthusiasm has nothing to do with ego; rather, its  in connection to The Divine that we experience it– and in doing so, we  joyously merge with Life and with others. Something is shifting—perhaps it is because July is now behind us and we have the optimism of the new month ahead; but something has definitely shifted.

Astrologically, we have Mercury in nearly an exact opposition to Neptune which can illuminate the ever-present grace of The Divine; the ocean (Neptune) of inspiration is communicating (Mercury) with us!

The image for the I-CHING Kua 16/Enthusiasm is a perfect representation of a Cosmic Neptune and Communicative Mercury.

The keyword for today is Enthusiasm and you will do well to create it wherever and however you can and share it with others—it should be easy.

Today is a great day to inspire others and even the most daunting goals can be achieved easily with a little Enthusiasm; that grace is easily obtainable today.

Take time to celebrate today; never underestimate the power of shared Enthusiasm. The increase in confidence that Enthusiasm provides today will help you successfully achieve any endeavor.

Enthusiasm is generated by inspiration and the planet of inspiration (Neptune) is making a direct hit to the planet of communication (Mercury). But now I’m repeating myself. Mercury and Neptune will oppose until August 8th. It’s a great day; a great week (just like it is any time but especially NOW) to be touched by the illuminating creative power of Enthusiasm!

ASTROLOGY AND TAROT KEYWORD ARCHETYPE ASSOCIATIONS FOR I-CHING KUA 16/ENTHUSIASM

Aquarius – detaching from conditioned reality; individuation

Pisces – ruled by Neptune; Universal Mind; Cosmic Ocean of Consciousness

Capricorn – the boundary between egoic mind and cosmic consciousness; leadership

Death – transformation; change

Hanged Man – surrendering to The Divine; “let go and let god”; moving from escapism to inspiration

The Chariot – seeing the “big picture”

The Empress – fulfillment of the creative impulse of The Universe; harmony; stream of intuition; co-creatorship with the divine; the feminine principle; inspiration

The World – dancing to the rhythm of life in the NOW; inner visions; unity consciousness; Oneness withS Divine Spirit; manifesting Heaven on Earth; like “The Chariot”, seeing the whole picture; joyful participation in the creation of life

See you tomorrow….

Daily Divination 7-30-11 misinterpreting strong karmic connections for LOVE – I-CHING Kua 54, The Marrying Maiden; Astrological and Tarot correlations

 Man’s task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.  –Carl Jung

Whenever we have compromised our authenticity and truth, the first symptom is usually a feeling of emptiness within. And to live in a world of make-believe and to insist on living in a fantasy, we gradually lose touch with who we really are. I did that once in a connection with someone – a very confusing relationship. Like many other people do, because a strong connection was felt, a misinterpretation was experienced.

I was fooling myself and in denial, failing to honor and respect my own truth. Finally, like in all cases such as these, circumstances evolved to the breaking point wherein I had to become completely honest with myself—and with many addictive types of situations, more than once before I could finally break the chains of my own illusion.

Today the I-CHING Kua 54 brings a cosmic communiqué about relationships. The paragraph above was about a one-on-one partnership; however this guidance applies to more than a personal or love relationship—we could relate this to business partnerships, a company, organization, family or any other type of group.

In any of those scenarios it is possible to enter unknowingly at first into a situation wherein our own spirit becomes compromised due to eventual inequality or subordination that comes about through a desire to be in a role or to be in a certain position.

Sometimes it takes a while before we realize we have become a pawn in someone else’s game or have fallen from grace due to susceptibility to flattery or manipulated through unrealistic promises.

What comes to mind is the word “discernment” as it relates to knowing who to trust and who not to trust and perhaps naiveté or gullibility. Some folks can get themselves very confused and in big trouble by believing others, taking everything at face value.

Gosh, what comes to mind next is the whole scenario of the Anthony family—you know about that right? The Florida legal case involving the death of little Caylee Anthony. What we could see happening in some of the family members involved is what is referred to as “silver-tongued devil’s”. What does that mean? People who will say anything to manipulate and coerce and other folks who take those silver-tongued individuals at face value.

I think one of the greatest lessons for those who are born with a consciousness that is too innocent and naïve is to develop a level of sophistication that incorporates the concept that some people can be really good liars. And some will lie about things that it isn’t even necessary to lie about. And further that people will manipulate the truth for their own agenda. If we have not grown up around folks like these, it is very easy to be taken in—we just cannot conceive of that type of manipulative dishonesty!

It’s confusing. And when confronted with it we will say to ourselves, “That’s what they said, why would they lie?” Mostly because we wouldn’t, we believe that other people are like we are.  They’re not always.

Ho! And that’s the real wake up call, isn’t it? When we find out, in undeniable terms, that all along we have been a pawn in someone else’s game, it is an awakening of sorts.

BUT there are no real victims and then we have to ask ourselves how it happened and what our own role was in the scenario and then we can get honest about it.

Was it our own low self-esteem issue that got us caught in the illusion? Were we failing to respect our self and our intuition?

When these things happen, as we look back we can clearly see how we were lying to ourselves or denying the obvious. We might ask ourselves, “How could I have been so blind”?

One of the most painful things in life is facing the truth that we’ve sold ourselves short—or perhaps for a while exchanged our very own soul by entering into agreements that weren’t good for us in the first place.

The bottom line message is that we need to allow ourselves to feel it and take responsibility for our part in it—this is the first step in release and reclaiming our soul. And feeling those emotions of self-betrayal (even though initially it feels like the other (s) betrayed us) can be horribly painful. It’s like I blogged about yesterday… bringing light into those dark places!

I’ve got to say from my personal experience, that I thought I’d cleared the energy (of that one relationship situation) many times; but, apparently I didn’t go deep enough. It was back when Uranus was exiting my 7th house and my transiting SN was hitting all the 12th house planets that the final catharsis occurred. It was pretty dramatic and probably involved clearing more than one lifetime’s worth of issues. Sleepless nights and many tears were involved but after all the review and re-examination in a new light (it took some time), I learned quite a lot and felt so much clearer about so many things. I know that sounds vague, but I am sparing you the details.

When we wake up to the realization that there is a fatal flaw in what we thought was going to be a perfect situation, we sometimes want to go back to sleep again and not look at reality—meaning that we put those rose-colored glasses back on and make excuses to cover up what we know deep down is true but simply can’t face—sometimes we don’t see it but everyone else does but we think it is they who are confused (not us).

We can so easily ignore the whispering of our own intuition when we become attached to a desired outcome—that happens so easily. The thing is to love yourself out of it and the first thing is forgiveness, knowing you did the best you could at the time.

In my case, it was an instance of misinterpreting the signals of ‘strong connection’ to another soul as something that it wasn’t. It was karmic connection that needed to be released in this lifetime.

ASTROLOGY AND TAROT KEYWORD CORRELATIONS TO KUA 54

Aquarius – willingness to be a ‘group of one’; detachment

Pisces – illusion; delusion

Taurus – self-reliance

Gemini – truth versus lies

Death – releasing unhealthy attachments

Hanged Man – reversing a situation; seeing things from the opposite viewpoint

The Chariot – liberating from old patterns; distinguishing the true desires of the enlightened self from the compulsive desires of the un-awakened self; success on one’s journey; the need to release emotions

Lovers – Looking to another person to make you feel whole and complete when you already are; balancing one’s own male and female energies i.e. ‘the marriage within’; the inability to see parts of an issue to which one is temporarily blinded due to attachment to a desired outcome; the need to develop discrimination i.e. knowing who to trust and who not to trust

Fool — innocence and naiveté; being foolish

The Star — being guided by inner wisdom and intuition; discovering the truth within; cleansing and renewal

Daily Divination 7-26-11 Balancing Mind/Body/Spirit; Do you know what you need and what you don’t? Use Intuition; I-CHING Kua 27

Create balance in mind, body and spirit – Kua 27 – did so much of that yesterday that I didn’t get to make a blog post; that was the I-CHING Kua for yesterday. Ever have a day when you just know, without a doubt, that things are out of balance? It’s a matter of finding out what we need to do in order to restore that and then taking step one, step two and before you know it things start to feel much better.  Using one’s intuitive impulses at these times to lead one to the next step, asking the question, “What do I need?” and then observing the response–this helps. That’s the kind of day I had yesterday…

It rained all day and my elbow was hurting from doing too much yard work and I felt a headache coming on—What do I need? What do I need? –that was the mantra for me yesterday. I decided it was a haircut which I did myself. I cut off a good 4 inches and felt much lighter. Then I acted on doing small things that I’d been putting off and one thing to another mixed with doing an hour aerobic workout, a meditation, housework and by the end of the day I was feeling good as new again. Essentially, I took the advice/guidance of Kua 27 and nurtured body, mind and spirit.

Health and well-being goes beyond being free from disease—our body, mind and spirit must be in balanced in order to radiate light. Mine wasn’t. Today’s message is to ask the self what is needed in order to restore balance in the mind/body/spirit. Sometimes what is needed is to change our daily routine and “clean up our act” (in my case yesterday, housework and a haircut and no blog post).

When the body/mind is balanced, our capacity for spontaneity, joy, and peace is increased. Every part of us requires nourishment—not just our stomach. Today the question for contemplation is “How well am I nourishing myself? What do I need?”

I will have to skip over the astrological and tarot archetype correlations for this one—or I will add them as an addendum later…

Kua 27 is called “The Corners of the Mouth” OR “Providing Sustenance”. How can you provide nourishment for yourself today?  Let your intuition guide you.

ADDENDUM—ASTROLOGY AND TAROT ARCHETYPE KEYWORD ASSOCIATIONS:

Astrological correlations…

Scorpio — probing deeply into one’s soul

Sagittarius – seeking freedom; optimism

Aquarius — liberating from conditioned states; detaching; objectivity

Pisces – meditation; seeking peace; self-compassion; withdrawal

Tarot correlations…

Hierophant (High Priest) – going within and consulting the inner guide; listening to the small voice within

Temperance – Sagittarius archetype; honoring inner values; intuition; awareness of what needs healing and balancing

High Priestess – being in touch with the subconscious; bringing what is unconscious into awareness; being in-tune with inner knowing

Death – change; getting down to basics and bare bone realizations (Scorpio archetype); determining true inner yearnings; shedding of the old (i.e. the haircut in my example above 🙂

Hanged Man – feeling the need to be still or to turn things around; reversing the routine; healing and rejuvenation within; usual thinking needs to be reversed;  looking at life
differently

The Chariot – awareness of the “vehicle” i.e. the body; body awareness;  taking the middle way of the polarities of life; ability to regulate one’s life

Daily Divination 7-21-11 Innocence, Intuition, Spontaneity in Walking One’s Path – I CHING Kua 25; Cancer, Leo, Aquarius, Pisces, Justice, The Emperor, Judgment, Death, Hanged Man, The Chariot

Innocence is the ability to pay attention to the inner voice of intuition and to spontaneously respond to life unfolding in the now. The members of the psychic class group are currently having a big discussion on diet and foods and fasting and onward—pulling this rune for today’s cosmic communiqué relates (I believe) to trusting the body’s wisdom in each moment which was my contribution to discussions on the topic.

Today’s message comes from Kua 25 of the I CHING, called “Innocence” –human nature directed by spirit. This Kua is also called “Simple Purpose”—following the true inclination of the heart.

The Wilhelm/Baynes Book of Changes says this about Kua 25: By devotion to the divine spirit within the self, innocence is attained that leads to do the right thing with ‘instinctive’ sureness without any thought.

I can’t help but think of babies and their diet. Moms tend to worry about what their children eat. Maybe I’m old fashioned (probably, I’m getting old… ) but ‘back in the day’ the pediatricians would say to offer the child a variety of healthy foods and the child’s body wisdom will direct them. I noticed that this was true overall—lots of noodles one day and the next day lots of carrots. It seemed to balance out without me  injecting any food anxieties.

Children have not been programmed to have preferences, to be fixated on ideals, or strive to achieve ego-goals. Children, in their natural innocence, can be such beautiful teachers.

Because of our training as we move into adulthood, the mind can be forceful in trying to convince the “innocent self” of certain beliefs under the guise of improvement. Sometimes that’s a good thing but…

… today’s message is gently reminding us of the wisdom gained when we trust the innocence of our own natural spirit.

Renew your acquaintance with your natural, childlike, innocent self—there is wisdom there.

BOTTOM LINE: Today’s message is to approach each situation as it comes and to be responsive to subtle influences that are the result of sensitivity and enthusiasm. Life is a moment-to-moment flowering, not some problem to be solved. Look at life today through the eyes of an innocent child. To function most effectively (in any situation), it is important to ‘be present’ in each and every moment. Release complex issues in favor of a simple approach. Find the balance you need between childlike confidence and the wisdom of experience.

The Astrological Correlations to the I CHING Kua 25, Innocence are:

Cancer – nurturing with food

Leo – childlike; Leo rules the 5th house of “children”

Aquarius – being a “group of one”; breaking free from a need to conform

Pisces – mutability; willingness to be flexible; being aware of subtle energy; innocence; openness

The Tarot Correlations to the I CHING Kua 25, Innocence are:

Justice – energy being balanced; need for equilibrium; need to discriminate what is best for self

The Emperor – the need to balance the strong male qualities with the feminine; being too rigid or too fixed with a desire to bring order and control into one’s life

Judgment – realizing one is not just a body or mind, but a divine being; receptivity to the ways of one’s spirit; living one’s inner truth

Death – rebirth; rejuvenation; being open to change;

Hanged Man – being non-resistive; reversal in thinking; relaxing about things; surrender and letting go; softening of fixed viewpoints; looking at things from a different point of view

The Chariot – using one’s body as a vehicle of one’s true self-expression; separation from “race consciousness” or “consensus” thinking; seeing the big picture; working with a larger reality; receiving direction from ‘within’; taking the “middle path”

As always, I hope that the Tarot and Astrology archetype correlations help to further clarify the message inspired by today’s I CHING Kua 25, Innocence.  See you tomorrow….

Daily Divination Improvement over the next few months; The Inevitability of Change and Divine Timing – I CHING Kua 24; Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, Death, The Empress, The World, Hanged Man, The Chariot

 Today pause to remember that life has cycles continually unfolding.  There will be improvement over the next few months; this is a turning point.

Turning points are inevitable and the motion life never really stops; yet pauses do happen during the changes of the cycles and seasons.

These are moments when the world seems to hold its breath while a shift occurs. Sensitive people can sense these transitions within their own systems. Take the shift from winter to spring—while there still may be snow on the ground, the promise of spring is felt by those who are sensitive and who feel the quickening that happens beneath the earth; the daffodils are ready to come up even though there are no early shoots above the ground, a sensitive person and feel the stirrings of spring.

If your efforts seem to be at a standstill, remember the lesson of the season of winter into spring given in the paragraph above. We trust the seasons in nature and should hold the same trust in the inevitability of change in our personal lives as well. Natural Law! Nature is an awesome instructor, especially in regard to lessons of divine or ‘right’ timing. There are times in our lives when we cannot effect change and just like the message of yesterday’s blog (Kua 13) we can only wait—just like we wait for spring each year.

Spring will come when it will—and we know it will–and there’s nothing at all we can do to hurry it along.

That’s the epitome of today’s message which is very similar to yesterdays.

Another good example of today’s message has to do with the steady improvements that come as we recover from a cold or flu. We may try to push forward as we sense an improvement from the day before but as we do, we only have to rest again—more recuperation is needed. We cannot ‘bounce back’ until our energy has been replenished.

The greater point of today’s message is that there are times when there is nothing we can do but have faith because “doing something” doesn’t help, it only hinders at these times. Certain times it is best not to interfere; oh, yes, we can try but soon find that it gets us nowhere and we need to return and release attachments.

Today’s message is to take care of yourself while a transition is occurring in your life. Look inward and be in touch with The Divine within you. Be gentle with yourself today; don’t try to accomplish too much.

Let your energy be recharged now and remember nature—the ebb and flow of the ocean. Be receptive and patient, not too outgoing.

The next few months will show steady improvement.

Contemplate the word “regeneration”.

The Astrological Correlations for the I CHING Kua 24 are Capricorn (withdrawal), Aquarius (detachment) and Pisces (expanded awareness).

The Tarot Correlations are:

Death – transformation; change

The Empress – pregnant with and about to be born

The World – Divine Timing

Hanged Man – letting go; surrender

The Chariot – seeing the big picture from within consciousness

Daily Divination March 29, 2011 USING WILL; The Chariot; the Sign of Cancer

Practice using your will – that is the first impression that came when I drew this card for today’s divination message.  This requires tenacity, determination and courage.  I often hear the Dalai Lama use those words together like that.  I love the way he says, “Determined effort!” with the sound of the wisdom gained from experienced behind them.  The next link that comes with this is as long as your will doesn’t interfere with another person’s will to express theirs.  The Dalai Lama often uses his phrase “determined effort” when he is describing being devoted to one’s own path and regarding spiritual efforts.  Determined in the way of the peaceful warrior—a warrior that is receptive to the inner guidance that is always flowing toward the conscious mind.

A side message:  Who’s will?  So many times we see those who cannot control their own emotions (Cancer relates to The Chariot) will try to control others, using their will to overpower another instead of using the will to discipline the self and master the self-emotions.  The Chariot reminds us that this is a perverted mis-use of power

In the image of The Chariot on the tarot card, we see the vehicle as the manifestation here on earth of the physical body and personality/ego.  Today’s message is about our use of our “vehicle” as an expression of our true self and about how to use this vehicle (physical body and personality/ego) in such a way that we are sheltered from or protected against the bombardment of thoughts from race consciousness or what some would call the “insane world”.

Patterns of thought—mostly thought about life needing to be a “struggle”—is what the human that we see on the image of the tarot card is using his “vehicle” to drive through or separate from.  He has taken refuge within even whilst in the midst of life on earth.

He is liberating from old patterns of thought that bind him and he is learning to distinguish between the true desires of the enlightened self from the compulsive (and sometimes obsessive) desires of the un-awakened self. How is this achieved?  Here’s where the zodiac sign of Cancer (ruled by the Moon) comes into play.  Through the study of his emotions!  The Moon and Cancer relate to emotions and also to self-image or creating an self-identity through which to function.  Learning to control those emotions by taking the middle way in life between life’s polarities and stilling the mind and using the powers of concentration—directing his will in that way with, as the Tibetan holy man would say, “With determined effort!”  This helps the mind function “as a whole”—key words. Mind and body and spirit functioning as a whole will allow the ch’i (the natural energy of the universe) to flow freely.

If you have been following my blog posts the last couple of days or so, the new reality or the idea of waking from the dream to create a new one has been a theme.  Today the message follows that we have the ability now to create anew and a choice to implement but what follows is the need for determined effort and this effort is enhanced by creating balance within. 

Emotions must be in balance with mind and body so that one receives the energy to express the determined effort to create from choice (see last blog post regarding choice).

Practice—practice using one’s will in whatever way it is necessary in any given moment.  That’s what today’s message is about.  Fix the mind and heart on a goal–these are the messages of the Chariot; and concentrate your energies (determined effort) on mastering your emotions so that your “vehicle” can be strong enough to hold you, carry you, and transport you throughout your travels.

Right now we see structures are dissolving and new ones being born and this uncertainty create feelings of instability and insecurity.  As humans we want to be secure, to feel secure. Who doesn’t?  But it seems that we have to step out of our safety zone or comfort zone in order to have new experiences and grow—it seems (to me) that everyone is getting on global or universal message during this time and that is to release old structures so new experiences can happen and so growth can occur. 

We can either let our insecurities and obsessive thoughts get the better of us and try to go back into the old pattern (which won’t work by the way) or we can use the message the comes through today about determined effort and balancing the emotions right now so that effort can be applied to new choices we will be making. 

A new level of self-mastery is being called for.

The Chariot card and Cancer represent positive aspects of the ego (the vehicle).  Strong, self-assured confidence is what today’s message is about. 

Just as a final note, this card always brings to mind that a successful outcome is assured so there’s no real need to get too ‘gawd-awful’ serious about it all.  We should try, as best we can, to enjoy the journey.  It’s over all too soon!