Daily Divination 7-27-11 Childhood Issues; Balancing Soul Relationships with Parents; Teachers; I-CHING Kua 4

I was on hold with my sister who called me from work; meanwhile, I did today’s I-CHING draw which is Kua 4 relating to childhood.

When my sister returned to the line she began to speak about her counseling session. Issues of childhood were the predominant theme of the conversation—definitely we have synchronicity. Kua 4 is called “Youthful Folly” or “Inexperience” and relates to childhood.

Our views are different—my sister’s and mine. I tend to think of childhood issues and the resulting experiences as part of what needed to be re-triggered for the purpose of awareness and healing. Further, my concept is that we choose the parent who has many of the same issues as our own so that we can be imprinted even before the actual birth with the energy that we are here to work with or overcome.

On the other hand, my sister tends to hold the view that goes something like, “Mom messed us up” and her therapist is helping her work through some ideas like these.

Yet, we can still converse about it for the end result is the same—self-responsibility for our own psyche and the healing that may be necessary.

Each new day begins with an empty slate and we can repeat patterns of the past or not.

One of my I-CHING books says (about this Kua): “Life is compassionate, if we miss a class, the opportunity to make up the lesson will surely arise.”

 Life, Itself, is the Great Teacher that helps us to mature.

The message of this Kua is also about having the right attitude toward our teachers. This would include Life Itself, parents and other educators. It’s also about making learning fun; seeing it as an adventure.

  • Trying to figure ourselves and our experiences out – the psychology of the soul –actually can be fun.
  • What makes us tick?
  • What makes us so different from one another, yet also so much the same?
  • Why does one thing affect one person so deeply and barely faze another or not even hit the radar of someone else?

Emotional patterns are part of the equation and it’s all very interesting and we see it as we study the family dynamic—same parents, same house, same city and same time-frame and two siblings have two completely different experiences of their childhood. What else aside from the individual patterns of each different soul can account for that?

I’d like to flip something around and that has to do with the idea that we are all students and teachers and that children can be the teacher for the parent. It’s an attitudinal shift that gives an entirely different perspective. Instead of lamenting about how your parent affected you, see if it wasn’t also true that you affected them—positively or negatively it’s a two-way street.

I’d like to think that parents and children are souls that have agreed before birth to come together to help one another grow and evolve. So when my sister takes the view that “Mom messed us up”, for me it doesn’t ring true in the purest sense. It’s so much more involved than that simplistic view.

Yet, my sister and I just agreed that the outcome is still the same; we still have to put ourselves together.

Many times folks will have a dream right before a session with a counselor or a psychic.

Last night my sister had a dream about nuts and bolts scattered about and in the dream she was asking herself how to work with them—pick them up and sort them all at once to see what goes where?  Or to take them one at a time and find where they go?

I thought that her dream was quite interesting—she said that her decision in the dream was to take them one at a time so that she didn’t have to handle them twice.

I usually tell my clients to pay attention to their dreams right before or after a session for these offer valuable insights from the soul.

In my own life, astrology represents the nuts and bolts—and it is, besides that, fun!

Like the nuts and bolts dream that my sister had, when interpreting a chart, I take one nut and bolt and then another and then soon I can take them all up all together as the information in the chart starts to synchronize and harmonize.  I wonder if my sister will have another dream in future wherein she picks up all the nuts and bolts at once, knowing exactly where they all go.

Looking at the image on I-CHING card above we see someone on a tightrope working to keep balance. Water flows on like the eternal soul and mountain is our life in a body on earth.

The elements for this Kua are Mountain over Water and an inexperienced youth beginning to climb the mountain—perhaps in search of a teacher to help with the answers. It is beneficial to persevere—understanding life, our self, our Soul and experiences is part of our life journey  up the mountain.

I have a sense that the mountain that my sister is climbing is one she has climbed before many times and she is in the process of remembering and integrating each step… just like those nuts and bolts.

In fact, we’re all doing this day-by-day and step-by-step.

ASTROLOGY AND TAROT ARCHETYPE KEYWORD ASSOCIATIONS:

Astrological correlations…

Scorpio — Psychology; psychological counseling

Sagittarius – Philosophy

Libra– Relationships; balance/imbalance; ability to see all sides of an issue

Tarot correlations…

Hierophant (High Priest) – The teacher; spiritual development

Temperance – awareness of what needs healing and balancing

High Priestess – Hidden emotions

The Tower – Sudden flash of insight

The Devil (Pan) – usual thinking needs to be reversed; looking at life

differently; breaking the bondage to the past

Wheel of Fortune (Medicine Wheel) – karma; workings of fate; the Divine Plan

Daily Divination 7-18-11 Patriarchal christian law versus Natural Law and the Conflict – Kua 6; Cancer, Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Justice, The Emperor, Judgment, The Tower, The Devil, Wheel of Fortune

NATURAL LAW OR MAN MADE LAW?

Oh boy, here we go! Kua 6… Conflict. I know what this one is about… I wanted to forget about it but apparently drawing this kua today the universe is making me address it!

This has got to be about the bible-thumping self-righteous christian from yesterday.

Sunday morning I’m out in my yard clipping the overgrowth out front and a car pulls up. Nobody ever comes here and I pretty much knew—in fact, I recognized her. She’s been here before with her bible.  Geeze!

I’m usually polite but say thanks, but no thanks and close the door. Last time she was here with some man accompanying her and he says, “Oh, we got you up didn’t we?” Ticked me off a bit; it was around 9 am and I was blogging and hadn’t gotten dressed yet—nor combed my hair. Nervy enough to bible-thump at my door much less making a comment about my appearance!

Yet, I was still polite.

But yesterday there she comes again. I was having a quiet, peaceful Sunday morning, listening to the birds while in my own peaceful thoughts—but I lost it after she gets out of her car and says she will join me if I didn’t mind.  I said I did mind but nevertheless she goes on about her bible!

Today’s message (mostly for me I’m sure—but maybe you too?) comes from Kua 6 the I CHING of “conflict” as well as adversaries, disputes and arguments.

The message is to settle things peacefully—but if that’s not possible then quickly.

Sometimes when there is a clash of wills both parties feel strongly about their idea. I’m sure she felt just as strong about jezuz and the bible as much as I did about my right to live my life without being periodically approached by pushy, arrogant bible thumpers!

Then the chic tells me I shouldn’t be working on the “lord’s day” and starts to quote the bible. I was pretty much walking toward her at this point with large yard clippers in my hands.

No, it wasn’t pretty. She had a man and child in the car and I didn’t spare them my sentiments as I walked toward her with my clippers while she walked backwards toward her car.

I don’t knock on your door or bother you about my beliefs—you have a lot of nerve, I say.  And she tells me that I could talk to her about my beliefs and that would be perfectly fine with her.  And she said it with that self-rightous x-tian smugness.  I assured her I wouldn’t be so ill-mannered, rude and arrogant to do so!   And told her to leave and not come back.

Usually I retreat as politely as possible from these nut cases.  But maybe it was the heat and humidity… this time there was fight, not flight. I’ll be darned if I’m going to give in to someone who approaches me un-beckoned into my own yard…. my peaceful sanctuary.

Later that afternoon, they guy across the street (apparently another heathen like me) mowed his lawn—On Sunday! That’s unheard of around here—nobody mows on Sunday! I’m sure “the lord” cares less if I pull weeds and clip with a pair of hand clippers on the last day of the week!  I don’t think there’s any “lord” who cares about the guy across the way either.  I loved hearing the guy crank up his riding mower later in the day! You GO Dude!

I stood in my power and that involved a certain amount of conflict… unless you close the door in these people’s faces or go at them with a pair of lawn shears and a raised voice, they won’t go away!

I was actually calm and clearheaded yet was not going to put up with this x-tian lady’s unwelcome interruption on a peaceful, quite Sunday morning. I had no intention of letting this go on for any more than a minute—and the moment she was in her car with the door shut, I told her driver, Now GO—get out of here.

Her parting words were wrapped around a smug, x-tian, Sarah Palin type of smile (you know what I mean), “I really do wish you a nice day”, she says

I repeated myself inviting them one last time to leave!

(Apologies to readers for the image to the left.)

The message of this Kua 6 is about a clash of wills. This lady’s will to interrupt me in my sanctuary while I was minding my own business doing yard work clashed with my will to be left alone.

If you follow my blog, you will know that this happens all the time in this neck of the literal woods—usually, I’m polite but curt. This time I left out the polite part and stuck with curt.  Since she’s been here before maybe this time she’ll get the message!

In the Wilhelm/Baynes Book of Changes it is said about Kua 6 that “conflict develops when one feels himself to be in the right and runs into opposition.” I was her opposition apparently.

This unsolicited and unwelcome visit into the womb of my spiritual space by the most disdainful of characters while I honored nature by enjoying the birds and the quiet of the day while beautifying my yard and loving nature was a jolt to my senses and sense of Libra-fairness.

Her right to believe what she wants (about me, jezus, the bible or anything or anyone else) ends with my right to work in my yard on a Sunday without being approached by a bible thumper with her opinions of my observance of “the lord’s day”.  And I stick to that!

The astrological correlations are:

Cancer – emotional self-reliance of the soul; the womb

Leo – bossiness, pride

Libra – projection

Scorpio – coming face to face with limitation; also, obsession

The Tarot correlations are:

Justice – discriminating what is best for self

The Emperor – patriarchal christian god

Judgment – judging someone’s actions

The Tower – outmoded ideas; being knocked from a position of arrogance

The Devil – hanging on to things that have no truth

Wheel of Fortune – HONORING NATURAL LAW OVER MAN MADE LAW; GREAT SPIRIT  versus PATRIARCHAL GOD

Doing Prostrations

Footnote: in thinking about the situation from a Buddhist perspective and with the Dalai Lama in mind actually; I didn’t show much compassion to the bible thumper.

I lost my patience and usual tolerance.

But there I was squatting and bending to deal with weeds et al and wondered if…. well, I imagined if the Dalai Lama was doing prostrations in his garden on a Sunday morning and the same thing happened to him! In his very own garden, minding his own business,  doing prostrations… hmmmm…. one wonders.

(Okay, so I’m no Dalai Lama and still have some work to do on myself!  Mea Culpa )

Cosmic Communiqué 6-24-11 How Open Minded Can You Be about Your Life? Kua 29 – Libra, Scoprio, The Tower, The Devil, Wheel of Fortune

Do you feel like sometimes life is working against you? Is it really doing so or is it your own response that’s the culprit?  Today’s message is inspired by Kua 29 of the I CHING whose archetype correlates with the astrological signs of Libra and Scorpio and the Tarot cards of The Tower, The Devil and the Wheel of Fortune.

Someone I know has great difficulty in her work situations and maintains that every authority figure in her life is out to get her—it seems like a certain paranoia is present in these repetitive experiences that are occurring in her life. Time after time and job after job and for years this has been happening. She has a persistent belief that life is unfairly dumping on her.

Courage is required in the face of dark emotions that have their origin in personal insecurity and repetitive victimization patterns.

These emotional patterns are the right ingredients, if you will, to generate and promote fear, confusion and sometimes panic.

It’s always important not to let emotions take over. Panic has a way of feeding more panic and throws a person out of their center. Being out of our “center” is another way of saying not being in “the now”–being pulled into a vortex or a familiar deep hole. It takes courage to avoid that “deep hole” of repetitive response patterns or learned response patterns.

Many people spend a lot of their life unable to transcend old wounds and behavior patterns and ignoring the many opportunities that life presents to us to create change.

When we are not being aware and alert and not observing our emotional responses from the place of “the observer” we can easily be pulled into the deep hole, repeating past mistakes and not being objective about our life and its circumstances and events.

Today’s message is to become impartial about your life and to cultivate an open-minded attitude. In this way we stay alert and “walk down another street” (see last line below) rather than go down those old, familiar emotional paths.

Again, the astrological correlations are Libra and Scorpio. The Libran archetype involves relating to others and Scorpio is about the depth of emotion and also relates to power issues, betrayals of trust and since it is associated with the 8th house connects with relationships as well. We find, often times, that how we feel about ourselves at the deepest levels is how we perceive or believe that other’s feel about us too.

If we do not think kindly toward ourselves, we perceive that others are doing the same—the mirror effect.

As far as the Tarot archetypes of The Tower, The Devil and the Wheel of Fortune are concerned, I have blogged about these cards and typing the terms in the search window on this blog page will bring up a return of posts on those card subjects. The Tower can relate to events which occur that “test our mettle” as the saying goes—circumstances that seem out of our control but which repeatedly create the same patterned reactions as a response. These seem to occur to realign us and/or serve as markers of our progress. When I blogged about The Tower, I wrote about circumstances with my car breaking down being a particular challenge in my life to which I have been working to respond differently. Sudden and surprising events are always pretty good stress producing indicators which enable us to know what is still unresolved within. As Dr. Wayne Dyer has often said,

 “When you squeeze an orange, you get orange juice because that’s what’s inside. And when you have stress or pressure on a human, you will also find that what comes out is also what’s inside.”

The Devil card of Tarot relates to emotional attachments which are unhealthy or obsessive and the Wheel of Fortune relates to the cycles of life and the adjusting power of the universe—we might use the word “karma” as well. It is in the difficulties of life that we have the most opportunities for growth and evolution and this Kua 29 of the I CHING is very similar, I believe, to the Wheel of Fortune in that regard.

The message is that unfairness in life happens, difficulties happen, and dangers happen too. How we respond to those can be in a patterned emotional way–just  like the lady that I wrote about above who seems to find, in every single job, the boss is ‘out to get her’.

We can break the emotional pattern and by remaining present instead of being pulled into the vortex of old emotional patterned responses and beliefs—we can ‘go down another street’! (See last line below) How do we do that? By noting the old familiar emotional pattern being triggered, releasing personal insecurity, and then remaining centered and objective instead—that’d be a good start.

I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk

I fall in.

I am lost… I am hopeless.

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend I don’t see it.

I fall in again.

I can’t believe I’m in the same place.

But it isn’t my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it is there.

I still fall in… it’s a habit.

My eyes are open

I know where I am

It is my fault.

I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

I walk down another street.

PS  Life got in the way yesterday and I wasn’t able to blog.  See you tomorrow….