Daily Divination 8-26-11 Doing the Work of Soul Evolution – I CHING Kua 18 with Astrology and Tarot Correlations

IMHO a mistake or error that some “new age” spiritual thought systems or philosophical systems make has to do with denying emotion.  Attempts to “white light” and escape from areas of the psyche (soul) or consciousness without going ‘into’ deep feelings or old wounds to determine their core prevents evolutionary growth by skipping over or omitting examination of one’s role in emotional dynamics.  Many wish to wave their wand of light and “not go there”, preferring to escape or avoid the necessary work that supports growth and evolution.  Take, for example, a situation of a tumultuous or difficult relationship—perhaps even one in which some type of abuse took place.  Without going deeply into the dynamics of that relationship at some point, one avoids seeing how one may have contributed to the problem or the difficult dynamic. Essentially, we escape into the Light when we drop our body and cross to the other side; yet, we realize that we did not really “get it” and then come back again to go back into it so that we can see what needs to be healed, repaired or cleaned up or repaired within our own self.  When we say things like “let me stay in the light and not deal with dark feelings”, many times we defeat the purpose of being here—growth and evolution.  We have to “go there” in order to be able to recognize our own patterns and to repair them.

Today’s cosmic communiqué is inspired by Kua 18 of the I CHING called “Correcting Deficiencies” or “Work That Has Been Spoiled”.

We must first understand the cause of our suffering before we can do away with them and without going deeply into that area and examining it, we cannot ever know.  Without knowing and understanding, release cannot happen.  Negative emotions are not to be feared – they are to be understood and traced back to their source so that they can be corrected, re-worked, understood, repaired, restored, cleared up, so that we are in future able to respond differently, living a life in which old wounds are healed and balanced.

Old beliefs that we hold about victimization or neediness and the like have an opportunity to come to light and be corrected and that is why we’re here but we cannot make those corrections if we are unwilling to look/examine or if we are focused on spaceship brothers/sisters coming to “save us” or some sort of ascension scenario whisking us off to some heaven in the sky. No matter where we go in the cosmos, we take the same consciousness; there’s no real escape without the clean-up and correction work.

Behavior patterns that come from patterns of thinking that do not benefit us create problems lifetime after lifetime until we have enough courage and determination to feel and recognize the pain or negative emotion, go into it and make the necessary adjustment or correction.  The deep soul-searching and psychological uncovering reveals what requires attention so that we can live in The Light; yet, so many run away from this work.

As Ma Deva Padma says, “If you put your dinner leftovers in the fridge where you don’t see them for days on end, eventually they start to grow moldy and stink.  The same thing happens with mistakes and difficulties that we refuse to deal with.  We can pretend we don’t know about them, or disguise them with fragrance.”  But all our mistakes and difficulties are learning experiences and while it is easier to assume we are victim rather than examining our role, we avoid facing reality and only delay the moment of truth in which we must become honest with ourselves.

Looking within the self without denial or embellishment to see what part we have played is of utmost importance; otherwise, nothing changes and patterns repeat.

BOTTOM LINE:  Past problems and issues should be examined so that future progress is not hindered.  Don’t deny emotions; allow them and trace them back to their source and make necessary corrections to erroneous or victimization-type thinking

ASTROLOGICAL AND TAROT ARCHETYPE KEYWORD ASSOCIATIONS:

SCORPIO:  allow yourself to go deeply into your psyche and examine your emotions (water; Scorpio is a water sign; water is associated with emotion)

SAGITTARIUS:  ruled by Jupiter, the planet associated with expansive views and the BIG PICTURE; truth—to thine own self be true

LEO:  lack of ability for self-reflection; a need to create the ability to self-reflect; being “child-like” or emotionally immature; the drama-queen of the zodiac; desire to Play ‘god’

VIRGO:  victim; victimization; lack of using discernment; desire to escape into the Pisces polarity

HEIROPHANT/HIGH PRIEST:  going within; turning inward; inner teacher; learning from Life; need for clarity of thought; that which stimulates an inner awakening

TEMPERANCE:  healing after a death experience; being aware of what needs healing

HIGH PRIESTESS:  going deep into the psyche; being in a state of silent equilibrium; looking to the unconscious/subconscious mind for answers; tapping into deep parts of the mind to understand one’s life; looking for the “why” behind all events/feelings/emotions/thoughts/circumstances; paying attention to moods and cycles and learning from them

MAGICIAN:  transmutation of energy; turning the “lead” of negative emotions into the”gold” of love through transmutation that comes from self-understanding

HERMIT:  going within; need to withdraw and examine one’s heart and mind; inner seeking; solitude; the opposite of trying to escape; facing one’s inner self; NOT looking outside one’s own psyche for answers

STRENGTH:  the ability to overcome one’s own resistance and blockages; controlling emotions rather than allowing them to control her; breaking through one’s own personal blockages; releasing tendency to control others

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 7-22-11 Today Maintain the Connection to Your Buddha Nature – Be Still in Cosmic Unity – Kua52/Stillness; Scorpio, Sag, High Priest/Hierophant, High Priestess, Temperance

While preparing for today’s I CHING divination, my attention kept going to the nearby statue of the Buddha and thinking of “the middle path”.   I then turned to the I-CHING and received Kua 52–synchronisty! (my intuition at work)

The Image for today’s Kua 52 is very Buddha like. The name of this Kua 52  is “Keeping Still” and the archetypal keyword associations are: meditation; self-renewal; composure; detachment; self-acceptance; equanimity; serenity and yes, the middle path!

Today’s message is about our innate “Buddha Nature” and withdrawing from “thinking” entering the world of “being”. Another way to said it is moving out of the ego-mindset of “me” who is many times overly involved in the world of “doing” and “grasping” with the mind.

Meditation is a way of stepping out of the “me”-mind and connecting with one’s essential Buddha-nature; we accomplish this by “Keeping Still” which is the name of Kua 52. The keeping still that comes from meditation is not anything difficult to achieve—it’s our essential nature and is as natural and easy as breathing.

Shifting into this natural state of being is like waking in the morning to the fresh mountain air of a spring morning. In fact, in the Wu Wei Book of Answers, Kua 52 is called,’ “Mountain”, Stopping, Thoughts Coming to Rest. ’

Whatever your greatest concern or question is today, the answer is to stop and rest—take no action. Know that everything is as it should be—be relaxed and confident. If you have a quiet heart, you will be sensitive to the subtle promptings that come from the world around you, and this in turn, will allow you to move effortlessly and smoothly through life, rather than to push, struggle and stumble.

It is said that in many traditions, mountains are a symbol of the stillness of our Buddha Nature. Perhaps this is how I find myself here in the Appalachian Mountains and have such love for these mountains. Mountains are the symbol of rising above the mundane world of daily earth living. Mountains are earth representations of stillness, non-movement as well as peace and quiet.

Today it is not so much about focus as much as it is non-focus… how well can we be our natural, peaceful, joyful self? — that’s the question for contemplation today (and always).

Mountain over mountain—this is the image that the lines of this Kua create. One solid line over two broken lines; mountain on top of mountain!

I live on a mountain with mountains above and surrounding me. Today after just now drawing this Kua, I am feeling even more grateful for the grace to be able to live here. Embraced within the arms of Mother Earth as I am here in these quiet, peaceful mountains full of crystals, it is the ideal setting to achieve and maintain meditative equipoise.

The Astrology Archetype Correlations to the I-CHING Kua 52/Stillness are:

Scorpio – going into “the depth”; meditation; awareness of the larger forces of the universe; little death release of the ego; shamanistic energy

Sagittarius – right brain; natural laws; nature; seeing the ‘big picture’; optimism; animals, plants, nature itself; philosophy

The Tarot Archetype Correlations to the I-CHING Kua 52/Stillness are:

Both the High Priest (Hierophant) and High Priestess as well as Temperance

Hierophant/High Priest: The ‘inner’ teacher; Buddha; guide; sage; inner wisdom

Temperance: Sagittarius; Divine Light; the 6th Chakra; Healing; patience/moderation/middle path; blending of opposites

High Priestess: Unity consciousness; being in touch with Universal Mind; Divine Feminine and magnetic/heart energy; silent equilibrium; exploring the subconscious; Scorpio