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Today’s Tao: Emptiness

The Gentlest thing in the world
will override the strongest.
Emptiness pervades everything
though it has no substance.
By this I understand the value of non-action.

To teach without words and
to be useful without action:
Few among us are capable of this.

All life is filled with the emptiness and the gentleness of Tao. With great care all things are sustained, nourished, and preserved, but Tao has no substance. It surges, it wells up, it pours through, it expresses itself in life, but it has no substance.

Allow yourself to be hollow and let Tao course through your veins. Let it burst in your heart. Let Tao overflow into every askpect of your being.

Allow Tao to flow. Cooperate with it. Enjoy it.

Tao is free. It moves at liberty through all. But we have learned to obstruct the flow of Tao. We think that whe know when we do not. We think we can control when we cannot. We get in the way of Tao.

Stand back. Let Tao move. Let Tao have a place in your heart. Let it move through your actions. Let Tao speak through your words.

To be empty is the gift of the few. To experience this emptiness is the benediction of being human. It is the greatest joy, the most fulfilled state. Move toward this emptiness by allowing small moments of it to sweep through you. Make as much space in your life as you can for the experience of Tao.

Source: The Tao Box, Adapted and Interpreted by Priya Hemenway

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Mighty Tao is all-pervading.
It is simultaneously on this side
and on that.
All living things come from it,
and all are in its care.
It works, it finishes,
and knows not the name of merit.
In love it nurtures all things,
and claims no excellence therein.
It knows neither ambition nor desire.
It can be classed with the jumblest of all things,
for all things finally revert to it,
and are not thereby increased.
Tao can be mentioned with
the greatest of things.
And the Sage
understands humility in this.

Tao is a mighty teacher, and those who learn through observing Tao grow humble in their hearts. Watch, and you will see that Tao is continually providing for everything. Tao infuses what is great and what is small with the same nurturing energy. Tao does not discriminate, nor does it forget. Tao tends carefully to everything.

Sometimes the most difficult thing to appreciate is how much creativity is brought to making your life beautiful, how much love is given to your existence. If you tend to find fault with things, relax. Let yourself be taken care of. It is sometimes too easy to want to fight or to think that things are against you. Fighting makes you feel separate and powerful. It distracts you from feeling loved.

Approach Tao with humiity, and you will see that life is complete and undivided. Move toward Tao and you move towards perfect balance. Contemplate Tao and you become one with all of existence.

Source: The Tao Box, Adapted and Interpreted by Priya Hemenway

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P R E V E N T I N G     A      F A L L

Honor and Shame
are the same as fear.
Fortune and disaster
are the same for all.

What is said of honor and shame is this:
Whether absent or present,
they are inseparable from the fear
that they give rise to.

What is said of fortune and disaster is this:
They can befall any person.

By the accident of good fortune
one may rule the world for at ime.
But by virtue of love
one lives forever.

Fear is perhaps our greatest enemy; and what is it but ignorance? Ignorance is the unwillingness to accept the nature of things — it is a forgetfulness or thoughtlessness.

Remember: Be attentive, be watchful; these are the keys to transforming fear. There is no fear as unrelenting as the fear of fear.

Fear leads us to pretend to be who we are not or to act out of false pride. It causes us to live with shame or guilt.

We fear the unknown, but this fear disappears with the acceptance that disaster can happen at anytime to anyone — and so can good fortune. There is no way to avert the one or create the other.

To understand this gives us the insight to allow life, in all its different guises and fortunes, to happen to us. If we don’t fear, we don’t stumble or fall. Fear is put aside by living in simple acceptance. Fear is not an obstacle to the person who pays attention. Fear does not obstruct the wise in their joyful experience of life.

Source: The Tao Box, Adapted and Interpreted by Priya Hemenway

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The story is beginning to accumulate in my mind. I understand the Turtle is taming the Lizard… go a head and dream of the future, know what there is to know, but don’t think that “knowing” is permission to skip the necessary steps of getting there.  Turn off the outside world and travel inward, communing not only with Self, but with the Powers that be – the Masculine and Feminine all that is – God and Goddess.  Put fears and worries aside, otherwise they’ll be manifested, and trust that my needs will be met in time – and while I’m waiting in solitary reflection, express my innermost thoughts creatively, and with a grateful spirit, unabashedly unique.

I feel better.  Seriously… I woke up slightly irritable, and I feel much better.

Here are the day’s correspondences:

Today is:
September 18, 2008

*Planting Day
Last Night: Resting Place
This Morning: Coffee Thoughts & Dreamscapes
Today’s Tarot: The Hermit
Today’s Fairy: Happily Ever After (Inverted)
Today’s Animal: Turtle
Today’s Tao: Creativity

Thursday:
Governed by Jupiter: Expansion, money, prosperity, generosity

Colors:
Green, turquoise, white, purple, crimson

The Moon:
Third Quarter Waning in Taurus

Waning Moon: From Full Moon to New Moon is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Taurus:
Things begun now last longest, tend to increase in value, and become hard to change. Brings out an appreciation for beauty and sensory experience.

Source: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

Sun:
Virgo, The Virgin

As the sixth sign of the zodiac, Virgo represents the sixth stage in the evolution of man and his place in the universe. In Leo the need is to discover and develop man’s individuality and creative potential. In Virgo the need is to find ways to put man’s individual talents to the best possible use. This is why Virgo is known as the sign of service. For many Virgos, the need to make things better is satisfied by pursuing careers in health-related fields or in other areas such as teaching, labor relations, environmental protection, social work, or religious counseling. Though most of them do have altruistic motives in helping others, it must also be said that Virgos have a tendency to act the martyr when their service or counseling is ignored, and it is not unheard of for them to use guilt as a weapon when they want to elicit the attention and cooperation of others. Virgos have to learn that helping others to improve is one thing, but pushing them toward goals of perfection they cannot hope to accomplish is destructive as well as impossible.

Virgos adapt to change. This trait is a strength because it is a survival mechanism, and a weakness because it makes them vulnerable to the demands and influence of other people. Instinctively responsive to the needs of others, they usually adapt to different people and changing circumstances by finding ways to make themselves useful. The Virgin is the astrological symbol of Virgo and, like the true virgin, most Virgos are shy. Like a virgin waiting to give herself to the perfect lover, Virgos are also idealistic. Unfortunately when they allow idealism to get out of hand, nothing is accomplished. The virgin becomes a bitter spinster and talents die on the vine. Though intensely personal situations are inhibiting, there are other situations when Virgos can be very dynamic. When the spotlight is not directly on them but on a product or a service they offer, they are excellent salespersons.

Virgos react to what they experience by assessing its practical worth. Before they take physical action, before they sort out their emotional involvement, and before they reason it out intellectually, they must ascertain what tangible advantages are to be gained from the experience. If the advantages they find are not necessarily useful to them, they are willing to give them to those who can benefit. Virgos are effective negotiators. They patiently endure endless details and responsibilities if convinced it accomplishes an end they think justifies their efforts.

Mercury, planet of the intellect, rules Virgo, giving Virgos an analytical approach to life. That communication is important to Virgos is aptly demonstrated by the fact that so many of them are very talkative. They love books, magazines, and writing. With a critical eye for organization and detail and their constant search for perfection, Virgos have an irresistible urge to improve everything and everyone, whether they need it or not. Virgos are not above using their inability to achieve perfection as an excuse for their own idleness and unproductiveness. Out of character with their true nature, these Virgos are sloppy, disorganized, and irresponsible. What is worse, their own bad habits do not in the least inhibit them from criticizing others for the same behavior. Their analytical ability makes them excellent critics of the talent and performance of those more skilled than themselves. Virgos need to think that what they do is of a practical and helpful nature. The worthiness of their self-sacrificing efforts is spoiled at times however, when they exact tangible proof of gratitude from those who benefited from their actions.

Likely to be health conscious, many Virgos make an effort to stay physically fit. If they are convinced that results can be achieved, they don’t mind tedious exercise routines. They enjoy tennis, racquetball, swimming, sailing, fishing, and biking. As athletes, Virgos are not overly competitive. Most of them do however, attempt to perfect whatever skills they do have in a particular sport. They are likely to be talented craftsman, seamstresses, or designers, and may have particular interest in such things as cartography, travel, and philately.

Virgo colors are blue, yellow, gray, tan, navy, and lilac. Vulnerable parts of the body are the sinuses, respiratory system, and bowels. Colds, flu, allergies, and constipation are common Virgo complaints. The sapphire, which is a variety of the mineral corundum, is Virgo’s birthstone. This gem was considered by ancient societies as a love charm. Though they come in a variety of colors and can even be transparent, the most valuable sapphires are blue. Blue is also the principal color associated with Virgo. Flowers and plants for Virgo include the aster, chrysanthemum, ivy, and fern.

Source: http://www.psychicfred.com/astrotext/virgo.htm

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Well, I certainly can see the theme for this morning!!

C R E A T I V I T Y

Tao gave birth to the One,
the One gave birth to the Two,
and the Two gave birth to the Three.
From the Three all things have spring.

All things are borne out of the feminine
having been seeded by the masculine.
What unites everything is breath.

Uniqueness is shunned by some;
but the wise make use of it.

For things are increased by being deprived;
and being added to, they are diminished.

What is often taught I agree with:
Aggression is incompatible with Nature.

Tao gave birth to One (Heaven); which gave bearth to Two (Heaven and Earth); and these two in turn gave birth to Three (Heaven, Earth, and Humanity).

From Tao arises the energy that flows throughout our universe. At the beginning there was nothing. From emptiness, everything in existence has evolved — through the essential, creative nature of Tao, everything has happened, is happening, and will continue to happen.

Tao is the merging of the feminine and the masculine. It is the harmony that emerges from this union and is deeply creative. It is the absolute expression of Love.

Tao is inherent in the breath that pulses through each living thing. Breath sustains life, breath surges with excitement and dies down in relaxation. The breath of the wind fills the sail with air and moves it along; the breath of wind tears through the trees and rids them of old matter. Tao is the essence of breath.

Tao’s creation is infinite and endlessly various. Each moment in Tao is new. Each expression of Tao is different. Everything is unique, complete, and interconnected.

In abundance, life flows through you. This is the gift of Tao. Allow yourself to be in harmony with Tao. Don’t fight. Enjoy and appreciate the energy that Tao shares with you. Share with others.

 

Source: The Tao Box; adapted and interpreted by Priya Hemenway

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Today is:
September 17, 2008

*Harvest Day

Today’s Coffee Thoughts & Dreamscapes: Mesmerizing Mountains, Seductive Sands
Today’s Tarot Card: 4 of Swords, Inverted (rest and healing)
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Visualization (opening the psychic eye)
Today’s Animal Medicine Card: Lizard (dreaming)
Today’s Tao Card: Like a Child (innocence and trust)

Wednesday:
Governed by Mercury: study, travel, divination, wisdom

The Moon:
3rd Quarter Waning in Aries; void of course @ 5:26 p.m., enters Taurus @ 7:56 p.m. (US CENTRAL)

Waning Moon: From Full Moon to New Moon is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Aries: Good for starting things. Things occur rapidly, but quickly pass. People tend to be argumentative and assertive.

Moon Void of Course: Just before the Moon enters a new sign, it will make one final aspect (angular relationship) to another planet. Between that last aspect and the entrance of the Moon into the next sign, it is said to be void-of-course. Activities begun when the Moon is void-of-course rearely come to fruition, or they turn out very differently than planned.

Moon in Taurus: Things begun now last longest, tend to increase in value, and become hard to change. Brings out an appreciation for beauty and sensory experience.

Source: Llewllyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Virgo, The Virgin

The Principle of Discernment and Boundaries

Element-Earth
Quality-Mutable
Symbol-The Virgin
Sun Sign Dates-August 24 to September 23
Planetary Ruler-Mercury
Natural Zodiac Affinity-Sixth House

Virgo has a mission. The mission of Virgo is to separate what is useful from that which is not useful. This is called discernment. This is a sign that needs to feel a sense of usefulness and purpose. Someone needs to create order from chaos. They’ve earned a reputation for being too critical. Don’t take their criticism personally. Everyone and everything is subject to the same scrutiny. Those who are comfortable in chaos will not last long around Virgo. Their perfectionist drive comes from their innermost being. They may seem picky and uptight to other people but the reason why Virgo can get so uptight is because theirs is a never-ending job. There is always work to be done and so much of it is not fully appreciated by other people. Remember, Virgo has a large contribution to make to the world. Do you want your dentist to be a slob? Do you want to sleep on unchanged sheets in a hotel room? Do you care if the cook washes his hands? Virgo has taken on the job of worry and concern over the everyday duties that actually make life liveable in so many unseen ways. Virgo is the civilizing effect on mankind.

Virgo is into reality. They don’t dream about what is possible- they do it. If the five senses cannot detect it, then what use is that? Virgo has a talent for logical analysis. Virgo and Gemini are both ruled by Mercury. Virgo sorts through the Gemini function which takes in everything. It sorts through it and files away that which may be used later if necessary then tosses out that which has no use. Pure Virgo energy always knows where the scissors are. A place for everything and everything in it’s place. If you won’t do it, then they will. Virgo likes to help. It’s a service-oriented sign.

Thank a Virgo today for being humble enough to do what needs to be done. For taking the time to fuss over the small details which enhance the quality of life in so many practical ways.

Pure Virgo energy is….
* an instinctive talent for analyzing things in a logical manner
* creating order from chaos
* leans towards worry and concern
* seeking perfection
* geared towards getting the job done
* wants to feel useful
* fact oriented-leans towards skepticism until proven
* usually feels that “cleanliness is next to godliness.”
* a lot of mental anxiety over outcomes
* detail oriented
* learning to draw boundaries and to say, “no”
* the craftsman/craftswoman

Source: http://www.skyviewzone.com/astrology/virgosign.htm

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Like a Child

Card 19: Like a Child

I am singular in my trustfulness,
I am devoid of ambition,
I am as inncent as a babe.
I am a waif, a stray, a child without a home.
All others have an excess of things,
and I am as one abandoned.
How foolish and simple I am!
I am bewildered.
Everyone sparkles with intelligence;
I am alone in my obscurity.

I am tossed about like the ocean;
I wander and am never at rest.
Everyone has something to do;
I alone am incapable and without merit.

I alone am estranged from the people,
but I glory at the breast of my mother!

Innocent, trusting, and simple, Lao-tzu is both Sage and child. Having no purpose in his living, no desire to be, nowhere to go, he is like one abandoned. In a world where scholarly intelligence is respected, his child-like innocence goes unnoticed. In a world where everyone is busy doing something, he seems to be useless. Tossed around, being pulled from here to there, wandering about and not settling down, he seems to be out of place.

But having nothing to do and nowhere to go, the Sage is at peace with himself and the world. Not being caught up in it, he may indeed be estranged from the ways of the world, but the Sage is free to wander; and in wandering, to wonder. The Sage preserves his innocence through his childlikeness.

He may have no home in the world, he may have to wander alone and estranged, but the Sage is at home in the source of his being. With child-like innocence, the Sage has come home and is nourished. His heart is open; he is simple and free.

Become like a child. Watch the world through a child’s eyes. Experience the wonder of each new moment. Look around you in innocent friendliness. Hold out your hand in trust. Greet the Unknown with a smile.

Source: The Tao Box, Adapted and Interpreted by Priya Hemenway

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