Jupiter is being "reborn" today, as the Sun finally conjoins with Jupiter in early Sagittarius. Meanwhile, Mercury in Sagittarius is retrograding right into Jupiter and the Sun.
Here is what to watch for:
* The 52nd hexagram of the I Ching is called "The Mountain," and it is a picture of keeping still, of meditation, silence, passivity, or quiet strength and observation.
* However, the second line, when changing, reads, "Keeping his calves still, he cannot rescue the one he follows. His heart is not glad."
* In the description of this line, a number of commentators mention the idea of a master/servant or student/teacher dynamic that has turned sour.
* The student or servant recognizes that he can no longer follow a master or teacher due to some fault of character, and so he stops following him, but because the master is more powerful, the master's fate cannot be changed by the servant. The servant may stop, but the master cannot be convinced to stop or change his ways.
* Similarly, the second line depicts the way in which if one is running in forward motion and then realizes one shouldn't be running, even if the legs suddenly stop, the forward momentum will be too strong and will cause one to fall.
* Try it! Try running really fast in one direction. Then try stopping your legs fully and immediately. You'll topple forward and fall.
* The legs are the servant, trying to stop the master in this image.
* When the second line changes it leads to hexagram 18, called "Repairing the Damage."
* That's easy enough to understand. If we fall down, or if something we are in service to falls down, then the next logical step is to begin repairing whatever damage has been done.
* This is a "pride comes before a fall" kind of transit.
* We have to be careful that we are serving the right master, whether that is something within us, or some literal person or teacher or teaching or "path." With Mercury simultaneously retrograde and backing right into Jupiter and the Sun, it's a good time to get clear about who or what we should be following and who or what we shouldn't.
* However, even if we have the wherewithal to withdraw or stop something in its tracks before it's too late, the deal may be done or there may be unavoidable consequences anyway. In which case, we should gladly accept the work of "repairing the damage," and feel nothing but gratitude because we know, "had I done nothing at all, it could have been worse."
* The student/teacher or master/servant dynamic may also be understood in terms of the ego/soul relationship. To the extent that our ego is the puffed up master, the ego could be ready for a bit of a fall right now, if we aren't careful.
* When the ego falls, the good news is that there is always an opportunity to realign ourselves with our higher self, or the soul, who the ego is actually always in service to.
* At the same time, this hexagram sequence in relation to today's astrological transits reminds us to be good teachers, good leaders, or good "kings and queens." We should remember that we are all servants, no matter what our status or position, and that our truest joy comes when we find a way to use our gifts and abilities in service to the divine, craving no great fame or acclaim for ourselves but always being excited to give more of whatever we are in possession of for the sake of lifting others up and spreading the love of God through the world.
On this note, I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve all of you with astrology day in and day out, year round, for so many years. As you know, the last 40 days of the year I fundraise and go into a period of concentrated prayer for the year ahead. During this time I ask that all my readers donate to support my work if they can, and I pray that God would purify my heart, cleanse my intentions, and focus my work in service to others for another year to come.
Thank you! I can't do this work without you!
Prayer: Catch us when we fall, humble us with good humor, and call us back to the enthusiasm and joy of being your servants.
The last quarter Moon is going to conjoin Pluto today and then move into a square with Uranus in Aries. Meanwhile, Venus is now moving through a trine between Mars and Saturn in Capricorn.
What to watch for:
* It's a Pluto/Uranus kind of day, which means the cathartic depth, power, and heaviness of Pluto is synching up with the rebellious, innovative, and disruptive or shocking qualities of Uranus.
* Meanwhile, with Venus enclosed between Saturn and Mars there are also strong themes of beauty, desire, grace, and containment, restraint, impulse, and action in the air.
* While spending time with the I Ching this morning the 52nd hexagram of the I Ching came up, which is called "Keeping Still" or sometimes, "Mountain." The very first line of which says, "Keeping still at the toes is auspicious." The entire hexagram displays the wisdom of keeping still from the toes all the way up to the head, but action is thought to begin in the toes and hence this line tells us to watch the toes and keep them still.
* This hexagram points to the process of slowing things down, but it also points to a situation of forced or pressured containment...of being "bound," and of how we should react to feeling stuck or trapped or suspended temporarily.
* Yesterday's I Ching study focused on hexagram 51, shock or thunder, and so today's emphasis on the 52nd hexagram fits nicely with the themes of the weekend. There are all kinds of events in the course of life that may throw us out of our center; this is natural. It's also natural that as we are finding our center more deeply and learning to separate ourselves from things that tend to keep us fragmented or scattered that all sorts of things will arise to try to throw us off center, test us, try our patience, provoke us, etc. The I Ching tells us that not only is this sequence of events natural, it is predictable. Knowing that it is predictable, we should keep steady watch at our toes, the source or starting point of action, and avoid the temptation of impulsive reactivity.
* With Venus enclosed between Saturn and Mars, we may find that deep satisfaction and beauty is available to us without needing to act on our impulses or desires.
* Contentment in life is found in the content of life. What we fill ourselves with fills us, and we are either content or discontent accordingly. Much of the time we do not stop to ask ourselves who or what we are trying to satisfy. Instead, we move from the base of intentions that we do not understand and do not care to understand, and if anyone suggests that we examine our intentions we become defiant. Our defiance in this regard is not revolutionary, or personal, and it does it awaken us to anything new. When we become defiant about things that are not good for us, we are actually predictable, impersonal, machine-like, and asleep. For example, when you try to take drugs from a drug addict, or sugary treats from a child, they become predictably defiant, they appear as though hooked directly into a machine, they lose any sense of being an individual person, and they forget the reality of others around them. :) We are all like this when it comes time to evaluate our unhealthy patterns! We find it impossible to imagine that deep beauty, harmony, and happiness can come from within, or from less, or from demonstrating patience, or from moderation.
* On the other hand, there is an art and skill (Venus) to designing or crafting something delicate, intricate, and beautiful at once. For example, while I was in India I was amazed at how much care and thoughtfulness were put into even the smallest things. Recently, I was thinking the same thing while watching my daughter bake muffins with my wife. My wife is a double Taurus and loves taking her time with things. These were simple muffins, no big deal, but for my daughter, each small step of the process was taken in very deeply and was clearly very satisfying and pleasing to her. So similarly, when we practice mindfulness, it turns out that we need less of what we desire because we have slowed down enough to experience a deeper level of joy available to us in each moment. The contentment comes from the content...it's not so much the meal we eat but the quality of the entire process that brings the soul happiness.
* When we apply this same principle of personal mindfulness to our spiritual life, then every activity can also become an activity done in the service of the divine...so we are not just thinking, "how can I get more happiness," or "what is the art of my personal moment of happiness," but "how can I make the divine happy in how I am moving through these experiences." Then our spirituality becomes relational.
Prayer: Make us relational beings. May our happiness be your happiness.
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Adam Elenbaas is a professional astrologer and the founder of the Nightlight Astrology School. Adam holds an MA and MFA in English and Creative Writing and is one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich. To learn more about Adam, click here.