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A behind the scenes conversation, one that expands on a previous talk, is helpful.  You are in a better to position to explain yourself. Pay close attention to your hunches or intuitions, they are excellent! Something is being re-thought and re-worked.  If you have an idea, communicate it immediately.  Later in the day you’re feelings won’t be well received so act promptly.  It could seem as though you suddenly lose something or someone important to you.  Don’t panic; anything lost today will be regained in the next week.   Misplaced energy characterizes this day.  A false start, a wrong turn and going off on a tangent are par for the course.  What’s good today?  You are slowly and steadily bringing something into being, and it’s a winner.  You’re working out the kinks and fixing the leaks.  The end product will be a wonder to behold.  Dan Rather said, “If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.”

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

What is Non-Virtuous Speech?

The following description of the 4 types of non-virtuous speech are from “The Way To Freedom” by the Dalai Lama:

“ The next four negative actions are deeds of speech.

The firs is telling lies. This includes speaking contrary to what one has seen, heard, or knows to be fact. Lying can be motivated by attachment, hatred, or ignorance. The intention is to confuse the other person, and it can be carried out either by speaking or nodding the head and gesturing with a hand. Any action done out of the intention to confuse someone constitutes the negative action of lying. If the other person hears it, that constitutes completion of this act.

Next is divisive talk. The intention is to cause dissension between friends or people in the spiritual community for one’s own sake or for he sake of others. Whether one succeeds in causing dissension or not, the moment the other person hears the divisive talk, that constitutes the completion of this act.

Next is verbal abuse. The intention is to speak harshly, and the deed is complete when the abusive words are heard by the person to whom they are directed. Abuse includes insulting others, speaking about their faults, whether true or untrue; if one does it to hurt the other person, it is abuse.

Next is senseless gossip. It is frivolousness without any purpose, and it can be motivated by any of the three poisons. One’s intention is simply to chat without any reason, to just gossip without any purpose.The execution of this act does not require a second person. You do not need a partner; you can do this by talking to yourself. Idle gossip would include talking about wars, the faults of others, or arguing just for the sake of argument. This would also include reading unimportant books out of attachment.”

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Emotional turbulence characterizes the early day.  Watch what you eat; overindulging could come back to haunt you.  Something draws you into the domestic or emotional realm, just as you are gearing up to leap forward.  This creates frustration.  It’s an excellent day to talk things over with a friendly, sympathetic person.  As soon as you express yourself you’ll be in a better position to see the big picture and your distress fades.  Happiness appears later in the day, and you can’t believe your good luck. This is still a good time to avoid confronting authority, and it’s a great day to be with those you love.  Relax about your big plans for the time being.  Carl Sagan said, “The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

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A significant purchase of something you’ve yearned for is possible.  An enjoyable conversation moves things forward.  Diplomacy helps you today, and at the same time too much talking moves you backwards.  You can actually lose something by over-talking!  A favorable communication with a respected authority or a request for help (briefly stated) is successful.  Your job is to say what you need and then LISTEN.  A force more powerful than you is at work, and this force will knock down any efforts at self-assertion.  Something powerful is afoot.  It could be a dominant person or a physical event… a storm, etc.  A powerful person can fall from grace, and a nail sticking up will be hammered down.  Keep a low profile; mind your own business and you’ll be fine.  A Malayan proverb said, “Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.”

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

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Your greatest wish is to pull inward, and you may be spending your free time parked in front of the TV or zoning out.  Fine, you’re resting up.  But use the creativity that is present to heal yourself, visit sick people and engage in artistic pursuits.  Go for a swim or begin a dream journal.  Magic is lurking in the same space as relaxation, so get creative!  Writing, reading, chatting with people, emailing… It’s these things that further your goals now.   Under no circumstances should you confront authority, and you want to!  What’s authority?  In any given situation, someone has power.  Identify that person and be nice.  You still need to watch for mistakes.  An extremely pleasant conversation is excellent.  Diplomatic words succeed where force fails, and love is grand!  Cicero said, “Probabilities direct the conduct of the wise man.”  You’ll probably have a nice day if you don’t confront anyone.

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

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An important communication opens a door to action.  Someone comes up with a perfect idea that clarifies your long term goal.  Talk things over, take notes and set up a guide for future action.  Confusion and misunderstandings characterize the early part of the day, and annoyance steps in later on.  At the same time, an activity is favorable and travel goes well.  Reading and conversation are excellent, and interesting ideas perk you up.  A beautiful creation is coming to life behind the scenes.  The tone of the times is a curious combination of brilliance, almost genius, combined with detailed work and waiting for the right moment.  Love is still great, write a love letter!  Eat a big meal.  Solid happiness comes from down to earth things.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.”

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth.  There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Cry!

In our divided

clinging consciousness

In our ego-centered

dreaming

we are bound.

Flung

Unaided, unable

to distinguish

The nature that is peace.

Drunken

Imagining distinction

in the nature that

is form and formless

Grieving

for we have seen

the difference

Between the crystal and the nectar

that fills it

with its emptiness

Oh..

If we could

only taste

the soundless voice

that sings its silent name

In colors

OM!

Vairocana Holy Holy

Bring the blessed kindest

Wisdom of the Dharmadhatu

To this singer’s song

Scream!

For we are angry

we are chained

In our self-righteousness

we are prisoners and wardens

Alone

No love in hate

No reason, no meaning

Hallucination, like a drug

we’re burning

Stiff

with jaundiced principles

disjointed, numbed

We’ve sold our value

for a nightmare

Sick

and filled with venom

we are dead and dying

scratching at our eyes

that we might see

Locked

in form, in function

In making statements

meaningless in the silence

of our indivisibility

HUNG

Vajrasattva Blessed Blessed

Bring the mirror wisdom

To the crying ones

who long to see your face

Running

In our race

to nowhere

Pumped with

self value

Our holy war

Straining

With increasing tension

Structuring conviction

Deny that I am you

can’t see your eyes

Plumped

And filled with dirty

hard distinctions

We are successful

We have sat our

hellish throne

Preening

In the gorgeousness

of reason

Reasons not to give our lives

Oh, take this life

Truly

We try so hard

to know the rapture of union

Impossible to know

with hearts so dry

SO

Ratnasambhava Buddha Buddha

Bring the view

of equanimity

like holy wine

to this tired burning child

Need

The force is boundless

the aching endless

It never ceases

We are obsessed

Craving

The fire burns us

Our lips are parched

Our eyes, our hearts

Know no release

Pointless

The endless seeking

brings more of nothing

The suffering of suffering

has reached its peak

Moving..

this restless searching

I think of babies

crying

for the mother’s breast

Touch us

We need to feel it

It all seems

out there

Beyond our reach

AH

Amitabha Purest Pure One

Cleanse our Perception

Bring the feast

of Pure Discrimination

to our hungry mouths

Wounded

Worlds of wounded

Crying and helpless

No one to

hear them

Too much jealousy

and fear

Wasted

Too tired and jaded

Sick and faded

Certain of my fix,

my gig, my sphere

Unaided

Standing alone in

mute acceptance

Burden of proof

so heartless

That we are here

We are

I am

Engaged

In righteous battle

I am unique!

Distinguished!

Endless is my work!

Please

There must be something

Or maybe someone

Responding sweetly

But never me

For I cannot

HA

Amoghasiddhi Sublime Dancer

Bring us the movement

The sweet activity

Of Perfect Love

© Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo

Astrology

You’re raring to go and full of inventive energy, but the right destination has not become clear.  If you race off in a blaze of excitement, you won’t get anywhere important.  Charge!!!… to Starbucks?
What to do?  Write down your good ideas for later reference and use.  Exercise and stay busy.  Delayed action will bring good results in the future.  While you’re waiting, engage in the activity that is satisfying right now.  That is, spending time with people and activities you genuinely enjoy.  Go on a mid-week date; call someone you like a lot.  Shopping, investing and all financial matters are good.  Business progresses nicely.  It is still necessary to carefully go over details, looking for mistakes.  Agnes Reppler said, “We are less likely to fail if we measure with judgment our chances and our capabilities.”

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some  in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!

Homage to the Three Jewels: From “Treasury of Precious Qualities”

The following is respectfully quoted from “Treasury of Precious Qualities” by Jigme Lingpa, translated by the Padmakara Translation Group:

Homage to the Three Jewels

The Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are the rarest and most sublime objects in the universe. Therefore, from now until he attains enlightenment, the author of the treatise pays heartfelt respect to them in thought, word, and deed, his aim being to protect beings who wander in samsara, afflicted by many evils.

The Three Jewels may be explained according to their essential characteristics, the etymology of the Tibetan term, their various subsidiary aspects, and an explanation of the Sanskrit term. Essentially, buddhahood is the perfection of all the qualities of “elimination” and “realization.” According to the Tibetan expression sangs rgyas, a Buddha is one who has awoken (rgyas) like a lotus flower with the knowledge of all things. Buddhahood in turn has three aspects: (a) the kayas, which are like containers for (b) the wisdoms contained therein, together with (c) the enlightened activities that flow from these. Finally, the Sanskrit word Buddha means “one who perfectly comprehends,” one whose mind encompasses all objects of cognition and thoroughly understands them.

Essentially, the Dharma is characterized by the elimination of one or both the twin veils of defiled emotion and cognitive obscuration, or the means to this elimination. The Tibetan word chos is so used because the Dharma purges (‘chos) the mind of negative emotion, in the same way that medicine cures someone who is sick. As to its aspects, the Dharma may be classified in two ways: on the one hand, as the Dharma of transmission and the Dharma of realization, and on the other, as the third and fourth of the four noble truths, the truth of cessation and the truth of the path. In Sanskrit, the word dharma means “to hold.” In other words, the Dharma is what holds beings to the perfect path and keeps them from the ways of samsara and the lower realms.

Essentially, the Jewel of the Sangha is characterized by the possession of two qualities: knowledge of the truth and freedom from defilements. The Tibetan term dge ‘dun refers to those who have a keen interest (‘dun) in the path of perfect virtue (dge). Such practitioners may be divided into those belonging to the Hinayana Sangha of Shravakas and Pratyekabuddhas, and those belonging to the Mahayana Sangha of Bodhisattvas. The Sanskrit word has the meaning of “assembly” and refers to the community of those who are not distracted from the path by anyone, even gods.

The words “I prostrate” express a perfect salutation to the Three Jewels. This may be made on three levels: first, by realizing the view; then, by proficiency in meditation; and finally, by an act of devout veneration.

The “Precious Three” of the root verse is a reference to the Three Jewels and indicates that the Body, Speech, Mind, Qualities, and Activities of the Buddha are renowned throughout the three worlds. Jigme Lingpa gives the elegant illustration of this by referring to the story of how the Buddha once sent a message to the princess Vine-of-Pearls in form of a picture of himself together with some verses, printed on a piece of white cloth. When the girl saw the image, the joy she experienced was so intense that it was like a samadhi devoid of even the subtlest kind of discursive though. And as she reflected on the meaning of the message, the one hundred and twelve obscurations that are hindrances to liberation, and which are discarded on the path of seeing , fell away. The root text compares these obscurations to the deceitful faces of Mara’s daughters, which are like the lilies of the night, opening in darkness and blasted by the sun of wisdom cultivated on the path of seeing. As a result, Vine-of-Pearls was prepared for the dissipation of what is to be eliminated on the path of meditation. And all this came about through the power of the Buddha’s compassion. All such religious stories that tell of the effect of the Three Jewels are worthy of universal consideration, for they powerfully counteract the mental distraction and defiled emotion that are the very nature of samsaric existence.

Commitment to Compose the Text

The boundless collections of sutra and tantra teachings were propounded by the Buddha, master of the supreme wisdom of omniscience, who set them forth by means of the five excellences. His followers, the noble Bodhisattvas, composed commentaries beautiful in word and meaning, on the basis of the system of five major elements, compiling them according to the “fourfold interrelated purpose.” These scriptures and commentaries are as vast and profound as a great ocean; they are a veritable treasure of purifying waters. Thanks to them the Doctrine of the Conqueror has remained for a long time. Maitreya has said:

All Dharma is contained in Word and Commentary,
The perfectly expressed and its interpretation.
These two ensure that Shakyamuni’s Doctrine
Will remain for long within the world.

The Buddha’s teaching, so profound and hard to fathom, and the commentaries upon it, have not yet faded from the world, and are here condensed into a single treatise. But Jigme Lingpa says that he lacks the three qualifications for composition and that his treatise is a rough work of an ignorant gossip. He says that his book is destitute of the two qualities of healing defilements and protecting from sufferings of samsara. It lacks the three characteristics of a Buddhist composition and is quite possibly tainted with the six faults of non-Buddhist writings. It is, he says, a cacophonous din, like a “wave-garlanded torrent” cascading into a deep ravine in a dense jungle. But even though he considers his treatise to be an ugly and inelegant thing, he says nevertheless that it is based on the perfect utterances of the Sacred Teaching and is therefore worthy of attention. Of course, this verse is just an expression of the author’s modesty.

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A calm, relaxing energy permeates the day. Enjoy yourself with those you love.  It’s the perfect day for a fundraiser.  A sense of financial exuberance is present.  A hunch or lucky guess improves your finances.  Play the lottery and you may win!  Give to others, and you’ll notice it comes back to you in interesting ways in the future.  Spend time at home, with children or family members.  Private matters are happy, and overeating is the greatest danger of the day.  Someone expresses fear or concern.  Listen carefully and help if you can.  Home improvement projects are fun and successful.  Spend time on the couch watching TV and dozing.  There’s no place like home today!  Saint Francis de Sales said “Have patience with all things, but chiefly with yourself.  Do not lose courage…every day begin the task anew.”

The daily astrology post affects everyone. Because individual charts vary, the circumstances outlined in the post will affect people differently. Some will feel this energy in the personal arena, some in finances, some with children or family, some in work and so forth. There are many departments of life. Look to see where the dynamic affects you!