Astrology

If someone offers a deal, take it after checking it out.  It’s good, but with conditions.  Be sure you know what they are and agree to them.  It’s a happy partnership time, and a trip to a far-off place is a possibility.  Just know all the facts.  Once you’ve given your prospective partner the 3rd degree, things fall into place.  The news is good.  Go to lectures, classes and training courses.  Don’t cross anyone with a rigid belief system, you’ll never hear the end of it!  Also people are busy with things that aren’t appropriate for normal conversation: bailing someone out of jail, counselling someone considering suicide, having delicate surgery – the usual secret stuff of life. Be aware that you may be joking with someone who has just suffered a horrible blow and can’t speak of it.  Scorpio is in town, wounding and healing simultaneously.  Anais Nin said, “There are always in me two women; one desperate and bewildered who felt she was drowning and another who would conceal her true emotions.”  Be as sensitive to the suffering of others as you are to your own.

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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Hidden forces move forward in a positive fashion.  Enormous issues beyond your control fall in your favour.  Make no effort to influence these things.  Standing under an erupting volcano and entreating it to avoid your house probably won’t work.  But the image for today sends the lava in the opposite direction, to your benefit!  It is a time of major beginnings and endings, of the sort that remind us how puny we humans are.  New solar systems are being created and old stars are flaming out.  The same applies to worldly forces.  Crisis counsellors are doing a terrific job, and new medicines and procedures are able to cure deadly diseases.  Of course new problems are popping up!  What to do? Enjoy your partner, go shopping.  Make a will.  Don’t sightsee at a disaster; it’s bigger than you are.  Ray Bradbury said, “If you enjoy, living it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.”  Wonderful things are happening.

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 conversation with a man or well-placed person improves your position.  This exchange must be held in private and not discussed with others.  This will be harder than it sounds, since the chattering influence is powerful.  If you can’t stop yourself from blurting things out, avoid others!  Confidences revealed will undercut you and threaten others.  In Scorpio times such as these, almost no one can be confided in without a signed confidentiality agreement.  If you’re considering a marriage or partnership, the contract comes right after the proposal.  Prisoners can be let out of jail, international agreements can be signed, and major business deals are here. In every instance, take nothing at face value. Look for the underlying agenda.  If this is a mystery to you, ask a Scorpio friend.  Al Capone, patron saint of Scorpio said, “You can get a lot farther with a kind word and power than a kind word alone.”  Dangerous forces abound.  Don’t be naïve.  Also your partner really loves you.

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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If you’ve been tired, today’s the day to perk up.  Partnerships are lovely, and someone really wants to be with you!  Everyone is pleasant and complimentary!  The focus has shifted from work to other people.  A new group or friend is wonderful   Early in the day you may hear a secret that makes you want to yell the news to everybody.  Go ahead and do it, since nothing can stop you anyway.  Suddenly, you’re talking to everyone and they love it!  As the day progresses join groups, listen to lectures, learn something or go travelling.  It’s a two-fer day that starts one way and ends up another.  Still, with all the fun don’t forget Scorpio is in charge.  You may raise your arm to wave and someone could perceive a threatening gesture. Alas.  Be clear and obvious in everything you do and avoid dicey people.  William Cowper said, “Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day lived til tomorrow, will have passed away.” Pay attention to your surroundings.

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 kind partner is drawing near.  Other people are friendly and helpful.  Employees go out of their way to be nice, and it’s a great day to find a job!  Work is where it’s at!  A confident, assertive person can untangle a disagreement.  Allow mediation, even from unexpected sources.  Things work out.  A burden is slowly being lifted, and all the hard work or waiting is relaxing.  Loyalty will be rewarded as will virtue.  The job now is to keep on plugging, even though you seem farther away from the goal than before you started.  You aren’t!  A surprising encounter jump starts your energy, and a friend or supporter appears as if by magic.  Of course, the important stuff is all behind the scenes.  Be aware that deals are being made.  A maxim of card games says, “If you look around the table and can’t tell who the mark is, it’s you.”  If you notice you’re the mark, leave the game.  And don’t take advantage of others!  Keep your eyes wide open today.  It’s actually a pretty nice day, now that you’re used to intrigue.

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!

A Brief Summary of the Benefits of Building, Circumambulating, Prostrating to, and Making Aspirations Prayers at a Stupa

The following is respectfully quoted from “Compassionate Action” by Chatral Rinpoche:

Homage to the Three Jewels!

I will briefly explain the benefits of building a Buddha stupa and the advantages for the faithful ones who prostrate before, make offerings to, and circumambulate it. By establishing here the perfect scriptures as witnesses, may those fortunate ones who can understand this teaching accept it with joy!

In the sutra The way of Distinguishing it is said:

The Buddha told the young Brahmin Naytso,
“There are eighteen benefits of building a Tathagata stupa.
What are those eighteen?
One will be born as the child of a great king.
One will have an excellent body.
One will become very beautiful and attractive.
one will develop a very sharp intellectual capacity.
One will become renowned.
One will have a great entourage of servants.
One will become a leader of people.
One will be a support to others.
[One’s greatness] will be expounded in the ten directions.
One will be able to extensively express whatever one wishes in word and verse.
One will be worshipped by gods.
One will posses many riches.
One will obtain the kingdom of a universal monarch.
One will have a long life.
One’s body will be like a collection of vajras.
One’s body will be endowed with major and minor marks [of a Buddha].
One will take rebirth in the three higher realms.
One will swiftly achieve Nirvana.

These are the eighteen benefits of building a Tathagata stupa.”

In the Manjushri Root Tantra it is said:

If you make a stupa with your own hands,
You will be able to purify your body even if you have committed the five inexpiable sins.”

If you build one hundred thousand stupas,
You will be transformed into a universal monarch of the knowledge-holders.
Completely understand all treatises
And be endowed with skillful means.
FOr the duration of an eon, when you die you will always be reborn as a king and never again go to the lower realms.
Like the sun rising in a central land,
You will be endowed with all your sense faculties.
You will be able to retain all that you learn and remember your past lives.

In the sutra called Chest of Secret Relics it is said:

The Bhagavan proclaimed,
“Vajrapani, when you write down Dharma teachings and place them inside a stupa, that stupa will become a relic of the vajra essence of all Tathagatas.
That stupa will be consecrated by the secret essence of all the mantras of the Tathagatas.
It will become a stupa of ninety-nine Tathagatas, as many as a heap of mustard seeds.
That stupa will be blessed as if it contained the yes and ushnishas of all Tathagatas.
Whoever places images of the Buddha inside a Stupa will definitely be blessed by those Tathagata images with the nature of the seven royal treatises of a universal monarch. Whoever pays reverence and honors that stupa will definitely become a non-returner and will eventually achieve the unexcelled and completely perfect state of enlightenment–actual, full Buddhahood.
Even if one offers only one prostration or makes a single circumambulation, one will be altogether freed from reaching various hell realms such as the Hell of Incessant Torture.
One will never fall back on the path to unexcelled completely perfect Enlightenment.
All Tathagatas will bless the entire area that surrounds the place the stupa has been built in.

In the Sutra of the White Lotus of the Sacred Dharma, it says:

Walls ar emade from mud and bricks
And a stupa of the Victorious One is made likewise.
Therefore, even if made by a simple heap of dust in a remote place of despair, or if a child playing games makes one from a mound of sand,
Whomever simply builds one on the account of the Victorious One
All of them will attain enlightenment.

The benefits of making offerings to a stupa are stated in the Sutra Requested by King Prasenajit:

If one applies whitewash to a Buddha stupa,
One will have a long life in the worlds of gods or humans,
One will be free of mental and physical ailments,
All suffering will be completely removed and
One will always be happy and will become wealthy with worldly riches.

By ringing a bell in front of a Buddha stupa,
One will speak with authority and have great fame,
One will have the pleasant voice of Brahma,
Be able to remember one’s past lives,
And obtain all kinds of adornments.

If a learned person silently recites prayers on their rosary with a faithful mind at a Buddha stupa,
They will have many golden rosaries adorned with beautiful precious jewels,
And will be foremost among the meritorious and fortunate ones.

Whoever makes a melodic music offering at a Buddha stupa
Will have an abundance of courageous eloquence in profundity and knowledge,
Their physical body will be perfect and their mind and speech pure.
Their voices will fill the world.

If any person who has a heart and body,
Hangs various banners from the stupa
Which is a stainless source of merit,
It will become a field of offerings and an object of worship for the three worlds.

If one affixes a silken crown to a Buddha stupa,
One will become a glorious ruler of gods,
Will experience great bliss, and in particular,
Will attain the crown of complete liberation.

If one cleans a Buddha stupa,
One will become very attractive and beautiful to look at,
One will have an excellent face
With the complexion of a lotus,
And one will be completely devoid
of the defects of Samsara.

Whoever cleans off the dust around a stupa
In the springtime with clean water
Will be joyfully fanned by ladies
Holding golden-handled fans.

Regarding the benefits of prostrating and circumambulating a stupa, it is said in the Avalokiteshvara Sutra:

If one respectfully prostrates before a Buddha stupa,
One will become a heroic and powerful world monarch.
Protected by the armor of gold-colored symbols
One will become an authoritative teacher who will delight the Buddhas.

In the Sutra of the White Lotus of the Sacred Dharma it is said:

Whoever joins their palms together before a stupa,
Whether with both hands or just one,
Whoever briefly bows their head
Or bows their body just once,

Whoever prostrates or merely says “Buddha” even with a distracted mind,
Whether once or a few times
Before a stupa where relics are kept,
Will attain supreme Enlightenment.

In the Decisive Verses on Circumambulating a Stupa it is said:

The excellent qualities of circumambulating
A Stupa of the Buddha, Protector of the World,
Cannot be sufficiently described with mere words.

These and other quotations from the sutra and tantra scriptures should produce great joy and confidence. I encourage all those who aspire to happiness to make the most of their human existence. Strive as much as you can to accumulate merit and purify obscurations by paying homage and making offerings, circumambulating, making prayers of aspiration and so on with a noble bodhicitta motivation, to the excellent supreme foundation (stupas), which grant very meaningful benefits through seeing, hearing and remembering them.

This was composed by the renunciant Buddha Vajra, who in this time of the rampant five degenerations gives the appearance of guiding beings through the physical embodiment of the Buddha body, speech and mind.”

Composed in the Male Fire Horse Year of the sixteenth Cycle (1966) in the ninth month on the twenty-second day. May it be auspicious!

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You may ask what all the secrecy is about, and the answer is, “We’re in Scorpio country now!”  It’s dangerous yet satisfying territory, so behave accordingly.  Usually you can zip around carelessly, not watching for land mines under foot, but not now.  They are present.  Take nothing at face value; be aware of the unspoken, of what you can’t see.  Pay attention to what you aren’t looking at!  Now you are ready for the day.  As you identify danger, you are likewise able to identify help and support: head toward the good natured, friendly situations that care for you.  Work is good, and solid relationships are strengthened.  Happy talk is fun, but someone may disagree “on principle” with something you’re not serious about.  You don’t have to answer every question.  If you notice yourself getting into conversational trouble, fall silent.  Anonymous said, “Just because someone hits the ball over the net, it doesn’t mean you have to swing at it.”  Avoid debate.

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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Do your best to be invisible today.  Do nothing to draw attention to yourself.  Humility is important.  A tricky energy advises caution. If you meet a dangerous person, lower your head and keep going.  Over-the-top expressions of emotion and feelings of being the victim of circumstances may be accurate but they’re unhelpful.  Stay quiet.  What’s good?  Work, food and pets!  Loving conversations with secret friends buoy your spirits, and you’re probably healthy as a horse.  Joking around is fine, but be careful that something said in jest doesn’t go public!  A relationship may be damaged.  The Hippocratic Oath for physicians says, “Whatsoever I shall see or hear of the lives of men which is not fitting to be spoken, I will keep inviolably secret.”  Good advice for today.

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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Someone is feeling cornered and disrespected, or else tired, sick or fearful.  If this is you, do your best to rest up; if it’s someone else, offer help.  Circumstances are such that you need to keep plugging away.  A job must be done, regardless.  Arnold Glasgow said, “The key to everything is patience.  You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” Help, comfort and support come from women and children.  Someone understands what you’re going through and appreciates your efforts.  Keep your eyes and mind on those who think well of you, rather than on the one who is cracking the whip.  You’ll feel better if you remember your supporters.  A thoughtful, intelligent person can help you sort things out.  Five planets are in water signs and it seems emotion may overwhelm you.  Work now, feel later and you’ll be fine. Patience is the key today.

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!