Astrology

A surprise occurred during the night or early today, and you must take new information into consideration.  You’d rather stay home, but the outside world demands your intervention. “Why do I have to deal with this now!” is your feeling.  A serious situation is sneaking up on you, pay attention!  Look for a partner to help you manage today’s issues.  A secret is revealed that explains a mystery.  Prevent a hothead from acting and you will have performed a valuable service.  L. Ron Hubbard said, “Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.”  You will be thanked later.  Dress well, enjoy your loved ones and take advice from an intelligent person.

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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People are emotionally reactive and may behave in a more demanding way than they realize.  Be patient with yourself and others.  “Over the top” expressions of feeling pop up, but at the same time true love is here.  Have fun, zip around enjoying the circumstances.  People who aren’t part of the fun will be less enthusiastic than you, so be tolerant of others. Family is wonderful, and at the same time you must be vigilant and observant of your surroundings.  Trouble is lurking behind the scenes, waiting for a chance to act.  It can’t unless you are unaware.  Joshua Liebman said, “Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.”  Have fun and keep your eyes open.

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 harsh word is deflected like an arrow shot at a cloud: it passes through and keeps going.  The cloud isn’t bothered and you shouldn’t be either.  Creativity is high now, and the best information comes through dreams, imagination, visions and hunches.  Water is your friend, and food makes everything better.  Have a bake sale!  Eat with friends!  Reminiscence is highlighted, and you can take lessons for the future from the past.  It’s as though the whole world changed direction and everyone is looking toward the past.  Emotions must be honored.  Mother Teresa said, “People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centred.  Love them anyway.”

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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Dreamland, you’re there!  A soft energy permeates the day and intuitive wisdom is high.  A passer-by can solve a mystery with a casual comment.  Feelings and hunches have taken over from talk and thought, and things are better on all fronts.  Except, of course, in terms of hard information and contracts.  People in “thinking” or writing professions must be more vigilant than ever now.  Thought is so worn out that it has taken a vacation!  You should too.  Otherwise, you’re stuck going over old matters you thought you’d solved.  Love rears its lovely head today.  A beautiful and impressive person magnetizes others, you perhaps?  It’s time to dress up and show others who you are.  Appearance solves things that thought can’t.  Come in person to explain your position.  If angry words come your way, see the speaker as tired and frustrated.  This is a great day to charm the beast with soothing words and appearances. Saadi said, “To give great pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.”

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!

The Ethics of Personal Liberation: Jamgön Kongtrul

 

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The following is respectfully quoted from the introduction to “Buddhist Ethics” by Jamgön Kongtrul:

The Ethics of Personal Liberation

The focus of the ethics of personal liberation is to control impulses that lead body and speech to undertake negative actions. Because such actions are always linked to limiting emotional patterns, Individualists, in addition to observing ethics, must train in the discriminative awareness that realizes selflessness in order to attain perfect peace, the state of cessation of such patterns. Furthermore, for that meditation to be stable, mental concentration also must be cultivated. Thus, personal liberation ethics are essentially identical with training in morality, meditation, and wisdom. Although the aim of the monk’s vows and other personal liberation vows appears to be restraint from unwholesome physical behavior, it would be misleading to view those vows reductively, because their implicit aim is to overcome limiting mental patterns.

THe foundation of these ethics lies in the precepts relating to taking refuge and four “root,” or crucial, precepts that prohibit murder, theft, lying, and adultery. Refuge relates to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha: the first is understood as the Teacher, the second as the teachings, and the third as the community (here the monastic one in particular). Originally, taking refuge was primarily an expression of faith that distinguished a follower of the Buddha from practitioners of other religions. Refuge marked the beginning of an earnest undertaking of the Buddhist path. In higher forms of Buddhist view and methods of implementation, refuge takes on deeper layers of meaning, and in the ultimate sense means taking refuge in “the buddha within,” the realization of the natural and unmodified intrinsic awareness lying within oneself.

The four root precepts prohibit four actions that would undoubtedly cause suffering for others and also compromise the tranquility of one’s mind, thereby destroying one’s chance to develop meditation and gain the discriminative awareness needed to uproot cyclic existence.

When the Buddhist community was first being formed, taking refuge in front of the Buddha was all that was needed for one to be accepted as a monk. Gradually, because of the misbehavior of monks and for other reasons, rules were instituted, for the most part limited to a particular temporal and social context. Many were intended not only for the welfare of the monks themselves, but also for the community’s internal harmony and external social respectability.

Rules gained more importance, to be a monk became a matter of maintaining specific rules and regulations rather than a matter of heading into a spiritual life. Eventually, to enter the Buddhist community, the aspirant needed to assume vows, and vows came to represent a commitment to abide by the entire body of rules. Such vows were not simple promises. Instead, they were “generated” in the candidate through a series of conditions and requisites, such as the abbot, and their primary requirement was an attitude of disengagement from cyclic life.

As the vow developed into an “entity,” identification of its nature became an important matter, which explains the various assertions Kongtrul presents, based on detailed analyses, on the nature of the vow. The conclusions would have little relevance to the keeping of the rules themselves but would definitely be relevant to determining at what point a vow is lost.

Personal liberation vows are basically of two kinds: those that prohibit actions such as killing and lying, which are considered unwholesome for anyone who commits them; and those that prohibit actions such as eating in the evening, which ar improper only for monks and nuns. The first kind involves a concept of “natural evil,” or “absolute morality,” which is probably influenced by the realist philosophical view held by the Analysts, to whom the tradition of personal liberation is undoubtedly connected. That also explains, to some extent, why the personal liberation vow is compared to a clay pot; once broken, it cannot be repaired.

Kongtrul discusses in detail the various classes of personal liberation: the precepts of the purificatory fast and the vows of the layperson, the male and female novices, the female postulant, and the monk. He also briefly examines the series of monastic rites, including confession. The vows of a nun, regrettably, are not included, because, as Kongtrul explains, the ordination of nuns was never introduced into Tibet.

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Group activities and friends are fun.  Home is where the heart is!  This is a great day for family functions. However, the God of Information just turned around and you must not sign contracts or buy things that pop up from nowhere.  Wait until July 20 to commit yourself in writing, and don’t purchase anything that you expect to function … a car, a computer, etc.  Don’t get stuck with a lemon.  At the same time, something you’ve wanted and planned for a long time may come.  Take it!  Things and people from the past are wonderful, and it’s a good time to catch up with old friends who appear as if by magic.  The excess of talk has quieted, and the current excess is of emotion. You and others are full of feelings.  Express yourself!  A powerful person solves a problem intuitively that a million words couldn’t.  Helen Keller said, “The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart.”

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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Friends arrive today and their company is wonderful.  Groups are nice too, yet they  distract you from a project you are close to completing.  Be patient.  Attend meetings if you must.  Difficult news comes early in the day, and a disappointment must be absorbed.  Setbacks come silently from unexpected and hidden sources.  Things are moving forward but you can take nothing at face value, you must look beneath the surface for information.  Suspicion is appropriate if something doesn’t feel right.  Trust your gut and ignore those who tell you not to read the small print.  Horace Walpole said, “To act with common sense, according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know.”  Once your suspicion- radar is activated you’ll have a really nice day, without it there can be trouble.

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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Today you are torn between duty and emotion.  You must tend to both and keep them separate. Don’t try to bring your three year old to a meeting with the governor, and don’t invite the county commissioner to your mother’s birthday party!  You are required to wear two different hats today. Know which role you are playing and stick to it.  Talk is now a time waster. Jorge Luis Borges said, “Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.”  Be polite to those who over-explain things and try not to do it yourself.  Be aware that the speaker is having fun and enjoying the process which makes it harder to stop.  You will need to fill out a lot of forms.  On a different front, a man or powerful person is arranging things behind the scenes that work out well in your favor, if you let him.

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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Fun at home today is hampered by a call to duty!  Do what needs to be done and get back into enjoyable activities associated with food, friendly companions and happiness.  Endless talk and messaging is ratcheting up and you’ll think your brain will explode if you hear one more comment.  But hang in there, in a couple of days the chat changes and a different mode is here.  Food is the most important thing today, and people you care for highlight the list.  Jonathan Swift said, “Although people are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet, perhaps, as few know their own strength.”  Your strength today lies in your close relationships with others.  Elsewhere, avoid abrupt action that draws attention to you in public.  An important speaker makes an announcement that annoys others. There is a danger of misjudging people’s receptiveness to your ideas.

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!