Today’s Oracle takes us to the Aires monthly for September 23, 2008.
Do you have the feeling lately that you’re trying to put the pieces of a vastly complex puzzle together, and that puzzle is you? Are you struggling with linear time, or with keeping the plotline of your life together? I had this vision of you buying a 2009 date planner but getting a copy where the pages are all in the wrong order. Meanwhile, I’m wondering what it must be like for you to communicate with the people who are the most important to you. It’s probably not so easy at the moment, and I am sure you don’t think it’s getting any easier. Some kind of blowout or emotional injury (perhaps a double blow) that occurred late last month may still be lingering and you may even fear that it’s knocked an important relationship off the rails. I suggest you take it slow, and if vaguely possible, live with the uncertainty. Try not to push matters, but rather, work with your environment. To put it simply, Mercury is retrograde in your opposite sign, Libra, and this may be scrambling all the signals that you’re trying to get straight. Under these aspects, your time and energy right now are better spent listening and gathering information. What you need to remember is your commitment to yourself and to life, and your mutual commitment with those you love. The tides will rise and fall. These remain the solid ground on which you stand.
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All of the Above.
“In common speech the word ‘hope’ states an uncertainty. […] In the language of the Christian religion the word is used in statements of certainty. […] Hope is the fruit of believing in the ceaseless creative* activity of God even when living seems no more than being tangled in conflicts with others and within oneself, between and within groups. […]
Christians regard faith, hope and love as the three fundamental virtues (see I Cor. 12.27-13.13). They cannot be treated separately though they may be distinguished from one another. Thought about them always shows that love depends on faith and hope; faith, on hope and love; hope, on faith and love. […] Hope, like faith and love, is a dynamic quality of living which is discernible, spasmodically, in the complex, ceaselessly moving pattern of human behaviour.
[…] Hope is the style of living which proclaims that all is well here and now despite alarms, dangers and anxiety.”
R.E.C Browne (1967) in ‘Dictionary of Christian Ethics’, Ed, John Macquarrie. SCM Press: London
* I have for a long time thought it strange that creative and receptive are so often posited as a binary, and have been working with the idea that it is the ‘active’ and the ‘receptive’ acting together in harmony from which what we call ‘the creative’ ensues. Then there is space for eros, and for himeros or in my preferred gatha formulation ‘ Love is dancing – here, now, always’
– or in long form
The dance that is all powerful in its majesty, whether it is the dance of washing one’s bowl, or the dance of making one’s bed, the dance of drinking tea, carrying water, sewing cloth, turning pots, the dance of creative expression, or sexual union is always by, with, and for the Great Holy Spirit.
p.s. This rendition of a Christian ethic or style of living with faith, hope and love sounds quite Zen to me – which is its own comfort
p.p.s. Heidi Skjerve is providing tonight’s soundtrack All night.
p.p.p.s. Everyone has Scorpio somewhere in their chart/s, n’est-ce pas?