Here’s what to watch for:
* Don’t be fooled. Although Venus and Mars are getting together right now, with Mars engaging with Saturn, Mercury moving into a conjunction with Pluto, and Venus and Mars both in fire signs, the picture of harmony we are witnessing right now has more to do with trying to force a positive resolution or conclusion in the midst of a period of exhaustion, pressure, and high-stakes individual needs.
* The 47th hexagram of the I Ching is often translated as “Exhaustion.” And it depicts a time when resources have dried up and one is running on empty.
* When the sixth line changes it reads, “He is surrounded by tangling vines and besieged with weariness. He says to himself: “If I would be regretful for doing nothing or doing something, I might as well do something to take my chances of getting out of hardship.”
* With Venus and Jupiter simultaneously approaching a square to Neptune, we may be feeling especially desperate for relief. We can see the far shore, it’s now within sight, but we need to call upon a deeper resource, a “next level,” or a deeper truth or honesty to help us finish the last lap.
* Cutting corners won’t work right now. But not doing something to alleviate the pressure may also bring misfortune.
* When the sixth line of hexagram 47 changes it leads to hexagram 6, which is called “Conflict.”
* Doing the right thing, making the right choice, seeking the right solution, isn’t easy. It requires sacrifice, and yet, even when we’ve “done the right thing,” we may still face conflict.
* A delicate touch is needed right now, and yet we cannot be so delicate that we compromise what is most essential.
* A simple test of what is essential: does this action help to clear away an “unnecessary necessity?”
* Unnecessary necessities are those things we cling to out of a false sense of duty, obligation, or fear. When we let it go, it often comes with conflict, but having it gone it may lead to an increased commitment to our spiritual welfare.
* After things have grown beyond the limit, cutting back comes naturally. When cutting back involves shaping, pruning, and refining, then we reach a stage of realized growth. The growth extends beyond its own “form” and becomes a realized part of our conscious awareness. Then, even if the literal/material form begins to fall apart, the fruit remains with us and our understanding of the “Tao,” or the flow of material nature can be perceived. The more we understand this flow, the less likely we are to take it literally and the more we naturally start to probe beyond its appearances, toward its source.
* The more we reach toward our divine source, the more that all these movements in the world start to shimmer with its presence. Love floods the heart.
Prayer: Help us to see you in the pressure, in the exhaustion, in the sacrifice. Let our simple vision of you in all things be the simplest solution to the most unnecessarily complex problems.